Are You Ready To Roll?

| September 12, 2016 | 4 Comments

“Let’s roll.”

My mother called me on September 11, 2001 to tell me we were under attack. She lived in New York state, and I was living on the west coast at that time.

I turned on the television and watched the plane crash into the tower over and over again.

I didn’t know what to do. I felt like I should do something, “be prepared,” or something.

I took my AWB ban-era SAR-1 out of the closet, put in a magazine, and leaned the AK in the corner of my bedroom.

That’s all I knew how to do. That’s all I could do.

Fifteen years later, I am grateful for the members of our military, law enforcement, and government that bought me the time necessary to learn. I am grateful for the instruction I have received, the material I have watched and read, and the people I have met along the way.

We should all continue to learn, and continue to train. We need to push ourselves to become as proficient as reasonably possible without sacrificing the quality of life that we’re training to protect.

Here’s a high level list of things that I’ve learned since 2001, and I hope you consider making a similar checklist to see if you are ready for the next active shooter or terrorist attack.

  • Identifying an active shooter / terrorist attack vs an armed robbery or “normal” criminal assault
  • Knife: Inside the clinch
  • Pistol: Inside the clinch / 0 – 1 foot
  • Pistol: Close range: 1 – 5 feet
  • Pistol: Short range: 5 – 30 feet
  • Pistol: Mid range: 10 – 40 yards
  • Pistol: Long range: 40 – 100 yards
  • Pistol: disable the brain stem at 7 yards
  • Pistol: headshot at 25 yards
  • Pistol: shooting, malfunction clearance, and reloading with one hand 0r both hands
  • Rifle: 1 – 150 yards
  • Rifle: disable the brain stem at 7 yards
  • Rifle: headshot at 40 yards
  • Rifle: shooting, malfunction clearance, and reloading with one hand or both hands
  • Shotgun: 1 – 15 yards
  • Shotgun: disable the brain stem at 7 yards
  • Shotgun: headshot at 25 yards
  • Use of cover and concealment
  • Fighting inside of and around a vehicle
  • Identifying bombs carried on the person or in objects/vehicles
  • Fighting alongside a known partner who is armed
  • Managing a known partner who is unarmed
  • Understanding escape routes and rally points in public places (and which ones to avoid)
  • Mitigating risks of being identified as a “bad guy” by other armed civilian defenders and/or law enforcement
  • Trauma care: self
  • Trauma care: 1 person
  • Trauma care: multiple victims and triage

If you don’t have the skills or tools for all of these, it’s okay. If you’re not as proficient as you’d like to be, it’s okay.

What’s important is that you continue to train in these areas as much as possible and frequently as possible. Build your skills, and acquire tools.

Spend the time bought by our fellow Americans as wisely as possible.

Let’s roll.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

4 Comments on "Are You Ready To Roll?"

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  1. TK says:

    Howdy: New to your blog. This is one helluva article…Congrats. Now how about listing resources for all that you provided in this 911 blog please.

    Some of the stuff you mention, I have never heard of or thought of…mebad :-(!

    I think it would be very beneficial to all readers if you could do that for us…

    Lead On, Thanks, T. K. Portland, Or.

  2. B R Kurtz B R Kurtz says:

    I’m writing this from Zimbabwe. We’ve been in Afrika for a week. I knew I’d be in Non Permissive zones; I vowed never to be unarmed. My “Flying Kit” included two rolls of quarters in a leather coin sap (in case we needed change…), two steel pens, a thin metal ruler rubber banded to a hard back journal, and a metal water bottle with a bungee wrist strap (because water is life…). The TSA goons confiscated my 20+ year old Shaffer “fighting” pen because they said it was a self defense tool. LOL my self defense tool was and IS my attitude. TSA made me all but strip and confiscated a pen. The three Afrikaner airports we’ve been through simply wanded us if we beeped going through the metal detector. TSA is just a bad version of Kabooki Security Theater. They didn’t stop 911 when they were just security guards paid by the airlines and are no different now that they are employees.

    Your security is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

  3. Kyliewyotie says:

    Thanks for the list.

    It seems as thou often some of the less “flashy” skills are often neglected.
    In my group of friends, I often am the one pushing medical, escapology, how not be seen as the bad guy, etc. I like firearms/knives/fighting training, and absolutely believe in learning them, but also see the need for all the others.

    Thanks for constantly highlighting the sometimes overlooked training/gear.

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