The Best Way to Be an Anti-Terrorist

| January 13, 2015 | 7 Comments

“Today, EVERY MAN IS A COUNTER TERRORIST.” – Gabe Suarez, The Suarez Group

I became interested in fight-focused training in 2007. I had read about the Beslan school massacre, the Chechen theater attack in Moscow, school shootings and workplace violence incidents in the United States. 2008 rolled around, and the Mumbai attacks in India happened.

Until then, my desire to own and carry firearms was for personal defense (defeat a mugging, robbery, home invasion, etc). As I learned more about what was going on in the world, I discovered there was an entirely different level of aggression going on. Something that my 7-round 1911 and 7-round North American Arms Guardian weren’t really suited to deal with.

And frankly, neither was I.

I started researching classes on dealing with “active shooters,” and realized I had a lot of ground to cover. I had never taken a fight-focused training class in my life. I had never drawn from a holster aside from dry fire practice at home. I was afraid to draw a loaded gun, and no range in my area would allow me to practice doing this. Forget moving and shooting, or changing hands or reloaded with only one hand.

I started training, first with Suarez International in Virginia, and then with them in Minnesota. I trained with John Farnam (Defense Training International), the folks at AIM Precision, and the vast, vast majority of my training was with QSI Training. To all of them, I am grateful.

Little by little, season by season, I gained experience and skill. I learned techniques, and philosophies. I took fight-focused classes on handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Trauma care. Partner tactics. Vehicle gunfighting.

I met my wife along the way, and she started training with me. That’s when I realized something.

The best tools and training I could accumulate were only useful if was the first responder.

The true way to be an anti-terrorist, the best way, is to help OTHER people be a first responder, too.

We all need to practice, train, acquire new tools and share ideas. The best thing we can do is get other people involved.

The more of us out there, the more likely we are to be in a place to do some real good the next time an attack happens.

In 2015, I implore you to get one new person involved in fight-focused training. Do what you need to do to get the basics covered, and get them in touch with a qualified, fight-focused instructor. The She-Shepherd has an interactive map up on Pinterest, and if you’re an instructor reading this please let us know if you want to be considered for addition.

If all you do is get one person — one person — training for this fight, you’ve doubled your effectiveness. Get two going, that’s tripling our power.

The only thing better than a well-trained individual ready to respond to the next Paris-style terrorist attack is a whole damn community of us.

Let’s do something. Together.


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.

7 Comments on "The Best Way to Be an Anti-Terrorist"

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  1. Kyliewyotie says:

    Great point.

    I have yet to have anyone take me up on anything beyond some range time, or the basics of safety/ handling. Whenever the topic comes up I try to remain approachable, but not pushy. I did get some close friends/ family to attend a trauma medicine class, I am happy about that.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      I think the trauma medicine class is an excellent start. It’s not very “threatening,” and has potential to be used outside of gunshot wounds (e.g., car wreck). Good on you — every little step is still a step forward.

  2. voodoo_man says:

    I am actually writing up an article about being an “anti-terrorist.”

    You make good points!

  3. Alex Nieuwland says:

    I was just making a similar point to some of my students this weekend.

    Please add these class to the map:

    JD Lester and I will take great pleasure in creating more effective anti-terrorists during these classes.

  4. Ethan762 says:

    Excellent post Shepherd. I accept the challenge.

    On a related note, I strongly suggest reading “Terror at Beslan” (by John Giduck) for a blow-by-blow look at the highly coordinated Jihadi attack in 2004 – there are so many lessons to be learned.

    It sounds funny, but this book has helped me analyze my workplace like a terrorist – what doors would people be funneling through to escape? What exits would someone block if they were trying to maximize the body count?

  5. The She-Shepherd The She-Shepherd says:

    Hey Alex!

    I’ve added your classes to the training map. If you know other trainers who would like to be added just let me know.


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