In competition there are rules, Michael says, and those rules define the limits of your action. Competition shooters work on technique, form and speed in an effort to fire faster, achieve better split times and transition from target to target quicker. Competition shooters have a basic understanding of what they are facing and what they need to do to win. However, in self-defense situations there are no rules and you don’t get the advantage of knowing what to expect. Violence is always a chaos system, Michael says, where there are a lot of different factors making it impossible to predict the event or outcome. Instead of being predictive, in self-defense scenarios, you have to be responsive. It doesn’t matter if your split time is fast or your form is perfect, rather it’s important that you can adapt to the situation, shoot from awkward or broken positions, and think clearly enough to take the right action.
Listen in as Michael Bane, host of “Shooting Gallery” on Outdoor Channel, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET. talks competition vs self-defense firearm training and how to better prepare for the unpredictable.