To Train or Not to Train?
To train or not to train? That is really a question that only you yourself can answer. The old training axiom then comes into question. The axiom is not only a motivational saying but also ask points out a truth in reality. The axiom is simply stated. “Somewhere out there is another person training for you, and if you are not training and you meet up against this person you will lose.”
Now I know that some of you reading that will think that I am full of excrement. That I don’t know if you train hard. You are right. But I also know that most people also believe that if and when a situation arises you will rise to the occasion. Fact: You will NOT rise to the occasion; in fact, you will rise to your level of training. So, it follows that if you do not train then you WILL fail. There are no other outcomes. Period.
Another way to look at training is this; how much training do you owe your family and loved ones? How much time are they owed? They might have to depend on you for their very survival to avert a rape or death. How much are you willing to spend training? How much time is enough? What are they worth? That is only a question that you can answer.
Another motivational saying is: “The more you sweat in training, the less you will bleed out there.” You see the word training in this article is training with your firearm of choice, the tactics to successfully deploy and engage an adversary whose intention is to do you or your family harm or death. The other definition of training that I refer to is your physical condition.
You see your physical condition will determine how long you can hang in a physical fight and whether you are fit enough to even engage in a gunfight and win in either of those scenarios. Again, you will have to do an honest self-assessment of your physical fitness.
You see, your physiology will be tested in a fight to the death, whether it be hand to hand, or with weapons. The stresses will be different for each type of assault, whether it is defensive or offensive in nature. How is your stamina? How long can you go before you are physically exhausted? The truth is once you are physically exhausted, you had better be the victor or you will be the victim, and so will your loved ones.
How much are they worth?
So again, the question is simple, “How much are they worth? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? 15 minutes?” Only you know for sure.
How you train is also a consideration. When you go to the range do you just concentrate on basic marksmanship? Or do you train to be a gun-fighter? You see gun-fighting has several aspects to it. Or does your training fall somewhere in between?
What about empty hands fighting? Do you have any type of hand to hand fighting training, such as martial arts? This raises another question, “How much training do you have and are you confident in your abilities to deploy that training in a real world situation?”
The next question that only you know the answer to for sure is “How much experience do you have in fighting?” How many of us can actually say “I have lots of experience in gun fights?” or “I have lots of fighting experience?” The experience factor also comes in when fighting with other weapons other than firearms.
So you see why I ask the question, “To Train or not to Train” just isn’t about whether you train, but how you train. The outcomes and situations, you might be faced with might very well depend on if you train and how you train.
Until next time, Keep on Prepping AND Training