There are some buzzwords that have surfaced in recent times regarding self defense and related topics. This is the first in a series of buzzwords, and even buzzmethods. Throughout the series, we will take a look at some of the more prevalent buzzes.
This week we look at “Tactics” and “Tactical”. These poor words have been so overused and abused in recent years I almost don’t even like to use them. At one time Strategic Defense Group was going to have “tactical” in the title. But, as it became so overused, I decided against it.
Now, before you start thinking that I hate tactics, let’s just set the record straight! Tactics are one of my passions, I study them intensely and they are one of my favorite training topics. Tactics are critically important to self defense, with or without a gun.
So, what are tactics? Tactics are the art and science of intentional action designed to meet a specific goal. Art and science? Yup. As you dive into the world of applicable tactics, there becomes this grey area of how things work. There are some cut and dry tactics, ie: “slicing the pie”. But, when it comes to room entry, or even prevention tactics, there is something of an art to it.
So, why has this critical topic become a buzzword? Well, as with other topics we will address in this series, because they’re are necessary. And, I would add, and argue, that they are just sexy. This appeal added to the fundamental necessity, has made it quite popular. I could not count how many businesses have the word “tactics” in their name.
Sidebar: Yes, I have “strategy” in Strategic Defense Group. Let me explain why I went with strategy as opposed to tactics. My wife would tell you it is because I do not do things that everyone else is doing. I refuse to go with the crowd. While their is a bit of truth to that, that is not the exclusive reason. Strategy is an overall plan and approach, tactics are what you use to meet the goal. A strategy will employ a plethora of tactics, but a tactic is not strategy. To use the classification phylum for plants, animals, et. al. Strategy is the “Class” and tactics are the “Species”.
So, why am I making a big deal about this? Because, tactics are a big deal. We must learn them and apply them appropriately. You must be sure that you are learning tactics from a reputable source that is knowledgeable and experienced, that is teaching tactics that have been proven in combat. Additionally they must be legal! The Vice POTUS once recommended that you grab a shotgun and fire warning shots! I guarantee every firearms instructor worth his weight in salt darn near lost his mind when he said that! Warning shots may be another article later, so we won’t go down that rabbit trail, but, suffice it to say, do not shoot warning shots…
Shooting guns are an important part of training, but, just going to the range and slinging lead is not enough. We must understand and take time to learn how employ our other skills. Tactics are critical, but don’t get caught up in the fluff. There are a great deal of “tactics” out there that are worthless and frankly dangerous. Before you pay someone, or even buy a book, to educate you in the wonderful world of tactics. Do some homework, and ensure that the instructor, or author, is reputable and giving good instruction.
What can we learn?
The word tactics is waaaaay over used. But, don’t let that distract from their criticality in self defense
When getting tactical training, be sure whatever source you are getting your information from is valid.
Remember, anyone can make a video and put it on youtube. Just because they are on the internet does not mean they are a valid source. This included us, check us out, put us to the test. I assure you, the tactics we teach are tried and true, battle proven. But, don’t take my word for it.