TACTICS - THE ART OF MANEUVERING AGAINST AN OPPONENT, AND TOWARD A SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE.
Tactics is proactive and preemptive. Tactics is not reactive.
We have a set of skills for the reactive event that help prevent you from getting shot when you didn't expect the fight. Combat proven and street tested skills that have kept us and other alive when by all rights we should have died by gunfire. As essential as those are, they are not tactics. Those skills are habituated responses established by extensive repetitions when a stimulus is presented. This is just like the martial arts people have done for centuries. As our respected staff member states, gun-fighting is karate at 1200 feet per second.
But karate is not tactics either.
Tactics come before the shots are fired.
But tactics are not for leaving the fight. As we said, all you need for that is a suspicion and the willingness to act upon it by leaving.
Tactics are created and justified by an understanding of both the dynamics of the fight as well as what is justified by an understanding of the flowchart. All usable tactics can be justified, but that is a matter for the art of language. There is nothing "defensive" about tactics. Tactics are for when you decide you are going to the fight, justified by your moral duty and by the nature of the depredations of the opponent on the innocent - on purpose - with a specific objective.
Tactics allow you do the following -
- Work for the best shot on the bad guy by avoiding potential collateral damage issues
- Work for the best shot on the bad guy(s) by gaining access to him while denying him access to you
- Work for the best shot on the bad guy(s) by interjecting yourself between them and their objectives
- Locate the bad guy(s) and conclude the event unannounced, without them ever realizing you have done so.
- Complete legal and administrative justification vis-a-vis moral, duty, and tactical preclusion.
The gentleman from the SAS in Kenya recently used such tactics.
Elements of proper tactics -
- The outcome is already decided before you begin.
- Controlled and deliberate movement toward an objective - not rushed but not tentative.
- Every step gains an advantage or seeks to place your muzzle on the enemy.
- A hasty back up plan must be devised while the initial plan is executed.
- The eyes, mind and muzzle move in unison with no delay in your ability to shoot accurately.
- Unless that is your mission while in uniform, you are not there to capture or negotiate.
As far as the physical execution of such tactics, that depends on the nature of the ground you are fighting on.
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