That alternate course of action meant that about 80 of them, regular folks banded together in a militia, were going to stand up to 250 to 300 soldiers in the world’s elite fighting force, who also happened to be their own army. Predictably, most of the men who stood were mowed down by ball and bayonet. The result of that decision is also that we are able to live in the freest country in the world. They were not hesitant to give their lives for their posterity, which is you and I.
Two 5-round strippers are loaded into each cardboard. 6 cardboards per bandoleer. Greedy little hands to load them.
PL: “Sufficient prior work” is really the key. The subconscious only takes over with sufficient programming. And it will do a better job, but only if programmed correctly – ‘perfect practice makes perfect’. “Excitement” can also be buck fever or similar, which will ruin you if you don’t know how to control your emotions and settle yourself down to that “cold, unemotional shooting machine”.
PL: First, range practice with strict attention to fundamentals on paper targets from various positions and various known distances without time pressure, to confirm the shooter’s skill. You absolutely must know every detail of every strength and weakness you have. Self-knowledge makes for correct decisions.
Second, practice on targets at unknown distances against the clock, starting from the standing ready position. A buddy helps here, to run the clock, and perhaps call out which of several available targets at different distances to hit. This takes target selection control away from the shooter and puts it into his surroundings, just like the real world. It also takes away from the shooter the temptation to dawdle. The clock adds another external pressure that most casual shooters never seem to practice with.
Third, go hunting. A lot. Small game seasons last a lot longer than big game. Applying a .22 rifle against rabbits and squirrels with a .22, if possible in your area, will pose a surprising array of challenges to solve.
PL: As you say, the type of critter and terrain I hunt guided my pursuit of style. I am at heart a rifle hunter and bullseye multi-position shooter. The skill sets developed in the latter apply well to the former activity. Stand-up CQB or long-range prone over a bipod simply don’t exist in my favorite practical activities. Not that I dislike them or think anything is wrong with them, I just don’t do them as a matter of interest, except for very occasionally the former with an M1, and some prairie dog popping from a portable bench.
PL: Two things: the equipment race, and jumping into the ‘deep end’ of any application before rigorous work is done to really perfect the fundamentals. Again, the guy with the high-dollar rig on the bench shooting little groups, who really needs to attend three Appleseeds in close succession, because at the first one he’d barely stay on the paper from unsupported prone, or who would totally fail at a rifle bounce.
Pete has been a frequent commenter on my site since almost the beginning. I have learned a lot from his comments. It’s my privilege to support his new book, which is to be released on April 10th of this year.
Pete was kind enough to give me a preview of the book. The writing is very clear and complete. Coming soon will be an interview with Pete and a review of his book.
For now, here is a preview of the table of contents: