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System overload

Can you load your brain with too much information. In this industry, specifically, executive protection, there is so much information on what to do, how to do it and when to do it that it can actually scramble your EP hard drive.

We are wired to seek the least resistant path in accomplishing our endeavors. Moreover we are wired to revert back to what we know and trained to do.

I am a proponent of getting as much training you can but in doing that you can go to 2 highly recommended schools on the same subject and learn something as small as moving with your long gun in the low ready from one expert and learning to move in the high ready from another. As soon as you go “hot” your going to automatically do what you feel is better for you. As soon as someone on the team chastises you for your tactical decision, your brain starts litigating on why you opted to move that way and which training was right. You start second guessing.

When we train in Texas I constantly hear, “keep that barrel down” being constantly told to other students who have learned another way of doing things.

Another one. You do a mag change, the slide is locked back, some guys release the slide lock with their thumb where other grab the slide with their off hand to release the slide to charge the handgun.

Something as simple as gear options can overload you process. There is a certain highly regarded training school out there that does NOT allow Blackhawk Serpa holsters in their training. Guys are on the wait list to get training at this facility yet their gear is not allowed to be used. System overload.

How do you overcome overload? Training, as mark puts it, should be viewed as a shopping experience. You go up and down each aisle and take what you need. At the end you check out with what you needed from that experience. Look at it this way- we drive normally on dry streets however when there is snow or ice you employ different skills in lieu of a skid etc
Rarely do you think about counter steering on a dry street but in snow and ice it’s in the forefront of your mind.

Don’t be overburdened with overload. Pull out what you need when you need it. My theory is, it’s better to have and not need, than to need and NOT have.

1 comment

  1. Cali

    I totally concur. I've learned that while in class, do as the instructor says….

    I run long guns either business end on target or business end down. I run side arm either high compressed ready business end on target. I've been instructed in the past, that this is wrong. In class, I do as instructed, as any good soldier. In the field, I do what I know. Next time we hit the range, I have a good one to show you. One school's idea of a "combat reload" for a shotty. This makes no sense, especially for a lefty (as in my lil bro's case), but in class, I did it their way.

    As for the holsters, i think I know the school you're referring to. After much debate, I see their stance. I still roll with a serpa on my thigh rig.

    In my extensive year (sarcasm) in ep, I've learned that there are a million ways to skin a cat, but the best way is the way that works best for the skinner. I can learn something from anyone, some people teach me better ways, others teach me what not to do. I feel that with the right mind set, you can bypass the "overload" area and continue your path to EP greatness.

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