Paratus et duro [ Prepare and Endure ]

Finishing the fight.

By Michael VanSteenkiste of Jericho Defense   I recently read an article written by Jeff Hall for SWAT Magazine entitled, "Finish The Fight". Many times when I read these articles I approach them with a fair amount of skepticism. Many writers will conduct "research" and cite incidents that support their ideas in order to make them make sense. For example, I have seen people cite specific incidents of police officers laying down next to a curb and using that curb as cover/concealment to make the ridiculous idea seem logical. The specifics of the sheer stupidity of this technique will be left for another article. True tactical techniques make sense on their own and don't necessarily need real life example to make them hold water. A good example of this is the Tap-Rack-Bang philosophy. Nothing is needed to make this make sense in the human mind other than doing it and seeing that you can train a mildly retarded monkey to conduct this action under stress. It just works and I don't need to go to a two way range to prove it.   Jeff Hall simplifies a fight by encouraging the would be victim to finish it. This is something I have been advocating for a long time now. There is none of this two to the chest and one to the head garbage. None of the "aim for the medulla oblongata" high speed fancy shot placement stuff. In a real fight, you don't always "aim for the head". You just shoot at the biggest piece of blood circulating meat you can place your front sight on and start shooting until it stops moving or stops throwing small pieces of lead at you at high velocities. There's no double tap. There is shoot until it stops. What is "it"? "It" is you, the turd trying to ruin your day, their gun, or your gun. If you stop, it's probably a bad day for you. If the turd stops or the turd's gun stops, it's a good day for you. If your gun stops, well, here's my favorite part. Jeff hall speaks to ruthlessness. I will directly pull this next part from his article.   "Being ruthless follows being willing. When you respond to an active shooter in a school, don't ponder what trauma in his early life caused him to do what he's doing-that's not your problem. Don't worry about being empathetic or trying to establish a dialogue to see if this can be resolved without more gunfire. It's doesn't matter if he's a Goth freak or an Islamic terrorist. He has no remorse, and all he fears is failure. He can't be changed or reasoned with. He has to be shot as soon as you see him, shot well enough and often enough that he can't kill other children. You can let the shrinks and news commentators wonder what motivated him...after he's dead."   If you are still having a difficult time with what exactly ruthless is, here's another example. Have you ever seen the movie 300? Those guys were ruthless. Even after they had impaled an enemy, they took the time to cut off their heads or ensure there was no other way for the individual to be a threat. Ruthless is engaging with your revolver, running out of ammo, and continuing to close the distance and proceeding to use your now highly priced club to persuade your would be assailant to stop whatever is it that they are doing.   You must always finish the fight. You must enter the fight with the mindset that you are not only going to win, but win decisively. No, you didn't start the fight, but you sure as hell are going to finish it.   The following is Jeff Hall's Finish the Fight Formula:   1. Shoot until the threat is gone. 2. Reload 'cuz a full gun is a happy gun. 3. Move to cover. 4. Scan to see if anyone else needs to be shot. 5. Call for help 6. Verify incapacitation. Shoot him again if needed. 7. Self Assess. If you see red you have been hit. 8. Verify incapacitation again. 9. Scan 10. Wait   If you get a chance to read his full article you will find it in the July 2011 issue of SWAT Magazine.