We're continuing our series on how to hone your skills in Close Quarter Battle (CQB). If you missed the first installment, it's posted on our our website. Click here first if you need to get caught up.
Recall, that we define CQB as a kinetic fight - typically involving the use of firearms - at close range. While many equate CQB with room clearing, that is not always the case. We also discussed that there are three principles of CQB, which are speed, surprise, and violence of action.
As we mentioned previously, speed is a form of security. Speed makes you a harder target acquire and it helps you set and control the tempo of the battle. That said, it comes with a caveat. There is such a thing as moving too fast.
Remember, you can only move as fast as your eyes can process the room. You need visual acuity to identify threats, make shots with precision, and other tasks to prevail. You can't do that if everything is a blur. So, you have to find the balance between moving fast enough, but not too fast. In short, you need to move in a controlled hurry.
Now that we have reviewed the salient concepts from before, let's move on to the next principle: SURPRISE.
Today, we're going to start our series off on the fundamentals of Close Quarter Battle (CQB).
CQB is the physical confrontation between two or more combatants. As the name implies, these fights take place in close proximity - typically at ranges of 100 meters or less (yes, you read that right) - involving the use of firearms; edged and impact weapons; improvised weapons; or even hand-to-hand combat.
While most discussions surrounding the topic of CQB centers on room clearing, which is the systematic method of neutralizing a threat or group of threats room by room to secure a structure, the subject is much broader than that.
Rooms in a structure can open up into long hallways, corridors, even streets or alley ways ranging out to 100 meters or more. The potential for distances to open up from immediate to longer ranges can impact our load-out choices, so it's important not to pigeon hole ourselves into thinking that CQB is just "room clearing."
Have you met old man Murphy before? He's the guy that makes sure that "if something can go wrong, it will." We have a related saying in the military that goes: no plan survives first contact.
That's because there's a wide range of factors and variables that come into play, many of which we have little control over, that can influence our desired outcome.
In the civilian realm, we also recognize that things don’t always go as planned. That’s where the concept of a Plan B or not to putting all your eggs in one basket comes from.
But sometimes, even that's not is enough.
When you think of danger zones, what comes to mind? A war-torn country with a volatile government? A high-crime city with a dangerous gang presence? While these are all valid danger zones, there are other, less obvious places that can be just as hazardous.
For instance, people have been attacked while attending a funerals, in church, picking their kids up from school, eating in restaurants, and other places that seem to be unlikely epicenters for violence.
The fact is, we live in a world where these attacks are occurring in a-typical settings with increasing frequency and lethality - like the one that happened here at this hospital.
While most of us will never be personally targeted in venues like this, that doesn’t mean you can’t be collateral damage. Once you step out into the public square, there are no real safe zones.
So, here's few tips in general to increase survivability:
“Better to fight and fall, than to live without hope.” Volsunga Saga, c. 12
Have you ever heard that phrase, "failure is not an option"? I understand the sentiment, but I've never been a fan. That's because fear of failure is what stops people from pursuing their dreams in the first place.
Let's face it, failure disappoints. It stings. It hurts. And most of us naturally gravitate away from the things that cause us pain.
But I want to share a personal story about how failure can actually be good for you. In fact, it might just be the key to the success you're looking for.
The greatest lessons you learn in life tend to be the most painful ones. They stick with you.
That's why 2020 should've been your best year yet. 2020 was like a course accelerator with twenty years of life's lessons crammed into a 12 month span!
Just think of it: pandemic; shortages and disruption to the supply chain; riots and security threats; financial hardships, systematic breakdown of political and civic institutions - and that's just off the top of my head!
So, what did you learn about yourself?
1. How prepared were you?
2. How did you adapt to these unprecedented changes?
3. Did you innovate and solve your problems?
4. Did you overcome and thrive or are you still waiting for someone to wake you up from the new normal?
What would happen if you could get accurate hits on target in less than 2 seconds? What about 1 second?
It could help you…
Better prepare yourself to survive a life or death situation.
Become a better protector.
Develop more confidence.
And that’s just what it did for Adam.
When Adam came to us, he was a decent shooter with his handgun, but had never practiced much working from the holster.
When presenting from the high ready, he could drill a nice shot group in the paper, but when we had him shoot from the draw, his speed and accuracy suffered.
I ran Adam through some reps and began observing him. It wasn’t long before I had him down to almost a 1.5 second draw. Not bad!
Adam didn’t need to burn through thousands of rounds to improve and neither do you. I'm going to share the same program with used with him and countless others. Are you ready to level up?
Have you looked at ammo prices lately? Dang, son!
If something doesn't happen soon, we're all gonna be in the poor house. Never fear, I've got a plan I'm going to share with you to help you keep your skills sharp during this ammo pandemic. But first, let's look at how we got into this mess.
There are several reasons that account for the higher prices and ammo shortages:
1. Record numbers of new gun owners. Guess what, they also bought ammo.
2. As more people work from home, the flexibility in their schedules are allowing more time for the range. Guess what, that means they buying more ammo too.
3. It’s an election year, so guns and ammo prices go up anyway. Why? Because guess what…...[you can finish the sentence.]
Shooting is a perishable skill. With civil unrest and security concerns mounting, you need to be training now more than ever. But how do you do that without going broke? Well, let me tell you what I'm doing.
If you think the spreading chaos we’ve seen in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Portland is about over, think again.
This week, violence shifted to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where the city has been under siege following an officer involved shooting of a man with a history that allegedly includes violence against police, a sex crime, domestic abuse, and more.
Again, the usual leftist groups and other bad actors arrived in force pitting themselves against groups of armed citizens and business owners trying to protect their property. The police, overrun and hamstrung by weak civic leaders, have been largely ineffective to quell the violence.
It's just one more powder keg in a string of others that has exploded according to plan. And it won't be the last.
The violence in Kenosha and other cities has the internet ablaze asking whether a Second Civil War or some other conflict is coming.
My friends, it’s already here.
If you've been following my posts on the American Insurgency and how you need to Prepare Yourself Now, then you know I believe that there are some serious things we are facing in the future.
Am I being a conspiracy theorist? Judge for yourself. In the past few months we've seen:
And that's just going off the top of my head.
As we go into the next 90 days before the election, let me ask you this question: