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In combat and shooting survival training the most important thing is to offer the smaller target area to your adversary yet, it is often one of the aspects less taken into account in combat training.

Within the realm of combat survival training, mostly using firearms but in the case of other variants as well, the talk often gets centered around the weapons themselves and what they can or cannot do, leaving aside the first and most important resource that a survivor that suddenly confronts such a situation has, which is oneīs own skills, not only to shoot effectively or decisively, but to avoid becoming a sure kill for any adversary.


This is the basic kneel down shooting position; it reduces your exposed body surface by around fifty percent, and your risks in a similar proportion.
This is the basic kneel down shooting position; it reduces your exposed body surface by around fifty percent, and your risks in a similar proportion.

Honing such skills is far more important than learning to use any weapon because in the case of combat survival we can talk about two kinds of essential situations:

- When we have the capability to retaliate or attack using any sort of weapon.

- When we donīt, and thus the only viable choice for us would be to escape.


By lying on the ground you reduce the odds of being hit by about eighty percent.
By lying on the ground you reduce the odds of being hit by about eighty percent.

Donīt confuse the later with cowardice; it is survival and the notion is meant to represent a situation in which we have absolutely no way of counterattacking. Such a confusion and an ill-perceived sense of bravery might kill you.

In both cases we will hav eto lessen the surface area of our bodies in order to make it harder for our adversary or enemy to shoot well. This, indeed, is a common factor to all combat survival situations involving the use of weapons, while using the latter is limited to just one kind of combat survival scenario. Clearly, learning to evade the enemyīs aiming and shooting is far more important.


By crouching you can change your exposed surface quiclky, albeit this position is not so stable as kneeling down.
By crouching you can change your exposed surface quiclky, albeit this position is not so stable as kneeling down.

This means that you will have to be in a mental and phisical condition that allows you to act very quiclky - by reflexes more than rational thought - in such a way that you will catch your enemy by surprise, breaking his or her aiming sequence. But as it alos quicly becomes apparent, this solution lasts only a fraction of time and a second action - either a counter attack or an escape manoeuver - will be required to end the stalemate. If you donīt do this, the surprise on your adversary will come to an end and you will soon find yourself again in the shooting line.

So, combat survival should no tbe limited to the study of weaponry, neither it should only encompass sudden avoidance actions. Such training must include in all cases the resolution of the situation, as we said, by counter attacking or escaping; thus, any training program in this regard should let trainees develop their reflexes in a way pretty similar to what is common among martial artists.


The fall back shooting position can be used suddenly if you are too close to your adversary; then, you should roll to one side immediately to get out of the firing line.
The fall back shooting position can be used suddenly if you are too close to your adversary; then, you should roll to one side immediately to get out of the firing line.



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