OlBill wrote:You bring up an interesting point.Scott B. wrote:This is a good subject. The way we teach is it is, "Tap - Rack - Assess." Why? Let's say you're in a gun fight and while clearing your hypothetical malfunction the 'bad guy' -- so overwhelmed by your guns skills -- surrenders? But you follow up with "Bang" because that's the way you always practiced it?
Something to think about.
I had already decided to shoot and pulled the trigger. It didn't bang and I never took my eyes off the threat while I fixed it. What am I assessing?
The assessment is for any possibility, for a change, to have occurred, while performing the tap, rack, maneuver. While at a range, in a controlled, environment, change will be non-existent. In real world situations, a myriad, of things can change, even if focused on the threat. Tunnel vision, is a real issue, and under stress, there are a lot of things that you won't see. I don't practice malfunction drills, while standing still, because I don't want to revert to my training, and be standing like a statue, if it happens in real life. Moving even slightly, will help open up your field of vision, and there may be something you see, which will change the decision to immediately fire. Like I said, an innocent person, may have entered the target area, a second, more immediate threat, may be presented to you, etc.. all of these things are a possibility, and while it is impossible to completely prepare foe every scenario, just practicing one way of doing things, may cause more problems in a real life situation. JMHO