The Tactical Life

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When it comes to situational awareness, your smart phone is making you extremely dumb.

Yep, these all make very good sense and personally hope I can be cool & use the great advice.
I think the problem with most of us is that we care, maybe a bit too much. I can picture myself in their shoes hat I been born elsewhere and that, cottoned sun being serious about my morals, adds up to seeing them as brothers and sisters in need rather than ‘justa’ street people.
Many in sure have relatives that aren’t in the street, love and miss them. Maybe the dollar i risk giving causes enough renewed hope that they finally get their shit together.

All that said, tactically doesn’ speaking, silence, a blank stare and as much distance as possible. UNLESS they get aggressive, in which case they get the standard pronated palms with a very loud “get back!”

It’s truly sad that in our country people are on the street but the majority who are seem to have chosen it rather than having been forced.

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Looking for something different? Give the boomerang a try. Just make sure you have a lot of open space , it is not something to practice in an apartment. Also, if in a public park, take it from personal experience, try not to take off the head of a dog walker)).

Interesting thread.
I really like your view on what am I doing today to make myself better, I do subscribe to that thought process. However, I have not lived a life in violence like so many on here.

Since leaving military, have spent my 40 years working and staying in shape usually through strength, running, judo, and more recently trying to learn to surf. I have been able to keep my family safe and so far have not had many situations that we could not handle.

I have learned to rely more on situational awareness since I do not train enough to be proficient in combat skills. I have learned knowing your limitations is a big part of survival and excelling. You have to be honest with where you are in your skill set and what you can do. A skill that I think doesn’t get enough attention.

I have tried to maintain the basic skills I learned in military. Probably enough against the general population, but would not even attempt versus trained personnel.

But served before 9/11, totally different mindset. Much more Cold War. Learned so much in the 82nd on life and how to navigate it. Wasn’t infantry but support the 325th, but the deploying, training, field work and jumping made a huge impression on my life going forward on how to accomplish missions. The 82nd and Desert Storm (navigating Kuwait City and the Saudi border with the Saudi’s) definitely drove home what you say about diligence the area I was in was extremely Shite and that was child’s play compared to what you post 9/11 guys dealt with.

Firearms - Keep an AR at home because I know it inside and out. As you said, shooting skills are perishable. Trying to be proficient in multiple platforms if you do not train consistently is a recipe for disaster. So, the AR and Ruger Revolver easy and reliable and I know them.

Hand to Hand - Some basic judo, aikido and military moves that are 2nd nature by now. As I said, I do not train like you guys in the field or that do combat skills as a hobby. Simple, reliable and doable is my focus at 60. What can I do consistently and train that will not make the situation worse!

Overall, I love this site. I am not in a combat job like LEO or active duty military so I really do not train combat skills as much as I should. But there are a whole population of people out there that can learn skills from this site, but not be committed like many on here. Just the discussion has helped with reenforcing situational awareness, simple firearm skills and the reminder that there are bad people out there.

Thanks, hope there is room for some people that are more in the middle of curve, not at the extreme! Sadly, my experience with the extreme is they would rather make fun of those that just go to work everyday than work with them to get better.

Welcome. A really well written post, especially this:

Don’t be a stranger.

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Tactical Risk Calculus is an analytical framework to evaluate the multitude of variables that influence the outcome of kinetic engagements, from personal close quarters combat to large-scale campaigns. TRC is critical to make informed decisions that maximize the probability of success (and or survival) and minimize exposure to unnecessary risk.

This evaluation matrix factors in elements like terrain, enemy strength, available assets, and mission objectives to provide an actionable roadmap for conflict. It serves as a decision-making tool under high-stakes scenarios where the margin for error is slim.

I won’t, plan on checking in. You guys got me motivated to sharpen skills.
Starting shooting again every Saturday. I am a small amount, but consistent fan. An hour with my brother, 50 rounds with my Ruger American 9 mm. Going to add in movement, as you said.

Starting combatives again, best I can. I came up with the crawl, walk, run system. I do miss the military training techniques, by the numbers was always effective for me. The civilian martial arts didn’t have the same structure. Limited amount I can do here at 60 by my self!

Keep working out. I subscribe to the Best Damn Workout, lower intensity and more frequency. I changed out some of the lifts, for example added loaded carries for leg curls. More functional.

Finally, I am going to learn how to F-ing surf! So far, just mastered alot of falling. Judo break falls and jump school PLFs helped there! Full as a unit…

Thanks guys. Great useful thread…

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Fear is the mind killer.

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Grip strength is an attribute that is often underestimated by most individuals, focusing on upper body strengthening. Your ability to effectively handle objects, tools, and even adversaries often starts and or ends with your grip.

Grip strength refers to the force exerted by the muscles of the hand and forearm to hold, grasp, or manipulate objects – or how much power it can generate. It’s the cornerstone for a variety of physical skills, from lifting to pulling and even to striking. It’s not just the purview of martial artists, rock climbers or manual laborers; grip strength is crucial in numerous operations to everyday tasks.