On Nov 11-12, 2017 I attended the Rangemaster Instructor Conference held at the BDC Gun Room in Shawnee, Oklahoma. 49 instructors, out of the more than 800 graduates of the 3 day Rangemaster Instructor program, spent 2 days shooting and learning. I wrote an AAR about it after I returned.
Highlights from another presentation at the conference:
John Correia – Lessons from Watching 12,000 gunfights
Tom invited John to present on lessons he’s learned from watching more than 12,000 videos of gunfights. John has posted over 1100 videos of actual armed encounters on his channel, narrated with analysis. He estimates for every video he’s posted, he’s viewed at least 10 to select the video of the day. Two decades ago, a channel like John’s could not have existed, but as security cameras in facilities, car and body cameras on police officers, and cell phone cameras became omnipresent, the amount of video available from incidents has increased.
John had many lessons in his presentation. I’m going to share a few of them, with commentary.
The Pareto Principle
John explained that 20% of the skills taught in the typical defensive shooting course are all that are necessary in 80% of the incidents he’s viewed. The 20/80 rule is often called the Pareto Principle. As applied to firearms training, it means that roughly 20% of the exercises and habits have 80% of the impact and the trainee should not focus so much on a varied training. John pointed out that 80% is a “B”, and that for most, having a “B” grade in gunfighting is a practical “passing score”.
His list of 20% skills aligns pretty well with our thoughts on minimum standards as well as what has been taught in defensive shooting courses for the past 20 years or so.