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Old April 12, 2012, 11:44 AM   #24
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
Posts: 8,883
Originally Posted by FireForged
My teenage nephew who has never had any tactical, SD training was attacked by a boar one morning... he had a empty rifle slung over his back and was able to put (2) rounds into the boar which ended the event. Later he stated that he never remembered loading. His level of training was basic safe operation of a firearm and hunting with his Dad....
All that shows is that he was able to deal with the particular problem he faced with the particular skills and abilities he had.

Originally Posted by FireForged
...the idea that people are somehow bumbling goofs under stress without specialized operator training, is just not reasonable.
Under stress, one doesn't "rise to the occasion." One defaults to his level of training. Confronted with a problem, one will use whatever skills he has available. If he's good enough, that will work. But if his skills are not up to the problem at hand, things won't turn out well.

The thing is that you can't know ahead of time what your problem, if you have one, will be; and so you can't know ahead of time what you're going to need to be able to do to solve your problem. And therefore, the greater your skill and the more you can do (i. e., the better trained and practiced you are), the luckier you'll be.
"It is long been a principle of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully." -- Jeff Cooper
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