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Old September 26, 2013, 03:04 PM   #38
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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Originally Posted by c.j.
We learned how to clear a house, rescuing one's family from the clutches of armed bad guys.
Invariably, when someone posts this part of the course, someone jumps all over them about how dangerous/useless/etc. this is. The scenario is set up in such a way as to leave no choice but to go in, not sit and argue about it, in order to build stress to allow you to assess how well you're able to perform (or not perform) under pressure, NOT to make you an elite SWAT team member or make anyone believe they are.
I agree. The real "take home" lessons from such simulator exercises should be: (1) solo clearing is an extremely dangerous activity to be avoided if at all possible; and (2) rarely it might be unavoidable, so one should know how to do it properly.

In addition, such simulator drills offer a useful exercise in gun handling, safely moving with a loaded gun in your hand, observation and target identification. And, as c. j., notes, one gets to do all that under stress.
"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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