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Mike Levy, the Owner and Chief Instructor for Assault Dynamics. Mike is a retired Swat Officer with over 14 years of experience. Offering an ever-evolving advanced firearm training and consultation with a variety of courses and services. Mike has a wide range of credentials as well thirst for knowledge of the craft that compliments his already wide array of expertise: Sig Law Enforcement Master Instructor, POST Law Enforcement Firearm and Tactical Rifle Instructor, LEO/SWAT Retired.

Mike Levy: So if you really think about it, how much brainpower are you actually using when you’re at the range?

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The key to elevating your training is to challenge your decision-making!

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The key to elevating your training is to challenge your decision-making!

Flat range training generally focuses on competency with your firearm.

However, as you progress and your skills improve, you find yourself thinking less and less about how to shoot your gun because much of it has become a subconscious response to feedback.

You’re not thinking about a reload or a stoppage, or anything else.

You just fix it and shoot it based on feedback.

So if you really think about it, how much brainpower are you actually using when you’re at the range?

It’s not until we venture outside of the flat range mentality do we recognize decision making and how our choices impact outcomes.

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A simple drill to test if students are able to consider their environment

The photos you see above show a simple drill to test if students are able to consider how their environment can help them.

I’ve run this drill with many people to evaluate their decision-making.

About 90% of them will plant their feet and shoot from that position without considering the things within their immediate environment that can help them.

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Everyone has a different opinion on what you should do

Decision-making and tactics are probably the least discussed topics on social media and for a good reason.

Everyone has a different opinion on what you should do, while others make up a context to support their argument even though no context was provided.

While there’s some value to the dialogue, much of it becomes toxic and inflammatory.

The key to elevating your training is also to challenge your decision-making and find ways to exploit your weaknesses.

In many ways, this can be viewed as an “experience” as much as simply training.

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Special Edition February 2022: Tactical Training

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