All churches, because they are soft targets, are targets. They have been for years. Cowards abound. They only hit soft targets.
Got a security team? Do they practice? Not really? Why is that?
In my experience, easy is the only way. No one is going to do something difficult.
- A political-election-sign-pigtail-wire carried by, say, Lowes. I get them by the handful since, with my bad aim, I’ll sometimes cut a wire with a bullet, usually and unhelpfully in the loop holding up the plate.
- Dessert foam plate (7″), the flat bottom of which is about the width of the inside bottle of the QIT 97-99 targets, about the size of the “stop the threat box” for eyes and forehead. For example, here’s a donated 4″ splatter target pasted over the plate, useful if you have the target out at 75 feet. I guess. I haven’t used them.
By the way and just to say, terrorist active shooter idiots are now much more commonly using body armor. Head shots are that four inch box. That’s it. I measured it out putting a ruler to my own face in a mirror. Even more, the box is half that height, only two inches.
Anyway, assembly and placement, not counting the pacing distances is five seconds:
- Slip the plate into the top pigtail loop. I put it in at an angle (as seen above) so as not to interfere with the virtual vertical inside bottle. (3ss)
- Pace out the distance for the stage of the course you’re doing.
- Poke the wire into the ground, which doesn’t have to be level. (2ss)
The rule is: If it’s too difficult, you’re not going to do it. The pig-tailed plate is sooo easy.
Massive paper targets or pre-printed on cardboard QIT targets still need to be attached to frames that need constructing (you’re really gonna do that?) and transporting (you gotta truck, right?) and then lugging and placing on a flat surface (I don’t have a flat surface on the ridge) and then removing them afterward and then retransporting them and then storing them (you’re gonna get away with storing them?).
THAT ain’t a gonna happen more than a couple times at the most, even for the most enthusiastic, and then you’ll just give up on range work. Not good. So, forget big targets. They are harmful in every way. If you shoot with a massive target, you’ll not stop the threat from any real target and you’ll very likely endanger the very ones you’re trying to protect.
The rule is: Aim small, shoot small.
This makes you more accurate, which makes you more safe regarding those you are trying to protect in any critical incident.
The rule is: practice under pressure.
- Use a timer, use small targets, and use variable staged courses that are quick.
- Use courses that make you run, go prostrate, kneel, stand, that get the adrenaline going, that make you change out mags with some left and when all is empty (“tactical” and “combat”).
- Use courses that make you use only your strong hand, only your weak hand, make you change hands mid-stage, and also both hands.
Think about it. You’re in close quarters with lots of people. When an active shooter terrorist idiot opens fire, you’ll have, at most, a three second grace period, so to speak, that is, if you’re not hit while he’s shooting as fast as he can. The utterly unexpected and very loud noise will make people shy away from the perp, giving you a clear shot, but only for those three seconds. You’ll not have more time than that. No matter what you say and practice, people may still rush the perp at risk to themselves so as to attempt to stop the threat, perhaps, with likely many getting killed by this method. And they won’t hear your shots, however loud, as adrenaline will already have blocked their senses. But you don’t want them to rush into the line of fire and so you are the one to stop the threat even before that reaction of theirs could possibly take place. It’ll all be over before they can react.
The rule is:
- You have to be the one who’s not surprised.
- You have to be the one at the ready.
- You have to be the one who is a bit edgy.
- You have to be the one with situational awareness.
- You have to be the one who practices all the time.
- You have to be the one who makes it easy for yourself to practice by using, say, the targets recommended above.
The rule is:
- It’s not about you. If it’s not about service to others out of love of God and neighbor, you’ll freeze, you’ll run, you’ll hide, but you won’t fight. You’ll let it happen.
We’re so weak and so don’t want to be bothered that we’ll let difficult targets get in the way. Do everyone a favor, make your targets super inexpensive, super easy to set up.