Since before I was born, operators and tacticians of all types (including Call of Duty “warriors") have engaged in meaningful discussion regarding the optimal way to carry a firearm when not holstered or slung: High Ready or Low Ready?
As a practitioner of both, it’s my opinion that the situation dictates and as such, it’s important to be well versed with both. For example, when being carried by boat to an objective, the high ready makes a lot of sense the same way it makes sense to be in the low ready when on a helicopter. And believe me, I’ve had my fair share of Army friends tell me, ‘you Navy SEALs like the high ready so that in the event of a negligent discharge, you don’t sink the boat.’ This of course is followed by laughter and chuckles and I simply chalk it up to humor and brotherly rivalry.
That said, this humorous statement validates my point that literally, the situation dictates and the end user should be well versed with both so that he or she can best adapt to the environment in which they are operating.
Here are a few things to chew on as you digest this… and by all means, please leave your comments below.
- Get out of your comfort zone. When you train the exact same way every single time, you’re not being as productive as you can. Training is meant to be tough and challenging… this is how we learn and improve.
- Train until you can’t get it wrong. I hear a lot of people say that they train until they get it right, but that’s not good enough, especially where the consequences for poor performance / slow reaction time is can be your life or worse – the life of a loved one / teammate.
- Two is one and one is none. This saying reinforces the importance of redundancy and explains why we always carry a rifle and a pistol down range. If one system goes down, we have back ups. Same is true with TTP’s. Brass tacks is that having options increases survivability.
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Until next time, train hard and stay frosty.