170 – Training: because we are all too easy to kill


People are relatively easy to kill. That may be a comforting notion if you’re defending yourself in a legally, morally acceptable deadly force encounter. It’s anything but if you consider that you are people too — meaning you’re just as vulnerable, if not more so, than your opponent. The term tactical training means more than what people tend to think it means. In fact, just the word training should mean more than it so often does.It should certainly be more than a colloquial term for sitting in a classroom or just putting rounds downrange.

Tactical training

Here’s a question for you, and it’s not rhetorical. Isn’t any training that might affect your ability to successfully defend yourself by definition “tactical”?

What does tactical training mean?

If someone is serious about the carrying and potential use of a tool capable of taking someone’s life, that person should understand what training is and what it is not. Firearms-wise, for instance, it should be about more than just marksmanship and drawstrokes. It should be about when to “drag iron”, and when not too. It should be about test-firing your gear as much as it shooting your weapon. It should be about learning from your own mistakes (and achievements) as it is about other students’ mistakes and achievements.

And it should be about having fun.

Otherwise you may just be doing it wrong.

Hit the play button for further discussion. As always, hit us up in the comments below with comments, questions, concerns, and personal insight. The better the discussion, the greater than chance we all learn. Editor



Host: Daniel Shaw

Co-Host: Varg Freeborn

Introduction/Timeline: David Reeder

Gunmag Warehouse’s own Director of Marketing, Daniel Shaw is a retired US Marine Infantry Unit Leader with multiple combat tours and instructor titles.  Since retirement from the Marine Corps, Daniel teaches Armed Citizens and Law Enforcement Officers weapons, tactics and use of force.

Daniel takes his life of training and combat experience and develops as well as presents curriculum and creates digital media content to help Law Enforcement, US Military and Responsible Armed Citizens prepare for a deadly force encounter.  When he isn’t directing marketing for Gunmag Warehouse, Daniel travels the US teaching and training under his company, Shaw Strategies, and discusses all things hoplological and self-defense related on The MagLife Podcast.

  • Jim Constantine

    Sometimes cliche’s are worth saying. The best gunfight is the one you avoid. Thus the importance of actually training in de-escalation tactics. When that does not work and flight is not possible then another cliche’ comes to mind. Make the 1st shot count. This is where draw and marksmanship training is so vital. That first shot is of extreme importance because of the adrenaline factor. Confrontations cause this but the effect of adrenaline at that first shot may not yet have caused debilitation of your motor skills as it will if you miss that shot and are now forced to continue shooting. Panic must be avoided, training for that encounter, that first shot is vital.