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CR Williams

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Working crowds - Intermediate/Advanced Drill
« on: December 29, 2014, 05:40:06 AM »
I'll tell you up front, if you're not at least an intermediate-level fight-oriented shooter, you probably don't need to be doing this one at speed, maybe not at all.

I'll have to get the link to the video this one is based on later today, but until then here's the setup:

Three setup possibilities - mark a corridor the width of the average isle space in a convenience store, make an L-shaped corridor/cross-space the same width, or work in a semi-circular space that is not larger in diameter than half-again arm's reach. Got that? You want a narrow and small space.

In the space you mark off, you're going to set up five targets. Set them in a cluster, set up some overlap, do not set them up in a pattern or allow much in the way of separation. You're setting up a gaggle, not an ordered group. In the line or L space you can set them up ahead of you or some on either side (adjust for berms if doing this live). In the semi-circle, put them clustered around where you will stand to begin the exercise. Close in and tight together is what you want.

Got that?

Set yourself up in front of or inside of the cluster of targets not more than arm's-reach plus half away. (You'll want to repeat this at arm's length and closer later.) In the basic scenario which replicates the actual event, they're all bad guys.

Ready? Draw and engage all targets. Do not go outside the boundaries of the space set. If you're in the semicircle, you don't get to move back and away. Engage all targets as you see fit, stop when you think you've done what you need to do, and then evaluate to see what you actually did.

It will help if you put shirts over the targets so you don't always see holes.

Key to this drill is this concept: Multiple contacts at danger-close range. Got it?

Advanced variant: Add one or more no-shoots. Don't go below four bad guys at any time, though.

This is one where you really might want to do it slowly once or twice to understand just how you need to work the gun when it's in tight.

ETA: Here's the video this is based on--
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjXJBpV9YRI

This gives you an idea of the space and crowd setup I'm looking for in this drill. If you were at the front counter you would be surrounded by bad guys (semicircle). If you were in the left (to camera) isle when they started stampeding out  or before, you'd be getting them stacked up in front of you in a cluster (narrow lane setup).

Now, it's probably more prudent if you were really here to vault a counter or get around a corner and out of the way. Let's establish that. What you should draw from this specifically is the idea that the arrangement is not always going to be at all nice and neat and spaced out and you won't always have a lot of space to move in. Work that aspect of it.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2014, 07:55:08 AM by CR Williams »
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Re: Working crowds - Intermediate/Advanced Drill
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2014, 12:54:51 PM »
A Variation From My Own Experience:
• Mark the "shoot" targets only by the black silhouette of a weapon. The "no-shoot" targets remain unmarked and "unarmed."
• Arrange things so that the participant(s) can't immediately see all of the "weapons," because one or more "no-shoots" are in the way. Participants have to move around, to see all of the "shoots."
• The "weapons" should not all be the same: knife, pistol, shotgun, carbine, all mixed up. The participant(s) should have to decide which "shoot" target to engage first, in order of severity of threat.
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Re: Working crowds - Intermediate/Advanced Drill
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2014, 07:55:30 AM »
Video is in the first post now.
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