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Gunfighter Moment – Frank Proctor

Train like you Fight

Hey Folks, we’ve all heard it or said it: Train like you Fight. A lot of times, folks think that means wearing full kit in order to train to better shoot your gun. I disagree with the party line that you have to wear full battle rattle to train to shoot better.

For tactical shooters I would strongly recommend shooting ‘slick with no kit’ and learn what they can truly do with their guns, what their full capabilities are, how fast can they really put bullets on targets, maneuver through a challenging course of fire, get into positions, etc. Once that base line of what’s possible is established then put your duty gear on and see if you can still do the same stuff.

If you can’t, why?

If it’s because your body armor is too restrictive, there are plenty of ways to keep the defensive capabilities of your body armor AND be mobile and able to mount your gun to shoot well, and give yourself and your team mates some valuable OFFENSIVE capabilities. This concept applies to all the gear you carry to duty; if it hinders your optimal performance I would fix it or get rid of it and stay as light as possible.

Here’s a proven concept that we all as tactical shooters can use to ‘Train to Win’. Every organized sports team in the country (especially the ones that win) use a similar concept to train. Football teams don’t go full speed in pads everyday in practice. That would be the conventional shooter’s wisdom of “train like you fight”. What they do instead is break down individual skill sets and train them to perfection. Then they’ll put on the pads and put all those things together and scrimmage. They take note of what went well and what didn’t go well, and then they take off the pads and train again. When it comes game time they are prepared to WIN.

That’s my ramble for now, maybe I’ll put together a video explaining it some more.

Thanks y’all!

-Frank Proctor

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Frank Proctor has served over 18 years in the military, the last 11 of those in US Army Special Forces. During his multiple combat tours in Afghanistan & Iraq he had the privilege to serve with and learn from many seasoned veteran Special Forces Operators so their combined years of knowledge and experience has helped him to become a better operator & instructor. While serving as an instructor at the Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course he was drawn to competitive shooting. He has since earned the USPSA Grand Master ranking in the Limited Division and Master ranking in the IDPA Stock Service Pistol division. He learned a great deal from shooting in competition and this has helped him to become to become a better tactical shooter. Frank is one of the few individuals able to bring the experiences of U.S. Army Special Forces, Competitive Shooting, and Veteran Instructor to every class.

All this experience combines to make Frank Proctor a well-rounded shooter and instructor capable of helping you to achieve your goal of becoming a better shooter.

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14 Responses to “Gunfighter Moment – Frank Proctor”

  1. Diddler says:

    Such an uphill battle to fight…

  2. Zach says:

    But…but…if I zero with no kit then my M4 won’t be zeroed when it really matters! Right?!?

    • Bloke_from_ohio says:

      I am pretty sure you are being sarcastic, but if your gear pushes your POI off by enough to matter “when it counts” then it is probably going to cause other problems too. That is Frank’s whole point after all. You can always rezero during the “scrimmage” phase.

      • Joe says:

        Yes its sarcasm. Gear doesn’t change the mechanical setting of the sights and the weapons ballistics but we still have fools who think you need to zero in full kit.

  3. A Guest says:

    I could’ve sworn I’ve seen this before, maybe sometime last year.

    Not that I’m complaining, timely reminders being what they are

  4. Ian cornell says:

    Im guessing full kit is plate carrier and helmet and such? or are belt mounted mag pouches and a holster considered full kit?

  5. Mandaloin says:

    What are some ways to make your plate carrier work with your rifle? Every plate carrier I’ve tried forces me to move my buttatock way to high up and to the right which makes me have to crane my neck painfully to get behind my sight. Going a size down in plates means the plate no longer covers my nappies, which I was told was necessary.

    • miclo18d says:

      Put the rifle more to center of your chest on the plate not your shoulder, drop one notch on your buttstock. Should get you better results. Use the plate to absorb recoil. Feels weird at first.

    • Dev says:

      If you think firing with a plate carrier is weird, try pack marching…

    • Chris K. says:

      If you can choose your plate, try swimmer cut (sometimes called shooter cut). It should give you more room in the shoulder pocket.

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