Shoot – Move – Communicate are three essential principles that can swing the balance of a gunfight in your favor when mastered. In SureFire Field Notes Episode 60, Jared Reston of Reston Group Training examines the principle of shooting while on the move.
“Sometimes situations dictate that you need to shoot on the move,” Reston says. “I can’t stop in a doorway and shoot into a room because my teammates are going into the back of me and just mess up my shot, and I’m going to jack them up. It’s better to just get more guns in the room.”
However, shooting on the move is a specific skill that requires training to acquire properly. Simply having the ability to pull the trigger while walking or running will not achieve the desired outcome if the shooter cannot hit the intended target. There are lot more details involved in this type of training than one might think. For example: part of proper movement includes establishing a pace, whatever speed is required, and sticking to that pace.
“What happens typically is that people move through houses that are clear, and then when they go to shoot, their pace slows down,” Reston says. “It has to be the same — everything’s the same as I’m moving through — because you don’t know when a threat is going to appear.”
But, as Reston explains in SureFire Field Notes Episode 60, moving pace and rate of fire are two different considerations. The rate-of-fire cadence may vary, depending on distance to the target. Reston also discusses stride and how it affects target acquisition.
“The bottom line is if your training dictates you’re shooting on the move, you need to get out there and train it,” Reston says. “Gunfights happen on the move. Either he [the suspect] is moving [or] you’re moving [or] you’re both moving. It’s going to happen.”
ABOUT JARED RESTON
Jared Reston has been a law enforcement officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office since 2001 and has been an active member of S.W.A.T. since 2004. He is currently assigned as a detective in the Department of Homeland Security/Gang Investigations Unit, and he is the assistant team leader and lead firearms instructor for the S.W.A.T. team. He has been involved in the successful resolution of over one thousand S.W.A.T. missions, including several lethal force incidents.
For his actions in a January 2008 shooting, Reston was awarded The President of the United States “Medal of Valor,” American Police and Hall of Fame’s “National Police Officer of the Year,” Fraternal Order of Police’s “Florida Police Officer of the Year,” and the State of Florida’s “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.”
Reston has had the opportunity to train with, and be trained by, some of the finest firearms and tactics instructors in the country. His goal is to use his training and experience to give armed professionals the tools to successfully resolve their own critical incidents.
For more information on Reston Training Group, visit RestonGroupTraining.com.
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