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Step Off The X!

You’re in a gunfight and standing still. The muzzle flash illuminates everything around you like a beacon calling for attention. What does your attacker do? Shoot towards the light!! So in the middle of the gunfight you get a stoppage, malfunction, or run the gun empty. You stand still and look down to assess the situation. Now your body is acting like a lead trap, absorbing the rounds the opponent keeps sending to the light he saw.

If you are in a gunfight, you need to be shooting or moving, and preferably both at the same time. In order to fight as we train, it is imperative for us to train how we’d fight.

x marks the spotIn order to become the sitting duck in the scenario we laid out above we need to practice “stepping off the X.” What does this mean?

It’s simple. After a string of fire, during reloads, or clearing malfunctions you need to MOVE! What if you are shooting at an indoor range with a shooting stall and nowhere to go? Simply “step off the X” and get into the habit of moving after you shoot.

Time and time again I see shooters come to a complete halt, plant their feet, and assess their gun when they run the gun empty or experience a malfunction even if the shooter is in the middle of shooting while moving to simulated cover!

Break the habit and STEP OFF THE X. A simple side step could be the difference between life and death in a gunfight!

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