Fighting Pistol. North Carolina. [SINGING] Last night… I'm thinking about
last night! BLEEP] tunnel killed my satellite radio. Pilot Mountain. Up on Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina. As I was driving through West Virginia last night in Virginia, I was listening to a little John
Denver. Sun shine on my shoulders. Sometimes you just got to enjoy what's around you, you
know? This is gorgeous, I love this place. I was just reading some history about the
settlers that came through here. This mountain, Pilot Mountain was used by wagon trains as
a landmark. Pretty cool. Also this valley is known as the "Cradle of Civilization,"
for the Carolina's. There's ah, remains of Indians from over 12,000 years ago. Pretty
cool stuff. As John Denver said, "If I could give you a day, I'd give you a day just like
today." Happy Friday guys. Pat McNamera: Anaerobic chunks in circuit
to near metabolic threshold to meet anaerobic goals. Clean Living! Ha-ha. Mickey: Alright. If you are all back on the
line. Look left. Look right. Make sure everybody has eyes and ears. Good.
Good. Go ahead, draw
load and make ready. If your gun is needing to be put back in battery, load correctly.
I would verify the condition of the weapon before you come back to the holster. That's
a good time for a press check. During that admin load. Right? Seat, lock, tug. Press
check. Good. I like it. Little tappy tap on the slide. Thumb check and re-holster it up.
Beautiful. Alright, same thing. I'm going to very up amount of shots.
Immerse yourself mentally. If we need to talk about that over lunch we will. Two shots.
I'm purposeful in my presentation. So, one of you can give the command to go ahead and
fire. Go. Alright, so because this is not a speed drill…
I've got my grip. I've joined
up. Press out, I find my front sight. I get the slack out of the trigger. Slowly slowly
slowly I get the slack out. I see all your [CENSORED] muscled up, so you're
good Devan. Let me see what you got. Push your gun out front. Squeeze. Get that gun
up. I'm loading here. Not loading here. This is how thugs load guns. This is going to be
your command to shoot. Got it? The goal is the tiniest group possible. So do what's required
to make that happen. If you do the same thing each time, you will get the same result. This is something, you know, you gotta work
on. You definitely, you did markedly better than when we started. Part of that is just
nerves. Got any gear to scoop, go ahead. I don't hear you. Don't be willy nilly about
this [CENSORED] boys. You are right now training to shoot a human subject. A human being that
has committed some type felonious act that you needed to shoot to save the life or limb
of yourself or another human being.
Get that second sight picture. A second sight picture
or subsequent sight picture because you may end up firing more than one shot. Now we are
going to fire two. If you're gun goes empty reload it to finish. So if you only fire one,
make it work and get the second shot in the target.
Get three sight pictures. Three sight pictures now, right? Pheew, now we are going to start
breathing. Give it to me again. See that? I'm not making a smart ass joke here. Force
air into your lungs. You are now training for a very stressful situation. They call
it combat breathing. Some call it Yoga breathing. Same thing. It's oxygenating you're blood
stream. So after you do these actions… take a couple deep inhalations through your nose.
It's good practice. Three shots. It's not cardboard anymore.
If I'm still accessing,
boom boom, whether I should be shooting anymore… What should I be looking at?
Students: Hands. Target. Mickey: Yeah, I should be looking at whatever
I'm aiming at, right? You said the ground right?
Student: Hands. Hands. Mickey: What's that? Hands, OK. Well, hands
are good. You were talking more specifically. What I was driving at is stay focused on the
Don't draw you're gun in. Don't swivel you're head around. This looking around [CENSORED]
to see what's around you doesn't happen until you've totally secured whatever you just applied
deadly force to. If we decide we can just start looking about or shifting our gaze then
we better well know, that, whatever we just applied deadly force is stopped. That might
not be a person. It could be a pack of coyotes. It could be the neighbor’s rabid pit bull.
You know? Pay attention. Immerse yourself. This is not…
I don't want you guys to get
into movements where it's like, A, B, C, D, F, G, done. It needs to be you thinking you're
way through a problem. Ready? Three shots. How many sight pictures?
Students: Four. Mickey: Did I… Did I hit? Did it work? Does
this thing need to be shot again? Safely re-holster. Make sure you guys are keeping you're finger
way off the trigger. Always re-holster slow to fellas. No reason to speed re-holster.
Each time that you touch that gun… What? Student: Learn something.
Mickey: What did you just learn? Not from me. What did you just teach yourself? I don't
have the answer. No reason to answer that. There's always something if you look. OK,
I'm going to re-cap the sight gears super super quick. You all drive a manual or motor-cycle
or something? Student: Yep.
Mickey: First, second, third. So kinda the same thing. You are learning to transition.
These are not hard lines either.
This drill we are about to do is really good at helping
you define… what level of refinement you need.
So we are going to come back up. This, ah small box is your target. Not the whole head.
See that small box? You guys all see it? Come to the front line. This is the Mozambique
Drill. At lunch I'll tell you where that even came from. So, I showed you guys two and then
one. Right? The point is not two and then one. The point is that you are being forced
to transition from one sight picture to the other. Eyes and ears. Watch me again please.
Step forward if you want. You can step forward. I'm not going to go
left and right. So, you guys are going to load, make ready, come back to your holster.
You're going to draw, press out… come back to the holster.
Draw… Did I hit? Did it work? Does he need me to shoot him again? Mentally stay in the
You have to slow down to get that faster (smaller)
one. These two shots… you guys are all doing good at shooting quickly. So rip those two
shots. If you can't keep them on the paper, slow down. If you are keeping them like a
dime size, go faster. Then slow down and make that tiny head box shot. Ready? Load and make
ready, come back to the holster if you haven't already done so… Look left. Look right.
Make sure everyone has eyes and ears are on because we care about each other. We love
each other. And…
Did everybody get the two shots in paper nice
and quick? Did everybody miss, err hit the head box? Line counts.
Student: Line Counts. Mickey: Line counts. Line counts, alright.
We are going to do it again. Do what's required to get the hit. If you are missing that little
head box? Slow down. What did we just cover? What did we cover. Front sight, right? Grip
is nice. Slack out. Smoothly smoothly, gently gently to the rear and the gun goes off. Try
it again. The whole point is that you are learning to
slow down. Watch me again boys. Watch me again. Somebody call it.
[CENSORED] Do I shoot him again? Holy [CENSORED]. Oh, oh oh! [Mickey Exhales] Three, then two.
You have another round on you? Kinda shoots to the a little bit to the left. I wonder
if you need to drift that sight a touch. When we shoot rhythm is nice. Because our
brain works good with rhythm. Clapping. Rhythm changes at distance. You don't have to, but
if you want to get good hits, you may have to slow that rhythm down.
So we are going
to really quick work on some rhythm drills. We're going to start out and you guys are
going to count one, two, three, four, five. So you're going to have the gun out and go
one, two, three, four five. We're going to do it a few times. Ideally it should sound
like bang, bang, bang. You got it? All seven of you are shoot simultaneously. Make sense?
So you're like, "What does that have to do with anything?" One is learning, we are going
to speed up and slow down. One is developing that rhythm. Which makes you shoot smoother…
and more fluid. We're going to change that rhythm at distance. But it also is going to
make you guys pay attention to what's going on around you.
So eyes and ears. Let me hear
it. Students: One Two Three Four Five.
Mickey: Try it again. Students: One Two Three Four Five.
Mickey: On the whistle. We're now going to speed it up to, one two
three four five. Let me hear it. Count… Students: One Two Three Four Five.
Mickey: Again. Students: One Two Three Four Five.
Mickey: Do it again. Talk like you're men. Students: One Two Three Four Five.
Mickey: Again. Students: One Two Three Four Five.
Mickey: And… Now we are going to run to the ragged edge.
One Two Three Four Five. One Two Three Four Five.
Let me hear it.
Students: One Two Three Four Five. Mickey: Again.
Student: One Two Three Four Five. Mickey: One Two Three Four Five.
Students: One Two Three Four Five. Mickey: One Two Three Four Five. It's probably
going to be the edge of what you boys can, can squeeze the trigger at. Let's hear it.
Students: One Two Three Four Five. Mickey: One Two Three Four Five. One Two Three
Four Five. One Two Three Four Five. One Two Three Four Five. Ready and… Fire. Out of
ammo already? Why is shooting smoothly important? You guys
ever try to shoot fast and it goes boom boom, ugh, ack, boom. Because you didn't reset correctly?
You know what I mean? Like you didn't let the trigger out far enough and you thought
you reset, but you didn't.
So the shot cadence is bah bah, boom bah like jazz instead of
like a smooth metronome, right? That is the most efficient way to get the bullets into
the target, depending on whatever is the requirement. Whatever your trying to do. Five rounds, ten
rounds, two rounds. Draw… at the low ready. This is low ready.
This is like compressed ready. Low ready. I'm ready, low ready. This is not low ready.
Low ready is your just dropping the gun below your sight line. You're going to give me six
shots from low ready. On the beep. Here we go. As fast as you can rip them out of the
gun and hit. Do six rounds. And… from low ready. Here we go. Ready? So six shots, 160.
Ah, you're split time were about 22. OK. That's, that's good.
140, that the fastest? Student: Um hmm
Mickey: Split time. The fastest split time you had was 18. Alright. So all of the times.
Those were all great. 20 is about average human finger…
This is good stuff. Shot accountability, and the ability to apply… a rapid amount of
shots is what stops human threats.
It could be one shot. It could be five. This is why
we want to keep our eyes and ears open and be paying attention to what’s happening.
We don't want to get rigid that… This isn't a recipe where if I want to stop said threat,
I open up a recipe book and it's like OK. He gets five rounds. He get six. We talked
about this earlier, right? We need to be able to take in info. That's fun to do that…
the reason that we do that though is not to see how fast we can dump a bag and see how
fast we can do it. Because there's a point…
If you apply that many rounds to this target,
and it's a humanoid target, what probably will happen?
Student: Stop the target. Mickey: Right? Or move. So if you get fixated
like you’re a locked platform and are just brrrr. Brrrr. You gotta be able to track and
move. So I've got a balloon that I'm going to tie to your ankle and you're going to run.
Haha Student: You steeled it.
Mickey: Back to the holster. Hey guys, just look at me. Don't move, just look at me. If
you are having to use your hand to re-holster… Don't do it. Come to here. So if you gotta
clear you're cover garment, clear it. Come to here with it. Hold it. Come back it. Thumb
check. You guys know what a thumb check is? Students: Yes.
Mickey: Yes, everyone of you? Thumb check, come in and recover. If you don't have a cover
garment. Pretend that you are un-covering. Don't… Don't have your hand down by that
holster. Point your imaginary finger gun at me.
me. OK, so…This will change as I move down the line here. So… we see these drills,
Right? Where we move… The range disco, you know? Are you having a hard time tracking
me? Not at all right? Even if I exploded, you could keep up with me. All of you. As
I'm farther away, like for you, you're just doing like this, right? It's the slightest.
Up close, for me to move…
It creates some challenge for you. Why are we moving? Often
times we think we are moving so they can't shoot us. Well, point your finger at me one
more time. Any one of you guys could hit me… stepping side to side. I've watch you guys
shoot enough. We are trying to disrupt the though process the action being applied to
us. So, that little bit of movement. Now you have to re-orient. You guys have all heard
of the OODA Loop? Yes? Observe, orient, decide and act.
It was created by an Air Force pilot.
It was his way of instructing during dog fights. Observe, orient, decide and act. Google it
later… but ah, basically you have to observe something happening. You have to orient to
it. You have to decide what you're going to do. And then act on this. We all do this,
right? The trick is, how far can you compress that. That's what all of this is for. You're
creating a smaller decision window for you. For example, if you and I don't know each
other. If I walk up to you in the grocery store, pull out the Colonel (sweet combat
knife). And shove it in your gut. Do you need to think about an appropriate response? Like,
"Should I shoot this dude?" No, that's like a given right? So your response should be
immediate action. Now in this close quarters gun fight [CENSORED], we are talking fractions
Anything you can do to buy yourself time. If I've already got a gun pointed at
me, me trying to draw is a very terrible thing but sometimes it's a [CENSORED] sandwich.
You know, like you've all heard the saying you can't draw on a drawn gun. What if I have
to. What if I have no choice? Just going to lay there, and let you murder me? You know?
That's like the story I told you about Jared. You have to be able to deal with that. So,
part of that movement is more than getting out of the way of the muzzle. It is you causing
that opponent to have to re-orient. It's not just a physical compass heading. It's mental.
[CENSORED], you know, this guy moved. You guys ever done any research on how criminals
pick victims? Student: Yes.
Mickey: So, you know…
Somebody that looks like… walking to the bus station. This is
pretty aimless, mindless type of behavior. You can probably tell if someone has there'
shoulders slumped forward. Lift that up so you can see my face. You know, this is like
a dejected kind of, downer, unaware type of a person, right? My shoulders are back and
I'm not being a wierdo, but I'm paying attention. "Oh, there's the train depot I'm going to."
Not paying attention to what's going on. That's totally different, a totally different ah
objective as you are going about your day. You're the bad guy. I'm
the good guy. You're shooting me. OK. So I don't like this, so I reorient. And now all
of a sudden, even in your brain, that little bit, I kinda notice that more than I thought.
Know what I mean? It's no longer, I'm just going to roll this guy and take his [CENSORED].
There's a much compounded ah information. I'm telling you that so you understand,
you're not getting out of the way of a bullet. I mean, if I could sit here and go like this…
And tell you to shoot? You guys would track and hit it. You are screwing up the attack.
I want to see you explode. Not like on your prom dates belly, but from your static position.
You guys tracking? I want two. I want one. And then I'll give you another whistle. So
move laterally like 5, 10 feet. Ready? Look at me boys.
You're going to cover more ground
and you're going to do it faster. Now I want you to turn, move, explode. Explode. Somebody
is trying to shoot you. Get out of their way. Cause them to re-orient and re-engage.
Explode! You guys get those headshots? Now we go slow fast. Explode! Explode! Alright,
quick quick teaching point here. I'm not going to tell you, unless the drill requires it,
how many rounds to have in your gun. It is a good practice, and that of a professional,
that when you have a chance top you magazine off. Unless what you are trying to do is come
to slide-lock, I've got no problem… alright, he talking… or before you re-holster, so
you finished a drill. Doing a tactical reload.
I'm going to show you guys these. See that?
Tactical reload, which is a nice way of saying that you're reloading and retaining the partial
magazine. Got it? Also, if it's two and two, and you need to reload, make the shot. If
you miss 27 times to make one shot, fire the 28th till you hit it. The drill is over when
you complete the pre-required number of rounds. What I'm trying to force into your brain guys.
Is that we don't always have a flat, static target at some pre-determined distance. Things
People move. So, for example, this is contact shooting, right? What sight gear do
I need to shoot this target? Student: None.
Mickey: Three, right. So, I don't need any. Now, could I get a perfect sight picture?
Sure. Could I have that number two where I'm kinda wobbly cause I didn't take time to get
steady? Sure. Here's all the drill is. I'm going to give you a beep. You're going to
face this where you can't see the steel (target).
You're going to drill, fire two. Step out
and put one on the steel. I'm going to do it again, ready? Two to rubber dummy. One
to the steel. Shooter, shooter ready. Come'on. I did that in 352 without rushing. So, you've
got all the time in the world. Have you obscured the steel where you are standing?
Student: Yes. Mickey: Perfect. Shooter ready?
Student: Ready. Mickey: Stand-by. Do it again. 334, very good.
Here we go. Good. How about one more time. 287, ready? Good. 295. Step off the line.
This is a great drill at any distance. You can, you can do this by just having a smaller
target out there as well.
There you go. Got load and make ready, or are you good to go?
Student: Load and make ready. Ready. Mickey: Stand-by. You guys are ninjas. Ready?
Student: Ready. Student: Two.
Mickey: Two or three? Student: Two.
Mickey: Holster slow. Holster slow. Slack out. Got it!
Aaahhh! 3399, those misses man. Those misses. Got to do it again now.
Wohoo! The most dangerous dangerous dudes I know,
are the most quite… not just quite in the sense, like you for example. But quite in
the sense that they are not telling you how bad ass they are. Some of the dude's I'm visiting
with down here have done unspeakable things, and they don't talk about it because they
don't want think about.
But that is the kind of guy who, maybe is not a UFC fighter…
Maybe is not the greatest marksman. But he has the mental capacity from zero to one hundred
in an instant. So now we are talking about these scenarios where you need to go from
unaware, because we cannot physically walk around keyed up all the time. It will mentally
wear you down. This is why police officers in the inner city have a higher instance of
alcohol abuse. They have a higher instance of insomnia. They have a high instance of
suicide. Police officers and first responders in major metropolitan areas are keyed up constantly.
Constantly geeked out full of adrenaline.
Back to the point. These men that are very
deadly like that have trained themselves to go from… I'm eating a cheese burger at a
BBQ to I am sticking a freckin fork in somebody's eye ball. And then most of them can go back
to the cheeseburger. That's a sick way of describing it, but that is what is deadly.
It is not the tool. It is the wielder of the tool that creates that, that deadly edge.
And in this society we frown on that. What are you, some sort of sicko? You want to hurt
people? Not at all. The whole point of this is what? So we can grow up to be old men.
Be like this and raise grand kids and not be a statistic of someone who got laid out
in a Walmart parking lot for your wallet. The real work is you programing your brain.
I trained for this. I have the response. I understand what I will do when this happens
and if that line is crossed I will do x y and z and go home. Right? So, that… this
is the part of all this that really, you guys need to soak in and think about and stew about.
You can become so proficient with this, and be no safer.
If you are not willing and able
to deploy it… and able to recognize a real threat. We talked yesterday about police officers
shooting kids with telephones. That [CENSORED] happens. That does not need to happen. Ah,
accidents are always going to happen. There's not a perfect world, but you need to program
your brain to work through this stress. That stress is part of why these things happen.
This tunnel vision again, is happening… there's much studies on why this
happens. You're body starts pooling blood into the areas it needs to make you as fast
and as strong as possible. And have as much oxygen. That’s why you start doing this.
Same thing that happens when you are with a girl for the first time. Oh my God, why
is this happening… and your stomach starts feeling funny. Right? You're like, "I have
no idea what he's talking about. I haven't had that experience yet. I hope to sometime
in the next couple of years." But that's real. So again, it's such an out of normal experience
for us that our body gets some adrenaline. We get that dump and the same responses.
trying to give you things that have happened to you so when it's somebody shooting at you…
same adrenaline dump… different process happening in your brain.
Student: I remember not being able to hear anything.
Mickey: During sexual intercourse? Student: Oh no, that's fine.
Mickey: Oh, hahaha. "Why are you crying?" That was her on top of you. Hahaha.
Student: I can't hear shit. haha… No, I had a situation once where my wife…
trains horses. She's training a baby horse and it lost it's [CENSORED], flipped out,
bucked her off and she got stomped. Mickey: Oh wow, and you saw it happen.
Student: Yeah, and that was one of the adrenaline dumps in my life.
Mickey: And your hearing just went shoomp… Student: Right, I was outside the arena. I
was running toward her and I remember thinking, "I can't hear anything."
Mickey: That crossed your brain. Student: Yeah. Like the horse running. There
were other people there yelling. I couldn't hear anything. I just remember, randomly,
"why can't I hear anything" as I'm running toward her. And, like you said… All I could
see was her laying on the ground.
Mickey: Our body is programed to go into this
performance mode. I'm going to take every resource and shove it into this part of my
hardware to get the optimal performance… either to run like hell or scratch and fight
and claw so that I can survive whatever it is. In that moment you were like, "Oh my God,
my wife is in trouble. You compressed time and space and went to go get her.
us to Tachypsychia. This next word. Big word, tachypsychia. Tachypsychia is this distortion
of time. This is why somebody in one of these scenario’s… it was eight minutes long,
but it was really two seconds. This is like human beings becoming super human. Our brains
are such complicated computers that we literally can take time… This is just like any of
you play with your phones and shoot like hi-speed, right? And you can slow it down and see all
kinds of cool nuances. Our brain has the ability to take all this information, like in super
hero movies, you can see bullets flying… We can almost do that. And I believe there
are actual human beings that can flip that on consciously. I don't know how to but believe
that's possible. How does a frickin major leaguer, part of it is training, but a 95
mph ball. You ever stood in front of a ball going that fast? You know, what? What?! And
part of that is training, timing and such. But these guys have trained parts of their
brain to pick up things that we can't as normal human beings.
Tachypsychia can either expand
time, or slow it down. One or the other. I'm trying to get you…. Wahhh! This happens.
This is real. Or in a car crash that was 4 seconds long that seemed like it took two
and a half minutes. My life flashed before my eyes. This is legitimate stuff. Vasocronsriction.
This is what people call, that loss of fine motor skills. Your body pulls all of that
blood in. It causes the narrowing of the eyes. This is what causes your digits to get all
fumbly… you try to call 911 and your fingers don't work right. It's the fight or freeze
response. Some people… I've told you guys I have a bad startle flinch… because of
shit that happened to me as a kid. I'll go like this all the time. It might just be Matt
trying to pet my hair.
I told you… Don't. Some people always will take off running.
You'll see this videos where like, it might be comical. Somebody runs in with a rubber
snake and the dude, Wahh! Takes off and sprints. Where somebody else will just go ape [CENSORED],
and start hitting their friend. I just saw one the other day. The husband is sleeping
on a chair… I thought watching this guy was probably a vet. And the woman come up
and started [CENSORED] with him. His eyes open and he blasts her right in the face.
Then he's like Oh my God! He got up and is hugging her. He busted her face. But he was
probably sound asleep and thought something bad was happening.
Student: The Viet Cong are getting me… Mickey: Yeah, he just bashed her right in
the face. That's a subconscious response. You know, part of it is that he's trained
Part of it is he's wired that way. Combat Breathing. That's not a joke. So we
think, ok, breathing. I breath. I breath. How many of you put any energy into breathing?
Most of us breath too shallow. Most of us hunch over. Our lung capacity used is a quarter
of what's available. That why when we push ourselves like we did yesterday we are huffing
for air. Even I was. When we learn to use more of our lungs… and we oxygenate. Two
things happen during that fight or flight response. One, adding oxygen helps to break
that tunnel vision. Your focal, your focal distance will lock on to something.
part of the reason you want to shift your gaze a little bit. Because you see the barrel.
The guy pointed a gun at me, you'll hear this, and the barrel looked this big. You'll hear
this often if you look at studies on people shot. And that's all they can see… the barrel
looked like that, that the guys was pointing. You need to snap out of it. Get some air into
you and fight through that. That is a trained response. Like I told you guys yesterday.
Every time the gun comes out, comes back… Our brain is what sets us apart from animals.
Our brain set you apart from the kid that has a drug problem or doesn't achieve anything.
You guys, just spending your time doing this, says that you're willing to invest something
that others aren't. Right? We need to take control of how we program our brain. Part
of that is done just by how we speak to ourselves. How we view ourselves. How we… How we look
at a challenge. I don't want to step up to the firing line today and really look like
Screw up. Well that's not a good way to handle it. I'm going to do a good
job today. I'm probably going to have some areas where I falter. But I'm going to learn
something and I'm going to work through it. Probably a better way to look at it. God I
really hope if I ever find myself in a deadly encounter I don't [CENSORED] myself, and fail
and die. Or, I've trained as best I can. I've invested time energy and money. I know I'll
rise to the occasion and do my best…
And hopefully, Lord willing come home alive from
that kind of violence. I'm not the kind of idiot that walks around, this is talking to
yourself. I'm not the kind of idiot that walks around unaware. I am calmly. And relaxed.
Calm and relaxed while aware of my surroundings. When enter a new space or place, I pay attention
to who's in there. I look for things like exits and entrances. Right? Not just for your
sake. Some people get weird about this. I've got to sit in the corner like I just told
you. Well, I can walk in calmly.
OK, these are all good people. By just watching people's
faces just calmly, you see that dude is pissed off. It could be a bad day at work. I just
going to sit somewhere else. Either go somewhere else or sit somewhere where I can keep an
eye on him. You've seen this. You've seen people escalate arguments. You can see it
in their face. Just pay attention to these things. It's not hard. The purpose is that
we don't get in fights, so that when we see that we move away… unless we can't. That's
the other thing. I can't just leave. OK. Now I'm just going to pay attention this idiot
four rows up and If something happens I'll involve myself if need be. If not, put my
head phones back on.
You know? So it's how are we speaking to ourselves. That little
voice you guys hear in your head everyday. "Oh God, I've got to get up again. I'm so
[CENSORED] tired." How about, “Man I'm beat from yesterday, but I am ready to get some.”
Student: Try to do it. Mickey: My arm hurts. I must have worked out
harder than I thought. Grr… Feels great. Literally. That girls never going to like
me. Who says that one? I'm staring at you so hard. We do these things though. We program
ourselves. Why did Tim get the raise. [CENSORED] Tim. I [CENSORED] hate Tim. Tim's a [CENSORED].
Why didn't I get the raise. Maybe be honest with yourself about your performance and about
Cause you’re the kind of person that [CENSORED] somebody instead of
being happy for them, I see why you didn't get the raise. I see why you didn't get the
promotion. This is a mindset. A philosophy. Winners. Champions. Successful people. Those
that prevail in violence, for righteous reasons. Usually all have the same mindset. You take
like CEO's. President's of companies. You take champions in sports. You take guys that
are elite military people. And stick them all together. They are all going to have the
same philosophy of life. I guarantee it. I've met and been around these same people my whole
They will all have these same philosophy on how they view themselves, and how they
view life. And… until you start viewing yourself that way, you always second guess
your abilities, you'll always second guess whether or not your good enough, whether or
not you'll rise to the occasion. So this becomes a process, not only here, but in the rest
of your life. You know. When you drive around are you just listening to some hip-hop? Or
are you spending some of that time programing your brain. When you go to bed at night, are
you pissed off about what happened or are you thinking about how kick ass the next day's
going to be. And how good your going to do. This is the thing that I think if parents,
all did this with their kids. We'd have such a better country.
A better world. How many
of you have a father or mother that said, like, you better learn how to fix cars kid.
Cause you aren't going to college. And you’re never going to be much more than a menial
worker. Or something like that. Or grew up around a parent like that. You're stupid.
You ever have a Mom or Dad tell you that. You don't have to answer but. That goes deep
into our psyche vs. you're the smartest boy in the world.
You’re going to do great.
You believe that. You believe that when Mom and Dad tell you that over and over again.
You, can be that same voice to yourself. Am on that too long. I actually find that to
be the most important thing, because until we get where we can override that negative
thinking. We'll only reach a certain level. On these kinds of drills. The guy that can
go up on the deck there and hit all this steel over and over again, is the guy that knows
he can. You must have the skills to do that, but in order to get that far, you have to
believe you can achieve that. Student: Confident, not cocky.
Mickey: So, the draw stroke… From yesterday. We get a master grip, right? We clear the
holster. We rotate toward the target.
We join. We press out. We take the slack out. After
we've found the sight. And… we break the shot. We get a subsequent sight picture. We
come to the locator. We come back to the chest. We thumb check and safely holster. Eventually,
instead of twenty steps, it's, I'm going to draw, right? Right now you're looking at this
as if it was all of those steps. Once these things become ingrained into you, and this
becomes a philosophy to you… because that's what this is. This is a martial art. A way
that we are looking at it. This is not like a page in a book. Alright, I'm going to take
that page and not this page. If you are going to be successful at this, this is a way of
thinking. A way of life. So that then becomes this. Rather than… Make sense?
Who decides that the fight is over with. Me and you are in a knock down, drag out fight.
Weapons, guns, fists. Who says when it's done? Student: The other person.
Mickey: Yes. So I can quite anytime.
I can tell you to stop. I either make your ass stop,
or you decide to stop when you stop. When you're done, either you've dropped your gun
and said I'm sorry… or you're no longer a threat. That's it, but everybody's always
like, "It stops when I make it stop. I fight till the end." No, you…
Now if you have
come to this point where you need to engage someone with deadly force. Which a firearm
is. We are not fighting to kill. We are fighting to stop, right? And we know it stops when
we take in that information, which snatch our gun in. So we are in taking information…
this person I just applied deadly force to… where's the gun. Hey man, get that gun away
from you. Somebody call 911. This guys just tried to kill me. I'm going to hold this gun
here. Tell the cops I'm wearing a red shirt. I am armed. My name is Mickey. I'm just going
to stay right here until the cops come here. Good, vs. him shooting you and shooting you
and shooting you and you thinking why isn't he stopping. You need to be able to get them
to that point. One of my buddies says you need to convince them. Makes good sense, so
that's you're job. So that said, handgun rounds, who's got a bullet? These are really really,
especially the hardball stuff we are shooting, really bad at stopping human beings.
Wah… you think you're going to fly back… Matrix style. Even the best best duty ammo
money can buy for pistols is really really ineffective. That's why soldiers are not jumping
out of airplanes with pistols… maybe as backup, they've got a M4. A 240. They have
these big weapons with lots of ammo and lots of energy. Then you even think of an M4. Why
don't we shoot deer with a 223. I don't know if you do down here. Up in Illinois you can't.
Cause it's ineffective. Student: I do.
Mickey: You do? With proper bullet placement in such, we know there's a bigger round. More
effective. More damage. Terminal ballistics. More energy. So what these things are good
at is punching holes. You start thinking about clothes, armor, things like that, it totally
But they punch holes real well. This is really, not a lot different
than this, when we thing about it. Punching a bunch of holes. What stops a human being?
Give it to me. Student: [UNINTELIGIBLE]. Central Nervous
System Damage. Mickey: Yes. What else?
Student: [UNINTELIGIBLE]. Mickey: What else? See this word here? Exsanguination.
See that? Hypovolemic shock basically means you bleed out, you're blood pressure drops
so much that you die. That means you bleed to death. Notice, I've got on the bottom here,
this is why we track the target to the ground. Let's think simple physics. You stand up after
sitting for a long period of time. What happens? You get a head rush…
It's not really a head
rush. It's the opposite. You stand up and blood leaves your head, and runs down lower
to your body. Because you stand up, and it drops through you. For a split second, that's
what it feels like as you are bleeding to death. Just for that little second when you
feel that. You're ever bleeding out and you feel that? It's like, I'm going to die. Because
blood is leaving your brain. That blood pressure drop.
That's what that is. If somebody is
bleeding out… and they drop to the ground. What happens physically to liquid. If I take
this cup and turn it side ways. What happens? My head, this way and I'm bleeding out. And
I'm loosing blood. The reason that our body is designed as it is… with these carotid
arteries here, pumping all that blood up here. Just for fighting gravity pushing blood up
and down. If I lay down, all of a sudden blood can rush right back into my head. Even if
I'm going to die in 30 seconds, get a little more oxygen, which is a little more fuel.
Now I'm on the ground and you holstered up. Pop pop pop, that re-animation happens, just
with animals. Drop a deer or a coyote or a pig, they run. They run. They hit the deck.
Re-oxygenates to the brain. They pick their head up. Where's the predator. Where's the
bad person? Where's the good guy that tried to stop me? I'm going to get this jerk.
going to die, but I'm going to die killing this person. That is precisely why, as we
are training. You'll see me a lot. I track down to the ground. Some people don't like
that. What I don’t… The goal is not to have a pre-programed response. If I'm shooting
at a target. I know that target's not falling over. I some-times don't like this. This is
the other thing I'll see. Boom Boom Boom, gun locks back. I'm empty… why are you pointing
an empty gun at an imaginary target on the ground.
So the automatic response should be
reload. Get back on target. At the very least, get that final sight picture.
Alright, so we've got about 30 feet between you. On the beep you are going to cover that
distance. You are going to draw and engage the target. Comeback safely to the holster.
Make sure you get that subsequent sight picture. Runner ready? Shooter ready? Guess what, that's
the most you'll ever get.
In the real world nobody gonna stand and tell you, are you ready?
What for it… Last shot was at 20. You're first shot broke as he was right here. This
is 30 foot, not 21 foot. This is just about 30 foot. He was less than one yard from you.
Even if you had shot him, if he had a knife… Come close. If he had a bat, as you're shooting,
or pop pop pop, right? Next… First shot, 124.
143 elapsed time.
Student: Hey, you can run faster than that. Mickey: Switch it up bros. As you guys are
doing this, are you seeing the problem? Of dealing with someone at distance. Load and
make ready. Are you understanding why this is a [CENSORED] sandwich? Why distance with
a contact or edged weapon does not necessarily mean you are safe.
Student: They come up on you quick. Mickey: Ready? 141, first shot on target.
You might have to run into gunfire to save your life. If it's that, or go hide in a bathroom
stall and be murdered? Are you gonna fight or go try something.
Get your heads down.
So, now you're not just running to stop. Ah, or to run past that finish line. You've now
got to engage. I'm going to get out of the way. Let's not destroy your ah baton doing
it, but we'll try it. This will give you guys more time shooting. Why don't we try ah, two
to the body, three to the head now. Move off the line of force. And ah, start singing your
song. You could even add in like jumping jacks while you’re waiting as you're singing. Student: [SINGING] God Bless America. Land
that I love. Stand beside her… Mickey: That was it huh? That was you're fury?
That was, that was your death struggle? To stay living? Wah… Wah… Bitch! Swap them
out! Student: Ok, I pulled it. You said two to
the body, three to the head? Mickey: Two and three. Two and three.
Student: [SINGING] God Bless America… Mickey: I don't even hear the singing Mathew.
Mathew: I don't even know the song.
Mickey: You don't know the song? How do you
not know God Bless America? We're in North Carolina.
Student: [SINGING] God Bless America… You're gonna make it…
Mickey: Haha… YEAH! Woohoo! Hahaha… Student: I don't know the rest of the words.
Mickey: Keep going! Oh! Baton down! Students: Dang man! Sorry.
Mickey: I'm not worried about that. I'm looking at the baton bent in half. Matt's like, "[CENSORED]
that was my birthday gift." Students: Hahaha
Mickey: Just because there is some distance doesn't mean that there is not a possible
threat. That, that term Massad Ayoob calls "Jeopardy." Are you in jeopardy? And distance
can change that, but the weapon type changes that. What else?
Student: They are going to keep charging even after the first round hits.
Mickey: Say that again to me. Student: They are going to keep charging even
after the first round hits. Mickey: So…
Student: Their body momentum is going to keep carrying them in a forward direction.
Mickey: So even if that person gets shot ten times in the chest if you are Antee Oakly
with the pistol.
And can draw and put ten in the chest… 200 pounds of man meat coming
at you full force. 15 mph. Going to continue, right? You wiped out, how far did you end
up traveling? Student: Six, eight feet.
Mickey: What if there was a brick wall right behind where you were standing? How would
it feel if you ran full force into me and there was brick behind me, or a vehicle, or
more people, or a stairway. You know that's legit. You're [CENSORED]. Beet juice for Franky.
This is martial skills. Martial means war. That's what this is.
There are actually some
guys back in the 1980's that created a martial arts around the gun. You guys know that? Look
it up. Massad Ayoob was part of it. And it was basically, you had belts and all that
jazz. Just like Taekwondo or Kempo or Akido. And the main weapon was the gun. Except it
was about transitioning from fists to feet to elbows to blades. But the gun was like
the center piece… like a sword would be the center piece for a Samurai.
it never really took off, but now we are seeing more of that. The mixture of combative, blades…
This is like, for civilians, the best time in the history of the US of A for us to have
access to this stuff. Um, like back during World War II, boys would come home and learn
some Judo when they were overseas. And people were like, what the hell is going on. They
would walk into a boxing gym and some sailor would through the boxer on the floor and nobody
had seen it. There was not internet. No movies. You know the karate movies came to be in the
60's. So back even when our grand dads, great-grand dads were kids you just had boxing and good
'ole fashion ass whooping. There was none of this other stuff we that have now.
then the ability that we have to really to really train like this… timers and all that
jazz. And all of this video footage we can replay… We have no excuse. No excuse. We
should all be Spartans. I brought loin clothes for everybody…
Students: haha. Nice. When are we going to wear those?
Mickey: That drill, as you were holding that baton. Is that not legitimate? I mean, how
many times is there… do we read in the news or see something where somebody has to defend
against a gunman. Here's the good thing. Here's the good thing. You guys train way more. The
bad thing is there are bad guys who train. The bad thing is there's idoits like me that
post [CENSORED] on how to hold a gun, grip it, shoot and draw. I use-to not do that…
but then it was like somebody is posting it, so I may as well post the correctists way
But, most bad guys can't hit. Most good guys can't hit. Do we talk about the
statistics yesterday of police officers and police involved shootings? How often they
miss? Did we talk about that? It's in your book. Two out of ten rounds hit in a police
involved shooting. The cop draws and fires ten rounds… eight of them are not hitting
the target. That’s a statistic. A lot to do, a lot is happening though… for one,
when we shoot we are like, I got all my hits.
We’re not in a fight or flight scenario.
We are not being shot at. We are not in a squad car. We are not in these situations
where we are out in the open. Which is why I'm doing some of this screwing around. Get
a little sweaty. Lose some focus trying to remember the words to a song. Laughing, joking.
[CENSORED] That's that white, yellow to black. The black part for you to imagine, you need
invoke some rage. When I say rage, people are like, Oh, I don't get angry dude. You
know. Be the peaceful warrior [CENSORED]. When it's time to go, you go to that dark
special place where dragons and frickin swordsmen and unicorns live. That's where you have to
be. There's no like, ahhh, no, it's angry battle axes and I'm going to chop your head
off cause I’m going home. You have to be able to summon rage. Righteously though. Not,
my buddy pissed me off so I'm going to smash his head in. It has to be, this person is
trying to take my life and I don't want them to.
As such, I will use every bit of anger in me righteously to defend my well-being or
family loved one or other innocents.
The problem, I think, with most of this police involved
shooting, is under trained. A lot of cops and civilians rarely train. Police men only
have to shoot, sometimes, fifty rounds in a whole year, to qualify. And they are hitting
a static target. Not any movement. None of this sweaty hot stuff. So what's going to
prepare you better? Shooting at a static target or at least running around some. See what
happens as you’re not in a perfect shooting situation.
Student: Heart rate gets up. Mickey: Heart rate gets up. You're buddies
are watching. A video camera is rolling. You're probably going to be on Instagram and don't
want to be the one that eats it. That's awesome. You're looking at me like, "Son of a bitch,
I'm will break your camera. I'm just kidding." Student: Another good thing that drill does
is it shows what level you need to have when people are fifty feet away.
Mickey: Sure. Student: Or this close. Or this close. You
need to be a whole lot more ready for something to happen from __ feet away.
Mickey: We are going to do a drill in a little bit that incorporates some of that.
totally 100%. Talking about the police involved shootings, and I don't this to harp on cops.
We use the cops because the cases are so documented and investigated. Civilian stuff. If the civilian
was justified, there's not huge investigations into like how the shooting occurred. He stopped
a bad man. It was justified. I don't care how he did it. He stopped a bad man. When
it's an officer, man they break it down into every little detail so they can use that for
training. Good or bad. What did he do wrong? What did he do right? So that's why we use
that. People are like, well we're not cops. Totally, 100%. But they are humans exposed
to a lot more training than most of us. Especially when it comes down to simple things like the
criminal profiling. Pre-fight indicators. Most of them are carrying a weapon outside
their clothing vs.
Something concealed. They have…
Mickey: Left-hand shooting. Ah, or off-hand shooting, single handed shooting. Ah, how
many of you guys, have seen or been trained to do this as you shoot. Anybody?
Student: I've seen it. Mickey: So there's a couple things happening.
One, this is a natural hand position, er, this is a natural position for your hand.
Two, If you are just thinking about purely mechanics, of shooting… What's stronger?
This? Or if I put a bunch of weight behind me. Create a solid block behind my arm. Right?
This makes you solid. A very easy thoughtful thing. Can I shoot my hand if it's here? Right?
I'm not going to shoot my hand if it's here.
Some guys teach to take the gun and cant it
inboard slightly. There's several factors to that. There's some really good national
champion level shooters that will teach this. And there are some that will tell you to do
this. If you're shooting at distance and I go like this… Up and down is no longer up
and down and left and right is no longer left and right.
That becomes a problem. So now
what you're use to seeing… Up and down is now like. Left and right is now like this.
[CENSORED] different. Windage and elevation, everything is screwy. I personally, handout
arms straight. Elbow in. You'll feel the tricep activate. You'll feel your lat muscle and
peck activate. And you're locked in good and solid. The one thing about always bringing
you're off hand, whatever you're not shooting to. To your chest is, why or what would cause
us to have to shoot one handed? Answer… Student: Injured hand.
Mickey: Injury, what else? Student: [UNINTELLIGIBLE]
Mickey: Sure. I'm doing this or, I'm doing… come on, get up here. I'm doing this. Right?
This is legit. You ok? Hard now? So, can I do this while I'm holding him? Can I do this
after I've taken a shot through my shoulder, or humorous or elbow or hand? Maybe, maybe
So, muzzle awareness. If I draw, and I'm having to shoot like this, I don't want
to be tied up having to engage like this. And not know where this hand is. This is a
safety mechanism. The point you gotta get to though, is if you know where your parts
are in time and space, because you may not be able to do that. So as we start. We are
going to come right here.
The target is, I'll show you, watch me, not the target. You guys
are going to draw, load and make ready. Seat lock tug. Press check. Press out, elbow is
going to come down a little bit. You're going to feel everything activate. You're going
to grab on to that trigger. Same press. Reset. Same press. We are going to run through a
mag like that. And I want you to think about. Is this, if I'm shooting righty, now my stance
could change, but what if it can’t? If I'm shooting like this, or like this, or like
this and this arm gets injured. Should I, oh I should have my weight forward now. I'm
probably not going to do that now. It would… Ah, my arm is now injured… I'm going to
continue dealing with whatever I have to deal with. You don't always have time to do this
foot movement business.
Square up. Load and make ready. Didn't bother you did
it? Student: No.
Mickey: Just scared me. I didn't know what you were going to do. So… draw correctly.
Rotate till your gun is oriented toward the target. Take that weak hand. Bring it up to
your chest. Tighten it up. Press the gun out in front of you. Now take your elbows boys.
And rotate it in a little bit. Do you feel how your tricep and lats activate? Find the
sight. Find the sight. Slack out. Middle of the paper. Middle of the paper… press. OK,
shot at a time, feel the elbow. Now take your arm. Go like this and just cant the pistol
a little bit.
Cant it out about 20 degrees. So now your elbow can't do that. Try a few
shots like that. Holster up. What felt better, what felt worse?
Different. Good bad? No difference at all? Students: The first one felt a lot more controlled.
Yeah same. Mickey: Did it?
Students: I kinda like the canted one a bit better. Yeah, I did too.
Mickey: You liked the cant. Students: I feel like I could get ah better
visual on my sights with it tilted a little bit.
And that, one of the other things about that… the good left and right… one
of the other things about that cant is, canting it… this is a more natural position. Hoah,
look where my fist goes. This. I have to force like this. Now I would punch like this. It
would be really fast to do so, but look how my body wants to move. So that cant, you're
working with you body. Boom boom boom. At distance, who gives a shit. We go back out
now and try to pop that steel from 50, 60 yards? You will start noticing a difference.
In how steady you can get.
Everybody's body is different. Everybody's hand is different.
7 Load and make ready. If you got to load up. Get out, tinka tinka tinka.
Master grip down there. Master grip. Go for it. Nice tight group.
Remember to be doing ammunition management as you come and go…
Why are we here? Student: For battle.
Mickey: Right. We are here to fight with a gun. This gun is for fighting. We are not
here to learn target practice, which is a component of the fighting… but it is not
the fighting. You need to be proficient in being able to control your muzzle. If you
can't do it here, with hundreds of yards of safe space. Don't plan to do it in the grocery
store, or the coffee shop or the mall.
Don't try to be hero if you can't… I don't want
to say subconscious because you always need to be extremely mindful of this muzzle. This
weirds people out. This weirds instructors out. Like Mick has a loaded gun in his hand
and he's facing this way. There's no [CENSORED] range outside of a range. There's no safe
zone in the mall or the coffee shop, or the court house or the airport. There’s no,
that way is the safe zone.
The bad guy will appear right there with the brick wall behind
him. So you must be able to be confident and competent to move around. I think some instructors
have taken this too far, where they have now placed human students around targets, [CENSORED].
You've seen these videos. Right? Where dudes are like shooting past students and their
like “Oh, that is so bad ass!” No, that is completely 1,000% ignorant. I don't need
to shoot past you. Let's look. Did any of you for the last two days miss the cardboard?
Students: Yep. Mickey: Completely?
Students: Oh, no. No. Mickey: No, nobody missed the cardboard completely.
Um, did anybody miss the head shots completely? At the distances we were dealing with. Do
I need to stand here to show you that you can hit that? So the theory is, oh, your inducing
another level of stress.
[CENSORED] that. I mean, if you want to stand there, go right
ahead. You guys are going to start right here. OK?
You are going to engage rubber dummy with that one round. Don't come up too far. I want
you see what's happening. You are going to engage rubber dummy. Do that slide lock reload,
because you are only going to start out with an empty mag. Right? You’ve now taken him
out of the equation. The fault line, that's as far as you can go. If you guys can look
through here. Come over here. It's tight. There's maybe eight inches to squeeze through
there and engage that steel. See it? Do you see it? That's all you get. You hit the bad
guy, or the good guy rather… those clean targets down there are hostages.
all you get. That little hole. That's about, 25 yards down. And here's what's going to
happen from there. So from either side we've created these fault lines. So you are now
going to weave between these and engage that steel. Serpentine. Pink pink, two shots on
each. Tink tink, every time you can get a clear sight, take it. You're going to come,
contact shoot him.
Check this out. Come here. If you contact shoot him this dummy and don't
pay attention, where do you're rounds go. Into the hostages. So part of this drill is
paying attention… Is that a hit?
Students: No. Mickey: Thought I hit it. Had my ear muffs
turned off. Fight it out man. Do what you can. Push you're
self. Yeah. I'm a machine. Nice. Get out to he left there and engage that sucker.
these are hostages. Watch you're muzzle. Oh! Hostage hit. Hostage hit. Good. You guys,
don't be afraid to move to a better position. It's better to frickin move than hit a good
guy. Ineffective! Ineffective! Move. Move Move.
Come'on close this bastard. Watch your muzzle. Get in there. Good. Good. Watch the muzzle.
Student: Did I hit? Did it work? Does he need another?
Mickey: Nice. So, the point ain't just running a shooting. It's getting hits. Being cognizant
of the muzzle. Pushing ourselves past our normal limits. Good job dude.
Ready Freddy? Freddy: Ready.
Mickey: Loaded up? Freddy: Yes sir. Make it happen.
Mickey: You're out on a jog and you're stopping at the mall to pick-up some cinnabons to bring
home on Sunday morning.
What the heck! Three bad dudes in the mall with AK's? Hit. Slow
down. Get the hit. Slow down and get the hits man. Watch your muzzle. Alright, 3795. You
killed the hostage. Some disgruntled assed mentally ill person
that showed up at school with a gun. Hell bent on hurting kids. What are you going to
do. Damn that heart's pounding. You pulled up into the school parking lot and hear gun
fire. You are worried about your little niece's and nephews. Where are they? There are kids
running out of the front of the school screaming. There's people going everywhere. You see no
squad cars. Get that gun working. Ineffective. Good. Good. Close. Watch that muzzle. Hit
hit. Get down guys. Get down. How did you find me to begin with? Instagram.
What were you doing? #Hardbody #ItalianStallion Threat! What's her name? [CENSORED] that's
an interesting female name. Student: It is an interesting female name.
Mickey [CENSORED] , how do you spell that. Student: [CENSORED].
Mickey: I've never heard that before in my life.
Student: Get down. Get down. Mickey: That's an AK 47 gunmen at the parking
lot of your church.
That's pretty cool that you… Hey, you don't walk up to church with
a drawn gun. Load that sucker up. You're all chilled. everybody is happy. Look at me for
a minute. AK 47 gunmen at your church! Ineffective Ineffective hit. Hit him again! Hit him again!
Slow down. Get them hits. Oh no. There's one inside. Close. Close. I'm talking about to
you're right Devan. Wow, good hit. Close on him. Close on him!
Darlene. You know Darlene. Sometimes when you are washing, you're cleaning that one
thing… that one car port you can see her taking a bath.
Students: haha Mickey: This is going to wierd spot. Don't
get a wierd. The RV park has been overrun by terrorists. Threat! Ineffective. Hit. Close.
Close. Get the hit. Do what you have to do to get the hit brother.
Dreams to remember. You're at the mythical Otis Redding concert. You've created a time
machine in you're wierd hippy world. 1965 and you're at Otis Redding's concert.
Student: Alive in Paris. Mickey: I'm digging it baby. Threat!
Get steady. Make it work. Hit. Hit. Yeah!
Student: You're in the mall. Mickey: I'm in the mall.
Student: Looking for lingerie. Mickey: Oh! Looking for lingerie.
Student: For your body friend Steve. haha Mickey: Oh, Steve.
Students: You're in the store, and you're going through your favorite pair of panties
for Steve to wear. And… Mickey: He'll like these.
Student: You start hearing gunfire in the distance… You look and… Threat!
Mickey: Get down! Get down! Get Down! Do what's required to get the hit. Nobody
said you had to stand up. Nobody told you that you couldn't move closer… I said start
from there. Do whatever you got to do. You guys try. One of you. Who's up? Who's up..