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09 July 2008 - 01:57 PMquick thinking is a major in Ambushing IMO
You're opinion is right. The most important thing about ambushes is rehearsals. The best way to do it is to develop a standard way executing them. You develop your plan and make sure everyone on the team knows it, and then you rehearse it over and over. It takes work and it depends on your own personal dedication level. But the best plans are the ones that you've rehearsed.
09 July 2008 - 01:23 PMGreat post, keep 'em comin'.
09 July 2008 - 09:26 AMSounds good, but all that is too complicatyed, I prefer to just hide in a good spot and wait, taking them down one by one to give them the sniper scare and for the psychological impact.
That's all good but to be honest that's not an ambush. That's a sniper operation. This is the way that we run it in the military and this is the doctrinal way of doing it. Are there other ways? Of course there are. Are they wrong? No, but they're not the preferred technique.
04 July 2008 - 06:54 AMAs far as leadership goes and finding someone to take command and communicate, I HATE it when some random guy I've never seen comes up to me and says, "go here" or "shoot here." I dang well know where and when to shoot, and where to move.
One thing to remember is that when that random guy comes in he may see more of the bigger picture than you from his vantage point. Not saying you don't know your tactics, but I've been there myself. I've also been that random guy that comes up and says "go here" or "shoot here"... Why? Cause I can see that if it's not done than we loose the advantage and he's the only that is able to move there or shoot there. It's all about your perspective of the big picture. I especially learned this when I went through Robin Sage (if your curious about that PM me later), but it helped me understand that though I know tactics and strategy well, I may not see the bigger picture.
17 June 2008 - 07:37 PM...point taken, but there are also a lot of reasons why a "walk-through" is a very good idea.
when doing new drills, or even just starting out the day, I usually go very, very slow at first. This is to get my mind in the right place, mostly, and then to get used to that "smooth" feel of all of my actions that i'll be doing. Then, I do it a little bit faster... like 1/4th speed. Then I do 1/2 speed a bunch... until I'm really comfortable with everything, and that's when I know that whatever I'm trying to learn has really sunk in to my brain. Then 3/4ths speed... and I usually stay at 3/4ths speed for most drills that I do.
....why? Because any faster, and I start losing technique, and I get sloppy. I'd rather be smooth and slow than sloppy and quick, in most cases.
...and yeah, i usually finish a drill with some full-speed stuff, but I will only go through it a few times at most at full-throttle.
......I'm not disagreeing with most of your post, but I'd just like to add this little anecdote to one thing you said, about going full-throttle all the time.
I am in complete agreement with you on this point. I am a big advocate of the Crawl, Walk, Run method of training. I do this in my military training, I do this in training my costumers, and I do this in training my own paintball teams. A lot of the people that I train come from backgrounds where they know absolutely nothing about the tactics and drills that we teach. So we have to start out with a crawl, showing them the bare basic mechanics of the drills and tactics, explaining to them each and every point from, marksmanship, to ACE reports, to the movement techniques. Once they begin to understand the mechanics, then we begin to walk, meaning that we begin working out all the little things like how signal for shift fires, cease fires, what our hand signal for this or that will be, etc. etc. all the things we call SOPs. Once we've developed our SOPs and we understand how we want to execute each drill than we can move onto the next phase... run. This is the phase you move into where your going full blast.
However the reason I wrote the article is for this reason.
I was invited to train a team in Middle Tennessee. I was shocked to find them running drills that they had been training on for a year and a half, but they could never get past the walk phase. It is important for a team to actually get past this phase and into running full blown rehearsal.