If you are training others, you will, in the long run, realise the significance of identifying both tactics as well as techniques. Don’t you think? In addition, you will know how to tell tactic and technique apart. But if you are unable to do that just yet, I’m here to your rescue. I will lend you a hand in discriminating between technique and tactic. According to Google, technique is “a way of carrying out a particular task, especially the execution or performance of an artistic work or a scientific procedure.” Its Latin counterpart is ‘technicus’. If we look at the word ‘tactic’, it essentially reveals itself as “an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end.” Confused much? Let me help you out here then. To begin with, a tactic may be defined as the use of a game plan when you stumble upon a problem. In comparison to tactics, techniques are more precise. Also, techniques are much more complicated than tactics. That being said, techniques depend upon quite a number of factors in order to succeed. Techniques are really new. You will be amazed when I tell you how instructors can streamline and amend a technique and in that process, they end up making it more effectual and proficient. In this way, techniques pass through the hands of many instructors and it is debatable if an instructor should place his name on the technique. More so since techniques undergo a great deal of research and development, sometimes even on a regular basis! What is your take on the matter? Let us now take up a few examples. They will facilitate your comprehension and grasp of the techniques that we have in firearms training.
When we think of low light shooting techniques using a flashlight, we are reminded of the likes of Harries, FBI, Chapman, Rogers, Ayoob and so on. Are we not? If we are on familiar terms with the contribution of the instructors, we may bring to our mind the technique. Sometimes we happen to add the word ‘modified’ to the technique. But does it make any sense? How many of us have heard about Modified Weaver Stance and Modified FBI among others? I am guessing that most of us have.
Moving on, there are a lot of methods of a low-ready carry for the pistol. One of them is more often than not called the ‘Position Sul’. It can be translated as south. Nonetheless, a Portuguese name never presents harm to any person. But I have good reason to assume that it instead acts as a fine point of reference. But what exactly do points of reference do? A point of reference brings to our attention the input made by instructors and as I have already pointed out in the previous paragraph, this leads to the stirring up of the technique. Is it not pretty simple? Again, when ‘Sul’ is translated to ‘Sur’ (Spanish), one may think about the Maccauley Triangle of Death.