Common Survival Scenario Shooting Mistakes

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Survival
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An extreme survival scenario has just ocurred.  Armed criminals are on the prowl with the intent of harming you and your family.  Now is not the time to make shooting mistakes.  Here are some of the common shooting scenario mistakes people make when under stress or pressure.  Avoid these shooting mistakes at all costs.

  • Not seeing what is in plain sight while scanning the area for the enemy.
  • Not being aware of where your muzzle is pointed and what your trigger finger is doing.
  • Moving too quickly.
  • Not removing the safety once target acquisition has been obtained.
  • Not being sure of your target and considering what is around the target.
  • Not prioritizing your threats.
  • Not making positive ID that a threat is truly a threat.
  • Not breathing properly or having correct situational awareness.
  • Not having sufficient, available ammunition in the correct caliber for your weapon.



  1. Two things:
    1. Make sure you practice loading/unsafing/shooting/safing/unloading your firearm under pressure. Do 20+ jumping jacks and get your heart beating, then try to fire. When you’re under pressure, you need to know how your body will respond. When someone is pumping rounds at you, your heart will be going nuts, and you need to know how to control your body when things are going crazy inside it. Practice is key. Get the adrenaline up. Shooting is a whole different world when you’re keyed up.

    2. There’s a study I saw that said that practice on the range doesn’t necessarily equate to accuracy or survival in the field. It said the number one most important factor in a firefight is who has the most cover. Make sure you choose your cover well. A couch, not so much. An engine block, much better. 🙂 Don’t trust what you’ve seen in movies to keep you alive. A car door isn’t going to stop that .223 from punching through your face.

  2. rmactsc says:

    Excellent advice Lord Brockington. Knowing the difference between cover (able to stop a bullet) and concealment (not able to stop a bullet) is essential.

  3. Ben says:

    Knowing what you can expect can help out a lot, like understanding the effects of stress on your sensory perception (tunnel vision, etc). Then you can deal with it better. I recommend reading On Combat by Dave Grossman. Also, applying the adage “simple is better” can be a lifesaver… give yourself fewer things to need to remember: it’s possible to buy a pistol that doesn’t have a safety to need to click off. It will be safely in the holster until you need it anyway, right? Lastly, here in America we can basically choose where we live. Find a place that gives you a halfway decent chance of survival… don’t live in a big city or any place where you’re already surrounded by unprepared zombies or gangs just waiting for a chance to victimize you at the drop of a hat. Avoiding trouble in the first place is probably the best defense of all.
    I know ya’ll probably know this stuff, but it’s still fun to add to such an interesting topic.

  4. rmactsc says:

    Thanks for sharing Ben. I plan on reading the book On Combat at the earliest opportunity.

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