Chunking

Tiger stops by the training corner to explain why movement tilts the odds in your favor.

The action of moving and shooting is standard practice...at least it should be. To move and shoot you should be able to apply the fundamentals of marksmanship while moving at the same time. Responding to a threat is much the same, you must “chunk” skills together, combining several basic fundamentals into one package.

This is still a “building block” process. One fundamental has to be working well – the foundation - before you can addchunking anything on top of that. Back to moving and shooting. You have to be able to shoot accurately from a stationary position before you can start practicing shooting while moving. Shooting accurately means when you press the trigger the shot goes where it’s supposed to. You’ve learned that the sights are always shifting around. You know that smoothly pressing the trigger results in good hits. Without looking at the target you know whether the shot you just made was a good hit or not just based on what you saw and felt as the shot fired. Once you’ve reached that point then it’s time to start working on moving while shooting.

When faced with a threat you move for a variety of reasons. Moving forces the threat into a reactive mode, gets you behind cover or provides you with a clear angle of attack on the threat. Moving creates distance between the threat and you. Regardless of the direction you’re moving you need a technique that provides as stable a platform as possible. The more stability the easier it is to shoot accurately. Now it’s just a matter of applying the fundamentals of shooting, which you’ve learned how to do, while your body is in motion. ~ Tiger

Tiger McKee
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama.  He is the author of “The Book of Two Guns” - http://shootrite.org/book/book.html writes for several firearms/tactical publications, and is featured on GunTalk’s DVD, “Fighting With The 1911 - http://shootrite.org/dvd/dvd.html  McKee’s new book, AR-15 Skills and Drills, is available off Shootrite’s website: http://shootrite.org/AR15SkillsBook/AR15SkillsBook.html