Sunday, March 3, 2013
Slick Rick and his Bag of Tricks
There isn't really a point to the post title.
Oh wait! Yes there is.
So the big thing now is fighting "Slick." I know it's the big thing now because I read it in SWAT magazine and it was further expounded upon in a thread on Bacon Survival. It means stuffing crap in your pockets and fighting out of that, instead of using some form of LBE.
I've seen it before now, though I never knew what the TOTALLY OMG SWEET operator term for it was. I think Tam even mentioned something about the Mk 4 Jeans Back Pocket Magholder in one of her posts a couple years ago. Fundamentally, it is a good idea in the sense that it gets you to stop fiddling around with your toys and actually learn to fight.
But this is a continuum to which there are apparently limits. Sure, you can cite endless statistics where you only need the ammo currently in your weapon, with maybe one reload, and say you are covered. If anyone suggests anything more, it is obviously because they are a gear encrusted mall ninja with no hope of survival loaded down with all those extra magazines and tourniquets. I get that principle and really, despite the inevitable snark, I approve...but how "slick" can you get?
Anyway, what I want to tell Slick Rick and his crew is-why aren't you learning to fight empty handed? Isn't that the "Slickest" method of all? If you don't train with a chest rig because you aren't ALWAYS wearing a chest rig, should you stop training with a gun because you aren't ALWAYS wearing a gun? After all, plenty of conflicts start and finish without a single weapon coming into play. Hell, what about pants? I'm not ALWAYS wearing pants. Maybe I should just drop trow at the range next time and if someone calls me on it, I'll yell "SLICK LOL NOOB."
The worst of these slicksters tend to get huffy when you bring things like this up, often because they have no experience or training in unarmed fighting. (That in itself could make another post, but I'll let you move along with your LOL KARATE snark...for now.) If you want to go full slick, perhaps you should get naked and do some Krav Maga. Otherwise, practice putting your shit on under pressure, carry the gear you need (no more or less) and remain adaptable. "Slick" sounds cool, but it is doctrine, and remember that doctrine is always limiting.