‘Little Mistakes’

Law Shield recommends to our members a “quip” by trainer John S. Farnam, who wrote a blog post called “Little Mistakes” on Dec. 26.

He says, “Professional golfers, NFL head coaches, criminal defense attorneys, and seasoned Operators all unite in this advice: ‘It’s never the ‘great shots’ that save you. It’s always the little mistakes that kill you!’”

He continues, “And, in gun-fighting, it is not the spectacular feat of accuracy that wins the day, not the amazingly difficult shot you’re able to make. Rather, it is the easy shot that you miss. That is what gets you killed!”

Other “little mistakes” he mentions include:

(1) Missing “danger signs” (pre-assaultive behavior)

(2) Mumbled, unpersuasive, and indecipherable verbal commands

(3) Inability to separate the significant from the insignificant

(4) Taking a bad position

(5) Paralytic indecision

(6) Panicking and shooting too fast

(7) Concentration-destroying unintentional discharges

(8) Failing to move

(9) Failing to take advantage of available cover

(10) Relaxing too soon

He says his list isn’t all inclusive, so we’ll add one more little mistake: not planning for the “after” event before something bad happens. Law Shield members have that box checked, so they can rightly concentrate on surviving the event.

As always, Law Shield doesn’t endorse products, but we do want to let members know about new products or services of potential interest. Farnam’s school is Defense Training International, Inc. based in Ft. Collins, Colo. If any members have taken his training, please share your experiences with us.