Worlds Collide: Stage vs. Simulation

Posted by Team Springfield

Oct 27, 2017 8:05:42 AM

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Welcome back to Worlds Collide, where two of the firearm world's best and brightest shooters, Rob Pincus (Personal Defense Network®) and Rob Leatham (Team Springfield™), take center stage with some sage wisdom for avid shooters.

In this episode, Leatham and Pincus demonstrate the differences between running a competition stage and a defensive simulation.

Competition and Defense

Competitions are structured in a way that tests a person's ability to shoot accurately and quickly under the pressure of a timer. Your score comes down to a combination of time and accuracy. This means competitors must make the most of each movement but not at the cost of accuracy, as the penalty for missed shots is significant.

Here's where the competitive and defensive worlds collide.

While competitors adhere to the rules of competition, a home invasion or active-shooter scenario has no rules. There's no walk through beforehand. You won't know how many targets you're dealing with or where they're located. You'll need to

  • Actively scan your environment
  • Exercise caution
  • Shoot to Stop a threat—not shoot to score

Shooting quickly and accurately is still relevant, but practicing under a timer or reloading early to avoid slide-lock may not help you in a self-defense situation.

Being a good marksman / markswoman will always be beneficial though, regardless of what world you find yourself in—competitive or defensive.  

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Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.