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We ran hot ranges and certain units that have some political autonomy run hot ranges, but the kids that really need it don’t get to train on hot ranges. Like in the police business, we lavish all this money on SWAT to buy equipment for the last ones to need it. The guy who needs the gear or training is that plain vanilla patrolman that’s out there by himself in a patrol car responding to calls. He is the one who needs it and he’s the one that no one cares about!

That patrolman goes to training twice a year and he gets his ticket punched and he figures, well, they don’t care, why should I care either? We pressure him, and ask, “Well, if you get killed, is the Chief of Police going to cry? Is anybody going to care? You must not expect other people to care about your well-being more than you do!” Never expect the public sector to do anything but the minimum to keep their pathetic jobs!

eJournal: Where have we made progress? What about moving either before or while shooting?

Farnam: We teach that movement is very important, especially lateral movement. Rarely is that required in any kind of training and I don’t think it is ever in any qualification. They stand there and shoot, they stand there and reload, they stand there and reholster.

I have often commented, “How dumb can you get? Why are we doing this?”

eJournal: Of course, you know what it is like to be shot; many do not. When did you start integrating movement?

Farnam: Probably in the late 1970s.

eJournal: What made you think mixing movement with firearms training is important?

Farnam: I started getting a lot of martial artists in classes.

Some are used to the concept they call body displacement where they sometimes just make a very slight movement to watch the punch go by their head instead of being hit.

Now, this is interesting: that idea goes back to the 1800s! The gunman Hardin was a practitioner of the idea of body displacement and he wrote about it on several occasions, but they didn’t call it that in those days. We’re not discovering anything new; we just keep relearning what others already knew.

I decided that we have to practice body displacement. I became pretty aggressive with it and required movement of my students.

eJournal: We are seeing movement taught more these days, but there are differences in technique. What is your concept—movement before pressing the trigger or firing and moving simultaneously?

Farnam: We have to be able to do it all! It is like learning to play the game of golf. You can’t just concentrate on your drives and ignore your putting. You will win on drives, but lose the game on short shots. You have to be strong in all areas, and you have to be strong simultaneously.

In shooting, it is not just stance, and it is not just grip, and it is not just trigger, you have to do all that at the same time. You have to learn how to run a trigger, and you have to learn how to run a set of sights, and learn, for lack of a better term, about relativity.

eJournal: What’s the role of relativity in armed self defense?

Farnam: Well, I like to be accurate. Don’t we all?

eJournal: How do you define “accurate?”

Farnam: That is like asking how do you define “fair?”