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Shooting Under Physical Duress / Stress Shoot

Updated: Jul 4

Shooting under physical duress, or some people call it stress shoot, is a staple of all War HOGG Tactical Law Enforcement firearms training. The ability for a shooter to be efficient and effective under physical stress, (ie elevated heart rate, heavy breathing and muscle fatigue) is critical to the law enforcement officer during a deadly force encounter.

Introducing physical stress into a military or law enforcement marksmanship program is paramount once a solid marksmanship foundation has been built. This can be done numerous different ways to introduce physical duress. Events like having the shooter run on the range or do exercises with a sandbag or other apparatus to increase their heart rate and breathing.

This type of functional fitness, or stress shoot on the range allows the officer the ability to see if their equipment (or kit) is properly set up and gives the officer a diagnosis of their physical ability. Functional fitness is a blend of traditional and unconventional training methods, using a variety of different equipment and movements in preparation to perform any physical activity relative to sport, activity, or occupation. While this has remained the same, the training equipment and modalities have evolved.

At War HOGG Tactical we like to use Brute Force Sandbags because of its unstable load. The ability to lift or unconventionally move an odd object or unstable, uneven load efficiently and effectively with the intent of improving functional work capacity and performance. This can be done by a variety of exercises (some demonstrated in the video above).

Let us know what you are doing to add functional fitness into your law enforcement firearms training programs.

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