Red-dot overdependence and the battery-failure simulation drill


These comments from a LEO: “Doesn’t anyone practice with iron-sights anymore? And, how many times have you stressed the point of keeping to the basics by using your iron sights?”

Hard to dispute! In my Urban Rifle Courses, one drill I always try to include is:

During a Movement-and-Cover Exercise, stop the student mid-way. Turn his Aimpoint, EOTech, Z-Point, etc., off, and then invite him to continue the drill. We call it the “Battery-Failure Simulation.”

Of course, he must deploy his iron sights sand use them to hit all remaining targets.

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