To Scan or Not to Scan
Back in 1980 - 81, the US
delivered dozens of F-16's to the IDF.
While in Israel, some of our pilots noticed an extra piece of equipment in the
cockpit of the IDF's, already in use, F4's.
It was a rear view mirror, held in place with epoxy.
One US pilot
asked his Israeli counterpart what it was for. You can
probably guess what the response was.
By the way, the
"You must be
kidding me" in Hebrew is:
אתה בטח צוחק עלי
More recently, in a
training session, I was asked about the rational behind the "scan"
procedure, performed before re-holstering. I had to work at
not giving the answer:
you don't have a rear view mirror."
Later, the same
day, I ran across several articles, and blog posts where a few
"gun-show-commandos" had determined that scanning was an unnecessary
waste of time. To all of those experts, I offer the following:
360° before re-holstering can be a life saver, because, under
the stress of a fight, it's easy for one to develop
tunnel-vision and/or auditory-exclusion.
to high levels of stress, one's ability to get any practical use
out of their Cooper taught, white, yellow orange ...
situational awareness color codes will, at best, have only
will help break the fixation on an (already dead?) adversary.
Scanning is one of
the most effective ways of breaking out of the tunnel and being
able to see and deal with real problems that may still exist.
Many of you
know our friend and Kali trainer, Rudy Salazar. If you ever
want to see an excellent demonstration of staying aware of what's
happening around you, watch Rudy, when he's involved in a
shooting exercise. Just as he does, in Kali, he doesn't
wait until he's ready to re-holster. He is constantly scanning
the area for additional threats. That's how you WIN.
complicated? It shouldn't. It's the same thing you do,
every time you get behind the wheel of your car or onto a motorcycle.
Let's say, "It's
what you should be doing."