It is our intention to create a
shooting sport that will help to maintain the United States as
a nation of riflemen. History teaches us that the only reason
that Japan did not invade the United States during World War II
was because they feared that "...there would be a rifle behind
every blade of grass." We were, and still are, a nation of
riflemen. Article two of our Constitutions Bill of Rights acknowledges
our right as Americans to keep and bear arms. This makes us unique
in the world. Our's is the only nation in the world whose founding
document proscribes the manner in which our government is to be
dismantled by the governed. More importantly, our's is the only
nation in the world that provides for an impregnable, unconquerable
state. With a population of nearly 300,000,000 Americans, and
slightly more than half of them armed, invasion of the United
States, even without our professionally staffed and technologically
advanced Armed Forces, would be foolhardy at best.
However, complacency kills. Just
because we own a few rifles does not mean that we will always
be a nation of riflemen. It is incumbent upon all of us who own
rifles to be well versed in their use. There are a laundry list
of reputable shooting schools throughout the United States that
are open to private citizens. Shooting is a perishable skill.
It is a skill that must be practiced lest it be diminished or
lost altogether. Considering the inevitable breakdown of social
order that comes along with various natural and manmade disasters,
coupled with the fact that the bulk of our Armed Forces are presently
fighting overseas to combat terrorists, it is even more important
for John Q Public to have the rifle skills necessary to put down
a terrorist attack, quell insurrection, defend our homes and family
from the criminal element, or even lend aid to an overwhelmed
police officer. Don't get me wrong. We aren't looking to have
roving bands of citizens patrolling the streets with rifles scaring
the hell out of the neighbors and making the local constabulary
as nervous aa a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs,
but a man versed in practical rifle shooting is that much more
valuable when human resources are stretched thin, and skilled
riflemen in need.
The American Confederation of Tactical
Shooters is a good place to practice and build on shooting skills.
Basic marksmanship skills are only the beginning. Combat Rifle
shooting involves much more than simple static shooting at a paper
target at a known distance. We endeavor to create courses of fire
that simulate potential real world scenarios. Our courses involve
multiple targets both hostile and non-hostile set at various unknown
distances ranging from bad-breath-close to over-the-hill-call-for-indirect-fire-far.
There will never be a single stage where you will take all of
your shots from the same place. You will have to move to successfully
negotiate all courses. You will learn to shoot from behind cover.
Sometimes that cover is a large wall, sometimes it is a log or
a barrel. It doesn't matter how big or small you are or how big
or small the cover is. You'll have to get behind it so you aren't
exposed to a hostile target. You'll learn to shoot while on the
move. If you aren't behind cover, you have to keep moving lest
you become a target yourself. We get you out of your comfort zone
and off the shooting bench. We'll get your heart pumping, and
get out of breath only to put more targets in front of you. We
will present mental challenges that will force you to think on
your feet and keep you moving. Furthermore, we do not prescribe
to a specific school of thought when it comes to combat shooting.
We believe that one effective shooting doctrine is not the only
effective shooting doctrine. We believe that there is no single
"proper" shooting technique, and that the shooting technique
is evolutionary. If it works, it works, we aren't going to tell
you that you're wrong....unless you are. Does that make sense?
Long story short, ACTS does not inhibit the natural development
of combat shooting doctrine. If 20 people show up with 20 different
shooting techniques, wouldn't it be great if you could take the
best from the other 19 shooters, and have everyone walk away with
a single technique better than any of the original 20?
Sound like a challenge? It is. Sound
like fun? It is.
We teach that you that your mind
is the weapon. The rifle is merely a tool.
Are you up to the challenge?
ACTS is not meant to be a replacement for formal training, but
if you have none, you are still welcome. We have plenty of shooter
who do have the training as well as real world experience. You
will always find help, and get pointers. Remember, ACTS is a shooting
sport. While our goals are lofty, it is still a game, and our
intent is to have a good time with our rifles