The Violence Conundrum: 11 Lessons Learned Through Fighting
1) You have to learn how to fight in a city.
There are no rules or regulations when fighting in a city. All your training and experience will not matter if you do not know how to use the weapons at hand, especially when it comes to firearms.
2) You need to understand that there is always someone better than you in every situation.
If you want to survive, you have to be able to outsmart and outwit your opponents.
3) When fighting in a crowd, the best way is usually to keep them all away from each other.
Even if they are armed with guns, their aim may not be good enough against a well-placed bullet. A single shot can kill or seriously injure many people at once.
4) You should never try to take down a large group of enemies by yourself.
Your opponent may very well overpower you and kill you before you can even get close enough to shoot him.
5) Always keep your head up at all times, because one wrong move could mean death.
Remember that the enemy is probably doing the same thing right now!
6) Getting weapons from the enemy is always important, but they may be more dangerous in the hands of the enemy than it would be in your own hands.
If you really want a gun, then it’s sometimes better to go through the proper channels.
7) The people that you are trying to save aren’t always going to be happy to see you.
You need to keep them safe, but you also need to keep yourself safe.
8) The secondary weapon is almost just as important as your main weapon.
The secondary weapon can mean the difference between life and death in a close encounter. The secondary weapon gives you the advantage in a fight at close range.
9) It doesn’t matter how much firepower you have if you don’t know how to use it properly when it really matters.
You have to be properly trained in the weapon that you’re using and you have to be able to hit your target when it really counts.
10) No matter how much firepower you have or how skilled you are, there is always someone out there who is better than you. If you want to survive, you need to learn from your enemies because they can teach you a thing or two.
11) The more you use a weapon or skill, the better you will get at it. Use your weapons and practice your skills as often as you can, because when everything is on the line, you don’t want to fall short of expectations.
These are just a few lessons that were learned during my time as a soldier fighting in urban combat. I know that many soldiers have more experience and wisdom to share about this topic.
If you have any tips of your own that you would like to share, then please leave them in the comments section below.
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