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Training for the fight vs. the clock…

In strength and conditioning programs for professional athletes, there’s a concept known as “training for the scoreboard.”

What it means is that strength training should make athletes better at their sport, not distract them from it.

The key is doing strength training that transfers over to better performance outside of the weightroom rather than just strength training that lets them do particular lifts better.

What does this mean for firearms training?

Basically, that you should make sure that your training is setting you up for success in a real world situation and not just sucking you into a hole of training to max out a particular standard, qualification, or drill.

Train for the fight…not just the clock.

I’ll give you an example.

If you’re not familiar with the MantisX, it’s a diagnostic tool that fits on the rail or magazine of a firearm.

It provides lots of cool data and charts on how quickly and efficiently you’re presenting your firearm…in live fire AND dry fire.

It’s a VERY good tool for isolating variables and practicing stationary shooting.

And it’s fun.

I oftentimes see people sharing that they are doing hundreds of dry fire reps per day using their MantisX.

If you’re trying to max out their times and MantisX scores, that’s awesome.

If you’re trying to train for competition or a self-defense fight than it would make a lot more sense to do a few reps with the MantisX and then do goal-specific training.

Training that includes movement, visual decision making, distractions, hidden draws, fighting to your gun, and other skills that will make you more ready for using your firearm to save a life.

To be clear, I like the MantisX and think it’s a great tool. If you haven’t used one, I suggest trying it.

Just make sure to also incorporate in drills that will get you ready for fighting and saving lives with your gun.

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“Don’t just train hard. Train smarter than the other guy!”

Stay safe and God Bless,

Ox & David Morris

About the Author /

Mike Ox is an avid defensive and competitive shooter who has co-created several firearms training products, including Dry Fire Training Cards, Dry Fire Fit, 21 Day Alpha Shooter, and See Faster, Shoot Faster. His brain based training focuses on accelerated learning techniques for shooting as well as controlling brain state and brain chemistry for optimal performance in extreme stress situations. Learn more about dynamic dry fire training for defense and competition at

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