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The Theatrical Firearms Handbook by Kevin Inouye

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CHAPTER 10

The Realities of Modern Combat

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life—knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.

—Aristotle

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.

—Winston Churchill

Our human bodies have evolved partly in response to the demands of physical confrontation. This means that in times of stress our bodies shift blood to the muscles, allow more light into the eyes, start giving more oxygen to the system, feel less pain, and become more focused on the immediate threat. While “fight or flight” is an oversimplification that doesn’t accommodate ...

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