Breaking News: Special Operator Breaks Silence On Shark Index

Breaking News: Special Operator Breaks Silence On Shark Index 

Just as the temple index begins to gain steam in the civilian defensive firearms training world, a super secret special operator has decided to break the silence on a technique they use called the Shark Index. I am fortunate to break this story to you today. Due to the super sensitive nature of his job, we are going to call him Bob.

Interviewer: “So, we are seeing new techniques like the temple index beginning to gain popularity among the civilian defensive firearms training world. Why should we have yet another index method?”shark-index

Special Operator Bob: “Well, you know, we understand that those taking these civilian defensive firearms classes in CONUS have a legitimate concern of North Korean’s parachuting into their back yard, or even Russian Mechanized units rolling through their neighborhood. With that very real threat, my operator buddies felt like some of our super secret techniques should be shared with the average person. I mean, why should we be keeping this stuff to ourselves? It’s not like it’s hard to do this stuff, when it comes right down to it, we just know more secret ways to do things than the average civilian. As far as I know, this has never been done before.”

Interviewer: “That’s amazing. So can you tell us a little about this…what’s it called? Shark Index method? Did I get that right?”

Special Operator Bob: “Yes, Shark Index. You got it right. So the Shark Index is an evolution of all previous index positions. Once upon a time when we were all still in diapers <laugh>, people used something called the “low ready” index. Yeah, we found out real quick that it didn’t work. Gradually the index position moved up to a high ready, then the temple index position. This is just taking it one further. The Shark Index puts the rear slide of the gun on the top of the head with the barrel pointing at the sky. The Shark Index position is just a natural evolution of all previous index positions.”

Interviewer: “This is truly a game changer in the industry! Can you tell us the advantages of this new technique and why it is better than the temple index?”

Special Operator Bob: “Of course, basically, you get all the advantages of the temple index minus the pointing the barrel at your head. Also, when doing water borne operations like storming a beachhead or hiding in a residential pool you can keep the barrel of your gun out of the water as you move under the surface of the water. If a tango pops up, you can dispatch them without even having to surface. It also has an intimidation factor. From a distance the guns look like the dorsal fin of a shark. Hence the name. No one in his right mind would mess with a shark, and seeing someone in full operator gear using the Shark Index is as scary as hearing someone rack a shotgun. Another big advantage is getting the gun on target. Think about it, with the Shark Index, all you have to do is lower your gun down the centerline of your face and punch out. Now with the Temple Index, you have to push the gun out in front AND move it left to right to align it. That is going to waste at least two one-hundredths of a second. Anyone that uses a shot clock timer knows that is a LOT of time.”

Interviewer: “This is just remarkable. So I have to ask a tough question. Are there any disadvantages to this technique?”

Special Operator Bob: “Well, I wouldn’t be honest with you if I told you this technique is perfect. We have heard some feedback that this technique doesn’t work well in small sedans. Evidently they don’t have enough clearance between their heads and the roof of the vehicle. My answer to that is, “man up and get a real vehicle.” We have hundreds of special operators that do this every day getting in and out of their jacked up F350’s and even specialized open top dune buggies with no problems. This resistance to a better and more evolved technique is clearly being pushed by those still teaching high ready. I bet those old guys even carry a revolver some days. You know though, it doesn’t bother me. If they want to make up reasons to not use this clearly superior technic, then so be it. At least it’s another tool in their tool box.”

Interviewer: “Thank you again for your time and letting us break this story to our readers.”

Special Operator Bob: “Well, it was my pleasure and thank you for the opportunity. And as I like to tell people, remember to prepare for everything because you don’t know what might happen when your fight comes.”


NOTE: This news story is a complete fake. None of the content is true and it is filled with blatant satire and sarcasm. Neither the interviewer or Special Operator Bob exist, nor did they conduct this interview. It was written to prove a point. Context matters!

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