What you’re about to read concerns “After Fire,” a certain procedure that takes place after an engagement of a threat in short proximity. I am well aware that no plan or idea stays intact in contact with reality as many unseen variables lurk into the background. That is why we teach “After Fire” as a procedure. Procedures tend to be more flexible compared to plans.

After Fire is based on a few considerations:

  • Threat fixation
  • Reidentification cycle
  • Legal issues and Requirements after the shooting
  • Environment
  • Efficiency through effectiveness
  • Your state of performance


After Fire takes place after a threat stimulus is addressed and eliminated. It is largely reliant on the fact that during high threat and high-stress situations, threat fixation occurs. Threat fixation ceases when you are absolutely sure the threat is eliminated or when mental distress/stress is decreased.

An additional point which we feel is important to remark is that not only dead people fall. Injuries, obstacles, and other factors can cause a threat to fall down. Even if critically injured, a threat that is falling down and is lying on the floor could still use a firearm efficiently. After Fire’s purpose is to primarily ensure that you will not “shoot and forget.”