I think “Train Like you Fight” is an overused and misunderstood axiom. Does it mean that we must train in full combat gear all of the time? Does it mean that we have to train until we drop? The answer is ‘No.’ It has nothing to do with how much black Velcro you strap on your person. The term comes from athletics of yore. ‘Practice like you play’. Instead of practicing on half court, practice on full court, for example.
When you work out or ‘PT’, to ensure your combat chassis is more effective and capable, do you do it in full kit? If the answer is ‘No’, then why do it?
If your objective to marksmanship training is to dissuade home invasion, should you be training in my boxer shorts?
‘Train like you fight’ means training beyond the drill. If the drill requires six shots to complete, think seven, eight or nine. Do not let the drill dictate to you when you should stop thinking.
Perform a focal shift. See things full spectrum. Once again, work beyond the drill. If the targets are directly in front of you, look beyond, in front of and understand what is flanking these targets.
Train during periods of limited visibility.
Train in adverse weather conditions.
Train to stay in the fight.