Just read the restored faith thread, and if that is the rifle vols wkend then yes it was a refreshing change! Building on that though I just had an experience wherby my training with the TA potentially saved my life. My car was attacked with me in it only a few hours ago (1435) by 3 chavs armed with planks of wood. I had come to a stop at a junction and the lead chav decided that he wanted to do me in, no words just walked up and twatted my window full on showering me with glass before then attempting to do in the others. I am 100% certain that had I not got the **** out of there instantly then there was a very real chance of me making the 10 o'clock news as another (dead?) happy slap type victim. It may sound like I am over reacting but the look on the lead chavs face was basically feral and he clearly had no restraint or capacity to actually think what he was doing, definatly different from someone who simply wanted to mug me or put his weight about - put it ths way, if I was on ops then odds are I would have shot him that was the level of the threat that I percieved! In what probably was less then 1/10th of a second I floored it then found the nearest cover I could find so I could consilidate,call the police and try to catch the little shits before they legged it All of this was pure instinct rather then consious thought and it wasn't untill an hour later when I realised why I reacted the way I did - Anti -ambush drills. i.e. get out of the killing area ASAP, rally, then follow up by either attacking or withdrawing. Again, I am 100% sure that had I not recieved that training then I would have lost vital milliseconds which would have changed the scenario entirally, and believe me I will never, ever doubt the reasoning behind doing something over and over again in training - it genuinly potentially saved my life just then, even thought that was not the actual purpose it was intended for. Sorry for waffling on, am still in shock a bit!