Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Upcoming course schedule

I will be laying out the courses for February over the next couple of weeks. If there are any requests for a specific locale, date and/or course content, please contact me within that timeframe. See you on the range...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


" Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those that have no such desire."
-- Robert Heinlein 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Back in unfriendly territory

I am working out of the area for the next couple months but will be putting on some more courses in late January and February. I will continue to put up posts as my schedule and internet stability allows.....

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Gunfight Concepts Carbine course

Held a two day Carbine course this last weekend in the Willamette Valley. Weather was good and the students were great. 20 total hours of advanced carbine work and everyone was thoroughly exhausted. My thanks to all who made it out.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pretty much sums it up...

  "When things look bad, and it looks like you're not going to make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb mad dog mean. Cause if you lose your head and you give up, then you neither live nor win, that's just the way it is."
-- Josey Wales

Upcoming Course

Will have two days of Carbine courses this weekend (15 & 16 OCT). Courses will be held at a private range near Lyons Oregon (about 20 miles east of Salem, 80 miles west of Sisters). This will be a Gunfight Concepts course covering:

* fundamental reinforcement
* engaging multiple threats
* positional shooting problems
* malfunctions galore
* use of cover
* stress based scenarios
* and much more........

 For more information, check the Gunfight Concepts Carbine section on the "Courses" page. Please contact me to reserve your spot right away as class size will be limited and this will likely be the last course until February.
One day will be the normal $200, but if you attend both days there will be a discounted rate of $375.

Lodging is available in nearby Stayton if needed.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Equipment Review - Wilson TTU AR/M4 Trigger

I have been meaning to publish a review on the TTU for a while now; so, here it is....

  The TTU (Tactical Trigger Unit) by Wilson Combat, is a modular drop in replacement for any AR/M4 platform  carbine. Being a self contained unit, it is extremely easy to install as compared to a standard trigger group which has several small parts to contend with. The build quality on the TTU is clean and robust, being made from CNC machined and EDM cut hardened tool steel.
   The install process was very straightforward and painless; removed the stock trigger group, dropped in the TTU and replaced the two pins......done.
   There are a few different variants of the TTU to choose from. I opted for the single-stage 4 pound trigger. There is also a two-stage, a three-gun and a MIL/LE variant with a slightly heavier 5.5 pound trigger pull.
   I have, to date, put around 5000 rounds downrange with the TTU and have truly enjoyed its consistent and crisp pull and reset. In fact, crisp really doesn't even begin to describe the break on this amazing really have to try it.
   All in all, though being a bit skeptical about a "drop-in" anything, I have been nothing but impressed with this offering from Wilson Combat and would fully recommend it to anyone looking for a better trigger option.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Gunfight Concepts course

Ran a Gunfight Concepts Pistol course yesterday. Had a great time; weather was good, students had their game faces on and we were all exhausted by the end of the night shoot.
My thanks to all that came out...  

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thought for the evening...

" Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession."
   --George Washington 

  This could be applied to the political front just as well as the two-way shooting range...


   Interesting piece from Backdoor Survival discussing a subject that weighs on everyone's mind from time to time....
   My solution? Decide NOW so you don't have that emotional hurtle to contend with when you are in the middle of a crisis....

   Check it out here    could-you-shoot-someone

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Another Heinlein goody for ya

" An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."
   --Robert Heinlein

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Did you Dry Practice today?

If not, you're wrong.

Shooting marksmanship can largely be broken down into two fundamental concepts:

1) Sight picture/ Sight alignment
2) Trigger manipulation

This accounts for, in my opinion, 95% of shot accuracy. With this in mind, you should be dry practicing everyday. Clear your weapon, pick a spot to aim at (in a safe direction, of course) and try to achieve ten perfect presses in a row. If you screw one up (ie, detect any movement in your sight alignment as the "shot" breaks), you start over from one.
    Understand that this, in and of itself, will not make you a perfect shooter. Your mind needs to experience the report of the weapon, your body needs to feel the recoil, your eyes need to become accustomed to tracking the sight during it's cycle, etc, etc.....but dry practice is an oft overlooked tool that will help anyone tighten up their shot group.

So do it.....


Always remember...

   "Weapons compound man's power to achieve; they amplify the capabilities of both the good man and the bad, and to exactly the same degree, having no will of their own. Thus we must regard them as servants, not masters - and good servants to good men. Without them, man is diminished, and his opportunities to fulfill his destiny are lessened. An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it."
   -- Col. Jeff Cooper

Monday, October 3, 2011

Thought for the evening...

" Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
     -- James Madison

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Course info

Vehicle Defense
   Okay, looks like I will be doing a Pistol and a Carbine course in the Willamette  Valley in the upcoming weeks. I  will also be conducting Pistol, Carbine and Vehicle Defense in the Central Oregon area. I am trying to get the venues locked in right now as I will be heading back OCONUS in about a month.
   At this point I am looking at doing the Gunfight Concepts level courses, which are a more advanced shooting course. If there is interest in a more basic level Pistol / Carbine course please let me know via the "Email me" button. If there is enough interest in the basic courses, I will try to put them on as well. I will be keeping class sizes at 6-8, as all of my assistant instructors are "out of the area" right now.
   As I have done in the past, there will be a 10% discount for military, law enforcement and also CPS members.
Details will be uploaded to the "Courses" page.....
Instructing USMC team 
US Mil class 2007

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Primary skill

Anyone that has been to one of my courses knows that I teach one skill above all others...AWARENESS. Now I am sure that most everyone has heard this concept before, perhaps as Situational Awareness or Battlefield Awareness or any other of a number of two dollar phrases, but this is not a skill that you just bring to the range or snap into when you put on your uniform. It must become a way of life; and when properly implemented will cause the subject to go through some noticeable lifestyle changes. To include; devoting more of your conscious thought to all the seemingly benign activities happening around you on a daily basis, and even simpler things, like, what pockets you use. For example, being a right handed person, I had always kept my wallet in my right pocket (made sense....easy access), as well as my keys. Well, while coaching some students through a shoot-house scenario one day, I noticed something....what was in the students  hands when a violent encounter erupted had a tendency to stay in the students hands. In this particular scenario, the student was sitting in a restaurant and just lifting a drink to their mouth when all hell broke loose. I watched in amazement as the student jumped to their feet and tried to draw their pistol with a water bottle clenched in their primary hand.....didn't work so well. They went on to transfer the bottle to their support hand and successfully draw their pistol. Okay, good to go, except their first shot malfunctioned (gotta love sims!). I then watched in disbelief as they attempted to perform an immediate action drill with a water bottle still in their support hand! After a couple attempts they were able to finish the fight.... albeit, with several "bullet" holes in their torso. This whole scene got me thinking about things like.....what if I am pulling my wallet out of my right side pocket (the side my holster is also on, of course) at an ATM and I am attacked....not good. If I keep my wallet on my support (left in my case) side I can still strike the attacker with that support hand, wallet or not, and be drawing my pistol with my primary. Of course I can hear you as you say, "If you had good awareness Kris, you would not have had someone sneak up on you at the ATM". One would hope I have trained to the point that I would have surveyed the scene before approaching the ATM (which I am pretty sure stands for Ambush TerMinal), and that I would have heard the approaching footsteps and that I would have gotten that uncomfortable tightness in my gut that some would call a sixth sense. But, the story serves it's purpose in that it begins to delineate the different aspects of awareness. Not simply a heightened set of senses directed at the bubble that is your current locale.....but also a degree of forethought about what may occur and how you can set yourself up for success. Something to consider the next time you are digging in your pocket for keys in a dark parking lot.
     It's an enormous topic and can hardly be explored to fruition in this short article, but I hope I got the mental gears turning.........more to follow..... 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thought for the evening...

  "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
-- Robert Heinlein of my favorite quotes.....words to live by.

Upcoming stuff

Going to be doing a couple reviews on some American made tactical gear I have been abusing over the last year. Also, plan on getting some videos and pics posted, so stay tuned.......

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Carbine gas system

Was asked the other day about the various gas system lengths on the AR platform. Specifically, which was best and why. For this particular discussion, we were talking about a 16" barreled system, to which I would recommend the mid-length over the standard carbine length gas system. My reason, in a nutshell, is that the longer mid-length system on a 16" barrel more closely resembles the barrel/dwell time ratio on the original 20" barrel that the system was designed for. In my own experience, the mid-length system has less felt recoil and does not seem to be as hard on the BCG. The carbine length systems with their longer dwell time, develop higher gas pressures resulting in a higher failure rate due to metal fatigue. When I was teaching full time, I would see a high number of fractured locking lugs, broken extractors and even some complete bolt bi-sections (at the cam hole) on the rifles with the shorter gas systems. This is not meant to say that all carbines with the shorter gas system are doomed to imminent failure; just between the two, the mid-length will serve you better....IMHO. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Brother in need...

Hey just wanted to put the word out that a friend and fellow warrior, Pete Krause, is battling cancer right now and could use everyone's thoughts and prayers. You can check out Pete's progress at his blog...


Setting up shop...

Still trying to figure out this blog thing, so bear with me. Will try and get some course info uploaded shortly.......