Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cold Drill...

Here's a drill that I like to shoot cold right when I start my day at the range. It will help give you a good idea of your training progression as it tests your marksmanship, manipulation and positional shooting skills without a warm up.

With carbine or rifle:

Setup - Steel target at 100 yards (timed)  (edit: I use a 9"x16" steel silhouette)

Have a buddy load your mag with two to 10 rounds to enforce a stress reload during the drill. Begin from standing, fire three rounds. Drop to kneeling, fire three rounds. Move to a "brokeback" position, fire three rounds. Move to prone, fire last three rounds.

So you should have 12 solid hits on steel and one stress reload when done. Record your time and try to improve on it next time.

A couple of ways you can mix it up is; add a dummy round or two to your mag to enforce an immediate action drill, or change the round count at each position....for example, shoot two from standing, four from kneeling, etc. Just remember if you plan on comparing your times you must perform the same overall number of shots and manipulations per drill.

You can shoot this with bolt guns and pistols as well. With pistol I set up at 25-35 yards and shoot on angled steel or paper target. With bolt guns I shoot one or two shots per station, with mandatory reloads at some point.

Yeah, I know it looks funny.....but it is just what the doctor ordered when you are trying to engage a bad guy under a car using the engine-block/wheel for some cover..........

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Reality beckons...

"It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts...For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it."
   -- Patrick Henry

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tactical Unit Fundamentals...

Teamwork for tactical units

    Like links in a chain; a team’s success is largely determined by the individuals that comprise said team. This brings us to the subject of standardizing the various individual core skills. The core skill sets can vary depending on whether you are part of a military unit, swat team, security force or a well prepared neighborhood watch. For our purposes I will try to address what I would consider universal core skills.

Individual core skill one….Weapon Mastery

Weapon mastery breaks down to the following:

- Marksmanship
- Manipulation
- Maintenance

Let’s examine the definitions and cover some brief training objectives for each.


    Delivering effective fire regardless of conditions or time pressure. Understanding the capability of your weapon and rising to meet that standard. You should be able to deliver effective fire with left or right hand as well as in a wounded fire scenario (with only one unsupported hand).  Perform said tasks with iron sights as well as optics and understand the POI/POA shift when utilizing different ammunition…i.e., going from M193 to Mk262 in your M4/AR.

Training Objectives: Work on accurate engagement under time pressure within the full range spectrum of your given firearms. Work on making engagements from unconventional/uncomfortable firing positions as well as incorporating stress fire techniques. 


    Being able to smoothly reload, perform Immediate Action/ Remedial Action and quickly assess and fix severe stoppages when necessary. Being able to smoothly transition from Primary to Secondary weapons and back again. Being able to perform these same functions with either hand unsupported by the other. Having a sling/holster that meets the durability + employability requirements is a must. Proper gear setup/staging would also fall under this category.

Training Objective: Work on smooth reloads under varying conditions as well as immediate action drills. Work on difficult stoppages such as bolt over-rides, charging handle impingement and stuck cases. Work on transitioning to pistol as well as transferring between shoulders.


    Move beyond simple operator level maintenance and learn to understand your weapon inside and out. Be able to perform armorer level repairs and enhancements as well as knowing which parts are prone to failure and having the pertinent backups on hand.

Training Objective: Learn to do a complete teardown of your weapon and examine each part for excess wear or signs of fatigue or fracture. Learn to replace every part of your firearm from barrel to trigger group. BUY QUALITY PARTS! If you are unsure about the various parts manufactures, visit any of the “black rifle” forums….gun owners are pretty vocal when a manufacturer lets them down.

There is a great deal more I could add to this particular subject, but this will suffice to make the point and give you an idea of where to go with your own training programs.

Coming soon……we cover Communications and Medical…..stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Your Training Motivator For Today...

Got a fitness program? They do.....

Check out the sobering data points listed HERE

Things are changing rapidly folks.....best get to training.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

CSG Approved..

I would like to introduce my readers to Wilder Tactical who's IWB holsters I have been using for the last year in various operational settings. Their Kydex holster designs are simple, durable and yet very comfortable. They also have magazine holders available and a rather ingenious CAT-T tourniquet holder that is very secure yet allows for fast deployment in a crisis.

After much testing, I am happy to fully endorse the fine gear offered by Wilder Tactical. Check them out HERE

Wilder Tactical is a veteran owned company and their products are American made / Berry compliant.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A useful diversion...

For my E&E students....I would encourage you to check out the film "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997).
It gives a good example of many of the skills examined in the class....


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ugly times...

Selco from SHTF School makes some interesting points...HERE

....take notes, there will be a test...

Monday, July 16, 2012


My apologies to all the students and readers that  have emailed me and are awaiting a response. The last few weeks have been extremely busy for me and I am slowly working my way through my pile of emails and will respond to each one. Thanks for your patience....