I hope you and your team had a blessed Easter!
It has been a long time since the last newsletter, so I have a lot to talk about below. Note that the MAY Carbine Operator class is a FRIDAY / SATURDAY class.
Please continue to train and get ready; physically, mentally and spiritually!
Train hard; put God first!
New Class: Designated Marksman
While the fundamentals haven’t changed, equipment sure has. When I last competed, .30 cal was King, variable power scopes were not to be trusted on serious rifles and a Kestrel wind meter was real cutting edge technology… we’re talking slightly more technical than throwing rocks at each other. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you get the point: I don’t feel qualified to teach a modern intermediate or long range class, nor do I have time to get up to instructor level speed on all the new gear.
I’ve had a chance to look over the outline and I’m excited about it. You can bet I’ll be in the first class I can make.
The final details are being hammered out as to location, cost, etc., but the tentative date for the first class is 5 & 6 JUNE.
To learn more or register, Scott can be reached at 843-858-0360.
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Have a Gun!
As a general rule, I recommend against getting under a table. You lose your ability to see and maneuver. Getting under a table in an active shooter situation is the adult version of pulling the sheets over your head when you think there’s a monster under your bed. Unless the tablecloth is made of Kevlar, not productive. If you don’t have any other options, better to grab a steak knife, turn out the lights and wait by the door to ambush the attacker.
My wife asked what my plan was for such a situation. Here it is: If I know which direction the shooting is coming from, I’m heading in the opposite direction. If I don’t know where the shooting is coming from, I’m probably going to stay in place. If I just have to leave but don’t know where the shooter is, I’ll consider enticing a stranger to be my rabbit: “Hey, buddy, we need to get out of here. Go. I’ll be right behind you.” If he doesn’t get shot (or shot at), then I’ll have a better idea how safe it may be in that direction.
You may think that is ruthless. It is. I won’t do that to an elderly person or most females, but healthy male strangers are not in my care group. My responsibility is to get my wife and anyone else I’m responsible for to safety.
All of that changes if I believe it’s a terrorist attack. These people are killing Americans and, in this context, EVERYONE is in my care group. I’m going hunting and I’m going to kill until I run out of ammunition or BG’s.
Sad my wife had to ask about our plan. That means we need to discuss some things. Maybe you and your spousal unit need to discuss some things, too.
I digress. The point is: Have a gun. You may recall the name of Tom Givens. He’s a friend and trainer who runs an outfit called Rangemaster in Memphis, TN. 68 of Tom’s students have had to use deadly force. 65 won their gunfight with, at worst, non-life threatening injuries. 3 lost. The reason? They didn’t have a gun.
A few months back Ted Deloach of Multi Drill Targets asked me to develop a training target. Here’s the result, the PTI Target:
Looks complicated, but it’s not. Here’s what we’ve got:
The center of the upper circle is 1.125″ below the center of the aiming point. A zero here at 25 yards should give you a 50 / 200 yard zero with the typical AR15 equipped with RDS. The center of the lower circle is 1.5″ below the center of the aiming point which should give you a 100 yard zero.
The target itself is 23″ x 35″ and printed on heavy, weather resistant paper.
Endless. Here’s one example of a combination of drills you can do with the target (a timer, better yet, a buddy and a timer, are necessary to get the most from the practice):
Typically Failure Drills (Mozambique) are performed on static targets by lifting the sights straight up from the chest to the head, but in reality a Failure Drill might be fired on a Threat that is moving or falling to the side. This is the rationale behind staggering the colors.
A perfect cinematic example of a failure drill on a falling target is at the 1:15 mark here (Warning: Language):
Cool down (slow fire) from holster to target, 1 shot on the upper right bullseye target. No time limit. Static. Focus on technique. Repeat x 5
The above is just one example of a set of drill combinations you can do in one session on one target… seven workouts, multiple iterations, one box of ammunition, one target. You’re limited only by your imagination.
Finally, it might surprise you to learn that the PTI Target is based on the dimensions of an actual person. If you were to superimpose this IALEFI target on top of PTI, you’d see that the various target numbers line up with skeletal features on this guy:
You can get the PTI target at MULTIDRILL .
Ted is also on Facebook at Multi Drill Targets.
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URBAN BREAK CONTACT V REPORT
Pistols played a more important role in this UBC than in previous iterations, so much so that I’m thinking of adding Defensive Handgun 1 to the list of training prerequisites necessary to attend UBC in the future.
By Sunday, the students were fighting their way from the disabled car, engaging targets as they moved to cover with their sidearms, recovering long guns and other mission essential gear while the BG’s were suppressed by their team-mates, then completing the disengagement. It was a complicated but beautifully choreographed and executed dance and very gratifying to see performed so well.
Various complications were thrown at them to force them to think and improvise on the run.
We added a second range car to the training. We moved the two cars around. First the car with the BG’s was in front of the car occupied by the students. Later, we moved it to represent a situation where the car containing the GG’s was t-boned on the passenger side by the BG’s and everyone had to egress the car on the driver side.
Also on Sunday, we changed the justification for the scenario from the original, which reflected an historic event involving Private Security Contractors in Kabul, Afghanistan to one unfortunately more relevant to life in America: Imagine you and a buddy are driving on any Interstate Hwy in America and you’re approaching a typical urban area. As you near the center of the city, you observe multiple brake lights ahead and you assume an accident has just happened. You slow down and eventually come to a stop behind a line of cars. Meanwhile, cars are continually stopping behind you, blocking you in. Suddenly you realize men armed with AK47’s are walking down the line of stopped cars, in your direction, shooting the occupants and anyone fleeing.
It’s not an accident at all. Two car loads of ISIS sympathizers have come to a stop under an overpass completely blocking forward movement. Everyone behind them is trapped. You and your buddy can’t go left or right because of lane dividers and sound barriers. You can’t go forward or backward because of stopped cars. The fact that YOU left maneuver room between your vehicle and that in front of you is totally irrelevant. Your vehicle is effectively immobilized. What do you do?
If you doubt the potential for such an event in America, I urge you to read William Forstchen’s novella DAY OF WRATH without delay and reconsider.
A word about Safety
I do not normally give permission for students to post video of the training on public sites like YouTube because, frankly, I don’t have the patience to deal with arm chair experts who don’t understand, or care about, the context of what they’re looking at. All I’ll say is this: I felt safer DOWNRANGE of these four men engaging targets past me than I do BEHIND THE LINE of the typical CWP class. This was partly due to our training, partly due to our ability to set up the target engagement angles properly, partly due to safeguards we put in place, but mostly due to the maturity and skill level of the students.
This is important
Finally, I want to thank Kerry Alzner who came down from NC to assist with the class. Kerry has an SF and PSC background, has seen the elephant more than once, and his expertise added much to the training.
- Future UBC’s will be smaller, probably capped at two two man teams.
- They will cost more, probably in the area of $600 for Paladin alumni.
- The round count will go up for both long gun and handgun.
- Additional training prerequisites will be put in place: Probably Defensive Handgun 1 and Defensive Carbine 2.
- I hope we’ll have more than one a year as is current practice.