Some training companies offer both open and restricted enrollment courses. Is there a difference? At my outfit, EAG Tactical, I get enough questions to warrant a lengthy explanation, so here we go.
During daylight—when 99.9% of training is conducted—targets are pretty easy to see. And identification is easy, as you are most often shooting at the same target you have been shooting at for however long you have been shooting. Discriminating between shoots and no shoots isn’t normally your problem on the square range because the rangemaster will tell you who to shoot, when to shoot, and how many times to shoot.
Learning occurs in many ways and at different rates. It is an individual endeavor, and most are able to crack the code once they put their mind to it.
Carrying a handgun is something that is very personal, in that it is with you almost every day of your adult life. Which pistol one carries may be mandated or a matter of choice.
How we fight has always been a complicated series of events, and the training required to accomplish the goal of winning the fight has mostly been wanting. This has become obvious in police agencies’ and the military’s preoccupation with annual qualification, confusing it with training. It has always been disturbing how little effort is spent
Advances in night vision were slow in the beginning. I can remember the first time I saw a Starlight scope on top of the CP Bunker on Hill 22, 45 years ago. We have come a long way since then. Night vision is of course expensive, and its primary users are the military. However, the technology is slowly spilling over into the LE community. Very slowly.
The M16 was first promoted as a gun that needed no maintenance. While that statement proved false, a number of factors, including propellant powder and a lack of cleaning supplies and training, led to failures on the battlefield that are still being ballyhooed by muckrakers and the unknowing. They ignore the fact that the M16
For our purposes, mechanical offset relates to the difference between the line of bore and the line of sight. This distance will vary from one gun to another. Additionally, the sight and mounting system will also influence the difference. All handheld firearms have a certain amount of mechanical offset. It may be negligible in the case of a pistol, or significant in the case of certain rifles/carbines.
Our evaluation protocol is to get a fair number of rounds downrange on several guns of the same model in order to get a decent idea of how others might perform. However, that was not going to happen here, so we figured we would do the best we could with one gun.
The world that existed when Eugene Stoner conceived the AR-15 rifle is a much different world than we live in now. Not only have politics changed, but the way we fight wars has also changed. In some cases, this change was evolutionary and methodical. In other cases, it was more drastic. For some organizations, using