Both medium and large frame four-inch barreled revolvers were no problem for larger stature personnel, but as dress belts and belt loops became narrower and the FBI’s height requirement was abolished, issue sidearms also saw reductions in profile because of concealment concerns.
Over the years I have attended numerous “tactical” firearm courses. With the exception of shotgun courses, the firearms I employed were modern semiautomatics, usually fed with high-capacity magazines. Recently, however, I attended a basic handgun course at Gunsite that was sponsored by Hornady, Ruger, Surefire and XS Sights.
The ability to safely move from Point A to Point B in rugged terrain is no laughing matter for military personnel operating in such environments as South America, Iraq and Afghanistan. The same is true for law enforcement and rescue personnel operating in the rural portions of all 50 states.
James Yeager is the owner of Tactical Response and served as lead instructor during the courses, with instructor Jay Gibson also keeping the students on track during the four days of training. Yeager and Gibson’s full resumes are listed on Tactical Response’s well-executed website. Both men are imminently qualified to instruct and are dynamic teachers, each with their own style.
The .338 Lapua Magnum is a long-range precision tactical cartridge whose time has come. If there are any doubts, consider the fact that the next U.S. military sniper rifle will be in .338 Lapua caliber. The original round was developed by Research Armament in the United States in 1983 at the request of the U.S.