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Over the years I’ve lost count of the hundreds of individuals who have asked me how I would set up the ideal 1911 .45 ACP. So after years of personal requests from students, my wife Brett and I have decided to build two versions of our own 1911.

These are customized pistols built by the renowned Robar Company of Phoenix, Arizona. They are available to all serious gunfighters and have everything essential to a “hardened” 1911. In short, there are no mud flaps or whip antennae. As built to my specifications, our custom 1911 will fit about 99.9% of the serious gunfighting population. It is a pistol that allows the shooter to really get behind it and work it to its fullest potential. It becomes a part of the shooter once it is worked properly.

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Too often people confuse shooting with fighting. This kind of myopia exists throughout the military and police communities, where those who confuse theory with reality consider qualification to be the equivalent of gunfighting. It isn’t. Not even close. SQUARE-RANGE TRAINING Square-range training is very useful for teaching the basics, and the basics are what permit us to win in a gunfight. These basics include weapons manipulation, reloading and marksmanship. They may also include static and dynamic turns, movement, positions and…

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It is a fact that most sniper engagements in LE work occur inside of 75 yards. And Remington Rifle 1 at High Caliber Training is a great class in which to learn the basics of sniping. It’s designed to teach solid first-hit skills at long range. High Caliber Training (HCT) is the counterpart facility to Tier 1 Group, or as it’s known in military circles, T1G. When you attend HCT, you’re actually receiving training from the same folks who train…

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So Ramon, like Pavlov's Dog, repeatedly aims for the heart area of Clint Eastwood's movie character--and repeatedly impacts a steel sheet of concealed improvised body armor. The Man With No Name wins the fight, the day is saved, and the movie audience leaves the theater with a warm fuzzy feeling. So far, so good. Unfortunately, in the ugly world of reality, the end result usually isn't as satisfactory, for several reasons. First, a sheet of metal isn't going to stop…

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