Nightmare on Sesame Street: Training Gone Wrong

Back in 2012, a friend emailed me to say he had been asked if I would like to attend a three-day carbine class and could he forward my contact information to the instructor. My friend admitted up front he had not attended training with this company and could not vouch for the quality of the

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Tavor Armorer’s Training: Putting It All Together

The reintroduction of the Israeli Tavor bullpup rifle to America by the civilian-owned Israeli Weapons Industry (IWI) has created quite a stir in the gun community. New marketing techniques have captured the imagination of many shooters, and the rifle’s uniqueness, quality and obvious tactical advantages resulted in the Tavor being named the 2014 NRA Rifle

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A Nation of Riflemen: Civilian Marksmanship Program

With the multiple assaults on legitimate gun owners in the United States, one might take comfort in the fact that there exists a federally chartered organization dedicated solely to the training and education of United States citizens in the use of firearms and airguns through gun safety training, marksmanship training, and competitions. The Civilian Marksmanship

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From the Ashes of Blackwater: Academi Precision Rifle I

In the April 2011 issue of S.W.A.T., I wrote about the five-day Carbine Operator Course I had attended at what was then known as Blackwater (later named U.S. Training Center). That article begins, “Blackwater has been at the center of controversy and conspiracy theories ever since Erik Prince founded the company.” More on that later.

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One Shot, One Kill: A Contradiction in Terms

[Editor’s Note: The graphic photos accompanying this article are not shown for gratuitous or sensationalistic purposes, but rather to validate the fact that numerous shots may be needed against a determined adversary.] The term “One Shot, One Kill” became a semi motto in the sniper community sometime in the early 1970s. The term was used

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Firing off the Ruck: Tactical Considerations

As every experienced shooter knows, accurate rifle shooting requires the application of the four key fundamentals of marksmanship: steady position, sight alignment, breath control, and trigger squeeze. When artificial support is available, it should be used to steady the position and support the rifle whenever practical. When artificial support isn’t available or practical, the bones

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Duel of the Carbines: M1 Carbine vs. M4

Is the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30 M1 still viable in a post-AR world? I began to kick that question around at the height of the recent AR buying frenzy. A variety of longtime M1 Carbine owners probably had a similar question as lines formed at gun counters. I knew several trainers who had advocated the

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Rural Law-Enforcement Snipers: Same Mission, Different Environment

Basically, snipers are snipers. The differences among them are the surroundings they are placed in and how they overcome the difficulties presented to them. Rules of engagement may differ between disciplines, but the sniper must adapt to the situation before him and be able to deliver precise fire at exact moments in order to preserve life. Sniping is a life saving tool.

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