Viking Tactics is one of the foremost contract trainers used by elements of our country’s special operations forces. I had been aware of VTAC’s reputation for some time, but had not been able to match up a time against one of their few annual classes that are not exclusively contracted to SOF units.
For decades Marine Primary Marksmanship Instructors have stalked the 500 yard line, growling from under their pith helmets at prone shooters to “Get that magazine off the deck!” Why? Because the Marine Corps Order (MCO 3574.2J) forbids shooters to rest the magazine on a ground. This is variously passed off as because it will cause
In a recent 12-day span here at Tactical Response (TR), we had 22 students attend the following courses: Fighting Rifle, High Risk Civilian Contractor, and High Risk Civilian Contractor Medical course. I decided to document the things that went wrong as we pushed men and machines through 12 very harsh days of training.
“If there were such a thing as a doctorate in small arms, Louis Awerbuck would be one of a half-dozen people I think qualified for the title. He is a master of the art.” So stated LtCol Jeff Cooper, USMC, in 1999. Thus, when some of the leadership within I Marine Expeditionary Force went looking
Bill Davison’s calls to “feed the puppy,” along with the deep booms of a 12-gauge shotgun and lead striking steel, make up the distinctive sounds of the jungle run during the Primary Shotgun Class at Tac Pro Shooting Center.
Gunsite. That single name means so much to so many: The beginning of modern firearms training, incredible facilities and the experience of attending this historic place. I traveled to Gunsite recently to attend a new class that has its genesis in our current operations in the Middle East. Urban Combat is a course for those
“Beware of the man, not the weapon.” This adage has held true since time immemorial, and will predominantly decide who will be the victor and who will be the vanquished in a rencounter. This having been said, however, there is no question that the right equipment for the right job is a huge bonus. Even
Although overshadowed by the patrol rifle concept in most cases, there still appears to be a need for the submachine gun (SMG) in some law enforcement circles, as it is alive and well in many departments. The catalyst for me to take a close look at the SMG as a deployed tool started when I
Most readers of S.W.A.T. are familiar with Patrick A. Rogers through his outstanding articles that have been printed here. Many have wondered what it is like to train under Pat’s watchful eye. Here is a firsthand account of the E.A.G.’s three-day tactical carbine course.