Realistic Range Requirements for Effective Training

I have seen a vast number of different live-fire range designs over the years. Some of these ranges are outstanding for tactical training, while others are nearly worthless. While Federal agencies normally use already established training sites, many smaller departments tend to use rural land in a relatively informal set up. In addition, when some

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No Margin for Error: Shoot House Safety

The profession of arms does not suffer fools. Authority can be delegated; responsibility cannot. The privileges of being an instructor mean that a sacred trust has been placed in me not only to provide proper advice and guidance, but also to ensure that training will be conducted in a manner that guarantees the safety of

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The Fighting Stance: Maximize Your Shooting Ability

A common mistake among shooters who are new to either tactical or competitive shooting with an AR-type rifle is improper stance. The issue: people who learned to shoot a pistol first usually try to use the same stance with a rifle, and while you can get shots off with reasonable speed and accuracy, you are

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Home Invasion: Ken Hackathorn Defensive Shoot House Course

Many people think of home defense as barricading themselves in their bedroom with their family while calling the police and covering the bedroom door with their firearm, ready to shoot any intruders who attempt to crash through. However, few have planned or practiced how to safely get those family members into their bedroom, or considered

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Critical Response: Making an Active-Shooter Go Bag

An active-shooter/critical-incident response bag, vest or plate carrier is an essential piece of kit for every peace officer and armed security professional. When shots are being fired, there’s only time to grab and go. A “go bag” is the simplest, most versatile and cost-effective choice. Although this article deals primarily with the needs of the

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Defaulting to Zero: What’s Your Mindset?

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

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K9 and Air Operations: Law Enforcement’s Teeth and Wings

Our K9 teams got the description of a murder suspect reportedly hiding in a desolate, brushy area near the Colorado River Bridge in southeast Austin, Texas. An Austin Police Homicide Detective had briefed us via cell phone that he’d received a tip that the suspect was awaiting a ride to Mexico to flee the murder charges.

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