Danger Zone: High-Risk Warrant Service

Knock knock. “Sheriff’s Office Search Warrant, Police Search Warrant.” Wait…wait. “Breacher up.” This scenario is played out frequently—unfortunately all too frequently—throughout our great country in an effort to combat illegal narcotics and improve the quality of life within communities. Every SWAT team or narcotics unit serving warrants must adhere to their state laws and guidelines

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Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight: Knives And Handgun Retention

Firearms tactics have come a long way in the past few years. The increasing use of Simunitions, Airsoft, and other types of force-on-force training has done a lot to make gunfighting training more dynamic and realistic. It has also helped shooters understand skill sets that are often hard to appreciate in sterile, square-range training—particularly skills like weapon retention.

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Car Wars: Gunfighting and Vehicles

There seems to be a lot of information out there about gunfighting in general, but not much about gunfighting around cars. The need to know about what happens when bullets start flying in cars is obvious, but there are very few sources of valid information. You don’t have to think very hard to remember the

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Vehicle Tactics: Vital Skills in a Perilous World

Two of the things that cannot be foreseen in preparing for a lethal attack are where it is going to happen and what the threat is going to look like. Once the threat is perceived, we decide on the course of action, hope it is the correct action, and then proceed through the threat, calling on our training to guide us.

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Dogmatic Doctrine: Where Do You Stand?

Here we are in the year 2008 and, except for small pockets of reality, we, as tactical trainers and shooters, really haven’t progressed very far in the last 20 years. What is it about us as teachers and students that cements our position? What is it about us gunmen that makes us so unwilling to

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Active Shooter: Vital Training for Small Departments

One of the areas of increasing law enforcement concern that small, municipal law enforcement agencies lack experience in are armed incursions and takeovers of schools. I recently participated in a three-day training course consisting of two days of first responder tactics and range time with long and short guns—including live fire shield and dynamic entry work.

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SWAT Training Goals: Planning and Practice

Training must be continuous and ongoing. Instructors and students must be willing to learn new information without any fear of change. The best officers and teams are the best trained. SWAT teams must have the best training possible. If you follow the six “Rs” of training, they will assist you in providing a successful training

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