For units ranging from national anti-terrorist units to local SWAT teams, the need to take down a multistory building may arise. Generally, the type of incident dealt with by a local SWAT team will be more contained and will not likely involve terrorists, but the basic techniques are similar. An office or apartment building of
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.
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
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.
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
“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
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.
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
The AR series is an extremely ergonomic platform, and provides the shooter with a weapon that is controllable in both semi- and full-auto fire. In order to achieve that, the stock is straight. Earlier military rifles made of linseed-soaked wood and ordnance steel had a sharp drop at the buttstock. The straight stock of the
Several months ago, Rob Pincus called and told me Valhalla Training Center was hosting LMS (Last Man Standing) Defense for four days of training. The idea was for the two schools to teach their curriculums and see what they could learn from each other and incorporate into their own courses. Intrigued by the idea of