Feed the Puppy: Tac Pro Primary Shotgun Class

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.

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Yavapai Firearms Academy Close-Range Pistol Tactics: Think More and Shoot Less

Anyone who has trained with Louis Awerbuck knows that he’s a “thinking man’s warrior.” It is always interesting to get Mr. Awerbuck’s perspective on a combative topic or the flavor-of-the-month gun tactic or gear, because he will always have an opinion and you know that it will be well thought-out. It may not be the way you feel about it, but you will admit that it is a way that is definitely viable—and you might even change your mind.

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BORTAC: United States Border Patrol Tactical Unit

The U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit, known by the acronym BORTAC, is the international special operations force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). BORTAC and its specialist operators carry out some of the most demanding and dangerous missions that fall under the jurisdiction of CBP. These missions

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Self-Training Myths: Deadly Drawbacks

No one is born being able to shoot, and those described as being naturally instinctive shooters are, in reality, just very talented people who pay attention to basics. Wild Bill Hickock did not exit the birth canal as a proficient killer. That he had the mean gene imbedded is without question. However, the mechanics necessary

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After Action Review: Learn From Your Experiences

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana Like everything else, the military has a three-letter acronym for it—AAR. Its full title is the After Action Review. In less formal terminology, it is a debrief. While we’ve given it a couple of fancy terms of late, it’s something that’s

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Combat Accuracy: What’s Your Goal?

How many rounds from your gun will it take to stop a lethal threat? Is it reasonable to expect a single round to stop the danger? What is the goal each time you press the trigger? When you ask these questions in a room full of “gun people,” they usually focus on the last question

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Against All Odds: Signaling & Self-Rescue

Maybe it’s just the media giving more airtime to stories about human tragedy, but this past year seems to have had more than its fair share of people getting lost and dying in the wilds. While some of these events had heroic efforts at self-rescue, others showed signs of the victim just giving up and dying without a fight.

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Realistic Field Medical Kits: What to Include and Why

Tactical medical care is a hot topic. The basic principles of this care were developed for the military but are equally useful in the tactical law enforcement environment. This care begins at the point of wounding and extends to definitive care or surgical intervention.

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