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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Urban Combat: Beyond the Basics

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

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M.O.V.E.: A Shooter’s View Of Tactical Medicine

Motionless Operators Ventilate Easily (M.O.V.E.) is one of the phrases we use during our firearms training courses. It comes from our mantra that, if you are not behind cover or concealment when a gunfight starts, you should be moving toward it, or at least, moving off the line of attack as quickly as you possibly

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To Sight or Not to Sight: The Case For Point Firing

If one finds himself in a situation in which he has time to use the sights, then, by all means, use the sights. However, if the conflict begins at less than ten feet, in the dark, and very rapidly, as it is statistically likely to, point firing is the way to survive.

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Combat Focus: Instinctive Shooting For The Real World

Within just a few short years, Valhalla Training Center has gone from relative obscurity to being one of the country’s top training centers. This is in no small part due to the Combat Focus™ course developed by Rob Pincus—Valhalla’s Director of Operations.

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Gun Mavens: How the Experts Train

I have had a gun of one type or other in my hand for the better part of 40 years and consider myself, if you will, a “Gun Maven.” Others might say, perhaps more accurately, that I am just another old “Gun Crank,” but I take firearms ownership and skill maintenance very seriously, and it is my responsibility to honor the Second Amendment…

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