When Jeff Cooper founded the American Pistol Institute (now known as Gunsite Training Center), he standardized a method for teaching the uninitiated the skills necessary to competently fight with a gun. Since then, the art and profession of firearms training has become a small industry. Hundreds have set forth to make their mark in the
The patrol car races down the street towards the two stalled vehicles. The three SWAT officers, responding to the North Hollywood bank robbery, are several blocks from the bank and believe they are approaching an injured citizen. In reality they are heading directly at one of the threats, Emil Matasarenu, who is armed with a
A book could be written about the skills, tactics, and decision-making processes necessary to successfully drive out of a kill zone. This article will concentrate on what has become one the most important skill sets needed to escape a vehicle ambush—the combination of reversing out of the kill zone and returning fire. When shooting across
Most readers of S.W.A.T. are familiar with Patrick A. Rogers through his outstanding articles that have been printed here. Many have wondered what it is like to train under Pat’s watchful eye. Here is a firsthand account of the E.A.G.’s three-day tactical carbine course.
The use of weapon-mounted white lights always sparks a significant amount of controversy. The majority has to do with Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) concerning how to properly employ lights. The simple fact is that target acquisition is the first step in the engagement process. Simply finding a potential threat, even in bright light, may
Combat Tracking, also known as Combat Man Tracking, is a skill that is, for the most part, a forgotten art. Only when war rears its ugly head is the value of Combat Tracking recognized and appreciated. With our country at war, the art of combat tracking has been restored as an essential component of military
I guess I am the most fortunate shooter in these here parts. I recently had the distinct pleasure, along with my son-in-law Zan, of being in the last class at Thunder Ranch, Texas—and in the first class at Thunder Ranch, Oregon. Being in both classes has given me an opportunity to compare the two schools,
The scheduling of the four-day Hornady Academy Police Precision Rifle Course could not have been better. On May 20th, I took delivery of a new Robar rifle and the course started on May 23rd. I’d only have to wait three days to run this rifle through its paces in a practical and intense setting. Book the flight, pack the gear.
It has been called a number of things: the Tactical Reload, Select Reload or the Reload with Retention. Call it what you want, but for whatever reason, a person involved in a gunfight has fired a few rounds and has decided they have time to reload.
Bullets are flying, you need to reload, and this is no time for cerebral flatulence. The question is what technique do you use for the ammunition replenishment process? Logically, the decision depends on two major factors: the weaponry being utilized, and the specific circumstances and progression of the fight. Obviously if a magazine tube-fed shotgun