Nightmare on Sesame Street: Training Gone Wrong

Back in 2012, a friend emailed me to say he had been asked if I would like to attend a three-day carbine class and could he forward my contact information to the instructor. My friend admitted up front he had not attended training with this company and could not vouch for the quality of the

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From the Ashes of Blackwater: Academi Precision Rifle I

In the April 2011 issue of S.W.A.T., I wrote about the five-day Carbine Operator Course I had attended at what was then known as Blackwater (later named U.S. Training Center). That article begins, “Blackwater has been at the center of controversy and conspiracy theories ever since Erik Prince founded the company.” More on that later.

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Shoot House All-Stars: CQB With Instructor Dream Team

EAG Tactical has recently shifted a large chunk of its annual training calendar to shoot house classes and has struggled to accommodate all interested and qualified students. The course is designed as a short dive into the subject built on a two-man team live-fire format. Military units typically deal with “Close Quarters Battle” conducted in,

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Shotmaxx: State-of-the-Art Shot Timer

I admit, I’m an old timer, err, “seasoned shooter.” I shot my first “combat” (now Practical) match in 1971. At that time, power factor was found using a ballistic pendulum. Score, then as now, was by seeing where hits were on the targets. In those days, as today, we used Walt Comstock’s creation, Comstock Scoring,

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In the Gravest Extreme: One-Handed Gun Manipulation

In firearms training and practice, a danger exists of doing all manipulations with the idea that the extremities are all working, because at the range they are. But in an actual defensive encounter, one limb might become inoperable before the fight is over. Although the chance of this is less likely than getting into a

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Hideouts in High Gear: Running Back-Up Guns At Speed

How do .38 and .380 hideout guns stack up against a full-size service pistol up close and fast? We put them to the test. In a previous issue, we looked at just how far the back-up gun, or BUG, could reasonably hit from realistic positions (HUNDRED-YARD POCKET GUNS: Stretching Out The Backups, February 2014 S.W.A.T.).

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Duel of the Carbines: M1 Carbine vs. M4

Is the U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30 M1 still viable in a post-AR world? I began to kick that question around at the height of the recent AR buying frenzy. A variety of longtime M1 Carbine owners probably had a similar question as lines formed at gun counters. I knew several trainers who had advocated the

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Distance Shooting: Myth of the Average Engagement

It’s a given that the average pistol engagement takes place at close range. And there are many who base their decision on the distances to conduct their training at by referring to that average. It is a poor decision. While the number of civilians who actually fire their gun at another human being is open

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Pick-Up Challenge: We Double Dare Ya!

Like most gun guys and red-blooded American fighting men, I can’t help but notice the hardware of the locals and police/security forces when I travel. This is partly because I’m interested, but also because you never know when that type/model/series may be the weapon of opportunity in a crisis.

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