My days of not shooting because I’m in a wheelchair are over. Recently Magpul Dynamics (the training arm of Magpul Industries) conducted their Dynamic Carbine 1 course in Houston, Texas. Chris Costa and Travis Haley were the course instructors and I was one of their students.
Targets are one of the least understood and misapplied tools in the trainer’s toolbox. Used correctly, targets can assist the shooter in reaching a specific training objective more quickly and efficiently. Targets can range from random household or office excess such as paper plates or index cards through traditional NRA competition targets and into exotic
When I was a kid in the early 1980s, I wanted a digital watch in the worst way. Not only was it a cool thing that all my friends had (hey, it was the ’80s!), it was also a way around not knowing how to tell time on a traditional clock with hands.
As you hastily turn the corner, a nasty three-round burst misses your ankles and thighs by only inches, and you are reminded that this is no ordinary range session. Back to cover, you properly “pie” the corner and deliver half a dozen rounds center mass back into your aggressor. The exercise controller signals, “Terminate exercise.”
Prone is the most stable of the firing positions. The closer we are to the ground, the more of our body is in contact with the ground. So far, so good—but there are problems.
Shooting — whether competition, hunting or of the tactical variety — is the domain of men. Not! Recently my dad, Denny Hansen, received a new Kimber pistol—the Kimber Custom Crimson Carry II—for test and evaluation. Rather than just conduct a range evaluation, and since we were scheduled to attend an EAG Tactical Pistol Course followed
In a recent 12-day span here at Tactical Response (TR), we had 22 students attend the following courses: Fighting Rifle, High Risk Civilian Contractor, and High Risk Civilian Contractor Medical course. I decided to document the things that went wrong as we pushed men and machines through 12 very harsh days of training.
What will it take for you to hit and stop your assailant in a deadly force encounter? Will the assailant be under the influence of extreme rage or drugs and hard to stop? Will one shot drop the suspect or will it take an entire magazine—or more? What will that encounter look like? Will it be at close range, 50 feet or even farther?
I’ve had a few things happen the last few years that made me feel old age coming on. Settling down and getting married was one; the birth of my son was another. Neither, however, made me feel as old as asking several of my SWAT guys what, if any, training they have completed with the
The straight stock of the M16 family required that the sights be placed higher above the line of bore than with preceding U.S. service weapons, with some exceptions. The innovative Johnson M1941 LMG is a prime example, and the M60 GPMG the more common early example.