Training Reports

John "Shrek" McPhee

CZ P09 4The following excerpt is taken from Soldier Systems:

John has spent his adult life in Special Operations and Special Mission Units. He is a Master Instructor in all aspects of special activities, missions and operations. He has over 6 years of private special activities consulting and is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in: Special Activities, Operational Preparations, Limited Signature Operations, Reconnaissance, Singleton Operations, High Threat Dignitary Protective Services, Extreme Long Range, Designated Marksman, Advanced Precision Rifle Marksmanship, Combat Marksmanship, Live Fire CQB/CQC, Advanced Pistol Marksmanship, Advanced Carbine Marksmanship, Aeriel Gunnery, Rifles, Shotguns, Ariel Personnel and Vehicle Interdictions, Mechanical, Ballistic and Explosive Breaching, Freefall Instructor Programs, Infiltration/ Exfiltration Techniques, Ground Mobility, Unit Pre-Deployment Training, and Research and Development of; Soldier Systems, Weapons, Ammunition, Thermal and Night Optics.


  • Special Forces Target Interdiction Course
  • US Army Sniper School
  • NRA Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun, Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • Advanced Mountain Sniper Course, Instructor
  • Advanced Freefall, Instructor (Ratings Current)
  • Freefall Coach (Ratings Current)
  • California Personal/ Executive Body Guard Certification (Rating Current)
  • 2005 Budweiser World Cup Super Heavyweight Jiu-Jitsu Champion
  • 2004 Presidential Security Detail (Ariel Heavy) Cartagena, Colombia

He has trained countless U.S. Special Operations forces, thousands of International Tier 1 Operators and Special Forces around the world. He is one of the handful of operators with over a decade of combat having served in multiple theaters from Bosnia and South America to recent war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Matt Graham - Graham Combat

The Rifle Song Matt Graham Graham CombatThe following excerpt is taken from Graham Combat:

Matt Graham currently serves as a civilian defense contractor functioning as a full-time firearms and tactics instructor of protective and low profile operations. As a former federal air marshal, Matt operated covertly throughout the world, running low profile counter-terrorism missions. Prior to 9/11 Matt worked patrol as a police officer, both municipally and as a county deputy, and is a recipient of the Life Saving Medal, the Medal of Valor, and the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. Graham Combat training courses, all created from Matt’s experiences and taught from a concealed carry profile, are a blend of these operational backgrounds. Matt has designed core curriculum for defensive shooter’s focusing on fighting with what you carry, shooting fast, and hitting first.

In addition Matt is the Defensive Tactics editor of COMBAT TACTICS magazine, as well as a frequent contributor to Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement and Special Weapons for Military & Police, and has been profiled as an aviation security expert on ABC’s World News Tonight. Matt is an active member of multiple journalism, law enforcement, and military professional associations.

The following excerpt is taken from AZTEC Training Services about Matt:

Matthew Graham, of Graham Combat, has over 20 years of operational experience, serving the past 11 years within the US defense department as an OIC of firearms and tactics training for high-threat low-profile protective operations.  Matt developed Colt's Live Fire Training Program, is an adjunct instructor with John Shaw's Mid South Institute, and is a contract instructor to multiple Units of the US military.  Post 9/11 Matt operated as a federal Air Marshal covertly throughout the world.  Prior to 9/11 Matt worked as a police officer and is a recipient of the Life Saving Medal, the Medal of Valor, and the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor.

Graham Combat training courses provide focused and intensive instruction of the core skills of interpersonal combat: mindset, weapon, and environment.  Created and taught from a concealed carry profile, Matt teaches the fundamental decision making and practical skills necessary to mitigate threats from both an offensive and defensive posture. Matt has designed core curriculum for defensive shooter’s focusing on fighting with what you carry, shooting fast, and hitting first. The more effective you are at taking a life, the more successful you will be at saving one.

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"Super" Dave Harrington

Dave Harrington TeachingThe following excerpt is from Panteao Productions:

Dave Harrington (a.k.a. “Super” Dave) is the President of Combatspeed LLC which is located in Tampa, Florida. Dave is a two time retired senior weapons instructor from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He has 23 years of military experience, the last 16 of which were spent in the Army’s Special Forces. He qualified as an expert infantryman, conventional and HALO (high altitude, low open) paratrooper, Ranger, and finally combat weapons craft instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. Some of the nation’s most elite counter terrorist fighters trained under Harrington there.

The following excerpt is from NE Shooters.

Dave Harrington is an International Level Weapons & Tactics Trainer, and National Level Competitive Shooter. Dave has an extensive background in the U.S. Army Special Forces and has earned the respect of his peers in both the shooting industry and competitive shooting communities with his technical knowledge base and on demand shooting ability.

Dave has developed his own training methodology, and training programs that provide a solid balance of technical shooting instruction and his guidance for the tactical application of fire for “problem solving”. The high value aspect of Dave’s approach to training is he is not a “lock step” trainer. Dave’s powers of observation and analytical skill allow him to immediately and continuously evaluate each individual’s ability and advise accordingly. Dave does not waste time, energy, or resources on topics that you readily understand and are capable of demonstrating based on his analysis of your performance. Dave will take you as far as he can based on your demonstrated performance and willingness to apply yourself.

Military Awards:
The Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (4), Good Conduct Medal (5), Airborne Wings, Jump Master, HALO Wings, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantry Badge.

Special Operations Training Certificates:

  • United States Army Special Operations Command Security Managers Course (8B-F7) / May 21, 1999
  • Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC / 2F-F67/011-ASIW3) November 15, 1996
  • Special Forces Assistant Operations & Intelligence Sergeants Course (011-18F40) / September 20, 1994
  • Military Freefall Parachutist Course (2E-SI4X/ASI4X/001-ASIW8) / March 18, 1994
  • Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course (011-18B40) / December 9, 1993
  • Instructor Training Course (ITC/H Identifier) / April 2, 1993
  • Anti-terrorism Instructor Qualification Course (AIQC / 5k-F5/012-f30) / June 5, 1992
  • Individual Terrorism Awareness Course (INTAC / 3a-F40/011-f21) / May 22, 1992
  • Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation techniques Course (SFARTAETC) / August 9, 1990
  • Special Operations Weapons Sergeant Course (011-18B30) / August 8, 1988
  • CMF 18 Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course (011-18B30) / August 8, 1988

Additional Military and Civilian Certificates of Training:

  • Rogers Tactical Shooting School (Advanced Qualifications) October 22, 1999 & June 21, 2002
  • Glock Armorer Course / June 28, 2002
  • Beretta Armorer Course / March 23, 2001
  • United States Marine Corps High Risk Personnel Course / June 27, 1997
  • FBI Firearms Instructor Qualification / December 16, 1994 & September 19, 1997
  • Department of Energy Force on Force Controller Training / September 26, 1997
  • United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission system analysis / November 17, 1997
  • Secret Service Firearms Instructor Qualification, received High Overall Shooter Award / December 13, 1996
  • NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for Laws Governing Concealed Handgun and Use of Deadly Force / Current since October 27, 1995
  • NRA Certified Instructor for: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Home Firearms Safety and Personal Protection / Current since August 31, 1995
  • Military Operations on Urban Terrain / September 4, 1987
  • Primary Leadership Development Course / June 26, 1987
  • Ranger School / RGR CLASS 2-87 / January 22, 1987
  • “Light Fighters Combat Leaders Course” / September 19, 1986
  • Advanced Individual Training – MOS 11C100 / May 8, 1986
  • United States Air Force Security Specialist Course (PDS CODE ZKA) / May 20, 1985
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Hugh Coffee of Ditch Medicine

Hugh Coffee MainThe following excerpt is taken from Ditch Medicine:

Hugh Coffee has worked as a paramedic / firefighter for over thirty years. During this time, he has held both line and administrative EMS positions at the county and state levels. He has provided emergency medical care and instruction in the austere environments of Guatemala, Kenya, Sudan, and Peru. In 1985, Hugh earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University. He has authored Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Care Procedures for Emergencies and numerous magazine articles. In the field of tactical medicine, Hugh is a graduate of the Basic and Advanced United States Park's Police CONTOMS (Counter Narcotic Tactical Operations Medical Support) program as well as Heckler & Koch's tactical medicine program. After developing and implementing the SWAT medic program for the Henry County (Georgia) Police SWAT team, Hugh served for 15 years as the team leader. He has completed a number of special operations courses including The United States Army's SRT (Special Response Team) and Field Tactical Police Operations courses, FBI basic SWAT course, and Clayton Regional Police Academy SWAT Officer Course. He has also trained in swift water rescue. Hugh lives and works in rural Georgia with his wife Karen.

Hugh is also the author of Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures for Emergencies.

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