Up Your Game in 2017

2017 Firearm Training

2016 was an awesome year. I had many oppotunities to share the range with some great people during courses that we hosted and taught as well as during training events that I attended as a participant. This past year we taught courses ranging from Basic Handgun courses to Advanced Weapons Manipulation, Fighting in Low-Light Environments, Fighting around Vehicles, and everything in between. It was truly a special year for us, and we appreciate your pariticpation in any events you were able to attend. We are finishing up the year by attending a course with Dark Angel Medical which we have reviewed in the past

With that said, 2017 is right around the corner, and it's time to get ready to take our game to the next level. As instructors, it is important that we never lose focus of continuous learning. We constantly strive to improve our skill sets by attending courses with other instructors so that we can learn new ways, techniques, skills, and explanations of various topics. With this continuous improvement in our skill sets comes an increase in the course offerings that we will be able to provide to people like you. We're excited about 2017 and are looking forward to bringing you new course content, new resources and tools, new explanations and ideas, new drills and exercises, and new methods to drive you to the next level of performance.

We are committed to increasing our level of training in 2017, just as we have done each previous year. Are you? Are you willing to commit to enhancing your skills, learning new skills, and challenging yourself in training? Are you committed to making your training more difficult so that you increase your chances of survivability? We are...

Looking forward to seeing each of you in 2017. We will kickoff on January 28th with a course that is sure to set the pace for the year to come.

Men vs. Women - Training Mentality

Pistol TrainingOne of the largest issues that I have faced as an instructor in the firearms industry is the difference in training mentalities for men and women. No matter how they arrived at our training events, and no matter how long I've known them- I have consistently encountered a common theme regarding their particular training goals and aspirations.

Men NEVER want to take a beginner course, and women NEVER think they are ready to take a more advanced course

I mean it... More than 90% of the time that a man calls me, he is very downtrodden about the idea of taking a course with a "beginner" label on it, or a "101" level course. For some reason, it is engrained in every man's psyche that he is the protector of his domain, and desperately wants to preserve that naive belief that he is "already a pretty good shooter." Often times I will inquire as to what lead them to the belief that they are an advanced shooter, and I generally get one of a few different responses:

  • I grew up around guns. I own several deer rifles and a pistol. I can hit a coke can at 1,000,000 yards with a handgun.
  • I go to the indoor range all the time. I own several different firearms and I can stack shots in the bullseye at the range.
  • I have a ton of experience but am mostly "self-taught."

There are many different versions of the above declarations of skill level, but they all seem to fit into one of those key themes. I want to take a look at these one by one, so that our friend Tommy-Tactical reading this might see if he can identify with any of these symptoms.

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The War on Terror on US Soil

ISIS childrenWith the bombing of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, the United States entered a new chapter in the fight against terrorism. Two washout wannabe terrorists, who will remain nameless throughout this post, placed one of our country's most presitigous cities under martial law using little more than some pressure cookers and ordinary household items readily available to anyone at any hardware store. It did more than take the lives of 3 people and wound more than 250 others... It displayed a successful "test-run" on a small scale for later coordinated, more sophisticated attacks. 

On Novemeber 13, 2015, the world watched in horror as a coordinated effort of shooters and bombers systematically murdered over 130 people in an attack on Parris, France. Given the soft-target nature of Europe, this was easy-killing for any trained and motivated group... Sadly, on June 12, 2016- the world watched a similar attack on the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

In short, these attacks all have some very strong similarities in tactics and effectiveness. While the tactics of our enemy are evolving, they are not wildly different than other instances that we've seen around the world. It's actually quite simple: "Choose a soft-target in a densely populated area, utilize "politically correct" ideaology to mask your preparations, wreak carnage on those inside said soft-target." Yet even with multiple instances around the world and here within our own country, we bury our heads in the sand and our legislators urge us to "not offend" the same people who are trying to kill us... But what happens when these coordinated attacks happen on soft-targets in our elementary schools (as they have promised)? What happens when day-cares capture the media glory that they so desperately seek as they kill countless innocent children?

We know it's coming... We know their tactics. We know their motives. We even know their intentions. Yet no one is doing anything about it to prepare a suitable defense.

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