Training and Tactics Archive

ASSUME THE POSITION! | Ready Positions for the Real World

As an Infantryman in the 1990s, when it came to carrying a rifle for combat, the sole position I was trained on and used was the Classic Low Ready (both hands on the rifle, buttstock touching the shoulder, muzzle pointed down at the ground right in front...

Can’t See The Light? | Keep the Lens Clean By Patrick A. Rogers

The need for a weapon-mounted light (WML) is (or should be) obvious. You need the ability to acquire, identify and process a potential threat. Positive identification is an absolute, and may be the difference between shooting someone who does not need to be shot and properly servicing...

Speed Kills

That little puppy turned into a scalded cat in under five seconds. The “puppy” in question was a full-blown John Cooper Works-converted Mini Cooper S—and methinks the factory had understated the actual horsepower output. Punching the gas pedal on a metropolitan on-ramp to clear upcoming freeway traffic, I noticed that the...

Training To Treat Trauma | Lone Star Medics

Medical issues can happen to anyone, from a rancher checking his fence line, to a hunter in a tree stand, to a cop patrolling a beat. Rural or metropolitan doesn’t matter. Medical emergencies occur more than gunfights simply because there are so many different ways for casualties to occur. Consequently, a situation...

Invisibly Armed | Concealed Carry Tactics

As part of my Naval profession, I was required to carry a concealed sidearm. I had to work in some pretty inhospitable places, where I definitely wanted the means to protect myself, but also had to blend in and avoid drawing attention to myself. Some places were easier than others due to the climate or...

Four Came Back | Survival Trial Competition

People today are farther removed from being able to—or needing to—survive on their own more so than at any other time in history. Restaurants and grocery stores bring food and water easily within reach. Law enforcement and military personnel protect us from those who would harm us....

Serious Airsoft Training | KWA KM4 SR10

Airsoft. The term by itself has a near-punchline connotation of cheap knockoff gear and fat wannabes shooting at each other. To suggest that there can be a place for legitimate professional training is hard to take seriously. Bear with me. About ten years ago, I tried to...

Home Invasion! | Ken Hackathorn Defensive Shoot House Course

Many people think of home defense as barricading themselves in their bedroom with their family while calling the police and covering the bedroom door with their firearm, ready to shoot any intruders who attempt to crash through. However, few have planned or practiced how to safely get...

Wasted Youth

As the saying goes, it’s a pity that youth is wasted on the young. But in my twilight years, it’s equally disconcerting to find that I have become not a Renaissance Man, but merely—at best—a Renaissance Boy. And the only reason I’d even consider pompously using the word “renaissance” is that I tried many...

Successful C-Clamping

Optimal Rifle Gripping Technique Employing a grip that facilitates both short- and long-range shots is essential to rifle shooting, no matter if you are a law enforcement, military, competition or recreational shooter or a defensive-minded civilian. One technique, the C-clamp, allows just that: one technique for both super-fast strings at CQB distance...