Weapons Training and Tactics Archive

KNIFE ATTACK! | Edged Weapons Self-Defense

IT’S 10:00pm and you’re walking to your car after work through a dark and desolate parking lot. You’ve done this same walk thousands of times, but something seems a little off tonight. As you approach your vehicle, you notice two males striding quickly toward you. Only a...

WHO’S OUT OF THE FIGHT? | Make Sure It’s Not You

The tactical community owes a lot to the various competitive shooting sports. They have been the driving force in not only the development of more efficient weapons, but also in sights and other accessories. In addition, they have led the way in developing technical shooting techniques, some...

RURAL LAW-ENFORCEMENT SNIPERS | Same Mission, Different Challenges

I was listening to some might say eavesdropping on a couple guys talking about snipers at a gun show. To hear them talk, you’d think there are two types of sniper training. While I admit there are many differences between the missions, the snipercraft basics are mindset,...

DOWNRANGE DOMINANCE | Ruger SR-762

Sturm, Ruger & Company, better known simply as Ruger, has always made quality, reliable firearms. There was a time in the past, however, when many American gun owners did not show enthusiasm for the company because of its less-than-stellar stand on the Second Amendment. For example, Ruger...

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...

Two Shocks Are Better Than One | Taser International X2

Although it usually takes me several times to remember a mistake enough to correct my conduct, I can vividly remember some 50 years ago sticking a key into a wall outlet and my Dad wisely informing me, “That’s called electricity.” Although I have had a few run-ins...

Competitive Shooting | Substitute For Sustainment Training?

Shooting ranges and gun clubs throughout the United States offer many different styles of action shooting competitions. Each different competition has its own methodology and scoring system but is ultimately meant as a sport. Having recently come out of the military and with a little more time...

Into The fray | Blauer Tactical Systems Law Enforcement/ Military Instructor Course

During my tenure as a law enforcement officer, I attended many different defensive tactics training seminars and courses. Many of these methodologies I found to be useless in the field against dedicated adversaries under uncontrolled conditions. After almost 28 years of service, I’m a calloused skeptic. I...

HIDEOUTS IN HIGH GEAR | Running Back-Up Guns At Speed

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.). The answers challenged prevailing perceptions of how far away a little hideout .38 or .380 can...

Ten-Shot Qual Course | Budget Shooting-Performance Test

A number of great qualification and classification courses of fire for serious pistol work exist. Examples include the Hackathorn standards, the MEU (SOC) pistol qual, the International Defensive Pistol Association classifier, and the 700 aggregate. Each emphasizes slightly different skills, and each has utility for the dedicated...