AAR for 4 Day Combat Rifle Skills / Combat Team Tactics
TX, Feb 17-20
This was my first class with Max Velocity tactical . With any new activity or endeavor, there may be some anxiety, whether from self-imposed or hearsay. I’ll explain later.
The training will take place on a ranch in excess of 3K acres (> 4 square miles). The housekeeping letter states to be at the gate by 4PM – this allows the host to lead us in to prevent getting lost and just wandering about. BE there by 4PM. Once we were led in, we were introduced to our temporary quarters, completed paperwork, received room arrangements, and paid range/lodging fees. This all took < 30 minutes, freeing us to go into town for food, last-minute supplies, next day lunch, etc. Again, be at the gate BY 4PM (being late just delays everyone else).
Days 1-2 were spent on the square range, Max gave a detailed safety brief and expectations for the class. We are dealing with deadly weapons and safety is paramount. The first step was sighting our firearms, from the prone position (the most stable field position). This should be done anyway with any new sighting system – RDS, scope, or BUIS. I do recommend having done this prior to coming. This should be done anyway with any new sighting system – RDS, scope, or BUIS. Once the sighting was completed, we started with our shooting drills. This was done in a crawl, walk, run format (for the CRS class – crawl, walk) with Max demonstrating each. The first was Contact Front drills, then Contact Left drills, followed by Contact Right drills, and lastly Contact Rear drills – all while stationary. Yes, you are pivoting to get on target, with your team members on either side, and this may cause some discomfort for some. Remember the safety briefing? Max teaches the method of head-body-weapon. It is immediately apparent how safely this can be done (gotta keep your head in the game). Remember this maneuver, you’ll be using it from now on. We then progressed to contact drills while walking (again, on the square range).
Stoppage drills were introduced (you’ll need to attend the class for this one) with Max making decision-making easy – is the bolt closed or open?? (again, you’ll need to attend the class for the answers). Suffice it to say, even an older person new to the AR platform can follow these basic moves. We were also introduced to controlled pairs, hammer fire, and stream fire. While the recommended ammunition allotment is 800 rounds, I recommend bringing 50% more. This is because a student’s definition and inexperience is going to lead to a higher rate of fire until the lessons are learned.
Days 3-4 we moved around the ranch learning Combat Team Tactics. Max was able to find terrain that reflected his scenarios further driving home learning points. Again following the crawl-walk-run method, Max would explain the movement (with rationales, expectations, and possibilities), then we would dry run it (without weapons), then live fire. Expect to do short bounds (<10 yards) from a kneeling position, so work on anaerobic exercises such as forward lunges (see Max for training plans). Read Contact! for the various maneuvers (won’t repeat here). The final scenario involves a squad attack (again, read Contact!).