Combat Team Tactics (CTT) is a three day class designed to teach you tactical combat rifle and team skills from individual up to pairs and team level. This includes team ‘break contact’ drills and offensive flanking battle drills. Returning students are welcome and usually gain much from attending several of these classes.
You are highly encouraged to maximize the depth of your training experience by attending the optional Rifle Skills class the day prior to CTT ($200) thus making this a 4 day training event. Feedback on the benefit of the Rifle Skills pre-class to the overall student training experience has been excellent. This class facilitates an excellent training progression.
The CTT classes are priced at $675 per person for the 3 days ($875 including Rifle Skills / 4 days). Maximum capacity is 12. Groups are welcome.
CTT is a prerequisite for Combat Patrol (CP).
The CTT class begins with the Rifle Skills class (usually the Thursday) and progresses to the Combat Rifle (CR) day on the square range (usually the Friday), then moves onto the tactical ranges for the final two days (usually Saturday / Sunday).
Rifle zeroing and fundamentals occurs on the Rifle Skills day. If you do not show for Rifle Skills, the expectation is that you will bring a zeroed rifle to class.
Night Firing (NODF) is available one night of the class (usually Saturday), September thru April only. This is an introduction to the use of your night vision equipment, including live night fire on the square range and a short tactical exercise. See the NODF page for details on equipment.
(See Rifle Skills for the optional day 1)
This video shows the PT 61-A electronic pop-up targets that are used on the tactical ranges:
Below: IVAN 3-D target as used currently used at MVT. Attached to the PT 61-A, laying in a target pit ready to go.
Fitness: Tactical training requires a basic level of mobility. Instructors will tailor the level of physical intensity to the capabilities of the trainees and rest will be incorporated into the training day. A moderate to high level of physical activity will be involved with the training. You will be required to walk over rough wooded terrain carrying your rifle and battle load; fire your rifle from the standing, kneeling and prone positions; make short rushes and get up and down from standing to kneeling and prone positions. You will be exposed to the prevailing weather conditions at the training site and there is no air conditioning and limited shelter.
The need for more PT is a significant take-away for students at these classes. Students will only be pushed as far as their physical capability allows, and allowances are made. See HERE for more information.
Rifle/Shooting Proficiency: MVT tactical courses are not beginner/introductory courses to weapons handling and basic shooting. The basic assumption of the course is that you are bringing a rifle and equipment as per the equipment list, and you have some basic shooting experience. For those unsure of their level of ability, the Combat Rifle Class is designed as a connective between rifle fundamentals and CTT.
Age Minimum: Attendance by families is encouraged, as are females attending training. Past students have included multiple father and son teams, husband and wife and father and daughter teams. Teenagers are allowed to train, down to the age of 14. The requirement for anyone under 18 is parental supervision, that they have a mature teachable attitude, and that they are competent at weapons manipulation prior to showing up.
West Virginia code on age and Firearms: “Persons under the age of 18 may not carry or possess firearms unless on family premises or on other property with permission of the owner or lessee.” Students attending my training will be on private land and will have permission to train with firearms and live fire.
Age Maximums: There is no official age maximum. However, you must have the mental alertness, physical fitness and spacial awareness to understand what is happening with the drills, and your role in them. Moving slowly is OK, just not in the wrong direction! If you are unsure, see HERE for more information.
This list is a guide for the CTT class, starred items are required:
(Magazine Tip: unique tape on your magazines will help you find and identify them if you drop them on the range).
(Magazine tip: bring as many magazines as you can, pre-loaded, to avoid wasting time loading mags between drills. You will require 4 empty magazines, with loose ammunition, for the first day of the CTT class)
(Bug tip: DEET based repellant around ankle and wrist cuffs, plus collar, helps keep ticks off you).
For more information and comment from past students, please check out the Student Review Page. There is a lot of useful information included there to help you prepare and equip yourself prior to attending the class.
Above: example of a recommended safety lever modification to an AK Platform. Operable with the trigger finger.
Recommended Pre-Class Reading:
Shipping Ammo for Training: If you are flying in and wish to have ammo shipped in advance, you can ship it to the Max Velocity Tactical UPS Mailbox (HERE for more info):
Max Velocity Tactical, 15191 Montanus Dr #127, Culpeper, VA 22701.
Loaner Rifles & Ammunition for Sale:
This service is designed for those who may have difficulty travelling to the training site with their rifles and standard capacity magazines, or have a problem owning standard capacity magazines in their home State:
Loaner Rifles & Magazine Kits: We currently have two (2) AR15 rifles with Eotech sights available to rent, along with a set of eight (8) standard capacity magazines. Cost: $50 per day
CTT Class Payment: (see the Class Payments page for details).