Review: 17-20 February 2017 Texas 4 Day RS/CTT Class – ‘Brushpopper:’
First off I must admit, not having been to any type of class before other than shooting with friends, I was a little nervous. Whether it was from being afraid of looking dumb, or not being able to keep up physically (be in shape by the way), or any other number of self induced nervousness, I don’t know. That was all put to rest upon meeting up with the group the night before and meeting Max. Everyone, yes even Max, were down to earth people, all trying to learn or earnestly wanting to teach you (Max).
The first two days of Rifle Skills were great, honestly I didn’t think there would be enough to fill two days but there were, from zeroing to combat & tactical reloads, keeping your gun running in the fight by being able to think and look and discern why your gun stopped firing from failure to battery to bolt override and every other imaginable calamity in between, there was more than enough. This in turn let us roll right into Combat Team Tactics fairly seamlessly.
Rifle Skills was an eye opener, but Combat Team Tactics really opened my eyes, I was almost afraid that I would forget from day to day what to do, but by the time you get to your third and fourth day you have gone over these drills on the white board then in rehearsal and then live so many times it almost gets instinctive, albeit for me slowly instinctive (I know I could have moved a lot faster during our bounds and peels).
There was a mention of an on line discussion about Max’s yelling, first off yes there is yelling, not the screaming in your face deriding you of the nature of your breeding, but the kind of yelling that goes with having to talk over rifle fire trying to get your attention whether it be for your safety or your team mates safety, or to get you out of your sights to look around you to see what other danger may be in need of attention. There was some frivolous name calling, all jokingly of course, meant to also get your attention, I believe I was called a maniac (man I wish I could type in a British accent here) or a lunatic at one point for not being in the right position or for not being faster or running out of ammo, I cannot remember which, probably all of the above. It’s the kind of joking banter you would do with your buddies, giving them grief and hell over something they did type of banter, all while learning something.
(Max Adds: This became a bit of a topic because I brought it up at class and specifically asked for feedback on ‘yelling,’ and covered it / asked questions about it in the class AAR).
All in all, this definitely was worth saving up for and I plan on attending more of the Texas classes in the future. It is definitely an eye opener and makes you hungry for more!
AAR for 4 Day Combat Rifle Skills / Combat Team Tactics: ‘Wheelsee’
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!).
Review: Defensive Concealed Handgun Class: March 2017: WildBill
Will you be ready?
No, I’m not talking about the societal collapse that we can all see coming and for which we are reading this forum to gather information on how to prepare. Nor am I talking about the SUT classes teaching TTP, which many of us have decided to learn what we’ll be needed to help survive that collapse. All of that is great and needed but when the SHTF does happen, it will be most likely a slow downward spiral that will take days, weeks or maybe longer to become life threatening to you, your family and friends.
I’m talking about the more immediate threats like the 50 killed at the Orlando nightclub, 12 killed Aurora movie theater, 13 killed Fort Hood, 32 killed Blacksburg Virginia Tech., 23 killed Luby’s Cafeteria, 21 killed McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif. On the other hand, maybe it is a lone attack in parking garage, a park, a hiking trail, at mall or any one of the many attacks that never get mass media coverage but are just as devastating to the victims and their families.
These immediate acts of violence could happen to you or someone you love today or tomorrow so how do you prepare — books, YouTube videos?
Alternatively, why not take the time to be trained I mean really take some no bullshit training at a Defensive Concealed Handgun class. First Sergeant Scott’s class that I just completed this weekend is training that may very well keep you or your loved ones alive, whether or not when it comes to a pistol you are a beginner or experienced you will not be disappointed. Following other MVT classes Crawl, Walk, Run philosophy you start with a lecture on safety, equipment, legal and moral responsibilities involved in carrying a concealed handgun and are taught ways to help reduce the chances of becoming a victim of violent crime.
Above: Scott (teaching Rifle here)
Moving on to the square range you learn the proper draw and re-holstering of your pistol and the first test of your marksmanship which you’ll find vastly improves after two days of drills and scenarios. Scott shows you a couple of great drills that you can use practice later that run through many of the techniques taught in the class using only a 50 round box of ammunition.
In addition, don’t forget the malfunction drills that if you don’t know how to clear could very well mean that you are holding a club instead of a functioning pistol. Then there’s strong hand only shooting and clearing malfunction drills and then support or “weak hand” only shooting and clearing malfunction drills that help round out the “don’t know what you don’t know”.
Where to sit in restaurants and how to extricate yourself from a seated position to shoot an assailant are discussed and practiced. Scott also demonstrates how that Tueller drill is not the end-all- be-all when it comes to keeping assailants at a distance and how if it is followed to the letter could get you killed.
Then come the scenarios set up by Scott and the other students forcing each student to think if this is a shoot or no shoot situation because in the end you are legally responsible for every round that leaves your pistol and shooting one of the many no shoot targets is a big no-no.
Even though not listed on the class handout a separate Night Fire session is available, which is well worth the extra money, where you learn the use of pistol and flashlight whether hand held or weapon mounted. You will also learn trough demonstration and drills how maybe just the use of a flashlight might be enough to deter a would be assailant. What you don’t think the Night Fire class is necessary then you must never go out at night — right. Take the class because you aren’t going to be able to practice these drills in the dark at your local indoor square range in all likelihood.
Add the Defensive Concealed Handgun class to your preparedness schedule for that day or night comes you are faced with having to defend yourself or a loved one when all you wanted was to pick something up at the store, grab a quick meal, visit a nightclub or go to the movies — it is money and time well spent.
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