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October 2014

When we look at the deployment of a rifle, we need to understand that rifle work is not limited to CQB. The rifle is a weapon that can be used from zero distance to the limit of its intended use, which for the assault rifle is approximately to 300 meters. Training beyond 100 yards/meters is difficult for a number of reasons. Most ranges are limited to 100 yards and few people ever get the opportunity to really stretch their rifle's legs farther than that. As well, few people have the opportunity to shoot in the field on a regular basis. Thus the focus is CQB, almost to the exclusion of other distance intervals. I believe this is a mistake,as students thus trained only get a part of the full picture. In this article we will be discussing a concept that we have taught for many years, and that is the "Floating Support Hand". Specifically the idea is that the support hand (alternatively called the "reaction hand", the "left hand", or by cave dwellers - the "weak hand") should not be... Read more →


The issue of sighting with with one eye or two eyes while shooting has been around for a long time. As in much of what we are doing, it is a matter of context and distance. If you are fighting a bad guy at five feet as you explode off the x and shoot him to the ground, both eyes open works fine. Try the same thing at 50 yards and your results will not be as good. As most things, it depends on the problem at hand. Like degrees of movement (from stationary to sprinting), the use of the pistol's sight/sights (from focus on sights to focus on threat), the rate of fire (from carefully pressing the trigger to machinegun mashing it as many times as needed), and now the eye usage (from both eyes open focusing on the threat to one eye open only and focusing on the sights) - what you do and how much depends on the difficulty of the shot. For close range gunfighting, both eyes open makes sense as it is simply a slightly... Read more →


In my daily news feeds I get all manner of information and articles. One that came to my attention Monday was of a guy maligning Columbus and taking the position that there should not be a holiday to celebrate such a dastardly man. The main thrust of the argument was that the Indians, or indigenous tribes, were peaceful and kind, sort of like a Disney movie, and the evil Europeans were thieves and murderers. To anyone who has actually studied history with an open mind and detached point of view appropriate to the social norms of the era, that argument is like the one decrying the evil European Crusades into the land of the peaceful and kind Saracens. Indian tribes raided and fought each other routinely as did all primitive communities since the dawn of man. Not in as organized a manner as the Europeans, but that was due to civilizational disparities and not because the Europeans brought greed, lust, envy, and selfishness into the garden of Eden. There is no written history of the Caribbean and North American tribes,... Read more →