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October 2016

As the hands come together in what the modern technique guys call "position 3" of the draw, the thumb hits the hammer spur. The pistol continues forward movement, and as they arms extend, the sights 9or dot) are found and the weapon is at SA with a nice crisp sub 3.5 pound trigger. Here is an interesting historical tidbit: BILL JORDAN ON DA PISTOL WORK - THUMB COCKING From 15 to 25 yards the gun should be brought up fully into the line of sight. A thing to remember here is that in bringing the gun up you should consciously bring it up barrel high. This allows you to get your sights or the barrel aligned more quickly than if the barrel was low so that the front sight is obscured ... in which case it will have to be tilted into view, the front sight "picked up" and then lowered into the rear notch. A needless waste of time. Firing can be single or double action. At these distances speed and accuracy are not likely. At the forward edge... Read more →

There is something called "a fighter's understanding". The many variables, tempos, intervals of time and distance, and nuances of the fight can take a lifetime to understand fully. Those who have been involved in combative disciplines for a lifetime know all about these. But as a teacher, I have to spend time putting these understandings and these nuances into words so to pass along the knowledge. And as I was working with the Junior Staff on his epee work recently I found myself having to verbalize these, as Sir Richard Burton called them, "sentiments of the sword". The fencing school we attend has not come to terms with the differences of classical execution, and fighting, or in this case, competitive applications. The footwork is different, the parries are different and many of the methods of setting up the attack are different as well. I have seen it all before, in Karate, and in the world of the gun. To see this dynamic again, in a totally different world, makes me think that there is some sort of developmental gap that... Read more →

In America we have something called "freedom of speech". Anyone can speak their least in theory. This is a good thing of course because in other places around the world one cannot. In matters of politics and of faith and even in esoteric matters such as how to cook chili, everyone's opinions may have equal value. However, that does not extend to everything, even if we think it does. Of course, what we are discussing here is the issue of techniques and methods for use in personal combat. Today, anyone with a computer can pen their deep thoughts and most advanced techniques almost as fast as they occur to them. Much of it extremely theoretical and untested. What is a true seeker of truth to do? How does such a student separate the good techniques from the bad...the useful from the unworkable? Here is a simple way to do that. First one must consider what their physical and mental state is likely to be in a true life and death gunfight. Unless you have been in multiple life and... Read more →

So....what is supposed to look like? The irons and the red dot are supposed to work INDEPENDENTLY of one another and NOT together. Where most people get it wrong is they try to use both concurrently as if the dot was an addition to the sight picture. If the irons fell off you would still be able to shoot and hit, and if the dot fell off you would still be able to shoot and hit. Some people have the irons so low that there is no way on earth they could possibly use them when the dot is attached. The irons, properly installed are tall enough to be used independently of the red dot. How you see it in the images is how they are best used. Those who disagree with the concept simply do not know what they do not know. The irons are used to - 1). Train the eye to find the dot faster. It helps if they are both - dot and irons zeroed to the same POI 2). Help verify that the dot has... Read more →

The hardest gap to traverse in the OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) cycle is the stretch from D to A…or decision to action. There seems to be an innate second guess system built in that slows most people down. At a certain level, this is a good thing as it prevents over reaction. However, it is not that “second guess” matter that seems to retard the speed of our act. Rather it is the timing of the Decision, the selection of the correct action, and then the execution of that action. So we are looking at timing, choosing, and executing. Imagine this situation. A good guy sees the bad guy. He notices how he looks, his positioning in relation to everything, as well as his body language and anything that he is currently doing. The observation is inevitably tied to profiling. We almost do both simultaneously. So our good guy profiles him as a bad guy based on his appearance, demeanor, location, and all the other factors that are incoming as information. These two phases of observation and orientation (perhaps... Read more →

Jeff Cooper once said, "The Rifle is the Queen of Weapons". This was of course in reference to the chess piece that can do anything well, and to the surpassing of all other pieces. And it is in that vein that I try and make my rifle program a complete presentation of the rifle and not simply a "long range" school, or a "CQB" school. Rather we wish to address everything that a rifle can do. And incidentally, I do not go along with the notion that a 308 is a rifle and a 223 is a carbine. All my rifles are rifles...regardless of caliber. And since my focus in studying the rifle is from an anti-personnel point of view, all my rifles are assault much as that may annoy the liberals and frustrate the gun apologists. Unlike the pistol or the shotgun (sort of), the rifle is not a defensive weapon. The rifle is for attack and assault. It exists to allow the user to project force and enforce his will on his adversaries. Hardly the "sporting artifact"... Read more →

We run more students through our training courses than most other private sector training organizations in the USA. As such we see a very good cross-section of what the level of skill is across the nation. And by skill, I am referring to the ability to hit a target on demand at various distances, and from various situationally adapted positions. On point we constantly have to fix in our students is the management of the trigger. They stay off the trigger until the last possible moment and then they jump onto that trigger and slap it for a brief instant only to quickly move off trigger again. It is as if an instructor at some point along their formative development convinced them that the trigger was like a hot stove and that it would burn them to the bone if they lingered upon its surface. An analogy that some readers may understand is the novice driver that is afraid of the gas pedal and that stays off it for as long as possible and then is either flooring it or... Read more →