All posts by Chad Halvorson

Chad Halvorson was sworn in as a Police Officer in 1994. A patrol officer at heart, he has worked many years in a rural environment as a Deputy Sheriff and a Police Officer. Along with his patrol duties, he also previously spent several years as a point man on the entry team of a SO tactical team with less lethal duties as a secondary assignment. Chad has worked assignments as an arson investigator and in narcotics investigation, and is currently a certified law enforcement instructor in his state. He is certified through them as a firearms instructor as well as an active shooter instructor and in Tactical Response (An academy-level module for patrol officers.). He has experience in instructing areas such as concealed weapons training for citizens, patrol carbine deployment, Active Shooter Event responses and tactics, tactical team tactics, and Use of Force judgment and Scenarios as an Adjunct Instructor at regional law enforcement officer academies. Chad currently has been focused on assisting area LE agencies integrate Active Shooter Event responses with area Fire and EMS responders. Chad has been published in SWAT and continues to ensure his own training stays current with modern TTP's and mindsets.

Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine 6/11-6/12 Part Four

This is part four and the final installment of my AAR of Steve Fisher’s inaugural course. The rest of the series can be found at https://primaryandsecondary.com/articles/. Day two of the Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine course was a much cooler day than the humid 90-degree temperatures of the day before. Zeros were confirmed at 50 and 200. From the 100, Steve spoke of the intricacies, advantages, and disadvantages of the various seated and kneeling positions. Sling work still was key and yet more discussion on ways to develop sling tension were instructed. Steve spoke of marking lines on the sling with a Sharpie to reference what tension needed to be used with what shooting positions. Use of a pack was discussed further. Steve discussed his personal light bulb moment when hunting and sitting with his back to a tree. He took the backpack he always carried and used it in his lap. It provided support for his elbows and solidified his shooting position comfortably during his hunt, allowing him to remain in position for a much longer length of time. We practiced the shooting positions more and moved back to the 300-yard line to start the practical part of the course.

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Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine 6-11/6-12 Part Three

Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine Part 3 The vast majority of defensive and LE shootings occur in the evening and hours of darkness. The ability to take on the challenges of acquiring and engaging threats becomes exponentially more difficult for many once extra manipulations are required for light work. Steve Fisher of Sentinel Concepts feels strongly that the ability to have low light training is an important element, and he structures it into as many of his class curriculums as he is able. It is with that importance that the class started the night shoot portion of the Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine course held at the Alliance Police range, and part three of this series of an AAR of the inaugural course continues. Previous AAR's in the series can be found at https://primaryandsecondary.com/articles/ . Students started by verifying and fine tuning zeros again at 50, 100, and 200 yards. The last of the daylight was finally fading quickly by the time the 200 yard line rounds were fired. Barricades were set up at 150 yards. Shooters were tasked with getting single hits on steel spray painted various colors. They were paired with a spotter, and shooters had to engage

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Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine 6/11-6/12 Part Two

PART 2 T1 Afternoon: The Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine course is a course designed to  work with students on skills needed to engage targets out to 300 yards. This is a series of topics and skills that are near and dear to me and my duties, responsibilities, and environment. I know Steve likes to push his envelope and skills; he has a pretty good reputation for practical skills relating to rifle work. I was interested in the challenges that Steve “Yeti” Fisher was going to provide. This is part two of this AAR series, covering the work in the afternoon. Part 1 can be found here: Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine AAR Part 1   The weather was in the mid-90’s during this portion of the training. It cannot be emphasized enough to make sure that one takes care of themselves during training. Healthy snacks such as dried fruit were essential along with plenty of hydration drinks. Water alone was insufficient. Electrolytes need to be replenished, and breaks were given often enough for people to have the opportunity to drink from bottles on their person if they wanted or to refill as needed. I know that I mentally lagged

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Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine AAR 6-11/6-12 Part 1

It is common that as something evolves or changes over time, certain elements and fundamentals get lost or left behind in those changes. Firearms ownership has increased over the past decade for a variety of reasons. The desire to do more with firearms for protection, competition, and professional purposes had less to an explosion in the firearms training industry. Training courses geared towards defensive use of firearms with repetitions of drills with high round counts for maximum terminal ballistic effectiveness at common self defense environment distances are easy to find and priced according to whatever ones budget may be. Fast paced competitions such as 3-gun has drawn people towards an exciting avenue of shooting fast and often. But the attraction to these means of ballistic delivery also is part of a shift in skills and fundamentals, and an unintended consequence is that certain skills and fundamentals once considered to be a true mark of a shooter are being left behind and forgotten.     The inaugural Sentinel Concepts Practical Urban Carbine class I attended at the Alliance Police Departments training facility in Ohio on June 11-12 is Steve Fisher’s goal to bring back some of those elements. The class was

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