Category Archives: Training

Emotion is Soft and Cuddly (and Sometimes Bad)

Emotion is soft and cuddly.  It is comfortable. Emotion is reassuring.  Emotion makes bad decisions. Emotion does not have a place with your decision on guns, gear, and/or training. Effective options are the ones that help win the fight. People’s sentimental attachments to antiquated options that do not perform as well as modern options just get in the way of good info flow.  It seems there is a lot of irrational output circulating that doesn't need to be there. This is all from people who are emotionally attached to poor options in guns/gear/training. There are Facebook gun groups and internet forums that are essentially fan clubs full of non-type A personalities who latch onto what they think is a type A. They follow a cult of personality which is boisterous and loud but has no substance. They trade a fantasy for results within reality. There is a lot of training out there that is just LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) that seems to cater to this type of crowd. They are victims of their own limited reference. The concept of the Kruger & Dunning effect is quite rampant. "People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many

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Weapons For Home Defense

The ability to protect ourselves and our loved ones at home is of paramount importance.  With this in mind it is best to understand the options available to maximize your effectiveness if you need to use deadly force in defense of yourself and your family while at home. Before delving into weapons, it is important to understand the need to have a plan already established and practiced before you need to use it.  If you hear that bump in the night, or you hear an obvious entry into your home or hear people that don’t belong – do you call 911, bunker down with a weapon and lock yourself in?  Do you arm yourself and investigate?  If family members (specifically children) are in other rooms, can you communicate with them or reach them without putting yourself or them in potential danger? Whether you bunker down or investigate you need the ability to identify potential threats.  Optimally we all have night vision goggles with infrared lasers mounted to our weapons so we don’t give away our positions, but not many have that luxury.  For the rest of us normal people, we need light.  That light can be activated by a wall

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The Basics

I found early on the training I was provided as a police officer was insufficient for the tremendous weight of using firearms in the line of duty.  It seemed most of the training was to pass a qualification as opposed to expanding my skillset.  Even if the training was so mundane that we stood in one place and shot a slow cadence – it was still shooting and I enjoyed it. To make up for the lack of training, I would go to the range and shoot.  The part I did not understand at the time was all I was doing was ballistic masturbation.  I had no plan; I had no specific skills I wanted to focus on.  I didn’t even know what skills to focus on.  So, I wasted time, money, and ammo creating bad habits.  I could stand at x yards from a target, shoot, and hit a target – yay for me. Due to my unusual interest in firearms I was given the opportunity to go through the state POST academy to be a firearms instructor.  I was introduced to some teaching concepts which also gave me ideas as to what aspects of shooting I could focus

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Thought for the day.

If you have firearms and think you are ready for whatever and you don't train, you are wrong. If you think your weekly/monthly shooting trip with Skeeter is training, you are wrong. Unless you are doing this under the watchful eye of a VETTED instructor - it is practice or in most cases: ballistic masturbation. Practice most definitely does not make perfect. It only makes permanent. The more that we do, under the eyes of an instructor, will make us better. Training requires goals, purpose, actual instructors, and structure. Only under the watchful eye of a skilled instructor who provides immediate correction and feedback are you really going to become proficient. Before your next big purchase, consider spending that money on training. That is a Pat Rogers speech in my words.    
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The Roland Special and when to follow when to question…

There is a person who I know via the Internet who is known for extremely accurate gun/gear/videogame/training/combat/warload information. He and I have some of the same contacts within our networks. He mentioned something about his daily carry weapon in a conversation. Due to that conversation I copied the weapon and its configuration. A popular instructor is known for detailed AAR’s on forums to the point that people base their equipment load outs, weapon setups, and choices of weapons – without attending his classes. I read nothing but good reviews and the subject matter was pertinent to the skill sets I was interested. I followed his advice on guns and gear and even hosted him for several courses to teach. A forum member posted a video highlight reel of a training course and facility. I have some friends who know the main guy at the facility. I heard tremendously positive reviews about the training from multiple reputable sources. I traveled. I attended the training. I have returned for multiple attendances and I am working on being an instructor there. All of these examples are positive influences from social media or forums. Unfortunately this is not always the case when following info

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Follow Through Consulting: Scoped Carbine AAR

  Follow Through Consulting www.followthroughconsulting.com www.facebook.com/followthroughconsulting Buck Doyle, Instructor Scoped Carbine (light) – three day course Teasdale, Utah Feb 20-22, 2015 Buck Doyle served over 21 years in the US Marine Corps, including 17 years and multiple combat tours with Special Operations units. As a Reconnaissance Marine attached to 1st Force Recon, 1st Recon BN, and MARSOC units, Doyle served as Team Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Chief Instructor at Special Missions Training Branch. He has current, extensive experience in hostile fire/combat zones in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Doyle retired from the Marine Corps a Master Sergeant with multiple awards, including the Bronze Star (with Valor). Buck is one of nine U.S. service members featured in Mark Lee Greenblatt's recently released book,“Valor: Unsung Heroes of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front.” In 2010, Buck founded Follow Through Consulting, LLC, and spent four years contracting with the Department of Defense as a member of the Joint Expeditionary Team (JET), advising and assisting combat units in Afghanistan. Follow Through has since focused on and expanded its training capabilities to include law enforcement and qualified civilians in addition to military units. Buck also provides consultation to companies in the area of product

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Preparation for the active gunman

This was something I wrote a few years ago aimed at police.  With recent events, I thought a lot of this can be used by a responsible gun owner- Don't let the word "gunman" set you up for failure.  The shooter may be someone you know, they may be male or female, they may be a teenager, a child, or elderly.  No matter who it is - don't forget - your job is to stop them from killing. Determine what your high profile areas are.  Know multiple safe routes of approach and entry.  Do you know the layouts of those places? Have weapons and gear readily available.  Designate an accessible side of your vehicle's trunk for response gear.  Do you have eye and ear protection, a lithium battery powered flashlight, spare batteries, and medical supplies as part of your response gear? Eye protection - incoming rounds going into walls will produce splinters, rock chips and/or dust. Ear protection - firing guns indoors is deafening. Lithium battery powered flashlight - lithium batteries have shelf lives of years versus what rechargeable lights have. Even though you may be working during daylight hours, you may respond to a poorly lit indoor area or be out

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