The Less than Lethal (LtL) Response
Less than lethal weapons are exactly that; less than lethal. They are weapons specifically designed not to kill a Tango however, depending on its deployment, it can kill your target and if one deploys it incorrectly, it will kill the user. We’ll look up a few of the most popular items and its employment, drawbacks and liabilities.
Less than Lethal or LtL weapons offer a wide variety of options but it has a narrow margin on how they are used in your everyday arsenal of options to deploy in a future confrontation. Depending on the scale... Continue»
This may help. It's something I wrote up for my recruits awhile back ago until they got their bearings;
GOOD SHOT PLACEMENT
= (Finger Pad Placement) + (Trigger Squeeze)
= (Strong Hand dominance) + (Weak Hand support placement)
= (Posture related to target) + (Leaning forward of Center of Gravity)
= (Front Sight Sharpness) + (Rear Sight Fuzziness)
The unknown variables are;
Weapon Familiarity, target or shooter movement, caliber size & muzzle ve... Continue»
Preparing for the Fight. The Mental Aspect of the Engagement
Before Band of b*****rs came out on HBO, I had my own realization about the mental preparedness of engaging in a life or death situation. If you watched the series when it came out, you’ll see a group of 101st Paratroopers riding in their assigned C-47 towards Normandy on early morning hours of June 6th, 1944. D-Day. Operation Overlord. You’ll see their platoon leader looking about the cargo area of the aircraft taking in a visual assessment of his stick of paratroopers before the big drop. During which we saw ... Continue»
Here's a few things to ponder and I'll explain why.
There are a three primary factors in selecting a weapon for concealed carry purposes with the operative word of "concealed".
1. How concealable is it?
2. Where have you trained to use it from?
3. Operating environment.
A few smaller concerns would be;
1. Availability of concealment wear.
2. Maintenance issues.
3. Cost of maintenance and training.
How Concealable Is It?
Depending on the other two primary factors; training and environment, some weapons are not that practical for concealed carry wear. F... Continue»
Engagement with all three and some legalities you may not know.
Since I've worked on many ranges, I see basic recruits negotiate little obstacles that I had gotten complacent with. I also see advanced students that fumble old tricks. One of these simplistic tasks would be how to engage a target with a flashlight. We teach the Ayoob and Harries techniques when engaging with but then I see students of all varieties getting all botched up on the simple technique of drawing one's sidearm and discharging it accurately in a low light situation without a flashlight at first then with a flashlight... Continue»
Combat Techniques with the AR/M-16/A1-A4 series after 25 years.
Dirty Tricks learned from a former Dark Sith
I thought I'd convey a few things I've learned over the years and what the .223 Remington/ 5.56 mm NATO can and, will not do. Little things that you'll never know unless you've actually engaged in a furball with one.
The most important thing to know is;
approximate range. It's a good thing to understand what you see and what you evaluate to be the approximate range be it 100 meters out to 300 meters. Once you understand that, you'll have a better chance of a hit i... Continue»
Direct, Indirect, Suppressive, Grazing and Flanking Fire Oh My!
The differences between direct, indirect, suppressive and grazing fire and flanking fire.
What they are, their pros and cons and when should you do it.
OK. I'm sure some of you out there have heard these terms before in some movie or heard someone use the term before but few actually know the difference between the terms. Not only do they sound snazzy but they actually have a specific meaning and specific uses.
So let me begin to tell you what they are before we break them down;
Definitions in a way
Training and Real Life Shooting
I've written in the above threads and mentioned about training but I haven't been able to fully articulate why some training isn't realistic. Muscle memory is built in over time but how does it really work in real life?
If anyone has ever shot at the range, your average day civilian range won't have obstacles to find cover with. At police ranges it's common practice for the range to have these wall facsimiles that they will get behind and shoot from. It's kinda like familiarization but IMHO it's bad training. I'll tell you why. The diffe... Continue»
Threat Analysis & Combat Priorities.
We've been taught to react to a threat. We've also practiced the art of the shot. But how many times have you had the opportunity to learn how to assess the threat in a dynamic setting?
In service at the Company and Battalion level combat, I was trained and taught to take out the weapons of mass destruction & leadership first; the Leadership hierarchy...company commander, platoon leader. With this you also take out the most important asset they have...their RTO's (Radio Telephone Operators) which could call in a world of hurt on you with artill... Continue»
Handling a Firearm in Inclement Weather
To be Situationally Aware of your Surroundings.
I was behooved to write about a few experiences I've had in some pretty $hitty weather. On my nose there looks like there is a chunk missing right on the tip like if it was an acne scar...I wish it were that simple. I've had it since 1987. While playing wargames in Hammelburg, West Germany...at that time during Cold War, I was using that laser engagement system the military fielded (MILES-Military Integrated Laser Engagement System)...anyways, it was like a negative a million degrees, it was co... Continue»
Shotguns, the weapon from Hell.
First let me point out that although I've had a few shotguns, I've always re-sold them anyways. I have yet to find much use for a shotgun in my own life so my opinion may be biased. I don't hunt and the shotguns that I used were tactical in nature so my response below is based upon my own knowledge and experience with them in the field.
Pump or autoloader? Over & under or side by side? It depends on two factors; what does the intended shooter prefer and how much money are you willing to part with?
Pumpguns; A simple Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 ... Continue»
Reloading Drills Re-Visited
From either military or law enf***ement training, I've taken courses that entailed nothing but the handgun. It is the most basic defensive weapon that is until you fight to get your rifle.
The Handgun, be it either a revolver or a pistol. They are considered defensive tools and there are a few misnomers out there like the H&K SOCOM Offensive Pistol System...it looks nice in a box but I can personally tell you that no matter what handgun you choose to deploy, within a certain environment...and you pop it at someone, it has the ability to become a offensi... Continue»
Movement during an Engagement with Pistol or Rifle
I have experienced officers learning some other special skills to augment their shooting skillset. While I'm not speaking about the employment techniques of combatants whereas all I want to do is touch base on the simplistic technique of movement without tripping. Because once you have a weapon in hand, you are a combatant.
If there are military readers out there you will already know the difference between cover and concealment. You will also be familiar with overwatch and bounding overwatch towards an objective. Amazingly, this ... Continue»
Loading and Correcting AR-15 Malfunctions
Here is just a quick reminder on how to load an AR-15/M4 series rifle.
It can be done two ways essentially but I wanted to concentrate more on the correction of malfunctions that will be on the bottom of this article.
Insert Magazine into the magazine well, the rounds business end facing away from you. Slap the bottom of the magazine and pull the charging handle back all the way and release it. Your bolt and carrier will then compress the buffer/spring and then slap forward a round into the chamber. Tap the bolt assist just in case.... Continue»
Reflexive Long Gun Technique.
What can be used. From my experience, any long gun can be used be it a shotgun, semi or auto weapon, bolt-action (but why would you use one). I would not recommend any bullpup configuration nor a shotgun.
The reason that reflexive shooting is taught in CQB environments is so that the shooter will not be totally dependent upon their BUIS or electronic sights and use their natural eyesight alignment in order to get a shot with the long weapon. It will increase shooter mobility and reaction time. Just like pistol shooting, the long gun was the original p... Continue»
How to Correct a Pistol Malfunction in a Stress Shoot.
First, this technique is ONLY employed during a stress shoot situation...meaning in a furball. If this was done on a police range, the recruit would be removed from the line after the second time. The reason is that since police ranges get thousands of rounds brought in five gallon buckets, usually it's about 3k a bucket and we go through at least five of them per recruit class. So, out of 15k rounds, there will be a round that wasn't made correctly. To ensure student safety, we teach them about squibs and misfires. There's... Continue»
Shot Placement in Stress Shooting
Target is target. One tries their best to get that bullet into that target 25 yards away or however far you plan to place the target. Simple right?
Combat. I'm good but a little luck can go a very long way and I fully believe in the old saying that there are no winners in war/fights. Just survivors. I have survived all my engagements in the past with a few dings but I've been very lucky. Take this information with a grain of salt. It's more philosophical rather than tactics I believe.
Can I consistently drill the same hole in a piece of paper o... Continue»
Cornering, Cutting the Pie and the Enigma of CQB.
CQB (Close Quarters Battle)
, it has a stigma of trained SF operators running around wasting everything like a Segal movie doesn't it? Horse puckey.
Once you pick up a weapon, be it your hands, your knife, handgun or rifle and engage possible targets in a closed area like your home, it's CQB. What does it mean? It's a fancy way of saying, we're fighting close in a small area. There are no sniper vs. sniper battles here. Just you, your weapon, timing, skill and a little luck. These techniques will work with either handgun or r... Continue»
Reflexive and Instinctive Handgun Shooting
I know that we've all been taught to use our sights and we've all been told to rotate towards the target as well. Almost like a tank turret. We rotate our upper bodies around towards the target to get the shot.
What if I told you that from 7 yards/meters, you don't need your sights and you don't need to expend time or energy towards the target? How is this done? Reflexive & Instinctive shooting. It is a fading art...
As k**s we all saw it. In spaghetti westerns with Clint Eastwood or old westerns like High Noon, we never s... Continue»
The Fatal Funnel. The Gateway to the Void
The Fatal Funnel
Definitions, Techniques and Avoidance.
Recently a policeman was wounded severely by answering a domestic v******e call. Many first responders have made the mistake of getting on their game face on too late and have succumbed to their complacency. Many of them stepped into the fatal funnel.
What is it? A fatal funnel is any geographic area both man made or natural in which a person steps into that is defined as a entry or exit point or an area considered a high avenue of approach. During which an aggressor will pummel... Continue»