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Carbine Fundamentals

Carbine Fundamentals

To show what your carbine can do and to test or improve your skills, LAV uses his 4-10 Drill. This is shooting at four distances — single-position shooting at 100 yards prone, 75 yards seated, 50 yards kneeling and 25 yards standing in 1 minute, 45 seconds, 30 seconds, and 15 seconds. Fire 10 shots at each distance.

June 22, 2011

Handgun Fundamentals

Handgun Fundamentals

The key to be high speed, low drag is to master the basics. Fundamental courses are the bread and butter for any training operation; you'll always pick up something to improve your shooting.

June 16, 2011

Take Your Training Seriously

Don't tell me, "If you want me on the clock, you'll pay me for it." I know many officers who have to pay out of their own pockets and take time off to attend top-notch training. Take control of your destiny. Planning to excel on the streets takes investment from you.

June 8, 2011

Tactical Shotgun Training at the U.S. Shooting Academy

Tactical Shotgun Training at the U.S. Shooting Academy

The shotgun's biggest advantage over a carbine/rifle is the variety of ammunition. USSA stresses that you need to know how your shotgun performs with less lethal, buck shot and its various pellet sizes and slugs. Each behaves differently; it's your responsibility to know how.

May 17, 2011

Setting Goals: Aim High

Setting Goals: Aim High

A trusted firearms instructor recently expressed frustration with the recruits at his academy. Because some aren't natural shooters, he must constantly remind them that every shot is aimed. Projectiles don't miraculously appear on the target. The fundamentals are the same for each shot: you aim each one.

May 16, 2011

ILEETA: Top Trainers Gather in Chicagoland

The signs of the global budget woes did not stop several from attending. One interesting point this year was it appears more trainers attended on their own personal time and expense. This clearly shows the dedication of the professional trainers of this organization and their devotion to their calling as a law enforcement trainer.

May 3, 2011

You Just Won the Gunfight, Now What?

You Just Won the Gunfight, Now What?

For many officers, this is where both the scenario and the officer's thought process will end. Just because you've put the bad guy down doesn't mean it's over. What should we be doing in those critical moments while waiting for backup to arrive?

March 16, 2011

Firearms Training Evolves at SIG Sauer's Academy

Firearms Training Evolves at SIG Sauer's Academy

The SIG Sauer Academy is rapidly becoming a must-train location. The Epping, N.H., academy once offered only basic handgun shooting and armorer courses. Now, it offers competition shooting and advanced tactics for police and military units, including active-shooter response and executive protection.

March 2, 2011

Training to Survive a Hellacious Gun Battle

In general terms, these exercises require LEOs to either advance toward a "simulated" combat threat or hold their ground behind the best cover available, while delivering accurate "containment" fire.

January 5, 2011

Training for Stress

It all comes down to you. Don't let the state recommended guidelines or your department's training unit decide how or what you need to practice. These are probably minimum guidelines at best.

December 13, 2010

Paintball Wars: Defending Against Multiple Attackers

Paintball Wars: Defending Against Multiple Attackers

In paintball scenarios, you battle multiple adversaries often in close quarter combat in urban or built-up locations. You either assault or defend a position. You must shoot and move. This, in my opinion, beats time on most static pistol ranges.

November 16, 2010

Reloading With Your Weak Hand

Reloading With Your Weak Hand

Dep. Jennifer Fulford never expected the assailant's 9mm bullet to rip through her nerves, disabling feeling in her fingers and causing the loss of use of her entire dominant hand. Fortunately, she was not out of ammo; she performed a one-handed reload with her weak (non-dominant) hand, as she had learned.

November 10, 2010

Maintaining Accuracy With Rapid Fire

Maintaining Accuracy With Rapid Fire

New Weapons blogger Nick Jacobellis explains the importance of accuracy in rapid-fire scenarios that may involve multiple combat reloads. At the end of this blog, Jacobellis gives you several effective techniques you can bring to the range to help achieve this.

November 5, 2010

Can Officers Learn From a Competition Shooter?

Most academy and qualification training with firearms is devoted to shooting at stationary silhouettes at 25 and 50 yards. This isn't the real world. In the real world, the bad guy is pumped full of adrenaline and is mobile.

October 14, 2010

Is the 1911 Still Viable for Law Officers?

Is the 1911 Still Viable for Law Officers?

The main reason the M1911 is so successful is its grip angle. It's a natural pointer. The pistol takes advantage of the hand's natural geometry to promote accuracy, and the angle also makes the gun a pleasure to shoot. Having said that, certain steps must be taken to make the M1911 ready for carry.

September 30, 2010