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SureFire Field Notes Ep 12 – Shoot Fast & Accurate with Michael Voight

Friday, July 21st, 2017

SureFire Field Notes is a multi-segment informational video series with tips and techniques from subject matter experts of all backgrounds. In this episode, Mike Voigt discusses the fundamentals of shooting fast and accurate.

Michael has been one of the top action shooters in the world for the past 40 years. Of the hundreds of titles he has won, some include: 14 USPSA® Multigun National Championships, 20+ IPSC Gold Medals in handgun, shotgun and rifle, Arizona State Sporting Clay Champion, Chevy Truck Team Challenge Champion Team member, SOF World 3 Gun Champion, 6 International Tactical Precision Rifle Team Championships, SMM3G Champion, Rocky Mountain World 3 Gun Champion, NRA Bianchi Cup World Champion team member, and the list goes on. He has also served as the IPSC Rules Chairman, IPSC President’s Council member, PRS Board of Director member, and as President of USPSA® for 12 years.

Michael is currently full time in the Research and Development section of the Suppressor and Weapon Division at SureFire LLC, focusing on new and improved equipment. He continues his association with Safariland, developing and testing new products as he has done for over 20 years. Michael proudly represents Hornady, Swarovski, Safariland, SureFire, American Trigger Corp, Dueck Defense, Clever Shotshells, Oakley, MGM and ESP.

Michael continues to trains some of the most elite military and police forces in the world, and is honored to do so.

Jungle Loadout

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

A friend of mine with decades of SOF and PR experience, most recently in the SOUTHCOM AOR shared this briefing with us. He uses the attached it to prepare others for deployments. While it goes over the equipment he uses, it does not include firearms. Rather, the briefing focuses on existence and survival equipment. The slides offer some great examples but are by no means definitive.

To download your copy, click here.

I encourage those of you with similar experience to share it in the comments section. For those of you who do not, use this as an opportunity to learn. Feel free to ask questions.

Guest Post – Situational Awareness In Terrorist Age

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

With the summer season in full swing there is going to be more family travel, vacations, and domestic/international travel. For most on SSD situational awareness is second nature, but, there may be some new members or lurkers who are just starting to learn. I hope some of these thoughts will help someone plan out their response to a terrorist attack or active shooter situation. I am not an expert and always willing to learn, these are just some things I have learned from working in Iraq and Afghanistan for the past 11 years.

Note: I am going to use the word “spouse” to incorporate all relationships. “Families” can mean any group of individuals you are responsible for.

1. Know who you are with: It is one thing to attend a social gathering, go to a ballgame, or peruse the malls with individuals who are trained for violence (Military, LEO, PSD, Corporate Security) and quite another to be with people who only have experienced violence through video games. Realize they will have no situational awareness, nor, the training to help you survive an attack. Realize that developing even a simple tactical plan will be met with skepticism and any attempt to make them understand will probably be futile. Do the best you can, but, have your own plan for survival, do not let well-meaning individuals comprise your strategy. On the other spectrum, being with someone who is trained and especially armed is a real bonus and simple plans can be made driving to the venue. Just establish who will do what, who is the driver, who is the primary shooter, who is responsible for hunting exit locations, while the other or others provide protection, etc.

2. Yourself: Being alone during an attack and your response will basically come down to the fight or flight reflex. IMHO, what you will do, will be based on your psychological mindset, your training, your experience with violence, your profession. Be honest with yourself and your abilities to combat violence, experience has taught me that most men have a tendency to overestimate their combat abilities and usually just die on the scene. I don’t know what yours are, but, decide what you are going to do, before you arrive at the venue. In the middle of the attack is no time to be making the decision.

3. Family: Unless you are trapped and facing death, this decision is already made for you. You must get your family off the “X” and out of the primary attack zone. There should be no attempt at heroics when the ones you love are counting on you to provide leadership: know what you are going to do, where to take the family, etc. Often, terrorists on a major attack will place shooters at the main exits and kill as many as they can as they run out. Know where all the exits are, take the time to drive or walk around your venue, learn where the exit doors are, where the service entrances are, where the security kiosks or police substations are, where the exit roads are, where are the bottlenecks that a VBIED could be parked.

4. Spouse and Children: As much as I would like to assume your spouse is highly trained (man or woman) the odds are they are not, so, it is up to you to develop a basic plan. Have a quiet, serious talk and go over some basic strategy, Outline the need to be situationally aware, inform them what can happen and stress they are also responsible for helping survive an attack. I know it’s common for families to go shopping and split up, each going to their own preferred venue, but, during holiday vacations, that is a major tactical mistake. You don’t want to have some family member on one end of the venue and you on the other. Stay together, stay close.

If you have children with you, one of you must be the primary protector, it is simply too distracting to watch the kids and watch for an attack at the same time. Having small children is a dynamic all its own, I know. I once was part of a team that was providing security for an executive and his family below the border and trying to run with a screaming 4 year old under your arm and returning fire with one hand is for the movies. Decide who carries the child and who looks for exits, who will take point and who will not.

Your spouse must recognize the threat and be able to function in a terrifying situation. Teach basic commands in a loud voice. Examples like: Get the kids! Get tommy! Grab my belt!, Run to the back of the hotel!, etc. Simple commands, they work, because they are simple. Have a daily schedule and stick to it. Know the places you want to visit, go there, do what you need to do and then leave. Try to arrange for visits during non-peak times. When the venue first opens at 1000 is much safer than 1900, remember terrorists use the maxim amount of destruction for the maximum amount of media coverage. I occasionally have to go to the Afghan government palace and I don’t go there after 1400, which is prime hit time here.

5. Attack Dynamics: Talk to your spouse about a possible attack and the ramifications of being caught up in the situation. The noise will be loud, especially if they detonate a bomb first to soften up the guards/resistance or create mass panic which leads to easy targets. Try to make your spouse understand that people will be screaming and dying, and, if they have never experienced this type of violence, will probably go catatonic. This is a natural reaction that you must stop immediately, either by verbal commands or simply slapping the shit out of them.

You must get off the kill zone, you must survive or the kids will die. Try to convey how bad the panic will be and stress how important it is to follow your pre discussed plan and how you need to hyper focus on leaving by a safe exit, even to the point of running by people crying for help. You and the spouse have a family and nothing else matters. Harsh, I know, but there is a reason we leave a wounded member in a door way, it’s because we have to kill the threat, or, others will die. There is a reason you are leaving, so your family will live.

6. Vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED): Almost all major attacks start with some type of VBIED, especially if the goal is major venue. I have been around them for the past 11 years and I am totally paranoid about vehicles. I have certain rules about parking lots around large retail outlets and sporting venues. I always park far away from the main entrance, yes, your family will bitch about the extra walking, but, car bombs are not placed where they do the least damage. Would you rather have your family walk a little or park close to an entrance and die from an explosion? Remember, terrorists don’t park anywhere except where they can kill the most and if the car is not rigged, when they exit the vehicle they are already shooting. I would think you would rather see that from a distance.

If it can be avoided, I never walk between parked vehicles, especially in front of large venues. In fact, I will often circle a parking lot just to avoid being between parking lanes. Humans are creatures of habit and terrorists know this, they know you will walk to shortest distance to the market or entrance to a venue. One terrorist with a pair of binoculars and a cell phone can detonate a car bomb at any time. Don’t be stupid and lazy, take the long way around, if possible.

7. Vehicles: Thou any vehicle can be used as a VBIED, I am paranoid about certain vehicles: Toyota Camrys, brown or gray in color and made in the 1990’s (the all-time favorite), small white pickup trucks, like the Hillux and especially avoid large garbage and cement mixer trucks, which can carry enough explosives to level a small mountain. I was in the wrong place when they blew the T-walls surrounding the old Baghdad hotel using a large garbage truck, outside static security died instantly and then the ground forces moved in. You see any of these vehicles parked near an entrance to a venue or driving toward one, stay the hell away until they prove what they are.

8. Motorcycles: a quick word about motorcycles. In Baghdad, Kabul, and Islamabad, I have had experiences with terrorists using motorcycles to drive up to a vehicle and detonate a bomb carried in a backpack or pull up in front of some café, Embassy entrances, military checkpoints, etc. and either detonate or open fire with an AK. It makes me extremely twitchy to have some biker in the U.S. pull up in the lane next to me, and never trust someone who pulls a motorcycle up to a venue entrance wearing a backpack or a large coat, never know if they are there to detonate. Vacate the area until their intentions are known.

9. Weapons and Equipment: Do not engage the attackers even if you are armed, unless you are simply trapped and going to die anyways. You will probably be armed with a handgun and they simply don’t match up against AK’s or similar style weapons. A major assault will not be made with .22’s, so, you will be severely out gunned. And for those of you carrying, carry at least two extra magazines. Don’t bitch about your comfort, just remember, AK’S have 30 round magazines, you don’t. Use your weapon to fight for an EXIT or fight to allow your family time to escape, not for offense. What you chose to carry is of course your decision and based on what laws your state has on the books.IMHO, always carry a small powerful belt flashlight, knife (legal length) and a cigarette lighter. Trying to find a way out for your family during a power outage, smoke, or garage tunnels is hell without a light. The knife has many uses and the lighter has abilities to create all sorts of problems.

10. Harsh Reality: You need to discuss with your spouse the reality that your family may be close to a suicide bomber when they detonate. You will either live or die. If you live, you will have severe disorientation for several minutes and your hearing will be completely screwed. If possible, do not make any moves until your hearing clears (if it does) and wait until the dizziness fades enough for you to try to make a rational decision on which way to flee. Where there is one bomber, there are usually two. Talk to your spouse, acknowledge that one of you will probably die and the other one has the responsibilities to get the kids or themselves out. If they cannot handle this truth, then you have a real problem.

11. International: I have spent the past 11 years working, training, and living in various countries in the Middle East and South West/ Central Asia. These are a few things I have learned and they apply generally to every country I worked in. There are situations you must try to avoid at all costs: large crowds in the street, lines of people in the markets, whether the area is Shiite or Sunni, police or military checkpoints (prime targets). Always have reliable communications (I prefer two cell phones with different carriers), transportation, and in a perfect world, a backup team or direct communications with a Quick Reaction Force and if authorized, weapons.

12. International Travel: This is where everyone is most vulnerable. Know the airport schematics the best you can (usually maps on walls), arrive at least 3 hours early, get through customs and then walk the terminal noting the exits, bathrooms, and checkpoints. Does it have multiple levels? If so, spend time in the upper levels watching the crowds entering, because, if an attack occurs, it will usually happen on the ground floor. Locate airport security, identify if they are local police or military. Do they have roving patrols or fixed stations? If they are killed can you operate their weapons for your own survival? Visualize an attack and then decide what you are going to do to survive. What cover do you have? Where are the exits? Have a plan, no matter how simple, develop a combat mindset and focus on surviving.

13. Bombs: Avoid lingering around the “food court” at all times, if a mass of people are sleeping along the walls of the terminal (especially Kuwait International, Queen Alia, and Benazir Bhutto), simply walk on by. Watch everyone carefully, especially if they are carrying large amounts of luggage in boxes or other types of roped wrapped packages (nearly everyone in a third world country).Try to arrive early enough to avoids waiting several hours to check in, this has happened to me several times after late flights and waiting with several hundred people on the GROUND FLOOR of a terminal, surrounded by massive amounts of luggage is not a good situation. Most security entering the ground floor is shit, usually consisting of unarmed cops trying to direct traffic. If this happens to you, spend your time scanning the front entrance as much as possible, have a plan, no matter how simple. There is no shame in jumping past a ticket agent and crawling through the luggage conveyor belt if someone opens up with an AK behind you.

The most stupid things I see when I travel:
THE USE OF ELECTRONICS: For God’s sake, get those buds out of your ears and eyes away from that screen. How in hell can you hear gunshots, people yelling, rockets or mortars whistling in with music blasting? Example: Last Thursday I was starting my first leg back to Kabul and was waiting on a flight in the Atlanta International Airport when the alarm system went off (multiple rows of white lights) and a loud saying over and over (airport emergency, everyone remain in place). The first thing I thought was an active shooter, so, I had already made my plan and started for an emergency door. I looked around and numerous people were sitting in their chairs, eyes and ears slaving to the electronic hand God. Unbelievable.

Clothing: First, I am as guilty as anyone because my daily work clothes consist of 5.11.pants and shirts or one piece coveralls in desert brown, in fact, it is about all I own, but, have at least have a pair of jeans and some plain tee shirts for international travel. Nothing marks you more as an American than 5.11 style pants and a brown or US camo style backpack in an airport. I can see you in a crowd of 5000 TCN’s and if can see you, so can an active shooter. I stopped wearing my work clothes last year when Dubai authorities pulled me into secondary because they were looking for an “American mercenary”. Now, I travel with jeans and a North face carry on. In conclusion, never, ever wear a tee shirt with OBL’s face on the front and a “kill them all and let God sort them out on the back”. Seriously, I saw this in the Kuwait International airport and instantly knew who was going to get shot first. Be safe, watch your 6.

Special Agent Bill Carty
15 years in a major metro police department: Tactical SWAT Commander and Narcotics Task Force Commander.

2004-2006: PSD/ DOS Diplomatic Security Contactor/ Iraq
2006-2008: Senior American advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Interior/ SWAT/Corruption investigations/Baghdad
2008-20013: Special Agent (1811) IG investigations: Iraq
2013-Present: Special Agent (1811) IG investigations: Kandahar and Kabul, AFG.

Defoor Proformance 2018 Civ Training Schedule Drops Friday Morning

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

We wanted to give you a heads up that Kyle Defoor is posting the Civilian course 2018 schedule Friday morning at 0600 in order to give everyone a fair shot since he’s sold out of every class for the last three years and it happens quickly.

6th Arc’teryx Alpine Academy in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc from 29th June-2nd July, 2017

Monday, June 19th, 2017

North Vancouver, BC – The Arc’teryx Alpine Academy, the world’s largest alpine-education event, will take place in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on June 29 – July 2. The world-renowned Academy brings together alpine enthusiasts, mountain guides and professional athletes to create a unique experience where beginners and experts alike gain alpine knowledge through top-notch clinics, seminars, social festivities and experience sharing. Public activities during the Academy such as seminars, concerts, movies and other activities are free of cost. The public is welcome and encouraged to join.
The Arc’teryx Alpine Academy is only global event of this scale with the aim of enhancing alpine education through direct interaction with mountain guides, world-class athletes and mountain experts. The annual event draws almost 400 alpine enthusiasts from 25 countries across the globe to Chamonix.

Serving as the hub of activity is the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy ‘Alpine Village,’ located in the Place Balmat in downtown Chamonix. The Alpine Village includes a free-to-the-public climbing wall, bouldering wall for all levels, GORE-TEX® Repair Center, and partnered activity pods where everyone can learn climbing techniques, mountain safety, outdoor cooking techniques – and win daily raffle prizes. Nightly concerts and Movie Night (on July 1) will crown these intense days. At the Alpine Village attendees will benefit from first-rate Master Classes by renowned athletes and mountain guides such as Ken Wylie, Tamara Lunger, Ines Papert and Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll. The Alpine Village provides a fun, festive atmosphere for attendees to meet athletes in person, sharpen their mountain skills and celebrate their respect of the alpine environment.

The four-day event kicks off on June 29th, with a special Mountain Clean-Up day. Attendees will work to clean trash from La Mer de Glace with a cadre of over 25 prestigious athletes including Will Gadd (Can), Nina Caprez (CH), Ines Papert (Ge), Brette Harrington (Can), Thibaud Duchosal (Fr) and Luka Lindi? (Slo). Starting on Friday, June 30th clinic participants will head into the alpine early in the morning and return to enjoy afternoon and evening festivities. All 24 clinics are led by athletes, world-class guides and mountain experts from around the globe. For the sixth year in a row, all clinics have sold out and are full to capacity.

The Arc’teryx Alpine Academy is made possible by support from: Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Natural Resort, GORE-TEX®, Suunto, Petzl, MSR, LYO Food and Peak Design.

For more information on the Academy, please visit

UF PRO – Defence Against Cold Weapons

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

UF Pro continues their Guide to Close Combat with this installment of Defence Against Cold Weapons such as knives and sticks.

NLB Tactical / No Lie Blades 2017 Instructor Course

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

NLB Tactical / No Lie Blades 2017 Instructor course is now open for registration. This is the first US instructor course in 18 years that will be also open enrollment to those other than Military and Law Enforcement tactical instructors. You must be a current combat or martial arts instructor and will be vetted first before admission.

With all the active stabbings, we have going on around the world and the DHS declaring stabbing events a terrorist trend the timing couldn’t be better for this type training.

“There are few better trainers worldwide than Hank Hayes / No Lie Blades when it comes to getting results in hands on edged weapons / combat tactics”.

-Dave Smith “Buck Savage”

“NLB’s course is life changing, in my 23 years in L/E it’s some of the best training I’ve ever had.”

-Sheriff Rick Silver – Washington County Sheriff’s Dpt.

What material will be covered?

• Fact finding to define truly where your skillset is against a committed knife attack.
• Learn the four ranges of fighting skills assessment.
• Video playback review sessions.
• Learn the necessary and useful knife grips, stances and foot work.
• Understand edged weapons lethality the risks of immediate knife contact.
• Active knife meat cut session.
• Learn the top 3 things that special forces learn to tactically to stop a committed knife attack.
• Learn and define edged weapons awareness of several types of cutting weapons.
• See yourself with video feedback learning sessions.
• High pressure scenario training.
• Explore operator level knife selection, carry position and deployment drills.
• Learn the T.N.T. explosive fighting skills.
• Learn Pre-incident indicator skills building (body-language reading).
• Drills for building edged weapons survival skill and why you’re training those drills.
• Using barriers to entry and weapons of opportunity.
• Execution of compounded violent strikes.
• Verbal commands before and during the encounter.
• Multiple attacker neutralization techniques.
• Team system survivability tactics.
• Open question and answer section.
• Edged weapons attacking skills.
• Anatomy education on disabling & terminating target locations.
• Written exam.
• Graduation.

“The No Lie Blades Knife defense system is quickly becoming the standard by which others are judged.”
-Sgt. Jeffery Hauck – Bethlehem Twp, PD

Course Cost is $1,395.00

Please contact or call 610.442.5539 to register. If need payment arrangements can be made.

For those coming from Soldier Systems use code KEEPCALM before Aug 15, 2017 and save $200.00 on course registration cost.

Please note: Once course payment made there are no refunds. If needed you may change your course date as long as its done 30 days prior to originally scheduled course date.
We’ve worked out a killer discount room deal for those attending the course with the team at the Ramada Inn On The Beach at 6th and Atlantic St, Virginia Beach, Va 23451

Oct 7-12, 2017 ( Sunday – Thursday) @ $79.00 per night plus tax and this will include a breakfast voucher.

Oct. 13, 2017 (Friday) @ $99.00 per night plus tax and this will include a breakfast voucher as well. Due to vacation season, the weekend has already had a number of outside and group reservations so the rate has been affected.
Click the flyer above for the link to the discount.

US Army Releases TC 3-22.35, Pistol

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

The Army has released Training Circular 3-22.35, Pistol which uses a similar format to TC 3-22.9, Rifle and Carbine, released one year ago. Although it focuses on the current issue M9, because it is so focused on employment considerations, it will be easy to update once the M17 is fielded.


This manual is comprised of nine chapters and five appendices, and is specifically tailored to the individual Soldier’s use of the M9 service pistol. This TC provides specific information about the weapon, aiming devices, attachments, followed by sequential chapters on the tactical employment of the weapon system.

The training circular itself is purposely organized in a progressive manner, each chapter or appendix building on the information from the previous section. This organization provides a logical sequence of information which directly supports the Army’s training strategy for the weapon at the individual level.

Chapters 1 through 4 describe safety, operation, types of sights, and accessories associated with the M9 service pistol. General information is provided in the chapters of the manual, with more advanced information placed in appendix A, Ammunition, and appendix B, Ballistics.

Chapters 5 through 9 provide the employment, stability, aiming, control and movement information. This portion focuses on the Solider skills needed to produce well aimed shots. Advanced engagement concepts are provided in appendix C of this publication. Appendix D of this publication provides common tactical drills that are used in training and combat that directly support tactical engagements. Appendix E of this publication provides information about qualificaton.

This manual does not cover the specific M9 service pistol training strategy, ammunition requirements for the training strategy, or range operations. These areas will be covered in separate training circulars.


TC 3-23.35 applies to all Soldiers, regardless of experience or position. This publication is designed specifically for the Soldier’s use on the range during training, and as a reference while deployed.

The illustrations are really well done.

One of the things worth checking out is this holster illustration. I’ve been sitting on my hands over this new issue Safariland holster, and it shows up in a new manual. Remember, you saw it here first.


To read TC 3-22.35, click here.

Thanks CR