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Archive for the ‘Training’ Category – Improvised Electronics: Counter-IED Blast Simulator Training

Friday, April 11th, 2014


This week’s post from covers Improvised Electronics, a new entrant in the counter-IED market. Headed by a former U.S. Navy Electronics Technician, Improvised Electronics is a small, Destin, Florida-based company that produces counter-IED training hardware and programs. Their product offerings include advanced propane/oxygen blast simulators capable of exceeding 130 decibels when detonated that can be triggered from beyond 1000 meters.

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Forces Focus – Marine Infantry Unit Leaders Course

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

This is a little taste of the Infantry Unit Leaders Course, offered through the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-East. This 11-week course introduces students to advanced concepts, new technology, and tactics, techniques, and procedures through professional reading, classroom instruction, guided discussions, tactical decision games, sand table exercises and tactical exercises without troops, which are reinforced through field and field firing exercises. Students demonstrate mastery of the subject matter and develop critical thinking skills through performance-based exercises where they are assigned leadership positions ranging in topic and progressing in difficulty. Students will be drilled on the fundamentals of platoon level leadership including employment of 60mm & 81mm mortar weapon systems core competencies and employment as well as Medium and Heavy machinegun gunnery and employment and assault and anti armor techniques and procedures. Students will begin the core training packages in a classroom type environment where decision-making and sand table exercise will be the primary training method. From there students will be presented with field scenarios at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Looks Dangerous To Me

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

I am by no means a gunfighter but I can certainly recognize when something is dangerous on a range, and this looks dangerous. What do you think?

The video is a production of American Defense Enterprises, a small training company located in the Los Angeles area. Here’s a trailer they produced to pitch a reality series. Entitled, “The Professionals” by their own admission, they “do dangerous things.”

New FN SCAR Video From Panteao

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Columbia, SC, March 20, 2014 – Panteao Productions introduces a new DVD from Matt Jacques on the FN SCAR family of weapons. The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Designed during the SCAR competition with the aim to replace the M4 Carbine, there is much still not known about the FN SCAR Family of Weapons. In this video, Matt Jacques dispels the myths and walks you through the performance and contract requirements, comparisons between the SCAR-L (Light), SCAR-H (Heavy), MK20, PDW, and their nomenclature, disassembly and reassembly, maintenance, configurations and accessories.

Matt is a retired police officer and a Marine Corps veteran. He served with two Virginia law enforcement agencies as well as a Special Deputy of the U. S. Marshal Capital Area Fugitive Task Force for the Washington D.C area. After his retirement, Matt worked as the Senior Manager of Assault Weapons for FNH USA. He managed the FN SPR Precision Rifle program; FN Belt fed Weapons section and the SCAR program. Matt was tasked with the user evaluations and teaching the New Equipment Training (NET) for SOCOM and the SCAR family of weapons. Matt left FNH USA in 2006 and returned to training Law Enforcement, this time within the ranks of the Federal Law Enforcement community within the Washington DC area. Today Matt trains both law enforcement personnel and civilians under his company, Victory First.

Whether you have shot a SCAR in the military, own one personally, or are considering adding one to your collection, this is a must have video.

Panteao SCAR

Link to video: – Setcan StressVest System

Friday, March 21st, 2014


This week’s post from covers Setcan’s laser-based StressVest system. A safer option for force-on-force training, the StressVest system consists of a receiver vest that reacts to strikes from laser pulses. A transmitter reads these strikes, and sends signals to a training belt which records the hits, and can be configured to vibrate, or shock the wearer.

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Long Range Operators Challenge – After Action Report

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Roy Lin of Weapon Outfitters attended the recent Long Range Operators Challenge that was held near Colville, Washington, March 7-9, as a non-participant. This AAR consists of his observations at the event, including the weapons he saw were used, the challenges the participants faced, the participants themselves, and his overall experiences.

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A few months ago, I heard about the Long Range Operators Challenge from Tarrol Peterson. Tarrol is a retired Army sniper, who’s had a long and interesting career from going to Somalia with 10th Mountain to being the OIC at the US Army Sniper School. Given his past experience organizing the annual US Army International Sniper Competition as well as his experience working with industry, this competition seemed intriguing.


The competition was designed to challenge shooters equally: the rules required two man teams to utilize whatever equipment they had on hand to engage targets of varying unknown distances in unknown terrain. Seems a simple enough challenge on paper, but field conditions in the north east corner of Washington definitely complicated things. Due to the unpredictability of Washington in Spring, there was a massive amount of snow dumped onto the match location the week before. Additionally, over the course of the match, fast moving low clouds, rain, and quickly shifting wind also proved to be challenges for the participants.

Participants in the competition consisted of US Army members from around the country, international military observers, and civilian teams. Equipment was diverse and a pleasure to see tested. Some teams ran issued equipment such as an M24 (“Where did you manage to get that!?” a RSO and young retired sniper remarked), and a refurbished Mk110 SASS. Non-issued equipment quickly got exotic and expensive. Among the weapons in use I observed: a Nemo Arms semi automatic 300 Win Mag rifle, a Desert Tactical Arms bull pup sniper rifle, a Primary Weapon Systems Mk2 (piston AR-10 variant), and a GA Precision GAP-10. Remington 700s of all flavors from the vanilla to the extensively customized were also in use.

Of note was the civilian teams seemed to have a lot more high speed rifles and gear when compared to the military teams. It made sense given their lack of restriction to military ammunition and equipment supply and logistics. In particular, it became clear that competitors who were able to use more specialized long range rounds had a very large advantage at longer ranges. Civilian long range enthusiasts are free to experiment with ammunition, rifles, gunpowder, primers, and reloading techniques to extract out accuracy that would be hard to issue en masse to military forces.

Teams were required to carry all their equipment between stages, and distance between stages could be deceptively long with elevation changes, snow, wind, and light navigation required. I’d estimate distance between stages to be 400 yards on average: not enough to make this a wholly physical event, but not so easy as so one could lug around needless equipment. Snow shoes were not absolutely required, but definitely helped on a number of stages. Some competitors did well simply with hiking boots, Gaiters and jeans… I went for the whole 9 yards myself with the Salomon Boots, Patagonia Goretex pants, and Arc’Teryx Alpha LT on top of synthetic base layers.

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Targets consisted of AR-500 steel targets in a variety of sizes from small head sized boxes to more traditional USPSA “popper” sized targets at longer ranges. A single laterally moving target on a rail system was also featured, used to maximum effect to challenge shooters. On the first day, it was placed at 485 yards away, moving at roughly 3-4 mph. The lateral movement was an insurmountable challenge to some, and an easily conquered one for those with the equipment and experience to hit moving targets. Each stage was manned by experienced long range enthusiasts of all types, who’ve gone to countless long range matches and served as stage directors as well as target spotters. The personnel intensive nature of this competition was necessary, given the difficulty of spotting and scoring long range shooting matches.

One stage, sponsored by Glock, required shooters to engage pistol targets while moving with a slung rifle, before engaging with rifle targets. Participants were allowed the use of the new Glock 41 long slide .45 ACP pistol. Match volunteers built a fire near this stage, and it became an unofficial break/rest area for support staff who got to handle Silencero suppressors, as well as an M24 outfitted with a Gemtech suppressor BE Meyers was kind enough to bring out.

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The first Long Range Operator’s Challenge was a great event that brought military and civilian long range shooters together, and allowed us to compare and note differences and advantages brought on by different techniques and equipment. I observed that civilian outdoor equipment was largely preferred even by the military teams. As a whole, trained military teams seemed to have an advantage with techniques, and had superior spotter support and fieldcraft in general. Civilian teams had largely superior rifles and ammunition, with all other factors being about equal.

Diamondhead – Safe-T-Gun

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

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Diamondhead Safe-T-Gun

Diamondhead’s Safe-T-Gun is a polymer/composite AR-15 replica with the exact same dimensions as an actual rifle. Its design allows for the installation of actual rifle accessories. This makes it excellent for situations where a real weapon isn’t necessarily required, such as trade shows, product demonstrations, or safety instruction. Components include an upper receiver, lower receiver with buttstock, grip, and magazine, and the Safe-T-Bolt.

Made in the USA. Available in Black or Red finish.

Warrior Expo – Mobile Fitness Equipment

Monday, March 10th, 2014

I remember attending a trade show 10 years ago and seeing the TRX which is a compact workout kit many in the military now deploy with for use in areas with no gun facilities Then, last week, I ran across this black 8′ x 8′ x 8′ shipping container at last week’s Emerald Coast Warrior Expo near Hurlburt Field, Florida. It brings deployable fitness to a whole new level.


The crew set up the self contained Mobile Fitness Unit in a matter of minutes.

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The sides are raised and lowered via an electric winch and cable. A small generator powers the winch as well as electric lights when shore power is unavailable.

MFU Rack

Everything is then easily into place.


While this model was mounted to a trailer (they towed it all the way from their hometown of Boston to Destin, FL), you can easily pick it up and put it down wherever you like, just like other shipping containers.

It literally looks like a gym once it’s fully deployed and serves as a great focal point for deployed fitness.


The Mobile Fitness Unit I saw was fully outfitted with a variety of free weights and Olympic barbells along with Kettlebells, Ropes, Medicine Balls and Gymnastic rings. I also noticed several TRX mounted to the pull up bars which brought this whole thing full circle for me. Ten years ago I picked up a couple of TRX for some teams I was supporting that deployed around Afghanistan. If I were still doing that for a living, I’d certainly take a look at the Mobile Fitness Unit for my deployed troops.

The Mobile Fitness Unit from Greg Monaco on Vimeo.

Death Valley Training Center – Tomahawk Scout School

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014


Death Valley Training Center is now offering a Tomahawk Scout School course, headed by Thomas Moore, co-star of the Discovery Chanel show “Dude You’re Screwed”. The course teaches skills used by the famed Apache Scouts of the U.S. Army.

Through the course, the participant will learn:

- Fundamental Tomahawk Scout skills
- General Wilderness Survival
- Tracking Humans and Animals
- Fire making
- Shelters (natural and man-made)
- Camp selection and setup
- Acquiring and purifying water
- Scout Equipment Selection
- Scout Patrol Food and Cooking
- History of the U.S. Army Apache Scouts

The course teaches traditional skills, along with subjects such as shelters and gear that have been modified to fit with today’s technology.

By graduating from the Tomahawk Scout School, the participant receives:

- An exclusive Tomahawk Scout Tab
- Certificate of Graduation
- Lifetime membership in the Tomahawk Scout Association
- Ongoing Tomahawk Facebook Group Membership, including Q&A with Tom and other graduates
- Eligibility for additional follow up courses to be revealed soon.

The school takes place over a weekend – 2 1/2 days, starting on a Friday afternoon and continuing through Sunday. The current class schedule lists these locations for hosting courses:

-Masardis, Maine
-Frederick, Maryland
-Blacksburg, Virginia
-West Palm Beach, Florida
-St. Augustine, Florida
-Houston, Texas
-Sierra Vista, AZ
-Reno, Nevada
- Palm Springs, California
-Portland, Oregon

Additionally, Death Valley Training Center is also offering a series of 13 online lessons teaching the same skills as the Tomahawk Scout School. This gives students an opportunity to learn the materials at their own pace and without having to take time off from their daily schedules to attend a course.

New Nikki Turpeaux DVD From Panteao

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Columbia, SC, February 24, 2014 – Panteao Productions introduces the first in a series of DVDs with Nikki Turpeaux.

For women interested in concealed carry, this is one of the best videos to start with. Nikki Turpeaux is the Owner/CEO of Archangel Tactical, LLC and Founder of the Get A GRIP™ Ladies Personal Defense & Firearms Training Program. Her training curriculum serves women, men, youth and families in the disciplines of defensive pistol, shotgun, carbine, OC, edged/improvised weapons and unarmed defense training. In this video, Nikki starts you off with the key fundamentals. She walks you through handgun and ammo selection, methods of concealment, training equipment, targets and lethal zones on targets, stance, grip, sight alignment, and more. With this video, you will come away with a solid foundation to start building your skills upon.

The DVD is available for pre-order from the Panteao website. The video will be available streaming to Panteao subscribers shortly.


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