Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Costa Ludus – New 2017 Training Dates Added

Sunday, February 19th, 2017


Costa Ludus has added new training dates for various classes in multiple states.

Long Range Semi-Automatic
September 1-3, 2017 – Thayne, WY

Handgun Elements Theory 1
September 5-7, 2017 – Thayne, WY
October 24-26, 2017 – Camden, TN

Carbine Elements Theory 1
October 28-30, 2017 – Camden TN

GAOS – Triumph Systems

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Triumph Systems is new to me and I always enjoy encountering new companies, particularly those owned by fellow Veterans. In this case, Triumph Systems is owned by former SEAL Jared Ogden. You may remember him from National Geographic Channel’s “Ultimate Survival Alaska”. They make a bunch of different training targets for both tactical and hunting.

For this article, I’ll stick to the Pivotal Trainer which is used in conjunction with two-sided targets, featuring threat and non-threat scenarios.

The lightweight target frame can be used with the included legs or hung in doorframes or other areas. When mounting, just remember that the target will be turning around. All told, it weighs 13 lbs so it’s not bad to carry around on the range when setting up for new scenarios.

The Pivotal Trainer has three positions, with the home position presenting the target perpendicular to the shooter.


The wireless controller can be set for automatic or manual mode.

Kris “Tanto” Paronto Joins Panteao Instructors

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Columbia, SC, February 7, 2017 – Panteao Productions is happy to announce an addition to the Panteao instructor lineup. Panteao will be introducing new videos with instructor Kris “Tanto” Paronto.

Kris Paronto is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world.

Mr. Paronto was part of the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11th, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members.

Mr. Paronto served 4 years in the US Army and an additional 4 years in the US Army National Guard reaching the rank of Sergeant then becoming a commissioned officer in 2003. He started contracting for Blackwater Security Consulting in 2003 and continued to deploy on various security contracts, to include the Global Response Staff until 2013.

“We’re very happy to be working with Tanto on new instructional videos that he’ll be featured in. Tanto came highly recommended and after meeting him in person, I knew we made the right decision,” said Fernando Coelho, President of Panteao Productions.

The first video title with Panteao from Kris is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to be filmed in March 2017. For more info on Kris you can visit his website at:

You can find Kris on the Panteao website here:

HPG Longhouse – Practical Firecraft

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

The Hill brothers are skilled outdoorsmen who create great videos to share yheir wealth of knowledge. This episode shows the pros and cons of using a wood fire in the backcountry and offers a demonstration of how to start and maintain one in the most efficient manner.

SureFire Field Notes – Scott Reitz

Tuesday, February 7th, 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, Scott Reitz of ITTS discusses the jungle trail.

Scott Reitz is a 30 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police department. Scott received his Bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico and shortly thereafter joined the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department. During his first few years, he worked both Wilshire and Van Nuys divisions as a heroin expert and a member of the Special Problems Unit. He was accepted into the elite Metropolitan Division a few years later and remained there for the duration of his career. Shortly after his acceptance into Metro he advanced into ‘D’ platoon (SWAT). He remained there for ten years until he was upgraded as the primary firearms and tactics instructor for the whole of Metro division and all LAPD advanced in-service firearms/tactics training. He was additionally in charge of advanced training for specialized units such as gangs, LAFD arson, anti-terrorist division, S.I.S., Internal Affairs follow teams as well as all 19 geographical divisions among others. Scott was an adjunct instructor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s SRT III program and one of the founders of the US Marine Corps SOTG program in Camp Pendleton, California. He has trained and worked with U.S. Army Delta, Naval Special Warfare’s Team 6 and Air Task Force assets that support special operations. He is also one of a very few instructors who is a Federal and Superior Court qualified expert in deadly force, training, safety and police tactics. He has testified and consulted in the defense of police, F.B.I., U.S. Secret Service, and B.A.T.F. as well as many high profile cases.

DTF Tips – Magazine Change

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Mateusz Kanigowski from the Polish firm Designed To Fight, recently created the first of a series of weapon handling tips.

What do you think?

Urban Operator – Wrist Straps

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Wrist Wraps provide additional wrist support anytime you need it. These affordable but durable wraps are made from a Mil-spec webbing. Use them for greater wrist stability anytime you are pressing or going overhead during weightlifting, powerlifting, and strongman training.

Sold in Pairs
22″ in length
Width: 2” inches
Hook and Loop Closure
Thumb loop

Available is several patterns.

Blue Can Training Solutions

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Blue Can Training Solutions is home to the Blue Can, a training tool for marking munitions training. The Blue Can, which simulates the size and length of a real suppressor, is a training replacement for an actual suppressor, so that the rifle is the same exact length in sims training as it would be in the real world. Universally mounts to any standard size muzzle brake or flash hider which accepts a suppressor. Blue Can Training Solutions philosophy is simple: Train the way you fight.

Fort Benning TV Presents – Shooter’s Corner: Barricades

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Part One

SSG Andrew McElroy of the Army Marksmanship Unit discusses proper techniqiue when shooting from barricades.

Part Two

The AMU’s SSG Luis Saucedo and SFC Christopher Toepfer demonstrate proper technique for approaching and shooting from barricades in the standing and kneeling positions.

Source Recon Presents: Frank Proctor of Way of The Gun (WOTG)

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Source Recon is a source for helping shooters connect with trainers and resources to find different genres of training that suits their needs. They’ve partnered up with Frank Proctor to provide such training.

For more information about Frank Proctor and the classes he offers, visit:

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