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John “Shrek” McPhee Introduces Gunfighter University

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


John McPhee aka Shrek aka Sheriff of Baghdad is a top-tier firearms trainer. Now, he’s launched an entirely new way of providing feedback to shooters. Gunfighter University utilizes analysis of video of the shooter combined with online feedback. McPhee has been using the Coach’s Eye software for several years now and has even been recognized by Coach’s Eye for his innovative methods.

But, Gunfighter U takes the whole thing to a different level. McPhee offers an affordable option for those who can’t make it to a formal class by offering individualized coaching based on the videos you provide. He’ll take a look at the mechanics of your shot (stance, presentation and grip) and recommend changes. Additionally, he continues to offer class enrollment for those so inclined.


His methodology is straight forward. It’s a three-strep process that can be accomplished virtually anywhere you can shoot your firearm and record yourself.


For more information, visit

VetLaunch – Trident Concepts’ Project Neptune

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


Trident Concepts’ has launched a funding campaign on VetLaunch for Project Neptune, an upgraded digital version of the TACOST cards system. It is a cloud based, multiple device community environment that will allow users to track performance history, access to an in-depth training skills library, set personal goals of performance, and network with other users.

A successful crowdfunding campaign will allow Trident Concepts to tentatively release a working product by SHOT Show 2015.

UTM – RBT 7.62mm Non-Lethal Training Ammunition

Friday, August 29th, 2014

UTM 7.62

UTM has just announced their new line of 7.62mm Non-Lethal Training Ammunition. The line includes both 7.62×51 and 7.62×39, available in both loose and linked rounds, and in all four types of UTM RBT NLTA: Silent Blank Round (SBR), Battlefield Blank Round (BBR), Target Bullet Round (TBR), and Man Marker Round (MMR). According to UTM, this is the first 7.62mm Man Marker Round currently available on the market.

In conjunction with the new 7.62mm NLTA, UTM has also developed weapon conversions for the M240B, H&K 417, and FN Minimi, as well as a new UTM dedicated AK47 weapon to be revealed later.

Vickers Tactical – Larry Vickers & Jason Burton 1911 Gunsmithing Class

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

LAV Jason Burton 1911 Gunsmith Class

This is an 6-day 1911 gunsmithing course being taught by Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical and Jason Burton of Heirloom Precision. The course allows students to build a complete custom 1911 from a box of oversize gunsmith fit parts. Fitting an oversize match barrel, slide to frame fit, fitting and blending thumb and grip safeties, trigger job, and complete blending of all components are covered. Additionally, metal checkering is discussed and practiced on a limited scale, along with recommended parts and sources. The course serves as a great introduction to those looking into building custom 1911s.

The course is taking place at Mile High Shooting Accessories in Erie, Colorado, September 28th through October 3rd, 2015. For more information, and to sign up for the course, email with the subject line ‘Sept 28 – Oct 30 Erie Co. 1911 Class’. The class is limited to 7 students, and a specific tool and part list (student supplied) is part of the course.

Alias Training & Security Services Announces Addition Of SGM Daryl Holland As An Instructor

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

This is an announcement from Alias Training & Security Services regarding the recent addition of SGM Daryl Holland as an instructor under their fold.


Alias Training & Security Services is proud to announce the addition of long time Special Operations Veteran & firearms instructor Daryl Holland to our family.

Daryl Holland is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major with over 20 years of active duty experience, 17 of those years in Special Operations. He served five years with the 1st Special Forces Group (SFG) and 12 years in the 1st SFOD-Delta serving as an Assaulter, Sniper, Team Leader, and OTC Instructor.

He has conducted several hundred combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Philippines, and the Mexican Border. In particular, he is the veteran of combat missions in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush Mountains as a Sniper and experienced Mountaineer and on the streets of Baghdad as an Assault Team Leader.

He has a strong instructor background starting as an OTC instructor and since retirement training law abiding civilians, Law Enforcement, U.S. Military, and foreign U.S. allied Special Operations personnel from around the world.

A link to Daryl Holland’s current class schedule can be found here:

OR Summer Market – Athletic Recon

Thursday, August 7th, 2014


California-based Athletic Recon was founded in 2012 by the founder of the Paul Frank brand along with several other guys who shared two things; love of endurance sports and a solid grounding in the textile industry. Turns out they love camouflage as well and you’ll see some interesting new patterns in their brand. Athletic Recon has also started working with wounded warriors to help them in their recovery.

Seen here is the fathom shirt.

The Vest is called the Dogfight.

Clockwise from top right: Ripper Jacket, Mission Short, AWOL Short, Sidewinder Short. All shorts feature four-way stretch.

They’ve already established a solid line of clothing and the Fall 2014 line releases next week.

Haley Strategic – Venti 100 Shot Wake Up Drill

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

In this video, Travis Haley goes over his warm up routine when at the range. It’s designed to help improve performance by focusing on fundamental processes and to prevent getting into training ruts.

88 Tactical Offers Civilian SERE Training

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

First off, I have to address their name. 88 Tactical isn’t some nefarious code for something that would turn my stomach. Started in 2009, it’s made up of guys with a history of public service in the military and law enforcement. They are based in Nebraska and you may have seen them on one of the “survival shelter” shows on cable.

Second, I’ll address what they do. Aside from the usual firearms and tactical training, the guys at 88 Tactical are working to make a name for themselves in the bushcraft and survival arenas. There is definitely a demand for Survival training in the civilian market. But, I’ll address a concern some of you will share with me. 88 Tactical offers what they refer to as SERE training (Survive, Endure, Respond, Excel) but some of their courses, which I won’t cover here, are offered to select LE and civilians only, so this isn’t all open enrollment training. You’ve got to have the credentials to get more in depth training.

Of their offerings, Intro to Survival Skills is a good starting point. It’s a one day course with some basic classroom followed by “dirt time” where you’ll get hands on experience in these areas:

Survival mindset
What to do in a wilderness emergency
Choosing the proper equipment
Personal Survival Kits (PSK)
First Aid Kit (FAK)
Choosing proper cutting tools
Man made fire starters
Safety considerations
Shelter construction
Building fires
Signaling rescuers
Procuring water

SERE Level 1 builds on those basic skills in a two-day course featuring an overnight in a shelter built using techniques taught in the course. Topics include:

Water procurement
Personal protection
Tool care
Land nav and making movement
Weather dependent skills

88 Tactical’s SERE 1, “Rural Ops” from 88 Tactical Group on Vimeo.

SERE Level 2 is an intermediate course that once again takes place in the field over a two-and-a-half period. You have to have completed their Level 1 course and the instruction goes into more depth in these subjects:

Personal Survival Kits (PSK)
First Aid Kit (FAK)
Choosing the proper cutting tools
Safety considerations
Sourcing food and water
Camp selection
Knife and saw use
Knots and hitches

This video, gives you an idea of what this course is about.

88 Tactical’s SERE 2, “Escape from Metropolis” from 88 Tactical Group on Vimeo.

New Instructor At Panteao Productions

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Columbia, SC, July 21, 2014 – Panteao introduces the latest instructor in the Panteao lineup, Freddie Blish from Patriot Products AZ.

Freddie Blish is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Marine Corps, where he served 24 years. He has served multiple combat tours and deployed globally in operational, instructional and advisory capacities. His tours include Iraq, Africa, Korea, Thailand, and Latin America. After his retirement from the Marine Corps, he served as the Director of Military Business Development for Aimpoint, Inc, where he developed an intensive training program on their use by the US Army Regional Training Center firearms instructors, US Army Mountain Warfare School, USAF Para-Rescue, and I Marine Expeditionary Force Advisory Training Teams. He has also worked for LaRue Tactical, and as a private contractor handling high-risk clients domestically and overseas.

Freddie is an Adjunct Instructor at Gunsite Academy, Inc. He has been providing high quality instruction to Military, Law Enforcement and the Private sector for over to twenty years. He has also been a technical advisor pertaining to military optics for several television shows and movies.

Freddie continues to work in the firearms industry as the General Manager for The ROBAR Companies, Inc. He is also the owner and CEO of Patriot Products AZ, LLC, the manufacturer of the Combat Optic Tool and the Combat Optic Tool – Optimized.

Panteao just completed the first title with Freddie on combat optics and it’s now in post-production.


Link to instructor page:

Panteao Productions – New Video With Nikki Turpeaux

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Columbia, SC, July 15, 2014 – Panteao introduces the third video title with Nikki Turpeaux: Survivor’s Mindset for Ladies.

Going to the range and learning how to accurately fire a pistol or revolver is only the first step in learning concealed carry. In Survivor’s Mindset for Ladies, Nikki Turpeaux walks you through other important considerations like situational awareness, maintaining an aware lifestyle, online hazards, kids and field trips, camps and school safety, survivor’s mindset and more. 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. This is a straight forward lesson from Nikki to you that will get you thinking and help you be better prepared moving forward.

The DVD is available for pre-order. Panteao Subscribers can watch the video online now.

Nikki Turpeaux

Link to video: