Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Combat Strength Training Launches New Web Site/ Training Platform

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Most SSD readers know Patrick “Mac” McNamara from his series of Gunfighter Moments he has shared on behalf of Alias Training & Security Services. Now, Mac has launched a new website for his Combat Strength Training (CST) methodology. CST is a fitness training methodology Mac developed as a result of his time spent in the US Army Special Operations community during his twenty-two year career there. The approach retrofits the Combat Chassis (a.k.a. the body) so that it performs with maximum efficiency at maximum capacity.

In addition to a new layout, the new site offers five (5) new training modules for members. 

1. Explainer/ How-To videos: In process of building an expansive library of explainer videos to break down the CST exercise movements to help you get the most out of your workouts. Pat also goes into detail regarding “why we do this” in the context of its tactical application in the combat / real-world environment.

2. Workout Program Templates (a.k.a. Chassis Guides): Initially a 4-week on-ramp workout program template for each of the four (4) Combat Chassis Types will be released. These on-ramp workout programs were developed in conjunction with an elite strength and conditioning coach based on the CST methodology and will jump start your training for your Combat Chassis upgrade.

3. Members Blog: This is not some half-baked corporate-sounding blog with weak and generic content. Every week the cadre of expert contributors will be opening up the CST toolbox of premium articles to help you keep your Combat Chassis tuned up. Some articles are free to the public.

4. Full-Length CST Seminar: The full-day CST Seminar (4+ hours of instruction) taught by Pat is now available on streaming video. This is for those who want to go behind the scenes of CST and get a ton of new content never released publicly until now.

5. Live Monthly Webinars with Pat: Participate in a live Q&A Webinar with Pat every month. In these hour-long webinars multiple topics will be discussed related to: combat applications of CST, performance-based training methodology, mindset, the various Combat Chassis types, programming, nutrition, prehab/ injury prevention, preparation for various military selection programs, and much more!

To learn more about these new training modules and the CST methodology, go to

Action Target Opens Registration for 2016 Law Enforcement Training Camp

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

PROVO, Utah – June 7, 2016 – Action Target Inc., the leading manufacturer of shooting ranges, today announces the opening of registration for their highly anticipated annual Law Enforcement Training Camp (LETC), which will be held September 12–16, 2016.

Now in its 24th year, LETC brings world-class instructors and a superior training curriculum to over 140 firearms trainers at a week-long, fast paced, high volume shooting camp. LETC is designed to aid firearms instructors from across the country in their training effectiveness allowing them to pass those skills along to officers in their respective agencies. 

“LETC is a way for Action Target to give back to the LE community. It is extremely rewarding to hear the high praise and positive feedback from LETC attendees each year. LETC intensifies our commitment to continuously improve our training programs and products,” said Kevin Tomaszewski Action Target V.P. of Engineering and Marketing.

LETC instructors are some of the best in the industry. Instructors are hand picked from some of the most respected training institutions in the world and courses are chosen and developed to address the current needs of modern law enforcement agencies.

This year’s curriculum includes the following courses:

    Shoot Fast and Move with Kyle Schmidt
    Reactive Shooting with Todd Haller
    Rapid Deployment Patrol Rifle with Steve Horsman
    Master Pistol Instructor with Tony Caspers
    LE Bullets & Vehicles with Tony Caspers
    Low Light Tactics & Force on Force with Wes Doss
    Shoot House Instructor with Neil Honkala
    Ultimate Shotgun with Brian Hoffner
    LE Precision Rifle, instructor TBA

“What separates LETC from other schools and courses is the depth of skill, knowledge, and passion for learning and teaching that comes together each year at LETC” said Seth Ercanbrack, Marketing Communications Manager at Action Target.

With new and improved course curriculums and the introduction of vendor demonstrations, this year promises to be better than ever. The range at LETC is equipped with the latest advanced target systems by Action Target allowing participants to train on world class facilities including a shoot house, reactive steel bobber range, turning targets, runners, and the worlds best portable steel targets. LETC has built a long-standing reputation for great training, great people, great food, and the best value anywhere.

Participants will also have the opportunity to put their skills to the test in the annual Cory Wride Memorial Match for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights.

Agencies and trainers who would like to attend LETC are encouraged to register quickly to ensure space is available in desired courses. Attendance is capped at 140 participants and sells out quickly each year. Full course descriptions and registration information can be found at

Alpha Bravo Creations – Kids Tactical Hand Signals

Friday, May 27th, 2016


Looking to teach your offspring some tactical hand signals, for operations such as capture the flag, king of the hill, or overthrowing a third world dictatorship? Then you might want to pick up Alpha Bravo Creations’ Kids Tactical Hand Signals set. It consists of fifty (50) 4″ x 3″ black and white cards, featuring hand signals from the U.S. Army’s Arm-and-Hand Field Signal paired with signs from American Sign Language. The cards come complete in a tuck box, for easy storage.

You can pick them up at

NRA – Barrel Blok

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Barrel Blok is a firearms safety device, designed to allow the use of standard firearms in close quarter training situations such as grappling and arrest procedures. It is inserted into the chamber and out through the barrel and completely blocks the chamber. Additionally, there is a cap for the magazine so that no rounds can be inserted.

Although the Barrel Blok comes in a long length, the plastic, flexible rod construction is intended to extend 1/2″ past the end of the barrel once fully seated in the chamber. The user clips the end of the Barrel Blok based on the firearm it is used with. This length allows it to be used with most any holster. The high visibility orange color also makes it easy to verify by instructors as well as other trainees that the barrel is blocked.  

Additionally, the device has other features that facilitate realistic training.  It is designed to engage the pistol’s extractor so the slide must be sufficiently racked and the material works as a firing pin strike face.  

They’ve also just launched a version for rifles.

The design is the same, it’s longer to accommodate the increased barrel length, although, it’s important to mention that Barrel Bloks are not one-size-fits-all. Rather, they are offered in different calibers do that you get a sealed chamber.  In the image below, the Barrel Blok is not seated completely.

Vertx Announces Victory First as a Preferred Training Provider

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Cincinnati, Ohio, May 18, 2016 – Vertx®, a premier tactical and outdoor brand of apparel and gear, announced today its expanded partnership with Victory First, a leader in law enforcement, firearms training and consulting. The partnership will focus on utilization of Victory First’s expertise in tactics and training, while incorporating the Vertx line of concealed carry bags and packs for real world use. Additionally, Victory First will conduct training classes for Vertx, which will include relevant tactical applications.

“We’re excited to expand our business relationship with Matt Jacques and Victory First as a preferred training provider for Vertx’s EDC line of bags and packs,” says Darrell Morrow, Vice President of Vertx. “Matt brings a wealth of professional and industry knowledge that is essential for today’s prepared professional. His leadership through Victory First will help us ensure that all of our customers have access to the most relevant, useful training that complements the Vertx line of products.”

The Vertx line of EDC bags and packs is feature-rich and specifically designed to accommodate concealed carry in everyday life application. As a design consultant on all of the bags, Matt has intimate knowledge of their use in the field, and in everyday life when proper training and tactics are coupled with the right products.

“I believe in the products that Vertx brings to market, and I have been proud to have been involved as a consultant, so partnering with them from a training standpoint was a natural fit,” says Matt Jacques, Victory First Owner. “I am extremely picky about the products I use; and professional end users will tell you that having training with the right products can be the difference in a win or lose situation. The training we offer through Victory First will help our customers become more efficient and confidently reliant on the products they trust.”

Victory First will also manage a Train-The-Trainer program for Vertx that will help educate its sales force, dealer network and key customer groups on the design potential and benefits of training with Vertx products.

Crimson Trace Conducts Classes Across America

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Crimson Trace Classroom range training

(Wilsonville, OR)—Crimson Trace, the world’s most recognized and purchased brand of laser sights and tactical light systems for self-defense firearms, has opened the doors of gun shop and range classrooms across America. The new Crimson Trace Classroom™ program has already graduated nearly 1,000 students with more classes scheduled. Those class graduates work at the counters of stores and ranges from the Carolinas to California—and all points between.

The educational and informative two-part classroom includes an in-class session where students learn details about lasers, Crimson Trace product categories, and much more. Participating students learn about laser sight fundamentals, accuracy, protection, training and improving confidence.

A second segment of the Crimson Trace Classroom training places students on the gun range where they shoot revolvers equipped with Crimson Trace laser sights. One segment of this intense range session includes shooting with glasses specially designed to inhibit vision, and the students learn to rely on the laser sight for aiming. It’s a very popular course that helps gun shop staff better discuss laser sights with customers—and those discussions are based on experience. Stores that have included the FREE training for staff are reporting better prepared staff—and better served customers. The staff who complete the course also receive a certificate suitable for framing.

Stores and gun ranges interested in scheduling a FREE Crimson Trace Classroom event are encouraged to call 800-442-2406. Most classes are conducted by the eight Crimson Trace regional sales managers located across America along with other Crimson Trace staff.

For more than two decades, Wilsonville, Oregon based Crimson Trace has provided America’s gun owners, and military units and law enforcement officers around the globe, with the world’s largest selection of award-winning laser sights and tactical light products. Crimson Trace now offers more than 225 products and is widely recognized as the world’s leading brand of laser sights for firearms. Full details can be obtained by visiting or by calling 800-442-2406.

Get Off The X: Lessons Learned From The Ambushed Orange County Deputies

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Last month, deputies from the Orange County Sherriff’s Department responded to a possible suicide call. One minute after arriving on scene, a man with an assault rifle ambushed the deputies.

Recognizing their tactical disadvantage, the deputies minimized their silhouette and maneuvered out of the kill zone. The deputies involved stated, “We did what we had to do to survive. Training just kicked in.”

Recently released dash-cam footage of this event is so powerful because it demonstrates why we must model flat range training after what actually happens in the real world. If the deputies involved had subscribed to the trendy and unproven methods being pushed on law enforcement (i.e. “stacking pillars”, and treating windshields as cover) disaster would have ensued.

Outstanding performance gentlemen.

Portions of this article appeared first at

Author Aaron Barruga is the founder of Guerrilla Approach LLC.

US Army Publishes Updated TC 3-22.9, Rifle and Carbine

Friday, May 13th, 2016

This morning, the US Army published the highly anticipated revision to FM 3-22.9 last updated in 2008.

(Click on cover to download .pdf from US Army server)

The Introduction explains the Training Circular’s organization.

This manual is comprised of nine chapters and five appendices, and is specifically tailored to the individual Soldier’s use of the M4- or M16-series weapon. 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 the weapon, aiming devices, mountable weapons, and accessories associated with the rifle and carbine. 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. Finally, appendix E of this publication, is provided at a common location in this and future weapons publications to provide a common location for reference.

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

There’s lots of info in this TC but the Army’s biggest epiphany may be found at the bottom of this page in Chapter 6.