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Costa Visits Poland

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Looks like a great trip.

“If the spoon won’t stand up in your coffee then it isn’t Polish coffee. (Plujka). Working the long gun today and already broke two lugs on a 416HK bolt. Also picked up a polish female.”

James Yeager Responds to Recent Negligent Discharge During Tactical Response Class

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

A few weeks ago we told you about a negligent discharge by an instructor during a Tactical Response pistol class at the Sacrememto Valley Shooting Center in California. Lots has gone on since then and I was remiss in keeping an eye out for a statement from James Yeager. I’d like to apologize for not getting this out sooner. But consider this, the incident reportedly took place on 18 February. My story was on March 3rd, after it had started to become a well known issue on the Internet. Yeager didn’t issue this response until 9 March, a full three weeks after the incident.

Below is the letter he sent to students of that class. It was posted to Facebook on 9 March, 2016.

Hello Alumni,

Well now that you have trained with us you are a part of our family…our big dysfunctional family. As I write this message I haven’t spoken with my crew that taught your Fighting Pistol class in Sacramento but I can still draw a conclusion. One of my instructors, Tim Morris, did something that was not in our curriculum, was not authorized, was not allowed, is not condoned and was very reckless, dangerous and negligent. We are all very fortunate no person was injured.

People from your class are already telling this story on-line and, of course, as it turns from an eyewitness account into gossip the story will get more and more outlandish. One day it will be so preposterous you yourself will have to interject that you were there, and that is not what happened, and you will be scoffed at. Such is life… I thank those of you who have not gone on-line and bashed us.

Well, I certainly cannot take that errant round back but I can deal with the consequences. I can tell you that Tim has never done anything like this before. It is still hard for me to believe he even did it! It is very unlike him but facts are facts. So I am left with what to do with Tim. I simply cannot do “nothing” but what do you do with a devoted employee that has worked very hard to be good at his job that does a hair brained thing like this? It is even tougher when this knucklehead is my friend. We are a close knit team here at Tactical Response.

So I am left with the aftermath to sort through and clean up. I have to decide to fire a guy on his “first offense” or if I should suspend him or make him do remedial training. There are many wrong answers and no 100% right one. Any decision like this weighs heavily on my heart.

I will end with this – I GIVE YOU MY WORD that nothing like this will ever happen again in one of my classes and I SINCERELY APOLOGIZE to every student in that class for his unprofessional display. It was WRONG and will NEVER happen again.


James Yeager

Please visit to read some of the student responses to Yeager’s letter.

Say what you will about the guy but he says what he thinks. But there’s one thing I’d like to address. Although Yeager didn’t name names when he spoke about those who had written stories about the incident he did mention that no one had contacted him. I fully admit that I didn’t. I knew about the incident not long after it happened when a disgruntled student made a post on the Tactical Response forum, Getoffthex. It was quickly deleted so I waited until more evidence was available about the incident. For me, the deleted post was a sign that Tactical Response wanted to sweep it under the rug and I saw no point in getting a statement from them. I’m glad to see James Yeager offer some transparency on the incident. Whether he wants to admit it or not, it does affect the training industry, despite what sounds like an impressive safety record.

I for one don’t want to see him fail. I want the same thing for any firearms instructor, but James Yeager influences a great deal of firearms owners. Instead, I’d like to see James Yeager be the best instructor he can be and to consider that influence when he acts, and to promote positive, responsible firearms ownership in all things.

RE Factor Tactical – Combat Weightlifting Belt

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

The Combat Weightlifting Belt was designed for the CrossFit Athlete or Powerlifter. It offers rigidity but online many belts with a traditional buckle system, the  The Combat Weightlifting Belt has a Velcro system for easy donning and doffing for fast transitions between training movements.

Mil-spec Cordura construction
4.25″ wide
Loop for hanging weight
Heavy duty metal link buckle
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Made in the USA by Brute Force Training

Defoor Proformance Expands to Meet Contract Demands

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Defoor Proformance Shooting provides tactical solutions through training to U.S. military and government entities. Formed in 2010, DPS is a Veteran-Owned Small Business that delivers the most current tactical training and industry consulting available to government agencies, law enforcement officers and military units. DPS specializes in small arms combat marksmanship, modern sniper operations, low visibility operations, surveillance training and battlefield proven room clearing methods. Our instructors are decorated Special Mission Unit combat veterans and LE officers who have served hundreds of high risk warrants. Since 2010 we have trained an average of 1200 students a year serving multiple governments contracts with discretion.

Beginning second quarter 2016 DPS will be expanding our reach and ability to train tactics at multiple locations for both Law Enforcement and the Military while maintaining the high standards and great reputation DPS has developed over the years by the addition of three new employees;

14 years in Special Operations as an operator, 7 of those years in a Special Mission Unit, decorated for Valor in combat multiple times in Iraq and Afghanistan

21 years in Special Operations as an operator, 15 of those years in a Special Mission Unit, decorated for Valor in combat multiple times in Iraq and Afghanistan

21 years in Special Operations an an operator, 13 of those in a Special Mission Unit, decorated for Valor in combat multiple times

VP Kyle Defoor said, “I’ve served with, trained with and taught with Daniel, Alex and Tony. They bring to the company years of combat experience and leadership in battle as well as lessons learned from mission planning and training. They all have a unique ability to transfer that knowledge seamlessly to the student. Their addition and our stable of IC instructors will multiply DPS’s military and LE footprint and also make our services more readily available and more affordable to the individual unit or department.”

To discuss or schedule LE/MIL classes contact

Survival Tactical Systems – STS SMOKECHECK 16-01

Friday, March 4th, 2016


Survival Tactical Systems has announced their latest SMOKECHECK event for 2016. The event is being held on August 5th through 7th at the Side by Side Ranch in Wynnewood, OK. The event is a scenario-driven adventure course designed to push participants to the maximum of their abilities. The course is being led by instructors including Brian Bishop, Vince Vargas, Rudy Reyes, and Nick Koumalatsos, and sponsored by companies including Gerber Gear, Grey Ghost Gear, Beyond Clothing, and TRX Tactical Training.

For more information, and to sign up, visit the link below:

Tactical Response Instructor Has Negligent Discharge Into Student’s Vehicle

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

An unnamed Tactical Response instructor reportedly had a negligent discharge on 18 February, 2016 at the Sacrememto Valley Shooting Center in California into a student’s truck.

The instructor was attempting to make a point by having all of the students throw their pistols to the ground. He then walked upon them telling the class that they were meant to get dirty and be used as tools. When he stepped on his own pistol, it fired and hit the truck. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Although there was some initial information online, it has taken awhile for it to coalesce after some of it was initially removed from select Internet forums. According to this Yelp! review, the truck got two new tires but a student who asked for a refund after witnessing the incident, was denied.


Then, this post appeared on Cal Guns. It verifies that the incident had in fact happened and details the subsequent actions taken by the gun club where the course took place.


This incident could have easily been avoided.

Combat Strength Training by Pat McNamara

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016


Pat Mc just filmed his last CST class. He’ll be releasing video to supplement his Combat Strength Training ebook found on  It’s worth a read.

New Magpul Products Release

Friday, February 26th, 2016


The Magpul DAKA Pouch, designed to bring organization to the dusty, dirty, and muddy world we work and play in.

Made from polymer infused textiles that are welded on all seams and use a genuine YKK water resistant zipper. The construction methods and materials used mean that these pouches are at home in hard use applications like tool storage or bulk storage of your reloaded ammunition as well as lighter duties like organizing your personal electronic accessories. Although these pouches are not 100% water proof (read submersible…) they will keep your items dry under most wet weather situations making them a great choice for most outdoor adventures.

Made in the U.S.A.

· Reinforced polymer fabric with anti-slip texture
· Welded construction creates permanent impenetrable seals
· YKK AquaGuard water repellant zipper
· 550 paracord with heat shrink tubing for enhanced grip, even with gloves
· Paint pen dot matrix debossed into body for identification marking
· Carabiner attachment points


At the Virginia convention held May 1775, The Colony was divided into 16 districts and each district instructed to raise and discipline a battalion of men “to march at a minute’s notice.”

On July 17, 1775 a cadre of 350 men called the Culpeper Minute Men were organized under a large oak tree in “Clayton’s old field”

They adopted uniforms consisting of hunting shirts of strong, brown lines, dyed with an extract of the leaves of trees. On the breast of each shirt was worked in large white letters the words: “LIBERTY OR DEATH.”

Their flag had a rattlesnake with 13 rattles, coiled in the center, ready to strike. Underneath it were the words: “DON’T TREAD ON ME.” On either side were the words: “LIBERTY OR DEATH.” And at the top “THE CULPEPER MINUTE MEN.”

No sooner were they formed than the companies of Culpeper Minute Men were absorbed into regiments of the Continental Line, and by Act of Assembly in October 1776, they were dissolved and merged into the militia. Many went on to serve, and die in places like Valley Forge.

As with much of the art created in an era long before “cut-n-paste”, many versions exist. The snake and the text on the Magpul “Liberty or Death” T-shirt are inspired from some of the more rare versions of this original artwork.


This two day course is designed for anyone looking to learn the skills that it takes to navigate by map and compass in the wilderness. Using a systematic approach, we will introduce you to the lifetime skill of orienteering. As your confidence grows, you will be continuously challenged to move longer distances with more precision, thus increasing your sense of independence in the wilderness. Whether you an outdoor professional, competitive adventure racer or just someone looking for the freedom of knowing where you are in the backcountry, this course will give your skills to never get lost again.


Using the same high quality hardware that comes on our Tejas “El Original” Gun Belt, this hardware kit allows you to change the color of your hardware or upgrade any belt that uses a standard 1-1/2” buckle and two removable screws.

· Tool-free fasteners
· 1-1/2” compatible buckle