Gunfighter Moment – Pat McNamara

“As you plan out your training strategy keep in mind that limits begin where vision ends. When it comes to teaching and learning, I believe that without attitude, aptitude and desire lives a fault line where information meets its boundary.

Whether training for street fighting, shooting or fitness, you must believe in yourself. The mind navigates the body. In other words, how you think will determine how you perform. A positive self image and confidence increase one’s ability to perform. Your goals should be ambitious but realistic. Set short term intermediate goals to assist you in meeting your long term ambitious goals.”

Patrick McNamara
SGM, US Army (Ret)

Patrick McNamara spent twenty-two years in the United States Army in a myriad of special operations units. When he worked in the premier special missions unit, he became an impeccable marksman, shooting with accurate, lethal results and tactical effectiveness. McNamara has trained tactical applications of shooting to people of all levels of marksmanship, from varsity level soldiers, and police officers who work the streets to civilians with little to no time behind the trigger.

His military experience quickly taught him that there is more to tactical marksmanship than merely squeezing the trigger. Utilizing his years of experience, McNamara developed a training methodology that is safe, effective and combat relevant and encourages a continuous thought process. This methodology teaches how to maintain safety at all times and choose targets that force accountability, as well as provides courses covering several categories, including individual, collective, on line and standards.

While serving as his Unit’s Marksmanship NCO, he developed his own marksmanship club with NRA, CMP, and USPSA affiliations. Mac ran monthly IPSC matches and ran semi annual military marksmanship championships to encourage marksmanship fundamentals and competitiveness throughout the Army.

He retired from the Army’s premier hostage rescue unit as a Sergeant Major and is the author of T.A.P.S. (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting).

Gunfighter Moment is a weekly feature brought to you by Alias Training & Security Services. Each week Alias brings us a different Trainer and in turn they offer some words of wisdom.

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13 Responses to “Gunfighter Moment – Pat McNamara

  1. Haji says:

    I love how the explanations of who’s authoring the Gunfighter Moments are 200 times longer than the wisdom of the Moments themselves. the GM columns are always useful, insightful and thought provoking with just a few words.

    • SSD says:

      Unfortunately, since these guys were all ‘Quiet Professionals’ when they served, few people know who they are.

      • Mohican says:

        I don’t need to know too much about them. Just having heard about them from the mouth of good guys is enough. They really know what they are talking about and that can be learned just by reading their words here.

        Thank you so much to SSD for sharing this.

  2. 45ACP says:

    Enough with these already. Two paragraphs of wisdom, followed by four paragraphs of his resume. How much is he paying you for front and center advertising?

    • SSD says:

      They aren’t paying me a fucking cent. It’s my way of paying them back for sharing their knowledge with my readers. It was my choice to put their backgrounds there so that jackasses who can’t tell good advice when they read it will be impressed by a resume and take it anyway. The kind of guys who worry about who is making money instead of accepting good advice.

      • Leo says:

        Well said. Advice is the biggest key to this, it is up to the user to find out who is credible or not. SSD is just backing that for you. Everyone thinks this industry is just ran by money but there are some that really care about training and survival skills.

    • mike says:

      First of all, who are you? What makes you think you can come on a man’s site and tell him how to write articles?

      Secondly, the resume is important to folks who don’t know who this guy is and why they should care. It validates the the man, the post, and the information contained within. The post is just as much to tell folks what’s new as it is to tell folks what’s established.

      If you want to see who pays Admin for advertising, look to the right of the page. That string of banners is for advertisers. The articles are to inform and bring people to the site.

  3. Paul says:


    In a world training world full of posers, complete fakes, and done nothings who fill the internet with how to make you a “Warrior” or how to “Fight” and listing a REAL resume gets poo-poo?

    It’s a joke.

    If everyone in this business had to list their resume BEFORE they ran their mouth this would be a very different industry.

  4. Nick says:

    I agree you can give advice all day but unless you have the credentials to back it up, it doesn’t mean squat. That’s why the credentials are posted.. great job SSD!!

  5. Chris says:

    Shrek’s Mad Minute and DF Dirty Dozen were articles that I would like to see more of on SSD.

  6. Phil Hagoes says:

    I wanted to say thank you for posting these short motivational articles. They get to the point and apply to all tactical aspirations and goals. Please keep the wisdom coming. Thanks again SSD!

  7. It’s so you don’t go to a combat rifle or pistol course from some guy who spent 12 years in the Coast Guard! If you want to witness a guy going through a mid life crisis and play a long with him as he goes through it, then go to the Coasty course. If you want to learn from someone who spent a career living and breathing at the tip of the spear then you might want to check this course out.

    If you want to learn how to drive a boat then this course might not be for you…

    Have a good one,

  8. Ted says:

    Man, to all those people weary of fakes trying to take your money…..Mac is not that one! To all the sceptics I guess you have nothing better to do. I was lucky to meet Mac about six years ago. His knowledge, drive, and passion about training make you want to go,go,go! He probably thought I was some freak. Every class he put on and I was able to attend, I did.

    In May of this year I came face to face, and was behind the curveball, with a bad guy in a shoot out. I have no doubt training saved my life.