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SureFire Field Notes Episode 62: Vehicle Preparedness with Pat McNamara

Patrick McNamara spent 22 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, online, 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) and Sentinel.

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5 Responses to “SureFire Field Notes Episode 62: Vehicle Preparedness with Pat McNamara”

  1. Nicco says:

    That was extremely good advice. In the off chance that Pat reads this thanks for putting out such good info.

    Clients are great at thinking up and trying to prepare for worst-case scenarios but often neglected to think about more common emergencies. Often to their detriment. As great as it may be to have the capability to survive a combo EMP, zombie, and Snowicane Dorva, you’re much more likely to respond to a car accident or a twisted ankle on a trail. ‘Hours not days’ is an excellent way of communicating that point.

  2. Christian Wade says:

    Patrick McNamara makes this world a better place with his presence and his wisdom. Even after my 30+ years of service as a US Marine Infantryman, he teaches or reminds me of something very useful every time I tune in (and that’s often). Thanks, SSD, for sharing this. Knowing we still have Americans like Patrick restores my faith and improves my morale. Just yesterday, as I returned from a short predator hunting trip, I was tired and didn’t feel like topping off my Jeep’s fuel tank before parking it. Alas, I visualized Patrick telling me I was a lazy turd, so I got off my sorry ass and filled up the tank. Prep for combat….always…even in retirement.

  3. Tuukka says:

    Even without anything more serious like wrecks, a good tow rope often comes handy.

    Pulled out a car and a big ass van from the banks this winter already ( 900 Nm helps.. )

  4. Patrick T says:

    This is great advice, especially considering the tons of YouTube experts driving around in lifted crewcab pickups filled to capacity with all kinds of junk, and telling everyone else to do the same.

    I learned to carry tools to get myself out of the trouble when I started biking to school as a kid. Living in the city, I got 3 punctures my first week, now I never go out without a full set of tools and tubes.

    Same goes with the cars, my truck has a full tool bag, jack and jack stand, spare oil, tow rope, and all the other small knick nacks (knife, multitool, flashlight). Not so much because I want to be cool and all, more so because my girlfriend has a tendency to drive into ditches coming home from work, and I only buy cheap, old, and clapped out trucks, so if I wanna make it to where Im going, i better be prepared to wrench on it on the way!

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