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SIG SAUER Academy Presents Shooter’s Edge: An Online Fundamental Handgun Training Series

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

NEWINGTON, N.H., (January 14, 2020) – SIG SAUER Academy is pleased to present Shooter’s Edge…Learning to Shoot at SIG SAUER Academy a new video series that gives viewers an inside look at the foundational handgun classes offered at the world renown SIG SAUER Academy.  The ten-episode series takes viewers into the classroom and onto the range as the instructors walk through the fundamentals of handgun safety, shooting techniques, practice and training exercises, along with instruction in equipment options and handgun selection. The series was shot on location during several of the Academy’s introductory classes.


“With over 8 million new gun owners in 2020, we have seen an extraordinary demand for the foundational handgun courses at SIG SAUER Academy,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc.“. The Shooter’s Edge series is a unique opportunity for these new gun owners, those wanting to take a beginner handgun class, or the experienced shooter looking to review basic training techniques straight from SIG SAUER Academy featuring our world-renowned instructors.”

The Shooter’s Edge series premieres today across all SIG SAUER Academy social media channels (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) and includes the following episodes: Learn to Shoot at SIG SAUER Academy, Basic Rules of Safety, Types of Handguns and Ammunition, Foundational Shooting Techniques, How to Practice and Train Effectively, Choosing the Right Gun, Equipment and It’s Purpose, Holsters, Presentation, and Recovery, Magazines, Loading and Unloading, and What Happens After Learning to Shoot at SIG SAUER Academy. The entire series is available on YouTube, and each week a new episode will be featured for the duration of the series.

Shooter’s Edge is presented by SIG SAUER Academy, a 140-acre firearms training facility catering to everyone from beginners to experts, located in Epping, New Hampshire. To learn more about SIG SAUER Academy or review the in-depth course outline, visit sigsaueracademy.com.

Kyle Defoor Shoots a 665 out of 700 on the “Humbler” Pistol Qual

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Kyle Defoor shot an impressive 665 on the 700 point “Humbler” Pistol Qual using a Staccato C2 with iron sights.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Humbler, it’s also called the 700 point aggregate. It was created by Larry Vickers while he was with SFOD-D.

The qualification consists of 70 rounds fired on NRA B-8 bullseye targets at a range of 25 yards. A fresh target is used for each string to minimize scoring errors. Rounds impacting outside the marked scoring zones are zero points.

-Stage 1: Slow Fire
–10 rounds
–time limit: ten minutes

-Stage 2: Timed Fire from the holster
–5 rounds
–freestyle from the holster
–time limit: 20 seconds
–repeat a second time for total of 10 rounds fired

-Stage 3: Rapid Fire from the holster
–5 rounds
–freestyle from the holster
–time limit: 10 seconds
–repeat a second time for total of 10 rounds fired

-Stage 4: SHO Slow Fire
–5 round
–strong hand only
–time limit: five minutes

-Stage 5: SHO Timed Fire from the holster
–5 rounds
–strong hand only from the holster
–time limit: 20 seconds

-Stage 6: SHO Rapid Fire from the holster
–5 rounds
–strong hand only from the holster
–time limit: 10 seconds

-Stage 7: WHO Slow Fire
–5 rounds
–weak hand only
–time limit: five minutes

-Stage 8: Kneeling Slow Fire
–5 rounds
–kneeling freestyle
–time limit: five minutes

-Stage 9: Kneeling Timed Fire from the holster
–5 rounds
–begin standing, draw and kneel at buzzer
–time limit: 20 seconds

-Stage 10: Prone Slow Fire
–5 rounds
–prone freestyle
–time limit: five minutes

-Stage 11: Prone Timed Fire from the holster
–5 rounds
–begin standing, draw and go prone at buzzer
–time limit: 20 seconds

As far as I know, no one has ever made a perfect score on this qualification.

Check Kyle out on Instagram @defoorproformanceshooting.

New York Division of Criminal Justice Services Approves SIG SAUER Academy Semi-Automatic Pistol Instructor Courses

Monday, January 11th, 2021

NEWINGTON, N.H., (January 11, 2020) – SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has approved the SIG SAUER Academy Semi-Automatic Pistol Instructor Course for their Armed Guard Instructors. The New York DCJS is a statewide multi-function support agency.

“SIG SAUER Academy provides the finest firearms and tactics training available worldwide, and we are proud to have our curriculum recognized by the New York DCJS. Our team of world class instructors have a broad range of backgrounds with the unique ability to deliver the best training experience to support the agencies programming,” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales.

SIG SAUER Academy Semi-Automatic Pistol Instructor Course offers effective teaching methods in the practical application and use of a pistol. The course covers the teaching of marksmanship fundamentals, coaching techniques, practical application drills, and developing courses of fire. The curriculum provides a solid foundation for a civilian based pistol training program.

“SIG SAUER is honored to have this opportunity to partner with the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services and support their mission to enhance public safety by providing resources and services,” concluded Taylor.

To learn more about SIG SAUER Academy and review the in-depth course outlines visit sigsaueracademy.com.

Kestrel Ballistics Hosting Weather Meter Virtual Course This Week

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Kestrel Ballistics is holding a Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter virtual training course on Thursday, January 7th at 1 PM EST.

The class will be conducted by expert team lead, Katie Godfrey.

Class topics include:
-Building a gun profile
-Applied Ballistics custom curves
-Truing Muzzle Velocity
-Drop Scale Factor Calibration
-LiNK Bluetooth Capabilities – Connecting to the app, laser range finders, and the HUD Heads Up Display
-Accuracy 1st – overview of page settings and available features
-Shortcuts for engaging movers and ranging targets
-Using Max Point Blank Range

To sign up for the class, please visit kestrelballistics.com/classes.

Always Ready: 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Executes Negatively Pressurized Conex-Lite Training Mission

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021


The 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron held a COVID-19 patient movement training using the Negatively Pressurized Conex-Lite at Ramstein Air Base, Dec. 14-18.

The week-long training ended with a proof-of-concept flight on a C-130J Super Hercules, solidifying the entire process of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa COVID-19 patient transfer capabilities for the 86th Airlift Wing.

“It was the first time an NPC-L has taken off, at least in U.S. European Command, having a training mission on it, all the assets, and coordinating the integration from the ground piece to the in-flight piece,” said Capt. JD Pilger, 86th AES training flight commander. “Previously, everything was done on the ground, so this is a big deal. The capstone for the week was getting this thing airborne and proving this concept and capability for EUCOM.”

Operations such as these are historically placed within the Air Mobility Command, specifically at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. The initial force training was only conducted there for the entire Air Force, which would then piece together teams and send on deployments to provide this capability operationally.

In July, however, AMC started a flagship initiative to send certified trainers to Ramstein AB to certify 86th Medical Group and 86th AES personnel to be the initial cadre on the NPC-L. This established an organic capability located overseas, therefore widening the pool of certified personnel to the force, said Maj. Josh Williams, 86th AES operations flight commander.

From the 721st Aerial Port Squadron, loading the NPC-L onto the aircraft to the 86th MDG and 86th AES infectious disease team ensuring proper personal protective equipment was worn during each scenario, multiple units were called upon to contribute to the training.

“The training was for developing another force package for the 86th AW, to enable us to move COVID-positive patients utilizing the NPC-L,” Pilger said. “The force package entails members from the 86th MDG, the 86th AES and additional folks over at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, such as our Critical Care Air Transport Team.”

The NPC-L is a smaller version of the Negatively Pressurized Conex, an isolated containment chamber intended to transport individuals with infectious diseases like COVID-19. While the NPC is used on C-17 Globemaster III, the NPC-L was developed for use on a C-130J.

“Pursuant to a U.S. Transportation Command joint urgent operational need request, (the NPC) was fielded, and the follow on to that was the NPC-L,” Williams said. “That is what we’ve now developed our teams and force packages within the 86th AW to support. (The NPC) is actually loadable on a C-130 and can transport patients in EUCOM, as well as U.S. Africa Command.”

Up to nine ambulatory patients, four litter patients, two CCATT critical care patients, or variations thereof, can be transported in the NPC-L.

During the training, Airmen were presented with various patient-transfer scenarios and worked together to execute the mission both on the ground and in the air.

“It was a true team sport throughout the whole thing,” said Capt. Zachary Gooch, 86th AES operations support flight commander. “We could not have done it without the support from Air Terminal Operations Center, maintenance or the medical group.”

Having this organic capability enables Ramstein to provide COVID-19 patient movement overseas without the need for assets deployed from AMC.

“I think we proved that this can be done without having a deployed asset that rolls in and sets up shop,” Gooch said. “We did it, basically, from grassroots.”

By SrA John R. Wright, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Petzl Launches Technical Partner Program and PTI Website

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

Petzl is excited to announce the launch of our Petzl Technical Partner Program and all-new Petzl Solutions Website.

The Petzl Technical Institute, located at our North American headquarters in Salt Lake City, serves as a center for knowledge, discussion, and creating solutions for those who work or play in the vertical world. Our goal is to share our technical expertise to help you reduce the risks involved with moving efficiently at height. For up to date course offerings, click here, or email [email protected].

Petzl Technical Partners (PTPs) are recognized companies or individuals that provide exceptional, specialized training in vertical environments. You may locate a PTP near you and learn about how Petzl solutions are integrated into their systems and curricula on our website below. For more specific inquiries, contact our PTP Program Manager at [email protected].

Virtual Reality Battlefield Technology Designed to Train Military Leaders

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A new and modern approach to understanding battlefield history may soon help prepare future military leaders in the U.S.

Purdue University innovators have developed battlefield simulation technology that they used to produce a virtual reality tour of the D-Day beaches in Normandy, France.

“We have worked with military education partners to refine our virtual reality technology to provide a useful tool for future military leaders,” said Sorin Adam Matei, a professor of communication and associate dean in Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts. “We apply what we know from the field of physics and treat the virtual soldiers almost like liquids that are interacting on the battlefield. Military educators can use this tool to teach future leaders lessons learned from historic battles in a visually exciting way that brings them to life for the students.”

Their work is part of the FORCES (4S) – Strategy, Security and Social Systems Initiative in Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts. More information is available at purdue.university/forces.

The initiative supports the use of social scientific research in strategy and security activities to shape long-range and global military, political and organizational decision-making for a just, stable and secure world. Other members of the team are Jonathan Poggie, a professor of engineering; Robert Kirchubel, an educator and retired Army lieutenant colonel; and Matthew Konkoly, a research assistant.

The team at FORCES is working to bring the project to partners at the U.S. Air Force Air War College, located at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Each spring, the Air War College holds an annual Grand Strategy Seminar, usually traveling to Normandy as part of the curriculum.

“We’re exploring a new approach to group behavior that has the potential to significantly change wargaming and crisis management,” Poggie said. “I’m enthusiastic about bringing to bear some of the techniques we’ve developed in aerodynamics and high-performance computing on military decision making.”

Purdue University innovators have developed battlefield simulation technology that they used to produce a virtual reality tour of the D-Day beaches in Normandy, France. (Image provided)

The FORCES team also is working on a battlefield simulation of the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. They have formed a startup called FORCES Inc. to help commercialize the technology.

“A key aspect is creating and sharing new ways to teach military history, plus to further study and understanding of the military arts and sciences,” Kirchubel said. “I’m most excited about the project’s potential: to turn the clock back, yet display a famous battle in a technologically leading-edge fashion in order to bring military history alive to a new generation of students and scholars.”

The team worked with the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization to patent this technology.

The researchers are looking for partners to continue developing their technology. For more information on licensing and other opportunities, contact Matt Halladay at OTC at [email protected].

Clint Smith Narrates “Urban Rifle 2, Close Combat Conflict Resolution”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Clint Smith narrates an MP3 version of his latest book, “Urban Rifle 2, Close Combat Conflict Resolution,” in his own unique style. This version offers bonus content for every chapter, aide stories and real world Clintisms throughout the audio files.

Click here to listen to a preview.

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