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GunMag Warehouse Launches Training Division

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

Carrying a gun is (or should be) a gestalt of conditions, not just a mastery of marksmanship. It’s as much about being a good human being, controlling emotions, and practicing compassion as it is honing weapon manipulation skills and practicing situational awareness. A responsible armed citizen doesn’t need to be a Tier One Ninja, but does need to be ready for the hard part.

And the hardest part of any defensive shoot occurs prior to and after the trigger press.

GunMag Warehouse is proud to announce the launch of GunMag Training.

GMT will be the instructional arm of GMW. It will be led by Daniel Shaw, formerly of Shaw Strategies and the USMC. Additional cadre members will be announced in the coming months.

“The more I learn, the more I understand that being less wrong every day is the best that I can hope for. I tell my students this and want them to understand that there are no absolutes, there is no one way or one magic technique that works for everyone in every situation.” Daniel Shaw, GMT

GMT’s mission will be to prepare those who carry a gun for such difficulties and to promote a well-trained, reasoned, and humanistic armed citizenry. It will also be practicing civic responsibility by setting aside slots in each course for law enforcement officers from the local (-ish) area.

GunMag Training

GunMag Training's Daniel Shaw and Security Force Marines from the D.C. area.

GunMag Training’s Daniel Shaw and Security Force Marines from the D.C. area.

Because of GMT’s atypical approach, students will gain more than a high level of technical proficiency.

GunMag Training courses will address such things as:

• Life safety as it relates to the armed citizen and the use of force

• Contextual safety beyond the traditional four rules

• Effective weapon handling

• Mental and emotional preparation prior to an Event

• Pragmatic expectation of what happens after an Event

• Awareness of positional and locational engagement

• Practical understanding of the spherical environment

• Practical understanding of the public environment

• Practicable marksmanship on demand not command

GunMag Training Daniel Shaw

A scene from one of Shaw’s most recent courses. Students included local first responders, several tactical officers, and many responsible armed citizens – including a handful of teenagers.

Shaw, a retired Marine infantry leader and combat veteran, will pull from his extensive military career and a lifetime of experience to combine tactical acumen with the moral ethos appropriate to carrying a firearm. He has instructed civilians, LEOs, and military personnel from all walks of life across the United States.

Family training with Daniel Shaw

Looking for a way to bond with the kids while helping prepare them for life, and simultaneously develop the next generation of Second Amendment proponents? Take them to a class and train together.

Courses will begin almost immediately with firearms training classes in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and others in Ohio (including Shaw’s seventh year teaching at the Ohio Tactical Officers Association Training Conference). Additional classes and locations will be announced soon.

Learn more at GunMag Training

Firearms training in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

Training spots in GMT courses will be reserved for local law enforcement officers, from GunMag Warehouse’s hometown of Coppell to the greater DFW area. Contact GMW for additional details.


Safariland Announces Formation of CADRE

Friday, April 16th, 2021

A new approach to brand ambassadorship.

Jacksonville, Florida – Safariland®, a brand of The Safariland Group, a leading global provider of safety products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, today announced the formation of a new breed of brand ambassadors: CADRE.

“In the technical sense, a CADRE is a selected group of specially trained and skilled individuals brought together for one specific purpose or mission,” said Tim Drnec, Vice President of Marketing & Commercial Sales at Safariland. “And that’s exactly what Safariland needs right now. The Safariland CADRE will be advocates for Safariland products and its mission to save lives with integrity, loyalty and grit.”

Safariland’s CADRE is a new approach to brand ambassadorship. “Our CADRE are changing what it means to be a brand ambassador,” Christina Rhine, Digital-Social Media Manager for Safariland said. “No longer will these individuals be seen as social media influencers. They’re experienced advocates in the markets we touch, and contributors to the future of our products. They bring years of raw experience with Safariland products, and authentic product concepts. Collectively we will achieve our goals to provide the best equipment possible.”

The CADRE bring first-hand expertise in product application, life dependent scenarios and training capabilities. Among them are a Rt. Special Forces SGT. Major, a competitive mounted shooter and veteran of the 75th Army Ranger Regiment, a Tactical Games athlete, conservationists and huntsmen, competitive shooting champions and instructors, business owners, a SWAT Team Leader, law enforcement officers, and a family of five competitive shooters. With these backgrounds and mindsets, they will collectively bring authentic product feedback from the field to Safariland to elevate Safariland products and increase the company’s ability to enact its mission: “Together we save lives.”

SOLGW Opens Armorer Classes

Monday, April 12th, 2021

San Antonio – 12 APR 2021 Sons of Liberty Gun Works (SOLGW) has several open enrollment 2-day AR15 Armorer Courses throughout the country coming up. The 2-day course is a comprehensive in nature on the AR15 weapon system. At the completion of this class you will have the skills and knowledge necessary to perform proper assembly/ disassembly, barreling procedures, perform routine maintenance and inspections. You will have a better understanding of the cycle of operation and how to troubleshoot component problems and keep your weapon operational. Students will also learn about gas port sizing and component specifications.

The course is taught under the watchful eye of Mike Mihalski and senior armorers from the SOLGW facility.

For a complete open enrollment listing follow this link:

SIG SAUER Academy to Host Mastering the Shotgun Courses with Lena and Jerry Miculek Added to Summer Schedule

Monday, April 5th, 2021

NEWINGTON, N.H., (April 2, 2021) – SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce the addition of Shotgunning with the Pros with Jerry and Lena Miculek to the 2021 course schedule.

“Back by popular demand, we are excited to announce the addition of two course dates to the summer course schedule for exclusive shotgun classes with the dynamic father/daughter duo, Jerry and Lena Miculek,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “Jerry, considered the greatest shooter of all time, and his daughter Team SIG’s Lena Miculek, the top female 3-gun competitor in the world, makes this course a true one-of-a-kind training and shooting experience that you can only find at the SIG SAUER Academy.”

Shotgunning with the Pros with Jerry and Lena Miculek provides students training beginning with shotgun fundamentals, handling skills, and competition shotgun shooting. The two-day course is taught by Jerry and Lena Miculek using the Mossberg 940 JM Pro, a feature-rich and fast-cycling competitive shotgun designed in conjunction with Jerry Miculek.

Two session dates are now available for Shotgunning with the Pros with Jerry and Lena Miculek at the SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire. They are as follows:

Session 1: July 12-13
Session 2: July 15-16

To register and review the course outline, or review the comprehensive course offering for SIG SAUER Academy visit

SureFire Field Notes Episode 62: Vehicle Preparedness with Pat McNamara

Monday, April 5th, 2021

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.

Max Velocity Tactical Announces New Training Courses

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Romney, WV, (March 31, 2021) – Max Velocity Tactical is pleased to announce two innovative training classes for responsible citizens, adapted to the current ammo shortage crisis. These fundamental combat tactics classes, taught at the Velocity Training Center in Romney, WV, are open enrollment with no training prerequisite.

Hostile Environment Advanced Tactics (HEAT 1) is an introductory four-day class that will teach you tactical marksmanship and team tactical skills, including reaction to hostile threats and maneuver under hostile fire. HEAT 1 is the basic building block of our tactical training. Emphasis is the safe use of your weapon as an individual and as a member of a team. HEAT 1 is offered in two versions: HEAT 1 Live Fire (Classic) and HEAT 1 Hybrid (Ammo Saver).

HEAT 1 Live Fire (Classic) consists of two 2-Day sections:

Section 1 (Day 1 & 2) is conducted on the Flat Range. You will begin with fundamental weapon safety training and confirming the zero of your rifle. Next, you will learn weapon manipulation, fundamental shooting skills and how to clear weapon malfunctions. Then you will proceed to hostile environment marksmanship and individual react-to-contact drills.

Section 2 (Day 3 & 4) is conducted on Tactical Ranges 1 & 2. You will spend two days on the tactical ranges working in two-man pairs and four-man teams learning tactical drills that utilize reactive electronic pop-up targets and other training aids to replicate a real threat environment. Adding to your weapon safety and individual shooting skills, you now will learn team communication, situational awareness, and how to maneuver in a simulated hostile environment including ‘movement to contact’ as well as ‘break contact’ maneuver drills.

HEAT 1 Live Fire (Classic) 4-Day:

Cost: $850

Ammo Requirement: 800 rounds

HEAT 1 Hybrid (Ammo Saver) consists of two 2-Day sections:

Section 1 (Day 1 & 2) is conducted on the Flat Range. You will begin with fundamental weapon safety training and confirming the zero of your rifle. Next, you will learn weapon manipulation, fundamental shooting skills and how to clear weapon malfunctions. Then you will proceed to hostile environment marksmanship and individual react-to-contact drills using a professional training gas-blowback AR AirSim rifle that operates just like your AR-15.

Section 2 (Day 3 & 4) is conducted on the AirSim Tactical Ranges. You will spend Day 3 working in two-man pairs and four-man teams learning tactical drills that utilize reactive electronic pop-up targets and other training aids to replicate a real threat environment. Adding to your weapon safety and individual shooting skills, you now will learn team communication, situational awareness, and how to maneuver in a simulated hostile environment including ‘movement to contact’ as well as ‘break contact’ maneuver drills. Day 4 will utilize a highly-controlled, live enemy to practice the drills you learned on Day 3. This is where you will experience the practical application of the tactical skills you’ve learned against a live, moving enemy.

HEAT 1 Hybrid (Ammo Saver) 4-Day:

Cost: $800

Ammo Requirement: 300 rounds

Optional AirSim Rental (bring your own gas blowback rifle if you have it): $150.

Max Velocity Tactical specializes in teaching combat-proven, light infantry tactics, techniques and procedures adapted for the responsible, law-abiding citizen. The training curriculum is informed by a background and experience in SOF / elite forces and close protection / paramilitary contracting work. MVT classes are the real deal, and the tactics, techniques and procedures are familiar to any graduate of Ranger School or SFQC. Tactical classes are not simply a regurgitation of basic military manuals or training but are based on real world operational experience in hostile / combat environments.

Spaces available for both classes. Please check the Training Calendar here to see all currently scheduled Max Velocity Tactical classes.

Blackhawk Adds ‘Real World’ Experience With Tony Sentmanat as New Brand Ambassador

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – March 30, 2021 – Blackhawk®, a leader in law enforcement and military equipment for over 20 years, announced today its newest brand ambassador: Tony Sentmanat of Real World Tactical.

Sentmanat is a Marine Corps veteran and law enforcement SWAT operator with over 22 years of ‘Real World’ experience. A lifelong practitioner of mixed martial arts, Sentmanat also has extensive experience as a law enforcement combative trainer and as a firearms instructor for over 20 years. He has received numerous law enforcement awards and more than 40 commendations throughout his career for meritorious service.

“I am honored to partner with a company like Blackhawk, who has been an industry leader for so many years,” said Sentmanat. “Blackhawk has a longstanding legacy of providing superior products to our military and first responders and I’m excited to help continue that tradition.” 

Sentmanat spent most of his career in SWAT where he was involved in over 800 real-world operations before retiring in 2016 to pursue his dream of starting his own business, Real World Tactical. He now travels the world teaching fitness seminars and tactical training to civilians, military personnel and police departments. In the virtual world, he serves as an avatar in the Call of Duty video game, season five.

“Anytime you can partner with someone like Tony who not only understands the importance of having quality gear but is also highly respected in the community, you move fast,” said JD Dulaney, Vice President and General Manager for Vista Outdoor Tactical. “Tony’s story and extensive background in the industry speaks to the heart of the Blackhawk brand and we look forward to working with him on the development of new products that will benefit firearms enthusiasts at every level.”

For more information on Blackhawk, visit

New Medical Video Series from Panteao – It’s Not Just About Firearms Training

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Columbia, SC, March 29, 2021 – Panteao announces the upcoming release of a new series of instructional medical videos. Panteao Productions teamed up with Tactical Medical Solutions to create a new series covering medical for concealed carry, hunting and maritime scenarios. The videos are taught by Dan Stout, the Training Manager with TacMed Solutions. Dan served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and spent 25 years in law enforcement. During his career, Dan cross trained as a Paramedic and was the “Medic” on the SWAT Team for 14 years.  Dan spent a considerable amount of time as both a Sergeant and Lieutenant as part of the “Training Unit” where he taught at the Police Academy, Inservice Training, EMS Programs, and Advanced & Specialized Courses.  

“Having some level of medical training is becoming more and more important and goes hand in hand with firearms training. While medical and firearms training in video format cannot replace hands on training, it is a place to start your education process,” said Fernando Coelho, President/CEO of Panteao Productions.

Tracy Shank, Marketing Director for TacMed Solutions said, “At TacMed Solutions, we want to equip, train and protect those who find themselves in a crisis situation. We are pleased to work with Panteao Productions on a series of courses that can further that goal among those individuals pursuing their passions while seeking the know-how to medically treat themselves, friends and family members in a worst-case scenario event.”

The first video to be released will be “Make Ready with TacMed Solutions: Concealed Carry Medical”. In that video, Dan reviews phases of treatment, bleeding control, tourniquet application, wound packing, the basics of individual first aid kits, dealing with gunshot wounds, and more that – in the end – can help you and your family members stay alive.

After the introduction of Concealed Carry Medical, Panteao will be releasing Hunting Medical followed by Maritime Medical. These videos will be part of a new series devoted to bringing medical training and information to the Panteao streaming video audience.

The medical series will be available for purchase on DVD and digital download, or can be streamed via Panteao’s Make Ready streaming platform. The videos will be available online via a PC or Mac, on a smartphone or tablet using the Panteao Make Ready Android and iTunes apps, or on television with the Panteao Make Ready channel on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. For more information on how to stream the Panteao videos, visit: