The Friday before 2023’s annual AZ CSN Defending the Flock conference, we did four hour sessions to get deeper into subjects we could only touch upon during an hour and half breakout session. Two of those dealt with movement, and how it’s not always possible to get off the X. This annotated training outline covers aspects of hostage rescue and how proxemics affect use of force.
This article is about some very specific types of movement: specifically, those when contact with an armed adversary is anticipated or likely. While avoiding or breaking contact is preferred, there are times when neither of those are possible. This article is about those times, and how knowing proper movement techniques can keep you alive.
Domestic violence, or DV, may not seem like rocket science. An angry drunk gets off on hurting those closest to him. But our lack of understanding of the patterns and nuances of violence, particularly domestic violence, doesn’t make it go away. This article explains several aspects of DV, and legislation used to combat DV, that are little understood by most of us.
If you trade bullets with someone, expect to get hurt in some way. Your tactical training is less than it should be if it does not address how to help the wounded. This is not a comprehensive medical dictionary, but rather a explanations of some terms more or less unique to the “tactical medicine” / rescue taskforce world.
This article explains why the British pattern 1907 bayonet was a virtual clone of the Japanese Arisaka bayonet, and why the US M1917 bayonet is a virtual copy of the P1907. Details about markings and other identifying characteristics are included.
The shovel is actually a more effective APERS (anti-personnel) tool than than a bayonet. What it lacks in elegance and beauty it makes up in effectiveness and panache. Shovels are commonplace tools, but are seldom thought of as a weapon you can use to defend yourself if you’re attacked in your garage or garden shed.
The Spanish learned, during their half-millenium occupation of the Philippines, how effective bolos are as close combat tools. Some Spanish bayonets were clearly modeled after bolos, intended for chopping as well as stabbing. This article discusses Philippine edged weapons, along with some of the history and identifying characteristics of two Spanish bolo blades and a Spanish Yataghan.
Students took the didactic portions of this Pediatric First Aid with all-ages CPR and AED course via computer; this post explains what was taught in the classroom and why.
“Point” and “area” targets are military concepts that are directly applicable to active violence and counterterrorism. You should know more than just the difference between them, which is not rocket science. You should know how to avoid having a target on your back, be it the point or area variety. Some of this article was excerpted from a password protected summary of a site security survey I conducted at a high school in Arizona.
Angela McQueen wrestled a gun out of a wannabe killer’s hands in her high school cafeteria, most likely saving many lives. On 04 Nov 2022, I had the honor and privilege of interviewing Ms. McQueen where the incident took place, at Mattoon High School in Mattoon, IL.
These 2 hour and a half breakout sessions at the annual Defending the Flock conference focused on practicing effective upward off-lines. We also did some stress inoculation while practicing movement off the railroad tracks (the Deadly Diamond) and movement to flank. To a lesser extent we practiced disarms and lateral off-lines to protect a third party.
This security survey took place at a charter school.
This bended learning class for Jr high school students took place on Fridays over the course of the Fall 2022 semester. This resource for the students documents what was taught and why.
This class for new gun owners focused on how to maintain their recently acquired firearms. We also covered trouble shooting and function checks for both auto pistol & revolver. We practiced field stripping a Glock and demonstrated the proper way to remove a Smith & Wesson side plate without warping it.
This was the second of two classes for educators at a pre-K to 8th grade school. In this session we practiced movement in response to stimulus (blanks from an AK), communication, and response to thrown IEDs. This summary adds additional detail regarding IED searches and recognition. We finished by practicing evacuation, researching useful escape routes from that mostly glass-walled school.
This course included initial familiarization fire for new gun owners. However, we didn’t stop there. We practiced using speedloaders and topping off a partially extended cylinder, as well as slide locked and topping off a Glock. Students practiced shooting while moving laterally, as well as decision fire.
This class, the first of two that summer for educators at a pre-K through 8th grade school, covered preliminary defensive concepts. We practiced getting inside minimum effective range, metsubishi, vertically off lining an assailant’s pistol, and inducing long gun stoppages.
In our Vehicle Fighting courses, we train on what to do if you are attacked IN or AROUND YOUR car, truck, or SUV. This three-part series will mainly focus, instead, on what to do if you are attacked BY someone …
Camp Fury is an opportunity for adolescent girls to learn more about public safety careers, by practicing skills they would pick up at a fire or law enforcement academy. This after action report documents CPR training they received during Tucson’s Camp Fury 2022.
Students from a Tucson Junior High school learned principles of patient movement, both hand-carried and via improvised and purpose-built litters. This series of outdoor exercises, conducted over two days, developed teamwork, communication, and personal responsibility. But the main lesson was that we don’t NEED to be helpless in an emergency; we can be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
Students in this dynamic course practiced how to safely conduct force-on-force exercises, while learning various concepts of interpersonal confrontation.
One of the trainers for this in-home class was a World Taekwondo Federation 4th degree Black Belt, but the course was only half about edged weapons. We also covered the advantages and weaknesses of other interpersonal weapons, and numerous other defensive concepts.
A friend recently obtained a Byrna Technologies HD. The Byrna is a less lethal PepperBall launcher. It also launches hard plastic impact munitions similar in concept to bean bag rounds from a shotgun. We shot it a bit at “Robbie” …
These are mostly takeaways and observations I made during the Old Rifle course. I’m grateful to have had input from Scott G (seven-time Thunder Ranch student, and Front Sight instructor) and Preston L (nine-time Thunder Ranch grad, former Army and …
A small “tactical” flashlight can be a useful force multiplier for personal defense. It’s quicker to use and brighter than a cell phone light. It also hurts more when used for striking. Some flashlights come with crenelated bezels, essentially making them edged weapons. This article explores different use of force options, examining landmark court cases relating to the use of impact tools, and flashlights as impact tools. It also addresses some aspects of race relations as they pertain to the optics of using force.
This article shares lessons I’ve learned about night sights in the field. Do you need them? What are some of your options? Advantages and disadvantages of the different kinds? Read this to learn more.
Iron Sights have been with us since there were firearms. Now, an entire generation has come up using reflex optics as a primary rifle sight. At the same time, police academies that used to require some pistol shooting at 50 …
Students in this pro bono course ranged in age from mid-teens to 80. We covered a wide range of interpersonal confrontation scenarios, and practiced various means of deterring, preventing, and responding to assaults.
This article explains and gives examples of why it’s vitally important to learn tactical skills right from the git-go, rather than starting with marksmanship-based, square flat range training and then trying to make a slow fire bullseye shooter into a fighter. We also tell you how to unlearn bad habits, if it’s too late for you to start the right way.
In this practice session was a series of close quarters, live fire exercises, including pistol as an impact tool, movement off the X, different types of reloads, supine fire, and Detective John Hobbs drills.
Not every human problem has a ballistic solution. But some situations, that don’t, still require some level of force application. Heloderm will teach you how to use your pepper spray, walking stick, expandable baton, Taser, bike lock on a chain, …
This tribute to my Olympic Arena coach details lessons learned during three 6-month seasons of daily force on force competition, and beyond. It also explains some lesser understood aspects of nuclear deterrence and security, particularly during the second half of the 1980s, the climax of the Cold War.
Here are definitions of some concepts we teach you about in our classes. Sometimes different trainers use different words to mean the same things; this glossary will hopefully help you clarify some of the “tacticool” words that get bandied about …
The tragic shooting of 07 May 2019 has several lessons you should learn, paid for in blood. Here are some of them.
This live-fire, day and night course covered a variety of defensive concepts, including close quarters battle drills, safe movement around one another with pistols out, bent elbow fire, shooting while moving, flashlight technique, and decision shooting. Half the students were instructors, learning how to teach these drills and concepts.
This pro bono class at a church young ladies retreat was taught in two age-appropriate sessions: one for young girls and one for adolescents. We practiced a wide range of defensive concepts, including avoidance, deterrence, escape, and use of force.
This class for a young coed en route to college for the first time covered lawful use of force (in the home state as well as at the out of state destination), empty hands control techniques, advantages and drawbacks of different types of OC dispensers, retention, moral and ethical considerations, decontamination, transport, and storage. In addition to various role playing exercises with role players and inert dispensers, our capstone involved shooting real pepper spray and indirect exposure.
Something like 16 out of 17 times, when an armed citizen draws a gun in self defense, NO shots are fired. But the mere presence of a firearm, without relevant, practical, realistic training, will not ward off evil spirits like some magic talisman. Here are some dos and don’ts of how to tell a crook to go assault someone else.
This live fire session included close order battle drills with partners, as well as force-on-force demonstrations, holster work, challenging a suspect, Tom & Jerry drills, ricochet demos, shooting while moving, V to L, Center Axis Relock, close contact fire, and Wyatt protocols.
Most Americans believe we won the Revolutionary war by sniping at the Redcoats from behind trees and boulders. Not true. We did a lot of that, especially in the opening days of the war, when we were losing. Such so-called …
Call it what you want. Some call them PDWs, personal defense weapons, after a unique brand of firearms initially considered for downed aircrew survival. Some call them “AR pistols” and “AK pistols.” Those are legal terms for getting around silly …