SIG SAUER Academy’s Basic Principles of Close Quarters Combat

Last week SIG SAUER gave both Tyler and myself a crash course in using firearms in CQB situations. Using some UTM training rounds and some of SIG’s firearms, we spend a good part of the day endlessly clearing rooms under the direction of the SIG SAUER Academy’s instructors — the same guys that teach this stuff to SWAT teams and military units on a regular basis. We weren’t anything even resembling what you would call good at it, but we got the basics and I figured some of you armchair operators might be interested in what we learned . . .

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Random Thoughts About Nighttime Home Defense

I didn’t want to go into the maze. The last time I’d entered Patriot Protection’s simulated house a simulated homeowner shot me with simulated ammunition that really, really hurt. By that point, I knew the training ground’s layout well enough. I also knew the chances of adding to my collection of painful welts and bloody dings during the room clearance drill was extremely high. The pretend bad guy was an experienced role player, skilled marksman and high-level tactician. He knew what I was likely to do better than I did. Even in the dark. Especially in the dark. Yes, there is that . . .

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Everything You Know About Firearms Training is Wrong

By John Perkins and Ari Kandel

In the main, firearms training is little more than target shooting. More “advanced” courses teach students to “get off the X” and “find cover and concealment.” They offer courses on “firearms retention” and “close quarters combat.” Some add stress to try and simulate a “real” attack. But most firearms training fails to take account of a simple, inescapable fact: once a violent attack begins, it’s bound to be a full-contact, hands-on fight, quite possibly to the death. Situational awareness, shooting stance, trigger control, muzzle discipline – when push comes to shove, none of those is going to cut it when the fighting gets up-close-and-personal. Which it will . . .

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Evolve: If They Find It, They’ll Play With It [Possibly NSFW]

Evolve’s M.O. is promoting safe, responsible gun ownership while employing a more arch sensibility than, say, the NSSF’s Project Childsafe or the NRA’s Eddie Eagle programs. Not that there’s anything wrong with those more staid, traditional approaches. As Evolve’s Rebecca Bond says, there’s room in the safety advocacy universe for all kinds of strategies. Each one has the potential to reach a different constituency. You may remember their inaugural Don’t Be a Dumbass effort that garnered attention and some comment. This time out, Evolve’s coming at the topic of safe gun storage in a way that might appeal to people like Amanda Marcotte. Press release after the jump . . . Continue Reading


Lasers, Stupidity and Bad Decisions



In the summer of 1996, when I was going into eighth grade, a buddy who was a few years older showed me his newest toy. It was amazing, it was brand new to the market and it was mind-bogglingly fun for a teenage boy: a laser pointer. I begged my parents for one and they eventually broke down and let me buy the pen-shaped gadget with my own cash. The cheap models available as a cat toy for less than $5 now cost me something like $60 back then. It didn’t matter though, because the ridiculous adolescent thrill of casting a brilliant red disk on the neighbors’ houses made it all worth it . . .

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P320 Entry: Six Tips for Training New Shooters


By Jay D.

Some friends and I recently took a trip to the desert to go shooting. In our group were two women with little to no experience with guns. After observing what worked and what did not work for them, I have several tips to help us teach effectively and make the whole experience more enjoyable. The following tips apply especially to women and young shooters but are helpful for introducing firearms to anyone . . .

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TTAG Training Event: Force-on-Force, 26 June, 10am – 4pm, Plano, TX

There is no better way to train for real world armed self defense than force-on-force training. No amount of shooting at paper or steel can compare to directly facing a two-legged, thinking, reactive threat. You learn from your mistakes: tactical and practical. And how. The adrenalin rush inspired by the “pain penalty” keeps the training party real. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed the life-long-not-to-say-preserving benefits of force-on-force training. So when Plano Texas’ Patriot Protection contacted TTAG to talk about their UTM Man-Marker round I arranged a day’s FoF for myself and nine of my ballistic BFFs. The concentrated course (for experienced shooters) will run from 10am to 4pm. Course work will include . . .

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How to Use Your Bad Magazines


By Lt. R. Michalik

Don’t underestimate the value of a bad ammunition magazine. If you’ve been around guns for any amount of time, you’ve run into them. Whether you purchased a questionable no-name mag at a gun show or one came with your or your buddy’s firearm, we have all had the experience of a bad magazine. But instead of throwing them away, running them over with the truck or even blasting the holy crap out of them at the range, let me suggest another course of action, one that might even have you turning good functional magazines into the bane of most magazine shoppers . . .

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Video Tip: Watch the Hands

In Youngstown, Ohio last month, a couple of teenage criminals attempted to rob a Sami Quick Stop a little after midnight. The armed confrontation that ensued resulted in one robber wounded, both captured, and minimal damage to the store. One of the suspects is reported to have dropped a rifle as he fled. There are several lessons to be learned here:

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P320 Entry: Hoplophobic No More


By Meghan N.

My entire childhood was filled with four irrational fears: bees, spontaneous house fires, drowning, and guns. Bees (and, honestly, any stinging insect) is easily explained as I stepped in a well-concealed underground nest when I was seven. Buh. No thank you. I still get the creeps from anything with a stinger.  Harboring a heart-hammering apprehension of spur-of-the-moment house fires probably has something to do with the fact that I grew up in the mountains of Northern California, where “smoke” and “ash” is synonymous with “summer”. Perhaps. I can’t really explain my fear of spontaneously combusting homes.

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P320 Entry: Young Cops are Dangerous

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By Bud Harton

I became a cop in the spring of 1969 after returning home from Vietnam. Hard to imagine now, but returning Vietnam veterans were not really appreciated by the American public. I quickly learned that I should avoid the subject of Vietnam altogether and if questioned if I had been there, mumbling an answer and walking away was always a good idea. If there was any profession more intensely disliked than returning combat veterans it was law enforcement. So already being an outcast, I decided to become double-shunned by joining a suburban Chicago police department as their newest probationary patrolman . . .

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P320 Entry: My Top Ten Shooting Range Pet Peeves


By Eric L.

I’ve been a shooter for almost 20 years and these are my top 10 pet peeves about shooting range etiquette (your mileage may vary):

1) If you see a parent teaching a child (especially a little one) how to shoot, have some consideration about what you do. We agree your .308-muzzle-brake-enabled-tacticool-rifle is the bomb and the cyclic rate of your booger hook is impressive, but do you have to shoot right next to us? Really? Have a heart – move down the line, or do it later! Do it for the children! . . .

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