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AAR... Tap-Rack Tactical Basic SWAT Course 17-21Aug, Spokane WA

Tactical450 ·
After Actions Report Tap-Rack-Tactical Basic SWAT Course Instructor: Bill Blowers 17-21 September 2015 Course Description: Introductory course for newly assigned officers to their respective SWAT teams. 40hr course is a basic/introductory class designed to give students the basic principles and fundamentals of SWAT operations/function. Class covered both urban and rural SWAT operations (we are in the PNW… rural ops are fairly common amongst teams in this region). Student Makeup: The class...
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AAR Tap-Rack Tactical’s Tactical Pistol Course, Kent, Wash. 21-22 April 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Tap-Rack Tactical conducted a two-day pistol clinic at the Kent Police/Fire Training Center on 21 and 22 April 2014. It was a closed course consisting of 10 local and state law enforcement officers and one incessantly mouthy SOCOM veteran (yours truly). “We cover all the basics, then focus on decreasing inefficiencies and increasing skill in all areas,” according to the course description . That is an understatement. Bill Blowers started the course with shooting fundamentals, but spent most...
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AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Redback One conducted its two-day Advanced Weapons Manipulation clinic about three months ago (yeah, yeah, I know) at a discrete law enforcement range in King County, Wash. It was a closed course with about a dozen students, which included federal agents, local tactical officers and Air Force TACP specialists . The course focuses on improving carbine and pistol skills for Close Quarters Battle (CQB). Close quarters is the most difficult environment to work in, according to RB1’s Director of...
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AAR LMS Defense Carbine Course, King County, Wash. 17 Dec 2013

Bug Stomper ·
LMS Defense conducted a one-day carbine course at a discrete range in King County, Wash. on 17 Dec 2013. It was an open course consisting of 11 students, which included law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, military veterans and a few civilians. WX Weather was cloudy, with temperatures in the high 30s for most of the day. It was supposed to rain, but the lead instructor, fireguy275 , did his usual no-rain dance. That kept the precipitation at bay. Guns and Gear Carbines ranged from...
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AAR: Northern Red Gunfighter Pistol/Carbine - 9/2015 - Council Bluffs, IA

Ro_Schoening ·
5 W's / 1 H • Who: Northern Red • What: Gunfighter Pistol / Carbine • When: September 26/27, 2015 • Where: Council Bluffs, IA • Why: Pistol / Carbine. • How: Discussion and Practical application. Instructors: • Zach - U.S. Army Special Forces, former operational member of SFOD-D. Special Operations Combat Veteran with multiple combat tours. • Kyle - U. S. Army Special Forces, Special Operations Combat Veteran with multiple combat tours. Students: • Civilians, Current / former MIL, former...
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Student AARs, Close Quarter Handgun class with low-light shooting bonus course, Mill Creek club, Nov 21-22

tpd223 ·
Reposted from PistolForums with permission from the students; So life happened and it’s taken me a hot minute to get caught up, including writing this AAR. Disclaimers: 1- I was the host/sponsor/fixer for this class. 2- Due to an unplanned doctor’s appointment, I had to miss the first half of TD1. Who: Chuck Haggard at the helm, people who carry professionally/privately willing to learn on the line What: 2 Day Close Quarters Handgun Employment class Where: Mill Creek Rifle Club, DeSoto, KS...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Originally Posted by MickFury: I had hoped to be at your carbine course in VA Beach this month but a knee injury curtailed that. I feel your pain, Mick . Based on time, location and circumstances, I'd waited a couple of years for this one!
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

mohican ·
Jason, thanks a lot for taking the time to answer so thoroughly. I really appreciate it. Just a doubt. Which ready position with pistol and rifle do you use if you are not the number one in the stack? high port? SUL? I wish I could attend training there. Thanks for your help.
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Caloy ·
Very nice AAR. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
You're welcome, Caloy . I'm glad you enjoyed it. Airborne!
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

fireguy275 ·
Bugz, tell me about the pros/cons of wearingthe dump pouch in the front.
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Good question, FireGuy ! The big pro to a front-mounted dump pouch is that you don't reach out of your way -- to your side or all the way behind you -- to ditch your magazine. Instead your hand goes pretty much where it's going anyway, i.e., your front-mounted magazine pouches. In the case of a tactical reload, it's a bit faster than reorienting the partial magazine and replacing it in the far magazine pouch. It took precious extra time to execute that maneuver during the drill mentioned...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
In response to a private message from a friend who couldn't access a hyperlink above, the shoulder bump is a method of bilateral carbine shooting in which neither the weapon nor support hand leaves the gun. Rather, the shooter just bumps the stock from one shoulder to the other. Pro: It's fast, simple and your hands never leave fire control. Con: It's not very stable for long range engagements or shooting on the move. Plus I always have to switch my selector to fire when I initiated a...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

mohican ·
I have a few questions. When do you put empty mags in the dump pouch? during a fast reload? don't you throw empty mags to the ground? do you have spare loose ammo with you to fill empty mags later? I guess empty mags are useless unless you prevail, so if you are there after the engagement (i.e. you are winning the fight) and you have the chance you will pick up empty mags from the ground to return them to Logistics guys or to fill them if you have spare ammo (maybe a chance if you have a...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

mohican ·
Re ready positions, do you use just high ready or there is a time for low ready and a time for high ready? do you use the same with pistol than with rifle? What about high port, full sabrina, or whatever you want to call it to having muzzle up with rifle or handgun almost vertical? Just asking because some guys use that here when in the stack if you are not the leading guy.
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

MickFury ·
Jason, Thanks for the insight and in depth explanation with reasoning and methodology. I had hoped to be at your carbine course in VA Beach this month but a knee injury curtailed that. I'll see you on down the road when it heals up, and look forward to learning from you.
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Jason Falla ·
generally speaking there is enough time during land warfare or urban operations to take cover and stow an empty into your dump pouch. This is normally because you would be attacking the enemy with a numerically superior force and you weapon may only represent a small percentage of the overall firepower of the force element. I have on several occasions carried loose ammunition in zip lock bags in my go-bag/ assault pack in case we got caught on an objective longer than anticipated and...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bluemonday ·
Great AAR on LMS and RB1. Thank you. In LMS you used PWS, but in RB1 you used a suppressed LWRC. Why the change? I'm asking because I use a suppressed PWS Mod 1 and love the weight and long stroke design. Lately I've been looking at LWRC because it has the ambi controls and an easier to quickly adjust gas block which I see as a plus with QD suppressors. Thoughts?
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
You're welcome, Bluemonday . And thank you for choosing my topic for your first reply on Lightfighter! You guessed my answer, bro. I loved my PWS, but I primarily shoot carbines left-handed. So shooting with my quick-detach Surefire MINI suppressor -- but without an adjustable gas bock -- choked me out. Seriously. Within a round or two. There is no such trouble with the proper setting on my LWRC IC-Enhanced . None of the M4 carbines that SOCOM ever issued me were ambidextrous, so I was...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

45&223 ·
Really good AAR and I dont have much to add. Jason is a competent instrucotr and ran the range very well. I did grab a few takeaways, one of those was his explanation of a 90 degree turn. Never heard it put in those terms, but as a cop it gave me a line for consistency with body mechanics on an arm bar. Easy for most dudes to grasp since they have likely taken a lot of dudes to the deck in their career. Kevin - I also switched my Dump pouch after the class, I currently have it riding my...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Thanks, Bill. You make a lot of good points too. Again, I don't plan on changing the way I do tactical reloads either. The dump pouch under the front magazine pouches just keeps another door open. The Operator Readiness Test does indeed cover a lot of bases. My only beef with it is that you've got to rush your pistol back to the holster. No matter how anyone feels about searching and assessing, I couldn't bring myself to race to the holster -- and I can live with the time penalty. Instead,...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

John A Brown ·
Really good AAR Bug Stomper. Thanks for taking the time to put it together. I like the ORT, but I completely agree with you - racing the pistol to the holster is a bad idea no matter how you play it. Thanks again, John
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

kaltesherz ·
Sorry I missed it (and the LAV class) this year, I won't be letting that happen again.
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
You're welcome, John . And thanks for the ORT feedback! We'll catch you next time, kaltesherz .
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Jason Falla ·
Thanks for the AAR DJ, it was great to get out there and run some training for you guys. I just wanted to clarify a couple of points that have been discussed here in relation to the positioning of the dump pouch, the bilateral shooting method and the re-holstering of the pistol during the ORT. 1. Postion of the dump pouch. The dump pouch is not primarily used during the sequence of performing a tactical reload. It can be used but when time permits, the partial magazine should be placed back...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
No drama, Jason . And thank you for tying up the loose ends!
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

LobsterClaw207 ·
I'm nobody special, but I have contemplated "speed holstering" of late too. Sometimes at our tactical team training we do pistol dry fire, and it inherently turns into a game of "how fast can we get XX reps in". Stupid, I know. I hated hate hate hated how some people speed holster so they can prep for the next "threat!" or "gun!" call. I'd barely get the hood back up on my holster and they'd be calling the next rep. Thinking about it from a police officer's view, what if I've got my pistol...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Thanks for sharing your LEO perspective, LobsterClaw207 . And good luck getting ready for your next Maine winter! The link to Jason's Operator Readiness Test is above, as is one for his Individual Protection Drill -- but I didn't call it that in the link. So click here if you want to see that too.
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

MickFury ·
Good stuff. Jason, A question reference tactical reloads and placement of: What are you guys doing with multiple partial magazines? Are you able to designate which magazine has more rounds and bump them accordingly while working in a CQB environment? Our TACSOP was partial magazines in dump pouches, and consolidate ammunition during Re-Org. While this ensured you never reloaded with a partial magazine when you needed a full magazine, drawback to this was a mixed bag of partial magazines if...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Thanks, Nick , I'm glad you like the content here. Now I'll get out of the way and let Jason answer your questions.
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Jason Falla ·
Mick, It really depends upon the mission at hand as that will drive equipment needs and can for the most part predict time on target. The force protection assets that have been assigned to the task may also play a part with regards to equipment and ammunition carried by each individual. Depending on what Unit you are with may dictate personal equipment and load out. I see a lot of people running with about 4 mags, three on the man and one on the gun for in and out jobs. I personally believe...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

22F ·
Bloody good AAR Bugstomper! Thank you for posting mate. I'd love to do some training under Jason, but that's not possible here in the Nanny State. One of my old Troop Commander's (an expat relocated in Texas) managed to get on one of his courses and really valued the training. Now that I have broadband access piped into my home, I'm going to be watching Jason's videos. It's really nice to see drills that fit the framework of what I've been taught before, something that's often lacking for...
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Re: AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Yeah, Jason has fairly robust presence on YouTube, 22F . But there's nothing like face-to-face instruction! One of the great things about Lightfighter is that it helps keep cultural exchanges going between international allies, as well as between military and law enforcement. Like the high-ready position , I've found that saying -- or yelling -- "stoppage" really helps keep my head in the game. I hope that you get to attend an RB1 course one of these days. Just don't forget your "go" word in...
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Re: AAR LMS Defense Carbine Course, King County, Wash. 17 Dec 2013

Bug Stomper ·
Thanks, Eric! Did you ever figure out what caused your carbine to malfunction? What were the makes of your carbine and your spare?
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Re: AAR LMS Defense Carbine Course, King County, Wash. 17 Dec 2013

Eric911 ·
Primary: Complete 16” mid-length from well known mfg*, fixed front sight, C4 rail, BattleComp. Bushmaster stripped lower (only BM part), H buffer, SSA trigger, STR stock, mil-spec tube and spring. Backup: Colt 6721, DD M4 FSP rail, H buffer, CTR stock. Otherwise stock. *Additional armorer troubleshooting/parts swapping did not confirm what the specific issue was, but it was narrowed down to the upper. +2k rounds previously without issue. It was sent to the manufacturer for service and will...
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Re: AAR LMS Defense Carbine Course, King County, Wash. 17 Dec 2013

Bug Stomper ·
Sounds good, Eric. Fingers crossed for a speedy solution!
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Re: AAR LMS Defense Carbine Course, King County, Wash. 17 Dec 2013

lococop ·
Good AAR. Sounds like a good class. Kevin knows his stuff for sure and is a great instructor.
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Re: AAR LMS Defense Carbine Course, King County, Wash. 17 Dec 2013

Bug Stomper ·
Thanks, lococop ! And it's good to know that Kevin's good reputation extends far into the Great White North.
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Re: AAR LMS Defense Carbine Course, King County, Wash. 17 Dec 2013

Eric911 ·
Great AAR by Bug Stomper. This was the first LMS class that I have attended and I anticipate that it will not be my last. As an instructor and full time worrywart, I appreciated the safety brief right off the bat. Kevin is well versed in the efficient application of the carbine and presents the material in a way that is easy to pick up. There was a lot reviewed and the time absolutely flew by. There was an equipment issue, however. Shortly after doing a fine tune on the 50 yard zero, my...
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Re: AAR Tap-Rack Tactical’s Tactical Pistol Course, Kent, Wash. 21-22 April 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Originally Posted by 45&223: The class expended close to 1000 quality rounds, each drill emphasizing a specific skill set or combinations of skill sets. The main SPO for this class is to be able to track your own performance, tools to do that, and then improvement. Excellent point, Bill . This is a high-round-count course, but I felt that every shot I fired had significant training value attached to it.
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Re: AAR Tap-Rack Tactical’s Tactical Pistol Course, Kent, Wash. 21-22 April 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Originally Posted by 45&223: Great AAR Bug Stomper. Also an e xcellent point, Bill .
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Re: AAR Tap-Rack Tactical’s Tactical Pistol Course, Kent, Wash. 21-22 April 2014

rykyard ·
Another great AAR man, thanks for taking the time. Sounds like an exceptional class!
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Re: AAR Tap-Rack Tactical’s Tactical Pistol Course, Kent, Wash. 21-22 April 2014

Bug Stomper ·
You're welcome, rykyard . It really was!
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Re: AAR Tap-Rack Tactical’s Tactical Pistol Course, Kent, Wash. 21-22 April 2014

45&223 ·
Great AAR Bug Stomper. A good group of shooters let's the class get more time shooting and also allows us to explore and discuss the topic at hand at a much higher level. This was a good class that was able to absorb, think through, and come to their own conclusions about some of the dogma in the shooting industry. (I hope) Injuries were all minor, several slide bites, several guys stapled themselves while hanging targets (Self correcting, usually only happens once) and one guy tore his hand...
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Re: AAR LMS Defense Carbine Course, King County, Wash. 17 Dec 2013

Bug Stomper ·
In case anyone is wondering, the Pat McNamara drill we did was " Set It Off ."
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Re: AAR Tap-Rack Tactical’s Tactical Pistol Course, Kent, Wash. 21-22 April 2014

Rich275 ·
On 09/14-15 I attended the Tap-Rack Tactical tactical pistol class, hosted at the Kent PD range. I recalled reading Bug Stomper’s eval last year and instead of retreading the same info, thought I would update and add to it. I told Bill that part of the reason I wanted to take his class was because my “skills had slipped.” This isn’t truly correct as I do shoot well according to my dept’s standards, but felt that my skills had not progressed much in the past few years and I wanted a good,...
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Re: AAR Tap-Rack Tactical’s Tactical Pistol Course, Kent, Wash. 21-22 April 2014

Bug Stomper ·
Thanks for the AAR, Rich ! I wish I could have attended this one too.
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Re: AAR Tap-Rack Tactical’s Tactical Pistol Course, Kent, Wash. 21-22 April 2014

45&223 ·
Changing gears drills are meant to change the cadence of shots due to accuracy standard and distance to target. A 6" box at five yards can be hammered pretty quickly, not so quick at 25 yards. So changing distance is one way to force shooters to change gears. Using the the large dice to start the drill is something I pulled from Bob Vogel. i change the target array to force more thinking and I also add no-shoot targets in front. The no shoots require guys to move to engage the targets. Just...
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Re: AAR LMS Defense Carbine Course, King County, Wash. 17 Dec 2013

Bug Stomper ·
At the risk of resurrecting a dead post, here is a photo of Kevin sporting his “positive shoulder” and “kickstand.”
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Re: AAR LMS Defense Carbine Course, King County, Wash. 17 Dec 2013

Bug Stomper ·
Kevin (left) teaches sight alignment and sight picture with one of his signature field expedient illustrations. Jordan is there to back him up.
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