Reply to "AAR Redback One’s Advanced Weapons Manipulation, King County, Wash. 11-12 July 2014"

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 in the magazine pouch in the furthest to access pouch. The dump pouch is used for empty magazine for the most part when employed over seas where nothing should be left on the battle field / target. During domestic counter terrorism operations we own the ground and can recover magazines during the re-org phase. The dump pouch can be used for evidence collection, storage of additional equipment that cannot be carried on the man such as extra flashbangs, explosive charges and initiation sets. It also has storage or chem lights. In addition to its use as a dump pouch we use it to store the gas mask during an assault. The bag can be rolled up and stored under the front of the armor carrier or the back depending on your preference.

2. Bilateral Shooting Method. The Redback One Shooting System is based around several key principles and and one of those is the continued use of the 'Control Point' of the weapon. This is indeed the area that consists of the magazine well and forward rail interface. Using both sides of the body in a truly ambidextrous fashion provides more flexibility, particularly during a CQB clearance. I see too many people using the bump method having to change the stock position or as mentioned can not access the safety catch. For LE where an officer must PID a target before the safety catch is disengaged, well this just won't work. The 'Control Point' allows for a complete change over of the weapon without breach of safety and allows the user to quickly and efficiently make the change once the need has been identified. This will allow the user to conduct a more thorough clearance giving him full range of movement during the clearance. 

This positioning of accessory controls such as lights and laser pads/switches must be taken into consideration as well as the positioning of such items on the rails. Without thorough preparation, be prepared to suck! 

3. Re-holstering of the Pistol during the ORT. The ORT was designed as a weapons handling drill to test the individual proficiency in specific skills required by every operator. The test has also been designed for individuals that are part of a team that conduct CQB. Re-holstering quickly is essential during CQB in order to maintain momentum of the assault. If an operator has changed over from the carbine to the pistol during a dynamic room clearance, he will continue to clear on that weapon until such time as the entire room has been cleared. At that time he will notify his team-mate that he needs to recover back to his primary weapon. In order to keep up with the assault the operator must reholster as fast as possible so that he can exit the room or be part of the clearance of the next room. Typically he will be relegated to rear until such time as he has rectified his stoppage and has his primary weapon back up. That is why the ORT has been designed that way.

If you are interested in individual skills such as a patrol officer on his own or if you have be separated from your patrol and find yourself on your own. You should then perform the 'Individual Protection Drill - IPD'. Similar to the 'Recovery Drill' previously mentioned but the individual will not put the pistol away, instead he/she will bring it to the high ready and use it for inherent protection while the carbine is brought up using the support hand and a visual inspection of the chamber is performed. Once the stoppage has been identified and cover has been sought if required, the pistol can then be returned to the holster that the stoppage on the primary weapon can be rectified. 

So to be clear, there are two drills. One for team based tactics, the 'recovery drill' and the other for individual operating on their own, the 'IPD'.

The ORT was designed for team based tactics.

So hopefully that clears up any doubtful points from the AAR or points brought up by those that have commented.

Once again it was a pleasure to have worked with you guys and look forward to future training.

Jason Falla

Director of Training
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