Lessons From Miami
Agent Ed Mireles Speaks
Man Camp 2019
Protecting & Defending
The Shooting Center Newsletter May 2019
Published by The Shooting Center July 2019
Analysis of a Gunfight
How it Really Goes Down
HOME On The RANGE
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own.” -- Bruce Lee
By Paul Pawela
When it comes to gun fighting, be it military, law enforcement or civilian personal defense, there are many myths and misunderstandings.
One of the best resources on the topic is Tom Givens of rangemaster.com fame, and author of one of the definitive books on such matters, “Fighting Smarter: A Practical Guide For Surviving Violent Confrontations.”
In Chapter 13 of his book Tom talks about how the FBI has been gathering data on police shootings since the 1930s. Each year they produce a report known as LEOKA (Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted).
Tom points out that instructors who correlate this data to civilian CCW training are making a big mistake, and here's why:
Problem number one: You are trying to learn from officers who lost the fight and not those who won the fight!
Problem two: the vast majority of officers involved in the gun fights referenced in the LEOKA study were officers in uniform; their responses have little to do with civilians. Pointing out the obvious: the majority of shootings uniformed officers get into are 1. Traffic stops 2. Bar & liquor enforcement 3. Responding to domestic violence calls. While each of these are significant to the officer they have no relation to civilian encounters.
However, in Tom’s exhaustive research, he did find two law enforcement agencies whose gunfighting encounters were rather similar to civilians: the first was the FBI and the other was the DEA.
The FBI’s Special Agents are required to keep their weapons concealed when in business clothing and outside the office. Most of their shootings occur because the agent is mistaken for a "regular citizen" (i.e. an easy mark) and must respond with force.
Between 1989 and 1994, FBI agents were involved in an average of 20-30 shootings per year, with 92% occurring at a distance of 6-10 feet and an average of 3.2 rounds fired.
Tom adds that DEA agents encounter a lot of gun fights due to their undercover work. In 2007, the DEA had 44 defensive shootings with an average distance of 14.6 feet and an average of five shots fired per incident.
For 20 years, Tom ran a world-class training school at his indoor shooting range, and he continues to offer training across the country through Range Master Firearms Training Services.
In all those years, 65 of his students were involved in defensive shootings. Of those 65
incidents, Tom reports the outcome as 62 wins/0 losses/3 forfeits.
Of the 62 students who were armed at the time of their
encounter, they all won and only 3 were injured. But Tom sadly reports that three of his students who encountered street robberies were unarmed at the time...and were killed during the encounter (thus the “forfeit”).
“It’s hard to win a gun fight if you did not bring your gun," Tom explains.
The common denominator that led to each of the students' gunfights was robbery, be it at a business, in a parking lot, or at home.
Three of the incidents occurred at contact distance. Distances beyond seven yards were only involved in 5.2% of the incidents (or one incident in 20).
In a couple of cases, Tom’s students were involved in shootings at 15, 17, and 22 yards (15 yards is 45 feet, 17 yards is 51 feet, 22 yards is 66 feet). But 93.1 % of the gun fights were between 3-7 yards or 9-21 feet.
Tom goes on to state the typical American sedan is 16 feet long and most citizen shootings are about the length of a car. Because of that, most of the training he conducts is at a distance of 3-5 yards. Generally, the number of rounds fired by Tom's students in an encounter was 3 to 4 rounds, but he had some who fired 8, 11, or even 12 rounds. Not one of his students had to reload during the gunfight and only three of his students' guns went to slide lock. The students had a 95% success rate with bringing the gun to eye level and shooting with two hands.
Tom says it is an error to believe that 80% of pistol fights occur "in the dark," but agrees that 80% DO occur during the hours of darkness (between 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Light-mounted weapons will be discussed later.
Thus the training conclusions from these incidents are:
1. The need for fast, efficient, reliable presentation of the handgun from concealment.
2. The ability to accurately place several quick shots into an anatomically important area of the target at at distance of 3 to 5 yards.
3. The ability to place an anatomically important hit in a reasonable amount of time beyond 7 yards and out to at least 25 yards
4. The ability to rapidly move off line of force (side step -- you will see that again) without hindering the presentation of the pistol from concealment.
FBI encounters: 6-10 feet:
DEA encounters: 14.6 feet;
Rangemaster encounters: 6-15 Feet = 1 car length;
The FBI, DEA, and civilians with CCWs in plain clothing with their gun concealed need fast access to the gun;
There is a high probability of more than one assailant (you will see that again);
Most shootings occur in public areas, parking lots, and malls. NOT AT HOME. Bottom line: wear your gun when you go out!
Tom Givens is an excellent source of information but, with statistical data, it is always nice to have additional validation. During the 2019 USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) Concealed Carry Expo, I was able to secure such validation from two different sources.
The first validation came from taking John Correia's course, Lessons Learned From Watching 18,000 Gunfights.
John is the founder of Active Self Protection and has a big following on YouTube, as he breaks down crimes that go to gunfight and are caught on video surveillance cameras.
One of the interesting statistics John was able to cite was from Greg Ellifritz, an active duty police officer in Ohio and a nationally known firearms and self-defense instructor/writer who trains under his own company, Active Response Training.
Ellifritz says that, of the people he pulls over for traffic violations in Ohio, only 15% of those legally allowed to carry are actually carrying, which means, potentially, that up to 85% of concealed carry license holders (at least in Ohio) don't actually carry!
Gun guru Clint Smith from Thunder Ranch (thunderranchinc.com) says, “Armed people kill unarmed people with monotonous regularity”.
So, the idea here is rule number one: Always carry your gun!
Other data supported by John Correia:
Most gunfights are not entangled gunfights, meaning that, while it is always good to have a set of empty-hand skills, once the gun comes into play 80% of the time deadly force does not ensue, meaning the mere presence of the gun stopped the attack. (Note: Distance is your friend!)
In public places, the attacker almost always looks for transitional spaces, meaning a location that allows the attacker to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and with easy escape routes for the attacker. (Awareness is key)
About 1/3 of all assaults have more than one attacker. However, studies show that, when a victim uses his/her gun to defend themselves they seldom must engage more than two attackers before the rest flee! CCW holders tend to use more shots on a single attacker than on multiple ones. (How many rounds does your gun hold?)
The person who puts the first shot into “meaty bits” has the advantage.
Gun fights are won and lost in tenths of a second. (Can you get your gun from concealment quickly and get shots off accurately?)
In a real gun fight, the gun has to be operational right NOW. If you don't (carry with) a round in the chamber, or you use a manual safety, you are starting the gunfight with a malfunction!
Most documented gun fights are within 3 to 7 yards, or the length of a vehicle (confirming Tom Givens' research.)
Follow-up shots are usually necessary, regardless of the caliber you're carrying. Gunfights don’t always end with the first shot; keep shooting until the threat is down.
Most martial arts techniques or combatives are hokum: the keys are distance, deflect, dominate, distract, disarm and disable.
Simple, fast and full-throttle are most important when taking on someone with a gun (Act!).
In a gunfight you will NOT stand still. Move with purpose inside 5 yards -- first hits count!
Concealment is not cover, but it works identically in 99% of the case.
Chasing deadly threats is a bad idea. Learn to shoot and scoot! (Move away from the threat)
People hug cover. So do bullets...so don't pin yourself against it -- leave some space.
There are no documented cases of back-up guns or knives used in self-defense.
In only one case was a gun-mounted flashlight used.
In the majority of civilian related self-defense shootings, civilians were often woefully, terribly misinformed about the legal and moral aspects of using deadly force!
(Paul Pawela is Director of Law Enforcement Training for The National Association of Chiefs of Police and owner of his own firearms training company, Assault Counter Tactics. He is also a former Special Operations hand-to-hand combat instructor and authority.)
Lessons learned from Tom Givens, the FBI, the DEA and more...
Analysis Of A Gunfight
If you don't (carry with)
a round in the chamber or
you use a manual safety,
you are starting the gunfight
with a malfunction!
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By Royce Bartlett
(Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Mr. Bartlett's upcoming book, "A Right So Wronged.")
It has been stated that “the Second Amendment defends the rest," but this is not actually true, because the Amendment is not the right itself, nor is it the grantor thereof. It is merely the scripted recognition of the right to self-preservation, and a direct prohibition against governmental infringement.
The fact that there are gun control laws in existence in this country is mute evidence that the Amendment, in and of itself, is powerless to defend itself, or any of our other rights, against corrupt officials who willfully violate it. It is nothing but words on paper. The 2nd Amendment has no power but what we the people are willing and able to lend to it.
Essentially, the Bill of Rights is a Constitutional restraining order against the government. As long as the government stays within the boundaries set by the enumerated prohibitions therein, all is well. Trouble begins when the government (like most subjects of restraining orders) ignores the order, and gives itself justification to operate outside of its confines (usually by accusing their intended victim of some sort of wrong-doing. Sound familiar?)
Unfortunately, like most abuse victims, the majority of lawful Americans will patiently tolerate multiple indignities against their rights before taking action, as did our forefathers under British oppression. Like all abusers, governments will push until the people resist. Like all victims of abusers, we possess the right to resist, and there’s really no need of a document to tell us we have that right; it is self-evident.
The only thing that gives a restraining order any teeth at all is an armed intended victim. Just as one relying on a restraining order should be armed in the event their abuser ignores it, so should we, the people, be armed in the event our government attempts to infringe our rights and/or abuse us.
Even if the text of the 2nd Amendment were blotted from the Bill of Rights tomorrow, the right itself would still stand, because it came from God, and not men. It is an inalienable right, meaning it cannot be taken from you, and you cannot even relinquish it; it is part of you, a gift from a God, whose gifts and callings are without repentance (He doesn’t change His mind). But, if we fail to exercise the right, it will lay dormant, atrophied, and wasted; and the tyranny that would soon ensue thereafter would be limited only by the imaginations of those in power...and history has given us plenty of examples of exactly how depraved governments can be.
Ask yourself right now what you’re willing to do as an American to preserve the free exercise of the rights recognized within our Constitution, for your children and their descendants. Simply protesting every time another gun control law passes, and then grudgingly accepting the infringement because they ‘allow’ us to keep some of our arms, is not sufficient.
Evil people in high and low places must be made to fear lawful armed citizens, because they don’t fear the law. Such fear may inspire them to take a more thorough moral inventory of themselves, and correct their fanciful, delusional estimations of themselves as lords. We can only hope.
(Royce Bartlett is a firearms/personal defense trainer, a National Association of Chiefs of Police-endorsed trainer and host of "Shooting Straight" on WMMB 1240 & 1350 AM Saturdays from 2 -4 p.m.,also broadcast live on Facebook and available via iHeart Radio podcast).
After Agent Mireles presented his lecture on Saturday, law enforcement and civilians had the opportunity to train with scenarios created specifically based on the "gunfight in Miami." One student commented, "I don't know any other range that offers experiences like this!"
Agent Mireles replicated for students the single-handed shotgun blasts he was forced to employ after his arm was seriously injured during the fight.
Lessons From Miami
The event that changed FBI and law enforcement equipment and training forever -- and continues to influence 21st century tactics and technology -- was revisited from a very personal perspective on June 14 and 15.
The American Police Hall of Fame and the National Association of Chiefs of Police hosted retired FBI Agent Edmundo “Ed” Mireles, the agent who famously ended the 1986 “firefight in Miami.” Despite being seriously injured, Mireles willed himself forward, pumping rounds into the two violent bank robbers as they struggled to escape in a fallen agent’s car.
The confrontation, known by many as “the bloodiest day in FBI history,” involved eight agents and two violent criminals, and left two agents dead and five wounded, three critically.
It was the culmination of a lengthy cat-and-mouse game as the Miami bureau had attempted to identify the thieves who were hitting banks and armored cars...and leaving a trail of bodies in their wake.
Mireles’ presentation -- which NACOP offered free to all current LEOs -- focused on the events leading up to the April 11 shootout and a step-by-step analysis of the firefight itself.
“The lecture was held on Friday and Saturday, once for civilian concealed carriers and once for law enforcement with a live fire follow-on,” explained NACOP’s Director of Law Enforcement Training Paul Pawela. “This was such an important session for both groups because agent Mireles gives -- both in his lecture and his book -- one of the best descriptions ever recorded of what happens to a person, physically and mentally, over the course of a firefight. If you plan to carry a gun for personal defense, this is a lesson you can’t afford to skip.”
The book, “FBI Miami Firefight: Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau” was written by Ed and his wife Elizabeth (also an FBI agent) and goes into even more detail than the agent’s lecture. Both lecture and book offer insight into the mental and tactical preparedness for a gunfight, and how such an encounter changes you.
Stress and the Body
Mireles discusses the impact of stress and adrenaline and such phenomena as: a). tunnel vision, b). time distortion, c). auditory exclusion...i.e. a). your inability to see the threat in its entirety (because you are focused on what you perceive as the “main threat), b). the uncomfortable sense that time has either sped up or slowed way down causing you to be distracted by the sensation, and c). the sudden realization that you are not hearing (or are hearing in a very muffled manner) the fight going on around you. Each of these physiological responses can be disorienting and distracting in a gunfight -- at a time when you need the broadest possible understanding of what is happening around you..
Mireles also discusses the mechanics of shooting and being shot, still marveling that one of the robbers took 12 rounds while the other took 6 and both continued to fight despite some of the wounds being “killing shots.” He also pointed out that his own severe injury was not painful at all during the encounter. In fact, he was not initially convinced that it was even his arm he was looking at.
“I lifted my shattered arm with my good hand and noted that it was being held on by skin,” he recalled. “The force of the shot made it look like some small animal had been blown inside out...but there was no pain.”
Indeed, until he examined the mangled arm, Mireles did not even realize that he had been shot, thinking instead that he had carelessly slammed into the back of one of the bureau cars while moving into position.
FBI Minset Versus Criminal Mindset
Mireles told students about the differences in mindset between the two bank robbers -- both with military backgrounds -- and the FBI agents on scene.
“Up to that time, law enforcement had been taught to seek cover, take a defensive stance, and radio for back-up,” the agent explained.
“Meanwhile, the military guys had been taught to aggressively advance, which these guys did.”
Equipment of the day was an issue as well. Rank-and-file agents carried six shot revolvers while only SWAT-trained agents had semi-automatic pistols and “exotic” long-guns such as M-16s or MP-5s. The bank robbers also carried .357 revolvers but did the most damage with a shotgun and a .223 Ruger Mini 14.
Mireles’ step-by-step approach to recounting the FBI’s pursuit of the robbers -- and especially his detailed account of the gunfight itself -- was hailed by students in follow-up surveys as “awesome,” “excellent” or just, simply, “wow!” Every student who attended the lecture, and those who participated in Saturday’s live fire follow-on training, indicated that they’re looking forward to future training from NACOP.
Mireles told NACOP organizers he was impressed with the quality of the facility itself, the staff’s attention to detail, and the live fire training.
Loved NACOP Venue, Training
He called the June 14 and 15 sessions “one of the best speaking experiences of my career -- and definitely the best follow-on training!”
Law Enforcement who attended the event had the opportunity to actually shoot with Agent Mireles on the range, and watch him re-enact various elements of the shoot-out.
Indeed, the training implemented by NACOP’s LEEP instructors included building an on-range wooden representation of one of the FBI cars involved in the infamous shootout. The replica allowed students to feel the bump of the FBI car as it rolled into the assailants’ car, to hear the attackers’ gunfire (courtesy of fire crackers in a nearby garbage can) and to be forced to suddenly take action as a front panel flipped down, revealing the bank robbers, guns drawn. Yet another scenario offered that day required students to shoot from beneath a car (also on-range), and, still another, forced students to replicate Ed’s single handed shotgun blasts (necessitated by severe Mini 14 damage to his other arm) using the gun leveled on the bumper of a car.
The lecture by Agent Mireles, and the subsequent training developed by NACOP trainers, was carefully designed to help students understand the physical and emotional impact of a gunfight -- and how to fight on in spite of it. While the gunfight itself took place 33 years ago, the lessons from it -- and Mireles’ detailed book “FBI Miami Firefight” -- continue to provide essential, and life-saving, insight for LEOs and anyone who carries a weapon for defensive purposes.
For those who want to read Agent Mireles’ book, order it at http://edmireles.com/product/five-minutes-that-
changed-the-bureau/ and you can find out more about the retired agent at www.edmireles.com.
For those who wish to participate in future NACOP training programs, please contact Tarae@aphf.org.
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Heroes abound at the American Police Hall of Fame! On Friday night, Blackhawk Down commander Col. Danny McKnight popped in to welcome Agent Mireles and hear his presentation. On Saturday, Benghazi hero Dave "Boon" Benton , pictured right, was in the audience. He and Agent Mireles traded books and photos.
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By Paul Pawela
(Editor's Note: After writing about trainer Pat McNamara's fitness philosophies in our previous edition, Paul Pawela now shares his experiences in one of McNamara's famed TAPS -- Tactical Application of Practical Shooting -- classes.)
In the shooting world, there are many professionals to learn from, but one cadre of folks stand at the pinnacle of tactical training expertise, and are always in highest demand as instructors. These warriors come from the most challenging combat university in the world…one known as The Combat Applications Group, formerly known as the 1ST Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta, known more commonly as, simply, Delta Force.
Recently, I had the honor of attending an intense two-day Tactical Application of Practical Shooting (TAPS) class taught by none other than former Delta Operator Pat McNamara.
To understand the value of such a class, you have to understand what Delta Force candidates go through in the course of their training. It is a breeding ground for the finest combat marksmen in the world. In head-to-head shooting competitions, Delta out-shoots every counter-terrorism force worldwide.
With surgical shooting as their stock-in-trade, Delta Force operators train long, hard hours shooting in every conceivable position.
A Delta Force operator first goes through a stringent physical fitness test and grueling land navigation course that weeds out much of the class, which was already composed of people at the peak of their professions. THEN, the operator candidate goes to Operator Training Course or OTC, where he is retrained in a variety of weapons for weeks, 8-10 hours a day, starting with dry fire techniques that systematically teach the operator target identification techniques .
Shooting thousands of rounds per day as you stand in one position, then turning, moving, shooting left and right, putting backs to the target, face about, and shoot-on-command, transition drills from submachine gun to handgun, along with malfunction drills to reload drills and on and on.
Next comes introduction to the shoot house, the reason why Delta Force members are so great at what they do: for eight hours each day, this is where range work and team work come together, as some operators sit as hostages while their fellow Delta candidates blow doors and make entries, shooting precision groups on targets that are mere inches from their teammates. Such are the shooting capabilities of the Delta Force members referred to as “operators” or often “The Dreaded D.”
And such is the man named Pat McNamara, a conscientious man, a leader in all aspects of life, a 22-year veteran of the Army, with each one of those years spent in Special Operations, the last 13 in Delta Force, retiring as a Troop Squadron Sergeant Major, the highest enlisted rank a Non- commissioned Officer can achieve.
Predictably, Pat’s class emphasized essential tactical skills:
Lecture on proper weapons and safety.
Refresher on Marksmanship fundamentals and shot placement grouping exercises.
Conduct a diagnostic course of fire.
Grouping exercises with both pistol and rifle.
Proper use of Barricades.
Close Quarter Battle Techniques.
Immediate action drills.
Pat started out making some pretty salient points to the class, with one being, “There are a lot of gun owners out there, but just because you have a gun does not mean you’re armed.” He further explained to the largely civilian class that, “Civilians have an equal duty (as law enforcement) to protect and serve… to protect ourselves and our loved ones and serve our communities as responsible, trained gun handlers.”
Pat pointed out that “we have to be our own first responders. We cannot rely on law enforcement, fire, or ems, to be there at a moment’s notice. We need to be trained, and we need to be able to take care of our families, our loved ones and ourselves… in first aid, in basic survival and in protecting ourselves. Now, that can be via conflict resolution, going to fisticuffs or by being lethal!”
Pat believes in performance-based training verses outcome-based training. The difference, as Pat defines it, is that outcome-based training is “how many, how much and how fast.” It can be simply defined as execution with an emphasis on the consequence of “will I succeed, or will I fail?”
“Performance-based training asks, “How well”? Where is my home and how can I make incremental improvements to the structure of my home?”
Since a large part of the class was rifle use, I paid particular attention to what Pat recommended as a good rifle system. While hesitant to endorse one rifle manufacturer over another, it is clear he likes Bravo® Company Rifles (as do other former former Operators Larry Vickers and Tom Spooner, which says volumes about that manufacturer). Pat recommends the AR- Platform barrel to be either 14.5 or 16 inches, because Pat likes distance in shooting he prefers the 50/200 yard zero with a 3x multiplier so he can hit the 300-yard range all day long.
Pat prefers a good two-stage trigger. Geissele® SSA trigger is what he runs. On optics, once again, the hands-down favorite among the Ex-Delta alumni is Aimpoint® in the T-2 series, but the Aimpoint® Comp M5 is getting great reviews, as well, from all the ex-Delta luminaries. On tactical light systems, Pat prefers his at the 3 o’clock position using a Surefire scout light, also very popular with the graduates of Delta University.
Other necessary items include a good set of back up Iron sights like Scalarworks® Peak Sights, as well as a good two-point sling, because it stabilizes the shooting platform and keeps the rifle close to the body or back. Pat has his own version of a two-point sling for sale; another is Blue Force® gear sling, adopted by the United States Marine Corps and designed by fellow Delta Operator Larry Vickers.
As far as pistols go, Pat’s recommendations are thus: “a pistol should be ergonomically correct for your size and weight and should feel like an extension of your body. It should also be comfortable to conceal.” The class he taught had a variety of different handguns mostly comprised of Glocks, Sigs and 1911s.
Pat drilled the marksmanship fundamentals, stating the two most important fundamentals are: sight alignment and trigger control. He emphasized that the first shot is the most important, be it in practice or a real gun fight.
Pat covered in thorough detail, stance, grip, presentation, trigger control, and follow through.
Once again, regarding marksmanship training, Pat says there can never be enough of the basics, as he still continues to learn new things with each shooting session.
“Everything starts with a single shot. Marksmanship should be practiced one round at a time. BasicRifle Marksmanship forces us to concentrate on the fundamentals. These fundamentals should be engraved into our hard drives and we must be able to preform these specific skills intuitively," McNamara says. "There are facets that must be felt and performed at a subconscious level: loading, pre-combat check, safety manipulation, building a position, achieving a natural point of aim, sight alignment, trigger control, feeling the metal-on-metal imperfections in the trigger group, calling your shot, seeing how far the sights rise, seeing where the sights settle, how far the sight rises, follow through, realigning the sights, and resetting the trigger. Marksmen should be practiced in near slow motion”.
One cannot move on to tactical shooting until marksmanship fundamentals are sound, because tactical shooting is about target discrimination and proper bullet placement.
Pat put our class through a variety of demanding shooting drills with a tempo that can only be described as Pat’s norm and the place where he best functions as a professional.
As you might guess, the class was filled with well-trained, seasoned men from a variety of skilled shooting backgrounds including military, (the “top gun” in the class was an officer from the Army’s Special Forces) law enforcement, and shooting competitors. But this class also boasted a female shooter who skillfully held her own against the testosterone crew. A true diamond-in-the-rough, yet still a seasoned and experienced shooter in her own right, Deb Sullivan is the owner of her own ranch and a mother to three grown women.
Deb was a tad behind the power curve in the rifle department due to her use of a Noveske® AR-Pistol, but even there, she held her own.
She said she had decided to take the class because she lives in a rural setting, takes care of her animals solo, and wants to be responsible for her own protection.
In taking responsibility for herself, she knows she must protect and defend not only her life but her property and everything on it. She said it was challenging to keep up with the hard-charging, more experienced men in the class, but that did not prevent her from clawing her way into the ranks of the day's best shooters. She simply made up her mind that she was going to get through the tasks demanded of her.
When asked her impressions of the class, she said, “My Father always said buy the best and learn from the very best. There are no people on earth better with guns than Delta Force members. I appreciated Pat explaining things that I did not understand and he took the time and had the patience with me to make those things right that I needed to get right. The fact that Pat treated me no different than the men... I respected that immensely.”
Pat McNamara is truly exceptional in all he does and teaches. He is the living embodiment of the concept of pushing yourself to being the very best you can be. His thoughts on self-preservation are world class and he has compiled them into an outstanding book titled Sentinel: Become the Agent in Charge of Your Own Protection Detail. It is a must-read.
For more information on Pat McNamara’s training or upcoming classes in your area go to https://www.tmacsinc.com/.
In The Fray with Pat
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"a pistol should be ergonomically correct
for your size and weight and should feel like
an extension of your body. It should also
Pat was impressed with the skill and determination of the class' lone female participant, Deb Sullivan.
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'Active Shooter Defense' Course
How often do you find yourself in a crowded mall, school, church, corporate office or other public venue? Probably fairly regularly. Do you ever look around and ponder where you would go and what you would do in the event an active shooter encounter unfolded?
Unless you have had military, law enforcement or tactical firearms training, it is probably a thought you avoid as much as possible. Why ruin a perfectly good outing or a peaceful day at work by thinking negative and -- quite frankly -- frightening thoughts? And aren't the chances that you will find yourself in such a situation ridiculously slim?
In fact, it is unlikely that you will ever come face-to-face with an active shooter, but the odds have been increasing since the beginning of the 21st Century. According to FBI statistics, the new millennium dawned with one mass shooter incident in 2000 and has risen more less gradually ever since, with a high of 30 separate incidents in 2017.
The locations of these horrific acts vary broadly, with 20.8% occurring in educational institutions, 42% in areas of commerce (businesses, malls, restaurants, etc), 14% in open spaces, 10% in government facilities, 4% in churches, as well as 4% in health care facilities and another 4.8% in residences.
Once we have determined where, we can't help but ask why? Some would quickly point the finger at firearms; yet firearms have been part of American society since dawn of the nation. The old West communities that were portrayed in television and movies as a hot bed of cowboy shoot 'em ups actually boasted just a couple murders each year. Yet just about everyone owned -- and often carried -- a gun. Back then, it was a tool that was essential to survival.
Those of us over 50 who grew up in rural America probably remember boys coming to school with their hunting rifle or shotgun proudly mounted in the back window of their pickup truck. Many schools even even taught firearms safety. Guns were as common as teen-aged fights and disagreements...yet the likelihood that anyone would actually use their firearm to settle a youthful argument was so minimal as to be unthinkable.
Those without a political agenda are more thoughtful on the matter, often pointing to the rise of social media and the lure of "immediate fame." Others point out a lack of proper care and attention for those teetering on the edge of mental illness, and, still others point to an overall lack of civility, manners and respect for human life.
It is likely a combination of those factors, along with a few others. But guns, while the mass shooter's tool of choice, are not the root cause. If they were, the United Kingdom would not be awash in knife violence these days.
So is it worth even worrying about? And if you choose to worry, is there anything you can actually do to prepare and prevail in the event of an attack? The answer is yes and yes.
Even though such incidents are rare, when they happen preparedness means the difference between life and death. Knowing how to respond, not only to the attack itself but in the aftermath, as well, can and will save lives.
In the 19 years since the dawn of the century, we have learned much about responding to active shooter incidents. We have learned what works...and what doesn't. We have learned, tragically, that cowering and pleading do not work. Indeed, such behavior only seems to embolden the maniac who desperately wants to hold the power of life and death in his hands. We have learned that most of these individuals telegraph their intentions, either to friends, family or on social media. We have learned that an immediate medical response to mass casualties can save lives. And, of course, we have learned that good guys with guns are the best antidote to bad guys with guns.
Numerous agencies now offer training in active shooter response -- whether it is the "Run, Hide, Fight" philosophy or the "Avoid, Deny, Defend" approach, the message is the same; get out of the situation if at all possible; if you can't escape, find a place to barricade and obscure yourself; and, if that fails, channel your fear into anger and fight like your life depends on it...because it does.
Because of the new partnership between the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) and the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), NACOP will soon offer USCCA's Active Shooter Defense course. This 4-6 hour class will range between $65 and $85 per student (depending whether range time is included). Group rates are available, as is off-site instruction (we can teach in your church, business or other facility). On-site classes may include either range time or time in the NACOP simulator.
The class will provide an overview of data gathered from 48 mass shootings that have occurred since Columbine, to determine what can be learned from these tragedies, including whether a reduction in magazine capacity or the banning of any class of firearm would have changed the outcome. You'll learn whether “gun-free” zones figure into the planning of these mass murderers; whether victim response at mass shootings has made a difference; and whether “universal background checks” could impact the frequency of such shootings. Most valuable, the course will assist your business, school or church in creating an emergency operations plan that specifically addresses the concerns, structure and special considerations of your facility or organization. The course will also brief you on proper response, using the Department of Homeland Security's Run, Hide, Fight philosophy and what you should know about each course of action.
This class does not necessarily involve firearms, although they will certainly be discussed in their context as defensive weapons.
If you are interested in attending a class at the American Police Hall of Fame, one will be taking place in September. Contact Tarae@aphf.org to get specifics. If you would like to set up a class at your church, business or organization, also contact Tarae@aphf.org to schedule.
NACOP-endorsed instructor Paul Pawela says the annual "Man Camp" event at the American Police Hall of Fame started out as "a ministry for men who knew nothing about fighting, self-defense, or personal protection."
"My goal was to bring together for one day a variety of some of the world’s most elite warriors to teach self-defense topics, hand to hand, knife-counter-knife, ground fighting, close quarter shooting with handguns and rifles, and so much," said Pawela, who serves as NACOP's Director of Law Enforcement Training in addition to owning "Assault Counter Tactics" training company.
Special guests in previous years have included: Dr. Dale Comstock former Delta Force/CIA Operator; Dr. EJ Owens, special operations technical and tactical advisor and national subject matter expert; Gary O’Neal, Special Forces/ Ranger Hall of Fame Legend; Danny McKnight, Ground Forces Ranger Commander from Black Hawk Down Fame; and Dave “Boon” Benton, Former CIA Operator and one of the heroes of Benghazi.
Pawela stresses that, in civilian defense training, "the objective is to make it as real as possible, utilizing the most realistic training props, like shooting dummies filled with blood packets to experience gun shot wounds at close distances...a training concept I stole from Richard Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team 6...to finding quality instructors who will motivate and captivate students."
This year's Man Camp was no different with special guest instructors that included International Master Police Instructor Trainer Michael J. Lazarus, Master Krav Maga Instructor Mickey Hogan, and Master firearms expert Ash Hess.
Pawela explains that real self-defense encounters are far more dangerous than most people train for, which is why he and his training company are recognized for pushing the envelope on tactical training (while still emphasizing safety at all turns). "We try to make the experience as real as possible, under the most stress that can be induced, in the craziest situations, but with safety being paramount," he says. Pawela adds that people are already signing up for 2020 Man Camp -- it is never too early to think ahead. And, for the ladies, Wo-Man Camp is coming on August 24 -- and it offers all the challenge, sweat and (fake) blood of Man Camp! Find out more by emailing email@example.com or sign up at shootingclasses.com.
It's a chance to gain valuable skill in self defense and safety, while getting in touch with your inner wild man. It's Man Camp!
If you have ever sat in a shooting class and thought "this is great, but what other classes can I take? How can I continue learning and hone my my skills?" then the new STEP program from The National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) and The Shooting Center is designed just for you. In this issue of Home on the Range, we include our first-ever STEP syllabus. Shortly, we will be unveiling a training calendar on the home page of www.Shooting-Center.org, which will feature all upcoming classes and easy links to sign up.
STEP grew out of a desire to give our customers and students the best possible safety and firearms training through the most competent and experienced instructors.
Classes are divided into four levels (from beginner to tactical), with each class offering a number of credits, which you can accumulate by filling out a student registration card each time you take a class. By so doing, you became eligible for discounts, free training, or advance notice of special training opportunities (STOs).
Some classes are offered year-round while others are offered periodically, much like a college curriculum. If you take enough classes and earn 50 credit hours, you will receive the “Tactical Proficiency” diploma issued by NACOP and signed off on by NACOP instructors. This diploma certifies that you have completed coursework necessary for competent concealed carry defensive techniques as recommended by NACOP officials. Our trainers are world-class law enforcement, military, NRA, and USCCA trainers who are offering their classes in our venue for less than you would typically pay for the same level of instruction at other venues.
To receive the Tactical Proficiency Diploma, the following criteria must be met: at least two NACOP instructors must sign off on your request; credits must include at least 6 credit hours from level II, 8 from level III and 12 from level IV. In levels III and IV, some classes may be taken up to three times each for full credit per class.
Levels and Classes for 2019
Level I: The most basic level of training. Students who have never shot a weapon before or are unfamiliar with the basics or personal defense, or want to secure a Concealed Weapon License (CWL) should begin with these classes.
Basic Pistol Course – The 8-hour NRA Basic Pistol Course goes into extensive detail on gun safety rules, pistol nomenclature, basics of ammunition, marksmanship fundamentals, proper gun cleaning, and maintenance and more. Includes both classroom and range time. 8 hours. $125. 4 credits. (Various Instructors)
Beginners “Gunless” Handgun Class – Designed for those uncertain about learning to shoot, but curious enough to ask questions. Class offers about 3 hours of basic firearms instruction, including the chance to shoot laser guns with CO2 cartridges that simulate recoil, as well as time in our use-of-force simulator. The class addresses selecting the proper gun for your needs, understanding the personal defense mindset and storing/maintaining your firearm. Class may offer opportunity to fire a gun on the range, if students feel ready. 3-4 hours. $40. 2 credits. (Tara Dixon Engel)
Fundamentals of Handgun & Concealed Carry Class – This class walks you through basics of safety, grip, stance, choosing the right gun, understanding the fundamentals of personal defense, and the responsibility of carrying concealed. Gives you live fire time and exercises, concludes with a qualification certificate for CWL. 4-5 hours. $60. 3 credits. (Tara Dixon Engel/John Falldorf)
Florida Concealed Carry Class – Class is geared toward more experienced shooters who want to understand the philosophy and legalities behind concealed carry. Limited range time, concludes with a qualification certificate for CWL. 3 hours. $50. 2 credits. (Varied Instructors)
Senior Handgun Refresher – A fundamentals class for those who used to shoot or are just exploring it in the “post 50” years. The class takes into account mobility and dexterity issues familiar to seniors. It works on perfecting shooting style, within the physical limitations of age. The class costs $35; for an additional $10 fee, instructors will qualify you for your concealed carry certificate during range time. 3.5 hours. 2 credits. (Varied Instructors)
Pistol Marksmanship 101 -- A three hour basic class that helps shooters understand the elements of the draw stroke, and the fundamentals of successful defensive shooting. This class is designed to help you take the first step toward more advanced tactical classes. Class will help students become more comfortable with range commands, shooting in close proximity to others, maintaining safe gun handling under stress and other tactical musts. 3 hours. $50. 2 credits. (Royce Bartlett)
Introduction to Hand-to-Hand -- Even if you don't choose to carry a firearm, it is still important to understand how to protect yourself and others. This class, taught by former SOCOM hand-to-hand expert Paul Pawela will start you on the road to disabling your assailant without firing a shot. 3 hours. $50. 2 credits. (Paul Pawela)
USCCA Home Defense and Handgun Fundmentals -- This comprehensive training class can be taught with or without a shooting component. The class offers a common sense, detailed approach to defending your home and your life with a firearm. Class may be taught off-site or at the facility. 4-6 hours. $50/$75 (non-shooting/shooting). 4 credits. (Royce Bartlett, Tara Dixon Engel, John Falldorf)
Youth Handgun -- Statistics show that young people who are taught to respect firearms do not misuse them, and that children as young as 11 have used firearms to defend against attackers. This class is open to ages 14-19 and provides fundamentals of gun handling and basics of personal defense. Parent or legal guardian must attend (at no charge) with the student for this class . 4 hours. $75. 2 credits. (Royce Bartlett) A corresponding Youth Carbine class will also be offered, and will alternate with the Youth Handgun class.
Level II: Recommended classes/sessions before transitioning to more tactical training. The sessions will familiarize you with standard range practices and give you time/training to refine your form.
Introduction to the Range – This 3-4 hour course completes the transition from stationary shooting to tactical shooting by teaching proper gear (the gun, clothing, holsters, gun belts, mag pouches, ammo, etc) and which gear is appropriate to your needs. The class also methodically stresses drawing from the holster, shoot/no-shoot scenarios, administrative reloads, reloads under fire, as well as single hand/off-hand shooting. The class will prepare you for the challenging classes in Level III and IV. This class will also have sample equipment available to examine and try out, which can then be ordered or purchased at the end of the class. 3 hours. $50. 3 credits. (Varied Instructors)
Tactical/Practical (aka Tac/Prac) – This weekly training event takes only a few minutes and allows you to move through a tactical course and test your skills in dealing with unexpected situations and threats. The courses of fire normally include 10 photographic targets of “bad guys” with guns. Participants are instructed to engage the “aggressors” with at least 3 rounds, more if desired or needed. The targets are set up in spaces partitioned off with improvised “walls”. $10 per session. Six Tac Prac sessions will earn you 3 credits. (Maximum of six credits available) (Gary Weeks)
Tac-Prac Air Soft -- This periodic training event builds on the intensity of the traditional Tac Prac, with the added stress dimension of having targets that “shoot back.” Students will be tested in their observational/ reaction skills in this exercise. Attending six Air Soft sessions will earn you 3 credits. $10 per session. (Maximum of six credits available) (Gary Weeks)
Senior Tactical Introduction -- A tactical class that accomodates those 50 and up who may be unfamiliar with, or uneasy with, moving and shooting, low light, tactical encounters, etc. The class requires seniors to have taken the Senior Handgun Refresher. REQUIRED Equipment: sturdy belt, hard kydex holster, gun, mag pouches and 100 rounds of ammo. Will learn draw stroke, point index and marksmanship, one-handed shooting, shooting from a wheelchair or walker and more. 3 hours. $75. 3 credits. (Royce Bartlett, Tara Dixon Engel, John Falldorf)
USCCA Concealed Carry Course -- Course includes everything featured in the USCCA Handgun Fundamentals and Home Defense course, only with Concealed Carry components, Florida laws and shooting qualification. Comprehensive course. 6 hours. $100. 4 credits. (Varied Instructors)
USCCA Active Shooter Defense -- Offered at our facility or you can request that it be presented on-site to your church, school, business or organization. Provides analysis of data collected from previous mass shooter incidents, assists with development of comprehensive plan for your household, business, church or organization. Teaches "Run, Hide, Fight" approach. Can be taught on-site or off. 4-6 hours. $65/$85 (non-shooting/shooting) (Tara Dixon Engel/John Falldorf)
Level III: This level gets down to business with the fine points of building competence and making wise tactical choices: when to shoot, when to retreat, how to deal with the emotional/physical impact of a personal defense encounter.
Basic Defensive Pistol Class -- This class is for those who have completed at least one Level I and one Level II session. Bring a carry pistol, carry holster, spare magazine carrier, 200 rounds of ammo, eye/ear protection, close-toed shoes, and a will to learn. The class expands on what you learned in Introduction to the Range, Tac-Prac or Ladies Only. This class will emphasize moving and shooting, proper holster draw, shoot/no-shoot, shooting under duress and more. Emphasis on building your confidence and competence. 4 hours. $75. 3 credits. (Royce Bartlett)
Ladies-Only Defensive Carry Class – Class emphasizes personal defense for women only, draw stroke, moving & shooting, clearing malfunctions, proper gear and mindset. Class taught by female instructors. 6 hours. $75. 4 credits. (Varied Instructors)
Realistic Scenario Training – This non-shooting class places you in various realistic scenarios where you have to make shoot/no-shoot decisions (using laser guns, etc.). Test yourself on how you react, what you say and do. Refine your responses in a hand-to-hand situation. No equipment needed. 3 hours. $75. 3 credits. (Paul Pawela)
Man Camp and Wo-Man Camp – Offered in partnership with Assault Counter Tactics, these two courses push both genders (separately) to refine their tactical skill at a high level. Special guests, special activities, day-long intensity. 7 hours. $150. 3 credits. (Paul Pawela)
Intermediate Hand-to-Hand --The next step in acquiring the skills and knowledge to defend yourself when a gun is unavailable or rendered useless. Instructor has been inducted into four martial arts halls of fame. 3 hours. $75. (Paul Pawela)
Level IV: This level offers advanced, intensive training from some of the top trainers in the country, those affiliated with NACOP and those brought in by NACOP specifically to offer specialized tactical education.
Realistic Self Defense – This class builds on lessons learned in level III with guidance on realistically using your handgun in a defensive encounter. Lessons include shooting two-handed, one-handed dominant, and one-handed support, shooting while on your knees, bottom, back and stomach, shooting while on the move, and shoot/no-shoot scenarios. 4 hours. $85. 3 credits. (Paul Pawela)
Couples Team Tactics – This intensive course teaches you how to work in tandem with another person, whether a friend, significant other or partner. Advanced tactics and stressors featured. 7 hours. $200. 4 credits. (Paul Pawela)
Specialized Training Opportunities (STO) – These special sessions are taught throughout the year and feature world-class trainers ranging from Dave “Boon” Benton and Gary O’Neal, to Ed Mireles and NACOP VP Chief Brian Smith, as well as many others. Check the The Shooting Center training calendar for STO listings! Each session is worth up to 4 credits. Cost is session-specific. (Multiple Instructors)
Advanced Carry for Women – Tactical shooting for women by women. This class features multiple positions, split second decision-making, shoot/no-shoot, cover and concealment and more. 7 hours. $125. 4 credits (Varied Instructors)
Advanced Defensive Pistol Class – Follow-on to the Level III Basic Defensive Pistol Class. Includes realistic scenarios, stress introduction - both physical and mental, shooting & moving, shooting from cover, shoot/no-shoot, and more. 4 hours. $125. 4 credits. (Royce Bartlett)
Counter Car-Jacking Training -- Scenario-based class on what to do if you are in a car jacking situation or encounter someone with road rage. No live ammo. All equipment will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing with sneakers and a belt. A portion of the class will be taught outside. Please bring water and a snack. There will be a one hour lunch break: 7 hours. $150. 4 credits (Paul Pawela)
Future Classes: Rendering Critical Care, Concealed Carrying in Your Everyday Clothes, Air Soft Personal Defense Scenarios, Tactial Jiujitsu and more. A new syllabus will be provided as more classes are introduced. New classes will be posted on the training calendar as they are finalized.
Current NACOP-endorsed Instructor List (more are being added):
Royce Bartlett -- Radio personality -- host of Shooting Straight on iHeart Radio, firearms authority, gun writer, tactical instructor and public speaker/2nd Amendment advocate/authority. firstname.lastname@example.org
John Falldorf – Long-time law enforcement firearms trainer, competitive law enforcement shooter, civilian and LE range manager, gun shop manager with extensive firearms knowledge, 27 years as a law enforcement patrol deputy, forensic technician, detective, and more. USCCA/NRA certified. JohnF@aphf.org
Tara Dixon Engel -- Author of “The Handgun Guide for Women,” national gun writer for various magazines, NRA certified in pistol, rifle, shotgun, Refuse to be a victim, range safety officer, & USCCA certified for concealed carry, home defense & active shooter defense, former competitive shooter, gun counter sales, public speaker and VP of Training & Strategic Development for The National Association of Chiefs of Police. Tarae@aphf.org
Paul Pawela -- Paul Pawela has over 30 years of military and Law Enforcement. He is a certified NRA Police firearms instructor and a member of the International Close Combat Association. He is a nationally known expert in hand-to-hand combat, a prolific magazine writer, has been trained by experts in defensive firearms and martial arts and is Director of Law Enforcement Training for the National Association of Chiefs of Police. PaulP@aphf.org
Brian Smith -- A law enforcement Captain with 30 years of service, including as Rangemaster, Director of Training, and Commander of Special Operations. Brian is Vice President of the National Association of Chiefs of Police . He founded the Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute in order to teach defensive tactics to police agencies. He has been named Law Enforcement Instructor of the year by the NRA, among many other honors.
Gary Weeks -- NRA certified pistol instructor and Assistant Range Master at The Shooting Center, he coordinates the “Tactical/Practical” match each Friday and participates in competition shooting in 3-Gun, Action Steel and any competition allowing Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC). email@example.com
To find out more, email Tarae@aphf.org.
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