The Tactical SRO

fb_img_154801157383120190406_10562220190106_14254720190106_142527picture-220190106_142325picture-420190106_222505picture-6picture-7There are times when law enforcement reminds me of the “We must do something” scene in Blazing Saddles. When the governor thought there was a crisis, he not only came up with a flimsy solution, he expected everyone to give him a “harrumph”. We’ve all seen it happen: someone makes a complaint and we are ordered to do something “to make it look like we’re doing something.” The Parkland school shooting has sparked that initiative in several circles, including law enforcement. Across the nation, state legislators have enacted legislation requiring police departments to train for active shooters. The state of Illinois has even created a “master tactical patrol officer” training program for approximately 30 officers statewide to train everyone else in case of an active shooter. Harrumph.
We must train every officer for an active shooter incident. But, why isn’t there an initiative to train the school resource officers? It has been a wide spread belief or prejudice or whatever you want to call it that many school resource officers have been placed in the schools to get them off the streets. I’ve known a few like that through the years. Maybe they’re too old, too lazy, too out of shape or just too bad at their jobs to be out on the streets so departments stick them in the schools. We hold Air Marshals to a very high standard of training, marksmanship and proficiency so we can be safe when we fly but we aren’t willing to hold SRO’s to a high standard to protect our children.
I like to think I understand a little bit about the subject. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in History, I spent four years teaching at the high school level in the hopes of some day becoming an FBI agent. When I failed in that endeavor, I became a police officer 16 years ago and I am beginning my fourth year as the school resource officer. I have been a firearms instructor for ten years. Plus, I am certified as an active shooter threat instructor by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Early in my career, I received active shooter training from SWAT guys who instructed us to post up on a building and wait until we had at least three officers before entering an active shooter situation. Experience has taught us all this isn’t the right tactic, nor is it worth believing we must wait for the patrol officers to arrive to address the situation. However, we must begin by posting the RIGHT officers in the schools. A 300 lbs. officer is probably going to have a lot of difficulty running from one end of a school to another and then being able to address an active shooter. The high school I am stationed at is more than a quarter mile long and there are much bigger schools and campuses across the country. We all cringed when we watched the officer in Parkland wait outside while the shooting continued. We as a law enforcement community must hold ourselves to a higher standard and demand the school resource officers are the right officers for the job and receive the right training to address school violence.
First, who is the right officer for the SRO position? Every school is different, but an SRO must have some common traits: good with kids, friendly, outgoing, and tactically sound. Far too often, I hear of SRO’s who have chosen the position to close out their careers believing it’s a good way to coast into retirement. As I mentioned previously, it’s also been common to see officers who couldn’t cut it on the streets be placed in the schools. I’ve learned schools are microcosms of our communities with the same issues. If you can’t cut in on the streets, what are you doing to protect our children?
Second, we must look at how we equip our SRO’s. Some departments allow officers to wear a soft uniform of a polo shirt and khaki tactical pants while others require a Class A uniform every day, but that difference does not change the need to properly equip our SRO’s, especially with a long gun. Until now, the storage of a long gun has been an issue for almost every SRO I’ve ever spoken to. Most patrol rifles are stored inside a patrol vehicle out in the parking lot. That rifle doesn’t do anyone any good if it can’t be accessed in a crisis. Commercial safes have often been bulky, slow to access, easy to break into and “sending the wrong message” to students and parents about a militarized police officer in the school. Unfortunately, we live in a time when the debate over how it looks to have a long gun in the school is trumped by our need to have one in the school. It’s a sad fact we need the long guns and Vapensystems Inc. (www.vapensystems.com) has created the best available storage option for long guns. Vapen’s QVR (or Quiver) can be secured to a wall or floor but can be placed practically anywhere including in closets, offices, storage rooms, or some of the other locations around a school. Having multiple QVRs and multiple long guns at locations throughout a school not only would increase response time, it would also assist the SRO in being effective in engaging any threat to the students. The QVR features a door that opens 180 degrees and requires less room for storage and access than a traditional, box-type gun safe. The safe can be accessed via a code or by placing a finger on the biometric keypad (the keypad can remember up to 10 different fingerprints). Up to two long guns can be stored inside along with multiple hand guns and body armor. If security of the long gun is a concern, the QVR’s locking mechanism is “buried” in the base which makes it almost impossible to crack open.
Body armor also must be a consideration for the SRO. A lot of today’s carriers are secured by a cummerbund and although these work great for SWAT teams, it’s impractical for an SRO who must respond quickly and may be wearing a Class A uniform. The absolute best body armor for an SRO is from Propper. Propper’s Critical Response Kit was designed for the first responder on the scene and the SRO is the tip of the spear for school security. The Critical Response Kit is a lightweight, one-size-fits-all package and it’s fast and easy to get on. With a price tag of $289.95, it’s at a price most agencies or individual officers can afford. Speed is the name of the game in responding to an active shooter and Propper got it right with this design. Grab the kit, slip it on and secure it with plastic buckles on the side. The affordability of the kit with Level IV ballistic plates makes it so every agency can afford them and the ease to get the kit on quickly makes it an indispensable piece of equipment that can be kept in the office, patrol car, or QVR safe.
Propper also manufactures a top-quality bailout bag that should be part of every SRO’s equipment. The bag is small enough to fit in a desk drawer, filing cabinet or the QVR safe but has enough space to carry a lot of gear. A grease pencil can be used to mark your direction of travel or location. Flashbangs or smoke grenades can be used to assault the shooter and cover the evacuation of students. Laminated maps of the school can be invaluable in communicating exit/entry points to responding officers and perhaps addressing the location of suspects, victims and/or explosive devices. Tourniquets and Israeli bandages are going to be needed for any injured victims and the faster they receive aid, the better their chances for survival. Other items such as flex cuffs, glass breakers, and door stops may prove to be invaluable.
What about training? As I said earlier, early in my career I received training to arrive on scene and wait for at least two more officers before making entry. That tactic wastes too much time and has cost too many lives. The consensus now is every officer will proceed on their own and if they can link up with other officers they can proceed as a team then. The emphasis is on solo officer response utilizing limited penetration tactics. There are variances in limited penetration techniques but there are no standard Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for school resource officers. I’ve seen several programs that have been put together by individuals with years of tactical experience but no experience as a school resource officer and I have seen programs put together by SRO’s with no tactical experience. We must bridge the gap to make sure our SRO’s have sound tactics and weapon manipulation skills to carry out the tactics.
The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) has recently announced a three-day training for active shooters taught by NASRO instructors and the Tactical Defense Institute. This is an optional course and not involved in the basic SRO certification. The course description includes the statement, “Officers attending the course need to be in reasonably good physical condition as the course will involve a great deal of physical activity.” Am I wrong in saying, “If you can’t physically handle the training, why are you in a position requiring you to protect our children?” Day One is classroom only with the emphasis on the psychology of school shooters and the history of school shootings. Days two and three will involve “realistic scenarios in a school facility. Attendees will gain experience in one and two officer responses to specific scenarios. Tactical movement and entry techniques will be stressed.” (https://narsro.org) Why waste a day with the history of the school shooter? Why do scenarios if TTP’s (tactics, techniques, and procedures) aren’t being taught first? Why is this not a part of the basic SRO certification course instead of learning styles, how to make lesson plans and how to prepare presentations for students? Shouldn’t our students’ safety be the top priority?
While searching the internet for tactical training for school resource officers, I saw an article on Officer.com about a company training SRO’s with an emphasis on tubular assaults and marksmanship at extreme distances in chaos with a handgun. The program has a strong emphasis on being able to engage a shooter in a school hallway with a handgun at ranges of 100 yards with numerous students between the officer and the suspect. Maybe this sounds like a great idea to some people but, I think this is the worst idea I’ve ever seen regarding training SRO’s. I don’t know too many cops who could competently make a shot on a moving target at 100 yards with a handgun. I don’t know of anyone who could competently make a shot on a moving target at 100 yards with a handgun with dozens, if not hundreds, of kids running through the halls. Not only are the kids going to block our views, but also be in the foreground and background preventing a safe shot. This is reckless, dangerous and incompetent. We must do better.
So, do I have the perfect answer? No, I don’t, but I also don’t know of a perfect answer to any problem. Choosing the right personnel and giving them the right equipment is a start but giving them the right training is even more important. The basic SRO course offered by NASRO is a five-day, 40-hour course. School law is an absolute necessity, but we must make school safety our top priority. I am currently offering a three day course for school resource officers through my training company, Blue Line Combatives. The first day consists of marksmanship drills, executive protection type drills, and close quarter battle drills with a handgun and long gun. Improving the officer’s lethality and marksmanship while also teaching how to provide another layer of protection for students who may be caught in the crossfire is vital to the role of SRO. A day of limited penetration tactics and techniques is day two. TTP’s established for solo officer response and how to link up with other officers will improve response time. A third day of scenario-based training tops it off. But, just like air marshals and SWAT teams, we need to have a minimum score on qualification shoots to ensure we are getting officers who at least have the marksmanship ability to carry out their duties to combat a school shooter.
School resource officers are our first line of defense against school shooters. We can’t allow the position to be a step to retirement or a place to hide incompetent officers. Posting officers who are tactically sound, physically fit and vigilant does take a good cop off the streets but aren’t our children worth it? Giving our SRO’s the proper equipment and training to ensure our children’s safety as much as we ensure the safety of airline passengers shouldn’t be an idea, it should be an every day practice. Until schools and law enforcement agencies focus on properly training and equipping the right officers to be SRO’s, our first line of defense against school shooters may prove to be our weakest.

 

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Learn how to teach!

Over the years, there’s been an outcry from certain segments of society to change the way police are trained. Some say we need more range time and more training on making split second decisions to shoot or not. Others have insisted we receive more sensitivity training. Groups have pointed to high numbers of rounds shot, numbers of “unarmed” suspects and low hit rates as proof police need to be better trained. I see those same facts and figures and believe we may need to re-think how we train our police firearms instructors.
I won’t bore you with my certifications or try to dazzle you with who I’ve trained with; instead, I will tell you that of all the instructor level classes I’ve taken, only one required I actually teach. The vast majority of instructor level courses require us to be students on the firing line passing qualification shoots while others require us to sit through long periods of power point presentations. Before pursuing my life long dreams of a law enforcement career, I obtained a college degree and spent two years as a high school history/civics teacher. Before a school hired me, I had to demonstrate I could teach and before that I had to learn HOW TO TEACH!
I received my first police firearms instructor certification from the Police Training Institute for handguns and shotguns. The 40-hour class included students performing reloads, malfunction drills, a night shoot and various drills and qualification courses. Other than speaking to my classmates at break, I didn’t have to say a word the whole week. That wasn’t the exception, that was the rule. The emphasis in every class was improving the instructor candidates’ shooting performance with everyone competing to have the top scores. Not until I attended CQB Instructor training from the Direct Action Group was I expected to learn how to teach the material. Max Joseph began the class by introducing himself and his expectations for the class along with a safety brief. Max then selected one of my classmates to stand up and present the same safety brief Max had just presented. That student stumbled more than once due to a lack of confidence and teaching experience. Throughout the week, every student was expected to develop lesson plans, present the safety brief and TEACH drills Max had already explained and had up perform. We were expected to be instructors and each of the instructor candidates rose to the occasion.
The education classes in college prepared me to be front and center in a classroom full of teenagers with varying abilities, needs, interests and attention spans. Learning how to budget time, prepare a lecture and hands on activities, and write lesson plans seemed fairly boring back then but they have paid dividends in my career as a police firearms instructor. I’m comfortable writing my lesson plans, adapting the lessons to the specific learning styles of officers in my department and certainly comfortable presenting the material. Over the years, numerous instructors have called me or emailed me asking for advice on how to write lesson plans, develop round counts or courses of fire, how to be comfortable speaking in front of a group and, most alarming, how to maintain safety during a shoot.
There are many advanced firearms courses and many courses designed to make firearms instructors more effective. The simplest course, the range safety officer from the NRA, is fairly basic knowledge every police firearms instructor should know to maintain safety on the firing line and yet it’s an extra course we would have to pay for. Instead of having instructor candidates shoot a course of fire at night or in diminished light, why aren’t we teaching the instructor candidates how to conduct night shoots and how to handle the accompanying safety concerns? The NLEFIA is offering an advanced coaching techniques course at considerable cost. IALEFI has a Master Instructor Development Program lasting three days covering range safety, course design, adult learning concepts and shooter remediation. Why are these topics not what we are learning in the basic instructor programs?
The average police firearms instructor course is 40 hours in length. Most require hundreds of rounds of ammunition but offer little to no education for firearms instructors. Instead of 40 hours of shooting, how about 40 hours of learning how to teach our officers to be better shooters and to be more tactically sound? Forty hours is enough time to learn how to create a lesson plan, how to keep records of training, range safety, how to create a budget, how to create a round count, how to conduct night shoots safely, coaching techniques, learning styles and give each instructor candidate some experience with public speaking/presenting material. Could we make the days longer or give the class one or two extra days to include some medical training on how to apply tourniquets, pressure bandages and chest seals?
The focus has been on finding the best shooters at local departments and making them better shooters in the hopes they will be able to teach what they have learned but that isn’t always the case. Many great athletes attempt coaching but fail miserably and many great shooters attempt to be instructors but fail miserably. For the sake of our profession, I hope we can take a hard look at how we train our instructors and make the necessary changes. Instead of choosing the best shooters, can we instead choose the best instructor candidates and make them better instructors?

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Some guns are investments that we collect and plan to sell down the road. Some are hobby pieces which allow us to compete in USPSA, trap, sporting clays or any of the other shooting sports. But, for some of us, those firearms are part of our daily work equipment and our lives depend on maintaining those firearms.
Most handguns these days come with a case of some sort. Glock pistols always come in a plastic case. My new Springfield 1911 came with a cloth carrying case. Neither of these are going to protect my firearms the way I need. For the past year, I’ve been using three Condition 1 cases and I’m never going to use anything else.
I have to travel quite a bit for training classes and chose the rifle case and the 10” small carrying case for my first two cases. In the online catalog (www.condition1.com), the 10” small carrying case is referred to as item #312. The interior dimensions are 9.37” inches wide, 7.71” inches high and 4.38” deep. The case is made in the USA from polypropylene copolymer and features spring loaded latches and the ability to be locked with padlocks which make it TSA acceptable. So far, the TSA hasn’t even been able to scratch this case! Air and water tight up to three feet deep, the case also utilizes and atutomatic pressure release valve. After adjusting the pluckable foam to accept my Glock 17 with weapon mounted light, I started traveling by auto and plane to training and competition across the Midwest and training on the west coast. The case is also less than $50.
My rifle case is #818 in the online catalog and is 53” long. The rifle case features handles on the top and the end of the case to make transport easy. I love the off road wheels at the end of the case to make it that much easier to get my gear where it needs to be going. Air and water tight, the case also protects from dust and debris. Perhaps the best endorsement of the case came when I had to drive to a range near Kansas City (about a 4 hour drive from my house). Due to all the other equipment in the cab of my truck, the case and some other items had to stay in the bed of the truck. Not only did the case protect my Troy AR from dust and dirt, my optic was still zeroed when I arrived on the range after driving through a lot of gravel road to get there.
If I was going on an African safari, I would put my long arms in this Condition 1 case! But, to be honest, it isn’t perfect. First, it came with slab foam instead of pluckable foam. Second, the size is just too big for law enforcement (and a lot of non-LE, too, I would suspect). My work rifle stays in my trunk and is in the case provided by the manufacturer and that case is poor quality. Condition1 has made a great case but it won’t fit in the trunk of my squad car. No matter how good the case is, if it can’t fit in the trunk of my squad car, I can’t use it for work. However, I’ve been told a shorter case is in the works. Let’s hope so.
The third case has been my favorite. After getting my 1911 overhauled after 20,000 rounds, I decided I needed to give it the same protection provided to my Glock 17 but chose the #232. The #232 has the same qualities of the #312 but measures 13” x 9.25” x 5.22”. It’s perfection!!! I like it so much I’m buying one for each of my handguns! With a price tag of $48.99, I can afford to protect my firearms in American made quality!
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Who are you training with?

If you were diagnosed with cancer, wouldn’t you try to choose the best doctor? If there were two doctors within driving distance, which would you choose? The doctor who graduated from UCLA medical center or the one who completed a mail order class from the St. Louis School of Healing Arts? This is your life and I’m going to guess you’re going to choose the doctor who attended UCLA. So, why do so many people who carry a gun choose instructors little to no credentials?

If you’re a CCW holder, I applaud you for your willingness to take your safety and the safety of your family seriously. But, how prepared are you to fight with that handgun? Your CCW class was merely a certification, not training. Let me repeat that: your CCW class was merely a certification, not training. Illinois CCW classes are designed to introduce the CCW holder to the laws restricting and governing your use of force, where you can carry and provide a qualification course that could be passed by most anyone who can point a gun in the direction of the target. It’s a joke. You are NOT prepared to fight with that handgun.

There are dozens upon dozens of CCW instructors in Illinois and hundreds if not thousands across the U.S. The main things you should take away from that course is an understanding of the laws. Once you have that certification, then you need to train. Drawing from concealment, shooting from cover, shooting on the move, low light tactics…. the list goes on and on because you should never stop training. Please don’t tell me, “But I know how to shoot.” You have to learn to fight with that handgun.

What is the basic requirement to teach concealed carry classes in Illinois? The NRA pistol instructor course, and it’s the equivalent of the mail order degree from the St. Louis School of Healing Arts. It’s simple. It’s easy. I know a concealed carry instructor here in Illinois who had NEVER shot a handgun until he took the NRA pistol instructor course. He is now teaching the concealed carry class. Maybe you should take a look at your instructor’s credentials. What instructor certifications do they have? I only teach police, but I have an NRA law enforcement certification, Police Training Institute certifications for pistol, rifle and shotgun, CQB instructor, active shooter instructor, Israeli CQB instructor, low light instructor, vehicle engagement instructor, off duty carry instructor…… I think you get the idea without me having to list them all. But, no matter what, you have to continue to train when you get your certification.

Research helps find quality instructors. However, sometimes you can get burned. I had talked a friend into taking a course called “Close Range Gunfighting” by Suarez International. The course description sounded relevant to my needs as both a police officer and as someone who carries a gun off duty. The class reviews were good. Gabe Suarez has had a somewhat checkered past but I listened to an interview during which he discussed his salvation and faith and that is what made me choose to give his company a shot. The instructor had amazing credentials including being an instructor with the Army marksmanship unit so I had high expectations. When my buddy and I arrived in Atlanta, IL, for the class at a local police range, we discovered (with the rest of the class) , the host had failed to reserve the range. The host did not apologize or attempt to take responsibility for the failure but cursed the police chief and the police department. In her defense, she got on the phone and obtained permission from a local farmer to use his private range. The range turned out to be a pile of dirt approximately 8 feet high and long enough for two targets to be placed in front. The safety for 20 students just wasn’t there and the class should have been called off. However, my friend and I stayed until lunch which by now was only two hours away. The host and instructor showed zero professionalism, zero safety and zero concern for what the students were learning. They were interested in the checks they were receiving from the 20 paying customers. Gabe Suarez handled my complaints about the class personally and the instructor is no longer a part of Suarez International. I applaud Mr. Suarez for addressing the situation. Our host, however, continues to not only host other instructors but has hung her shield out as an instructor herself and is a founding member of an organization for CCW instructors. Her behavior and safety protocol that day showed me all I need to know about her and her instructing and I have eliminated anyone associated with her as potential candidates to further train me. We are, after all, talking about taking a human life and preventing someone from taking ours. This is a serious business and should be treated as such.

Ron Yanor is a retired cop who has operated Adamax Tactical for several years with his home range being located in Lincoln, IL. People always ask me who I recommend for CCW classes and he is the only one I’ve ever recommended. Why? A) Ron is a quality instructor B) great facility C) Ron has actually carried a gun for a living D) Ron offers classes to build your skills after you’re certified. If you are carrying a gun, you can always improve how well you shoot. If you go out at night, you need to learn low light techniques and tactics. If you travel by car, you should probably learn to fight in and around cars. Basic tactics to clear rooms in your home could prove invaluable.

I don’t care how good of a shooter you are, you can get better and you also need to learn ancillary skills to fight with your carry gun. I don’t care if your instructor has the NRA’s approval, you have to look at what he has been trained to do. You would do your research to choose the best doctor to save your life, why wouldn’t you research to find the best training to save your life?

A balanced life

I like to shoot and because of my work schedule and location, it’s hard for me to get to matches.  But, as long as I get to make a gun go bang, I am happy to shoot USPSA, IDPA or anything else.  Because of that, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot of great shooters.

A few years ago, I talked a couple of buddies to go with me to an indoor match about an hour and a half away from us.  The guys who were there were the regulars and it was affiliated with IDPA.  Not knowing what to expect we paid attention to the range officer explain each stage.  Like a lot of guys, I was checking out my competition before the first rounds were sent downrange.  Imagine my shock when the two most out of shape, overweight, and goofy looking guys were the fastest on the draw and winning the match.  Both guys were amazingly accurate, performed reloads quickly, and had lightning fast draws.  Needless to say, they finished 1 and 2 for the match.

Now, fast forward a couple of months and the weather is warmer and I’m attending an outdoor match.  Those same two guys are at this match and I’m thinking they are the guys to beat.  Boy, was I wrong!   The indoor match was not physically challenging.  Each shooter had to stand in one spot, behind cover, and engage the targets.  The outdoor match required each shooter to not only move, but to run during each match stage.  Both of those guys almost had a heart attack!

Several years ago, I was part of a group of officers searching for a suicidal subject on a golf course.  An officer driving on one of the bordering streets called out that he could see the suicidal subject and hit him with the spotlight.  I was out of my car and the subject was a little over 4oo meters ahead of me.  As soon as he realized he was in the spotlight, he took off sprinting.  I was a sprinter in high school and I’ve always hated distance running but that night it was an all out sprint as I ran toward his last location and he began running around a lake.   About a mile later, I was able to catch our guy and get him to the hospital and I still had life in my legs and air in my lungs

Whether you’re a cop or a CCW license holder, you have to worry about more than punching paper at the range.  In fact, you may have to sacrifice being great at one thing to be good at several more.  I know a guy who is one of the best marksmen I’ve ever seen with a handgun but he fails to work on his draw, reloads, malfunction drills, transitions from target to target….so how good is he going to be in a gunfight?

Cops often times have to wrestle with suspects who resist and if they are not armed, every cop has a gun.  Every cop I know has had foot pursuits and those are usually followed by a brief tussle with the suspect.  CCW holders may end up getting mugged or involved in a physical altercation.  If you don’t think it’s hard, try wrestling with someone for three minutes and then try to shoot a target while you’re so out of breath you think you’re going to pass out.

Strive for balance in your PT.  You don’t need to be a marathoner with no upper body strength and you don’t have to be built like Arnold and unable to run 400 meters.  Your physical conditioning program has to be part of your life and built around the idea of functional fitness.  Between work, home, kids, spouses and other obligations, there is very little time to fit in your fitness goals, shooting goals, a hand to hand combat class and whatever else you choose to incorporate in your life.  But, every piece is important in your overall performance as a cop or as the person in charge of your own safety.  If you’ve never taken a self defense class, check out what’s in your area.  Could you spare an hour once a week for Krav Maga?  Can you spare 15 minutes a day for dry fire?

Imagine how your overall skills will grow and develop if every day you work on draws, reloads, trigger press or gun retention techniques.  Maybe you will have to sacrifice being great at jiu jitsu for being good at it, getting in shape and building your skills with a handgun.

Finding a balance in your training is going to be difficult.  We each have so many demands on our time it’s hard to imagine working out, developing better hand to hand skills and becoming a better overall shooter.  But, if we seek a balance of all those skills our overall effectiveness will grow exponentially.

That’s Ballsy!

When the CSO gave me the command to “Load and make ready”, he saw me pull out my Smith and Wesson Shield and he said, “That’s ballsy.”  After all, this was the 2017 Missouri State IDPA Championship.  Who would be crazy enough to bring their actual carry gun?  This guy!

Admittedly, my experience with IDPA has been limited and I didn’t even know all the IDPA rules when I shot Missouri State match, but I was really surprised by how many people were shooting their actual carry guns…ONE!  That one guy was me.

The match was a fundraiser for Backstoppers, an organization supporting survivors of first responders who have died in the line of duty so I entered the match for the fun of it, knowing I wasn’t going to win.  I was really surprised how many competitors and staff commented about me shooting the Shield because there wasn’t a backup gun category at the match.  They probably shook their heads and discussed how cray I was the moment I was out of ear shot, but I like to think I did o, all things considered.

IDPA is often called the “real” practical shooting sport because it does emphasize shooting behind cover and drawing from concealment.  The rules are designed to emphasize those two elements.  But, are we missing out on a great opportunity to stretch our abilities with our carry guns?  For instance, when I asked a few guys on my squad if they were using their carry guns, they laughed and said they would never carry a full size Glock or CZ because they would be too bulky, too heavy, and too noticeable.  All of them choose to carry a compact semi-automatic like my Shield or a snub nose revolver because they are easy to hide.

When I asked why they weren’t shooting the carry guns, they replied they would be able to win a match with those guns.  They cited the fact a short sight radius makes the small guns inherently less accurate and therefore, less competitive.  Several competitors I spoke with were using the same guns they use in USPSA, but with different holsters .  One of my squad members was disqualified after it was discovered he was using a USPSA legal holster, outer belt and mag pouches designed for USPSA use.  And, let’s face it, if you saw someone wearing one of those IDPA vests, it’s a dead giveaway they’re packing.  So, why not wear your normal clothes?  As I was told, it’s much faster to push the vest aside than lift up your shirt and draw from a concealed carry holster.

Believe it or not, ammunition was also a factor.  Most of the competitors loaded their own ammunition to be softer shooting with less recoil and muzzle flip allowing for faster follow up shots.  I will be the first to admit it would be VERY expensive to shoot defensive loads for the match (the round count was 185) but this is yet another example of helping ourselves in the match but maybe not in real life.

It’s human nature to want to win when we are faced with competition and I think it’s only natural we do everything we can to make ourselves more competitive.  After all, I even bought one of those vests but I had never worn one before and you will never see me out and about wearing one.  We are “gaming” a sport that has incredible potential to make us better shooters and tacticians.  Every shooter there was very talented and obviously had put a lot of hard work into their craft.  But, don’t you want to know what you can do with your carry gun?

My gear for the day included my regular clothes, regular carry belt, my Strongside Concealment OWB holster, my Smith and Wesson Shield 9mm and the same ammunition I carry.  The only thing different was the vest.  In retrospect, I should have worn my shirt over the holster just like I do every day.

The course of fire was a challenging one.  With the theme of “Meet me in St. Louis” each stage had a local flair.  An array of scenarios that included moving targets, distance, shooting on the move, shooting while seated, shooting around cover, and being aware of what was behind your target as well as target discrimination offered a challenge to each shooter.  I was challenged throughout the match.  Small steel plates at 25 to 30 yards had me focusing on my accuracy.  A few moving targets had me focusing on trying to make fast, accurate shots while tracking the targets.  But, does it do me any good to practice with that vest?  I will never be wearing that at any other time but that match.

Again, don’t you want to know what you can do with your carry gun?  If, God forbid, I was ever in an active shooter situation, I know I can make a headshot at 30 yards or more with that Shield.  If I ever have a suspect shooting at me while running, I’m very confident I can make precise hits on target.  I know I can perform with that Shield.  My biggest regret about the match is not concealing the gun the way I normally do and finding out exactly how fast I can access the gun under a stressful situation.

I’m a strong believer in assessing my performance and what I have learned from the experience.  I plan on shooting more IDPA and have even registered for more “big” matches but I plan on doing it a little differently.  Putting my ego aside, who cares where I finish?  I’m going to dress just like I normally do and go out and shoot.  The match is going to be practice for real life.  The artificial stresses of time, audience and competition are always good and if I will shoot the match with my “real life” gear, then I think I’m going to be that much more prepared for an armed encounter

Babes, Bullets and Bulls&$#

We live in strange times, my friends.  This is the digital age.  We have more information at our fingertips than at any time in human history.  We also have more opportunity to connect and communicate with other people more than ever.  So why do I feel like the internet is dumbing us down?

Sponsors.  Not a dirty word but some times I wonder if it shouldn’t be.  Look at Instagram, Facebook or YouTube and you’re going to see thousands of reviews, hashtags, tags and references for products and companies.  Guys giving you the reasons why the new Glock is the ultimate self defense tool or why the new Smith and Wesson is a must have.  Posts reviewing and endorsing clothes, guns, magazines, gun parts, scopes, camouflage, binoculars…..but how often do you see a review you feel is genuine?  How often do you see a post where someone says, “I hate the new shiny piece of gear and it’s total garbage”?   You don’t.  They’re all looking for sponsors or for something free.

A good friend of mine teases me quite often because during my first trip to SHOT, I wouldn’t take anything for free.  No shirts, no hats, no swag or gun parts were going to be given to me.  One of my rules and regulations at work says I can’t take gratuities.  Guys in my department can’t accept a free soda at the gas station because the rule is meant to keep us honest.  How can we be honest if we are trying to get free stuff?  Most of the products I review here or on Instagram are paid for with my money.  Every now and then a company will contact me and ask me to write a review for them and I always tell them I reserve the right to tell them it’s junk.  There are a lot of reviews that never make it to my blog or Instagram because I think the products are junk.  But, I’m helping the companies in the long run by giving them honest feedback.  Admittedly, Nightstick Lighting gave me two lights to try out and I loved them.  However, I have lights from three other companies that I thought were junk and I respect their right to earn a living and possibly improve their products with my feedback.  Companies want to pass out free stuff to all the bloggers, YouTubers and Instagram celebrities because it’s actually cheap marketing.  We have to be leery of sponsors and the ones who are being sponsored.

Gun bunnies.  If ever there was anything on the internet more laughable than gun bunnies, I haven’t found it.  They are living breathing proof guys aren’t thinking with their brains.  This ties into sponsorship, but why wouldn’t companies send free products to beautiful women who are willing to pose (usually in very form flattering clothes) who also have tens of thousands of followers?  It’s cheap marketing for the companies.  And, it seems like every guy who owns a gun “Likes” their pictures and follows them.  That also has a very strong influence on what they buy.  But, what do these ladies know about gear, guns, tactics and ammo?  Their expertise varies greatly but very few have any background in law enforcement or even competitive shooting.  A few years ago, I met an instructor who had been a Secret Service agent before becoming an investigator for the U.S. Attorney’s office.  She was more qualified than almost everyone in the room but yet very few know who she is.  Why?  Mainly because she isn’t a 20 some odd year old girl posing in a bikini while holding the latest variation of an AR.

Gimmicks.  I’ve seen some amazing shooters on the internet and they amaze me with their speed and accuracy.  However, when was the last time someone drew a full size Glock from an appendix carry holster in less than 1.5 seconds and killed five muggers?  Don’t get me wrong, I can’t draw that fast from appendix but I also don’t see myself attempting to draw against an armed attacker while standing still in the hopes they don’t shoot me while I’m trying to do this blazing fast draw.  Consequently, I’m starting to see a lot of guys spending all their time working on sub-second appendix draws instead of learning concealed carry tactics and ancillary skills.

Tacticool.   Somehow that word has ended up in our language.  One of my biggest pet peeves is striking up a conversation with someone who is wearing a Harley shirt or has a Harley Davidson sticker in the back of his truck only to find out they don’t own a motorcycle and some don’t even know how to ride!  The tacticool dudes out there are sporting the operator beards, Grunt Style shirts and the latest pants from 5.11 but they don’t carry.  The internet has done more to spread an image, but not necessarily the lifestyle.  As unattractive as it is, my usual attire consists of Wrangler carpenter jeans and a t-shirt or hoodie, not tactical wear.  The next time you’re out and about, watch for the tacticool guys and then watch for the reactions from other people.

Expertise, or lack there of.  Folks, I’m not LAPD SWAT.  I’m not a competition shooter on par with Rob Leatham nor am I a writer on par with Hemingway.  I’m just a small town cop who happens to have a passion for shooting and a desire to see small police departments better trained.  If I can pass on what I have learned to other cops in similar roles or the every day guy with a CCW, then I feel like I have accomplished my mission.  My training packet is stuffed full of certificates and at least 90% of them were paid for with my own money, not my department’s.  I’m willing to show you who I have trained with, what I’ve learned and what credentials I have.  But, the vast majority of the folks reading this and other things on the internet don’t question the expertise of the people they’re watching.  A few months ago, I read a post on Instagram asking who the top 5 most influential people on Instagram were in the gun industry.  First, it shocked me that none of the people named were true experts.  Second, I looked into the guy making the post.  He made the claim of having been a cop for ten years (I will take his word for it) before beginning a career in business.  He used his talents to create an Instagram page to create a following before opening a store.  That store is making the guy millions selling a lot of Chinese made tactical junk alongside hats and shirts with his store’s logo on it.  He’s a brilliant marketing genius and I wish I would have had the idea but it also goes to prove the power of the internet.  His followers relish the obnoxious memes and gladly hand over their money but they completely ignore the pages selling great tactical gear or the ones providing solid shooting drills.  Style before substance.  We like and follow all these pages and people but we don’t question who they are or their expertise.  One of the big name trainers out there is a complete mystery to me.  His followers are almost cult like.  He has no law enforcement experience, no military experience, no competition experience and he once told me he believes trainers should demonstrate by shooting into a berm so students don’t see how inaccurately you shoot.  Yet, he’s been in the industry for a long time without any real credentials.  He’s a fantastic self-marketer and a portion of the public eats it up.

So what’s the point?  The internet has given a lot of idiots (including the guy writing this) an opportunity to have their voices heard and their faces seen.  We can learn so much from what true experts are providing on the internet but we seem to be drawn to good looking blondes in a bikini holding a Desert Eagle or an obnoxious meme about snowflakes and our gun rights.  Guys like Mike Seeklander,  Mike Pannone, Pat McNamara, Kyle DeFoor and Ernest Langdon have bonafide credentials I will never have and they post free drills and tips all the time.  Guys like that deserve our attention and, most importantly, you deserve their expertise.

 

Dry fire!

All drills should be performed with an unloaded weapon and magazines that have been checked twice!
Store Live Ammunition in separate location.
Point firearm in safest direction.
No distractions.
If interrupted STOP
Drills should be performed on first day back to work, on third day of work week and the last day of the work week.

Day 1 through Day 30 (10 repetitions of each drill)
Day 30 through Day 60 (5 repetitions of each drill)
Day 60 – On (3 repetitions of each drill)

Drill # 1 From Ready gun position, present weapon to target.
• As weapon comes on target finger should move trigger to the re-set position
• Sights must be aligned

Drill # 2 From Ready gun position, present weapon to target and press the trigger.
• As weapon comes on target finger should move trigger to the re-set position
• Sights must be aligned
• Press trigger, straight back keeping sights aligned on target.

Drill # 3 Identify target, start with weapon holstered, identify target and close eyes. Present weapon to target open eyes when weapon comes to rest, open eyes and confirm natural point of aim.
• Identify target close eyes, do not shift body.
• Disengage holster retention, establish shooting grip.
• As weapon comes on target finger should move trigger to the re-set position
• Sights must be aligned

Drill # 4 Start drill with weapon holstered, present weapon to target.
• Disengage holster retention, establish shooting grip.
• As weapon comes on target finger should move trigger to the re-set position
• Sights must be aligned

Drill # 5 Start drill with weapon holstered, present weapon to target and press the trigger.
• Disengage holster retention, establish shooting grip.
• As weapon comes on target finger should move trigger to the re-set position
• Sights must be aligned
• Press trigger, straight back keeping sights aligned on target.

Drill# 6 Start drill from a ready gun position, visualize there is a lull in the gun fight and you are behind cover. Make a decision to tactically reload your weapon.
• Release support hand from the weapon.
• Obtain fresh magazine from magazine pouch.
• Bring fresh magazine up to weapon system using the Side by Side method.
• Depress the magazine release.
• Catch the depleted magazine in the support hand.
• Insert the fresh magazine into the magazine well
• Push magazine into the weapon while pushing the weapon onto the magazine.

Drill# 7 Start drill from a ready gun position, visualize there is a lull in the gun fight and you are behind cover. Make a decision to tactically reload your weapon.
• Release support hand from the weapon.
• Obtain fresh magazine from magazine pouch.
• Bring fresh magazine up to weapon system using the L method.
• Depress the magazine release.
• Catch the depleted magazine in the support hand.
• Insert the fresh magazine into the magazine well
• Push magazine into the weapon while pushing the weapon onto the magazine.

Drill# 8 Start drill from a ready gun position, visualize there is a lull in the gun fight and you are behind cover. Make a decision to tactically reload your weapon.
• Release support hand from the weapon.
• Depress the magazine release.
• Catch the depleted magazine in the support hand.
• Place the depleted magazine in a pocket.
• Obtain a fresh magazine form the magazine pouch.
• Insert the fresh magazine into the magazine well
• Push magazine into the weapon while pushing the weapon onto the magazine.

Drill# 9 Start drill from a ready gun position, visualize you are in a gun fight and you weapon has run out of ammunition.
• Depress the magazine release.
• Release support hand from the weapon and strip the empty magazine.
• Throw the empty magazine toward your magazine pouch.
• Obtain the fresh magazine from magazine pouch (thumb between magazine and pouch, index finger resting along front of magazine).
• Bring the fresh magazine up to weapon system.
• Insert the fresh magazine into the magazine well
• Push magazine into the weapon while pushing the weapon onto the magazine.
• Send the slide forward using handover slide or sling shot method
• Assess the need to re-engage.

Nightstick Lights!

It has been estimated that at least 77% of all police shootings occur in some diminished light. Most violent crimes occur at night. Because of that, good lights are invaluable to patrolmen and should be equally important to the armed citizen. For years, Maglite, Streamlight and Surefire have dominated the law enforcement market and have consequently dominated the civilian market, as well. However, Nightstick (a division of Bayco) is poised to become the next “big kid on the block”.
Over the last several months, I have been using, testing and evaluating two of their lights. There’s no better way to test a product than to take it to work. The day in and day out use, and abuse of the lights is harder than anything manufacturers could envision.
When I was sent to the police academy back in 2003, my department gave me orders to purchase a full size, rechargeable Maglite and a smaller light to wear on my belt. The training sergeant in our department tried to explain how important these items were but not until I had some experience working the street did I understand how important good lights are. The light I chose for my duty belt was a Streamlight Stinger. The Stinger, for the time, was bright, compact, dependable and had the added advantage of being rechargeable. I carried that Stinger for over ten years until I found something better.
The Stinger was, by today’s standards, big for a light to be worn on your duty belt. At approximately 8.85 inches long, sometimes it was jabbing me in the ribs or back when I was sitting in the squad car. The incandescent bulb wasn’t very bright when compared to today’s LED lights, broke several times when the light was dropped and burned out on more than one occasion. The bulb also put out so much heat it would warp and crack the lens which would distort the light. The Stinger also needed to be recharged often as it would wear down quickly. To make it worse, I couldn’t recharge the Stinger in the car.
The Stinger was eventually replaced by an LED light by TerraLux. The TerraLux was a marvel compared to the Stinger. The TerraLux boasted 750 lumens (much brighter), it was smaller and lighter, and the electronics (switches) were the best I could find. The biggest drawback, though, was having to constantly worry about having a supply of CR123 batteries on hand. The more I used the light, the more I liked it and wanted to use it more. The more I used the light, the more batteries I went through. CR123 batteries aren’t exactly cheap and if you have to go to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the middle of the night for a few of the CR123 in the camera section, you’re going to be forced to pay much more than you want. The tail of the light contained two switches and the strobe switch was torn off during a tussle with a suspect. Eventually, I had the light fail me when I needed it with no more spare batteries. It made me start searching for a rechargeable light for my belt.
Nightstick may not be as well-known as some of the other tactical light companies, but what I found is that they have done their research and created the best tactical lights on the market. For my duty belt, I chose the TAC-560XL (Extreme Lumens). The one inch diameter ensures the light fits a vast array of light holsters available commercially for law enforcement. The light is the perfect size for tactical use at 6.25 inches and only weighs 6.1 oz.
The TAC-560XL has momentary or constant-on which is important for diminished light tactics as you move through an area. Three brightness levels also give you options according to what you’re doing at the time. High beam is rated at 800 lumens while medium is 350 and low is 140 lumens. 800 lumens are quite a lot and, according to Nightstick, the beam distance is rated at 205 meters, but I think that is under estimating the power of this light. I don’t always want to advertise my location quite so much and the low setting allows me to have a bit more stealth in the dark. The light is also tough. Inevitably all our lights get dropped, stepped on, tossed, and banged up but the aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum housing has stood up to my punishments. The LED has also survived being dropped and a few arrests that went hands on. The switch is low profile and doesn’t get snagged the way the TerraLux did. The best part, though, is the ability to recharge this light at home or in my squad car. Nightstick really thought about the patrolman working nights and the concealed carry holder who is traveling by including a direct current converter/cigarette lighter plug in for the charger. I don’t have to worry about carrying a box of CR123 batteries for the light. Any time the charge is wearing down, I simply plug it in wherever I am. Not only is this more reliable, but it’s also much cheaper.
Nightstick offers variations of the light, all with a different numerical designation. If you prefer a light powered by CR123 batteries, they make it. If you want one made of polymer, the have it. They even make one that can be charged with the same USB charger as your Android phone. Nightstick has created a line of small, dependable, bright and absolutely perfect lights suitable to be carried on a duty belt or in your every-day carry gear. The switches are more intuitive and easier to use than the TerraLux and the Nightstick is much more affordable than TerraLux, Surefire, or Streamlight. This light is invaluable for anyone who works at night.
The rechargeable Maglite has been my “workhorse”. That light has been used on thousands of traffic stops, bar fights, domestics, foot pursuits, building searches and other calls over the last 14 years. But, as improvements have been made in flashlight technology, the old Maglite wasn’t quite as bright as the competitors. Of course, I also had to carry spare bulbs in my squad car because they were quite prone to breaking. Believe it or not, I actually looked to TerraLux to improve the old workhorse of a light with their LED head replacement kit. TerraLux created a stop gap with a kit that replaced the head of the light and bulb with three LED lights. The battery life was greatly increased as well as the light output. But, it was still big and heavy.
Nightstick designed and produced their line of Duty/Personal size flashlights to perfection. I chose the NSR-9924XL polymer multi-function Duty/Personal size flashlight. The light is very bright at 650 lumens, but Nightstick rates the beam at 275 meters which is extremely powerful and unbelievably useful when searching an area at night. Again, I think Nightstick is underestimating the power of the lights because I was able to view a suspect almost 400 meters away. The 3-hour run time is extremely valuable also. If you have ever been working a wreck at night, you know just how important battery life is for a duty light. My old Maglite wouldn’t have run for 3 hours in its best days and the big Streamlights mounted in the squad car are neither bright nor do they have a run time of more than 15 minutes due to constantly being plugged into the car. The glass filled nylon polymer housing is extremely durable but lightweight. When I put this light in the flashlight ring on my belt, I don’t feel like the light is dragging my belt down the way my old Maglite did.
This light is perfect for any patrolman but I would also recommend it for truck drivers, commuters, tow truck operators, and home owners. The unique controls feature three separate buttons. One switch on the head and one in the tail allow for three brightness levels, momentary on, and constant on. The most unique feature is a second switch below the head of the light which operates a 200 lumen floodlight on the bottom side of the head of the light. This floodlight will illuminate your path when walking through woods, hoarder houses, crime scenes and traffic crashes. The light can also be stood on the tail cap while the floodlight illuminates a wheel while you change a flat tire along the highway in the middle of the night or can light your path through the woods, the park, the barn or the house. The Duty/Personal light is also rechargeable and includes a car adaptor. Again, Nightstick has designed the perfect light for cops or anyone who needs a bright, dependable light.
Nightshifts are the most dangerous shifts we can work but we can make them a little safer by using the right equipment. For the armed citizen, darkness also represents the most dangerous time to be out. Quality, dependable, bright and affordable lights are vital to our job performance and safety. Nightstick lights are what I trust on my belt, in my car and with my life.

Laserhit

Dry fire is one of those things you either love or you hate. Some people do it all the time, and some people do anything they can to avoid it. As a firearms instructor, I think dry fire is one of the best things you can do but as a realist I know very few people are going to do it. So what if someone comes up with a way to make it fun and more effective?
I stumbled upon LaserHIT on Instagram and was instantly intrigued and skeptical. On paper, the system looks complicated and expensive but it is actually quite simple and economical. The Basic Training kit includes one laser cartridge (caliber of your choice), one tripod with smartphone mount, one authentic LaserHIT paper target, one lightning-to-HDMI cable, one light filter and the LaserHIT mobile app (free download).
First of all, the system requires an iPhone so if you have an Android system you won’t be able to use LaserHIT. I was told the iPhone ensures accuracy and consistency. Once you have downloaded the LaserHIT app to your iPhone, hang the paper target on your wall and position the iPhone (in the tripod) so the target is visible on the iPhone screen. Using the supplied cable, connect the iPhone to your HDTV. After ensuring your firearm is unloaded, place the laser cartridge in the chamber of the gun. Fortunately, LaserHIT is available in 9mm, .38 special, .380 ACP, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .223 REM and .308 WIN.
After selecting which practice session you want to use on the app, take aim the target. The laser cartridge will “fire” a red beam of light onto the paper target. The camera on the iPhone will pick up where the laser hits the target and the app not only records the hit but displays it on the television. Each target includes a “reload” area where the laser must strike to reset the app.
The app offers three different choices of practice sessions. The free target practice allows the user to use just about any target you want as long as the target will fit onto the screen of your iPhone. It is simply target practice. I ordered the 9mm cartridge to use in my Smith and Wesson Shield and Glock 17. Using my notes from my Gunfighter U coaching from John McPhee, I was able to make the subtle adjustments to my grip. McPhee’s coaching was spot on and so wasn’t the accuracy of LaserHIT! The display on the TV made it so easy to track my progress.
The second practice session on the app is the “top score” practice. According to the LaserHIT website, top score allows you to “improve the 5 basic fundamentals of shooting (aiming, breath control, hold control, trigger control and follow through).” The user can set the time limit available up to five minutes. The user can set a longer time limit and work on the marksmanship fundamentals similar to a bullseye match or shorten the time limit to work on fast acquisition.
The third practice session on the app is “quick hit” practice. This is invaluable for working on your draw and presentation at speed. Draw from concealment, draw from a duty holster, draw from your competition rig. Adjust your time limits, hit size and time out for single hits.
Let me be clear that I was EXTREMELY skeptical of the system because I am not good with technology. With a little advice from my 13 year old nephew, I was able to download the app to my iPhone. Connecting the iPhone to the TV was as simple as plugging a charging cable into the phone and an HDMI cable into the back of the TV. The laser cartridge fits snugly into the chamber of both of my 9mm handguns and is top quality (they even use Viton gaskets).
I invited a good friend of mine over to try it out when I got it out of the box. My friend is an outstanding competitive shooter and a machinist by trade. He, too, was a skeptic but it took about three minutes before Bill said this was a quality piece of equipment. After a short session of work on the “free practice”, we decided to compete against each other using the top score. Top score allowed us to not only see where we hit, but how many hits we got in 20 seconds, our score and even the diameter of our grouping. The more we used it, the more we like it. Trash talking began and our competitive nature came out in a friendly competition. Dry fire was fun!
We moved on to quick hit using my Shield and a paddle holster. We lowered the par time over and over and the faster we got, the harder it was to hit a bullseye. The competition became harder and more intense but more fun!
The smile on Bill’s face said it all but he was also impressed. Bill had told me at the start of the day that he was the type of guy who only wants to hear loud noises and feel heavy recoil for his practice. By the end of the day, he was asking how much a set up like this cost and I think he was just a bit jealous!
But, is this for you? How could it not be? Unless you have a gun range in your house, you can get a lot of use out of a LaserHIT. If you’re a competitive shooter, concealed carry holder or a cop, you NEED this. The fundamentals are what we need to work on to become great shooters. Seeing instant feedback on your accuracy and grouping along with feedback on how fast you’re doing this, is going to help you improve by leaps and bounds. The common theory is that it takes hundreds, if not thousands, of repetitions to master something. Shooting a handgun is an art and science and it takes repetition. Most shooters and police departments don’t train because of the cost of ammunition. For $150, any shooter or department can purchase a LaserHIT and do thousands of repetitions to work on draw, presentation, grip, and accuracy. But, what about shooting on the move? Think of how many times you can shoot forward, backward and laterally while using LaserHIT. How much do you practice with a flashlight? How many times do you practice drawing your gun while holding a flashlight? Think of how many unconventional shooting positions you can practice safely and within the confines of your own home. Departments looking for a remedial training for officers struggling to qualify can have their officers spend ten to fifteen minutes on LaserHIT at the beginning or end of their shift. The possibilities are endless.
LaserHIT has created a tremendous piece of training gear. The adaptability and training potential are limited only by your imagination. At $150, this is an affordable option for training. Get yours today at http://www.laserhit.com