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  1. If you guys plan on doing live fire transitions from your primary weapon to your secondary make sure you are doing it in a safe manner. The safest, and most beneficial, method is to start with a round chambered and empty magazine in your primary and your secondary loaded however you see fit. Bring the gun up fire the initial shot and then empty to fire a second shot. When you get a click or dead trigger, begin the transition to your secondary and don’t worry about engaging the manual safety on the primary. Once you’ve reholstered your handgun, set up the drill again by chambering a single round and then reinserting an empty mag. Doing things this way gets you accustomed to what a dead trigger feels like and what do when you encounter it in an extremely safe manner. There is a trend in some places to drill transitions using a long gun that has a fully loaded mag and a round chambered. People that advocate this drilling method will typically have you fire 1 round then either engage the safety (most common) or skip engaging the safety (less commonly advocated but sometimes done inadvertently by students) and transition to the handgun. This method has the obvious training flaws in that engaging the safety, or attempting to engage the safety, on a non-functioning weapon (the reason we are transitioning in the first place) is a waste of time and is a HUGE training scar. Second, and more importantly, drilling transitions in this manner has a huge safety risk. If you drill in this manner and fail to engage the safety (accidently or purposefully) there is a chance that an object (typically a pouch on a chest rig) can enter the trigger guard and apply enough pressure to the trigger that it causes the weapon to discharge. I bring this up because a training company had a student shoot themselves this week during a class when, according to preliminary accounts, the student failed to engage the safety on an AK and a piece of kit entered the trigger guard and caused the firearm to discharge and injure the student. Several years ago, a similar incident occurred in the law enforcement world which led to a much more serious injury. These are but two examples and there have been quite a few more over the years. So, if you’re going to practice transitions, and you certainly should, make sure you are doing it in a safe manner.
  2. You wouldnt believe at the amount of dirt and debris those comps were throwing up. There were a few times when I was getting hit by stuff and I was standing about 5 or so yards behind everyone. Not really sure. That was fired within the first hour of the course and we never looked at it to see why it failed. It was actually surprising to everyone that I caught it coming apart on film like that. It would have been better if I could have captured the rounds falling out of the mag.
  3. And no; my finger is not on the trigger of the AK in picture #6
  4. On 4-5 June, Defensive Concepts North Carolina (DCNC) taught their Defensive Carbine 2 course in Carthage, NC. The weather was sunny both days with the temps remaining in the mid-90s. Three shooters were in attendance which led to the course moving in a rapid manner and each shooter fired approximately 1100 rounds of rifle ammunition and 100 rounds of handgun ammunition. The purpose of the course was to build upon the material typically taught in level 1 courses and judging by the responses of the students; this was easily accomplished. Day 1 began with the students shooting the modified Navy drill on steel as a skill assessment. From there the post shot work sequence was reviewed and we immediately moved in to bilateral shooting. The ability to shoot from either shoulder is obviously a useful skill to have and the students were provided with two ways of doing so. After practicing each method, the students were allowed to use either method when a bilateral shooting problem presented itself. There were times where the students were forced to use a specific method which helped to keep them sharp with both methods. Bilateral shooting was conducted throughout the weekend. Following training on bilateral shooting the students received some refresher training on shooting from the prone, seated, and kneeling positions. These positions were practiced at distances starting at 50 yards and went back to approximately 115-120 yards. Once this was complete, the topic of cover was dealt with. Not only was the proper use of cover explained and practiced by the students. But the proper way to move to cover was also drilled. Being able to know the best way to use cover to fullest potential is a huge bonus for people on the two way range and the students quickly saw how to take advantage of it. The final topics of the day included the reverse kneeling position along with using a piece of cover to provide a means of providing stabilization of the long gun. Again; each of these were drilled from 50-100 yards in order for students to get a solid understanding of why the material was useful to know. The day closed out with a drill that involved shooting from 100-25 yards and using a variety of shooting positions. Students were forced to sprint between firing points along with alternate firing positions and sides of their bodies that were used to successfully engage the multiple steel targets. Days 2 began with a block of instruction on shooting the long gun with only one arm. Single limb use was worked with the dominant and support side limbs. Once the students were comfortable with simple target engagements, we moved on to reloading the gun and clearing malfunctions. Students saw how difficult something like reloading the gun could be if you only have use of a single limb. The difficulty of clearing Type 1 and Type 3 malfunctions was discussed and the students were shown multiple ways to clear these issues. During this time, the use of slings and how they can aid in manipulating the long gun was covered. Everyone walked away with the idea that having the weapon attached to your body with the sling is the best way to go in most situations. Following the block on one arm manipulations, the students worked shooting from the supine and fetal positions. These positions were worked with the use of both arms along with times where the student only had use of a single limb. Next on the students menu was the topics of the rollover and SBU prone positions. Each position was demonstrated and discussed as to its positive and negative aspects. To help reinforce the usefulness of each position, the students were forced to shooter under a barrier that only provided several inches of clearance at its base. It was during this time that certain students began to learn that, while they can certainly be useful, muzzle brakes can cause a serious issue when shooting with a very low profile body position. It wasn’t uncommon to see clouds of dust and debris come flying up with each pull of the trigger. One shooter was even able to dig out a hole in the ground approximately 1.5” in depth through the use of the brake on his gun. Once students were done rolling around in the dirt, we moved on to cover turns and pivots along with lateral movement. At this point, the students were obviously feeling the effects of hard work in the heat and accuracy began to suffer some. After a short motivating talk, the accuracy began to pick back up and the students seemed to have caught their second winds. The day closed out with a final drill encompassing everything that had been covered over the weekend. During the course of this drill, some people learned why its important to keep magazines secured on their person and why magazines that have rounds still remaining in them shouldn’t be discarded. Once the final drill was completed, students were given certificates and a debrief of the weekend’s events was conducted. With that complete, range cleanup was conducted and everyone parted ways. Equipment used during the course included a Kyber Pass style AK47, a suppressed AR15, and multiple SBR AR15s of various manufactors to include a Diablo upper. Handguns used included several Glocks and a Para high cap .45ACP. Issues encountered in the course included the suppressed AR having malfunctions due to a lack of lubrication. Once the gun was lubed, it ran like a sewing machine for the rest of the weekend. We had a Glock 19 that failed to function due to sand and debris getting into the sear housing and locking the trigger up to the point that it wouldn’t function. Once the Glock was disassembled and cleaned, it began to function again. The shooter was advised to install a plug in the grip of the gun in order to prevent this from happening again. The shooter did state that he was surprised that it occurred and felt that Glock “perfection” was no longer an accurate statement of their product. Now for some pictures:
  5. I do believe Ken or the guys at Ft Harmar have armor that they will loan you for the Home Defense class. That site is much better now that they've replaced the old "barrel house" with the new one. Also, Ken is called the Tactical Dali-lama for a reason. I've been training with him for about 5 years now and I still learn something every time I work with him.
  6. Correct. So wouldnt you want to use a shooting method that permits you to typically get faster hits in an accurate manner on target?
  7. NCPatrolAR

    AAR: Basic Kalashnikov

    Here's a few pics from the class. I'll posta few more later today.
  8. We have spare AKs that can be used. Give me a shout if you want to borrow one
  9. NCPatrolAR

    Light location

    The closer you can get the light to 12 o'clock the better. Ideal placement would be 12 o'clock since it offers the least number of negatives as opposed to other mounting positions
  10. A few observatons: Shooters learned that there is no need to "spread" their shots on the target. When a bit of stress was placed on them (proper ID'ing of targets) shot placement had a tendency to open up a bit. Shooters would fire multiple head shots (something I dont advocate). Shooters realized that when doing a one person clear, you are exposed to multiple danger areas at once. Shooters initially wanted to rush around a corner (into a room or hallway) instead of trying to take in as much info as possible prior to making entry into the room or "popping" the corner of the hallway. Shooters initially would become focused solely on the threat they were dealing with and would often fail to check what was in front, around, and behind the threat. This caused no shoots to be hit with gunfire multiple times. Shooters would get in the mindset that every situation was a "shooting" problem and this, again, caused multiple no shoots to be hit.
  11. NCPatrolAR

    Best Mags for the Beretta 92/M9

    i'd suggest downloading the mags by one instead of modifying the mag catch. Modification of the catch could lead to feed problems with in spec magazines.
  12. NCPatrolAR

    Best Mags for the Beretta 92/M9

    MecGar, Beretta, and MDS are the best mags out for the Beretta. Most of the new Beretta and MDS mags are now "sand resistent" meaning there's an oval opening near the baseplate that allows debris (in theory) to work it's way out of the gun. The 18 and 20 round MecGar mags are great and are my prefered mag when working with the 92 series guns. Keep in mind that these mags require different springs and followers that aren't in the logistics system (that I'm aware of).
  13. NCPatrolAR

    XS Big Dots

    While there are some people that can shoot very well with XS Sights, they are rare and spend an incredible amount of time becoming proficient with them. Most shooters are able to be more accurate at higher rates of speed with traditional notch and post sights than with Big Dots
  14. I know this is a bit dated, but here are some pics from that class.
  15. The movement of the feet will also lead to a slight blade in the upper body which in turn causes the support side shoulder being slightly forward of the dominant side shoulder.