MAG-180 AAR (Tracy Becker guest post)

MAG-180 AFTER ACTION REVIEW  by Tracy Becker Thronburg The Massad Ayoob Group’s MAG-180 was held Sunday June 24 through Saturday June 30, 2018, in Ripon, Wisconsin. MAG senior staff instructor, David Maglio, hosted the event. This was the first time the MAG-180 (formerly known as LFI-4) had been held in eleven years. The MAG-180/LFI-4 is …

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Rangemaster NorthWest Regional Tactical Conference 2018 – Day 3 AAR

The Rangemaster Northwest Regional Tactical Conference was put on by Tom Givens and the Rangemaster crew, in collaboration with Marty Hayes and the Firearms Academy of Seattle, July 27-29, 2018.  I’ve been a part of the Rangemaster conferences since the early 2000’s, and Tom invited me to present both the 4 hour classroom and 4 …

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Rangemaster NorthWest Regional Tactical Conference 2018 – Day 2 AAR

The Rangemaster Northwest Regional Tactical Conference was put on by Tom Givens and the Rangemaster crew, in collaboration with Marty Hayes and the Firearms Academy of Seattle, July 27-29, 2018.  I’ve been a part of the Rangemaster conferences since the early 2000’s, and Tom invited me to present both the 4 hour classroom and 4 …

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Rangemaster NorthWest Regional Tactical Conference 2018 – Day 1 AAR

The Rangemaster Northwest Regional Tactical Conference was put on by Tom Givens and the Rangemaster crew, in collaboration with Marty Hayes and the Firearms Academy of Seattle, July 27-29, 2018.  I’ve been a part of the Rangemaster conferences since the early 2000’s, and Tom invited me to present both the 4 hour classroom and 4 …

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Beyond the Basics: Pistol 7/22/2018 AAR

In early July I offered a summer session of the Beyond the Basics: Pistol class that sold out so quickly that I added a second session, scheduled for Sunday July 22.    11 students undeterred by heat advisories and predictions of triple digit temperatures attended the course. BEYOND THE BASICS:  PISTOL The Beyond the Basics: Pistol …

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S&W SD9VE – early impressions

I recently purchased an S&W SD9VE to test and evaluate.  I’ve gotten questions from students about this gun model, and other shooters and trainers have mentioned it as a decent option for defensive handgun buyers on a limited budget. Some early observations: 1) It fits in my daily carry holster (Raven “Morrigan“) made for an …

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A special day in KR Training history

Back on July 4th, 1988, two Austin-area USPSA competitive shooters, Randy Johnson and Don Davis, took a relative novice/ target shooter out to the Hill Country Rifle Range and introduced him to the 1911 .45 ACP pistol, and the fundamentals of practical shooting.  Over the next few months they coached me, as I learned skills …

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Defensive Pistol Skills Small Gun class AAR – May 2018

Each year at the start of summer I offer a small gun oriented defensive pistol class.  The intent of the course is to provide an opportunity for people to practice with the smaller gun that is more convenient to carry in the hot weather.  Use of pocket holsters, purses, fanny packs, and any other mode …

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Rangemaster Instructor class, April 2018 pics and follow up

Found some pictures I took from the Rangemaster instructor class that we hosted back in April 2018. Shooting the Casino Drill Awards to top shooters in class Post-class Coaching A few people didn’t pass the instructor course due to falling short of the course required on the shooting tests after 2 attempts.  Tom allowed me …

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Blunt Force Trauma Lethality

Blunt Force Trauma Lethality The following is derived from a presentation to the January 2018 MAG Deadly Force Instructor class by Ed Vinyard, based on the December 2015 ACLDN article Understanding Blunt Force Trauma Lethality, An Interview with Dr. Robert Margulies by Gila Hayes and input from Dr. H. Anthony Semone and Dr. Ben Weger. …

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