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 hour live fire portions of my Historical Handgun course at the NW Tac Con.

This is the first in a series of 3 after-action reports covering the things I saw and did at the conference.


Friday morning was spent teaching the 4 hour lecture portion of the Historical Handgun class.

This version of the course included a lot of video, including excerpts from these historical films.


On the afternoon of day 1 I took a 4 hour handgun skills course from Gabe White.  The class was very good, including some unique drills that incorporated several ideas that had been presented in previous TacCon sessions by other trainers: using an ammo tray to simulate a cell phone or other item held in the hands prior to drawing, and using a whistle blown after the ‘gun’ command was given to indicate that the situation had changed (threat no longer immediate) and the draw and fire response should end at the ready position without shots fired.

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Video from the Gabe White class at NW Tac Con 2018.

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Day 1 wrapped up with an early birthday party for Tom Givens hosted by Marty and Gila Hayes at their newly completed house on the FAS property.  Tom’s birthday was coming up shortly after TacCon, and Lynn (and others) decided it would be fun to celebrate his birthday with all the trainers and staff that were involved with putting on the event.

Days 2 and 3 will be covered in later posts.