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Aproved instuctor for N.J. & Pa. for the Retired LEO Programs. Approved instructor for both Florida & Delaware. Former full time contract Firearm and Defensive Tactics Instructor/Trainer. Working at the FAMS Training Service Ctr. Atlantic City NJ. Retired Deputy Conservation Officer, N. J. Division of Fish & Wildlife, Bureau of Law Enforcement. Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor; Handgun, Shotgun, Patrol Rifle, & Certified Tactical Shooting Instructor, with over 20 years of experience. Certified by N.J.Police Training Commission (D.C.J.), NRA Law Enforcement Division,& NRA Civilian Instructor Division. Glock Certified Armorer, Affiliate Instructor for THE ARMED CITIZEN, LEGAL DEFENSE NETWORK, Certified Expandable Baton and Defensive Tactics Instructor.OC Training Instructor, For information regarding Training Courses, Contact me @ 215 416 0750 or e-mail me @ rotac2@gmail.com AUTHORIZED REPRESENATIVE FOR THE FOLLOWING PRODUCT; ZERO TOLERANCE TACTICAL KNIVES

Thursday, August 17, 2017

One of the Classic Pistols of all times!

Skill Set: Browning Hi Power
The Browning Hi Power is an iconic pistol. It was carried was carried by both Germany and the Allies during WWII, and over fifty nations since then. It's probably safe to say it's one of the most extensively used military pistols ever.

John Browning began designing the Hi-Power in the 1920's in response to a request from the French military. The design of the Hi Power is similar to the 1911, but the details are very different. Browning's assistant, Dieudonne Saive, designed the "double stack" magazine for the Hi Power, and took over the project after Browning died. FN began selling the pistol in 1935. The French didn't accept the pistol, but many others did.

My history with the Hi Power started in 1978. I had grown up shooting 1911's, but because of my hand size sometimes I didn't get the standard G.I. grip safety depressed. I was finishing high school and decided I wanted a semi-auto 9mm as a graduation present from my parents.

At that time your choices in hi-cap semi-auto nines were the Browning or the Smith & Wesson nines. Dad took me to the gun shop, and I handled each of them. Just like my well worn copy of Small Arms of the World claimed, the pistol's "…better than usually instinctive pointing qualities" felt great in my hand. I informed Dad it was the Browning for me. He smiled, the shop owner smiled and I knew I had made the right choice. (In fact, the 20th Group SF presented Dad with a Hi Power during his Change of Command ceremony when he stepped down as their commanding officer.)

My dad knew the High Sheriff, so I already had a pistol permit; my jobs sometimes required me to carry deposits to the bank. I got a belt holster and a shoulder holster for carry and I was set. Even though it has a double stack magazine that holds thirteen – I always loaded twelve – a loaded Hi Power is lighter than the 1911. The slide is thin and tapers in the front, which means it's easy to conceal and comfortable to carry. That Browning served me well for many years – until I could afford to have a custom 1911 built that actually fit my hands – and it's one of those guns I'll never get rid of.

In today's market of high capacity polymer pistols the Hi Power is often overlooked. But it makes a great carry pistol. There are plenty of options available for custom Hi Powers. Cylinder & Slide and Robar offer parts and smithing services for the Hi Power. Nighthawk Custom offers full tilt custom Hi Powers. And there's plenty of surplus Hi Powers available from one of the many countries that made clones.

If you've never thought about the Hi Power give it a try. You might be shocked to find that a pistol from the 1930's is still great for today. In fact, I may just have to pick up another one to get some custom work done.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. 

I came across this article and it reminded me of how much fun I use to have when I was shooting my Hi Power.  I haven't shot it in years but I think that it's coming out of the safe and coming with me to the range this weekend.  I have plenty of ammo loaded so I intend to give it a good work out.  I will post some pics after I run it.  Thanks Tiger for posting you article!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Skill Set: Preparing For Violence

Skill Set: Preparing For Violence
Classes are for learning, and students ask questions. Sometimes they will want to debate the merits of a certain principle or technique. Often this debate is based on stories heard from a friend of a friend, or what I call gun fighting "myths," and even pure fiction, something they saw in a movie. It's good they are getting clarification. What's not good is that up to this point their education has been centered on false information.

"A friend of mine knows someone…" A lot of discussions start out this way. Some of these stories are simply impossible. They sound more like an urban legend. Or, maybe it is true, but a highly unusual situation, one of those rare exceptions. Your skills and tactics shouldn't be developed around legends or one of those one-in-a-million anomalies. Only the facts count.

There are plenty of gun fighting myths. These are stories that may have been based on fact – as mentioned above. But over time the plot has taken more twists and turns than one of our backcountry road. You've all heard these. "Semi autos aren't reliable," or, "When I rack my twelve gauge they'll run away." All sources should be proven reliable. Don't be afraid to ask "who, what, when and where."

Fiction, such as movies, should never be a source of tactics. Even if they are based on true events. Movies are entertainment. It's about is about telling a story and making it look good. Just because it looks good on screen doesn't mean it's a viable technique.

Every violent confrontation is truly unique. What we know for sure is that these skills will be required: moving, communication, and the use of cover, shooting (if necessary) and thinking. The common traits of confrontations are well documented. The majority of attacks occur in low-light environments. This could be in a parking lot at night, a dark parking garage during the daytime, or any other place where light is in short supply. The distances are likely to be close; the threats will be trying to intimidate you with proximity. There is a good chance of it involving more than one threat, and they'll be moving. The event will probably only last a few seconds. But, there are also exceptions to all these "norms."

You move for a lot of reasons. Movement forces the threat to react to you. You move to cover, to obtain a clear angle of attack on the threat or create distance. You communicate with the threat, issuing verbal commands, with friends and family or bystanders. Cover provides protection. You shoot if necessary. Finally you must be thinking, solving the problem as efficiently as possible.

There are plenty of documented situations available to study without having to rely on tales, myths or pure fiction. A great source of information on confrontations is Mass Ayoob's articles from American Handgunner, "The Ayoob Files." Ayoob has been collecting, documenting and writing about violent confrontations since 1985, and his entire collection is available fromFMG.

Learning how to respond to a violent attack is about preparing. Training introduces you to the skills required, and then practice is necessary in order to actually learn these skills. You study previous confrontations in order to learn what things may look like. While you never know exactly where the fight will occur, what form the threat will take or what will be necessary to solve the problem, there are basic principles and techniques to apply in response to danger.

Make sure during this process everything is based on the truth. When you hear about something research it to be sure of the details and actual facts. Self-defense is a serious subject, and should be approached accordingly.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Importance of Repetition

Skill Set: Repetition
Repetition is required in order to learn new skills. You practice a technique, over and over, until the mental and physical aspects are wired into the mind. Repetition is also important for other aspects of personal combat.

Many of the readers here attend training. Training introduces you to new skills and principles of fighting. You take a class, and then start looking for the next level of instruction to attend. How many of you have taken the same class again?

When you take a class, regardless of the level, there's a lot of new or different information being presented. Normally it's information overload, especially in the beginning. Studies have shown that you'll likely only absorb about twenty percent of the material being presented. Take the very same class again and you're up to about fifty to seventy-five percent. After the third time you've got the majority of the information. Now it's time to move on.

Attending the same class multiple times helps ensure you'll have a solid foundation to move up to the next level training. Otherwise it will be another overload, and you never really catch up. To get the most out of training you need a solid grasp of the skills required to perform at that level.

Or, you've taken take several classes, working up the ladder of instruction. After getting to a certain point, go back and take the first class again. You'll be amazed at how different, and enlightening the material will be. Once you get to a certain point you realize how important the basics are, and the necessity for reviewing them again.

The same thing applies to books or instructional video. There are some books I read every year. Each time I read through them I get a new, different perspective on the material they contain.

Repeating the same class over again provides confirmation. "Yes, I am on the right track." It reinforces your beliefs and abilities, creating confidence. It also uncovers any areas that may be weak or slightly off track, allowing you to modify or fine-tune existing skills.

Repetition also applies to your gear and equipment. I have a variety of different firearms. However, the list of those I normally use and carry is pretty short. For these weapons I have two, or sometimes three. The same thing applies to holsters, belts, magazines and flashlights. If anything breaks or gets lost I don't want to have to be ordering or scrounging for a replacement.

A lot of people think that progress always means moving forward, advancing towards your ultimate goal. Sometimes the best way to move forward is by stepping back. You take a class that is good. Go back and take it again. There is a book with lots of information. Read it, read it again and again. You discover a favorite weapon; so get more than one of them.

Sometimes it's more about focusing on the journey, the actual learning, than about the destination.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Know When!

Great information that a lot of CCW holders don't know.  Thank Tiger for the information!

Skill Set: Justified
(An email from a reader commenting on my Wire last week prompted this column.)

It's important to recognize that all your actions – from the time you touch your weapon, draw it or if necessary fire – will have to be justified. It will be necessary to explain why you did what you did.

Massad Ayoob uses the terms "Ability, Opportunity and Jeopardy." The offender(s) must have the "ability" to do you harm, using a weapon or through their physical actions. There must be an "opportunity" for them to immediately use that ability – e..g., they have a knife and are close enough to use it. Finally, their actions create "jeopardy." You are about to be on the receiving end of serious bodily harm/injury or death. All three of these elements must be present for you to be justified in presenting your weapon, much less using it against someone.

In order to understand this it's necessary to know the law, which can vary greatly from one state to another or sometimes city to city. Legally, when and why can you draw your weapon? Feeling uneasy or nervous is not enough. Remember, depending on where you are the act drawing a weapon, or even making the motions to draw, without good reason is a serious crime.

Did they have a weapon? Sometimes it will be easy to see that the threat is armed. Other times someone's body language - "furtive" actions – is consistent with one who is armed. The majority of our communication is non-verbal. You have to learn what people are "saying" through their physical actions. Was a successful physical assault possible? A younger man with powerful muscles who outweighs me by fifty pounds is easily capable of causing me serious harm. I'm not going to easily be able to justify why I thought an unarmed eighty pound teenager could physically overwhelm me. There is a lot of gray in-between the two opposite ends of the spectrum.

And don't think that you'll be able to lie about what occurred. There's a big chance there will be witnesses, and today everyone is quick to video the action. In urban areas, cameras monitor a lot of the environment. Physical evidence tells what occurred. The truth is going to surface. Fabricating a story to fit your actions is going to get you in trouble. Tell the truth.

If forced to draw your weapon, even if you didn't have to use it, contact the authorities as soon as possible to report your actions. I've actually had people tell me that if something happens and nobody is around to see it that they will not call the authorities. This is a bad idea. Again, there will probably be witnesses/video, even if you don't see someone. Plus, you don't want the threat calling in a false report - "There's a man in blue jeans and a tan shirt threatening people with his gun!" Report your actions immediately.

Knowing the law is mandatory, but it's also important to be morally justified. People will explain the "Castle Doctrine" this way: "If someone is in my house I can shoot them." This way of thinking leads to the wrongful shooting of family members, friends and people who just entered the wrong house by mistake. Even if they are in your house and dangerous, avoidance and escape are your best tactics. Just because someone is in your house does not legally or morally justify you shooting them.

The responsibilities of owning a firearm for self-defense are enormous. You do everything possible to avoid locations where it might be needed. Just because you draw it doesn't mean you will need to shoot. Anytime something occurs involving the use of that weapon, you have a duty to justify your actions. Make sure you know what to do, and the legal justifications for your actions.

Additional reading: Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Skill Set

Skill Set: Parking Lot
Steve lives in a large urban area. Sunday, after doing some shopping, a stranger tries to attack him. Steve's response has, as they all do, valuable lessons.

It's 12:30 on a bright Sunday afternoon. Steve exits the store with his bags, and while walking to his truck sees a man visually lock on him. Steve is an attorney who works with a variety of clients, and notices the guy is "tweeking," the herky, jerky body motion someone exhibits when using meth.

"His body language said 'trouble'," Steve tells me. "I was watching him," he explained, "but after I got to my truck," which is a long way from the guy, "I stopped watching."

He loads his bags into the truck, then sees the guy has closed ground, quickly. Once Steve notices this, the guy starts running full speed, rapidly closing the distance. "It looked like he was holding something," Steve told me, "but he was hiding his right hand so I couldn't tell for sure." Steve knows all about knives, box cutters, screwdrivers and such, which are dangerous weapons and easily hidden. "But, I didn't want to draw my pistol," he told me, "Until I knew he had a weapon."

It's decision making time. Steve explains, "I can fight, run across an open area, or cut through the parked cars and put the 'briar-patch" between him and me." That is what he does. He starts working his way through the parked vehicles surrounding him. The man keeps coming, following Steve through the maze.

Steve gets to a good spot - "where I could have a clear angle of fire if necessary" - stops, turns around, and yells out "What can I help you with?" The man suddenly halts and yells out, "I don't know anyone here!" Steve responds with, "Neither do I!" The man runs away, the incident ending as suddenly as it began.

Everything worked out well. But, there are a few things Steve could have done differently. First, keep in mind the bad guy probably will not show you his weapon until he has things exactly how he wants them. Plus, someone doesn't have to have a weapon to be a threat. Physical assaults can be just as bad as an "armed" attack.

It's a lot better to have the pistol in hand and not need it as opposed to waiting until you know for sure. By then it might be too late. Plus, with practice, you can draw without attracting any attention, keeping your weapon hidden until it's needed.

Issue verbal commands, as opposed to asking the threat questions. We see this a lot with people in the beginning of Force-On-Force training. Asking a question opens up the door for conversation, which may delay your response, allow the threat to get closer or provide time for their partner(s) to get into position. Tell the threat what to do. "Stop! Don't come any closer!" In addition to your shooting, manipulations and other skills don't forget to practice communication.

Once something has your attention – in this case suspicious body behavior – maintain a visual until you can safely say there's no longer any danger. Either they are gone, or you're in a safe place. People can cover a lot of ground quickly. Thirty, forty yards or more won't seem like that far when someone is running at you full speed.

Finally, always be ready. Yes, the majority of situations occur in low-light environments. This took place in the middle of the day in a crowded area. Trouble can occur anytime, anywhere.

Steve solved the problem; the best way to win the fight is without it getting physical. Avoidance and escape are always at the top of your list of tactics. But, we want to learn from Steve's situation so we're better prepared for those times when avoid/escape don't work, or are not options.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, located in northern Alabama. He is the author of "The Book of Two Guns" 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

GAO Denies GLOCK, Inc.'s MHS Pistol Protest

GAO Denies GLOCK, Inc.'s MHS Pistol Protest
SMYRNA, GA. – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied GLOCK, Inc.'s protest of the Army's award of the Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract to Sig Sauer.

The focus of GLOCK, Inc.'s protest was that the U.S. Army did not complete the testing outlined in its Request for Proposal (RFP) before awarding the MHS contract to Sig Sauer based only on limited initial testing. During this initial testing, there were no significant differences between the GLOCK and Sig pistols based upon the technical factors that were evaluated. In fact, Sig Sauer was awarded the MHS contract prematurely based upon price.

The remainder of the testing outlined in the RFP that was not conducted was intended to competitively evaluate the two proposals based upon more comprehensive and stringent testing. This testing would have measured the service life, safety, reliability, and accuracy of the pistols in use while being fired by the warfighters.

"By not completing the testing on both proposals on a competitive basis, the Army never determined which pistol would better meet the warfighter's needs," said GLOCK, Inc. Vice President Josh Dorsey. We are confident had the Army completed the testing, the GLOCK 19 would have outperformed the Sig P320, as it had in recent testing conducted by a leading federal law enforcement agency which resulted in GLOCK, Inc. being awarded that contract. GLOCK pistols have been battle proven by select units of the U.S. military forces for the past ten years. GLOCK, Inc. stands with the men and women serving in the Armed Forces and will continue to give them its full support.

We thank our technical team for submitting a pistol that met or exceeded all of the Army's requirements. We also extend our appreciation to our MHS partner, Vista Outdoor's Federal Cartridge, for creating the most effective and innovative pistol round we have ever tested, which performed flawlessly in the GLOCK 19 MHS model.

About GLOCK, Inc.

GLOCK is a leading global manufacturer of firearms. The simple, safe design of GLOCK's polymer-based pistols revolutionized the firearms industry and made GLOCK pistols a favorite of military and law enforcement agencies worldwide and among pistol owners. In 2017, GLOCK celebrates its 31st Anniversary in the United States. Renowned for featuring three safeties, GLOCK pistols offer users of every lifestyle confidence they can rely on. GLOCK, Inc. is based in Smyrna, Georgia. For more information, please visitus.glock.com.