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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Time....Tiger McKee

Skill Set: Time
Time is a precious commodity. There are never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything necessary.  I usually start out the day behind, and then struggle to just keep up.  In a violent confrontation, time is always a deciding factor.  You’re presented a dangerous problem.  Normally you have a very short amount of time to respond to the threat.
Use the time you have wisely.  In a confrontation you have to make every second count.  Chances are the fight is only going to last a few seconds.  The threat is going to be danger close, probably closer than ten feet.  You’re going to have to make a decision – right now - on what to do.  This buys you time to figure out what to do after that.
You’ll likely have about one second to make a decision.  Being human we tend to want details.  But, there isn’t enough time to figure out all the particulars of what’s going on.  By the time you gather all the information required to know exactly what’s going on it’s too late.  The fight is over.  You lost.
Or, you do something to buy yourself time.  One good way to create time is to force the threat to react to you.  Initially you are likely reacting to the threat.  They started the fight.  Moving, taking a lateral step to the left or right, forces the threat to respond to you.  Pushing the threat into making a response buys you time.  How much time?  It may be a half a second, or a couple of seconds.
Distance and time are very closely related.  Normally the more distance between you and the threat the more time you have.  When the threat is three feet away there’s very little time, and a restricted list of possible options.  Backing up, creating distance provides you a little bit more time, and possibly a few more alternatives in the response list.  Moving – in this case backing up – creates time.
The more distance the better.  You see someone fifty feet away look at you, turn and begin approaching.  “Stop,” you command, “Don’t come any closer!”  If they obey that’s great.  If not, they ignore the commands and continue; you’ve got plenty of distance – and time – to determine what to do next.
Moving buys you time and distance.  It also greatly reduces the chances of you being injured.  When you’re moving it’s more difficult for the threat to hit, cut or shoot you.
While time is critical, you can’t feel rushed.  If you let circumstance dictate how fast you perform you’ll end up going too fast, which only leads to making mistakes.  A mistake may provide the threat a window of opportunity to take control of the fight.  You’ll make enough mistakes without creating more by going too fast.  And there’s certainly not enough time for you to think about any mistakes you might make.  When a mistake does occur you’ll need to fix it, correcting or compensating as necessary and continuing the fight.
Time is always in short supply.  Don’t waste it, and whenever possible work to create more time.  This allows you to make more assessments and decisions on what your next actions should be.  You act again, continuing to put pressure on your opponent.  You want to “suck” all his time away, never giving him an opportunity to catch up.  This continues until you’ve won.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2x2x2 Drill

Back again with another good (On Demand) pistol drill.  This drill is the creation of Dave Spaulding (Handgun Combatives).  The drill is designed to be shot cold bore, no warm up or practice.  It is a drill that is designed to test your ability to present a gun from a holster and get two accurate hits on a small target from 20 feet.  The target represents the size of the Aorta area of the human body.

Ok, so here is the drill, 2 shots placed within the area of a 3" x 5" rectangular box (index card), in 2 seconds or less, from 20 feet. Anything on any line is considered a good hit.  Try it out!

I'll take that.  Not too bad for an old guy!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Food for Thought....Tiger Mckee

Skill Set: Prepare
Another active killer has attacked a school.  The uneducated public is calling for more control over firearms.  We know that’s not going to do any good, yet most of us sit quietly, never pushing or demanding for solutions that will work.  The best way to ensure safety is to prepare for violence.
It’s sad that money is protected well, much better than our children – our greatest asset.  Nobody would think of having thousands of dollars stacked up without a facility to protect it and armed guards ready to stop someone from taking it.  Yet we willingly send children off to school where there is no legitimate plan to protect them from a violent killer.  Gretchen and I don’t have kids, but if we had school-aged children I guarantee you we would be demanding school authorities provide adequate security.
What does “security” look like?  It doesn’t take much imagination to come up with a plan.  First off, limit access to school grounds.  The best way to defeat an attacker is to never allow them opportunity.  Nobody gets in without being admitted.
Students must be educated on what to do if an attack occurs.  I asked several teachers and school staff about how they prepare kids for an attack.  The responses were varied, but all of them were unacceptable.  Evil is out there, and it’s irresponsible not to teach our children how to address it.
Next, there should be armed, trained adults on campus who are ready and willing to defend students.  Firearms are the best tools we have to stop an armed and violent attack.  They are easy to use and extremely effective.  And, in the trained person’s hands, they are safe.  As always, training is the key.  The skills necessary to use a firearm safely and efficiently are not that difficult to learn and maintain.  That’s what makes firearms so great; you don’t have to be big or strong to use them.  Being equipped to defeat an attacker is not difficult.  There is no reason not to be ready.
The willingness to confront violence is of the utmost importance.  Given a choice, none of us would willingly go forward and confront violence.  Moving towards a violent conflict isn’t easy.  But, having an emotional attachment makes a difficult decision much easier.  Someone with a personal attachment to the possible victims is going to the danger, regardless of the odds they face.  Campus staff, parents and members of the community who are connected at the hearts to students must be ready to defend their wards.  Being responsible means taking measures to avoid danger.  If necessary – when these steps fail - it demands standing face to face with evil, addressing it with enough violence to stop it.
There is no reason we can’t protect those we are responsible for.  If you’re an adult, and choose not to defend yourself, that’s your choice.  Not safeguarding our children is disgraceful.  It’s time we demand that schools take the necessary steps to protect students.  As George Herbert said, “One sword keeps another in the sheath.”  A secure environment isn’t an easy target.  But, when these measures are unsuccessful we must be poised and ready to shut evil down with aggressive, controlled violence.  Or, we can all sit around, be punished for the sins of others and watch the same thing happen again.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hi folks, have some extra time so I just wanted to share a shooting drill with you.  The drill is called the 5x5x5 drill or the Larry Vicker's 1/2 test.  What it is, is a drill that is designed to test your skill level with your EDC gun.  It is a balance between speed and accuracy.  We all know or should know that fast misses don't count and only good solid hits will neutralize a threat. These hits have to be placed within a reasonable short period of time.  The fact is that the person who hits that high upper chest area first is generally the person that prevails in a life threatening encounter.  These are not my stats, but what has found to be true.  So without any further A-Do here is the drill.  This drill is fired from the holster at 5 yards, 5 shots and has to be done in 5 seconds or less, no misses.  Target is the 5 1/2" NRA  Bullseye target.  This drill can generally be done at most ranges that allow experienced trained shooters the benefit of being able to practice a necessary skill, presentation from a holster.  This drill should be shot cold with no warm-ups.  

 I carry a Glock 19 which I believe to be one of the finest midsize combat handguns ever made.  I shot this drill using 115 gr. hand loads that are loaded to factory specs.  Here are my results;

I'll take that.  Not bad for an old fart!

A little advice is to make sure that you are carrying a gun and a caliber that you can handle.  I often see too many people carrying firearms chambered in a caliber that they cannot not control the recoil.  The 40 cal. is just one example.

Till next time, TRAIN HARD, FIGHT EASY!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Good read from , The Wire

Single Officer Response in Active Shooter Events
Our guest author back when he wrote this piece in 2008

Editor’s Note: As The Tactical Wire approaches our 10th Anniversary of service, we look back in light of recent revelations regarding the Parkland Fla. School shooting. Our own Chuck Haggard was one of the first of our guest commentators when he penned this for our July 3, 2008 edition. We reprint it here for your thought and discussion.
A recent article by law enforcement trainer Ron Borsch sent out via the Force Science Research Center's e-newsletter has generated a great deal of controversy among law enforcement officers and trainers. In the newsletter Borsch advocates a single officer response to active-shooter incidents as being appropriate. Although many trainers feel that a single officer response to an active-shooter incident is never appropriate due to officer safety considerations, I have to strongly disagree.

To help readers evaluate my opinion I should give a bit of my back-ground; I am a police officer with 21 years of service, who has served over 18 years on a busy tactical team, as well as being a firearms and defensive tactics instructor. I'm affiliated with two different training organizations which provide law enforcement use of force and tactical training (including active-shooter response instructor training) to a national and international audience. More importantly, I have responded to active-shooter situations on two occasions in my career; on one of those occasions I was forced by circumstance to go after the shooter by myself.

We as law enforcement officers need to have a clear idea of what the hierarchy of safety needs really is. Officer safety is NOT our first concern, if it were we would either hide out at the police station all day or, better yet, just stay home and not go to work. Police work is not about risk avoidance, it is about risk mitigation while also doing the job we have sworn to do. The hierarchy of needs is, and has always been, that the people we protect come first. We place ourselves in the line of fire to protect the citizens we serve, thus the victims of any crime and the bystanders on scene are the first and second priority of any police response. The safety of the officer is almost always the third place consideration.

With that philosophy in mind, I am a strong advocate for the single officer response as being a valid tactical response in some active-shooter situations. The history of modern active-shooters in the U.S. shows us that the shooter(s) will be killed by the responders, will give up, or will kill themselves when the first hint of tactical pressure is placed upon them. Although not all "shooter" incidents have worked out this way, the vast majority have fallen into one of the three typical end results.

Since response to an active-shooter incident is a race, a race between the responder(s) stopping the shooter and the shooter racking up a greater and greater body count, I strongly advocate that officers should move to contact as quickly as possible, and by themselves if need be, to expedite stopping the shooter from killing more victims.

Is this always a good idea? A resounding "No" would be the answer. In the tactical world there is no tactic that is always appropriate, but few tactics have the word "never" attached to them.

The history of active-shooter incidents is filled with successful examples of single officer (either off-duty or on) or citizen response to a shooter, I will list just a few off the top of my head;

Mall shooting in Kansas City Mo.
Church shooting in Colorado Springs
Trolley Square Mall shooting in Salt Lake City
School shooting at high school in Pearl Miss.
Santee California High School shooting
Fairchild Air Force Base shooting
El Cajon California high school shooting
Dimebag Darrell concert shooting, Columbus Ohio
Topeka KS domestic violence shooter incident

In each of the noted cases, either the shooter was captured or gunned down by the first responding officer or citizen, or the first responder placed enough tactical pressure on the shooter to both stop the killing and allow other officers to finish the job.

Although I have no firsthand experience, I can only imagine that gunning down numerous unarmed people to exact revenge for some perceived slight, and thus fulfilling one's personal revenge fantasy, is a very exciting event. Exciting events tend to bring with them the same baggage to the shooter that officers and armed citizens have to deal with.

Everyone who carries a gun for duty or protection should be aware of the physical and mental aspects of responding to critical incidents. It should suffice to say that such aspects of the human condition as fight or flight response, adrenalin stress, tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, etc. should be well known to any serious student of preparation for combat or self defense.

This knowledge and training can be a very solid advantage to the first responder who is going after an active-shooter as the shooter will very likely not be educated and trained to deal with these aspects of armed conflict. In my opinion, the shooter will very likely never see the first responder coming.

In one of the two active shooter incidents in my town during my career I was part of a very large response to a shooter who had invaded the Federal Building. He was both an active-shooter and an active-bomber as he had built numerous impact detonated pipe bombs.

In this incident the shooter eventually fired from an upper story window at responding officers, then killed himself with a head shot after setting one of the bombs on his body to explode. Note; shooter yet again kills himself as soon as his plan falls apart due to tactical pressure placed on him my first responders.

In my own single officer response, the incident played out as follows:

I was assigned to uniform patrol and was serving as an FTO. I was riding with a rookie partner who had been with me only a few days. My partner had been an EMT and worked for the local ambulance service before being hired by my department. We received a dispatch call reference a domestic incident where the estranged ex was trying to kick in the front door to the residence. The female half had moved in with her parents to get away from the male half. We were about four blocks away when this call came out.

As we pulled up, dispatch advised that they had shots fired on 911. As I bailed out of the car I saw the female half's mother running down the front porch steps. She was holding the right side of her neck with her hands and blood was squirting out from between her fingers. As she ran towards me she was yelling "He's killing the babies, he's killing the babies!"

Any officer placed in this situation has no choice; you have to go, you have to go with the gear you are carrying on your person, and you have to go right now.

As I ran for the front door of the house I yelled at my rookie to render aid as I knew she would bleed out in minutes if not seconds. I knew he could handle the medical issue. I bolted up the steps, pistol in hand, moving as fast as I thought I could engage.

At that time I had been a SWAT team member for several years. I was carrying a brand new high capacity "wonder 9" with another smaller version as a back-up gun, as well as wearing my vest. I shot a lot of IPSC matches and I practiced quite a bit on the side. With my SWAT team experience and firearms skills I hoped for a best case scenario; to catch up to the shooter quickly and gun him down before he saw me coming.

I figured in the worst case I was picking a 50/50 gunfight, an event for which I was hoping to be better prepared and equipped than he was.

As I crossed the porch I could see the shooter through the front door, I went "guns up" on him as I moved forward. He saw me at the same time and ducked to my left, the door frame blocking my view of him. He saw me so quickly as he had been scanning, I believe for the female's sister who had gone into a closet and was hiding. I pushed hard and fast, "pieing" the door as I went, hoping to get a slice of the shooter and to open fire as soon as I had a piece of him available to shoot. I did not need to as the shooter fired a shot into his own head.

The female half and her father were dead, they had suffered head shots. Mom survived as the shooter had pulled the attempted head shot on her and my partner was able to control the bleeding. The female's little sister and the two babies were unharmed.

I have absolutely no doubt at all that if I had not pressured the shooter when I did that he would have killed the babies and the little sister, then finished off mom, before killing himself.

In my case I would have loved to have had a patrol rifle with me, but this was well before patrol rifles were cool, well before Columbine was part of our vocabulary. Even then, if the rifle had not been immediately available to me from a rack in the car it would have been left behind, I did not have time to dig a carbine out of a bag in my patrol car trunk.

We are all colored by our education, training and life experiences. Mine tells me that sometimes a first responder has to act alone to save lives, that there is no time to wait for help, and that this is the only tactical and morally correct thing to do.

I have seen reference to the Beslan incident as an example of how a single officer response is a bad idea. Well, I'm here to tell you that SEALTeam 6 would have been in trouble at Beslan. Even in this extreme example, a single responder quickly laying down fire on the bad guys before then can get their target victims and scene secure would serve to put a monkey wrench in their plan.

In less extreme examples, I have read concern that officer could be ambushed by the shooter. I have two problems with that train of thought; 1. It's never happened (although I know that doesn't mean it could someday) 2. Lying in wait for first responders is NOT active shooting.

If the first responder has no idea where the shooter is and will have to search to find them then a single officer response would not be appropriate. However I strongly feel that if a single officer can see the shooter, or can hear the shots close by, that they should immediately move to contact and engage the shooter. This has been successfully accomplished too many times for anyone to say that it is not a valid tactic.
Chuck Haggard has been a full time law enforcement officer for around three decades, and served his previous department as a firearms and defensive tactics instructor since the late 1980s.  Chuck also served as member of that agency’s tactical team for 17 years.  Chuck is an instructor-trainer for the National Law Enforcement Training Center and an active IDPA and USPSA competitor. After retiring from full time law enforcement, Chuck took on public safety duties at an airport and started his own training company, Agile Training and Consulting.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Firearm Safety! Get it Right!....Tiger McKee

Skill Set: Get It Right
A mistake with firearms is embarrassing at best, but often times tragic.  As owner of a firearm it’s your responsibility to ensure every action you perform is done safely.  Safety is the result of always using proper technique and when a problem is discovered, correcting it immediately.
In the beginning, when these actions may be new, you should think about how to do something before ever starting.  Go over in your mind what you need to do, visualizing yourself performing the necessary actions.  Before touching the weapon decide where is a safe direction in which to keep the muzzle directed.
“If I did have a negligent discharge what will stop or trap the bullet,” you ask, preventing it from causing any injury.  Look around, taking note where other people are so you don’t muzzle them.  Most rounds will easily punch through interior walls, so this includes people that might be in the same structure as you but not in the same room.  Once you’ve decided what you need to do and calculated how to perform those actions, visualizing them, then you act.
While working with the firearm don’t get into a hurry or be distracted.  Fast will get you into trouble with the opposite gender, motorcycles and guns.  Going slow decreases the chances you’ll make a mistake.  Avoid letting your mind become involved in anything else.  When that firearm is in hand, your sole purpose in life is safety.  If there is something else that needs to be done, secure the weapon first.
When you do make a mistake, stop and make a correction.  Not correcting a mistake immediately increases the chances you’ll do it again.  We tend to get locked into behavior patterns.  It becomes “O.K,” and eventually forms a habit.  You cannot afford bad habits with firearms.  Applying an immediate correction – to yourself or someone else – disrupts the action, both physically and mentally.
When I make a mistake not only is it corrected immediately, but I’ll also perform the corrected action several times – right then and there.  Otherwise it gets planted into my miniature brain as a right or acceptable action.  Don’t let a wrong thought or action go uncorrected, and the best time to correct it is right then and there.
Finally, every time there are firearms present – whether it’s you or someone else handling them – stay serious.  This is not the time to be joking around.  You make sure everyone maintains the proper attitude.  If there is a problem you can’t correct, you should leave, moving to a safe area.  Firearms are lethal weapons, and must be treated accordingly.
The ability to handle a firearm properly is a skill.  It’s developed over time, always using correct techniques, which ensures safety.  Get instruction in how to operate your firearm safely.  Always stay focused, never allowing yourself to become distracted.  Watch yourself, and keep an eye on others. When a mistake is identified correct the problem immediately.  And when you get it right, always congratulate yourself, creating confidence and a positive self-image.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy,