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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

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mindset....Tiger McKee

Skill Set: A Confident Mindset
Your “mindset” determines how you perform under stress.  This is especially true of personal combat, an extremely dangerous situation.  The weapon won’t matter much. Yes, if you carry a weapon it’s necessary to learn how to use it safely and efficiently to defeat the threat.  But, ultimately victory relies on mindset.  Confidence, the foundation for victory, is created way before the fight starts.
Desire to become responsible drives you to training.  Training and research educate you as to the “how, when and why” of self-defense.  “Why” is most important.  Desire motivates you to practice.  Repetition – practice – is when the real learning occurs.
Through practice you improve, but also identify weaknesses.  Understanding what you can do is important; knowing what not to do is equally if not more important.  You discover the braced kneeling position isn’t stable for you.  Now you know not to use it, and what to use in its place.  Eventually you reach the point you can solve the problem efficiently using “your” skills, as opposed to mimicking someone else.  Confidence – a mental attribute – can only be obtained by understanding your limitations.
You attend Force-On-Force training, using “real” weapons against living, breathing and thinking threats.  This tests your skills.  You figure out what skills need additional practice.  FOF also acclimates you to the stress associated with fighting off an attacker.
Now you’re developing true confidence, which isn’t based on things going perfectly.  This is critical, because your self-image and performance are always equal. When doubt is present your performance suffers.  Sometimes people express uncertainty about their abilities because their performance is never “Perfect” – and yes that’s with a capital “P.”
You will never be Perfect – capital or small “P” - on the range nor in a fight.  In fact, the quest for “Perfect” destroys progress.  People get caught up in their mistakes, become frustrated and stop practicing.  They’ll keep training, attending classes because it’s fun, only lasts a few days and doesn’t require dedication.  But progress - which relies on practice - comes to a screeching halt.  Mentally you must be dedicated and disciplined, focused on progress instead of perfect.  Progress produces confidence.  Knowing you can effectively respond to an attack allows you to stop the threat.
Faith is another important component.  Having faith in your skills and abilities is important, but it’s nothing compared to the confidence created through a solid religious foundation.  I have faith that I will win.  I don’t have to fret over the outcome of the battle.  If it is my Lord’s will that I should personally be defeated then I am assured it’s still a victory - towards a greater glory.  I cannot lose.  Faith creates confidence.
I have all my students write this down: I will win the fight.  Then they sign and date it making it official.  The only acceptable outcome is victory.  No matter what happens – the unexpected occurs constantly in a fight – you must win.  Victory is only achieved by cultivating a confident, “winning” mindset.  This is done before danger arrives.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy

Monday, June 11, 2018

Skill Set: Performance – Three Elements....Tiger McKee

Skill Set: Performance – Three Elements
Performance in the “tactical” arena is based on three elements – hardware, physical ability and the mental aspects.  You need the right gear.  Having a certain amount of physical stamina is important.  Of the three elements the mental part is the most important.  The right mental approach ensures you’ll have the hardware and physical covered.  Mental repetition is necessary to learn the skills necessary, and developing the proper mindset prepares you for the fight.
Hardware is gear, all of it.  You must have a reliable weapon that fits your body size and the intended application.  For example a long barrel, heavy .44 magnum revolver is not for concealed carry.  After choosing a weapon you collect the gear you need.  Everything – belt, holster, magazines and pouches, flashlight, ammunition or anything else – is just as important as your choice of weapon.  Consider your options well.  Some holsters work great for carrying the pistol.  But, they may not have the shape and strength necessary to use for hooking the rear sight of the semi-auto on in order to cycle the slide during injury drills.  Choose your gear wisely, then test and evaluate to ensure it does everything you need.
That said, don’t get too caught up in the “hardware” game.  A lot of shooters are constantly trading, buying or swapping weapons while what they already have does the job well.  It’s hard to learn how to shoot accurately and manipulate the weapon properly when bouncing between a single action with a thumb safety, a double/single action with a decocker and then a striker-fired weapon without either.  Get something good, reliable that fits your hands and learn how to operate it really well.
The physical part gives people trouble.  This is about much more than just going to the range and firing off a few rounds at a target.  You’ll need to be physically able to put in time for training and practice.  If you’re not in decent shape it’s going to be difficult to participate in these actions, especially tactics like moving, using cover and shooting.  Moving with stability, especially over long distances, requires muscle control – it’s physically demanding.  Using cover requires body strength – you may need to get into and out of a kneeling position or lean out from behind cover to engage the threat, exposing the least amount of your body necessary.  The better shape you’re in physically the less the stress of being in a life-threatening situation is going to affect you.  The physical also affects the mental; the more tense the body gets the more stressed the mind becomes, which in turn makes you tense up more physically.  It’s a big circular thing going on.  Make sure you’re physically up to the task, plus this is just a good “healthy” choice.
The mental part is the most critical, and heavily influences the hardware and physical components.  As mentioned, having the right mindset keeps you on track with hardware.  The right frame of mind motivates you to exercise, creating a healthy and strong body.  To learn the skills needed to respond to danger you’ll need the right mental approach.   Ultimately, responding to danger is problem solving, usually at high speed.  You’re mind has to be “right” in order to do this.  So, stay tuned, next week we’ll explore the mental side of preparing and responding.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy

Monday, May 28, 2018

MEMORIAL DAY

LET US NOT FORGET THOSE THAT HAVE SERVED AND THOSE THAT ARE NOW SERVING!  PLEASE SAY A PRAYER.  WE OWE THEM FOR ALL THAT WE HAVE!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Skill Set: Violence

Tiger ,hits the nail on head with this one! 
Skill Set: Violence
Violence is a universal language.  It’s the one form of communication everyone understands.  Regardless of the language, culture, society, time or place, everyone comprehends violence.   In order to stop aggression you must be fluent in violence.
Some people  - using the term “people” loosely – have no qualms about hurting others.  Dave Grossman calls them “wolves.”  They prey on others with an enormous appetite.  “Sheep dogs” protect the sheep, those who are incapable or unwilling of defending themselves against the wolf.  “Incapable” are the young, elderly and such.  Some are simply “unwilling,” because under the right conditions everyone is capable of doing harm to others.  The capacity to do violence lives in each of us.
Violence is in our DNA.  In the Middle Ages it’s said about twelve percent of all deaths were violent, man against man.  Today the average hovers at around two percent.  All animals will kill, but man is one of the few creatures who kill their own kind with regularity.
“Sheep” don’t like “sheepdogs.”  Most people think it’s because the dog tells the sheep what to do.  The real reason is that dogs are wolves, or at least 99.9 percent or so wolf.  The sheep dog can and will get violent.  But this aggression is kept in check except when necessary and only in defense of others.  And that is the key, knowing when it is appropriate to use aggressive force.
Violence is only justified in defense of self and others.  This requires one to study the morals and ethics of when and why force is acceptable.  Force may only be used when there are no other options.  It is for protection.  Like it or not these same morals and ethics extend to the threat.  You do everything possible to avoid having to use force against someone.  You go beyond polite, steering clear of even the possibility of becoming involved in a situation where you might be required to use violence.  But, when the time comes and they won’t listen to reason – “Leave my house now! – or block you from avoiding or escaping, they will understand force.  Stop them before they hurt you. 
 While we all have violence in us, being willing to confront an attacker may not be enough.  You’ll need tools and skills.  The best tools are firearms.  The firearm allows smaller, weaker people to defeat those who are physically “bigger” and doesn’t require years of study to become proficient.  To use them safely and efficiently you will need training, an education in their use.  Then, like every other martial art, practice is necessary to maintain and improve your skills.
The only reason it’s called “defensive handgun” is because you didn’t start the fight.  But when the time comes you’ll have to become violent, and aggressive in its application.  Stopping a violent attack requires a higher level of violence.  Two objects with equal power create a stalemate.  Make sure that when the time comes you are capable, willing and ready to judiciously apply violence.  Life is valuable, and every measure, including violence – the one language everyone understands - should be used to protect it.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy,

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Skill Set: Do It Right....Tiger McKee

Skill Set: Do It Right
With firearms there is a proper technique for everything you need to do.  You “do it right” every time.  This ensures safety – always our number one concern – and efficiency, which is mandatory for self-defense.
The attention you give when handling firearms must be constant.  It takes a fraction of a second for a mistake to occur.  Mistakes with firearms are embarrassing at best, but often tragic.  The devil is in the details, and how you do anything is critical for several reasons.
Safety is mandatory when handling firearms.  Always using the proper techniques reduces the chances of you making a mistake.  It starts when you pick up the firearm.  Acquire the proper grip on the pistol, as opposed to picking it up just any ol’ way like it’s a book.  The finger is off the trigger and clear of the trigger guard.  The only time your finger is on the trigger is when the sights are on target.  At all times you’re thinking about what is a safe direction to point the muzzle, and keeping it indexed.  You check to confirm it’s empty and clear; you use the right technique.
You do it right every time because each time is a training repetition.  We learn through repetition.  Any time you handle a firearm it’s a learning opportunity.  The brain does not have a filter to funnel or separate out the “bad” repetitions.  Your goal is to make every one a “good” one.  If you get bored with the process, or haphazard in how you perform – even with the small tasks – you become unsafe, and you’re learning the wrong way to do it.  You shouldn’t have to think to determine which is the proper technique.  It becomes a religion – with a little “r.”
Consistency in your techniques is mandatory to ensure you’ll do it right when lives depend on your performance.  Using firearms is a serious matter, and should be approached accordingly.  For example, this thought should be in your mind every time you press the trigger:  “Lives depend on this shot.”  Remember, for our application firearms are weapons.  This principle applies to anything you do with a firearm.
You must also approach any and every task with a happy heart.  “I’m glad I get to shoot another group,” you think.  As opposed to, “Oh man, the instructor is making us shoot again.”  Anything you approach with dread will not be done right.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re cleaning your weapon – a task I’m not fond of – or dealing with a threat.  Attitude is everything.
As for the big picture, it’s all the same.  It takes discipline and focus to do things right; being human we tend to take the easy route, which normally isn’t the best one.  As Martin Luther King, Jr. said:  “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”  Regardless of the task you must be focused, disciplined and take joy in doing it right.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Skill Set: Shooting Tempo....Tiger McKee

Skill Set: Shooting Tempo
When you press the trigger it should be with predictable results - the bullet goes where you need it to, or at least extremely close.  The speed you shoot at is dictated by the accuracy needed.  With close, large targets you can fire rapidly.  As the distance increases, and/or the size of the target decreases you’ll need to slow down to get the desired accuracy.
Some skills can be executed at the same speed regardless of conditions.  I draw the pistol at the same speed no matter target size or distance to the target.  The speed of the draw is one that accomplishes the task efficiently, without mistakes.  Shooting tempo varies according to conditions.
Your shooting speed is just like driving.  Speed varies according to road conditions.  A normal speed on good, dry and straight blacktop might be too fast for a wet, curvy road.  Your rate of fire is also dictated by conditions.
One of the biggest problems we see on the range are shooters trying to fire at the same speed regardless of distance and size of the target.  They fire rapidly on close, large targets.  Then attempt to shoot at the same speed for a small target that’s farther away – and miss.  After missing they’ll fire again, but at the same speed or even faster in an attempt to catch up.  The entire time they’re scoring miss after miss.
When you do miss it’s because you fired too fast.  Usually this occurs because the trigger press was too fast, more of a slap or jerk.  On close/large target you can get away with a questionable trigger press.  At longer distance – or again smaller targets – the trigger press must be smooth.  It should result in a “surprise break;” when the shot does fire it sort of catches you off guard.
A miss could also result from focusing on the target instead of the front sight.  This occurs a lot at longer distances.  The focus bounces between target and front sight.  This shifting focus also occurs when engaging a moving target – the eye is attracted to the movement.  Concentrating on the front sight allows you to hold the sights steady.  Focus on the front sight before, during and after the shot.
Regulating or controlling speed is mandatory when firing on targets at varying distances and differing sizes.  This can be difficult because mentally and physically we get caught up in trying to do everything at the same speed.  Again, think about the “road conditions.”
The purpose of shooting is to hit.  Through practice you determine your shooting speed.  How fast can you shoot at close range and still get the desired accuracy?  At longer distances, or smaller targets, how slow will you need to fire to ensure hits?  Whatever speed you can hit at the range is the speed you use to engage the threat – regardless of the danger.  You cannot let the risk factor control the pace of your shooting.
Discovering your shooting speed is essential to getting hits when pressing the trigger.  Every press must result in an accurate shot.  In “real life” lives depend on your accuracy.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy,

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