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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 18, 2016

For the Ladies....Good information From Tiger Mckee

Skill Set: Ladies' Carry
Today's column is for the ladies, or for you guys who are going to help a lady get started with a handgun. The big news is that men and women are different. Yes, you know this, but apparently when it comes to helping a lady choose a pistol and how to carry it guys have a tendency to forget this. Women will have completely different requirements for a pistol and how they are going to carry the weapon. Here are some important things to consider.

According to Jeff Cooper, the three important features of a pistol are size and fit, good sights and a crisp trigger. First off, the pistol has to properly fit the hands so the shooter can acquire a proper grip. A pistol that "fits" means you can efficiently operate any features such as safeties. For example, smaller pistols have small thumb safeties which are more difficult to switch from "Safe" to "Fire" and back. A lot of women don't have the hand strength to work the thumb safety properly. With the various designs in handguns today I really don't see that a traditional thumb safety is needed, as long as the shooter has received the proper training and the accompanying practice.

A pistol that fits allows the shooter to get the proper position of the finger on the trigger. Ideally the finger is positioned with the trigger in the center of the first pad of the finger where it can press the trigger straight to the rear, as opposed to pushing or pulling it to one side, which will affect accuracy. Also, can you actually press the trigger? Most ladies have a hard time pressing the ten to twelve pound trigger on a standard revolver. In order to shoot accurately you have to press the trigger smoothly, and spend a lot of time doing it.

"Fit" also comes into play for manipulating the pistol. Again, think about hand size and strength. A pistol may fit the hand, but can the shooter operate the slide, manipulating it in order to load, unload or reload? Can they press the mag release without having to struggle or juggle the pistol in their hands? All of these actions are necessary to operate the pistol safely and efficiently.

You also need to think about "Fit" along carry lines. Will the pistol fit the way they need to carry? I've heard guys tell ladies, "You have to carry it in a holster on your belt, otherwise don't even bother carrying it." What? Again, women and men are different. Most ladies can't carry a handgun on the belt, either due to their size and shape or the way they have to dress. There are a lot of different options for carrying, and while a lot of people – guys – don't like carrying in a purse or bag it does have advantages. A lady can walk through the parking lot with their hand in their purse – and grip on the pistol – without attracting any attention. When your pistol is on the belt it's hard to do this without attracting attention.

Another factor to consider in the "Fit" department is recoil. Yes, carrying a big fast bullet is great, until it keeps you from shooting because it hurts the hand. Again, practice is mandatory. In my opinion a .380 pistol that "fits" someone - they'll actually shoot and practice with it – is much better than a lightweight .357 that they only shoot a few times and never touch again. We usually start beginners, both men and women, out with .22's and then have them move up to larger calibers.

"But," the guys complain, "Now I have to buy more pistols." Or, and this one really kills me, "My wife shot my XXX and now she wants one." What? You're complaining that your wife wants you to buy more pistols? Get that girl whatever she wants. If it's something she likes she'll probably shoot and carry it more.

Ladies, you need training. Guys - don't try to teach your wife or girlfriend how to shoot. Training is necessary to learn how to operate a firearm safely, the number one concern, and efficiently, which is mandatory for self-defense. I actually recommend new shooters to get training before buying a firearm. Most places will have pistols you can rent or use in the class, and the instruction will help you determine what type pistol is going to work best for you.

A great source of information is The Handgun Guide For Women by Tara Dixon Engel. This book has chapters on almost everything you need to get started. (Guys, I recommend you read it too.) It even has a chapter on "How To Visit A Gunshop," which is a difficult thing for most women.

Ladies, you need to be armed and ready to defend yourself and family. Guys, remember helping may not actively involve you. Everyone who is capable and ready should prepare. It's getting ugly out there, and I don't see it getting better any time soon.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

One Gun....Rich Grassi

One Gun
The first Glock 19s in the stable: the Gen 2 (right) was the first and it's very old. The second is the Gen 3, which saw lots of use in the waning years of my law enforcement career.
Are you the type that buys "one of these, one of those?" – A collector? There's not a thing wrong with it. Those who like guns often like lots of them and they enjoy the variation, learning different operating systems and simply enjoying range time or collecting.

There seem to be increasing numbers of practically minded folks who slavishly adhere to one type of handgun on the basis that they can only really learn one system – and there's something to be said for this as well.

The likelihood of a 'battlefield pickup' – snatching up a gun from someone who's down to use in an on-going emergency is currently (and thankfully) very slim. It's far more likely you'll need to dance with the one you brought along. Will you ever have all the skill you need? Is it possible to wish you hadless skill with the piece you have when the fight starts?

I don't believe so. I think you'll have more than enough to worry over. Having to learn your weapon system during the battle is just too much.

The story I always tell is my own experience. I yawned at the appearance of the early Glock pistols in the 1980s and shook my head as I watched them take over the US law enforcement scene in the 1990s. As I was teaching at seminars around the country in the middle and the latter half of the decade and into the 21st Century, it was Glock everywhere the eye could see. I was confronted with the fact that showing up with a "traditional double action" (trigger-cocking) pistol was just a source of confusion for folks who had the Wonder Plastic.

The current 'duty' gun is the Gen. 4 Glock 19, as refitted. Some parts were installed to bring the gun into line, others as a test.
I got a Glock 19 used in 2000 and worked with it some. Mike Rafferty was to attend a Glock armorer's recertification class. He'd looked my prize over, noted that it was an early U.S. G19 and took it along. The instructor did all the "updates" – and there were many. I got a Gen. 3 Glock 19 in the summer of 2001.

That gun accompanied me to an annual conference of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and I took every shooting class I could get into, including one from contributor Dave Spaulding. A set of XS Sights was installed and it went to the following IALEFI Annual and to Gunsite Academy on a media event. I consumed every bit of 3,000 rounds of ammo to get accustomed to that thing and it later became my "most trained with" firearm of all time. As a writer, I was pulled away from the gun to test others. I always seemed to go back to it.

Is it ideal? Well, I'm no 'caliber commando' – so the issue of the 9mm chambering is no issue for me. The gun has to function and hit to the sights. It has a consistent trigger shot-to-shot requiring no 'transition' from trigger-cocking to single action. It holds fifteen rounds in the magazine, can accept the 17-round magazine of its bigger brother – something I seldom take advantage of. That's in a form factor that the manufacturer calls "compact." The first auto I carried in police uniform – a Colt National Match – had a standard capacity of seven rounds.

The Glock 19 has a smaller sibling, the Glock 26, which accepts the magazines of the G19 and G17 – making it an ideal backup gun. I carried that way on the job, the G19 as the main holster gun and the Glock 26 in an ankle holster made by the late Lou Alessi as the backup. I supported them with two spare Glock 19 magazines. The older 2nd Gen Glock 19 waited in a safe in case my up-front gun was held as evidence in a shooting and to back it up at shooting classes.

Primary changes were sights, extractor and trigger -- but only because the factory action was substandard. The slide cover plate is simply vanity.
Since then, I've taken almost four years to get a Gen. 4 Glock 19 in shape to move to the front of the line. The trigger was the worst I'd found in the Glock line and it got replaced with the Glocktriggers.com duty trigger. The ejection was "so-so" and I installed the Apex Tactical Specialties Glock 'Failure Resistant Extractor.' That solved the issue. A Vickers slide stop, magazine release button and magazine floorplates were installed, as were Spaulding CAP sights from Ameriglo. I had to make a 'factory adjustment' to the rear sight as I have always shot decidedly left with this gun – something that never happened with the Gen 3 version or the Glock 26. This year, the Gen. 4 went on paper at the retirees' LEOSA range.

Your primary artillery doesn't have to be a Glock of any kind. I found the S&W M&P9C to be a perfectly fine carry gun – and nothing was done to the trigger, though it too has Ameriglo sights. I like and have carried 1911 pistols of various flavors. Which gun you choose isn't the point – my solution may not be good for you.

The gun I've fired most in training and practice is the Glock – the gun I have the most handling hours on is the double-action revolver, specifically the small, snub-nose five- or six-shot .38 revolvers from S&W, Colt and Ruger. I have one on now as a spare gun.

It's not the gun, it's the reps you have in. The dry practice, handling and competent disassembly for cleaning and maintenance and the live practice. That's what will carry the day because it's something you won't have to think about in the fight.

-- Rich Grassi 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Good article....by Rich Grassi

Editor's Notebook: Handling Post-Encounter Issues
Shooting at the range and training can be fun, but consider the aftermath of a lethal encounter -- that takes planning.
Much of the training, writing, internet videos explore gear and applications of force. It's necessary of course, but it seems that the least addressed aspect of deadly force is every bit as critical to success: what happens after the shots are fired and your ears are ringing?

This is not a simple, one-dimensional thing: how do you not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by an improper post-shooting procedure, how do you ensure that you're not destroyed by the offender's confederates, responding police, other armed persons nearby – or if you are bleeding out from gunshot wounds? After all that, we consider the legal reality.

Dave Spaulding is known for saying that you must an active participant in your own rescue. That's relevant in the fight – and all that precedes it – and it's relevant in the aftermath. It's all on you and you can't rely on others to prepare for the ugly eventualities on your behalf.

I'm aware of the bleating in big media about the horrors of the stupidly named "stand your ground" laws. Ask them, they'd likely tell you the Castle Doctrine upon which the "no need to prove inability to retreat" laws are based is just as bad. There are states' attorneys who have no love of self defense law and likely believe that you have no right to defend yourself from an attack – particularly if you're forced to use the ultimate force option to save yourself or others you have a duty to protect.

And it doesn't stop there. Anyone who believes you can only be tried once for a single event has real issues. I'm no lawyer and I know about 'double jeopardy,' but the armed citizen can face criminal and civil liability. The police officer can – and does – face criminal and civil liability at both state and federal levels. That's four potential trials before we examine the potential employment liability in internal agency investigations.

Any idea why someone wouldn't choose a career in law enforcement?

Some light reading and the ID card from the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network.
I attended Deadly Force Instructor in 1998, taught by friend and mentorMassad Ayoob. I annually took – and taught – instructor level training in uses of force by police. Let's say I became a little acquainted with the law.

I'm no lawyer though, nor is Mas. His second great book on the topic of understanding the rules of the road in terms of deadly force, Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense, is as important a work as you can find on the topic. There's another text on the topic, a complementary work – not a replacement, and that's attorney Andrew Branca's The Law of Self Defense.

The Foreword of the text is written by the aforementioned Ayoob and sets the context of the two books – and the two instructors, as Branca teaches a well-attended course based on his book.

He goes beyond Mas's book in the sense that he breaks down various legal elements on a state-by-state basis – yes, there are differences and you better know the rules where you live – and the rules of locations to which you travel.

The context of the legal battle is set in terms of competing narratives, the state advancing a theory of criminal behavior behind your use of deadly force and your defense creating the image of defendant as a crime victim in perilous straits. Branca sets the five links, essential components of a successful self-defense claim, as innocence, imminence, proportionality, avoidance and reasonableness.

This sounds remarkably like the 'circumstance that justifies homicide,' as put forth by Ayoob: "immediate, otherwise unavoidable danger of death or great bodily harm to the innocent."

Branca examines these in turn, then explores issues like 'defense of property.' Instead of quickly dismissing the concept, he explores it with a keen analysis – showing you "his work" and how he arrived at the conclusion most of us in the field share. He advances a legally sound defense strategy – minimizing your exposure to liability entanglements completely. His state specific information – which, as Ayoob points out is alone worth the price of the book – covers provocation/aggressor laws, 'regaining innocence' laws, justified deadly force, the duty to retreat in deadly force cases, legal presumption of reasonableness, justifiable use of force in defense of others, use of non-deadly force in defense of property – and use of deadly force in defense of property.

Taking the class to get your permit doesn't make you ready to roam about armed in public no more than simple citizenship allows a blanket pass to armed self defense on your own property. As a Natural Right, self defense requires some thought, soul-searching and consideration.

Understanding this, you need to study both texts. Add to that some active and ongoing protection, like membership in theArmed Citizens' Legal Defense Network.

Failure to do so can move you down the road to negative outcomes in the form of civil and criminal penalties.

Get both books, read them. Be an active participant in your own legal rescue.

-- Rich Grassi 

Monday, June 20, 2016

ROTAC TRAING GROUP, Course selection

The following is the selection of courses that are being offered by the ROTAC TRAINING GROUP;

Price of the course does not include the ammunition that is required for each course or the range fee!  Range fee depends on where the course is being held.

Students are required to bring their own Eye and Ear Protection!  A decent baseball style cap is required for all live fire training!

Training certificates are given to all students that successfully complete the course!

A 50% deposit is required one week prior to the scheduled date of the class.  Cash only!

ROTAC # 1     Safety & Basic Skills Class
This is a class that is designed for first time gun owners as well as anyone that has never had any type of formal firearms training.  It is a 5 hour class that emphasizes the Safety and Responsibility that must be recognized and applied when handling and operating any type of firearms.  The focus of the course is bases around the handgun, revolver/semi-auto.

ROTAC # 2      Enhanced Basic Skills
This a 2 hour class that is designed as a follow up to ROTAC # 1 
Emphasis of this course is developing the students shooting skills.

ROTAC # 3      Intermediate Handgun Skills
This a 2 hour class designed to teach the student the correct procedures for working there particular gun.  This class will introduce the student to the proper technique for presenting the gun from the holster so that it can be done in the most efficient and effective manner.  The student will also get the intro on proper loading techniques and resolving problems that may occur when operating a (semi-auto)handgun.  This course is designed for individuals that have had some training and are able to handle their gun safely.

ROTAC #4       Advance Intermediate Skills
This a 3 hour class designed to take the student to the next level of their learning process.  The student will start to be pushed harder at working and running the gun.  It will never take the student out of his or her ability to place accurate shots on the target.  However, the student will be pushed out of their comfort zone a little in order to make them better shooters.   We will never accept speed over accuracy!

ROTAC # 5      Advanced Handgun Skills
This a 4 hour class that is designed to test your ability to put all the skills that you have learned together.  It is a fast moving and difficult program.  It is designed to test the student ability under stress.     

This class will provide you with the necessary training  the is required for the Florida Non-Resident CCW which is good in 29 states.  Complete packet is included as well as the certificate of training.  

This class will help you to develop the mindset and confidence that you should have if you carry a gun for self defense. 

ROTAC  #6      Introduction Shotgun
Three hour class.  Function and operation as well as ammunition selection is discussed in detail.  This class will provide you with skills that you need in order to operate a shotgun efficiently and effectively.  It provides the student with vital information and dispels the myths and incorrect information about the shotgun.

 I like my pistol, but I love my shotgun!

ROTAC #7      Semi-auto Carbine
 Three hour class starts off with function and features of this extremely popular weapon system.  It addresses the different type of platforms that this weapon system is available in.  Zeroing your sights, both iron and red dot systems.  Shooting this weapon for maximum effect.

As always we still do the qualification for Retired Law Enforcement Officers, HR-218/S-1132.  

For more information please call or e-mail me,
rotac2@gmail.com
Cell # 215-416-0750

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Active Killers, by Tiger Mckee

Skill Set: Active Killers
The killings in Orlando … I spent a long time trying to think about what to write for today's column. A variety of different topics came to mind, and after starting them I felt that they were lacking. I thought about the lessons that could be discussed. How do you react in this type situation, where it's illegal to carry firearms, crowded and with limited exits? Did anyone try to stop the attacker, even though they were unarmed? Would an organized defense, with multiple people involved have stopped the killing? In the end, I decided to suggest readers watch this video: Active Shooter, a very realistic video, and it may not be appropriate for everyone.

Called "Surviving an Active Shooter," it is a short video produced by the LA County Sheriff's Department. Using realistic scenarios they go through your options in responding to an active murderer. The three options they present are escape, hide, and fight.

Avoidance and escape are always your best option when faced with danger. In order to do this you must have a plan, which means knowing where the exits are for where you spend lots of time. You also need to think about improvised exits, such as windows that can be smashed or broken and/or any other areas that may lead to safety. When entering a new environment, you locate and identify your exits, both conventional and improvised. With family members or friends it's important to have a plan in place beforehand, knowing who will do what and basic principles that will apply regardless of the situation.

Hiding is another option, except it may not be as easy as it sounds. The use of concealment is an art; hiding is a lot more difficult than it actually sounds. The video above mentions silencing cell phones. Movement must be stopped, so that you don't create noise and attract the eye of the threat. Even communicating is difficult. Keep in mind you will probably be experiencing auditory exclusion – your hearing will shut down – so what sounds like a whisper to you will be loud enough to attract unwanted attention.

Making the decision to fight back, the third option, is a difficult one. Can you actually stop the threat? Knowing how to shoot accurately is one thing. Accurately engaging a moving threat surrounded by dozens of bystanders is a completely different matter. What about when you don't have a firearm? There are always improvised weapons at hand, if you are ready and willing to use them.

When do you decide to fight? Some situations may demand an immediate response. Others may require you to wait for the opportunity. Are you going to escape, or are you willing to risk your life to save others? These questions, and many more, can be thought about and debated prior to an event, but the right answers can only be determined on the spot.

The world is full of evil. Everyone who is old enough to recognize this – in varying degrees and according to their age – must be prepared to deal with violence.

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

Thursday, June 16, 2016

GOOD NEWS!

THE ROTAC TRAINING GROUP will now be doing training at the PHILADELPHIA TRAINING ACADEMY, located at 831 Ellsworth Street, Philadelphia Pa.  This is a full service gun shop and range.  They offer all types of training and I am very happy to be affiliated with them.  I will post the courses that I will be offering in the very near future.  Thanks to all of you that responded in such a positive way to my last post.  It meant a lot to me.

Remember, Preparation, Practice = PERFORMANCE!