SIRT Training Pistol


Article by J Hines Photos from SIRT – Next Level Training and Accelerated Firearm Training

SIRT is a laser training pistol that allows training almost anywhere providing immediate feedback to the shooter. Take advantage of dead times during the day to implement training in almost any unused room or area at your facility. Fight the potential boredom perceived in training with a simple, but versatile, training tool that makes pistolcraft fun.

Take Your Pistolcraft to the Next Level with the SIRT Laser Training Pistol
while NLT knows that dry fire training is no substitute for live fire training, neither is there a need to rely on it exclusively thanks to the Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger (SIRT) Laser Training Pistol and the exclusive laser feedback mechanism. Designed to complement, not replace, live fire training, the SIRT Dry Fire Training Pistol brings together a host of patent pending technologies critical to improving shooting accuracy while addressing issues of cost and liability.

The SIRT Training Pistol does not fire any projectile, and the lasers are not harmful. This is a complete system Critical features provides effective, consistent and rewarding training.

  • Patent pending shot indicating laser
  • Resetting trigger combined with the simulated weight of the pistol and magazine
  • A red trigger take-up indicating laser (that can be conveniently turned off)
  • Replaceable sights, all in a self-contained package

The SIRT Training Pistol 110 Pro is designed to have a dry weight of 24 ounces with the center of gravity positioned slightly vertical of the trigger pin. (When engaging at full speed transitions and draws, a simulated weight and center of gravity is imperative for training to accelerate and decelerate the pistol while engaging in precise fine motor movements).

BODY MOVEMENT Maximize deceleration while maintaining control of the pistol to teach yourself to present the pistol and prep the trigger to minimize time to placing shots on the target.

LOW IMPACT – SHOCK ABSORBING MAGAZINE Magazine can be dropped on many types of flooring surfaces without damage.

TRAIN GUN HANDLING: DRAWS AND RELOADS The integrated lasers allow for proper training of draws of various pistolcraft skill sets. The SIRT Training Pistol comes with a weighted magazine to simulate the weight and center of gravity of 10 rounds of 124 grain 9mm ammunition, a fully loaded 15 round .40 caliber magazine with 180 grain bullets.

Built tough with sturdy steel construction, the SIRT Laser Training Pistol looks and feels like the real thing by matching the size, weight, and center of gravity of the live fire pistol. In addition, the SIRT Laser Training Pistol even offers a host of features including weighted training magazine and replaceable sights.


Unlike a standard live fire or Air Soft pistol, the SIRT Laser Training Pistol provides instantaneous performance feedback and no need for ongoing expenditures such as ammo and targets through laser feedback. Because of its flexibility and cost-effectiveness, the SIRT doesn’t just permit additional training — it encourages it, view the video to see the drills.

Simple to use, the SIRT Laser Training Pistol is applicable to a range of training exercises including shooting accuracy, sidearm handling, integrated cardio and live course programs, and even force-on-force training scenarios. Because it does not discharge any type of projectile and instead uses laser feedback, the SIRT Laser Training Pistol can be used safely in nearly every environment and situation. Get the SIRT training pistol here.

Accelerated Firearm Training
If you’re looking to combine this SIRT training pistol with an app that can record and act as a timer. Then take a look at what the good folks at Accelerated Firearm Training have to offer.
Yes, inside your home you can place these 6 electronic targets anywhere to practice and get instant feedback. This is the excerpt from AFT website:
Choose a Course Of Fire from five available in the app: Steel Training, Saturday Steel, React, Practical Shooting, and Friend Or Foe. Range Officer commands can be enabled to direct the start of the Course Of Fire: “Are you ready?” “Standby!” followed by a 300ms start signal “Beeeep!”. Press the Start button on the Shot Timer screen and begin shooting at the start signal. Even a par time stop signal can be configured for time limited shot strings.

A Shot Timer view captures and displays target hits, cumulative times, split times, and overall scoring for each Course Of Fire. A Targets view shows target hit locations and features a sight picture visualization tool and shot correction chart overlays for analyzing shot groups.
The app is available for compatible Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

You can check out their awesome training app here – just click on Accelerated Firearm Training.

What I Learned at Counter-Terrorism School

Inspired by a legendary senior operator, our 58-year-old author signed up for an intense, three-and-a-half-week-long course with students half his age. Here’s what he experienced.

Story and Photos by Paul Pawela

Recently while doing research on paramilitary operators, I came across a book written by Annie Jacobsen titled Surprise, Kill, Vanish – The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins. I was delighted to discover that more than half the book was about the exploits of one of my long-time mentors, Sergeant Major Billy Waugh (retired).

Now 90, Waugh had 25 years in Special Forces as a leader of the elite Military Assistance Command-Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) unit that would go deep into enemy territory and disrupt their agenda. He retired from Special Forces at the highest enlisted rank, after being wounded in combat and receiving eight Purple Hearts.

Not a man for sitting still, Waugh went to work for the CIA for another 25 years. In that amazing second part of his career, he was directly responsible for capturing the most wanted criminal/terrorist in the world at the time, Carlos the Jackal.
After 9/11, Waugh, now in his 70s, participated in Operation Enduring Freedom as a member of the CIA team that would help topple the Taliban regime and al-Qaeda at the Battle of Tora Bora.

I often pondered where individuals such as Waugh are able to receive specialized hands-on training to be able to do these brave acts. I found my answer after having a conversation with a good friend by the name of Jason Brooks. Jason arranged for me to meet with Doron Benbenisty, the owner of Crisis Response International Counter-Terrorism Training School, who has been doing this type of training for almost two decades in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Benbenisty, a man of seasoned combat experience who does not mince words, was direct and to the point: “Yes, Paul, I would be delighted for you to write an article on our program, with one caveat. You must go through it as a student.”
At 58 years old, I was not relishing the thought of going to an intense, three-and-a-half-week counter-terrorist training school with people half my age. Then again, Waugh was 71 years old working with the CIA and roaming the roaming the mountains looking for terrorists. So I enrolled in what would become one of my greatest experiences in nearly four decades of training.

CRISIS RESPONSE INTERNATIONAL (CRI) is an Israeli-based counter-terrorism training school with its roots deeply embedded with the Mossad. The Mossad is the national intelligence agency for Israel and works with Aman (Military Intelligence) and Shin Bet (International Security). All together, they are responsible for intelligence collection, covert operations and counter-terrorism – basically the same mission as the CIA.

CRI offers comprehensive instruction to the military, law enforcement, dignitary protection and private security, and has been involved in training state and federal agencies, as well as other governments from around the world.

Right out of the gate, the first day of training is Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape, better known as SERE training. The first part of the class simulates being captured by terrorists, which includes having a hood put over your head and your feet and hands bound, while being waterboarded. You are asked a series of questions and if your answers do not match up to the pseudo-terrorists who are conducting the interviews, you are shocked with a taser.
I experienced being hogtied on the ground, tied up by being hung, put into a small box in isolation, and strapped in a chair, all while handcuffed, blindfolded, interrogated and shocked by a taser.
Why would anyone want to go through that? Many of my classmates were contractors going overseas to the Middle East and needed realistic training in case of abduction. We not only experienced being bound, gagged and tortured, but we also watched 10 different videos of actual beheadings and murderous executions.

Why would a civilian want to attend? Almost every one of you carry a firearm for home defense or personal protection, but have you ever thought of what would happen if you or someone in your family was taken hostage? Think being bound and tortured and brutally murdered does not happen in the United States? The CRI courses are designed for anyone who may find themselves in a hostile situation.

CRI ALSO OFFERS firearms training with handguns, rifles and shotguns. Since most shooting in these situations is very close-quarters, instructors taught instinctive fire techniques, rather than aimed fire, and the results were amazing! Firearms training included: shooting on the move in all directions, shooting from moving vehicles, shooting in and around vehicles, shooting through windows of vehicles from all positions inside the vehicle, dismounting from vehicles and covering your team while shooting and moving, shooting while moving and holding onto a hostage, shooting one-handed, and shooting on the ground with both handgun and rifle.

Students also learned Israeli hand-to-hand Krav Haganah combat techniques, including long gun, handgun and knife disarms and takeaways, ground fighting tactics for both offense and defense, surviving counterattacks from the rear, knife defense, and knife throwing skills as a last-ditch option.
Another course covered offensive and defensive vehicle tactical driving and pit ramming maneuvers. The course also included how to take over the driver’s position if he has been shot and is seriously wounded or killed, which in 35 years of LEO training was the first time I ever witnessed these techniques.

A variety of other subjects were taught, including in-depth classes on tactical first aid, personal protection teams and formations, covert intelligence gathering and much more. All trainings were drilled to perfection by CRI instructors and capped off with physical and demanding “stress tests.”

The one I liked most was the driving test. The instructor would play loud music, yell and scream, pour water over the face of the student/driver, and use a shock knife on the driver, all while the driver was having to complete the vehicle obstacle course, which simulated driving while being shot at. This was similar to all the tests performed.

STUDENTS WHO ENTER the CRI Counter-Terrorism Training School are generally seasoned combat veterans, many of whom are seeking to go back overseas as a contract security specialist, where the pay is higher but the risk and danger are higher as well.

For jobs like these, one must have physical endurance and great marksmanship skills in all weapons, including those of the enemy, and they must undergo memory training and psychological tests, medical examinations, driving tests and lots of verbal interviews.
Hysteria and aggression have no place in a job like this; one must do everything calmly, deliberately and tactically. Strategy, tactics, endurance, techniques and close-combat fighting are honed until it becomes second nature.

Those who can resist stress and strain are well on their way into working in this type of field; in calmness lies strength, flexibility and endurance. At the end of the day, the objective for the individual is to fit in and be a part of a well-refined team to accomplish the mission. While this is a high-speed personal protection course, could civilians benefit from all of the blocks of instruction taught by CRI? The answer unequivocally is absolutely yes!
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Close Quarter Handgun Training

There’s more to it than Bang Bang.

With your favorite handgun Glock or Sig consider practice shooting as if how you would actually shoot in a real life threatening situation, which will help better prepare you for survival. However the problem is we can’t just be shooting at each other with live rounds, this can warrant casualty and against the law.

So the idea is to replicate the skills in context that would happen in real life. We will break this down into two different ways to train, first is with force on force and second is live fire training.

In most systems of martial arts, the practice of sparring is a common ritual. Firearms form of sparring would be doing “force on force” training. A sound force on force training will help increase your awareness and know your physical limitations.
Force on Force Training
For close quarter shooting purpose these drills isn’t meant to be like a mini war game. For self defense, utilize real life scenarios of what if’s. The drill will only last for 5 to 10 seconds, we are focusing on the initial response. Knowing the objective of the drill is vital to improving your skill. Here’s a sample:

  • Drill 1 – Face off against your partner from 10 feet away, on the command of go – both partners will draw and shoot multiple rounds.
  • Drill 2 – Starting from the ground position (on your back) both parties are 10-15 feet apart, nearby are barricades (can be furniture or office equipment) – on the command go – both will engage at each other.
  • Drill 3 – This one takes it up a notch combining a little “Mixed Martial Arts” with pistolcraft – both are armed and holstered.
    One thing to understand about this drill is that the drill starts after “contact” is made between the two. (perp & victim)
    So forget the “I’ll just pull my gun out and shoot his $ss” mentality. This scenario can be like someone coming up to you and asking for the time. You’re now at arm to 6 feet away to the perp.
    There are many variable, typically The drill can have one on the bottom the other on top (in the mount) – on the command of go you both try to draw your handgun and shoot off multiple rounds.
    Or maybe the victim is on the bottom with a pistol, perp on top armed with a knife. – The video below from “ShivWorks” conducting one of their ECQC (Exteme Close Quarter Concepts) course highlights the action.

Force on Force Thoughts and Feedback Assess
You’ll find when you’re up against someone else that your natural instinct is self-preservation. The first response vary from person to person, they can be stationary or mobile right off the bat. The movements are based off of your natural physical ability. If you find that you’re just not moving well to the right as you draw or during the shoot, or getting up from the ground position while leaning on your gun arm. (that’s a no no). Work on building up those skills with repetitive motions and continue to work the basic scenario (above drills). So basically its not only tactics but on explosive initial movements when you do these types of force on force drills.


Live Firing
This is where we apply real application to handgun training. Instead of having a conventional pistol course of fire, this course is tailored to shooting in self-defense mode. But, we’re distilling it further to its primal stage. That is shooting at high speed while on the move within 10 yards.

Regular course of fire is fine for basic marksmanship, but for close quarter shooting is a different story. The course of fire must evolve to the self defense level. When we go through a normal course of fire from looking at paper targets to shooting the different combo patterns to tactical reloads. The shooter is still in a stationary position. What we learn from force on force training when a live subject is coming after you, your response and shooting is totally different than what was learned in basic course of fire structure, just going through the motions.

Bear in mind the following suggestions for training is not about improving your marksmanship. It is about fighting with your firearm, throw out sight alignment instead concentrate on “target acquisition and point shooting” while in motion. Next assess yourself on how you move (responded) initially from the force on force drills. For example if you were the rabbit type that moved and drew your gun, then apply those behaviors into the course of fire. Here’s the setup for the following drills, be sure to have a steel or paper silhouette target available, steel preferred for instance feedback – Here’s the drills:

  • Drill 1 – Target at 5 yards draw and shoot (multiple shots) while moving either to the left or right. Progress this to a moving target, at the command go you move left or right and target may move to the left or right as well.(control by a trainer)
  • Drill 2 – Target at 15 yards at the command “go” rush over to the right or left diagonally to a barricade- while on the move you must have gun drawn and fire off multiple shots at target.
  • Drill 3 – Shooting from a barricade at target from 10 yards – idea here is just to do a quick peek with a couple of shots fire in under a second

Just a note, going through close quarter shooting this way is about instilling this form of reflexes when it comes to gun fighting. This isn’t the real thing, but close to it and the more you train the better you get, but don’t forget basic marksmanship is the foundation. So yes, target practice has its block for maintenance and testing hardware, we’re not dissing (is this an actual word?) it.

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Knife Tactics for Gun Fighters

Don’t bring a Knife to a Gun Fight

We all have heard the saying, “don’t bring a knife to a gun fight“. Well what if you’re in that predicament – that you and a bad guy are in that mano mano, face-to-face situation. Bad guy pulls a knife out, you’re able to pull your pistol out, but due to the close quarter distance – you’re both in a stalemate position. What are some options now for those “in your face” situation.


Enter Jared Wihongi of Black Label Tactical, he is a 16 year Law Enforcement Officer with 13 years as a SWAT operator. Wihongi currently contracts with the U.S. government to teach to Law Enforcement and military personnel in hand to hand combative methods.

Wihongi demonstrates in this video some basic tactics to get an upper hand so you can come out on top, take a look below.


As you can tell Wihongi self defense methodology is pragmatic and combines the best of both world in gun fighting, knife tactics and grappling skills. Just like in shooting where you dry fire to practice your trigger control, you would need to invest some time into these skills to be proficient.

What are some good training that you have come across?

Video Transcription

[Jared Wihongi] So, um, This is a concept that I’m quite passionate about, is a combination or integration between guns, knives, and empty hands. So I call it Close-Quarter Force Integration Tactics; and essentially it’s my tactics for gunfighters.

[Cameraman] Knife tactics for gun fighters?

[Jared] Yep!

[Cameraman] Uh, can you give us an example of what that curriculum might look like?

[Jared] Yeah! So there’s two ways that this goes. So one is using knife movement and principles– Knife fighting movements and principles, with the gun in the hand, or implimenting the gun. And that’s based on principles of angling, movement, footwork, mobility, controlling distance, so I’m working from a contact distance–clinch ranges. And what I mean by that, is -for example- if I’ve got a– a lot of times when dealing with knife tactics and close ranges, doing those clinch ranges, we’ve got different positions that we try and solve. One of those would be what we call ‘Stalemate’ position. And a stalemate position is, if someone’s presented an edged weapon, and I was able to defend against that somehow, some shape or form, and I’ve got to hold their arm, and now I look to get my weapon presented and get that into the fight, well he wants to survive, too, right? And so a lot of times, you end in these stalemate positions. And now I’ve got a hold of his weapon, he’s got a hold of my weapon, and we’re trying to see who can get free first.

So, immediately, one of the tactics that I would use for this, which comes from knife fighting, is the Duck Under. Down through here, and I move around, and I’m addressing the target from this position. Ok? That’s one example of a knife tactic for gunfighting.

[Cameraman] Got another one?

[Jared] Yeah so, um, another example is, you know, being able to– if I don’t ave my weapon in my hand, and I need to bring it to bear, and maybe we’re somehow tied up in this position, and so now I need to be able to present or free my right hand. I don’t want to release his weapon, also, from this clinch range.
So here I can do what we call an arm-drag motion, and essentially –it’s done quick– but what I’m doing is, he’s got an edged weapon here, so I’m trying to control that, I’m basicaly doing an arm drag. As soon as I’ve done that, my right hand is still tied up, so I do a quick transition to this position here, I continue moving forward, get my weapon out, and address whichever target is available, being careful not to cover my arm, so we use this C motion here.

So again, it’s just another example of close range– extreme close range knife-fighting tactics for gunfighting. Now as you get further out, another example of what we’d do here is in our Kali footwork, we’re constantly using angles. I’m going this direction, I’m going this direction. moving in different directions, because I’m trying to avoid getting hit, and I want to present my weapon, so if I’ve got a weapon in my hand, I might be moving this direction here, Might be moving this direction and cutting here, so as this applies to a little further distance: If I’ve got someone, an aggressor, that’s coming towards me, and he comes up with a knife, then I’m gonna move off-line using my angular footwork and present distance, get my weapon to bear.

If it’s a little closer, for example– that would be a common knife defense movement. If the knife comes in, tap. Ok. So I may use that opportunity, instead of going one-two-three into some kind of a disarm or whatnot, I’ve got a gun. I want to bring that into the fight. So now I’m going to do one-two-three and I move and present my weapon and bring that into the fight. Now, that same motion can be used to one-to-three and push and then bring the weapon and what we call engage-vs-disengage. So I can engage the subject based on the distance that I have. If it’s an open space, disengage, give ’em distance. If he’s got a gun and not a knife, I can’t give him distance. I can’t outrun his bullets. So I have to engage, control his ability to shoot me, and bring my weapon into the fight. Get all these knife tactics presented to a gunfight environment.

[Cameraman] So knife tactics for gunfighters, this sounds like this can be an ongoing thing, this curriculum seems quite deep.

[Jared] It is. It is. We’re just kind of scratching the surface here. It’s really deep, because you can start from distances just outside of arm’s reach, this is all close-quarters stuff, you know most gunfights happen at extreme close-quarters. we’re starting just outside of two arms’ reach, and then we’re progressively moving into clinch distance. That clinch distance sometimes ends on the ground, ground fighting with the guns and the knives, and then we are kind of progressing from there. Various steps in that process. When he’s just getting his weapon out and I’m able to catch it, how do I disrupt that draw stroke, maybe his weapon is coming to bear and it’s not yet pointed at me, is it an edge weapon, is it a firearm, do I know what kind of weapon it is, so there’s all these different ways that I can approach this topic, I can get into a lot of depth with it.

[Cameraman] Well thank you very much, we’re honored by your presence here, and thank you very much for sharing your hours.

[Jared] Thank you guys very much, stay tuned, look forward to a lot of cool things coming up.

Source: Funker Tactical, Black Label Tactical

Point Shooting

Is this still worth Learning or is this a Lost Art?

Many shooting instructors will agree that shooting inside 20 feet usually doesn’t require having a perfect sight picture. In a defensive situation, it makes sense to have point-shooting abilities. After-action reports show that, almost without fail, people don’t look at the front sight in a panic situation. Our instinct is to look at the threat. So why not develop that instinct into a usable shooting skill?

Point shooting is also very useful in low-light situations, where seeing the sights can be hard or impossible.

Brief History
Point shooting has been used by archers since the dawn of man. Training with firearms has its roots back in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services 1942) days.
Second Lieutenant Rex Applegate was given the task of adapting the training being given to British Commando forces for use by OSS agents. Applegate’s methodology was published in his book, Kill or Get Killed which was first printed in 1943, and based on his training program for the OSS developed with William E. Fairbairn and Eric A. Sykes.

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There’s a close quarter shooting technique that was coined the “1/2 hip” position which has been modified in the more updated version and has been taught to all law enforcement agencies. This technique is drawn from the hip holster while rocking back to shoot.

Taught today – Is point shooting still taught today? Yes, even Hollywood star Keanue Reeves learned to point shoot from Taran Butler for his role in the John Wick series. The video below from TFB has JV going through some shooting drills while point shooting from the hip at multiple targets with speed.

Have you learned to point shoot? Here are some quick ways to learn.
Point Shooting Technique
The proper way to point shoot is to raise the gun to your normal shooting position. The difference is that you look at the target, focusing on where you want to hit rather than on the sights.

Drill – The basics is start close to your paper target such as 3 yards. At the low ready position, at the command raise and fire without using your sights. Repeat the drill several times until you are comfortable with it. You’ll see how fast you can break the shot when you don’t have to think about sights. Once you’re able to hit the center of the target consistently, then move back to increase the distance, gradually working up to 20 yards.

Training vs Qualifications

Face it, you are not good enough! If you are still reading this it means you are a person that I want to talk to. Let me explain: Consider top level Olympic athletes. How often do you think Michael Phelps looks at himself in the mirror and thinks he is good enough for his next race? How many times does Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, or any other top level star rest on their laurels?

On the flip side, Phelps doesn’t train by kicking around the kiddie pool either. What I am say is the instant you look at your fighting skills and say “I am ready”… you just lost. The instant we think “I am ready”, we ramp down our training.

We don’t push as hard. When your groups are acceptable to you, you don’t continue to improve. What does qualification mean? Well it means someone met a standard, standards can vary dramatically depending on who created them and what the budget is. Yes, budgets of all things help define standards.

When you think of qualification as it applies to firearms it normally it means that there is some sort of score involved, as well as time limits and conditions. The conditions, number of shots sequence etc are very defined and spelled out in detail.
For example, 25 years ago when I was qualifying for my job as a military police officer, we had to do such things as wait for the buzzer then draw and fire two shots in six seconds sort of thing. There were reloads thrown in and even a barricade to work around.

We still knew exactly what was expected, exactly how to do it and how many hits we needed to pass. For an entire week of my Academy we practiced nothing but how to pass the test to be qualified. At the end I received a passing score…yay, I passed the qualification, but I was still in no way or form ready to get into a gunfight.
This kind of “qualification” is not limited to just military police officers. Police, corrections, private security, it is all based on a passable standard… for the masses. How do you get EVERYONE through qualification?…you make it easy!

If a qualification standard is set too high then you limit the amount of people capable of doing the job. There is an age old mantra in the gun world when it comes to training vs qualification:

“Institutionalized inertia hampers progress (Wilson, 2018)” Institutionalized inertia refers to the fact that organizations are very slow to change how they do things. Logic being that if it worked yesterday, then why won’t it work tomorrow?

Think of qualification as a pipeline where untrained recruits go into the pipe and a “qualified” gun carrier exits. Failures in the standard slow down the entire process with re-shoots and remedial training.
Now think of the qualification standard for a Florida Concealed Weapons or Firearms License. It is simply demonstrate safety and proficiency. My own qualification years ago was a 22 lr round fired into a bucket of water without hurting myself or anyone else. Ask yourself the question, how comfortable do you actually feel standing next to someone on the range that the only proof of competency that qualified them to carry a firearm, was firing one round into a bucket of water?

The qualification standards that we here at FFT use are FAR more stringent than the State requirements and yes we DO refuse certificates to those that cannot pass our CWP qual.
Many civilian schools have qualification standards that you must pass to move on. I attended such a school earlier on this year. Every day for a week the only shooting we performed was in preparation for the test…. At the end of the course, the only new skill we learned was the ones required to complete the test.

What I did get however was a score that in the end, is the final point of qualification. Scores attached to a standard are defensible in a courtroom be it a civilian or a police officer, BUT scores do not keep you alive in a real world, violent, visceral, terrifying fight. Some firearms training schools require you to pass a test and get a “qualification” score before you can move up to the next level.

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I know people who have taken very expensive courses over and over again trying to pass their qualification standard. I asked, “What does this qualification get you?” The reply was we can come back and go to level 2. I answered “You have to pay more money to get good enough to give them even more money?” Hmm…something to think about.
Interestingly other than the CWFL qualification class, you will find very few actual scored standards with us (FFT). In one of our all day training courses, we will go through over 500 rounds at a minimum and the only standard we care about is that you are open to try learning something new. We want you to learn about your own skillsets, where you are how to improve, what to work on and then leave a little better with the gun you brought with you along with skills to practice.

What is Training?

So what is training? Training is stepping outside of what is comfortable, to be taught a skill that you do not know, to have a teacher or instructor TEACH or INSTRUCT you in something new, or something you are struggling with. Practice is recreating those skills learned in training and repeating them over and over again. When we train we have an expert, coach, and mentor to demonstrate specific skill sets and have us recreate them under skilled supervision, and then when ready do so again given the associated stimulus and even stress.
The best firearms training you can do is the one where at the end you are asked to determine for yourself the skills necessary to perform the tasks. For example, here at FFT, during most of our advanced classes and after a full day of skills development, we present you with shoot and no shoot targets in a given scenario.

The student has to negotiate the scenario without previously knowing where the targets are, which ones are ok to shoot, which ones are not to be shot, what order to shoot them in, or how many rounds each target needs. They have to finger it out, use the skills taught and get the job done as soon as the blindfold is removed.
Quite often students completely shut down, going into stimulus overload and get so overwhelmed the self-induced stress… that they cannot think clearly enough to engage. Many just stop and ask for a time out, or a restart… Now imagine this same event but, it’s not in a controlled safe environment at the range, it is a parking lot with multiple actual assailants mixed in with multiple innocent bystanders.

How are they going to do? The problem with real training is that it is messy. When moving, shooting, communicating, decision making and pushing the limits of your individual skill, your target quite often does not look like something we are proud of or what to share on Facebook. In fact, if you fire an intensive stressful series of drills and have what would be considered a perfect group, it really means you held back, gamed the drill or didn’t push yourself.
So let’s look at a qualification example and compare them to your own experiences. A rifle qualification we helped someone with a few months ago consisted of 30 rounds at 50 yards. 10 rounds standing, 10 rounds kneeling, and 10 rounds prone. Only 18 rounds out of 30 were required to be a on a full sized target before they could carry the rifle on duty. Their life is being protected with a slightly better than 50 percent accuracy rate. For handgun many police agencies for 40 rounds once a year most of which is between 3-5 yards and need a 32/40 to pass. Other agencies make it a bit harder extending out the distance but have specifications like must pass twice in a row or 3/6 times to meet the standard.

But in general, it’s a case of, qualification to lowest cost….which ultimately means lowest standard!
Fortunately not all is lost in the battle of score vs skill. Sgt Paul Wood from the Ft. Collins Colorado Police Department has published some great findings on the subject. It is his belief that agencies are putting too much concern on scores and not enough on training. Court cases require that departments train their officers, not shoot for score (Wood, 2018).

It is his belief that agencies have a legal obligation to train their officers rather than just shoot for score and is able to cite multiple court cases in his article that support his opinion. He believes that agencies should find a medium between qualification standards and training. If only a certain amount of rounds and time are allowed per officer per year cut the standard that gets recorded and up the training. He also recommends that officers attend outside training on their own, but cautions that not all outside schools are the same.
So what does all this mean? If you need a set standard that must be passed in order to do a job, pass the test and move on. A barely passing and a perfect score mean very little in the grand scheme of things compared to actual REALISTIC TRAINING.
The attacker with the knife trying to end your life does not care about your scorecard! Get out of the kiddie pool, get off the square range and train like you are not good enough.
An unapologetic admission that you are not good enough!

By Brad Axsom
Senior instructor with Florida Firearms Training

Do you Practice for Malfunctions?


If you’re into precision long range shooting or hunting, you might want to listen to this guy. He’s a former USMC sniper. The following is an excerpt from Caylen Wojcik while he was on a training shoot, he shares with us malfunctions that happens while you’re in the midst of shooting and goes over on what you can do about it.

This was an awesome stage, and I thought it was well thought out. This one involved 4 targets: 2 on the north side of the firing line, and 2 on the south side of the firing line. Targets on the north were 200 yards and 530 yards. Targets on the south were 300 yards and 690 yards.

There’s a lot going on here, and I made some mistakes, namely a shooter-induced double feed malfunction.
This begs the question: do you practice for malfunction clearances?

For me, it’s pretty much second nature. If the bolt doesn’t go all the way forward, there’s clearly something wrong. What’s the answer? It’s simple, unload, then reload. If for whatever reason, there’s any chance that there’s a cartridge in the chamber, it’s good practice to go through a full cycle of operation with the bolt to clear that case before you shove a fresh magazine in there and cause the same problem all over again.
In this case, I knew that I had short-stroked the bolt and that all the junk was going to fall out as soon as the magazine was gone.

Something else that got me on this one was forgetting that the second target on the north side only needed 2 rounds, and I chambered a third, which I needed to eject. I took it with me just in case I had another malfunction to deal with.

We should always have, at a minimum, two magazines with us at all times for situations like this. We can save an immense amount of time by going to a fresh magazine in the event the one in use becomes fouled, and not mess around with the one that just caused you problems.

This a pure training point; knowing how your rifle feels when things don’t go as planned and having the experience to know exactly how to fix the problem.
With this sound advice you can apply this into your shooting regimen. Whether you compete, hunt or just like shooting long range. Knowing how to clear your malfunctions should be ingrained into your muscle memory.

Training snippets by Caylen Wojcik
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Train to Shoot like John Wick

TFB tries their hand at Out Shooting Keanu Reeves

A while back BuzzFeed Youtuber stumbled across a video of Taran Tactical training Keanu Reeves on tactical shooting for the movie role John Wick.
Buzzfeed tried their hands on gun shooting, they did ok (you can read about it below).

Fast Forward to Now
The Firearm Blog had heard what the Buzzfeed guys did so TFB decides, why not us?, But the differences is that TFB also wanted to create some shooting tips segments from Da Man himself “Taran Butler”.
So TFB flew down to L.A. to meet with Taran Butler and have him train TFB. (which is James Reeves)
Taran quoted that he can train TFB (James Reeves) to fire 2 rounds at two targets in 2 seconds.
James was skeptical but went with it anyway. (Hey, free training!)
Something that stands out about this training is the fundamental that Taran advocates over and over, as these are the building blocks for whether you’re into 3 Gun shoot or for self-defense. Here’s some short takes on that training, but obviously, watch the video, its an eye opener:

  • Drawing from the holster
    Taran is very articulate about “economy of motion” from the draw to target acquisition.
  • Reload – again its about “economy of motion” and doing things less, its all about saving time and being fast.
  • These two basics are the building blocks which leads to doing more advanced shooting as Taran describes.

  • Transition between targets – Taran goes over some great feedback on moving from target to the next while at a high level.

As you can tell, Taran traits as a trainer is exceptional, he knows how to build that rapport whether you’re a movie star like Keanue Reeves, Michelle Rodriguez or just James Reeves from TFB.

Here’s how Buzzfeed did a While Back (2017)
The course of fire was a typical 3 gun type. So BuzzFeed Blue wanted to see if they can take an ordinary person (gun newbies) and have them train to go through the course of fire, but be faster than Johnny Wick. Johnny Wick completed this course of fire in 19 seconds.

So BuzzFeed Blue crew narrator and Sharie Elle volunteered to take on this challenge. The training was done one day (all day) at Taran Butler of Taran Tactical Innovation. The same trainer that taught Keanue Reeves how to shoot tactically.
Taran Butler is considered the Michael Jordan of competitive shooting, he at one time had an 11 year winning streak.
BuzzFeed narrator and Sharie Elle will endure the same training that K Reeves went through and its basically “3 Gun” training, which consists of a shotgun, pistol and a rifle.(AR15)

Here’s how they did.

Well they didn’t beat Keanu Reeves time but it looks like they sure learned a lot about guns. The participants was intimidated and excited about the whole experience.

Fast Forward to Now

Sources: TFB, BuzzFeed Blue Youtube, Chris Buckner

Handguns: Not just for Self-Defense

SWAT officer gives his take on best offensive weapons, what makes them good, differences with defensive handguns.

Form follows function. Items are designed for a specific purpose. Take the handgun. It was designed to be a defensive weapon. Take its use in the military, for example. During the Civil War and later, it was the hallmark of officers, a weapon used by those who generally didn’t carry a rifle.
In later conflicts such as World War II, Korea and Vietnam, handguns were traditionally carried by support personnel or as a backup weapon for soldiers carrying heavy weapon systems such as machine guns and grenade launchers.
Over time the handgun has been adapted to fit various missions. This was due in large part to improvements in weapons systems.

The M1911A1 carried by U.S. troops from World War I up until the mid-1980s had some severe limitations. With a seven round magazine and fixed sights, the weapon lacked firepower and modularity.
Compare this to a modern handgun with a 15-round magazine, red dot optic, and rails for lights and lasers. You’ve come a long way, baby…The modern handgun opens up a whole new world of options in terms of what kinds of missions it can be used for. No longer limited to being a last-ditch weapon useful only at very close ranges, the modern handgun can take the fight to the enemy.
In certain situations, its compactness makes it superior to a long gun. Now, the mission and the user’s necessities define what role a handgun will play. In modern times, how a handgun is carried, what type of handgun is carried, and its usage
spells out what kind of handgun it is.
Handguns that are carried by military operators, SWAT cops and other tactical types will fall into two categories: defensive handguns and offensive handguns.

DEFENSIVE HANDGUNS ARE generally used for just that, self-defense. As previously mentioned, in the military they are carried by support troops who operate in less-hostile environments, as well as operators of crew-served weapons. They are there for when a primary weapon goes down and the handgun is the only option left.
Defensive handguns can also be backup guns. On the street, as a cop, I carry two handguns. I carry my primary (offensive) weapon and a backup (defensive) one.
My department-issue gun is a Glock 22 .40 caliber. I opted for a small-frame Glock 27 as my backup when I carried the Glock 22. They are the same caliber and a Glock 27 will take Glock 22 magazines.
A few years back I switched to a Glock 21 .45 as my primary handgun. Despite its reputation for kicking like a mule, I find that .45s have more controllable recoil than .40s, allowing for quicker follow-up shots and more accurate shooting overall.
When I made the switch, I opted to carry a .45-caliber Glock 30 compact as my backup. Like the Glock 22/27 combo, the smaller gun (Glock 30) can use the larger gun’s magazines. As an aside, this isn’t a commercial for Glock, it’s just what I’ve carried at work for the past 18 years. You can get similar interoperability from S&W M&P and Springfield XD series.

OFFENSIVE HANDGUNS ARE used for actual tactical operations, such as building-clearing and close-quarters battle (CQB) scenarios. They are used in conjunction with heavier weapons such as assault rifles.
Operators will use handguns when clearing tight spaces such as ships or aircraft where their small size is optimal when compared to long guns. As a SWAT operator, I would often switch between my handgun and long gun during an operation.
For example, I prefer a handgun for clearing stairs. It’s the better weapon system when moving up or down a stairwell, especially in a multilevel building with multiple stairwells.
These types of stairwells often contain tight 180-degree turns where two stairwells meet or overhangs that require an operator to point his weapon almost directly above his head to keep a gun on a potential threat.
Try doing that with a rifle. Handguns also provide for one-handed operation when needed. This is important when you have to open doors or cabinets. On the other hand, when clearing a long hallway or large room, a long gun is obviously preferred.
There’s no denying that most rifle rounds are more lethal than handgun rounds. Also, rifle magazines have a larger capacity (30 rounds or more, compared to 15). And, shoulder mounted weapons are inherently more accurate and are more capable of reaching targets at distance. That’s why you transition to them when appropriate. But in a tight space, the handgun is king.

SO WHAT’S THE physical difference between defensive and offensive handguns? Ideally, an offensive handgun is going to be a large-frame gun like a M1911A1 (a modern one with adjustable sights and rails; not your grandpa’s war hammer), a full size Glock or Sig Sauer 320.
It will be equipped, at a minimum, with a rail mounted light system for night time clearing or working in dark areas. It may have a laser system as well that is compatible with NVGs (night vision goggles).
A threaded barrel is a good option for mounting a suppressor, a useful tool to have when shooting in confined spaces. Additionally, a red dot sight can be mounted for quicker target acquisition. Extended magazines are a good idea, as long as they don’t interfere with other gear. It’s a weapon designed to take the fight to the enemy, often acting in the primary role in certain situations.
A defensive handgun could be a large-frame but, preferably, a mid-or small-frame gun would be better. I say this because a smaller-frame gun weighs less and takes up less room on a belt or tactical vest. This reduction in weight means more gear can be carried.
Belt and tac vest space can be at a premium and fills up quickly with ammo, medical gear, and other essential stuff. Guns like the Glock 26 9mm and the Springfield XD compact are good examples of small-frame defensive handguns. Add-ons like lights and holographic sights aren’t necessary.
A small-frame gun can be secreted behind a rifle magazine pouch on a tac vest or in a vest mounted holster.

Conversely, an offensive handgun is generally going to be carried in a drop-leg rig or a belt-mounted tactical holster. Some operators prefer vest mounted holsters.
When carrying an offensive handgun, you are generally going to want to carry more ammunition for it.
Since it will be used in engaging bad guys (also known as gun fighting), it needs a lot of ammo. An operator needs to make accommodations for this, ensuring that he has the space on his belt and vest for it. This may potentially mean that some long gun ammo may have to be left at home to make room for handgun mags.
The mission dictates what the proper rifle-to-handgun ammo ratio will be. Simply put, more enclosed space-clearing equals the need for more handgun ammo.
Generally, with a defensive handgun you are going to carry just enough ammo to protect yourself, especially if your long gun goes down. How much ammo depends on the situation but, bear in mind, everywhere you carry handgun ammo could potentially be a place where rifle ammo or other essential gear can be carried.
It doesn’t weigh a lot but it takes up space. In an environment where pistol applications are limited, such as the open deserts of Afghanistan away from built-up areas, is it worth carrying two handgun magazines in the same amount of space where a rifle magazine could be carried?
Would you sacrifice carrying a strobe light or extra radio batteries, two items that can definitely be lifesavers? Conversely, the SWAT officer working in a major city would have to carry a different ammunition load out, possibly a 50/50 mix of rifle and handgun ammunition.

AS WITH ANYTHING related to carrying firearms, it’s important to train with what you plan to deploy with.
I mentioned that in SWAT I like to transition from handgun to rifle quite often. This needs to be practiced.
Many issues come into play when you go from rifle to handgun and back.
Do you have a good sling that will work well during the transition? Is your sling going to get caught on gear on your vest such as ammo pouches? Is your handgun easily accessible?
In the Army they utilize the “Crawl, walk, run” method of teaching a new skill.
In firearms training a similar approach should be followed.
Multiple iterations of dry practice with unloaded weapons. This must be done until muscle memory is developed. If at all possible, it’s good to practice the same skills with an air soft weapon.
This will allow for not just transitioning and deploying weapons systems, but engaging threats as well. There’s a lot of biomechanics involved in bringing one lethal weapon system down and then rapidly bringing another one up.
Accuracy can be affected too when conducting quick follow-up shots with the handgun once it has been brought to bear. It’s important to train through these issues.
Finally, once the manipulation skills have been mastered, it’s time to go to the range and do it live. Practice transitioning from all different positions: standing, kneeling, prone and so on.
A chest-mounted holster works great when standing but can be next to impossible to use when laying on your stomach. It doesn’t matter if the handgun is used for offensive or defensive operations, it’s important to practice transition drills.
If your rifle ceases to function (no more ammo, malfunction), you need to be able to transition to your defensive handgun.
So, whatever you do or wherever you go, make sure you have the right handgun for the mission. ? Editor’s note: Author Nick Perna is a sergeant with the Redwood City Police Department in northern California. He has spent much of his career as a gang and narcotics investigator. He is a member of a multi-jurisdictional SWAT Team since 2001 and is currently a team leader. He previously served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco.

Story and Photos by Nick Perna

Tactical Lessons from Benghazi’s Heroes

In July, Americans celebrate the birth of our great nation, the greatest nation in the world. We as Americans are both privileged and blessed to live here. Our national anthem proudly depicts the fight men and women have endured, as well as the sacrifices made with a nation in the making.
“The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key has powerful verses of what he was witnessing as the British attacked Fort McHenry so many years ago.

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“O say can you see, by the dawn’s
early light,
What so proudly we hailed as the
twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright
stars through the perilous fight
O’er the rampart we watched
were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the
bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that
our flag was still there
O say does that star-spangled
banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the
home of the brave?”

Sadly, many Americans do not know there are many more verses to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” I wish to share the last stanza with you, my fellow Americans:

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“O thus be it ever when freemen
shall stand
Between their loved home and the
war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace may
the heaven rescued land
Praise the power that hath made
and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our
cause it is just,
And this be our motto: In God is
our trust,
And the star-spangled banner in
triumph shall wave,
O’er the land of the free and the
home of the brave.”

Americans have had a long history of standing their ground in the firm belief in righteous causes for the love of God, country, family, and for the freedoms of their fellow man.
So strong in all of the above attributes, noble Americans pushed to violence become the fiercest warriors on God’s planet in internecine conflicts.

ONE SUCH STORY of magnificent bravery and absolute heroism was conducted on the night of September 11, 2012. On this day, a group of terrorists attacked the U.S. State Department Special Mission compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya.
Unless one has lived in a cave for the past couple of years, the majority of Americans are fully aware of this story, as depicted in the best-selling book and popular movie by the same name, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
From the book: “Against overwhelming odds, Mark ‘Oz’ Geist, Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto, John ‘Tig’ Tiegen, Jack Silva, Dave ‘Boon’ Benton, and Tyrone ‘Rone’ Wood went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale.”
I have personally had the honor of meeting with Oz, Tig, Tanto and Boon at several different functions. And when I was given the personal opportunity to train with both Tanto and Boon through their newly formed training company, Battleline Tactical, well, that was a no-brainer.
Some may ask, other than the fame and notoriety of the Benghazi heroes, what reason would the average American citizen pay hard-earned money to learn from these experienced gun fighters?

My answer to that is plenty! These men were and still are highly trained personal protection specialists, aka bodyguards, who protect high valued government diplomats.
Bodyguarding means protecting.
Protecting means defending.
Defending means it could lead to fighting. Fighting is a prime requisite for toughness.
Fighting is a sanguinary affair of the highest order; naturally this proclivity will be associated with a lifelong understudy of the most advanced weaponry on the market, and in the business of self-preservation, adds to aid in the longevity of protection and survival.

So, my question to the average American citizen is, do you not have the same duties and responsibilities protecting your own loved ones? Of course, the answer is a resounding yes. So wouldn’t any training session from some of the best and most elite bodyguards in the world and the lessons they learned in their hardfought
exploits be of value to your family?
Can you even put a price tag on such good training? And aren’t you and your family worth every penny? Of course, the answer is damn right!

WITH AN INVITATION from Bill Orndorf, Bruce Corey and Israel Matos of Defense Marketing Instructors, LLC (more on them later, as these men deserve their own article), I along with around 23 other seasoned responsible gun owners received some very intense handgun and rifle training from Battleline Tactical at the Nail Ranch in Palm Bay, Florida.
As one would assume of any professional trainer, Battleline Tactical’s dynamic duo of Paronto and Benton emphasized safety.
-Topics of the pistol course for day one included different carry positions in holsters and advantages of each, drawing the weapon from said holster positions from concealment, repeating the fundamentals of pistol marksmanship, target acquisition, how to engage threats from 3 to 25 meters (once again from concealment), close-range shooting from concealment, shooting from simple cover, strong side and support side shooting on the move, multiple target acquisition, low-light shooting, as well as a discussion on pistol ballistics.
-Day two focused on the rifle with pretty much the same kind of topics covered with more detail in loading and unloading the rifle under stress, sight alignment, sight picture, discussion of various optics, breath and trigger control stance, grip and
points of contact, and follow-through.
What impressed me was Benton’s classroom and range presentations.
He demonstrated great patience with all of the students, as there was a range of skill levels. Benton worked assiduously to the late hours of the closing day, ensuring everyone met the qualifications to the instructor’s standards.

If Benton is the yin of the Battleline Tactical training group, then Paronto is the yang. After I had trained with these men for two solid days, many associates asked me to describe Paronto. I had remembered reading a book on Wild Bill Hickok by Richard O’Connor and his description of the shootist was thusly: “Wild Bill was one of the best revolver shots ever produced in the west. He certainly was the best shot in the fight. It is one thing to shoot accurately at a target and another thing to be able to shoot accurately at a man who is shooting at you …
He was devoid of nerves; his mind was clear, his hand steady and his marksmanship certain in the most desperate situation. He never became excited. A cool man is often a phlegmatic man, but Wild Bill was the reverse. He was not only perfectly cool, but he was always alert and nimble of wit, and in action as quick as lightning.”
One could easily substitute the name Kris Paronto for Wild Bill, and substitute semiautomatic pistols for revolvers, and that would be an accurate description.

WHILE ALL THE shooting was intense, the drills set by the hardened Battleline instructors all came from firsthand personal accounts of real-world
experience and not on theory or conjuncture. Benton and Paronto’s military
backgrounds are thoroughly discussed in the New York Times bestselling book 13 Hours, and if the reader thinks this is a shameless plug to buy said book, that would be correct.
Having been in this business for over 35 years myself, I was driven to get into the heads of these two modern Spartans and to understand what motivates them.
After rereading the book, the reasons why made perfect sense.
In the class, one drill was a stress-induced one, which required us participants to run a pretty good distance and then find our personal gun that we had previously placed on a table.
Only that was wrong, because of course the instructors mixed everyone’s guns up. So, you’re scrambling under time to get your gun, sprint back to the range, and
before you could shoot targets you had to put a tourniquet on yourself with one hand as if you were wounded, and get back in the fight.
Tyrone Woods was the Senior GRS Leader for Benton and Paronto’s Protection team in Benghazi. Not only was Woods a Navy SEAL, but he was both a paramedic and nurse.
He drilled this into his team’s heads and it paid off in huge dividends when fellow GRS teammate Mark Geist was badly injured by a mortar round, and that is exactly what he had to do for himself!
If you’re around guns, it makes sense to have as much medical training as you can get, which led to another discussion of carrying personal medical kits, with clotting agents, sterile Kerlix dressing and tourniquets. Of course, for the same
logical reason.
While shooting platforms at the range are different from real-life situations, it was drilled into the class that one can never practice too much in a variety of positions, as the flow of the engagement will dictate how and what shooting
position is used.
Students showed up with a wide variety of rifles, and I was happy to get a chance to shoot three different types of rifles that I have had my sights set on for some
time now: Knight’s Armament, Daniel Defense and Bravo Rifles.
I did marvel at Paronto’s Maxim Defense AR-Pistol Platform and Benton’s personal AR-Pistol platform from Veritas Tactical.
An entire book could be written about how great the training was from Benton and Paronto. All I can say is that in all my years in the field, it was one of the best training experiences I have ever had and would fully recommend Battleline Training to everyone.
Moreover I am proud of these fine men; they are true American heroes.
These gentlemen stand for everything America represents, honoring God, honoring their country, honoring their family and honoring their Battle Buddies with their mantra: “No one gets left behind, even if it costs them their lives.” Ladies and gentlemen, this is what type of men Francis Scott Key was talking about in his national anthem, and these men are why our country truly is the land of the free
and the home of the brave.

Editor’s note: For more information on Battleline Tactical, go to