Accidental or Negligent?

One could spend an hour dissecting the below video and everything  this guy did wrong. A couple things the author admits is he first, was using a different firearm and a holster than he normally trained with. That combination is cause for a pause.  And second he was doing a fairly advanced drill using an unfamiliar holster and firearm. End result? a .45 cal ACP through his right thigh and exiting just above his knee.

I have never been a fan of the Serpa holster. I understand why people buy them, fairly inexpensive and pretty good retention. Only thing is, when you press the the retention button to release the firearm, your finger is automatically? on the trigger as you pull the firearm from the holster. Not good.

I have seen guys in the past break out the release button because of the safety factor, or lack of during a training course. There are plenty of good solid Kydex holsters out there that offer good retention in the market for a few dollars more that do the same thing as a Serpa without the release button on top of the trigger mechanism.

One thing that made me chuckle was he said his “training kicked in” after he shot himself. Your training (and common sense) should have kicked in before you shot yourself.

A part of me feels sorry for what he did to himself, it could have turned out a lot worse. And a part of me doesn’t.

Slow down, take your time when using unfamiliar or new equipment. Training with firearms is inherently dangerous.  The purpose of a gun is to shoot a bad guy, not yourself.

The Tueller Drill

I was checking out the AmericanMercenary blog tonight and found a set of great videos showing the Tueller Drill. If your not sure what the Tueller Drill is and for brevity I have included a link here the gives a good description. When I attended ESI a couple of years back and also during some basic SWAT training we ran the Tueller Drill numerous times. It was a really good eye opener to the fact that you just can’t depend on your side arm to protect you in a close quarters situation with the bad guy closing distance quickly. During our training at 21 feet it took less than 3 seconds to close the gap and rarely did anyone ever get a shot off before they were tackled. A few times guys could get a simulated shot off into the ground but that was about it.

Watch the videos. Good stuff

AmericanMercenary: The Tueller Drill.

Discovery Channel Watchmen Episode

<hanging my head and shaking side to side>

I picked this post up from Max Velocity’s site and after seeing the video that is attached I realized I cannot get the 42 minutes back that I spent viewing this.

There is just so many things wrong with the groups Discovery Channel profiled I lost count. Seriously I started to count then spent the rest of the show cringing and saying oh my gawd! Let me just say firstly I am not an “operator”, former SF or even pretend to be. But I know enough from the training I have had that there are so many things wrong with  the “operations” these guys do on so many levels that I began to feel embarrassed for them. More importantly I felt very badly for the guy who went by John Conner. He is a perfect example how not to teach or train a new guy. There was no crawl phase, straight into run! while I scream in your face.

I also want to say that if any Mutha F*cker ever spoke to me that way I would not only throat punch him, I would punch his mother for raising a stupid child.

Go to Max’s site and take a look at the video. See if you can spot the mistakes and stupidity. I’ll say sorry ahead of time. But on the good side you can glean some good takeaways on what not to do. Also read some of the comments at the end of Max’s article.

Tactical Training by Max Velocity | Discovery Channel Watchmen: Comment.