The Range Complex

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The Range Complex
Review by Estaban Montoya Martinez

If you want to be the best shooter that you can be, you need to find the best instructors out there. The Range Complex was started by former members of 1 SFOD-Delta, or Delta Force. They have been there and done that, and will help make you better.

I was highly impressed by the 3 Day pistol/carbine course at The Range Complex, and disappointed it wasn’t 5 days long. At the end of it I was able to make a 100 yard shot with my iron sighted Springfield XDm, and was shooting much better with my AR-15. Forewarning, this is not a beginner’s course. The experience I’ve had from shooting Infidel Gunfighter League matches as well as practicing with Service Rifle and Pistol aided my understanding and implementation during this course. However, they weren’t as useful for this particular course as I had originally thought.

Greg Wilson, the instructor of the course I attended, has received the Presidents Hundred nine times in Service Pistol and Distinguished Pistol. He was in the Army Marksmanship Unit and renowned enough that 1 SFOD-Delta requested that he train them how to shoot better on multiple occasions. He has decades of experience and wisdom on shooting. He is known to put his money where his mouth is by shooting against his own students while teaching the course. Greg has a wealth of information and will answer any and all questions that you have.

Starting out, we shot Pistol at 25 yards toward an NRA bullseye target. This seems strange until you realize that it’s hard, and you cannot improve without seeing how far you can push yourself. Shooting at this distance also highlights the errors individuals make in grip, sight alignment, and trigger squeeze that are often hidden at closer distances. It WILL make you better.

I learned during this course that gun handling and shooting are two separate skills. Gun handling you want to do as fast as possible so that you can slow down to make a good shot.

There were several drills that were covered and were explained, the Bill Drill, Cadence Drill, Slow Fire, Target Transitions, Cadence Drills.

There are a lot of things that I and others learned from the course that will help you out with any course you take:

  1. Have proper cold/wet weather gear for the environment, God gets to vote on the weather.
  2. Ensure that you are physically in shape for the course, it’s not too demanding but does require slight physical activity all day.
  3. Ensure that your equipment is good to go, having iron sights off on a pistol or not enough ammo/belt equipment can put a damper on training time. (Though TRC will bend over backwards to help you)
  4. Words mean things, read and comprehend the course flyer.
  5. If you’re traveling, they can secure your weapons/ammo in a DOD approved weapons facility where they are safe.

This course is well worth the money and the time, and I’m looking forward to getting back to one, and using the skills learned there to improve my own skills even more. You’re missing out by not attending.


United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 (M1 Garand) Unreliable


Debates about whether or not the current service rifle is good enough are not new. It seems when a rifle reaches legendary status, said rifle is deemed infallible. Things like the AK-47 with its legendary status have the myth that the weapon is unjammable, a myth perpetuated because of its history and status.

ARMY: Report on the Garand
Mar. 24, 1941
Time Magazine,9171,884292-1,00.html

The Officer’s Guide To Police Pistolcraft by Michael E. Conti


The Officer’s Guide To Police Pistolcraft by Michael E. Conti
A review by John Veit

The Officer’s Guide To Police Pistolcraft is a new (2009), comprehensive, practical, and reality-based survival guide for today’s Police Officer.

Only useful for 39 million handgun owners


Shooter’s Guide to Handgun Marksmanship
by Peter Lessler

Stainless S&Ws and Pachmayrs

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Stainless S&Ws and Pachmayrs
by Robert Kolesar

Like most here, I like older blued S&Ws (especially the early 50’s guns) and stocks of walnut. On my working guns, though, I prefer Pachmayrs. They fit my hand well, are rugged and control recoil. And they’re cheap. What’s not to like? Here’s some of my working Smiths that get carried or shot daily.

From the top: M68 LAPD .38, M67-1 .38, M66-3 .357, M649 .38.

Here’s two of my "shooters". Top is a modified 68 in .38 (used in bullseye competition) and bottom a 66-3 that also is heavily used (PPC and bullseye) in practice. Notice the patridge front sights. Both have also had endshake removed, carry-up modified and pulls slicked up. Both are superb target guns.

Close up of a great front sight, installed by the factory several years back. Far superior to the red-ramp.

My favorite Pachmayr; small Presentation, no finger grooves. Preferably without the gaudy Pachmayr emblem. Pure function.

My old LAPD duty revolvers. Top is my issued 67; I got it new in the Academy. It wears the original Pachmayrs I bought for it in the old Pachmayr store in LA in ’84 when I was a recruit. It is usually within reach when I’m at home. Bottom is my 649, which I won in my 1st PPC match. It also wears its original Pachmayrs. It’s stil DAO, modified by the LAPD Armory when I picked it up from the LAPD Revolver Club.

My Old 649

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My Old 649
by Robert Kolesar

Recently, I dug out my 649 from somewhere in the back of the safe for some photos…I hadn’t shot (or handled) it in awhile, so I thought it might be time to put some rounds through it. I gathered up some ammo and headed to the range. After putting 50 or so rounds downrange, I realized why I liked this gun so long ago; it’s an easy-shooting revolver, with mellow recoil and quick recovery, even with plus P loads.

I got this 649 as a prize for winning my 1st PPC match as a new shooter with the LAPD Pistol Team. It came with my initials and badge engraved on the sideplate. Before putting it into mothballs, I added a gorgeous set of Coco-Bolo checkered stocks; I had always carried it with Pachmayrs for duty. I still have those old Pachmayr Compacs; I put them back on for shooting and photos. I’m now carrying it again in a new IWB holster from Bell Charter Oak; the older one has earned its retirement after 25 plus years.

I tried wadcutters, Speer Gold Dots and some 158 gr +P LSWCHP loads.

Great grouping at 10 yards with Gold Dots. Hot, light loads tend to shoot low; these weren’t too bad. I aimed at the top of the 10-ring. Gold Dots are probably the best short-barreled factory defense load you can buy today, with an excellent track record with both the LAPD and NYPD in street shootings.

My old warrior and its battered holster, veterans of many an LAPD street caper, updated with new 135 grain Gold Dots. Still a great carry combo today. It now rides in a Bell Charter Oak IWB.

New leather holster by Bell Charter Oak, with an S&W 442 Airweight .38 inside. An excellent replacement for my older IWB rig. Small .38s are best carried inside the waistband or in a pocket. Due to the DA trigger, IWB is totally safe, with good, rapid access to the revolver.

My issued M67 and M649, both outfitted in their original Pachmayrs from "back in the day".

The Score Takes Care of Itself

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“Even when you have an organization brimming with talent, victory is not always under your control. There is no guarantee, no ultimate formula for success. It all comes down to intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.”
– Bill Walsh


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