Combat Readiness

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Members of the U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program discuss their combat experiences and how competition shooting helps with military training and readiness.

SSG Bonjour

MAJ Garcia

SSG Porter

SSG Rosene

MAJ Rosnick

MAJ Sleem

SSG Fuentes

SGM Gerner

SGT Hall

SSG Hartley

Drill Sergeant Willis

CPT Freeman

SSG Volmer

New Russian Army Pistol


Kalashnikov Concern of the Kalashnikov Group revealed their new PL-14 (Pistol designed by Lebedev) at the International military-technical Forum this month in Kubinka (Moscow region). Interestingly, the concept was developed jointly by Russian special forces and IPSC competitive shooters and the company has made a point in making that clear.

On another version of the pistol for highly skilled users (special forces and competitive shooters), trigger will be lighter.

“The versatility of our new pistol allows to use it not only as a military weapon for the military forces and police, but also as a pistol for different shooting competitions – said Kalashnikov CEO Alexey Krivoruchko. – We intend to produce different variants of the pistol, for example, with certain characteristics of the trigger mechanism for special forces units, as well as a civilian version with trigger that would be suitable for practical shooting competitions as well”.

Police Wins With Marksmanship

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Given the gloom of how poorly some in law enforcement handle their firearms, it’s nice to have a positive report showing good results for an officer capable of executing solid fundamental marksmanship skills.

The Garland Police Department is saying little about the officer who killed two gunmen on Sunday in a shooting outside a Garland events center, but some of his colleagues are proudly talking about him and his marksmanship skills.

The officer’s name hasn’t been released, but he’s been on the force for 38 years.

He was just about to head back to his patrol car Sunday evening when he saw a man jump out of a car and start shooting at the security guard.

The officer pulled his service weapon, a Glock, from its holster and shot the first gunman, who fell to the ground.

A second gunman got out. The officer took a split-second aim, fired at him, and the suspect fell to the ground.

The President of the Garland Police Officers Association told FOX 4 that if the officer hadn’t done what he did, hundreds of people would have died.

Fundamental skills work, if you bother to work them to a usable level.
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IPSC Shooter Wins Fight


Two guys picked the wrong place to rob

Recently found footage of such an incident has surfaced. The video depicts a robbery in progress at a Duncanville store.

Apparently the gentleman in question used a Glock 23 and is an active IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) shooter.

The perpetrator that went down in the shop was out of the fight immediately, shot in his chest. There was an exchange of gunfire between the shop owner and a criminal which was later found dead.

Fight starts at 1:32

Point Shooting vs. Sight Shooting – Handgun Training Effectiveness (LAPD)


Point shooters like to use police-compiled statistics of officer-involved shooters to make their case. Because NYPD stats are often used, I went over that first. Here are some stats from Los Angeles Police Department.


Point Shooting vs. Sight Shooting – Handgun Training Effectiveness


Point shooting advocates often tout various miss rate claims among officers, typically showcasing New York Police Department studies as “proof” that training to learn any sort of two hand, eye level shooting technique is ineffective.

Point shooting techniques were understood and taught long before any two hand, eye level shooting technique was commonly taught. In fact, most point shooting advocates recommend trainers and techniques from decades ago as the better way.

Given that point shooting has been used as a primary approach in the past, what sort of success rates did point shooting-trained personnel enjoy? Would a point shooting-trained force fare any better than the NYPD?


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