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Summer 2023 Class Schedule

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With the exception of a couple of privates this summer, I am not traveling very much. I have a house to finish, and some outbuildings to get done before snow flies. Since we’ve already lost a month of building weather, due to the winter conditions this year, I have a reduced window for working on these projects.

Nevertheless, I’ve gotten a lot of requests for classes this summer, so I’ve discussed it with the missus and our host in Idaho Falls. The class schedule, so far, is as follows:

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16/17/18 JUN 2023

Clandestine Carry Pistol + TC3

This course covers the use of the concealed carry handgun for personal protection, at ranges from contact distance to 100 yards. Coursework includes fundamental skill-building drills, including in-fight weapons access, and fighting to the gun, as well as basic, intermediate, and advanced considerations in the use of the fighting pistol. $500

This class will have a third training appended to it, to include an in-depth look, with lots of hands-on practicum, of TC3 coursework (not just “Stop the Bleed”) including the differences between military and paramilitary TC3 considerations. $200

If both courses are attended, the combined cost will be discounted to $600.

50% deposit is due no later than 1JUN for this course.

21/22/23 JUL 2023

Fundamentals of Fieldcraft

This course will cover fundamental skills for living out of a rucksack, whether for security patrolling or “bug out.” Subjects will include practicum on land navigation, hide site selection and shelter construction, camouflage and concealment, and other elements of SMOLES (survival, medical, observation and optics, land navigation, extreme weather conditions, self-defense). $500

50% deposit for this course is due no later than 15JUN. This class is limited to 8 students.

25/26/27 AUG 2023

Small Unit Tactics/Battle Drills

This course covers the fundamental principles of small-unit battle drills at the fire-team, “stick,” and squad level. This covers dealing with unexpected contact with hostile forces, as well as basic planned encounters, including fundamentals of the ambush and the raid. Includes live-fire and night iterations of battle drills, dependent on student achievement levels. $600

50% deposit is due no later than 1 AUG.

16/17 SEP 2023 I had a pretty good number of folks email specifically asking that I make sure one of the autumn classes was a rifle class, because they wanted in, but couldn’t swing the May class. So, here it is.

Preparedness Rifle/Carbine

This course covers the fundamentals of using rifles for home, personal, and “farm” defense, at ranges from contact distance to several hundred meters. Coursework includes fundamental skill-building drills and basic, intermediate, and advanced considerations in the use of the rifle. Includes coverage of different types of common rifle actions, and practical considerations of using the rifle in different environmental and climactic conditions. $500

50% deposit due no later than 1AUG to reserve your slot in this class.

21/22 OCT 2023

TBD

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Campfire Chat–26MAY2023

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Also, and i may have asked this in the past but dont recall: aiming with NVG. Active VS Passive. I know you like LPVO and I do too, but the biggest down fall to them in my experience is their lack of ability to passively aim through with NVG. Like you can with a quality RDS or Holo at least. With the increasing proliferation of NVGs to the masses as well as the increased potential for near peer threats, is it something your considering or essentially sticking with what you know to work? Just curious if you see yourself either moving to a RDS/Holo setup or adding an offset RDS to your LPVO to address the issue.

30 Inconvenient Truths About TEOTWAWKI, Part 2

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Your Zero Doesn’t Matter: Rifle Performance Metrics, or “Math is Hard.”

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I Can’t Shoot, or COmBaT ACcUraCY

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Weaponscraft Video: First Impressions of the SA Hellion

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Summer Class Schedule for 2023

Summer Class Schedule 2023

With the exception of a couple of privates this summer, I am not traveling very much. I have a house to finish, and some outbuildings to get done before snow flies. Since we’ve already lost a month of building weather, due to the winter conditions this year, I have a reduced window for working on these projects.

Nevertheless, I’ve gotten a lot of requests for classes this summer, so I’ve discussed it with the missus and our host in Idaho Falls. The class schedule, so far, is as follows:

20/21 MAY 2023

Preparedness Rifle/Carbine

This course covers the fundamentals of using rifles for home, personal, and “farm” defense, at ranges from contact distance to several hundred meters. Coursework includes fundamental skill-building drills and basic, intermediate, and advanced considerations in the use of the rifle. Includes coverage of different types of common rifle actions, and practical considerations of using the rifle in different environmental and climactic conditions. $500

50% deposit due no later than 15MAY to reserve your slot in this class.

16/17/18 JUN 2023

Clandestine Carry Pistol + TC3

This course covers the use of the concealed carry handgun for personal protection, at ranges from contact distance to 100 yards. Coursework includes fundamental skill-building drills, including in-fight weapons access, and fighting to the gun, as well as basic, intermediate, and advanced considerations in the use of the fighting pistol. $500

This class will have a third training appended to it, to include an in-depth look, with lots of hands-on practicum, of TC3 coursework (not just “Stop the Bleed”) including the differences between military and paramilitary TC3 considerations. $200

If both courses are attended, the combined cost will be discounted to $600.

50% deposit is due no later than 1JUN for this course.

21/22/23 JUL 2023

Fundamentals of Fieldcraft

This course will cover fundamental skills for living out of a rucksack, whether for security patrolling or “bug out.” Subjects will include practicum on land navigation, hide site selection and shelter construction, camouflage and concealment, and other elements of SMOLES (survival, medical, observation and optics, land navigation, extreme weather conditions, self-defense). $500

50% deposit for this course is due no later than 15JUN. This class is limited to 8 students.

25/26/27 AUG 2023

Small Unit Tactics/Battle Drills

This course covers the fundamental principles of small-unit battle drills at the fire-team, “stick,” and squad level. This covers dealing with unexpected contact with hostile forces, as well as basic planned encounters, including fundamentals of the ambush and the raid. Includes live-fire and night iterations of battle drills, dependent on student achievement levels. $600

50% deposit is due no later than 1 AUG.

16/17 SEP 2023

TBD

21/22 OCT 2023

TBD

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Winter Warfare Considerations, Part 11

(Some readers have commented on the apparent poor timing of starting this series a few months ago, just as spring was a-springin’. Ironically, as I write this today, in early May, we have snow coming down in adequate amounts that visibility outside is limited to less than 200 yards, and the temperatures have dropped into the low-20s, in the middle of the day. For those of us who live in actual cold weather environments, winter lasts a lot longer than elsewhere.

Second to that, if you’re a suburbanite in the northern tier of states, who doesn’t spend much time outside, especially in winter, chances are, a lot of the specific training and equipment needed for winter security operations, and even legitimate, long-term winter survival, are not things you’re likely to have. It takes time to acquire it, so by writing this at the end of winter, I’m giving you all of spring, summer, and autumn to get prepared for next winter. It may not seem like it, as temperatures are rising, and grass is turning green, and trees are starting to blossom, but—to borrow a popular phrase—“winter is coming.”)

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Ruck Conditioning: Alternatives and Concepts

I’ve had a number of readers in recent weeks query me about ruck conditioning, specifically. So, in this article, I’m going to touch on some fitness issues that I’ve found most relevant to humping a ruck, over the better part of three decades. This is relevant whether you think you’ll be conducting security patrolling operations, or just might need to “bugout” of your current location, on foot. For those of us who live in the western mountain regions, it has an additional, more immediate relevance. The same conditioning that builds combat ruck performance? Is superbly useful during elk hunting season, so you can get off the two-tracks that are overhunted by jackasses on UTV side-by-sides and ATVs, to get to where the elk hole up.

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Campfire Chats–8MAY2023

You mentioned in an article a few months ago about the old saying “you can never be too strong, but you can be strong enough.” What in your opinion is “strong enough?”  I am working on a baseline of fitness right now, and am looking for some goals to reach for, bare minimum, intermediate, well-conditioned.

I’d have to think on it, a lot. I’d say a bare minimum would be something like the old three event APFT, and making the Airborne/SOF minimum score of 70 points per event, in the 17-21 year old range would be bare minimum, along with rucking a 15 minute mile with 45# on his back, in our context. Anything less than that, and I honestly wouldn’t even consider putting a person in a security role that required more than standing in one spot and catching bullets.

For a medium standard?





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