What are some lessons you would like to teach students but don’t. Why don’t you?
I don’t know. I’m sure there are things students would LIKE me to teach, but generally those things are so far beyond their ability to practically employ, that the time would be better spent on the basics.
Do you plan to expand on the classes you offer?
To what? Between Combat Rifle, Clandestine Pistol, Patrolling, Support and Auxiliary Functions, E&E, Mounted Patrolling Operations, and CQC, I’ve got a pretty well-rounded curriculum, I believe. Other things?
Do you think that what your currently teaching could be better but your restrained in some way such as lack of training equipment, facilities, Time, average student capability, liability,etc.
Sure. I’d love to have students for 3-10 weeks at a time, have developed ranges with pop-up and reactive targets, blanks and BFAs, OPFOR, etc…But SF guys have been teaching Gs to do the “G Thang” with even more primitive facilities, and more student capability issues than I deal with, longer than I’ve been alive. If students take the information imparted during the class and actually go home and practice it, they’ll do just fine.
What percentage of your clients are return biz?
I don’t really keep figures like that, but I’d guess somewhere between 15-25%.
You must get some satisfaction out of this or you probably wouldn’t do it. So in terms of your students, what gives you the most satisfaction? Besides watching them sweat, bleed, cry and break their shit whilst you watch from your folding field recliner.
The difference in demonstrated ability in students’ ability to move and function as part of a team, in rough terrain, during live-fire iterations, after extremely short periods of time, with no one getting injured. The CQC class that I did recently, that had guys running multi-team, multi-room, NIGHT live-fire room clearing iterations at the end of day two. The SWAT cop in the CQC class who was amazed that I could have a bunch of guys who’d NEVER done CQC doing that in that time frame. A lot of people think all of that shit is possible because I’m a bad ass professor of havoc and destruction. Far to the contrary, that’s because most of the people that show up to classes are hungry to learn, and are willing to put everything they have into learning the information (or they’re scared shitless that if they fuck up, someone is going to accidentally shoot them in the back?).
Mostly? I like watching them sweat, bleed, cry, and break their shit, while I sit in my tactical folding field recliner, eating Twinkies and getting fat and lazy.
Since you have come out and said that finding like minded people is like dating, does that mean that we are in a serious relationship since you slept in my pup tent with me?
Don’t get your hopes up. Number one, it wasn’t a pup tent. That thing was like the Taj Mahal of tents. Number two, you didn’t even try to make a move on me. I like my guys to be aggressive in their affections (before anyone flips out, because I KNOW someone is going to take that serious…it is a joke….maybe.)
Has anyone shown interest in the patrol 2 class? Fingers crossed.
A couple I think. You’d have to ask HH6. This has worked out much better if she does all that shit, and a week before we leave for a class, she tells me where we’re going, what we’re doing, and what gear list I need to pack. That woman is WAY smarter than me.
What's your opinion on body armor? I get it in a war zone it's a good thing to have, but as civilian do you think its overkill? Better to have than not to have it? I don't walk around with my plate carrier on. I DO carry it in the truck when I go anywhere, just in case. My opinion on body armor is that, despite my bitching and whining and not wanting to wear it, it saved my life. If I'm going somewhere wear I think there's a pretty good chance I MIGHT be getting in a gunfight, I'm wearing my armor. If I'm taking my rifle, I'm taking my body armor. It's hot, it's heavy (even my super lightweight stuff gets heavy after a few hours of wearing it, let alone a week or two), it's uncomfortable. Could be worse though. I could be wearing a suit of full plate armor made of steel, with sweat-soaked leather and linen underneath it...and having to use a sword and shield and spear, right? Do you have anyone you can refer New Englanders to who can run a class to your standards? I'm not sure I even KNOW anyone in New England.
Would you please do a piece on land navigation?
Sure. It’s now officially in the queue.
Might a local orienteering club be an acceptable way to practice?
Mr. Mosby, I am a faithful reader of your blog and I am trying desperately to improve my physical fitness.
I am a 59 year old male, 6’2″, 212 pounds, that runs 5 times a week, (7.5 minute mile average), lift free weights and do core exercises.
I’m sure you have experienced hitting a “wall” in your PT program. I have hit this and am very frustrated. NO improvement over the last two months but regression. (fewer miles, less weight during lifting).
My question to you is, How do you personally worked through that wall?
Take a couple weeks (like 2…not 10), and then start back, dropping all of your previous working intensities by 10-15%. Look at changing your training methods or styles.
Everyone hits a performance wall. Sometimes all it takes it pushing through it. Sometimes it takes a change to programming. Sometimes? It takes walking away for a little while and starting again.
Do you have a inny or an outy?
Inny. Outies freak me out.
I’m interested in learning about your personal religious beliefs?
“My family is my religion.”
What are the best areas in the U.S. to live?
Your recommendation on a .22 pistol and a suppressor?
I run a Ruger MKIII, and like it, a lot. I’ve heard some people complain about the plastic parts in it. If I was using it as my primary go-to defensive handgun, that would be a concern for me, but my .22 gets shot probably 20-50 rounds a month, tops. A couple replacements and it really ought to last a lifetime.
My experience with civilian-market suppressors is limited enough that I’m not comfortable making a recommendation. OTOH, depending on how committed you are, someone once suggested doing a Google search for “monolithic core suppressor design” and talking to a local machinist….
Your recommendation on a hunting rifle,scope and caliber?
What are you hunting? Where are you hunting? What are your conditions like? Even in Wyoming, I use a different combination for taking antelope than I do for taking elk.
I would use a different combination for elk in central Idaho than I would in southern Idaho. I would certainly use a different combination for deer, and a damned different combination for rabbits or squirrels in the Southeast.