Glen's newest article for G.I. Jobs has been posted: What I Look for in a Team Member.
"If you are reading this on G.I. Jobs, you likely understand what it means to be on a team. More than likely you’ve seen what happens when a team succeeds, or when one fails to function at all. Perhaps you’ve even experienced leading your own team. Before I go any further, let me explain what the term “team” means to me: it’s a group of people with different experiences and complementing skills who are headed for the same goal together."
Glen's newest article for Western Whitetail is up, and it's all about the importance of DOPE - rifle DOPE, that is. You can read the article in full by clicking here or on the image of the rifle and DOPE book below.
When we had Jason on theThe Arms Roomearlier this year, we talked about the Total Carry System and why it's so important - check out that episode here. Jason also told us his awesome story about why he got into carrying a gun and training in the first place, so be sure to listen to that episode to hear more about it.
Sometimes we have to be reminded that going shooting isn't always about training, and nothing can remind you of that better than some belt-fed M60 goodness. Burning some powder is good therapy, and we like to do it from time to time for no particular reason. Glen, our head instructor, was out with some friends and decided to do a short belt dump from an M60 - good times!
The new issue of Western Whitetail is out (Early Season 2014), and Glen's "Make The Shot" column in this issue takes a look at why using silencers/suppressors for hunting is a huge benefit to everyone, including those who don't like suppressors or don't own any (yet). You can read the article in full by clicking here or on the image of the first page below.
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A woman in Alabama learn the hard way that keeping an unloaded gun for self-defense, especially far away from your body, is basically useless, and may possibly make the situation worse if presented to the situation in its unloaded state. If you aren't comfortable carrying your handgun, or carrying it loaded, then it's time to increase that confidence with some quality professional training and lots of practice. This isn't the first time we've talked about this subject, so before you go on to the story below, check out our post from nearly 3 years ago - Carry Condition: it makes a difference.
From the news report:
IRONDALE, AL (WBRC) -
police are searching for two suspects after a woman was shot in the chest
during a robbery early on Tuesday.
police say the shooting happened after two men followed the woman and her
boyfriend home to Hunter Ridge Apartments from a convenience store in Roebuck.
Detective Michael Mangina said the two armed men forced the couple out if their
car at gunpoint, hoping to get money and the car stereo.
said the female victim got her unloaded handgun out of her car, but the
suspects shot her.
suspects are still on the loose and believe to still be armed.
We hear from our students often that they just don't have time for training due to busy schedules and ammo costs. Here's a solution to that: a simple, quick, and easy 10 round shooting workout that can be done on a dirt side road (check your local laws!) or even at an indoor range. And you don't have to use a steel target - a cardboard box with a hand drawn target would also work just fine, you just don't get the immediate feedback.
You never know when you might be called upon to rescue someone from a vehicle, especially a child who has been trapped inside by a careless parent, which happens a lot during the summer time, and can quickly lead to heat-related injuries or death. Carry the right tools for the job!
We received a notification telling us that Glen Stilson, Independence Training head instructor, saved a life trapped in a car after an accident, using the resqme tool. Our team is beloved to share this fabulous story to you all:
I wanted to write you a quick note about how I recently used one of the Res Q Me tools that you sent to us. Myself and another one of our instructors were headed back from a training class when we witnessed a vehicle accident in front of us. As we rendered aid to the occupants, the passenger, who was pinned inside and underneath the vehicle, began having trouble breathing due to the seatbelt being wrapped around his neck and restricting his airway. I keep a Res Q Me attached to my med kit, and with one clean cut I released the seatbelt and then stabilized the passenger’s airway. In the end, the driver was released at the scene and the passenger was taken to the local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, thanks to the Res Q Me.
See the attached photo (shown above) that I took after Fire and EMS arrived and extracted the passenger. The passenger was on the opposite side of the vehicle - Glen Stilson, Head Instructor
Want more information about vehicle evacuation tools, including the Resqme? Check out the video below.
Check out Glen's article over at iRON MiKE Magazine by Clicking Here. It's about using an AR-15 for home defense, and why you may want to consider it. It's a good followup to our most recent show on The Arms Room about setting up a fighting rifle - check out the video below. Also in the video below is a special guest interview with Lauren, owner of the recently news-worthy Shooters Grill in Rifle, CO - where all of the waitresses are armed and trained!
The new issue of Western Whitetail is out (Spring 2014), and Glen's "Make The Shot" column in this issue takes a look at how to set yourself and your rifle up for success before and during the hunt. You can read the article in full by clicking here. Want more info about Western Whitetail magazine? Visit their website.
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Here's our new video on the re-holstering process - it's a lot simpler than some people make it out to be, but there's a conscious process involved here that should not be ignored. There are a lot of re-holstering techniques taught out there in the training world. A lot of them are realistic and effective, but some are just plain ridiculous. Here's how we instruct our students (for the most part) on how to go from shooting your handgun to putting it back into the holster, minus tactical head whips and shooting yourself in the butt (or someone else in the foot).
On the street there are NO RULES, NO REFS, NO RINGS and NO ROUNDS. Any real fight you find yourself in could very well be a fight for your life. Our new Combative Defense Tactics (CDT) program is a based on a culmination of fighting styles and real-world life experiences of the instructors. There will not be any Belts or Ranks, just real life and the defense of that life. We will learn how to control situations and avoid unnecessary conflict via situational awareness and preparation. We will take the fight to an attacker and come out on top. Watch the video below for more information!
There is a lot of good information out there about preparing for emergencies, and also a lot of nonsense. The biggest flop that we see is a singular focus, especially when that singular focus is on an event that has a small chance of effecting you, such as a massive civil unrest, fighting against some foreign invaders, or (the pop-culture favorite) a zombie apocalypse. While preparing for those types of events will get you pointed in the right direction, it's a better idea to prepare for the types of emergencies that are more likely to happen, such as the loss of a job, a water shortage, a natural disaster, or a power outage. Those are some examples of emergencies that happen all-too-often here in our country, yet also all-too-often many of the affected citizens are unprepared for such events, and thus have to rely on others or (gasp!) the government to bail them out.
In this month's Journal of a Sheepdog, we went over to Off The Grid Survival Gear, one of our industry partners, to talk to co-owner Lee about realistic preparations, training, and also what he feels is the biggest lack of preparation in most people's lives: water storage.
Here's a video from our most recent Precision Rifle course with some photos and a few short slo-mo shots thrown in. This course was held at CowTown Range Arizona from Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2014. A great time was had by all, and every student learned a lot about their equipment, themselves, and what they can accomplish. 100m is a pistol shot for these guys now, and 300m is a starting point - nothing bigger than 1 MOA is acceptable! Interested in getting in on the next course? Contact Us to let us know! We'll be scheduling the next Precision Rifle class soon for early fall of 2014, and this course fills up fast: http://www.independencetraining.com/contact-us/
Our first couple of shows have been very well received, and you can view them below. We hope to hear your questions and comments soon, and we have some awesome guests and product reviews coming up soon!
Here at Independence Training we use Slip 2000 products for our firearms maintenance. In fact, we believe in their product so much, that if you come to an Independence Training firearms course, you'll get a free sample of Slip 2000 Extreme Weapons Lubricant (EWL) and Slip 2000 725 Cleaner/Degreaser.
We ran into our friends from Slip 2000 at SHOT Show earlier this month, and told them about a handgun training course that we held during a snowy day, and how some student's guns started to have recurring malfunctions due to poor lubrication. What did we do to fix that? You'll have to read the whole story on Slip 2000's blog: http://www.slip2000.com/blog/independence-trainging-uses-slip-2000/.
And if you're a Facebook user, be sure to stop by their page, 'Like' it, and drop a comment on our story being posted there, as well: https://www.facebook.com/slip2000.
We got a few of our instructors and students together on the first weekend in January 2014 so that we could ring in the New Year with a Bang and celebrate a friend's birthday! Similar to our New Year's Eve video (http://youtu.be/pNpNJMS4wG8), this is a short video from a long day, but we had a great time burning some powder and challenging ourselves. Remember to create a training plan for 2014, and we look forward to seeing you in class!
We got a few of our instructors and students together on New Year's Eve so that we could send 2013 out with a Bang! This is a short video from a long day, but we had a great time burning some powder during our informal "action shooting match." We hope that you had an exciting and safe New Year's Eve, and look for our next video where we bring 2014 in with a Bang - plus we demonstrate better tomahawk skills!