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Training Review: BSR’s Unimproved/Off-Road Driving Course (UORDC)

Topic: Mobility, Automobile

Instructor/System: BSR is a specialty driving school located at Summit Point Motorsports Park in Summit Point, West Virginia. BSR has been around for decades and teaches classes to the US military, law enforcement, government agencies, and civilians. Beyond their military work, BSR also provides training for the Department of State’s Worldwide Personal Protection Services (WPPS), the AFPAK Hands folks, etc. Lee Chewey, a retired Delta operator who’s gone on to be involved in a lot of security operations and security training work globally, is the Director of Training. Their course offerings include off-road driving, evasive driving, surveillance detection while mobile, and vehicle commandeering. They also offer some firearms courses. Being co-located at Summit Point gives them great asphalt tracks for the evasive driver training, as well as ample space for the off-road work and easy access to suburban West Virginia for the surveillance detection work.

Content: BSR’s Unimproved/Off-Road Driving Course (UORDC) is a one-day course designed to teach basic off-road driving skills. Read More

Who Are You Training to Beat?

There’s been a post making the rounds on social media about “Todd” — the imagined opponent people train to beat. The post is credited to someone using the name belisarius and is accompanied by a graphic showing various fictional ‘tactical ninjas’ from various Hollywood movies. Below is a tweaked version of the “Todd” post, changed to reflect RMSR values, expectations, and experience. All credit for this idea goes to the original author. In our tweaked version, we’ll call this imagined opponent “Magnus.” Read More

Iron and the Soul by Henry Rollins

I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself.

Completely.

When I was young I had no sense of myself. All I was, was a product of all the fear and humiliation I suffered. Fear of my parents. The humiliation of teachers calling me “garbage can” and telling me I’d be mowing lawns for a living. Read More

Training Review: InSights Training Center’s Intensive Handgun Skills

Topic: Shooting, Pistol

Instructor/School: InSights Training Center is a shooting and tactical training school founded by Greg M. Hamilton. The school offers classes to military, law enforcement, and civilians in the Seattle, Washington area. While the school employs numerous instructors, Greg himself was the instructor for the class being reviewed here. Greg was a US Army Ranger and Special Forces soldier but also had his foot in the competitive speed shooting world and trained with folks like John Shaw at Mid-South. He’s definitely a bit of a wizard with a handgun but, much more importantly, he’s also trained numerous other people to be top-tier competitive shooters. Greg is brash, extremely cocky, and overflowing with opinions, but he has such a deep mastery of his subject matter that whether you like him or not, you’ll listen. He’s also a military history buff, so if you share an interest in the minutiae of 20th century war, you’ll find an eager interlocutor.

Content: InSights’ Intensive Handgun Skills (IHS) is a three-day, intermediate to advanced level pistolry class that seeks to improve shooter speed without losing accuracy. Read More

Training Review: CSAT’s Advanced Individual Tactics

Topic: Shooting, Pistol

Instructor/System: CSAT is a shooting and tactical training center in Nacogdoches, Texas, a few hours from Houston or Dallas. The school has classes for both law enforcement and civilians. The founder and lead instructor is Paul Howe. Paul spent a career in the US Army and was an assaulter with Delta; his demeanor is that of a ‘quite professional’ with no fuss, chest-beating, or ego. His approach to shooting is simple, functional, and focused on the basics. The CSAT pistolry method is essentially Modern Technique, but Paul is not terribly dogmatic about minor deviations from that. Paul works hard to ensure that CSAT skills are all inter-operable, meaning nothing in any CSAT class should be antithetical or incompatible with skills learned in other CSAT classes.

Paul is also the author of Leadership and Training for the Fight, an excellent book on leadership that’s applicable both inside and outside the military.

Content: CSAT’s Advanced Individual Tactics (AIT) class is a three-day long class that focuses on three dominant skills: use of flashlights, single-hand shooting, and shoot/no shoot discrimination. Read More

The Biggest Adversary in Life is Ourselves

The biggest adversary in life is ourselves.

We are who we are because of the thoughts that we allow to dominate our headspace. Our choices, our paths, our concept of what we need to do to improve ourselves — all of these stem from the abstract image of ourselves created by and from our mental environment.

Life, then, is limited by how we see ourselves and how we feel about who we are. If we regard ourselves as feeble, frail, unfocused, meek, then those attributes will be reflected in our choices and life paths and, therefore, our achievements.

Ideally, self-knowledge and self-reflection lead to a mental environment with a focus on positive attributes and positive regard for one’s own potential. This environment gives rise to a positive abstract image of ourselves, empowered to make courageous choices, to choose the right path forward, and to seek daily improvement in all aspects of our lives.

RMSR Strength Method – Part 2

This article is part of a multipart series. Part 1 is here.

RMSR Strength Method Workout

Frequency is three non-consecutive days per week, alternating between the A and B workouts.

Workout A
Back Squat 3×5+
Press 3×5+
Chin-Up 3×5+

Workout B
Front Squat 2×10+
Bench Press 3×5+
Deadlift 1×5+

Starting Weights: Your starting weight for any of the above exercises is the weight at which your barbell movement speed begins to slow. Read More

Training Review: CSAT’s Tactical Pistol Operator

Topic: Shooting, Pistol

Instructor/System: CSAT is a shooting and tactical training center in Nacogdoches, Texas, a few hours from Houston or Dallas. The school has classes for both law enforcement and civilians. The founder and lead instructor is Paul Howe. Paul spent a career in the US Army and was an assaulter with Delta; his demeanor is that of a ‘quite professional’ with no fuss, chest-beating, or ego. His approach to shooting is simple, functional, and focused on the basics. The CSAT pistolry method is essentially Modern Technique, but Paul is not terribly dogmatic about minor deviations from that. Paul works hard to ensure that CSAT skills are all inter-operable, meaning nothing in any class should be antithetical or incompatible with skills learned in other CSAT classes.

Paul is also the author of Leadership and Training for the Fight, an excellent book on leadership that’s applicable both inside and outside the military.

Content: Tactical Pistol Operator is a two-day long course aimed at proficiency in combat shooting, meaning center of mass not bullseyes. It teaches Paul’s shooting system and his series of drills used to build and maintain proficiency with a pistol using that system. Read More