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Training Review: Shivworks / SouthNarc – Armed Movement in Structures (AMIS)

Topic: Shooting, Pistol

Instructor/System: Shivworks is the one-man training operation run by Craig Douglas aka SouthNarc. Craig was a law enforcement officer in Mississippi for 21 years, including work with SWAT and undercover with narcotics — hence his original nom de guerre. Shivworks offers multiple classes around lone operator survival, perhaps most famously ECQC, his Extreme Close Quarters Combat class. Per Craig, the goal — of Shivworks, of tactical training — is that “you want the handgun skills of a USPA Grand Master, the empty hand skills of an MMA fighter, and the verbal agility of a stand-up comic.”

Content: The Shivworks Armed Movement in Structures (AMIS) class is a two-day course that addresses one task and starts from one assumption. The one task is how a solo operator, armed, can safely move through — “clear” — a structure with an unknown number of armed opponents inside. The starting assumption is that the task “sucks” and since there’s no perfect way to do it, you just try to make it “suck less.” Read More

Training Review: InSights Training Center’s General Defensive Handgun

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: The InSights General Defensive Handgun (GDH) course is a two-day course taking people with basic gun familiarity / competency and exposing them to concepts relevant to a “self defense” shooter. It’s a mix of simple-but-important practical shooting exercises interspersed with 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

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

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