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7/10/10 Tactical Pistol AAR

On 7/10/10 @ 0800 MDT staff, comprised of lead instructor Chad Herr, staff Instructor Richard Elias and RSO Brandon Cook reported to BCSR TAC6 to set up the Tactical Pistol Course.  MDT Instructors briefed the days SOP. There where 4 student scheduled and expected to attend.

0830 Three student had  arrived on site and on time for training.

0900 class began with instructor and student  introductions.  Instructors then gave the students a visual layout of the range, a safety and medical brief.  The course goal was stated and Instruction began.

0915 the forth student showed up and was taken aside and brought up to speed.

1030 the instructors completed the lecture portion of the day which covered the proper attitude, knowledge and skill necessary to operate a pistol safely. Emphasis was placed on learning  firearms safety rules, pistol knowledge (Parts and there functions). Having knowledge of  the firearm your using is paramount to its safe use and understanding what is going to be discussed on the range. Students and instructors took a 5 min water break.

1105 Instructors began the practical application by teaching 6 fundamentals of pistol marksmanship. Demonstrating each fundamental and having the students practice with an unloaded firearm.  This was fallowed by a dry fire exercise that allowed the instructors to evaluate each student. This drill also allowed students to ask questions and gain insight into the purpose of each fundamental.  

The next skill to be taught was the presentation of the pistol from the holster(the draw). Taught the same way with unloaded firearms, fallowed by full speed dry fire exercises that incorporated the presentation. This allowed the instructors to confirm that the students applied the safety rules before shooting live cartridges.

Proper loading and press check procedures were covered and performed before students prooved their ability to apply the fundamentals with a live fire excercize at targets placed 3 yards away.  Everyone maintained strict discipline of all the safety rules and proved they understood the fundamentals by shooting tight groups.

1230 Lunch

1300 Back from lunch the class worked on tactical and emergency reloads while continuing to apply marksmanship fundamentals in live fire drills. During the drills, instructors provided students with feedback on there execution of skills. 

1400 Students participated in the “Dot Torcher Test”.  This is an accuracy drill that includes all the skills covered through this point in the day.

1430 We moved on to cover the combat mindset and various ready positions one might use in a defensive situation. We then discussed the purpose of after action assessments and it’s importants’ in training and in the aftermath of a real engagement. We ran multiple target engagements fallowed by after action assessments in an effort to reinforce making assessments after making contact.

1530 This class really moved through the skills and that left time at the end to run some additional exercises for fun.

1600 Done for the day, Students and Instructors shared lessons learned and critiqued the days events.

Approximately 350 rounds were fired during this course of fire. Handguns used in this class covered the spectrum of auto-loading pistols. Glock, Walther PPK, Beretta, Springfield XD and Sig Sauer were all used and performed well.

Pistol Performance: Some interesting items to note, a Beretta magazine spring, when partially loaded, is subject to compressing enough to allow room for the top most round to come free between the feed lips causing it to invert or make a complete 180. In other words when the magizine is dropped free of the mag well and allowed to hit the ground, the partially loaded mag compresses causing the top cartridge to become loose and invert or spin.  I have seen this in a few of my classes with both the 9mm and the .40 Berretta 92 series pistols. It occurred in this class as well. Its good to note because if you run one of these you don’t want to put a magazine back in your pouch without checking to make sure your rounds are pointed the right direction.

The Walther PPk is a great gun and has a good history of service. But it is old and outdated making it difficult and slow to operate in a defensive scenario.  Older models operate from a closed slide with no slide lock.  This can make clearing double feeds difficult because you don’t have the ability to lock the slide to the rear and take pressure off the malfunction. Add to that the small frame and slide that doesn’t offer a lot for the operator to manipulate.  These older models also have European mag releases which are located at the bottom rear of the mag well, forcing one to use both hands to do a reload. This slows an operator down and becomes even more burdensome if one has to do one handed drills with the gun. If your serious about using a pistol as a defensive tool get a modern auto-loading pistol. It may save you life.

AAR Completed by Chad Herr

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