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The Tactical Life


#1231

It was definitely not her first rodeo.


#1232

Motivational Monday: Make the change, fight to survive.

monday

blood


#1233

I made a PowerPoint about tourniquet use and mass shooter response for my fellow firefighters because my department is still DOING NOTHING to prepare, and used the video of this officer’s shooting as an example of why you need to disarm a wounded officer before you treat them.

I don’t want to shit on the other officer who was there because in the heat of the moment none of us are going to figure out the solution, you have to do the thinking first. When the wounded officer is running for cover, you have to yell at him so he can home in on your voice. And when someone is hypoxic from blood loss, you have to hold pressure on the wound for them, they can’t do it for themselves. Instead of letting Papa Smurf give him his last rights, tell him to “hold pressure here”, or fuck off.

On the other hand, when the calvary finally arrived and the big sergeant snatched the wounded officer up I wanted to jump out of my seat like at the end of Rudy.


#1234

What instance is this post in reference to? Sorry, don’t get much news these days.


#1235

Look up “San Diego cop shot in the neck” on youtube and scroll down to the 27:43 video with the title CAUGHT ON TAPE.


#1236

Thank you for the effort you are putting into this training, “we” are sometimes are own worse enemies.


#1237

Tactical Tuesday: The Tactical Athlete Games

On May 19/20, I was able to stop over in Atlanta and attend the first annual Tactical Athlete Games. The event was held at the King B Farms, located in Ardmore, Tennessee. The simplest way to describe the games is “CrossFit with shooting”. I was able to talk with the co-founder, Tim Burke (former SF/Delta) and he is planning on having several regional events per year at different locations in the states, with the winners of those events, competing for a national title at the end of the year in central Florida.

The stages of competition were stiff and you definitely had to be in shape. The athletes competing were a mixture of law enforcement, former military, and civilians, in fact, a dentist from North Carolina took fourth place. The venue, equipment, and facilities used were excellent. I am going to post all the events and some photos. Recoil Magazine and Trigger Time.TV recorded every event for future publication. It was a good event and hopefully, I can compete in one this fall.


#1238

Games: Events .

DAY ONE (Saturday)
The Horrigan (Bob Horrigan 7thSFG, The Unit)

Sled Drag with Pistol Shooting

  • Five – 50 yard movements with 50 rounds of pistol on a target 25 yards away.

  • From the starting line, on the command of “GO!” the athletes will drag their sleds 50 yards to the firing line.

  • They will enter the s
    hooting line/box, and fire 10 rounds at a steel target, 25 yards away.

  • They will drag their sled back to the starting line and leave it.

  • They will sprint back to the firing line and shoot 10 more rounds on steel at 25 yards.

  • Then spring back to the starting line.

  • They will again, drag their sled back to the firing line and deliver 10 rounds on steel, and drag their sled back to the starting line.

  • Once again, the athlete will leave their sleds at the starting line and sprint to the firing line and deliver 10 more rounds on steel. Then return to the starting line.

  • The will drag their sled one last time up to the firing line and deliver their last 10 rounds on steel. Time stops when the shooter delivers their 50th round downrange.

  • A total of 50 pistol rounds will be fired.

  • In short, Athletes will drag their sleds to the firing line twice, sprint to the firing line twice, and drag the sled to the firing one last time, without returning the sled to the starting line.

The Gonzalves (Chad Gonzalves 7thSFG)**

Water Can Carry with pistol and Rifle shooting. Pistol is short to intermediate, rifle is intermediate to long shots.

Equipment

  • Each athlete will have a rifle with 30 rounds, a pistol with 30 rounds, and body armor.

  • From the starting line, upon the command of “Go!”, the athletes will pick up both of their full 5-gallon water cans and begin to move a distance of 400 meters/yards.

  • Upon arriving at the firing line, the athlete will set down their water cans, draw their pistols, and shoot a total of 30 rounds on short and intermediate distance steel targets. (15m. 25m)

  • They will recover their water cans and make the trip 400 yards back to the starting line. They will drop one water can and continue to carry one of their water cans. With the single water can, they will return the 400 yards to the firing line where they will engage targets with their rifles, 20 rounds at short distance targets (100 yards), and 10 rounds at intermediate distance targets (5x 200-5x 300 yards).

  • Once they complete their shooting, they will recover their single 5-gallon full water can, and return to the starting line. Once the athlete crosses the start/finish line, their time will stop. This will be their raw score.

  • Missed shots will be tallied, and a 10 second penalty for each missed shot will be assessed. The total missed shot time, will be added to the raw score to determine the shooters adjusted score.


#1239

Games:

The English (Rick English, 3rdSFG, the Unit, 1stSFG)
Husafel Stone and Rope Climbs. Each athlete will be dressed in body armor, pistol belt and pistol with one full magazine, and rifle with 24 rounds of rifle ammunition.

  • On the command of “GO!”, athletes will sprint 50 yards to the rope rig, climb the rope, touch the top crossbar and descend.

  • Athlete’s will pick up a Husafel stone and carry it 50 meters to the firing line and drop them.

  • Upon arriving at the firing line, athletes will put two rifle rounds on each of steel targets at distances of 100, 150, 200, and 250 yards (Approximately), for a total of eight rounds. The first trip to the firing line Athletes will fire from a kneeling position.

  • After shooting 8 rifle shots on steel, athletes will recover their Husafel Stone, and return to the rope climb rig and ascend the rope, touch the top crossbar and descend.

  • Once again grab their Husafel Stone and return to the firing line. The second trip to the firing line, Athletes will fire from a sitting position. They will put 8 more rounds on steel and repeat their trip to the rope climb rig a third time.

  • The third trip to the firing line, Athletes will fire from a prone position. After their third trip to the firing line, and their 24 rounds are fired, the athletes will carry their Husafel Stone back to the rope climb rig, drop them, and sprint to the finish line.

  • Time stops when the athletes cross the finish line. All misses incur a 10 second penalty.

The Connor (Brad Connor, 1stSFG)

Wheelbarrow Push and tactical shooting. Each athlete will be dressed in body armor, pistol and pistol belt, rifle and rifle magazines.

  • On the command of “Go!”, Athletes will push a weighted wheelbarrow 100 yards to the firing line and set their wheelbarrows down.

  • Athletes will step up to the firing line with their rifles, and utilizing cover and concealment, fire 10 rounds at a steel target placed 150 yards away (distance can vary based on participant’s skill level in that battle).

  • Athletes will then sprint approximately 150 yards to a pistol bay, and while utilizing cover and concealment, shoot 10 rounds on steel at 25 meters, and finish with a 6” circle pepper popper.

  • Once they hit their pepper popper and knock it down, they will again sprint to the rifle firing line, using cover and concealment they will fire another 10 rounds on steel at a 150 yard target.

  • Once completed firing their 10 rounds with rifle, the athletes will again recover their weighted wheelbarrow. They will push their wheelbarrow back to the start/finish line.

  • Time stops when the athlete crosses the finish line. All misses incur a 10 second penalty, each.

An Failure to Follow Instructions (FFI) is assessed if the athlete does not adequately utilize the concealment provided.

Run 400 yards, shoot on moving platform

Athletes will wear body armor, rifle, and pistol.

  • On the command of “Go!”, Athletes will depart the firing line, run 400 yards to a pier on a pond,
    and fire 10 rounds at a target located approximately 100 yards away. (The pier is motorized and will be purposely moving during the event.)

  • After shooting from the pier, the athletes will depart the pier and move back to the rope rig, climb the rope two (2) times, and then low crawl a distance of approximately 50 yards.

  • Once the athlete low-crawls past the required point, they will shoot another 10 rounds from behind a covered and concealed position. Shooting position will be from a kneeling position, 5 rounds from the strong side, 5 rounds from the support side. Upon completing the second 10 round group, the athletes will sprint back to the start/finish line.

-Time stops when the athlete crosses the finish line. All misses incur a 10 second penalty, each.

  • An FFI penalty is assessed if the athlete does not adequately use the cover provided or shoots more rounds than allotted on a particular side of the concealment.

#1240

Games:
Farmer Carries. Pistol and Rifle.

Athletes will wear body armor, rifle, and pistol.

  • On the command of “Go!”, athletes will carry a set of Farmer Carries weighted with two (2) 25lb weights on each Farmer Carry, a distance of 100 yards.

  • Athletes will set down their Farmer Carries and approach the firing line.

  • Athletes will engage various targets with pistol at distances of 15 to 25 yards, with 15 rounds.

  • Athletes will return to the rope rig, drop their Farmer Carries and ascend the rope, touching the top crossbar, then descend the rope, recover their Farmer Carries and return to the firing line.

  • Upon reaching the firing line, athletes will engage two targets at distances of 75 yards and 100 yards with 10 rounds each using their rifle.

  • Upon completing the 20 rounds of rifle firing, the athletes will recover their farmer carries and move to the start/finish line. Upon crossing the finish line, their time stops.

  • Time stops when the athlete crosses the finish line. All misses incur a 10 second penalty, each.
    This event is "Grip-intense”!

The O-Course - Obstacle Course, pistol and rifle.

Athletes will wear body armor, rifle, and pistol.

  • On the command of “Go!”, two athletes at a time will be released to begin the obstacle course. The athletes will be required to shoot at several points during the event, and in unconventional shooting positions.

  • The shooting points and positions will be determined once TAG sets up at the King B Farm. We anticipate each Battle of two (2) Athletes to be released every five minutes.

  • Athletes should be aware of the status of their weapons at all times while competing in an event, but especially while on the Obstacle Course.

  • If a weapon is not placed on safe after firing, an FFI will be assessed to the shooter.

  • If it is found that the weapon was rotated onto fire by clothing or an obstacle, every attempt will be made to place the weapons on safe.

  • A judge will ask the athlete to stop immediately upon noticing that a weapon is not on safe.

  • Once the athletes have crossed the finish line, their time stops. All misses incur a 10 second penalty, each.

, The Final, Aggregate
Distance aggregate: Sled drag, wheelbarrow, farmer carry, rope climb, water can. Athletes will wear body armor, rifle and pistol.

  • Upon the command of “Go!”, athletes will drag a sled to the rope rig and ascend the rope once,

touching the top crossbar, then descending, they will grab their sled, and continue down range to the firing line.

  • Once past the target line, the athletes will drop their sleds. They will shoot 10 rounds of pistol at targets at 10, 15, and 25 yards.

  • Athletes will then holster, leave the firing line, and grab a wheelbarrow, return to the starting line, drop the wheelbarrow, and grab their farmer carries.

  • Again they will move down the battle field to the rope rig, drop their farmer carries and ascend the rope.

  • After touching the top crossbar, they will descend and regain control of their farmer carries and continue down range.

  • Upon arriving at the firing line, athletes will drop their farmer carries, they will again engage the pistol targets at 10, 15, and 25 yards with 2 rounds each.

  • Athletes will leave the firing line and grab their water can. With their water can, athletes will move


#1241

Games:

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#1242

Games:

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#1243

Games:

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#1244

Games:

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#1245

Games:

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#1246

Tough to watch. Big guy scooping him off the ground was a good bright spot to look out for though.


#1247

Thought for the day: Pat Mac never disappoints. lol…


#1248

I hate to sound critical of the other officer, and I understand he had to stay in the fight, but I would like to have seen him give first aid instructions to one of the bystanders.


#1249

Yeah I hear ya, I don’t have much insight to offer as I’m not really trained in any professional fashion to handle an incident like that. He did seem fairly young though, perhaps inexperience had a bit to do with how he handled that situation.