Category Archive: Tactics

March Mad-about-training-Ness Sale

Coast to coast classes and savings

For one week only get 10% off these classes:

General Defensive Handgun

  • Everett, WA  March 11-12 with Greg Hamilton
  • Harrisburg, PA  March 25-26 with John Holschen
  • Lockhart, TX  March 25-26 with Greg Hamilton

Intermediate Defensive Handgun

  • Bellevue, WA  March 17-19

Street and Vehicle Tactics

  • Rochester, NY  March 31-April 2
  • Redmond, WA  July 21-23

Use promo code “March” Wednesday, March 1, through Tuesday, March 7, and get 10% off these must-take classes.

General Defensive Handgun is our foundational class for concealed carry and all upper level shooting classes. Learn what you didn’t know you didn’t know, and get ready to use a handgun quickly and reflexively in high-speed defensive encounters.

Intermediate Defensive Handgun turbocharges your GDH skills with tactics, movement, alternate shooting positions, long range shooting, and more.

Street & Vehicle Tactics will teach you how to win encounters out in public or in your car. InSights tactics classes teach you how to not have to shoot (and how to win if shooting is required) and how to come out the other side with the least negative impact to you and yours.

Sign up this week for the classes and dates listed above with promo code “March” and save 10%. Cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Dates coming soon for Tactical First Aid

Watch the website for the spring dates for Tactical First Aid. This class fills fast, so don’t wait until the last minute. The life you save may be your own!

See all of our classes and the latest class schedule and sign up at InSightsTraining.com. Or call 888.958.0884 or email info@insightstraining.com.

Stay safe and we’ll see you in class!

A Cooper Classic: Principles of Personal Defense

With 2015 well underway, and those flimsy New Year’s resolutions underwater, here’s an easy project. Tune up your mindset and increase your awareness. And without breaking a sweat you will increase your personal safety.

A great book to read about this is Jeff Cooper’s Principles of Personal Defense. First published in 1972, and reprinted a couple times since then, it is a self defense classic. In short, he explains seven qualities that you should cultivate:

  • Alertness: Trouble can appear at any time — know what is behind you, and pay attention to anything out of place.
  • Decisiveness: Decide instantly upon a proper course of action to be carried out immediately, without hesitation.
  • Aggressiveness: Whether it is a counter-attack or a pre-emptive attack, give it everything you’ve got.
  • Speed: Be fast, not fair — end it before the loser fully realizes he has bitten off more than he can chew.
  • Coolness: If you know that you can keep your head, that you must keep your head, you probably will keep your head.
  • Ruthlessness: Anyone who willfully and maliciously attacks another without sufficient cause deserves no consideration from you–don’t hold back.
  • Surprise: The criminal does not expect his prey to fight back — surprise him!

Track down a copy and read it. In the meantime, here is an exercise Cooper mentions in the book to increase your awareness:

“Make it a game. Keep a chart. Every time anyone is able to approach you from behind without your knowledge, mark down an X. Every time you see anyone you know before he sees you, mark down an O. Keep the Os ahead of the Xs. A month with no Xs establishes the formation of correct habits.”

Try it for a week or a month and see how you do. Increase your awareness and you never know what you might notice.

Stay safe and we’ll see you in class.

 

By Alan Hines

AAR: General Defensive Handgun 5/8/2010

This weekend, we conducted our two day General Defensive Handgun course. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the necessary foundation to be successful in a violent lethal force confrontation. Throughout the course we emphasize the point that a superior combat mindset is most important for a successful outcome.

To this end, GDH is not just a repackaged LE or Military combat arms course. It is built around the Priorities of Survival (Mental Conditioning, Tactics, Skill, and Equipment). While there is a ton of shooting and skill development, we spend a considerable amount of time discussing mindset, tactics, legalities, wound ballistics and scenarios in an effort to sharpen the mind and properly prepare for the stress of a violent lethal force confrontation. Our desire is to provide students with the complete package, not only physical skill development. Click here to read more »

Public Relations for Tactical Teams

Some SWAT teams have a big public relations problem. Either they are the heroic rescuers, rushing to a job that is too dangerous for the “regular police,” or they are the overzealous and trigger-happy cowboys just itching to violate civil rights. Very rarely do the media report on a SWAT team for anything other than its purely good actions or its purely evil actions. And because of such coverage, public opinion follows the same train of thought. Click here to read more »

Concealed Carry Identifiers

After reading some of the discussion about having some kind of CCW Identifier (badge, sash, or drop down panel) I have to conclude that this an answer looking for a question.

The theory is that if there was some kind of incident, an armed citizen would display this credential and be less likely to be shot by responding police officers. The bad guys can’t get these? Who says the police are going trust people wearing them? If you are at ground zero of an incident and holding a gun you just have to hope that the police are observing your actions rather than simply seeing you as a “threat target.”

If you are standing there with a gun you are forcing the police to deal with you immediately and I would rather have the police deal with me after they have a handle on the situation. Once the police arrive on scene I want to be holstered and I want to have moved to a location where the police can deal with me on their terms (meeting the police in the parking lot would probably be best), hands up and identification out.