TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #115: Full Spectrum Warrior Training w/ Rich Graham

I’ve had the opportunity to train with a lot of people over the years but one of my more recent learning experiences brought me to a Safariland event with the training outfit, Full Spectrum Warrior. Headed up by former Navy SEAL Rich Graham, Full Spectrum Warrior trains both civilian and military alike, and tends to focus on a broader range of complimentary skills, rather than just drills on the five-yard line. Today I wanted to bring Rich on to share a bit about himself, what got him into wanting to be a firearms trainer, and of course explain some of his methodology to us. There’s a lot to be learned in this podcast so if you’re looking for a few items to mull over and perhaps motivate you to get to the range, tune in for this week’s episode featuring Rich Graham of Full Spectrum Warrior!

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Bergara Adds New Wyoming Long Range Training Facility

The Bergara Academy Long Range Shooting School has an additional new location in Wyoming at the Queen Mountain Ranch outside Evanston. It joins the existing location in Montana. Bergara will offer a series of 2-day “Beginner Western Hunter” classes running from May through August. Shooters will learn to engage targets out to 1,000 yards in hunting scenarios.

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[SHOT 2024] Simunition Shows New AR Uppers and 9mm Training Ammo

At SHOT Show 2024, Simunition introduced updates to their AR upper receiver assembly, designed to accommodate modern accessories more effectively. The modified AR uppers are created to enable the firing of non-lethal Simunition training rounds.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #93: Getting Bit By The Competition Bug With Nic L

In this episode of TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast, we’ve got Nic L, a buddy of mine and another writer at TFB, back on the show. Today, we’re diving into Nic’s return to competitive shooting. Personally, I think competitive shooting isn’t just about staying sharp with your guns – it’s a real way to try out new gear and ammo for your everyday carry and home defense setup. Nic and I swap stories and chat about how getting into competitions has spiced up our lives and made our reviews way more interesting. It’s like a playground for testing all the new firearm products out there. So join us as we discuss some of our recent projects and competition experiences and how each of us prepares before our matches.

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Getting Gassed Up: The Anatomy of A Pistol Reload

A common anti-Second Amendment talking point is that the Founding Fathers couldn’t possibly have imagined the evolution that firearms have seen since they had a key role in founding the United States. Of course, we know that to be untrue, due to the letter written to Congress in 1777 by Joseph Belton. In this letter, one of the most exciting promises made was that eight rounds could be fired one after another without reloading. At the time, even an experienced rifleman could take 10 or more seconds before delivering another ball. These days, that problem has been alleviated with the use of box magazines, and centuries of combined shooting knowledge passed down from the greats. I am not one of these greats, so I won’t pretend that I can make you better, but these are some defined steps that may help you round out your pistol reload.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #79: Training Trends with Mo from Raven Wing Limited

Getting solid firearms training has simultaneously become easier than ever but also more difficult than ever. While there are a ton of great training companies out there, for every good one there are probably half a dozen other ones peddling either unsafe or ineffectual training for their customers. Mo, Raven Wing Limited, and the network of trainers that they’ve managed to collaborate with are some of the best in the business and offer a wide variety of training ranging from fairly basic firearms manipulation skills to advanced pistol and carbine courses, as well as private consultations and even night vision courses. Based out of Los Angeles California, you’d think that Raven Wing would face a lot of competition but in fact, it is quite the opposite: Raven Wing often brings in other trainers and hosts them to bring both their customers more refined training from living legends like Scott Jedlinski from the Modern Samurai Project, Tim Herron Shooting, or JJ Racaza who you might remember being on TFBTV several times. Today I’ve brought on Mo to talk about some of the most pronounced training trends he’s noticed in the firearms world today and what times of guns, optics, and holsters people are using to train for competition and self-defense nearly a quarter of the way through the 21st century.

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The Rimfire Report: 3 Rimfire Pistol Drills for the Ultra-Frugal Operator

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its many different types of guns, their applications, and even some of the weird history and obscurities surrounding rimfire guns. This week I want to talk about some quick and easy ways to keep your pistol proficiency up throughout the summer months while avoiding some of the heavy costs usually associated with running pistol drills. What’s more is that instead of a lot of your standard drills, I’m trying to include pistol drills that will really take advantage of the money you’ll already save – these are all really low round-count drills and the goal is to keep each of these drills to 50-rounds or less. This means that for all 3 drills, you should be able to head to the range with your targets, gun, shot timer, and 100 rounds of reliable rimfire ammunition and you’ll be out the door with some solid pistol training sessions for $13 or less in ammunition. Below I’ll give you 3 different rimfire pistol drills you can use to brush up on your handgun skills on a budget, included will be photos, links to the free targets, and video examples of each drill.

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PrairieFire, Formerly Known As Front Sight, Announces Plans To Reopen

The shooting facility formerly known as Front Sight is now PrairieFire. After a very public bankruptcy, it is under new management with plans to reopen soon. Also joining the staff as the Executive Chairman is General Scott Miller (ret.) of Joint Special Operations Command fame.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #69: Nick Chen's Ass Fiasco feat. Brad w/ BFG

A lot of you will remember a couple of months back Nick C’s ass suffered quite a traumatic range event. Many lessons were learned that day, most notably, not to violate basic range safety rules. The biggest takeaway for me from that day was just the sheer value of simple training. That’s why today we’ve brought on both TFB’s Nick C as well as Brad Gilpin from Blue Force Gear to talk about the accident and the specific training that allowed all of us to respond to the injury quickly, efficiently, and without panic. Brad Gilpin is the Director of Medical Programming at Blue Force Gear and is a prior law enforcement professional who has served at both the state and federal levels. He was a founding member of the USBP BORSTAR unit serving as Assistant Team Leader / Team Medic and has been involved in advocating tactical medicine skills for LEOs since long before it was cool to do so.

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[SHOT 2023] Mantis Expands BlackbeardX Digital Training Line

Mantis are set to expand their range of training systems with new Blackbeard X models. The system is already available for pistols and AR-15 pattern rifles and in a number of configurations and price points but 2023 will see the range expand to AK pattern rifles, AR-10s, CMMG’s Banshees and SIG Sauer’s MCX line later this year.

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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #52: Former Navy SEAL Travis Kennedy

A couple of weeks back TFBTV’s Hop and I had a chance to head out with the good folks from Smith & Wesson to get some range training with two very experienced firearms instructors. The first of those was the legendary Jerry Miculek who is well-known both as a speed shooter and a competitive shooter. In addition to Jerry’s training course, we were also able to learn from Travis Kennedy, a former Navy SEAL and current firearms instructor at his own training company, Kennedy Defensive Solutions. Travis’ training heavily focuses on beginner-level fundamentals and safety so that people who come to his class can become safe and efficient with their rifles and pistols. Travis also has advanced combined carbine and pistol courses for those who have a grasp on the fundamentals, and want to get some more curated high-intensity training using Travis’ experience as a NAVY SEAL, as well as a former Federal law enforcement officer.

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Mantis Unveils the New BlackbeardX AR Training Platform

Ammunition is still outrageously expensive in this day and age and the advent of ammo-less training devices has brought the industry some much-needed innovation in terms of how we train with our rifles and pistols. Mantis is well known for providing customers with one of the most comprehensive at-home training devices on the market that uses a combination of your phone and a laser device to give you feedback on your performance all without the need to use your precious ammunition. Mantis has announced their latest offering, the new BlackbeardX which features new dynamic drills to enhance your dry fire training.

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The New Smith & Wesson M&P Marker M2.0 from T4E

When it comes to training, nothing quite beats using the real thing, however, when safety is a top priority during force-on-force conflicts, something like the new M&P Marker M2.0 from T4E (Training For Engagement) can really be a helpful tool to the operator doing the exercise. The M&P Marker M2.0 makes use of a .43 caliber projectile which can be either chalk, a paintball, or even reusable rubber bullets combined with a 12-gram CO2 cartridge to deliver its training projectiles with realistic blowback action.

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Ukrainian Troops with British SA80s

The UK is currently providing basic infantry training to up to 10,000 Ukrainian troops. We have already covered the UK’s procurement of AK-pattern rifles to train Ukrainian personnel but in this article, we will look at how Ukrainian troops have also been training with the UK’s SA80/L85 bullpup rifles.

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UK Purchases AKs To Train Ukrainian Troops

On the 9th of July, the UK’s Ministry of Defence announced that as part of its agreement to train 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers it had acquired a significant number of AK-pattern rifles. Initially sharing only one, fairly low res photograph the official announcement stated that:

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