AR-15… Why I Recommend It

This article is being writen for the novice and those who are not gun experts. It will hopefully explain the reasons behind owning an AR-15 and maybe help some anti AR folk to an understanding. With no delay lets jump in.

The AR-15 has been the subject of brutal slander and misrepresentation for a while now. Truth be told, it is a remarkable tool and an incredible assett. Despite what most say, it is not an A- assult R- rifle. While that is an option, semi automatic is far more common and accessible to the general population. Despite it being blamed for taking so many lives, that is more heavily accredited to hand guns and more importantly murders. Also yes, it is a military STYLE weapon but so are semiauto pistals and shotguns. On that same note… Camo, 2 way radios, and hummers are military style also but I digress.

I am a huge advocate of the AR-15 because of it’s amazing versatility. For example, I have trained close quarters up to 300 yards with the AR-15 and have had outstanding results. For all of you against the rifle who say I do not need the AR for close quarters I present the suggestion that every gun expert maintains. “Shoot the gun you are comfortable with”. If I am comfortable with the AR it would be reckless to choose a different weapon for home defence. Some also say it is not a practical hunting rifle. Please leave in the comments why I could not put an optic on my AR and use it to hunt.

I love how seemlessly a 30 round mag wells in the AR. There is virtually no interference with a 30 round mag. Many ask what do you need a 30 round mag for? My response is, what do you need 40mpg in you car for? Because it last longer and you do not worry about running out. Would you prefer to have just enough money to pay your bills or would a little extra give you that feeling of security?

I am overwhelmed by all of the add ons and attachments available for the AR. There really is something for everyone. You can go for a nice optic for all you hunters and sport shooters or you can get a laser and strobes for those who want to protect their house. I have found that a lot of people object to the second option here. When you find a way to eliminate crime, I will work on eliminating guns.

The absolute simplicity with feild stripping and maintenance on the AR is dumbfounding. That weapon can be very well cleaned in minutes. Also any malfunction can be corrected in a hostile situation. The way the weapon is put together and the great ease with disassembly and reassembly has made malfuctions much more manageable.

No matter where you stand on the 2nd amendment, it is still in our constitution and hopefully with remain untampered with. So long as that is the case I highly recommend owning and mastering the AR-15, it is a truly remarkable piece of equipment.

Remember to always practice weapon safety and to train diligently with whatever weapon system you have.

As always Master your Tactics and NEVER BE A VICTIM

How To Treat Gunshot Wounds In The Field

This topic came as a request from one of our readers. I am happy you asked because it is commonly an over looked subject. It can go by many names (trauma care, critical care, field aid, improvised first aid). These things are different than typical first aid and are much different than a field medic or emt coming to your rescue. In this article we will be coving what you can do to treat gunshot wounds (GSW’s) with minimal or no professional supplies. With out any delay lets jump right in.

1. Shot In The Leg – When dealing with a shot in a lower limb there are some basic concerns to have in mind. Infection is a one of them but the bigger concern as with most wounds is blood loss. Your first step happens with incredible speed, do not take your time as you may not have any to spare. There are 3 parts to step one; 1-Wipe the blood from the wound (do not going crazy, just get as much as you can with 1 swipe). 2- Observe how fast the blood come flowing back out. 3- Compress some kind of rag on the wound ( gauze are great if you have them, a half clean shirt is better then nothing if you don’t). This pressure needs to be constant so have the casualty hold it if need be and their capable, if not I favor holding with my elbow or knee while I continue working.

If the blood flow in step 2 was heavy then you likely hit the femoral artery and you have literally no time. You can completely loose a life in 3 minutes if not the leg. You need to cut off the blood flow to the leg immediately. For this you will want a tourniquet, I always have one but I imagine most do not. So use your belt and pull it until blood stops flowing then tie it off. This will need to come off every 90 minutes for 10 minutes. Be mindful of blood loss however, no leg is better than no life. You will need to remember the time or write it on the casualty with a pen or sharpy.

The way YOU as an untrained individual will apply the tourniquet is called a Hasty. To avoid accidents this will be the only way I teach. Apply the tourniquet at the at the top of the leg just beneath the hip. Make sure it is straight and level. Then twist until blood flow stops. CALL FOR HELP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

2- Shot in the Arm– Generally speaking all is the same as shot in the leg with the variable being that the Hasty tourniquet will be applied just beneath the shoulder straight on the arm until blood flow stops. Another difference is that with upper limbs you should give 10 minutes of blood flow every 60 minutes providing it wont cost the patient their life.

3. Shot to the Chest- This is seriously dangerous stuff here. Your chest houses the majority of your major organs any of which are vital and can cause death when injured. You cannot do surgery in the field most times so your game plan is to beat the clock. There are however tricks to help. First of all Wipe, Observe, Compress. You will likely see a weeping chest wound. This is when air is sucking in through the wound and WILL collapse a lung if not dealt with ASAP. In the field you can create a pressure regulator over the wound to help with this. Things that will works are chip bags, drivers licence, sandwith bag, ect. I prefer licence simply because of availability but it can be too small. If tape is available, gently tape it on 3 sides over the wound. If you have no tape then gently hold it over the wound. The way it works is that it sucks tight when you inhale preventing air from entering and putting pressure on the lungs. On exhale it allows extra air to push back out through the wound. This is a life saver. When treating a chest wound be very weary of spinal injury. You want to minimize movement.

4. Headshot– There are limits to what you can do here in the field. Pressure can be dangerous and tourniquets are not an option. There is a good chance moving the patient can kill or paralyze them. I recommend calling for help immediately and and gently holding cover on the wound to prevent infection.

ALWAYS CALL 911 OR A PROFESSIONAL ASAP

With any of these techniques you run the risk of infection and disease. Be careful not to harm yourself. Also always have your abilities in mind so you do not make things worse. Thanks for reading. As always Master your Tactics and NEVER BE A VICTIM.

Does Your Lifestyle Make You An Easy Target

There are certain patterns that easy targets display. The flip side of that is that there are certain traits that non-victims display. We cover this topic heavily in the Master Tactics – Never The Victim course. (Reach out via email or comment for more info on our courses). In this article I will go over my top 5 do’s and dont’s for tactical lifestyle choices. Without any further delay….

1. Change It Up – I have put much effort into make sure my habits are not predictable. In short I strive to create NO patterns. I with great emphasis urge all those I train to develop this technique. The fact of the matter is… If you have no patterns, I cannot predict your behavior or whereabouts. If I can not predict them then I cannot use them against you. We all know that guy that buys the same coffee and newspaper at the same gas station at 7:15 every morning. Picking him off would be childs play. Lethality aside, robbing his home would be cake. I know he is not home at 7:15. You can avoid this predictability through countless techniques. Common examples are… Choose your route to work at random each day, leave your home at different times (occasionally return), mix it up with what stores you go to, trade vehicles with your spouse every now and then, use the back door instead of the front from time to time, etc…

2. Blend In – I very rarely wear any designer clothes or anything flashy…. Why? Because where I live people do not dress that way. I typically drive plain vehicles void of stickers and wear clothes with nothing eye catching. The concept here is that I am a ghost when I pass by. I strive to be completely unnoticed. Trainees in our course learn quickly that it only takes one slip up with this rule and you have made yourself known forever.

3. Stay Quite – Not to brag but I am one hell of a good shot but I have no NRA or gun stickers on my car. I have trained Ju Jitsu and Krav Maga yet no Tapout shirts. No one knows what gear, supplies, or skills I possess. Certainly no one knows to what degree. Master Tactics strongly suggest that you keep your tounge still when I comes to your training. Learn from all those before you, it only causes problems.

4. Everyone’s Friend – This one is pretty fundamental. Do Not Piss People Off!!! Choose your battles very wisely. Is a political arguement really worth an enemy? Is a spat about your neighbors tree worth an enemy? You can have conflict and disagreement but learn how to do it friendly. With cases like the tree learn to negotiate to a mutual end. Cases like politics, learn to listen and respect. You don’t have to voice your opinion and you dont have to agree. Just respectfully listen. It is not worth the enemy. Keep everyone in your court and playing your game.

5. Position Yourself To Survive – This is my number 1 rule in life. If you master nothing else, master this! Should all of the other tactics fail you this one will provide an advantage right off the bat. Essentially what you do is be very critical about where and how you position yourself. Some examples… When I enter a building I quickly get myself to a point where few or no people are out of my site, I also stay away from windows if possible and close to exits. That leads to the next example which is that we teach our students to find all possible exit with great haste. You should constantly be scanning for possible threats. Never enter a room to crowded for you to be in control if possible. Those are just some examples but the list for this is endless.

Living life strategically is so important for 2 reasons. 1- It betters your chances of survival should you ever stumble into the theater of some unfortunate event. 2- It provides you with constand 24/7 practice.

For more information on Master Tactics classes, questions, comments, or anything else shoot me an email or comment below.

As always Master your Tactics and NEVER BE A VICTIM

Tip To Survive A House Fire

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House fires are incredibly dangerous and happen every day all around the world. So common that there is a good chance you or someone you know has faced one. The scary truth is that fires are pretty tyrannical and can spread very fast, so time is NOT to be wasted. Here are 5 tactics to master for surviving a house fire.

1. Check the Doors– Although you may want to just run through the door as fast as you can to escape the fire you must check any door you open before opening (especially if you haven’t actually seen the fire). First off check the doors temperature. If it is hot there is a good chance that the room on the other side is on fire. Secondly if that room is on fire and said fire has consumed most of the oxygen in that room, opening the door would…

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5 Tips For Your Kids To Survive A School Shooting

I think this has some great info for all you parents out there

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I know this is a very sensitive subject but that is not an excuse to be unprepared. There are things our children can do to increase the survival rates for their self and others. That being said it is on you to teach them. Gun free zones and this new age safe place concept do not keep them alive and unfortunately they can not concealed carry at school. There are many things that can be done as well as many things that should not be done. Here are the top 5 Master Tactics tips to keep your kids alive in a school shooting.

1. Analyze Fast- This is not a stand still technique. While moving to cover your kids need to get as much info as possible and this practice will continue through out the entire event. They will want to try to detect who, what, when, where, and how…

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5 Tips For Your Kids To Survive A School Shooting

I know this is a very sensitive subject but that is not an excuse to be unprepared. There are things our children can do to increase the survival rates for their self and others. That being said it is on you to teach them. Gun free zones and this new age safe place concept do not keep them alive and unfortunately they can not concealed carry at school. There are many things that can be done as well as many things that should not be done. Here are the top 5 Master Tactics tips to keep your kids alive in a school shooting.

1. Analyze Fast- This is not a stand still technique. While moving to cover your kids need to get as much info as possible and this practice will continue through out the entire event. They will want to try to detect who, what, when, where, and how. Who cares why… Just stay alive. They (without risking their life) will find out who the shooter is and/or who they are targeting. Search for any time patterns possible ( 3 seconds of shooting followed by 2 second hesitation) as an example. Where is the threat coming from and where is it going. Get as many hows as possible. How does he shoot, maneuver, reload, etc. Your child will use all this info to stay alive.

2. Stay Under Center Mass- Mass shooters normally try to take out as many people as possible which is mostly done through shots to the head and chest. Simply put stay below that target line. This drastically increases the likelihood that shots will go overhead.

3. Stay Away From The Crowd– Running is not always smart if everyone else already is. A mass shooter is shooting at the masses hence the name. It would seem obvious to say, do not be in the crowd. Do whatever it takes to stay away from groups of people. When moving from the crowd revert to tip 2 and stay low. If somehow their stuck in the crowd use tip 2 and stay low.

4. Cover- Schools are full of ways to improvise some cover. Most thick text books can stop a small round, certainly a book bag full of books. Desks, thick doors, walls, in some cases lockers all will likely work as well. The more you can get infront of your head and chest the better. For mobility reasons I recommemd holding a bookbag filled with school books infront of you while running. Whatever method is possible, cover is a priority in a fire fight especially when you are unarmed.

5. Make Your Move- Hesitation gets people killed as brash as that sounds. When you have an opportunity it may be gone by the time you talk yourself into taking it. Have plans made up in your head based on the situation (see tip 1). Examples.. When he turns Im running for the door. If he walks by my cover Im tackling him. If he reloads Im rushing him. I do not suggest any of those hypotheticals as every situation is different. However use tip 1 to have various plans. Tips 2-4 to stay alive until you have an opportunity. Then the moment you get a chance make and move. Do this fast and with violence of action. Whether it be run, hide, or fight there is never a second for hesitation.

I know this is hard to think about but it is truly something you and your kids should talk about and train in. I hope it never happens again but just in case. Leave any questions, comments, or suggestions below.

As always Master your Tactics and NEVER BE A VICTIM.

Tip To Survive A House Fire

House fires are incredibly dangerous and happen every day all around the world. So common that there is a good chance you or someone you know has faced one. The scary truth is that fires are pretty tyrannical and can spread very fast, so time is NOT to be wasted. Here are 5 tactics to master for surviving a house fire.

1. Check the Doors– Although you may want to just run through the door as fast as you can to escape the fire you must check any door you open before opening (especially if you haven’t actually seen the fire). First off check the doors temperature. If it is hot there is a good chance that the room on the other side is on fire. Secondly if that room is on fire and said fire has consumed most of the oxygen in that room, opening the door would introduce a rapid flow of oxygen and cause an explosion.

2. Stay Low– People have argued to me that getting out as fast as possible is the most important thing to which I agree but just running as fast as you can is not always the right answer. You may be hurrying off to death or serious injury. Both heat and smoke rise so your chances are better if you get down below them. Low crawling is probably a little too slow but hustling on your hands and knees is likely a good alternative.

3. Condition Your Air- Smoke inhalation is a MASSIVE threat when dealing with a house fire especially if escape is not immediate. If anyway possible damp a rag or cloth with water and keep in over your mouth. Do not go crazy, you do not want to waterboard yourself. This technique helps to collect ash and smoke to prevent them from getting into your lungs.

4. Move away from walls and centers- A trick and old firefighter friend told me was to stay between the wall and center of the room when moving. There are several reasons. First the walls could to be burning which makes them hot and prone to collapse so stay away from walls. Secondly the center of the room is under the most pressure so during a fire it is more likely to collapse when holding your weight. Third a quick glimpse into most homes will show that most furniture is either centered or against the wall so stay in between the 2 and you prevent obstacles and burning objects.

5. Get Up Get Out– The most important tip as always is saved for last. HAVE A PLAN!!!! The time you waste trying to figure out your escape could be what just killed you and your loved ones. And lets not forget the heros who will be looking for your body. Sit down with your family today or communicate with your local fire team and build and escape plan from every room. That simple task could save your family.

Thanks guys and a HUGE shout out to the heros battling these fires every day to keep us safe. Love you guys.

This was my top 5 tips for surviving a house fire. And suggestions, questions or comments, get me with a comment below. As always Master your Tactics amd NEVER BE A VICTIM.

Threat Detection (Rule Of 3 Anomalies)

Threat Detection is a critical skill to have. In a world like the one we live in today where mass shootings and violent outburst are imminent, it can be the difference between life and death. Threat Detection is exactly how it sounds. It is the ability to spot a threat before it harms you. There are 1000’s of techniques, some are absolute gold and some are absolute crap, so choose wisely. The rule of 3 anomalies is certainly not the best technique but it is fairly easy to use and I find that it is remarkably consistent and accurate.

First, what is an anomaly? An anomaly is anything that strays from the normal standards. In our practice it is applied to people, places, or situations.

In Practice- When using this technique with people for instance, I am constantly looking for changes in their behaviour, appearance, emotional, etc. As I notice differences I start to apply the rule of 3. With people if I notice 3 things out of the norm within a short period of time, I feel confident in saying that something is up. The same can be can be said for places and situations. If you notice in a place you frequent that things are different than normal, it would be wise to investigate or minimum become more cautious.

Example- In Afghanistan soldiers are commonly tasked with watching villages and/or individuals. (See our blog on choosing an Observation Point). If they were to notice and individual walk into a building with fertilizer (commonly used in IED’s). Later they see a man walk in who is clean shaven and well dressed (preparing for Allah). Then later they see the same man holding a cell phone or some other electronic uncommom to the area (likely a detonator). In that circumstance I would treat this as a highly possible threat.

Tip– Keep a journal log of when what and who. This will help you keep track and not make mistakes.

Remember not all anomalies are threats but some are so investigate cautiously. As always Master your Tactics and NEVER BE A VICTIM

How to pick an observation point

An observation point or OP is one of the greatest assests in the world of tactics and combat. It allows us to gather valuable intel from a safe unknown position. Consequently, we have the advantage to develop a stategic plan without the target ever knowing we are there. An OP is most commonly used in the military but can also be used for hunting and things of similar nature. I gained a lot of experience in developing and using OPs as a Forward Observer in the Army. Here is a list of 5 things to never forget when setting up an OP.

1. Stay off the outline– If you are at an OP than you should assume someone is tasked with finding and eliminating you. That being said be well hidden. A great way to do that is to stay off the silhouette. If you are on a hill or mountain stay beween 1/4 and 3/4 high of the elevation. People will naturally scope ridge lines and cliffs so stay away from those also. When in a building stay off the roof and out of the windows on the top floors. Also avoid the side windows. These are all spots people search the hardest. If in trees and vegetation be sure to stay out of the tree tops and tree line. Instead tuck back a few yards into the trees find a high ground and treat it like a hill or mountain… Between 1/4 and 3/4 of elevation.

2. Be inaccessible– If your OP was hard for you to get to than it is hard for others to get to as well. Be sure to have as many obstacles between you and your target as possible. The noise and resistance this will provide gives you plenty of time to escape if need be.

3. Cover and Concealment– There is never a guarantee that your mission will go smooth. Be it the weather or the enemy, things can get dangerous fast. Be sure to have concealment to hide yourself and cover to protect yourself.

4. Clear the area– Whenever we set up an OP we very slowly inspect the whole area. We are searching for sign of a others having been there or signs of a possible return. We are also making sure it is not the home of dangerous animal. Also clearing the area of any dangers such as IED or booby traps.

5. Have an out– ALWAYS have atleast 1 evacuation plan. Make sure if you get injured, ambushed, or anything else that you can break contact instantly. I can not stress how important this is. It does not have to be some oceans 11 plan but you do need to have a sure fire escape.

These are my 5 musts for choosing an Observation Point from personal experience. Let me know if I missed anything or of you have a question. As always guys… Master your Tactics and NEVER BE A VICTIM

Best Flash Light

When it comes to flashlights there is only one company that comes to my mind. Streamlight! As far as an all around light I have to recommend the stylist pro. I personally have one in every bug out bag and glove box. They take up practically no space and have a very long battery life. As far as brightness. It is ridiculous how bright they are. So in response to emails about recommended flashlight. There are plenty of incredible lights for individual purpose but for a one stop shop kind light it has to be the stylist pro. Click the link below to check one out for yourself. Let me know what you think!!