I’ve gotten into the habit of using a IPSC cardboard target for training notes during classes. I use the same approach I was taught for a after action review and start by listing 3 major training goals. After doing a initial assessment of the shooters skills I may add more or remove something based off of what I’m seeing. At the end of the day we’ll revisit the list and discuss what worked well, what issues we identified and suggestions for moving forward. More than one shooter has walked off the range carrying a target with my notes all over it so they’ll have a plan for future range trips.

The takeaways from yesterday’s carbine class stressed efficiency during reloads. The shooter went from 8.4 seconds to fire 1 round, reload the rifle and reengage at 7 yards to 6.4 seconds simply by bringing the rifle to his workspace and being more efficient with his reload. We also discussed the value of using a shot timer to push yourself to improve and identified his hold to consistently engage the bullseye at 25y with his pistol. At the end of the day it’s better to go home with data you can use to improve than cool stories about doing mag dumps during tactical fantasy camp.

Have a plan.

Side note: The American Defense MFG UIC MOD 2 I recently picked up is proving to be awesome! I run demos during class and I’m not always the fastest but I think it’s important to talk through and show what I want students to accomplish. So it would be bad to say the least if the gear I used during a demo fails. I’ve been impressed by how well the ADM rifle has run and its accuracy. It’s been a great choice for a 14.5″ fighting rifle


Categories: The Firing Line

Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a U.S. Army Sniper and senior NCO with multiple combat deployments, a background in reconnaissance and small unit operations. During his 18 years of military service he has held every MTOE slot in a Sniper section to include an assignment as the SEO/Sniper Section Leader for a forward deployed Infantry Battalion. He has utilized all currently issued U.S. Army Sniper weapons systems including the XM2010, M110 SASS, and M107. In addition to being a qualified Sniper he is a graduate of the Sniper Employment Leaders Course and the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Rifle Instructor courses. Outside of the military he has obtained the NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications and served as a product consultant for several defense and firearms industry companies.

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