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Pistol-II(D) Classification Result (#191005P2D)

Attendees: In order of Classification

1 Weir Chris
2 Shaw Dave
3 Stulbaum Jason
4 Brayer Louis
5 Albrecht Michael
6 Mithcell Nate
7 Ravenell Rick
8 Cornea Andrea
9 Jose Daniel
10 Figueroa Robert
11 Park James
12 Kisselburg Morgan

Dot Torture:

The day of shooting classification started with Dot Torture assessment done at 4 yard line. There are no time limits but the exercise had to be completed within a reasonable amount of time along with the flow of the class. This particular drill has been used by TAC-1 for at least 5-6 years when Lou Salseda suggested to try it out.  It turned about to be an outstanding drill with amazing result.  It also gives us assessment as to the level of marksmanship a shooter holds.

Louise B. shot a perfect score of 50/50 which technically makes the only passing score.

The Math: The Dot Torture counts as total of 250 points total. That’s roughly 12.5% of the total tally.  There for the scores are halved to reflect the final score on the score sheet.  Here we are positing the actual hits on paper.

Brayer Louis 50
Mithcell Nate 49
Shaw Dave 48
Stulbaum Jason 48
Albrecht Michael 48
Ravenell Rick 48
Kisselburg Morgan 48
Weir Chris 46
Cornea Andrea 46
Park James 43
Jose Daniel 42
Figueroa Robert 29

I can’t stress enough of not neglecting to practice with support hand only shooting. Many dropped rounds in #8.

Marksmanship Test (Phase 1): 20 rounds  [Pistol-I(b)]

Weir Chris 200
Mithcell Nate 198
Ravenell Rick 198
Brayer Louis 197
Park James 197
Cornea Andrea 195
Stulbaum Jason 193
Kisselburg Morgan 182
Shaw Dave 177
Jose Daniel 177
Albrecht Michael 174
Figueroa Robert 171

Chris W. came in very strong with a perfect 200 point for this first Marksmanship classifier.  This section reflects testing procedure for Pistol-I module. The times are based on the expected abilities upon completion of P1 module. The success is not likely to be achieved with no repeated classes with no prior experience.

Marksmanship Test (Phase 2): 30 rounds [Pistol-I(b)]

Weir Chris 299
Stulbaum Jason 297
Ravenell Rick 297
Park James 297
Mithcell Nate 296
Cornea Andrea 294
Brayer Louis 293
Figueroa Robert 282
Albrecht Michael 280
Kisselburg Morgan 279
Jose Daniel 278
Shaw Dave 265

Positions Test (Phase 3): 40 rounds [Pistol-II(B)]

This phase started off with supine position on the back at 7 yards. Also a situp shooting drill has been incorporated with total of 11 reps.  Then moved on to speed kneeling and double kneeling from 7 and 10 yards  respectively.  Again Chris came in at the top.  What is going on with Shaw??

MATH: Straight ring score

1 Ravenell  Rick  398
2 Mithcell Nate 398
3 Stulbaum  Jason  395
4 Brayer Louis 395
5 Park  James  395
6 Weir  Chris 393
7 Jose Daniel 383
8 Albrecht  Michael 380
9 Shaw Dave 390
10 Kisselburg  Morgan  374
11 Figueroa  Robert  367
12 Cornea  Andrea  360

Recent classes have been working on some other alternative prone positions such as the Inverted Prone which caused certain shooters to unable to identify threat and shot on the wrong target which caused them to be penalized.  Each rounds shot on the wrong target were not scored.  Prone positions at 25 yards can be challenging if the shooter had not put in any work prior to the classifier.

Positions Test (Phase 4): 20 rounds – Pistol-II(B)

Each round shot in the center is 10 point each. There are 9, 8 and 5 point zones. Maximum possible score is 200 point.

MATH: Straight ring score 

1 Weir  Chris 186
2 Stulbaum  Jason  143
3 Brayer Louis 182
4 Jose Daniel 135
5 Albrecht  Michael 183
6 Park  James  148
7 Mithcell Nate 154
8 Ravenell  Rick  144
9 Shaw Dave 105
10 Kisselburg  Morgan  91
11 Figueroa  Robert  134
12 Cornea  Andrea  92

Advanced Operation Test (Phase 5): 250 point course [Pistol-II(A)]

This phase is a Go or No Go section. The shooter must shoot within the allotted time and must make it in the center hit zone (see target) in order to receive the full 50 point per section. The shooter has the ability to earn 250 point for this section.

This is a new section that proved very difficult for our P2D shooters. Many were not able to successfully pass the requirements. For that it was a trial and error for TAC-1 to ass the true skill level of P2D students. 

MATH: There are total of 5 sections to complete with minimum numbers of round fired. The score is based on the shooter’s ability to complete the task with in the allotted par time. If the shooter competed the course of fire in timely manner, 5 point was awarded. If it was a NO GO then 0 point was given. The maximum point a shooter could achieve is 50 points.  The weight of this drill in relation to the total point possible was lowered due to it’s apparent difficulty. 

Sig Drill

The details of the course of fire will be posted in the near future. 

Combat Course (Phase 6) Test: 25 rds course [Pistol-II(A)]

1. 7 yrd Holstered, 2 Rounds Loaded, 2 Rounds in reloading device, 2 body, Side Step, Out of Battery Reload, 2 body – Clear & Holster 8 sec 4rds
Load Magazines 2, 2 & 2 rd
2. 7 yrd Holstered, 2 Rd Loaded, 2 More Mags w/ 2 Rd each 2 Body, Speed reload, 2 Body, Speed Reload, 2 Body
Clear & Holster 12 sec 6
Load Magazines 6 & 4 rds (Must Manage Ammo)
3. 10 yrd to 5 yrd Low Ready, 6 rds loaded Advance toward target, fire 4 body shots while moving forward, 1 head shot from 5 yrd line – may not pass 5yd line. Tac-reload 4 rds NA 5
4. 5 yrd to 10 yrd Holstered Fire 4 body shots while retreating (all 4 body shots must be fired while moving), 1 head shot from 10 yard line. Clear & Holster NA 5
Load Magazines 2 & 3 rds
5. 7 yrd Holstered, 2 rds loaded
(Two handed shooting) 2 body shots moving to the RT, reload, move back to the LT to shoot 3 body shots on the move. 10 sec 5 rounds
Clear & Holster

Combat Course (Phase 7) Test: 20 rds course

6. 25 yrd Holstered, 5 Rounds Loaded, 5 rounds in pouch Shooter runs to the 7 yard line, draws and fires 10 rounds
Clear & Holster 15 sec
Load Magazines 2, 5rds
7. 7 yrd Set up Failure to Fire, Holstered Clear and fire 2 rounds
Clear & Holster 5 sec
8. 7 yrd Set up Failure to Eject, Holstered Clear and fire 2 rounds
Clear & Holster 5 sec
9. 7 yrd Set up Failure to Extract, Holstered Clear and fire 2 rounds
Clear & Holster 10 sec
10. 7 yrd Load 1 round, Holstered Reload and fire 1 round. 5 sec 2
11. 7 yrd Set up Random Malfunction, Holstered Clear and fire 2 rounds
Clear & Holster TBA

MATH: Scored as ring score

Combat Course (Phase 8) Test: 30 rds course on STEEL

Diamond Drill:

2 and 3 rounds loaded and placed in magazine pouch.  Maneuver through the cone and shoot 5 rounds as instructed. Repeat to the opposite direction. 

MATH:  This section is worth 50 points if done perfectly.  The shooter will fire total of 10 rounds in 2 relays. Any missed round on the target will cost the shooter 2 additional seconds on the final raw time. The top shot with errors will earn 100% of the 50 points.  The subsequent shooters will be given a percentage off of top leader. The final time will be multiplied by the percentage earned in the stage. Any procedural will be given 5 points deducted from the final points earned.   

El Prez:

A Classic drill that need to be performed at any opportunity a shooter can get. TAC-1 had incorporated this drill into the classifier to assess our students compared to the rest of the world. 

MATH:  Same as above.  This section is worth 50 points if done perfectly.  The shooter will fire total of 10 rounds in 2 relays. Any missed round on the target will cost the shooter 2 additional seconds on the final raw time. The top shot with errors will earn 100% of the 50 points.  The subsequent shooters will be given a percentage off of top leader. The final time will be multiplied by the percentage earned in the stage. Any procedural will be given 5 points deducted from the final points earned.   

One Shot, One Kill:

10 yds Shooter has 5 attempts (each hits are 5 pts on Steel) Draw and fire 1 rds w/in 1.5 sec or faster
Reload with 5 rd and holster

MATH: Each hit on the target hitting within 1.5 second will be given 5 point to the shooter. 


10 yds Load 5 rds  (each hits are 5 points) Fire 5 rds in 4 sec at a steel

MATH: Each hit on the target hitting within 1.5 second will be given 5 point to the shooter. 

New Promotions:

Rick Ravenell – Purple Belt
Louis Brayer – Purple (2018)
Michael Albrecht – Blue Belt (2018)
Dan Jose – Blue Belt
James Park – Blue Belt




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Pistol-II(D): Examination and Certification (#180428P2D)

Pistol-II(D): Examination and Certification (#180428P2D)

Another successful Examination and Certification class at TAC-1.  This session took place at Angeles Shooting Ranges Eagles Nest "B" in the mid 70's temp with slight wind - nothing to note.  There were total of 15 attendees with two of them (Gio and Trey) not shooting for score.  This class allowed members to register as Workshop only format where students can practice the course of fire without the added stress.

The test format from 2017 was used for this test with only a slight modification in the Combat Course #2 (CC2) portion where LAPD Qualification Phase #1 was replaced with 12 rounds in 35 seconds from 20 yards. This was to test their abilities from distance and assess their skills to alter their timing for the difficult shots.

There were total of 3 Brown belts and a Purple belt in attendance. Interestingly, Erich beat out Chris Weir in the final score proving that Erich who shot his CZ 75 BD 9mm is still in his top game. Chris had to change his compact Glock with a RMR due to his visual concerns.  Paul Luna once again came in top 2 despite problems with his CZ 75 SP-01.  Paul had to switch to his M&P 9 pro to finish off the test.

Dave Shaw took first place with only an Expert score shooting in the 91 percentile. Dave shot his stock Glock 19 and stayed true to defensive shooting. Congratulations.

There were several promotions that's worth mentioning. Our new Blue Belt holders are Nate, Shin, Shawn and Doug shooting in solid Sharpshooter category. Although, my mistake Shawn was not mentioned during the class, he had shot a total score of 1687 with his XD 9mm Compact which placed him in the 84 percentile - well within the Sharpshooter category to earn him the Blue belt.  Shawn has been with us for at least 2 years training in the art of gun fighting.

Along Shawn were Nate, Shin, Eddie and Doug whom all deserve the new rank as a Blue Belt.  They had put in a tremendous amount of work in the past several months.  Their hard work were clearly depicted in their accuracy and in their operation of their handgun.


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Pistol-II(D): Examination & Certification (#171021P2D)

This Pistol-II(D) is the 4th Examination and Classification TAC-1 had offered in the last 7 years.  With each test the difficulty of the shooting course is increased and this class was no different.  Students will now have to shoot 200 rounds for the shooting portion of the test and of which 17 rounds are fired into a 12 inch steel target at the distance of 10 to 15 yards in a low light condition. 171021P2d is by far the most difficult test TAC-1 students had to yet face. Most of the course of fire were set to PAR time and anything shot outside of the allotted time will mean a penalty of best point off of the target.

The P2D test is a solid 5 hour examination with almost no break once the shooting begins. It is physically and mentally exhausting and that is by design. We test our student at it’s most difficulty elements including fatigue, hunger, stress, frustration, confusion and at times with defeat. It is easy for anyone to do well when they are fresh and at his/her best condition, but we need to see how students perform under adverse situations. If the student has not developed the endurance through rigorous training in long hours on the range, it is likely that the student will not do well. If a student is not able to hear and comprehend the range command and unable to repeat the direction, such student will not do well. If the student showed up tired, hunged over, malnourished, dehydrated, etc, such student will not do well.

Fortunately for the students the weather cooperated with mild heat of upper 80’s under sunny sky. The wind often interfered with our targets but students quickly adjusted.  When the night fell, the temperature only dropped to mid 70’s for a perfect condition. The test began at 1400 hrs and concluded at 1930 hrs.

Written & Manipulation Test

The first test administered was the written test followed by the Manipulation test. The written test is given to ensure that all of the TAC-1 students understand the 4 Firearms Safety Rule per TAC-1 handout. Students are expected to write the safety rule VERBATIM to ensure that they know the safety rule with every small detail and not memorized in a contradictory way.  Therefore knowing and understanding the rules verbatim is the only way to ensure that the students had learnt the safety rule correctly. To many students’ demise, they were not able to repeat back verbatim and some even had answered that were taken from some other organization which we do not observe. All of the elements may have been in the answer however, when not repeated in our own wording it is safe to say that it is wrong.

The manipulation test was administered one person at a time in alphabetical order. Each student took approximately 5 min to complete the test. With 11 students, that amounted to about about 55 mins of waiting for some. This time could have been wisely used if the students were to practice in preparation for the test.  As non of these students ever had to take a manipulation test in the past it was clear that they were caught off guard. Many thought that simply showing up and performed something close to what they were expected to perform was good enough – wrong.  Many could not correctly load the weapon without missing the verification of the weapon each time they load and unload – chamber check. What we are attempting to instill in our student is that they check their weapon each time they load and unload to prevent misfire and unintentional discharge.  If a shooter holsters a weapon after loading without checking the chamber to ensure that he/she completed the chambering they are risking to draw and fire without anything in the chamber. We saw a few of this actually occurring during the test wasting valuable time. If that had occurred to a police officer, that could likely lead to certain death or serious injury as result of getting shot or unable to stop the threat in timely manner. If a shooter holster’s their weapon after unloading and did not check the chamber that could lead to a dangerous condition where he/she thinks their is a unloaded weapon in their holster. That could lead to a dangerous condition where the shooter’s expectation may differ from the actual condition.

Manipulation clearing by many students were simply non existent. When asked to perform the task they simply stared at their weapon not knowing what to do. This is also a dangerous condition if it was during a deadly encounter. Malfunction clearing must be practiced numerous times to occur automatically and almost subconsciously.  Most students were thinking their way which caused them to be confused and unable to perform the functions in timely manner. Some even endued additional malfunction as result of using wrong technique to clear a malfunction. This can also be a deadly mistake. Some had serious safety violation during manipulation where they had their finger on the trigger on each of the reloading technique and malfunction clearing.  Any violation of the safety rule will result in receiving a zero (0) in that particular section of the test. Such mistakes need to be immediately addressed and fixed to ensure that the student is safe to shoot on the range among other students.

Many did not understand the concept of “Work Space”. Some had taken the Pistol-I course more than a year ago which led them to not to  understanding the simple drawing and exhibiting steps. Some never took P1 module and did what ever they learnt elsewhere and received very low score.

These steps are shown in our modules as we find them most Effective, Efficient and Safe.  Students entrust us and take our courses.  We expect our students to perform what we teach as we are testing them on what they learnt and understood in our classes. Think of it as being tested in the FORM in a martial arts school. Those martial art schools expect students to perform their style and not forms taught in other schools or no school at all – kind of making things up as they go.

The best possible score a student could have received was 270 pt in the written and manipulation portion of the test.  A student needed a 80% or 216 points or better to pass this portion of the test. The passing score in Written & Manipulation test is needed to receive the TAC-1 Ranking Belt.  Purple belt and higher require obtaining an outstanding score (90% or higher) in this portion of the test.  Out of 11 participating students only 6 had passed this section of the test.

Always seek our instructors or high ranking students to obtain assistance in learning these manipulation technique.

Marksmanship & Combat Test

There were a minute changes from the 200 round course course from 2016. Some times were changed and barricade was added in the Positional Shooting test. Also testing the Speed and Accuracy was performed on our 12 inch steel at the distances of 10, 12, 15 yards. The maximum score possible was 2000 point and 70% was Marksman, 80% Sharpshooter, 90% Expert, 95% Master was designated.

The Shooting test was done in high speed pace.  Understanding of the course of fire as they were given out was critical.  Some section required students to load their magazines in precise number or sometimes the direction to manage their ammo was given. If the student failed to manage their own ammo, they risked falling behind in the shooting and lost valuable time to complete the course.

Jason Stulbaum (Glock 17)  came in first with the score of 1833 achieving the level of EXPERT.  Jason had put in number of valuable training time at TAC-1 classes climbing steadily among shooters.  His dedication to the art and discipline to train the right way had payed off. Jason had also taken numerous carbine classes with high scores. His written & manipulation test was also the highest 266/270.  His manipulation was crisp and flawless. There was no thinking involved in his problem solving which earned him the highest possible score in almost all of this manipulation section.  Considering his great achievements in all aspect of the testing and his past performances, TAC-1 is very proud to welcome our new PURPLE Belt holder. Congratulations.

Jonathan Perez (Glock 17) is a very meticulous student and a very fast learner. He only began to train with TAC-1 in 2017 and quickly became one of the Top Shots in many of the classes he attended. Jonathan’s manipulations were excellent and crisp. He had certainly practiced and it showed. Jonathan was the only shooter who had shot the Dot Torture with a perfect score of 50 (500) at 4 yards which is no easy task and gives senior shooters run for their money.  Jonathan achieved a level of high Sharpshooter.  He is also a regular carbine class attendee.  We are very proud to welcome our new BLUE Belt holder. Congratulations.

Scott Cosenza (Glock 34 RMR) had scored near 90% on his manipulation test despite his long absence from TAC-1.  He was a regular figure at pistol classes often shooting in the 90 percentile in each of the classes he attended but some how he faded away – getting married and having a child on the way may have something to do with it.  Scott scored a strong 1718 pt reaching Sharpshooter level. This strong performance achieve him a BLUE Belt at TAC-1. Congratulations.

Gio Cuarez (CZ Tactical Sport) barely passed the manipulation test with 231/270 and shot a Sharpshooter in the shooting portion of the test. This was enough for him to receive the TAC-1 Blue Belt rank.  Congratulations.

Here are the new inductees into the TAC-1 Ranking system. Rick was grandfathered into the Blue Belt prior to this date. He has been a proud member of TAC-1 since 2011.

Our final note: The ranking is not the End to its Means – don’t forget that. This is just an indication of your level of dedication to the art. If you have not been shooting, if you have not been training, if you have done very little to prepare – then honestly one can not have expected to score and rank high. Those of whom are at the top of the list have put in their time with us or elsewhere – it doesn’t matter. This test standard is difficult. Do know that we are trying to provide you with some indication and a sense to see your progress and set higher goal for you to move towards. Let this be an inspiration to do better, train better, perform better, shoot better so that when you really need to use this deadly weapon you’ll come in first place. Remember there is no second place in a gun fight.

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TAC-1 Pistol Workshop (#160612WS)

(Practical Shooting Competition 101)  PM

Pistol Training Workshop is an unique workshop designed as an introduction to practical shooting competition where attendees are given an opportunity to learn skills and technique needed to successfully and effectively participate in local matches.  Rules of engagement, safety and tactics are discusses and drilled.  
 This workshop is aimed for those who had previously taken TAC-1 Pistol-I module or equivalent.  The 4 hr. pistol workshop will review techniques based on already instructed in prior modules and more.  Students will be given different drills and practices that are difficult to reproduce at local ranges.  Students will have an opportunity to shoot a Classifier to determine their shooting abilities compared to other shooters. 

Prerequisite: Must have satisfactorily completed Pistol-I(a)(b).  Pistol-II modules and/or equivalent are highly recommended.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Course Topic: “Practical Pistol Competition 101”

What:  Pistol Skill Building Workshop

 June 12th, 2016 Sunday  1230 – 1630 (#160612WS)

Where: A Place to Shoot in Saugus, CA

Workshop Format:
Live Fire Pistol Shooting: 4 hours

Ammo:  Min 300 rounds

Class Photo

After Action Report

The Workshop started with the usual assessment of Marksmanship using the Dot Torture test.  The shooters were to shoot the Dot at 3 yards and 40 points out of 50 was the minimum standard.  Most were able to meet the requirement and there were total of 3 shooters with 50/50 perfect scores (They were Mike Snow, Steven Griffith, Christine Salazar).  Everyone’s marksmanship was on the money with many in the 45 and higher scores.  We hold accuracy very high on our agenda at TAC-1 – it comes first and the speed will follow. If the accuracy is not there at this point in your shooting, it is best to hone in on the marksmanship and work your way up competition once that’s accomplished.

Drawing and presenting your pistol fast and efficiently is one of the critical skills you’ll need to be successful in speed shooting.  Drawing quickly and pressing smoothing each time should be a part of the drills that all shooters should be working on at home with a empty gun. There is no excuse to be fumbling around when you can do this at comfort of your own home.  Learn to react to the sound of the buzzer, be explosive from a relaxed state, acquire a firm and sure grip, and decelerate on to target, wait for the sights to come in the the picture, then press.

Firing pairs: fundamentally, in most practical shooting events shooters will fire two rounds on target.  You must know two types of scoring; “Comstock” and “Virginia Count”.

Comstock: Unlimited time stops on the last shot, unlimited number of shots to be fired, stipulated number of hits per target to count for score.

Virginia Count: Method of scoring where there are limits on the number of rounds shot

Fixed Time – Limited time, limited number of shots to be fired, stipulated number of hits per target to count for score.

As many of you shot on the IPSC or IDPA targets, there are no ways of telling where you shot the rounds. Often the rounds are hard to see and the ring scores are too faint to identify. You as a shooter must call the shots each time to know how you are shooting. Meaning, you must know where your sights were immediately prior to firing to ensure that you have proper hits. You should be able to tell, “it was too high,” “I know that was to the left” and if Comstock scoring you can immediately make up the shots without looking for the bullet holes on the cardboard targets. Learning how to call the shots are a critical skills you need to learn to be successful in competition shooting.

Shooting in pair must be accompanied by a pretty firm grip to minimize the recoil of the gun. Good shooter’s muzzle usually do not lift as high as some of the newer shooters. When observing Sean Hensley’s gun, you’ll see very little or almost no muzzle rise in the gun when firing. However, having over powering grip will affect your trigger flow so you’ll need to find the point of diminishing return when gripping the gun. We must maintain smooth and independent trigger movement while firing and too strong of a grip will affect the shots when shooting rapidly numerous rounds.

Reloading is truly a skill that you must master. It is one of the most important technique to cut your time. In action pistol reloading should be calculated, swift, smooth, consistent and with very little pause. Reloading catches many shooters off guard.  Many good shooters will practice smooth and speedy reloads at home. Simply place a pillow or cushion on a desk or table and perform reloads on them without dropping magazines on the floor so that you don’t need to bend down and pick them up each time. Saves lots of back and leg aches.


Sean attempting fast reload. The trajectory of the magazine and the magazine needs to align.

We all know that he’d earned the name “Flash” for his super fast speed. If that gun came up bit higher and tilted just more slightly for smoother mag insertion, he will be unstoppable.

Action pistol is truly function of multitasking. If you are not shooting, you should be reloading, if you are not reloading you should be moving, if you are not moving you should be shooting. There should be very little dead time.  Many of you performed movement drills today but some of you got so involved in moving and focused on where to go and forgot to reload. This cost many with delayed and unnecessary time spend standing in front of the target completing the reload.

Karyn reloading…is the gun high enough?

Each time you fired your last shot, you should already begin to, or prepared to move without displacing sight picture. This will cut your time even more. We did a drill today utilizing the wooden sticks.  You had to shift or lean your body on the last round fired initiating the movement and stepping over the stick. This can be worked on at home with a laser gun if you have them.  They are a great tool to teach yourselves the movements while maintaining sight picture. They key here in the movement is to maintain your legs bent at all times and absorb the shock of launching and landing.

Stepping into the box is also a learnt skill. When you are entering the box, your sights should be high and already be looking for the sight picture. As soon as your one foot lands in the box, you should already be thinking about pressing.  The common mistake is to step into the box with gun too low or entering too aggressively overshooting the mark or waiting too late after entering the box to shoot. Begin to slow down your body speed just prior to entering the box and fire as soon as possible – that requires having a good sight picture prior to entering the box.

Karyn entering the box with gun too low.

Almost all of you got the idea of moving quickly into position and getting the hits as we drilled further. The body mechanic begin to take shape and reloads begin to look more smooth.  As you observe and learn from the fast shooters, all understood how fast they should be going.  Dave Shaw in one of the string moved too fast and lost his footing and went down to his one knee catching himself and prevented a fall. You must know how fast you can push without overwhelming the bodies capability.

I think Man-on-Man drills really added to the element of stress which is a huge part of competitive shooting. All matches are at first stressful and it never really goes away.  You’ll see unknown people watching you and judging you on every move you make. You place on yourself much higher expectations. You don’t want to disappoint your team members, etc. All that will equate to misplaced focus which could lead to poor marksmanship as well as poor tactics of the game.

I believe that the mentor/apprentice program worked well. Some mentors were more hands on than the other. Some apprentice did not need any guidance where as some mentors were to involved in their own game that assisting others was too much to handle. But this session gave us a glimpse of TAC-1 mentorship program  that’s headed in the right direction. Given the right characters and personality, we can truly create a great TEAM where we feel confident that we won’t be embarrassed or looked upon as sub-par organization. It’s just the opposite. Given the number of training, for example Chris Weir had taken at TAC-1 and from other organizations, he stepped right into local matches. With the right support and mentorship he is running and gunning like a seasoned competitor.  Lance has not shot a match yet and he’s already demonstrating his proficiency as a competitor – even before his debut day.

Some other’s need further drilling and more classes before entering into the arena – that is our recommendation. They are free to do what they want to do, but with more proper instruction and time spent in classes, they should be good to go in no time. Just remember the our top shooters had spent many hours thinking, training, drilling, practicing and discussing all of the elements of shooting for years – it did not just happened for them.

Body mechanics of moving requires smoothness, and be completely aware of where you are going by visually verifying where you are about to go.

The last thing I say is this – the range was filled with TAC-1 uniforms and they looked great. Running and gunning the way you folks were today made me very proud to have everyone as a part of the TEAM.  I dream of one day we all hit the match together in uniform and kicking asses. That day may not be too far out.

Individual Critique: Just so you know, you folks pay us to give you constructive criticisms for your development. I have lots of praisings and compliments to give you but that will not necessarily provide you with tools to improve. It it not necessary to agree with my every observation. If it helps you great, if not that’s fine too.

Dave Shaw – Be careful with your one handed shooting. If you do too much of it you may really end up doing it under stress where you really don’t need to do it. You may sacrifice accuracy by simply doing that. When speeding up in certain drills, your support hand grip took a serious dump where you had a very primitive looking hold with strict Weaver. I know you don’t shoot like that anymore, but we always revert back to something like that when stress kicks in. It’s a habit that you most likely may not be able to get rid of unfortunately.

Dave and Chris pretty much even.

Mike Snow – Your knees slowed you down and likely it won’t get much better. Your handicap means that you need to be near perfect with you shooting, reloading and transitioning. You can make up the lost time in that department if you can’t move fast enough.

Niel Gonzalez – Get rid of that ammo and master your Glock. Too much problems today with your gun and ammo combination. Workshop like this may not be the time to experiment with new ammo. Flat nose 9mm may be the culprit.  Also, I don’t know if you want to shoot RMR for competition as that will place you in the Open division where all the sharks are. Stick with the iron sights and master that first. Furthermore, people in the Open division has a frame mounted red dot where it does not move along with the slide. On top of it, they even have a compensator. Your’s is a slide mounted optics which is harder to catch the sight picture each time when it fires. It’s a completely different animal.

Ray Pinenda – get your own 9mm. That .45 will not work for you for competitions. Truth.

Ana – I think you need a new gun also. Too much problems with your gun. Magazine is not inserting correctly, you are fumbling through malfunction clearance where a simple tap-rack is not being performed in timely manner. Time to retake P1b and really get the malfunction technique done.  Even more, that 1911 looks too heavy for you. Time to consider a Glock. More rounds, easy to operate, no safety to deal with. If you want to stick with your 1911, work your buns off to master it.  I recommend holding off on the competition until you get all the kinks out with your weapon and the manipulation.

Shinsuke – Although you have not taken any basic courses with us you have a working knowledge of how to operate your Glock. It’s good enough for me. Take more P2 classes and solidify your skill sets. This is a critical juncture in your shooting career. Learn it right now and you’ll function flawlessly.

Saman Shawn Afshari  – Time to take more classes.  You are right now too premature to compete. You just started shooting months ago and you need to put in some time developing your fundamentals and really understand the safety on the range. Until you can consistently keep your finger off the trigger, not cover people during reloads – do not attempt to go shoot competitions…you”l end up getting kicked off the range and you’ll lose interest in shooting all together. Get a Glock extended magazine release ASAP.  http://www.lapolicegear.com/zev-technologies-fits-glock-zt-magrelease-s-b.html

Lance Wisdon – It’s time.

Erich Reinhart – You have come a long ways. Your body mechanic is settling down and starting to look very smooth and sure of yourself. If you can only stop smoking…

Sean Hensley – I think you need to start hitting the regional and the Area matches. Try to look for more sanction matches. You need to hit up some gun manufactures and request sponsorship. Obviously you are fast – may be too fast. If you could slow down a tad and instead see and work the sights a just a little bit.  It may greatly improve your hit factor and score higher as result.  I believe if  you get your accuracy up, you’ll be unstoppable.

Chris Weir – I think you are now getting caught in the speed thing which is hurting you. Go back to accuracy mode and work on smoothness instead of brute speed. Don’t shoot like Sean. That’s his style that works for him…it may not work for you. As far as I’m concerned, that does not fit your character. You need to refocus on smoothness and accuracy. Eventually speed will come but don’t chase it. Too many misses today.

Karyn Weir – You are very good at shooting accurately at slower pace.  Many can’t do what you do with marksmanship. What is not helping you shoot faster is your under developed hand and arm strength that’s causing the gun to flip up way too high. We had worked on this before with much improvement. That improvement had somehow disappeared. Try to bring it back.

Karyn’s gun recoiling.

Steve Griffith: Follow through, follow through. Let’s work on consistency.

Giovanni: I was pretty impressed with you today. No real issues that I can see. Only upper hand the other guy have on you is that they have more range time than you.  You’ll need a TAC-1 T-Shirt.

Most of the new folks did not have the right gear for USPSA style matches. Let us know if we can assist you with that department. Ask questions before you buy and waste your money.






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TAC-1 Pistol Workshop (Practical Shooting Competition 101) After Action Report

Pistol Training Workshop is an unique workshop designed as an introduction to practical shooting competition where attendees are given an opportunity to learn skills and technique needed to successfully and effectively participate in local matches.  Rules of engagement, safety and tactics are discusses and drilled.  
 This workshop is aimed for those who had previously taken TAC-1 Pistol-I module or equivalent.  The 4 hr. pistol workshop will review techniques based on already instructed in prior modules and more.  Students will be given different drills and practices that are difficult to reproduce at local ranges.  Students will have an opportunity to shoot a Classifier to determine their shooting abilities compared to other shooters. 

Prerequisite: Must have satisfactorily completed Pistol-I(a)(b).  Pistol-II modules and/or equivalent are highly recommended.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Course Topic: “Practical Pistol Competition 101”

What:  Pistol Skill Building Workshop

 June 12th, 2016 Sunday  1230 – 1630 (#160612WS)

Where: A Place to Shoot in Saugus, CA

Price: $65

Workshop Format:
Live Fire Pistol Shooting: 4 hours

Ammo:  Min 300 rounds


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Pistol-III 1911 – Advanced Pistol Shooting (#151122P3) FINAL

Congratulation to Dave Shaw for taking the Top Shot!

*correction on 11/23/15 Ramin shot 40 (not 10) on WSSC #1 bringing him from the 7th to the 4th spot.

# Name Rank Dot (1) Modi P1 FBI WSSC #1 WSSC #2 WSSC #3 WSSC #4 Total
1 Shaw Master 46 22.5 45 50 20 50 50 283.5
2 Snow NA 47 22 47 40 20 60 40 276
3 Weir, C NA 37 24 46 30 30 50 50 267
4 Zarnegar Master 47 25 47 40 40 60 0 259
5 Biggs NA 35 13.5 45 30 10 60 50 243.5
6 Acencio Master 45 21 45 30 20 50 30 241
7 Bartolotti NA 38 21.5 47 10 20 50 50 236.5
8 Addiss Expert 36 24.5 47 10 20 40 40 217.5
9 Kanin Expert 44 11.5 44 10 20 30 40 199.5
10 Dern NA 40 17.5 40 0 30 50 20 197.5
11 Gonzalez NA 45 17 32 40 30 10 20 194
12 Weir, K NA 44 12.5 36 20 10 30 40 192.5
13 Lahidjani/Alex NA 25 0 44 20 30 40 30 189
14 Wisdom SS 40 21.5 41 10 30 40 0 182.5
15 Pineda NA 33 18.5 38 10 10 30 10 149.5
16 Salguero NA 25 15 29 0 20 20 30 139
17 Sorfazian NA 24 19 33 0 10 30 10 126
18 Steinwender NA 29 8 34 0 30 10 10 121
19 Laforme NA 25 7 19 0 0 20 0 71
20 Henriques NA 8 11.5 26 0 10 0 10 65.5


TEAM Gingerbread #1
 Name Dot (1) Modi P1 FBI “Q” WSSC #1 WSSC #2 WSSC #3 WSSC #4 Total Dot (2)
1 Addiss 36 24.5 47 10 20 40 40 217.5
2 Biggs 35 13.5 45 30 10 60 50 243.5
3 Gonzalez 45 17 32 40 30 10 20 194
4 Weir, C 37 24 46 30 30 50 50 267
5 Weir, K 44 12.5 36 20 10 30 40 192.5
197 91.5 206 130 100 190 200 1159.5 45
TEAM Mistletoe  #2
 Name Dot (1) Modi P1 FBI “Q” WSSC #1 WSSC #2 WSSC #3 WSSC #4 Total Dot (2)
1 Shaw 46 22.5 45 50 20 50 50 283.5
2 Sorfazian 24 19 33 0 10 30 10 126
3 Snow 47 22 47 40 20 60 40 276
4 Wisdom 40 21.5 41 10 30 40 0 182.5
5 Laforme 25 7 19 0 0 20 0 71
182 92 185 100 80 200 100 969 30
TEAM Snowman #3
 Name Dot (1) Modi P1 FBI “Q” WSSC #1 WSSC #2 WSSC #3 WSSC #4 Total Dot (2)
1 Acencio 45 21 45 30 20 50 30 241
2 Bartolotti 38 21.5 47 10 20 50 50 236.5
3 Salguero 25 15 29 0 20 20 30 139
4 Steinwender 29 8 34 0 30 10 10 121
5 Dern 40 17.5 40 0 30 50 20 197.5
177 83 195 40 120 180 140 968 33
TEAM America #4
 Name Dot (1) Modi P1 FBI “Q” WSSC #1 WSSC #2 WSSC #3 WSSC #4 Total Dot (2)
1 Zarnegar 47 25 47 20 40 60 0 239
2 Henriques 8 11.5 26 0 10 0 10 65.5
3 Pineda 33 18.5 38 10 10 30 10 149.5
4 Kanin 44 11.5 44 10 20 30 40 199.5
5 Lahidjani/Alex 25 0 44 20 30 40 30 189
157 66.5 199 60 110 160 90 877.5 35


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Pistol-III 1911 – Advanced Pistol Shooting (#151122P3)

Schedule and Course of Fire for P3 (#151122P3)

0730 – Range Set-up and Registration (All to participate)
0800 – Introduction & Safety [Lou]
0830 – Overview of TAC-1 1911 Manipulation and Elements of Thumb Safety [Shoji}
0845 – Application of Thumb Safety [Buddy System]
0900 – Topic #1 “Trigger Control” & Drills #1
0945 – Topic # 2 “Sights, Grip & Reload” Drill #2
1015 – Topic #3 “Distance & Single Hand Shooting” & Drill #3
1100 – Break & Class Photo
1130 – Drill #4 FBI “Q” Course
1200 – Presentation by Dave’s Metal Work &  Discussion
1230 – Ear Protection fitting
1300 – END

Topic #1: Trigger Control Discussion and Practice:

Proper application of the 1911’s thumb safety was discussed using the example from loading, unloading, reloading and malfunction clearing. The critical nature of the safety in-conjunction with the single action gun was also cautioned.

“Smooth continuous press straight to the rear without disturbing the sight picture achieving surprise break.”  The majority of shooter errors can be related to improper trigger control. It is one of the hardest to learn and it is the hardest element to teach.

Drill #1 (Warm-up)

We began our shooter warm up using the Santa Monica dot targets. Slow, concentrated firing from single dot to multiple dots were practiced. Listening and following range direction is an acquired skill.  With complicated direction of fire instilled this skill set early on in the training. Multiple dots were shot incorporating the reload.  Releasing the magazine was discussed by a instructor. Furthermore, focusing on front sight and not looking at the target after each shots taken was advised for better accuracy and habit. SMPD dot target was shot at 5 yard line.

The general consensus of the instructors present at the training was that many students lacked proper presses on their trigger. Many missed the target at 5 yards. Often students shot way too fast for their abilities. More often then not, classes containing many shooters will often influence other shooters to shoot as fast as the person next to them not considering their own abilities. When the range instruction was to shoot “slow fire” students must have a hard focus on their front sight and experience proper trigger control on every presses.

Dot Torture  (For Score)  x 2

(1) Individual Result

1 Snow NA 47
2 Zarnegar Master 47
3 Shaw Master 46
4 Acencio Master 45
5 Gonzalez NA 45
6 Kanin Expert 44
7 Weir, K NA 44
8 Dern NA 40
9 Wisdom Sharpshooter 40
10 Bartolotti NA 38
11 Weir, C NA 37
12 Addiss Expert 36
13 Biggs NA 35
14 Pineda NA 33
15 Steinwender NA 29
16 Lahidjani/Alex NA 25
17 Salguero NA 25
18 Laforme NA 25
19 Sorfazian NA 24
20 Henriques NA 8

(2) Team Result

1. TEAM Gingerbread 45

TEAM Gingerbread
Addiss Expert
Biggs NA
Gonzalez NA
Weir, C NA
Weir, K NA

2. TEAM America 35

TEAM America
Zarnegar Master
Henriques NA
Pineda NA
Kanin Sharpshooter
Lahidjani NA

3. TEAM Snowman 33

TEAM Snowman
Acencio Master
Bartolotti NA
Salguero NA
Steinwender  NA
Dern NA

4. TEAM Mistletoe 30

TEAM Mistletoe 
Shaw Master
Sorfazian NA
Snow NA
Wisdom Sharpshoter
Laforme NA

Topic # 2 “Sights, Grip & Reloads” Discussion and Practice”

Once the marksmanship portion of the warm up and drill was complete, students were ready to tackle the tactical shooting.  What differ is the speed at which the shooter must press the trigger and maintain center body accuracy. Swift and consistent drawing of the weapon from the holster was needed.  The recoil of the 1911 must be managed in order for the front sight to come back and reacquire the adequate sight picture however not perfect. Any poor trigger presses will be magnified and will print accordingly on the target.

Reloading must also be swift and with out error. Proper purchase of the magazine from the pouch and its consistent insertion into the magazine well must be performed.

Drill #2

Modified P1 TEST (For Score)

From holster
5 yard –  5 rounds – 5 sec par (Mags: 2 rd & 3 rd w/ Reload)
10 yard – 5 rounds – 6 sec par (Mags: 2 rd & 3 rd w/ Reload)
15 yard – 5 rounds – 8 sec par (Mags: 2 rd & 3 rd w/ Reload)
20 yard – 5 rounds – 10 sec par (Mags: 2 rd & 3 rd w/ Reload)
25 yard – 5 rounds – 12 sec par (Mags: 2 rd & 3 rd w/ Reload)


1 Zarnegar Master 25
2 Addiss Expert 24.5
3 Weir, C NA 24
4 Shaw Master 22.5
5 Snow NA 22
6 Bartolotti NA 21.5
7 Wisdom Sharpshooter 21.5
8 Acencio Master 21
9 Sorfazian NA 19
10 Pineda NA 18.5
11 Dern NA 17.5
12 Gonzalez NA 17
13 Salguero NA 15
14 Biggs NA 13.5
15 Weir, K NA 12.5
16 Kanin Expert 11.5
17 Henriques NA 11.5
18 Steinwender NA 8
19 Laforme NA 7
20 Lahidjani/Alex NA 0

Drill #3

FBI “Q” Course (For Score)

1 Snow 47
2 Zarnegar 47
3 Bartolotti 47
4 Addiss 47
5 Weir, C 46
6 Shaw 45
7 Biggs 45
8 Acencio 45
9 Kanin 44
10 Lahidjani/Alex 44
11 Wisdom 41
12 Dern 40
13 Pineda 38
14 Weir, K 36
15 Steinwender 34
16 Sorfazian 33
17 Gonzalez 32
18 Salguero 29
19 Henriques 26
20 Laforme 19

Topic #3″Distance & Single Hand Shooting” Discussion and Practice

Drill #3

Students were given an opportunity to fire 6 rounds out of their 1911 50 yards slow fire to determine how their gun performed at that distance. As mentioned in the class, my Bar-Sto barrel was custom match fit by Dave’s Metal Work and it has not been the same ever since – it is sooo accurate that it’s scary. At 50 yards, I test fired my gun aiming just above the head shot of a steel target – it shot high. I lower my point of aim just lower and still shot high into the dirt.  Then I just aligned it center of the steel target and I fired 4 rounds hitting every one of them…I needed not to adjust my aim at that distance.

TAC-1 challenged the Pistol-III shooters with WSSC USPSA Standard. This is a difficult standard but shooters needed to be pushed and taken them out of the comfort zone.  In order for the shooter to be successful in this standard is to have proper grip (tight) that can with stand the recoil.  Less movement of the muzzle directly translated to the follow-up shots.

Western Single Stack Championship Standard (USPSA)

Start: Loaded, Holstered & TAC-1 Combat Stance (For Score)

(1) 50 Yards part time 5.7 sec (shots after 6 sec is penalty = 5 sec)
Draw, fire 6 rds, free style

(2) 25 Yards part time 5.7 sec (shots after 6 sec is penalty = 5 sec)
Draw, fire 3 rds, mandatory reload, 3 rds

(3) 15 Yards part time 5.7 sec (shots after 6 sec is penalty = 5 sec)
Draw, fire 6 rds, primary hand only

(4) 10 Yards part time 5.7 sec (shots after 6 sec is penalty = 5 sec)
Draw, fire 6 rds, support hand only


# Name WSSC #1 WSSC #2 WSSC #3 WSSC #4 Total
1 Shaw 50 20 50 50 170
2 Snow 40 20 60 40 160
3 Weir, C 30 30 50 50 160
4 Biggs 30 10 60 50 150
5 Zarnegar 40 40 60 0 140
6 Acencio 30 20 50 30 130
7 Bartolotti 10 20 50 50 130
8 Lahidjani/Alex 20 30 40 30 120
9 Addiss 10 20 40 40 110
10 Kanin 10 20 30 40 100
11 Dern 0 30 50 20 100
12 Gonzalez 40 30 10 20 100
13 Weir, K 20 10 30 40 100
14 Wisdom 10 30 40 0 80
15 Salguero 0 20 20 30 70
16 Pineda 10 10 30 10 60
17 Sorfazian 0 10 30 10 50
18 Steinwender 0 30 10 10 50
19 Laforme 0 0 20 0 20
20 Henriques 0 10 0 10 20

Final Score for TOP SHOT – [FINAL]





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AAR: Dave Shaw’s Birthday Shoot Off

The Planning:

Dave Shaw contacted me about a month ago to plan a small get together where he could shoot with some of his closest shooting buddies for his 44th birthday and he wanted me to facilitate the session.  He wanted a session where he could get enough rounds down range and drill and learn what ever he felt deficient. I agreed. The planning of the shooting session began with finding the location of the range. As most ranges are full  a year in advance for any weekend slots. Since Dave’s birthday was on Aug 3rd – Monday, we explored the idea of doing it on that Monday.  Ranges were available where we reserved Angeles Shooting Range’s Tom George range.  Soon we discovered that Tom George range does not allow steels to be shot and only can accommodate 10 shooters across we switched to D range.  Soon Dave wanted to expand the list to how ever many people who could fit on the range, but had low hopes as it fell on a weekday.  We immediately inquired the members of TAC-1 via Facebook to see who may be interested in attending. Within minutes, show of hand flocked. Dave wanted to get a catering truck to come out to feed the crew and needed a solid commitment from everyone interested in attending. TAC-1 registration for the birthday shoot-off was opened. With a solid 13 committed shooters, the party was on.

Dave soon found out that Babe’s and Burger was too costly, he resorted to asking Angie to help with the craft table. She put in an order to Chipotle for 13 shooters. Since catering truck was going to be out of the equation, I recommended Dave to switch the range to A Place to Shoot from Angeles for better accommodations such as better parking, covered area and easier access to bathroom. The change of venue announcement was made via Facebook and some with text messages.

Due to the change, some began to drop out of the roster.  Mike Steinwender had to take care business at his church, Asim was summoned to work and Matthew mysteriously was no show. Matthew did leave a text message stating that something had come up. Immediately 3 people dropped out on the day of the training. Good thing we didn’t have excess burritos from Chipotle which Henry would have been more than happy to discard for us.

Range time:

Thanks to Mike Dozier the range supply and equipment had arrived by 07:30 am.  We had pursuit the idea of using the Private Range instead to accommodate the large number of shooters. Mike was asked by Tom of A Place to Shoot to stay up on the Law Enforcement Range instead.  We complied.

We waited until 08:40 am for those who had not shown up including Gio, Henry and Matthew before we started to warm up. I knew in advance that Mike Steinwender and Asim Rasheed was going to be a no show.  After a proper safety briefing, we started the drills.

We also had a guest shooters, Gio and Henry. Although they are not a regular TAC-1 students they like to show up for workshop sessions to shoot side to side with us. They both demonstrated their enthusiasm for shooting.

We warmed up with 3 rounds in 6 second at 7 yards. Repeated 4 times. We up the number to 4 rounds in 6 sec, 5 rounds in 6 sec and finally 6 rounds in 6 sec. all from holster. This drill was to warm up the trigger finger without going too fast at first but to gradually speeding up the presses without force.

Statice Reload / Varied Target Drill:
The next drill was a reloading drill where we’d shoot 2 rounds at the head, out of battery reload, shoot 2 rounds to the center body mass from holster. This was repeated 5 times.

In battery speed reload drill: Shooter will start on target with finger on the trigger. On the buzzer, shooter will release the magazine and reload, fire 1 rounds.

Moving Reload Drill:

This drill was enhanced with incorporating movements. The shooter would shoot 2 rounds, reload with one step to the side, and shoot 2 more rounds. This was repeated several more times.

Pistol-I Marksmanship Test: (5 rds from 5, 10, 15, 20 yards = 20 rounds from holster)
Shooters always welcome shooting this simple marksmanship test regardless of their abilities.  The first attempt was with time limit where students had a part time of 5 sec at 5 yards, 6 seconds from 10 yards, 7 seconds from 15 yard and 10 seconds from 20 yards to fire 5 rounds from each yard line.  Oscar took first place with 192/200.  Paul and I came in second with 190/200 each. Timed shooting is never easy adding stress to trigger control which often magnifies any anomalies to the shooter’s fundamental.

Then we shot the P-I Test with no time limit. However, after shooting fast ordinary shooter will begin to push into their gun as they pressed – anticipation was becoming noticeable. Both Paul and Oscar shot high 198 demonstrating their TAC-1 “Master” classification. Dave Shaw, the Birthday Boy, choked with 183/200 pt. Dave asked me if I remember witnessing him shooting a 199/200 a time ago. I reminded him that yesterday was yesterday and needed to focus on today.

Drill Break Down
1 P1 Test Timed
2 P1 Test No Time
3 L&R Hand 2 rds
4 Dot Torture
5 Draw Single
6 Fast Test #1
7 Fast Test #2
8 1-2-3 & 4-5

Alphabetical Order

Pistol Workshop and Cost Breakdown (#150803WS)
Last First Weapon 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Ascencio Oscar Sig X5 9mm 192 198 196 48 1.12 5.87+3 7.37 5.80+0 5.80 13.43
Gio Cuarez CZ-75 9mm 169 180 186 41 1.49 7.11+2 8.11 7.25+2 8.25 13.48
Hattori Shoji 1911, G34 .45 Cal 190 194 196 48 1.25 5.15+1 5.65 5.16+0 5.16 8.69
Luna Paul Arsenal 9mm 190 198 200 45 0.84 5.62+4 7.62 5.17+1 5.67 10.81
Luna Daniel Glock 9mm 180 189 192 38 1.3 5.97+5 8.47 6.73+3 8.23 13.49
Parente Henry 1911 .45 Cal 116 175 176 39 1.53 8.78+3 10.28 9.72+2 10.72 20.64
Reinheart Erich Beretta, XD9 9mm 168 185 185 38 1.15 5.25+4 7.25 ? ? 12.18
Shaw Dave M&P 9mm 181 183 190 47 1.34 5.48+2 6.48 5.14+2 6.14 13.04
Weir Christopher M&P 9mm 177 194 182 38 1.28 5.49+4 7.49 6.72+3 8.22 12.04
Wisdom Lance M&P 9mm 185 185 193 35 1.1 5.90+1 6.4 4.46+2 5.46 13.98

Support & Strong Hand Transfer Drill:
Draw and Transfer to the support hand and fire 2 shots to the body, then transfer to the strong hand and fire 2 shots to the same area.  Paul shot all 20 rounds within the 10 ring of the silhouette target capturing first place for this drill. Chris Weir always struggled to shoot with his support hand single hand and his deficiency showed with placing 8th in this drill.

Dot Torture Test:
We believe that precise trigger press will only enhance the fundamental and Dot Torture Test is a great tool to drill the trigger control.  Since the target area is small, proper sight picture in conjunction with excellent trigger control becomes indispensable in being successful with this test. At TAC-1, Pistol-I students will shoot this at 3 yards, Pistol-II students will shoot at 4 yards and advanced shooters are pushed to shoot the test at 5 yards. For this Birthday Shoot Off, we asked the students to shoot the test at 5 yards.  Oscar shot the highest score with 48/50 point with his Sig X5 9mm.

The next evaluation drill was to draw and fire one round from 7 yards in the A or C zone of the IPSC target.  We practiced this drawing and shooting several times for time.  Everyone continuously got faster with every draw. Much of TAC-1 shooters were able to draw and fire one round in 1.35 at 7 yards and maintain hits.  Paul was eventually able to pull off .84 who was the fastest of all.

I introduced the F.A.S.Test for the first time at TAC-1.  I had seen this drill posted on pistol-training.com which I thought was suitable for this workshop. It is a great standard test to assess the shooter’s manipulation, speed and accuracy. This drill is usually shot twice to ensure that 5 sec and under par time was not a luck.

Drill begins from the holster, pistol loaded with exactly two rounds. On the buzzer:

  1. draw
  2. fire two rounds at the 3×5 box
  3. perform a slidelock reload
  4. fire four rounds at the 8″ circle

We used the IPSC target instead of the IDPA target which is the standard for this test. They are ultimately about the same one is narrower & longer and  the other is wider and shorter for the center hit. Most students demonstrated they had the speed to get into the 5 second mark, however marksmanship suffered for most.  The 2 headshots proved to be the most difficult.  In order to be successful, the reloading must had to be flawless. Under 5 sec was requested.  Only Lance made the raw time of 4.46 with 2 misses.  Each misses added .5 sec to their raw time. Even with these 2 misses, Lance came in at the top with 5.46 sec.  Even the instructor (me) couldn’t muster all 6 six rounds under 5 sec.  I vowed to get them in under 5 seconds within this year.

We took down all of the paper targets and stands to prepare for the steel target shooting.  The first drill was 1-2-3 & 4-5 drill.  Set up three targets across – T1, T2, T3 respectively.  Shooter will fire 1 rd on T1, 2 rd on T2, 3 rd on T3, 4 rd on T2 and out of battery speed reload and 5 on T1. We practiced this drill competitively with man to man shoot off.  Interesting phenomenon began to occur. Chris Weir beats Tom Luna. Dave Shaw bests me. In my defense I shot over 10 rds on the T1 in the last sequence just to mess around thinking that Dave was way behind me. That will never happen again…Lol

Each shooter shot the drill for time. Paul’s crazy fast trigger presses (learnt from his paint ball days) got him in the first place with 10.81 sec.

Finally the workshop ended with a tournament style man-to-man shoot off utilizing the duel tree target that Tom had brought.  The course of fire consisted of: starting at 25 year line with empty gun holstered. They would run down to 12 yard line and draw and make ready. Fire 1 round each of the 3 steel targets equally spaced and sized. Then they would attempt to shoot 3 of the dueling tree targets and what ever the steels that was flipped over from the opponent. The point of the dueling tree is to flip over all of the plates to the other side before your opponent.  Every one loaded each of the 3 magazines to 10 rounds only.

During the first round, Oscar dropped his X5 on the ground while running to the 12 yard line. This mishap cost him dearly where the Birthday Boy smoked him out of the contention. Oscar needs to reevaluate his holster which was designed for competition use and not built for running while holstered.   Oscar was given a Wild Card position to fill the uneven tree for the Semi Final to give him an opportunity to redeem himself against Tom Luna.

First round:

Paul (W) vs Daniel (L)
Gio (L) vs Erich (W)
Oscar (L) vs David (W)
Henry (L) vs Shoji (W)
Chris Weir (W) vs Lance (L)
Tom Luna (BY)

Second Round: 

Paul (W) vs Erich (L)
David (L) vs Shoji (W)
Chris (L) vs Tom (W)

Semi Final:

Paul (L) vs Shoji (W)
Tom (W) vs Oscar (L Wild Card)

Tom won the man-to-man shoot off winning the LAPG range bag as the prize. Great job!…not that he needs it.


Shoji (L) vs Tom (W)

Workshop Summery

Each Workshop has gotten more challenging and most TAC-1’er are able to hang with the pace. For some, they are excelling to the point that they are giving the instructors hard time to keep up with the pace. This is attributed to their solid fundamental earned in TAC-1 courses and their time invested in local matches on the weekend. Our special guests, Gio and Henry came out to have fun and celebrate Dave Shaw’s 44th birthday on the range.  Hats off to them for bravely stepping on the range with the rest to share their trigger time with TAC-1. Chris Weir has been shooting for about a year now with TAC-1.  He began as a novice and quickly moved up the ranks at TAC-1 – this is directly attributed to his commitment to training and time invested in all of the repeated classes.

Paul and Oscar continue to take the top ranking spots in these workshop.  Paul is one of the original TAC-1’er from the start of the organization. His accomplished background in paint ball competition has positively reflected in his ability to shoot fast and accurately. His fast advancement is giving his brother, Tom run for his money. At the same time Oscar hits local matches regularly and gets the necessary trigger time.  His ability to shoot competitively appears to be his number one goal.  I would like to see him pursuit more tactical shooting with proper gear and defensive mindset which he can easily excel.

Lance has been quiet in the last year or so from classes but he has been training secretly on his own at local ranges. His manipulations are on the money and his reloads are swift. He is widely known at TAC-1 as the “sleeper” who can not be over looked. He is inching in to the top shooter category in these workshops.  We like to see him work on the marksmanship aspect of shooting in future classes.

The birthday boy Dave probably shoot more than anyone here as he is a member of the 1800 Club.  It was his idea to get this workshop going for his Birthday and it turned out to be a great idea. He is relentless in pursuing perfection.  He brings about the work discipline of a professional shooter…this is one of the reasons why he is successful in what he does as a musician – this unmatched work discipline. Happy 44th birthday!

Erich was pretty quiet early on in the workshop unable to dial in on his marksmanship.  He decided to mess around with a .40 Beretta which turned out to be a bad idea considering the level of competition among the group. Training with different gun is always a good idea and it is highly recommended. However, when you are going against time and cut throat nature of the gathering, sticking to the gun most comfortable would have been the best practice. When Erich realized the harsh nature and his low scores, he bust out his XD9 and began to place high in the ranking. However, I was not able to find his score for the 2nd FASTest which was left blank on the sheet. He got no credit for this which brought down his ranking tremendously.

Daniel Luna is a product of the US Army. He began to show up to TAC-1 workshop without taking any classes at TAC-1.  He has basic understanding of the fundamental of trigger control and manipulation. I am not clear about his past training(s), but seems he has had some training.  Daniel is very competitive in nature.  He understands the nature of these drills that we do and he speaks the same shooting “language” which justifies his place at these workshops. I feel that TAC-1 can dramatically excel him into a better shooter if he shows up to some classes and allow us to instruct him. Workshops are by nature not a instruction session, but rather a practice session on what was learnt in classes.

Gio and Henry are another guests we have had in past workshops. It is also a pleasure to have them on board. They are product of ITTS and they have been taught correctly with regards to the manipulation and the operation of the handgun. Their marksmanship definitely suffers and they should re-evaluate their trigger control.  Speed will come naturally, but trigger control will not unless purposely worked on.  Once again I feel that TAC-1 classes can offer them in that aspect.

Once again, thanks for your continued support for TAC-1.  Thanks to Dave Shaw for organizing the session and financially supported the workshop.

By the way Dave Shaw, we got together and agreed to pay in $20 bucks each to purchase a Gift Card from Smoking Barrel, courtesy of Chris Weir who went their in adavance and paid up front.  The money collected amounted to $220 dollars.  A nice chunk, but their way of saying thanks for organizing the workshop and a sincere Happy Birthday wish.

The Winner:

The final score was evaluated based adding the ranking from each of the drills that was shot for score except the last man-to-man shoot off.  For example, Paul ranked #2 on the Drill 1, #1 on Drill 2, 1 on Drill 3 and so on. When added all those numbers, he received the factor of 20.  The lesser the number is the higher the placement. What killed Paul’s position was Drill #7 which he came in 7th over all.  For Oscar, it was Drill #8 where he came in 6th which it hurt him greatly. I do not count as I was the facilitator but I shot with you guys and scored as well so I’d posted my result for your reference. (It got me worried for a second)

Ranking by score
Rank  Last First 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
# Hattori Shoji 2 2 2 1 5 1 1 1 15
1 Luna Paul 2 1 1 3 1 7 3 2 20
2 Ascencio Oscar 1 1 2 1 3 5 4 6 23
3 Wisdom Lance 3 4 3 7 2 2 2 9 32
4 Shaw Dave 4 5 5 2 8 3 5 5 37
5 Weir Chris 6 2 8 6 5 6 6 3 42
6 Reinheart Erich 8 4 7 6 4 4 10 4 47
7 Luna Daniel 5 3 4 6 7 9 7 8 49
8 Gio Cuarez 7 6 6 4 9 8 8 7 55
9 Parente Henry 9 7 8 5 10 10 9 10 68

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Pistol Workshop (#150404WS)


The mini course we designed on the “A” range challenged students with distance shooting, moving and shooting, target transition, tactical & speed reload, barricade shooting from cover, failure drill and finishing it off with a one handed shooting.  Some were seasoned in shooting a course like this Band this was a complete foreign concept for some.  Some shot the course smoothly without a hitch. But as always when stress gets going we always see increased incidences of weapon malfunctions. It is highly advisable for many to polish up on the malfunction clearance drills to save time and if in real life situation would mean – saving lives. This type of course is a balancing act of speed and accuracy. Faster you shoot, accuracy may suffer. This type of shooting is a thinking game where you must keep your head in the game and not to drift away and forget the sequence of fire – all this adds to the shooter’s anxiety and their stress level.

Paul Sol came in first with hit factor of 2.087 (added Points divided by Raw time).  Since Kawika and Doug shot .45 they will be considered to be in the Major category where it gives them extra point in B,C,D area of hits. Any Misses (M) are -10 points. We did not deduct points for failing to perform the mandatory reload, shooting targets in wrong sequence, shooting from wrong port hole, loading extra rounds for this course. Simple calculation of  speed and accuracy was mainly assessed.

Daniel Luna’s time was one of the fastest, however his speed sacrificed accuracy and dropped 3 Missed shots which cost him dearly. [He was shooting a 1911 .45 so that puts him in the Major category]

Chris shot moderately fast and shot accurate rounds which brought him into the 2nd spot behind Paul.

Mike Dozier’s new grip may have helped him tremendously since he shot himself into the 3rd spot which reminds us of how he used to shoot. I guess no spinning for him today…

I am glad that Angie showed up today and represented. She had improved exponentially and blended right into the class with other intermediate/advanced shooters. We’d like to see her more often on the range and getting her hands dirty.

Doug took some time off from his food business and came out to shoot with us. As usual he shot his 1911 from concealment.  He was consistently accurate. If he sped up his time, he would have easily came in at the top.

Mike S. shot well with good speed. However, his couple Missed shots hurt him greatly which brought his score down to the 5th spot.

Erich barely beat Dave Shaw taking the 7th spot with his kilt despite his catastrophic weapon malfunction he’d experience at the barricade. He was just simply happy to be there today. He was more concerned about his broken down Subie than his missed shot.

Jay never really shot action pistol course before but he’d handled himself well.  It was a true learning experience for him at the workshop.

Stu’s run was nothing but smooth. He had issue with reloading where he’d inserted a magazine with only 2 rounds in it. After in battery speed reload, he racked the slide spitting out a live (good) round from the chamber. I believe he did this twice. He fumbled with magazine which caused him difficulty inserting the magazine. Every which way his performance dwindled down to 58 seconds with a Miss which is unusual for Stu who had taken the TOP SHOT prize a the classes he’d taken with us. He was clearly frustrated which I felt it was good for him – not to be mean but to make him realize that this is all part of the process of becoming a better shooter.

I did not count myself in the ranking for this shoot off since I was the facilitator, but since Chris Weir challenged me to shoot it – I shot it just for fun.

  Time  T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 T9 T10  Score
Kawika Dave (8) 44.31 C,D A,A D,M A,C A, M A,A C,D,A A,D,B A,C,D C 1.332
.45 M&P Major 6 10 -8 9 -5 10 11 11 11 4 59 pt
Mike Dozier (3) 42.98 C,D A,A A,C A,A C,C B,C A,C,A A,C,B A,C,M C 1.605
9mm M&P Minor 4 10 8 10 6 6 13 11 -2 3 69 pt
Doug Biggs (4) 62.85 A,C A,A A,C A,C A,B B,B A,A A,A,B A,A,A C 1.543
.45 1911  Major 9 10 9 9 9 8 10 14 15 4 97 pt
Angie DeGgra (11) 74.85 C,C A,M A,M A,A A,C A,B A,C,M A,C,M A,A,M M 0.106
XD 9mm Minor 6 -5 -5 10 8 8 -2 -2 0 -10 8 pt
Paul Sol Luna (1) 44.08 A,C A,C A,A A,C A,C B,B A,A,B A,A,B A,C,A A 2.087
M&P 9mm Minor 8 8 10 8 8 6 13 13 13 5 92 pt
Chris Weir (2) 44.1 A,C A,C C,C A,A B,C B,A A,A,B C,C,M A,A,A C 1.655
M&P 9mm Minor 8 8 6 10 6 8 13 -4 15 3 73 pt
Mike Steinwend (5)  44.56 A,C C,C C,C A,A A,B A,B A,A,M A,C,A A,C,M A 1.391
XD 9mm Minor 8 6 6 10 8 8 0 13 -2 5 62 pt
Stu Saddori (9) 58.47 C,C C,C A,C C,C B,C A,A A,D,B A,C,M A,C,A D 1.043
Glock 9mm Minor 6 6 8 6 6 10 9 -2 11 1 61 pt
Jay Marshall (10) 72.76 A,C A,A A,C A,A A,M D,A A,A,B A,C,M B,A,M A 0.701
M&P 9mm Minor 8 10 8 10 -5 6 13 -2 -2 5 51 pt
Erich Reinhart (7) 51.66 A,C D,D C,D A,A A,A C,C A,C,A A,A,B A,A,M C 1.336
XD 9mm Minor 8 2 4 10 10 6 13 13 0 3 69 pt
Daniel Luna (6) 35.29 C,C C,C B,D A,C A,B A,M A,D,B A,C,B A,C,M M 1.360
1911 .45 Major 8 8 6 9 9 -5 11 13 -1 -10 48 pt
Shoji Hattori (*) 29.43 A,C A,C A,C A,C A,B B,B A,A,B C,A,B A,A,B C 2.922
Glock 9mm Minor 8 8 8 8 8 6 13 11 13 3 86 pt

The Original Sheet (.PDF)


 Zones Major Minor
A 5 5
B 4 3
C 4 3
D 2 1


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Pistol Workshop (Oct. 5th 2014)

Pistol Workshop

Course Topic: Pistol Drills for Skill Building

What:  *The 500 Rounds Derby: Students will shoot at least 500 rounds in quality drills and practices in 4 hrs. Get some ammo!

When: Oct 5 th, 2014 (0800-1200 hrs) 4 hrs

Where: Angeles Shooting Range (Eagles’ Nest “C”) Lake View Terrace, CA

Weather:  102 degrees

(1) The session began at 8:18 at 5 yard line.  All 6 shooters set up for 5 x 5 Drill. It’s a new drill where the shooter will dry fire their weapon 5 times and insert a loaded magazine and fire 1 round. After the second 5x dry fire – 2 live fire, third 5x dry fire -3 live fire, fourth 5x dry fire – 4 live fire, fifth – 5 live fire. This drill was to replace skip loaded drill and done much faster. With proper dry fire, regardless of whether the shooter know that there is a live rounds, he should be able to fire with steady press. All achieve the proper press.  Jack seemed to have issues placing rounds at the 8 inch paper plate and slammed many rounds low to the right (left hand shooter). After a brief correction, he hit the marker perfectly.

(2) Warm-up at 7 yard line. From the holster – Fire 3 rounds in 6 seconds. 4 rd in 6 seconds, 5 rds in 6, 6 rds in 6.  The gradual speeding up ensure that the shooter had good sight alignment/picture. All of them were able to make 6 rds in 6 seconds.

(3) P-I Test 5 rd – 5 yrd, 5 rd – 10 yrd, 5 rd – 15 yrd, 5 rd – 20 yrd:

Doug 180 pt
Fadi 197 pt
Jack 174 pt
David Shaw* 199 pt
Mike D. 161 pt
Chris Weir 190 pt

Dave Shaw score the 199 missing just 1 round to miss the 200 Club.  Close but no cigar.  Fadi surprising shot really well with 197 – with the instructor’s Glock 34.  Mike’s score slipped with his weapon that was not firing correctly with numerous failure to fire malfunctions.  Mike got really good at tap-roll-rack technique. The expectation at this level is 180 and above to be satisfactory.

(4) Moving from line to line implementing the SUL ready position. Although this is not an official TAC-1 curriculum technique, Shoji showed and demoed the usage of SUL so that the shooters can actually turn around up range and move away from the target without covering and not violating the 180 rule.  All participants performed will with minor adjustments.  Shooters shot at 7 yard line – 5 rds standing, 5 rds speed kneel, SUL position moved up to 10 yard, 15 yard and 20 yard repeating the shooting sequence.

(5) Running Drill: drills involving running was requested by Dave Shaw who had the great urge to run.  Any drills that incorporate running and raising heart rate is an excellent way to discover what the shooter does under stressful situation.  Usually students lose not only the ability to hold sights, but also the mobility in the hands, and rational thinking. When students are not exposed to repetitive training, practice proper operation of the weapon system, and proper mind set they usually crumble and fail at some point of the drill. For some, reloading became a toil. Some froze when the weapon went out of battery, speed reload became pseudo tactical reload, fumbling with magazines (usually associated with improper hold).  Often shots were fired without proper sight picture (front sight focused).   Shooter started at 20 yard. As a group they all ran and touched their own target and ran back to 20 yard to fire 5 rounds as a group.  Ran and touch the target and returned to 15 yard to fire 5 rds, ran and touch the target and return to 10 and 7 yard line. The workshop is now picking up where if not properly prepared, shooters would sure to fail at many levels.

(6) 1-2-R-3 Drill: Shooter begins the drill with three rounds in the gun at 5 yrd line.  On the buzzer, draw and fire six rounds as follows on the

– one round at the 1″ square
– two rounds at the 2″ circle
– perform a reload
– three rounds at the 3×5 rectangle

Name Raw Time + Penalty #1 Total #1 Raw Time + Penalty #2 Total #2
Mike Dozier 7.62 + 1 8.62* 6.92 + 3 9.92
Chris Wier 12.60 + 2 14.60 14.08 + 3 17.08
Jack 13.66 + 2 15.66 11.91 + 4 15.91
Fadi 13.83 + 0 13.83 11.04 + 1 12.04
Doug 12.95 +2  14.95 11.12 + 2 13.12
Dave Shaw 9.84 + 0 9.84 9.46 +1 10.46

This drill is ordinarily done at 7 second par time. Mike Dozier came in very strong with this drill and no one was able to come close to mike’s raw time. Dave was also fast and accurate as well. For many, more you speed up, more you miss.

(7) Running Drill #2: Identical drill from #5 but now individually timed. 

Name Raw Time + Penalty Total
Mike Dozier 68.97 + 12 80.97
Chris Wier 66.04 + 1 67.04
Jack 81.10 + 15 96.10
Fadi 66.33 + 13 79.33
Doug 70.07 + 6 76.07
Dave Shaw 58.40 + 7 65.40*

Dave Shaw consistently demonstrated strong shooting through out the day and him hustling his running cut his time drastically.  Chris Weir who had a pull hamstring due to over powering at the Edged Weapon class in September caused him to run slower, however his accurate shooting as result almost caught up do Shaw’s best time.  Fadi often mess up the direction and this drill was no exception. Fadi only shot 4 rounds at 10 yard line and attempted to make up rounds at 7 yard line firing 10 rounds (???). His rational was never understood.

Remember,  “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training”.  If you are not operating your weapon correctly, if you are not mentally connected to the training, if you cut corners – all these things will aid you in your failure when SHTF. Why do we assess during our training? Why do we ask you to hold the magazine with 3 finger grip? Why do we perform chamber checks when handling administratively? Why do we go back to on target when completing a combat task such as speed reloading?  These things must be re-visited as students were cutting corners today. You will fall to the level of your training and if you are not training correctly…well, that’s what you will fall on. 

I take great responsibility in teach you these matters. It could make you or break you when you need it. But if you are not retaining material taught to you, just ask.  Don’t make thing up and don’t cut corners. Please take pride in the things we teach at TAC-1.  We have nothing less to expect from you. 

(8) Pistol-II(D) TEST (1/2)Marksmanship Test (Stage 1): 25 rounds

String Distance Start Course of Fire Time RD
1 5 yrd Holstered. 6 round magazine 4 Body Shots /1 Head Shot with Primary Hand Only. 8 sec 5
2 5 yrd Low Ready with Primary Hand Only Transfer to Support Hand, 4 Body/1 Head w/ Support Hand Only 8 sec 5
3 10 yrd Holstered, Freestyle, 5 body shots 8 sec 5
4 15 yrd Holstered 5 body shots (Freestyle) 10 sec 5
5 20 yrd Holstered 5 body shots (Freestyle)
Clear & Holster
13 sec 5
Clear and Holster an Empty Weapon  

Positions Test (Stage 2): 25 rounds

String Distance Start Course of Fire Time RD
1 10 yrd Urban Prone, load 4 rds, Assess, Recover, Failure Drill NA 3
2 10 yrd From standing, holstered, Supine Position. 5 body shots NA 5
3 10 yrd Holstered, load 6 rds 5 body shots military squat 8 sec 5
4 15 yrd From Standing, Holstered 2 body shots double/speed kneel 5 sec 2
5 15 yrd From Standing,  Holstered 5 body shots Brace Kneel 10 sec 5
5 20 yrd From Standing, Holstered 5 body shots, prone of choice 12 sec 5

Scores @ 500 max score

Name Deduction Toal
Dave Shaw -46 454 pt
Mike Dozier -61 439 pt
Doug -128 372 pt
Fadi (DQ) -26 474 pt
Chris -44 456 pt*
Jack 0 0 pt

Chris Weir came in at the Top for this drill.  This course was designed for those who’d completed all of Pistol-I and Pistol-II module and the course is not easy by any means. Although the workshop participants had only shot the first half of the test, they’ve gotten down and dirty. Fadi was quickly disqualified for shooting with two hands when he was only allowed to use one. Fadi shot 474 and would have been at the top but his inability to follow direction due to language barrier hurt him greatly. Jack took a break during this drill due to exhaustion from both running and heat. He sat out for this portion.  Doug told me later that he’d never trained positions that he felt he needed further training.

(9) Movement Drill: Lateral and Forward move.
– Lateral: 2 shots on 6 targets moving left to right / right to left x 4 times
– Forward: walk from 15 yards to 10 and draw and fire 5 rounds as the shooter moved to 5 yard line x 2 times

(10) The Bill Drill: 7yd, gun in holster, 6 rounds fired, IPSC size steelThe Bill Drill is designed to improve speed without sacrificing accuracy. Six shots are fired quickly hitting the target. The drill teaches sight tracking, proper visual reference, recoil management, and trigger control.  One important aspect of the drill is learning to track the sights at all time including recoil so that the shooter can fire consecutive shots as soon as adequate sight picture. It just needs to be “adequate” where perfect sight picture is not needed.  The shooter must pull and press the trigger as soon as the front sight comes back down onto the scoring zone without waiting for precise alignment or for the sight to stop moving. At full speed, the front sight is constantly moving, never coming to rest until the drill is over.

Name #1 (penalty) #2 (penalty) #3 (penalty) #4 (penalty)
Dave Shaw 3.18 (+1) 3.00 (0) 2.70 (0) 2.78 (+1)
Mike Dozier 2.60 (+3) 2.89 (+1) 2.80 (+1) 2.73 (0)
Doug 4.24 (+3) 3.77 (+1) 3.68 (+3) 4.32 (-2)
Fadi (DQ) 3.19 (0) 3.10 (0) 2.99 (0) 2.81 (0)
Chris 3.96 (0) 3.09 (+2) 2.80 (0) 2.65 (0) *
Jack 0 0 0 0
Shoji  2.30 (0)      

At this point Jack had disappeared from the range so he does not get a score.  Dave Shaw shot his Glock 21 (.45) with Safariland Level 2 holster.  He had the top score through out the drill until Mike Dozier stepped in and shot in the 2 second mark which made Dave nervous. But it wasn’t until when Chris Weir stepped up at his last string of fire and shot 2.65 taking the top spot for this drill.  I find this drill extremely beneficial and I stepped in and demoed the drill. The first attempt with 1 miss and the second attempt was clean with 2.30 (.40 S&W). All I heard was “shit” coming from very competitive Dave Shaw who immediately challenged himself to break my time.  I’m looking to break the 2 second mark before the end of the year.  Doug also told me that he had never trained speed shooting like this Bill Drill. His trigger was erratic and he had difficulty finding the proper cadence.  Although he was shooting a Wilson Combat 1911, his improper trigger reset cost him in this drill. Unlike precise shooting, trigger should NOT be reset just to the click which will eventually cause the trigger to have “hiccup” and press on the trigger before the reset. This will cause the shooter to lose concentration and become desperate in getting the rounds down range which often results in missed shots.  The trigger should be reset all the way out even to the point where the trigger finger lose contact with the trigger.

(11) Duel Tree Challenge: Knock all 4 steel targets to the opponents side before he does.

Round #1
Dave Shave (L) VS Mike Dozier  (W)
Doug (L) VS Chris Weir (W)
Fadi (L) VS Shoji (W) taking Jack’s spot

Round #2
Mike Dozier (L) VS Chris Wier (W)
Dave Shaw (W) VS Fadi (L)  <WILDCARD>
Shoji (W) VS Doug (L) <WILDCARD>

Round #3
Chris Wier (L) VS Dave Shaw (W) Dave’s third or fourth shot with his .45 hit the center post and knocked all the plates to Chris’s side then knocked the whole dueling tree down.
Dave Shaw (W) VS Shoji (L) Dave Shaw came back from his initial loss to take the KING of the Dueling Tree. Shaw seemed extremely satisfied that he had beaten the instructor in this drill.  His perpetual smile will not go away until the last drill.  Dave, thanks for bringing the tree with you today!

(12)  Last drill: 5 shots on steel at 45 yards.  Shoot 5 rounds and count only the hits. 

Doug 3 hits
Fadi 3 hits
Jack NA
David Shaw* 2 hits
Mike D. 3 hits
Chris Weir 4 hits
Shoji 4 hits

 Chris and Shoji headed for the final.  Shoji only got 3 hits, but Chris could not beat it with only 2 hits at the end. 

Instructor’s Final Note:

Workshop attendees were reminded to be prepared for strenuous training such as this workshop session.  Students shot approximately 500 rounds in 4 hours involving movements.  Some students showed up mal-nourished  skipping breakfast. Some showed up drinking just Diet Coke and smoking cigarettes.  Such poor eating habit and destructive behavior will sure to fail the operator   It is the responsibility of the student to stay sharp through out the training so that they can receive full benefit from the workshop and mostly to stay safe on the range.  It is indispensable to stay alert during any firearms training where students must function at 100% as any mistake and violation of firearms safety rules can have catastrophic consequences to their team mates/friends. Therefore, it would be considered irresponsible to show up not physically prepared. Furthermore, students who operates at this level and higher at TAC-1 must be physically fit to perform the given task. Stumbling, falling, tripping due to uncoordinated body movements will surely to have disastrous consequence when handling firearms. It is the student’s responsibility to bring their well conditioned body to higher TAC-1 modules especially in in these workshops where constant drilling and practicing must not equate to participant’s exhaustion compromising safety.  

TAC-1 is committed to student’s physical and mental well being.  One of our instructors (Shoji) will assist any student who are having any difficulty with their physical fitness when assistance is requested. However, it must begin with the student’s will to change and to improve themselves. 


Thanks for coming!



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