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GUNCRANKDIARIES TM eXcuses, alibis, Pithy observations & general ePhus John connor four Aces for training. neXt training from the best thing to ’ve never met Clint Smith in person. I’ve read a lot of his writing, but never shaken his hand. That said, I’ve spent several hours of informative, personal 1-on-1 time with him, reaping the benefits of his knowledge on subjects from defensive use of the revolver to fighting from and around a vehicle. We haven’t had dialogues — it’s been Clint talkin’ and me listening — but that’s okay, because I can listen to myself anytime! It’s my dime, so I want to listen to him! I’m not a gunsmith. Hey, I’m not even a decent gun mechanic! But you name the gun, and I can get a master gunsmith to patiently guide me through the process of stripping it right down to the frame, answering all my questions about how the plunger prods this pin and what the heck this widget whacks. Paul Howe is an ex-cop and 20-year Army veteran, with ten of those years in Special Operations as a tactical team leader and senior instructor. I like his training style and content, but it’s tough to get down to Nacogdoches, Texas for a session at his Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT) facility. No worries though, I’ve got the best of his expertise captured on some little round discs, and more available online. And I know he’ll pardon me if I also spend time with Bill Rogers, the master of reactive pistol shooting, and the hard-core training team of Chris Costa and Travis Haley, a pair of real highspeed low-drag guys, if you’ll forgive the term. i your sofa bein’ there! veni, vidi, video-vici! ime away from work and the price of travel — not to mention course fees and ammo costs — may prohibit you from attendance at a premier training establishment, but video’s the next best thing to being there. Too, you’re not restricted by the tempo of a large group, and you can replay the material any time you like. So, shooters, who’s got what? Go to, click on the DVDs, and check out Clint and Heidi’s latest offerings on home defense, the urban rifle and a whole lot more. Defend Yourself With The Gun At Hand is classic Clint stuff to use what you already have effectively rather than trying to buy your way into effectiveness. And Concealed Carry For Ladies gives you the best of this husband/wife team on distaff defense. Both are 2-disc sets priced at $49.95 and $29.95 respectively. Their style? They’re teaching friends, and that includes us. t AGI, the American Gunsmithing Institute, is best known for their long, thorough courses for working gunsmiths, but you really need to scan their Armorer’s Series videos, because they’re made for us non-gunsmith types. Most of the courses run 90 minutes to 2 hours and cost $39.95. They cover history and background as well as function, and provide complete disassembly and reassembly instructions. Video really beats books when you can actually see the moving interaction of parts, like the lockwork of a S&W revolver, and just how much pressure a master ’smith applies to a given maneuver. It could be well worth the cost of picking up an old Makarov and buying the video just for the value of all you’ll learn — and the confidence gained — in the process of strippin’ it down to the last pin and putting it back together! bloodless battles & bloody drills ost trainers push their students m to achieve their best. In The Art of the Dynamic Handgun from Magpul Dynamics, Travis Haley and Chris Costa push ’em to their failure points — repeatedly — and then show them how to adapt and overcome, against all odds. Watching them train, I’m reminded of the old saying about the Roman Legion: “Their drills are bloodless battles and their battles are bloody drills.” The Magpul mantra is “reality, consistency and efficiency,” and the emphasis is on deliberate, drilled movements reduced to “running on autopilot” while responding to the sudden intrusion of Murphy’s Law instantly and 44 decisively. The 4-disc, 7-hour set covers basics to way beyond, and it’s well worth the $49.95 price. Panteao Productions has put together a unique training outfit. They have recruited a big and growing array of well-known shooters and trainers like Lewis Awerbuck, Jessie Harrison, Mark Redl, Massad Ayoob and Paul Howe, and professionally recorded them at their best. Anybody can buy the videodisc sets online at $49.99 each — with discounts for multiple purchases — but I think the best deals are Panteao’s monthly and yearly memberships. As a subscriber you can stream any and all of their videos online, 24/7/365, as often as you like. That means you’ll also have unlimited access to all new productions as they’re finished, plus streaming short “Pro Tips” from all the experts. If you’ve gotta have discs in your mitts, you can then select your favorites and buy ’em at a discount. What a deal, huh? Get a Blade-Tech training barrel, or some inert rounds. Seize the remote control. Warm up your thumbs, and fall in for training! Connor OUT * For more info: www.americanhandgunner. com/product-index and click on the company name. WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2012

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