Posts Tagged ‘Training’

I know, I know. I have been MIA for about a month. Trust me I have a good excuse. I have been busy, extremely busy. I am currently sitting in a hotel in Warren Ohio rehydrating from a long hot day on the range participating in a Critical Defensive Handgun course put on by Safety Solutions Academy. Two weeks before this I was rolling around in the red Missouri dirt with Defensive Engagement Concepts in their Tac 2 pistol. I have taken tons of notes and have a lot of new concepts to use for topics later on. Obviously I will be doing an after action report for these classes as soon as I can get a breather. Unfortunately for the blog and my readers I will be back in a 3 day course in a little over a week then back to being the instructor instead of the student.

Long story short I am still alive and I have lived on a range nearly every weekend…. AND I LOVE IT. I am gaining more stuff to bring to the blog and to Valkyrie Defense Group. I am going to try to focus a little more on getting content out because we have picked up a few more readers from a lot of the VDG classes and I know they would like to hear more from me. (They told me.)

I hope you all have gotten out and got your fingers on some triggers and used the time you spend on the range effectively.

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Over the weekend we had yet another Concealed Handgun Class and we were covering the subject of cleaning your handgun. We usually snicker when we read the NRA suggestion of cleaning after every time you shoot your gun. The instructors that help us at Valkyrie Defense Group are all guilty of going pretty long durations before our guns get anymore than just a wipe down. Let’s face it if I cleaned my guns every time I fired them my son would probably not know who I am. One reason I love instructing is when I am talking or answering questions sometimes I will have a little epiphany or in this situation a realization and when I do I try to make a mental note to come back here to share.

Yesterday talking about cleaning it hit me that I never carry a “clean” gun. I have this weird habit of when I clean any of my carry guns I will not feel right carrying it until I have shot a magazine through it to perform a function test. I want to be absolutely sure that the gun was put back together properly before I want to depend my life on it. The last thing I want is to clean my gun and head out into a situation where I need to defend my life with it and get a click instead of a bang in that critical moment. The new R51 is a gun that has me thinking this needs to be considered more and more for people.

When you re-assemble the R51 you must slip a small tab on the slide stop of the gun underneath this little spring. You must insert it perfectly parallel to the slide. If you tilt the slide stop upwards by as little as a 1/16th of an inch, if it rides above the spring, the gun will malfunction.

Just to make sure I’m not just picking on the R51, my Ruger LCP requires the recoil spring to be replaced a certain way. If not it will fail to eject on nearly every shot.

How about you? Have you ever thought about function testing your gun before you depend your life on it? Head over to the Facebook page and let me know if this is something that has ever crossed your mind or if you do something similar. While you are there make sure you give me a like to keep up to date on all the pictures of some of the projects I’m working on.

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Ohio saw a 50% increase over 2012 in permits issued last year. That is a huge increase. I am proud to say that Valkyrie Defense Group was there to assist in that increase.

We always start the class by asking why the students are here. We always get a variety of answers but the one that is answered the most is “for protection.” People can see that the gun is the great equalizer. With a gun the 70 year old lady is no longer the ultimate victim in the eyes of the criminal. The knife, the ballbat, and the harsh words don’t have the same effect as the gun. The gun gives the weak little lamb fangs, and wolves are afraid of other animals with fangs because they don’t want bit either.

If you are interested in training contact us soon, classes are filling up quickly. We are also in the process of putting together our advanced classes and the prerequisite for those classes will be to already have your CHL. You can contact Valkyrie Defense Group through our website or on Facebook. We hope to see you in our classroom soon.

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Valkyrie Defense Group is proud to announce that we are making our new home at Fresno Gun Club in Coshocton Ohio. We are excited to see all the doors and opportunities this opens to us.

We have had a lot of interest in advanced pistol classes in the last 6 months and have been waiting to set any dates or make any promises until we found the proper place to hold these types of classes The club features two classrooms, indoor rimfire range, and outdoor rifle shotgun and pistol ranges.

We are busy working on getting some new classes written up to go along with our already popular CHL class. By the time weather breaks we are hoping to have the details ironed out. If you have any specific areas you would like to see featured in our classes let us know. We are here to put on the best class we can for our students and give them what they want.

March dates are pretty filled up and warmer weather is approaching. Our first class at our new location will be on March 16. If you are interested in any of our classes please contact us as soon as you can to reserve your date. You can click the Valkyrie Defense tab above and see all the ways to contact us. I am fairly certain that dates will be going quickly as soon as people see the grass getting greener. We have dates in April open still as of now.

Again, we are excited to bring this news to everyone. The company is growing faster than we ever thought. We really feel it is a testament towards our commitment to bringing the best knowledge and information to our students. Make sure you head over to our Facebook page and like the page so you can keep up to date with all of our upcoming classes.

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Finally I think my brain has recovered from the 20+ hours I spent in the classroom over the weekend enough for me to sit down and really put some thoughts out there for my readers. If you notice I didn’t put review in the title. I don’t think a review would do this class justice. That would be like me saying I want to write a review for my first time skydiving. It is an experience. I can describe it to you and give you brief points about it here and there but I believe everyone’s experience leaving a MAG-20 will be different which is why I will only give you my final thoughts on it. That may sound strange for most people but until you take the class you won’t truly understand.

The class was held in Twinsburg Ohio and was hosted by Paul Carlson and Safety Solutions Academy. The class was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in one of their conference rooms. It was very convenient to come right down from the room and not have to go anywhere plus the staff kept the coffee, tea, water, and Chex Mix coming.  For this type of class it was a great fit. The conference room was the perfect size to host 22 students and all the audio video equipment. We had a little problem with a DVD player at the end of day one but Paul sorted it out and everything was ready to go by the second day. (By the way keep your eyes on the Safety Solutions Podcast for a post class interview between Paul and Mas)

After we got settled in on Friday I posted up a little info on the Citizen’s Rules of Engagement class so you can check out the links there. Class started at 8:30 on the dot Saturday with a brand new ball point pen and from that moment on it was massive amounts of knowledge being tossed into your face. The weekend ended with a dead ball point pen and 38 pages of hand written notes. The amount of information was amazing.


Class photo from the last day

Now I know you are sitting there wanting me to start into what information was covered and give a good outline of the class. As I started todays post I said this is an experience and everyone gets something different out of it. I walked away from this class realizing that everyone that takes carrying a gun seriously needs to take this class for the simple fact that nobody teaches every stage of an encounter as well Massad Ayoob.

Let’s think about the three sides of an armed encounter real quick. First you have the pre event, the moments leading up to the fight of your life. Next is the fight. Finally we have the post encounter. The MAG-20 class covers all three stages of the event in serious depth. You might survive the encounter only to loose your life in court afterwards because you were sufficiently prepared to handle the aftermath. So many people out there teach for the events leading up and even more teach the how to fight portion, but nobody teaches the after the shoot like Mas.

Obviously there are aspects of the class that are respectfully asked to keep off the internet and I will not be the one to break that trust. I will say for those who are planning on taking a MAG-20 that I felt very prepared from reading some of Massad’s books. One of the most beneficial ones in my opinion was “In the Gravest Extreme”  which is a relatively short read with a ton of information.

Again I think that everyone serious about carrying a gun in self-defense needs to take this class. This class packs so much information into the 20 hours that it feels like you are drinking from a fire hose. The one surprising thing I walked away with is looking at the value of life in a new whole new light. I realized that often when you are busy looking for bad things you sometimes miss the good things in life. I realized also why I carry a gun everyday. The gun isn’t just for me, it is for everyone that depends on me. I owe it to my family to be here for them. I’m no good to them if I am a fancy box six feet under the ground. I am also not any good if I’m in a jail cell because I didn’t know how to properly handle the aftermath of defending my life. That reason is exactly why I feel this class was worth every cent and that everyone who carries a gun needs to take this class.


(From left to right) Paul, Jason, Brian, Massad

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Massad Ayoob has taught and instructed firearms and self-defense longer then I have been alive so when I heard he was being hosted by Safety Solutions Academy in Ohio I jumped at the chance.

Paul Carlson said it best how he describes the class.

“The class is a 20 hour immersion course that will help you, the law abiding armed citizen, understand and apply the legal issues, tactical issues and aftermath management of a self-defense scenario where you are forced to use lethal force in defense of your self or others.”

After you use the gun to defend you life is the wrong time to start thinking about what to do next. Everyone that I have heard that took the class has said it has changed the way they looked at carrying a gun. I am eager to bring back my take on the class over then next few days. I am expecting to be running on fumes by Sunday but I plan on putting updates onto the Facebook page throughout the weekend so if you haven’t liked it make sure you do so to keep up on what direction the discussion is going.

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As I have always said I love to get reader mail. I especially love it when I get a question for a future post. Last week I got a message From Scott. Scott asked:

First, thanks for a solid year of interesting posts. I’m not sure if you shoot much distance, but I think it would be interesting to compare .22lr at a moderate distance to larger center fire cartridges at long distances as a training tool. Does .22 at 200-300M have value as a training tool to shoot .308 at 1,000M?

Thanks for writing in Scott and I will start by saying thanks for sticking around for the first year. I am only hoping it is going to get better. I used to be pretty heavy into long range shooting and it was there where I really found my love for honing skills.

Onto your question, (when you can find it) 22lr makes a great trainer for both rifle and pistol. Since Scott asked about rifle we will stick to that subject. The more you practice the fundamentals the better in my opinion. When I was focusing more on rifles I trained a ton with 22lr and did a lot of dry fire practice. Hold Control, Breath Control, Trigger Control, and my Follow Through is what I would focus on because it is all the same whether you are dry firing, using rim fire, or center fire.

Now does the 22 have a training value for the 308…. I say yes. The 22lr and the 308 do have quite a bit in common when it comes to wind drift.


When researching I couldn’t find much on the relation to each other when it comes to drop except for this on the Long Range Hunting forum.

based on my experience and #’s through my set ups both 22 and 308 and running through a ballistics calculator that matches my range results, i came up with a drop comparison(22lr zeroed at 50 yards, .308 at 100yards,drop in inches). once again, this best matches my data, your numbers will probably differ:

22lr 40gr. .075bc 1040fps / .308win 165grSST .447bc 2600fps

22lr drop .308
50yds 0 = 100yds
75yds 2.8 = 175yds
100yds 8.3 = 240yds
125yds 17.6 = 315yds
150yds 30.8 = 380yds
175yds 47.3 = 450yds
200yds 68.7 = 510yds
225yds 92.5 = 560yds
250yds 123.9 = 630yds
275yds 158.2 = 690yds
300yds 199.9 = 770yds
325yds 248.8 = 820yds
350yds 304.8 = 880yds
375yds 367.9 = 940yds
400yds 437.6 = 987yds

I will say the downfall to training with the 22 for shooting 308 is obviously going to be lack of recoil but as I said before the solid foundation of fundamentals are still what are building on and the question was is it a good training tool and I still am sticking with it being a great tool.

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