AAR: Combat Rifle / Contact Drills (CRCD) 3/4 May – Jack

AAR: Rifle Manipulation Primer (RMP) 2 May – CG
May 6, 2014
AAR: Combat Lifesaver/TC3 2 May – Jack (“Take this for your teammates’)
May 8, 2014


I have read many of the CRCD AAR’s, that is what convinced me to come to MVT. What I am trying to do is to possibly give a different perspective to why MVT is the place to train.

I did tactical pistol training last year at a name brand tactical facility. The price was $500 for a two day session, it was great training. The facility was about 5 acres, flat, a dirt bank with stationary targets. Some simulated concealment and cover, otherwise very similar to ranges I have been on all my life.

Fast forward to MVT Tactical range in West Virginia. 100 acres of mountainous terrain with all of the dips, lumps and obstructions you would expect. MVT also employes electronically controlled pop up targets that momentarily drop when hit with a bullet, you know if you have a hit or not instantaneously.
Here is why that is all so important.

In, I believe, our first live drill, Reaction to Contact, Ivan (targets nick name) pops up and you go into the drill. This includes yelling contact front, shooting Ivan twice while standing, move off of the X, looking for cover, going prone, using cover and shooting Ivan again and the drill continues on. This should be no problem right? My rifle is zeroed, the target is pretty close, it’s pretty big I should hit him first shot. He pops up, I shoot him he drops, I move left, drop prone into cover, I put the Aimpoint dot on his chest, take a breath, exhale, squeeze the shot off and Ivan is sitting there looking at me. I repeat the same thing and Ivan is still looking at me, now I am not sure, is he malfunctioning, has something gone wrong with my gun, it can’t be me, right? I fire again, this time I see a dirt clod fly up about 10 yards in front of Ivan, impacting a dirt bank I didn’t notice. Shit, I am shooting into the dirt. I am in prone so I lift my rifle up, line him up, squeeze one off, down he goes. Lets stop here and analyze.

If the target was stationary I would have happily went along thinking because my dot was on him when I squeezed a shot off I was hitting him. This would have robbed me of very valuable information, information I could have only gained in the actual wild.

In the wild just because your dot is on something does not give you the automatic hit.

When you are on uneven ground, and prone, other things get in the way. I saw plenty of tree branches flying around while I was shooting with resulting misses and had to adjust accordingly.

After this I was now watching for obstructions between me and my target. On the flat range that would really not have ever come into play. If we put this into a real life situation, and this was my first real contact, I may have never gotten the chance to figure this out.

As we moved further along in training new drills came up that included Ivan popping up and you were not told where this was going to happen. This was fabulous training. I hate to admit it but I had to be told more than one time that Ivan was up and I had not seen him. Put that into a real life situation. Stationary targets are stationary targets, even I can see them coming. Add the element of surprise and that is an entirely new level of difficulty.

MVTs’ CRCD class cost less than what I paid for my previous training. The facility at MVT is massive and very sophisticated. I am sure there is a very sizable investment there not to mention what it cost to maintain the entire thing. You throw in that Max is a Master at his craft and has an amazing staff, the training at MVT is vastly under-priced. I am a business person and I know what it cost me to run my little business, these classes are a bargain.

The following is just my opinion. I feel safe in saying training with Max will vastly increase your chances of survival when SHTF. Also if I encounter you somewhere and I see you are wearing a MVT patch I know you are someone I have common knowledge with and are probably on the same page as me.

As a side note, about the people you meet at MVT. The people I encountered at Max’s were by far the brightest bunch of people I have met in a very long time. These people did not come to MVT on a whim, you can bet they all did their homework and came up with the same answer. Just getting to talk to my class mates, staff and assorted others at MVT was worth the price of the class to me. I got a real education on a lot of different subjects this weekend.

I hope this was of some help to you in making a decision about training with MVT?




  1. Redcoat's AAR - RMP & CRCD 3-4 May says:

    My wife and I attended the aforementioned classes this previous weekend……….and what a weekend it turned-out to be!

    I am now back aboard my ship & Heather aka ‘Momma Grizzly’ or ‘Shortbread’, is running the farm and keeping the home fires burning.

    We decided to jointly attend MVT for a number of reasons, but what became apparent during the live fire exercises was nothing short of an epiphany. Your wife WILL cover you and get you out of the shit……a stranger may not be as motivated. In short, pick your team very cautiously and develop a ‘Brotherhood’ mentality….or train with your wife! Class attendees, along with Max & Aaron can vouch…….she is fierce….don’t mess with her!

    Onto the RMP course. Aaron, I praise your professionalism and thank you for your patience. Initially, we sighted-in our rifles and proceeded to address the ‘Big five’ stoppages. If you don’t know what they are, you need to attend this class prior to attending CRCD. If you do know how to recognize the ‘Big five’ and correct the stoppages effectively, I’d still recommend attendance. There is no such thing as too much training! Remember to take on-board the ‘Sneaky peek’ method that Aaron abides by. It’s all about seconds and inches and dicking-around with a stoppage is guaranteed to shorten your life expectancy! Having simulated the stoppages randomly with each class attendee, you should proceed to the CRCD class and spend less time with your face in the rifle and focus more on the battlefield and be aware of your surroundings and of your squad members too.

    Max expertly leads and instructs the CRCD element with Aaron’s cool and calm assistance. You will also get to meet ‘Fred’, who delivers a very informative lecture and assists with safety on the final bunker assaults. This is all about live fire exercises and reactions to contact. You will not meet a better Range Master than Max. Furthermore, I suspect there are very few establishments that can offer this degree of instruction other than the battlefield itself. You will become one of the few who has trained ‘Live fire’. Wear your patch with pride!

    There are so many elements I have taken from these classes. By best advice is to listen to your peers. Max & Aaron’s advice is sound and based upon battlefield experience. I now run a 2-point sling and wear my drop-leg a lot higher. My rate of fire is now marginally less than crazy……you’ll see what I mean after CRCD. The ‘Jungle walk’ and bunker assaults are the pinnacle of the weekend. Check-out everybody’s ‘shit-eating- grin’ after the bunker assault exercise. It’s priceless.

    Finally, I salute my fellow class attendees. You are the characters that will stand-up and be counted, when the time comes. You are warriors!

  2. Shortbread says:

    Sweetie dahhling…you didn’t mention PT? by the way, how’s it hanging? 😉
    Love to you!