Roundup: Various Points

Video: Art of the Tacticool Mag Flip
May 13, 2014
Apache FLIR Video Taken Down (+ Update)
May 14, 2014

I will be ‘out of the office’ and won’t be posting again till Monday. I will be able to moderate comments at least daily. I have a few miscellaneous points for you:

1) Alumni Weekend: Hard Labor, Beer, Shooting (+ Workshop) – June 7/8Just a reminder. I am looking to develop the Sunday into more of a casual tactical workshop with some fun shooting competitions on the square range. This although an Alumni weekend, will probably form the basis of a future MVT TACCON. Perhaps in the fall? Ideas/input welcome.

2) Places Available on Classes: If you take a look at the Class Schedule, you will see that some classes that were fully booked have freed up a space or two. Doc had an emergency appendectomy and had to pull out of the Combat Patrol class next week (24-26 May). It’s not too late to book. I also had a couple of spots come open on the 31 May- 01 June CRCD due to those students switching to the Combat Rifle Manipulation (CRM) inaugural class that same weekend. 

3) Inaugural Combat Rifle Manipulation (CRM) Class: This class is running on the 31 May – 01 June weekend, on the newly built square range. Frankly, it needs more bookings . I know you want to see more AAR’s before you commit, but you already have an inkling about Aaron from the RMP classes that have run. AAR/Testimonials. Given the general state of weapon handling that I see on CRCD, you really need this class. It is the connective between shooting fundamentals and tactical live fire training. Its even a little ‘tacticool’ without the stupidity, and will give you all the individual tools you need for the home defense/gunfighting arena, as opposed to the team tactics which is the aim of CRCD. Attendance at CRM will greatly develop your skills and make you better at CRCD.

4) Patrol Class Payments: I wont be around to send out an email, but a reminder that final payment for the 24-26 May patrol class is due by this Friday.

5) Militia Friendly: MVT is a friend to the Militia, both organized and unorganized. See my ‘Thoughts on Organization‘ for some specifics. As requested:

Warning this is a Pro-Militia post! 

My friends and countrymen… the powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty.

The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible.

Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom?

Congress have no right to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American….

The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or the state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

Tench Coxe, delegate  to the Continental Congress in the Pennsylvania Gazette, February 20, 1788

6) Rifle Stoppage Drills: There was a little bit of grumbling (you know who you are), about the diagnostic aspect of the Rifle Stoppage Drills.


  • Why do the initial cant/look. “What if it’s dark?”
  • Also, why not do tap/rack/bang/then add a roll ( to the right).

Now I’m flogging a rotting horse: There are a lot of training scars and misunderstandings, often allied with ego and habit, that Aaron and I have to try and train out of you when you show up. Sometimes a little bit of knowledge is dangerous, sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. Just try and show up for training without ego, and wanting to learn. This was Aaron’s answer on the forum to the “What if it’s dark?” question:

This is a collection of drills that gets trained over and over so that its your go to 95% solution. You’ll likely train when you can see things and you’ll likely be shooting at things you can see. You shouldn’t be firing at shit you can’t see. But lets say you hit the 5% of combat where you’re completely engulfed in shadow and can’t see your weapon BUT you are shooting AND have a stoppage.

What Max described still works well! You’re not thinking about it when it happens in combat so lets say it is dark and I get a dead trigger, I turn the weapon to look but oh no! Its dark! Doesn’t matter. You perform the most common form of immediate action which is ‘tap, rack, bang’ and drive on. This will clear 3 of 5 malfunctions. If that doesn’t work and the bolt locks to the rear again you’re out of ammo and you need to reload. Reload. You practiced this in the dark right? right?

If your weapon still doesn’t work and the bolt doesn’t go all the way forward you have a double feed. Fix it accordingly. Lock the bolt to the rear, strip the mag, Rack, rack, insert magazine rack, fire. Easy.

“I can’t pull my charging handle!”

You have a bolt override malfunction. Strip the mag hard! Pull hard on the charging handle with your left hand and muzzle and stock braced so the weapon doesn’t move. Stick your fingers from the right hand against the bolt face and pull back. Push the charging handle forward again. The rounds going to fall out. Let go of the bolt. If it closes rack it again. If it doesn’t close repeat the above steps until it does. Rack a second time. Insert a magazine and rack again. Then shoot.

The purpose of the slight cant is so that you can observe the chamber and apply appropriate action FASTER rather than making a malfunction worse or prolonging a reload you didn’t feel the bolt lock back on.

If you don’t perform the cant that’s fine. You’ll still have to clear malfunctions the same way in the dark. Unless you don’t know how. Then good luck with that.

I think it is very rare to not be able to see and diagnose what is wrong with your weapon, due to low visibility. You are talking about darkness where you literally can’t see your hand in front of your face. If that is the case, as Aaron says, just roll into a tap rack bang, unless you felt the bolt lock to the rear and know you just emptied the mag. That’s your 5%. I actually see this whole argument as a no brainer and a little facetious to boot.

As for the roll, the Tap Rack Bang is taking care of the following malfunctions:

  • The bolt is fully seated (failure to pick up  a round)
  • The bolt is not seated (failure to battery)
  • there is a stovepipe (an empty case sticking perpendicular out of the ejection port, wedged in by the closed bolt.

Tap rack bang is not the drill for a double feed. Granted, argumentatively,  sometimes a rack, hold, cant, shake will let the double feed fall out of the ejection port, but if it doesn’t you just lost a lot of time. Therefore there is no reason to add a non diagnostic roll/shake to the drill. Simply doing tap rack bang will put the weapon rapidly back into action if it is one of the three above . If you try and do this for a double feed, and it does not clear it, you still have to go into the double feed remedial drill, and you just wasted time (hence the initial cant/look). Rather than being  “a way” rather than “the way” it is actually wrong.

The problem with trying to be non-diagnostic is that you are trying to remove the need to think, trying to use a one size fits all solution to all stoppages. You need to think in combat. That is why you need to train realistically, and train to inoculate to stress, and visualize. If you use the simple cant/look method you will save a lot of time. It’s your 95% solution.

Are we done yet?

Rifle Stoppage Drills HERE

7) Ideas for Posts: Sometimes I just don’t have any ideas of topics to write about, then I get a notion. If you have suggestions, put them in comments. If it seems interesting, and I actually know what I’m talking about, then I will do a post on it.

Live Hard.

Die Free.




  1. Aaron says:

    I’ll throw lime on this horse. Don’t get to the point with your training that you are more focused on the improbable rather than the probable. You can hit a point of diminishing return and you can over sharpen a blade. Don’t neglect the 5% but understand why it’s the 5%.

    Also come to training. All of your questions will be answered if you just raise your hand. No egos permitted. Not even mine.

  2. Perioikoi says:

    One of the ideas I got from this post is a need for a greater discussion on night fighting. I know that Max presented a very informative article on the use of Night Vision and FLIR. But what are the contemporary protocols when these tools are not available? I’ve read a book on the subject titled “Night Movements” but it was written by the Japs in the early 20th century and is dated in a number of areas.

    Another topic that is greatly under addressed is combat psychology. Often there are general recommendations to harden one’s mind in preparation for war but very little in the way of substance for accomplishing that goal in a systematized manner. When dealing with armed civilians or new recruits we must remember that combat performance remains an unknown. There are a number of undeniable physiological changes that happen as a result of a life and death experience. That said, these physiological changes can be mitigated. For instance the use of breathing drills have been used in the east for thousands of years as a means for controlling neurological excitation and were later confirmed effective by Soviet science. So our training must go beyond external combat training and learn to manipulate our internal processes as well.

    The book on night fighting that I mentioned:

    A primer on combat psychology:

  3. Max Velocity says:

    In the mean time, search for ‘lone wolf’ and you should bring up a post about that.

  4. Palmetto says:

    I’d like to see a rundown on gasmasks:
    1. Their place in the MVT philosophy
    2. Their place in the fighting load
    3. Recommendations on specific models/usage/effectiveness/stock amounts, etc.