Student Review: Texas CTT / Mobility 5 Day Class 2016: Jim Tom

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Texas 2016 CTT / MOB (Part Deux):

This was my second Combat Team Tactics (CTT)/Mobility class and the sequel was just as good, if not better than the original.

We had a mixture of alumni and new students with a wide range of backgrounds and skill levels. Max’s instruction was accommodating and constructive (crawl, walk, run) for all. The key to this is the students’ ability to listen and comprehend.

I adjusted my PT (with even more needed) after the first class in 2015, and the positive result was being able to concentrate more on Max’s instruction. This change also enabled me to remain more cognizant of my surroundings and where my buddies were. If you are in doubt of your fitness level, I strongly suggest gauging yourself by doing the 100 Yard MVT Standard on the Tactical Fitness Training Plans page. Running and/or hiking are a great start, but that is not enough. This should not be read as discouraging, but encouraging.

Do not discount the Mobility training. It is valuable information and was especially driven (no pun intended) home when one of the drills involved having your family in the vehicles. It becomes more than just a drill at that point. The addition of casualties adds a whole new dynamic as well.

Two suggestions I would make concerning gear is to bring an AR and lose the old M-16 3 mag pouches.

If you are heavily invested in the old M-16 pouches, at least have two Taco or Esstac mag pouches on you for quick reloads. You can then replenish your quick source from your M-16 pouches.

In addition to the knowledge gained, these classes are both SAFE and FUN.

Read “Contact,” do appropriate PT, square away your gear, and sign up. (Just don’t take my spot!)

Jim Tom

Max adds: In regards to gear, I lent a couple of the students the two new VERSA Chest Rigs that I had with me. At the end of the class, they didn’t want to give them back, and I plan to have some with me in future as loaners and for sale at class. We also have the single caliber rigs (including AK) in the pipeline. I recommend a rig such as the VERSA, as well as a light ‘battle belt’ where you can have additional mag pouches (TACO type) and other items (see video below)

In the video above, the casualty being dragged is being dragged by his VERSA rig, in respect to a question as to whether it can be used for that.

Below: VERSA Rigs at class. These were purchased before we went to the new OEM, and the new version only differs in design in that there are two rows of MOLLE now under the arms, as requested by feedback from customers.

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  1. David Dancy says:

    Mr.Max did a hell of a jod with this class! I do agree Max hiking is not enough I had been hiking 16 miles a week for 10 months with 40 to 60 lbs gear and I was no where near to where I needed to be in fitness. I had brought my cage battle rattle and even with no plates the soft armor it it 36 lbs it good for SHTF but sucks to be in Max’s class logging it all day. So after getting home and waiting to see if my thigh muscles were going to brake and spring up around my head. I have started a intensive weights lifting and sprinting workout. I learned a lot and Max dose well with people even when agitated…… Lmao like herding cat!!! I herd him say once. I will be taking alot more of his classes. Had a blast just think he was not hard enough on me personally I have thick skin old habits but to Max credit he broke a few old ones so he knows what he is doing for sure. I just pick up new things first time under heavy pressure but that’s just me. And as for all the others good people nice polite ,courteous all of them. I did enjoy seeing the alumni run the drills. Some things get better with time. So hello to all the 2016 CTT class I hope to get to run and gun with you sometime soon. Thanks Max.

  2. Diz says:

    Good post.

    In regards to gear, having grown up using the old GI 3-mag pouches, I like the current open top, single mag pouches as “ready mag” pouches, as stated. I still think the old 2 and 3-mag pouches have their place, as storage for additional mags, but for quick access to a ready mag, the newer stuff is a vast improvement.

    My buddy and I were out practicing drills the other day. He has a new Brit belt kit, which has 3-mag pouches. I was running a prototype MVT single cal rig. We were exploring whether it was really necessary to have ready mags in a woodland environment, or if the old style GI mag pouches would be good enough. Our conclusion was, much like Team AK, that at least one mag (or 3) need to be instantly ready for deployment. Even in the bush.