Review: HEAT 0.5 Combat Rifle 7 – 8 Sept 2019 – Tom
September 19, 2019 at 9:34 pm #120474MaxKeymaster
During the period 9/7-9/8, 2019 I attended the H.E.A.T. 0.5 class with Max Velocity Tactical. It was an incredible two days. The class is highly recommended to anyone.
I did have a background in the subject matter. Having served
in the United States Navy 1975-79, being discharged as a Lieutenant (03) same
as an Army/Marine Corps Captain. Serving with a 600 man Naval Mobile
Construction Battalion, known as the Seabees. Seabees in construction
mode can build any type of military field facility and in combat mode can fight
as an infantry battalion. Military skills and doctrines are based on
those of the Marine Corps. Thus every man a rifleman. I qualified on the
M16 Rifle and numerous times serviced as a Rifle Range Safety Officer.
One could not help but evaluate the Max Velocity Class
through my life experience with the Navy. The spirit of high safety
standards of the Navy and Marine Corps were met and indeed in many aspects were
exceeded in the Max Velocity Tactical class. In a sound bite, “I felt
I do not believe a student needs to have any prior
experience. It might even be advantageous to have no prior experience. No bad
habits to break. During the 2 day class we learned far more than the 5
day range qualification in my time in the military. I asked myself, how
was that possible? Considering my excellent rifle training received in the
First, the instructor Scott has a grand master level of
knowledge in the subject matter with 23 years in the U.S. Army Infantry.
Second, the class syllabus was carefully thought out
including use of layering. What was a challenge the first day was a habit the
Third, ideal student-to-teacher ratio. In the military we
would take 50-100 Seabees and 5-6 Marine Non Commission Officers as instructors
to the range with 20 firing positions. So there was wait time for
students. There was no idle time in the Max Velocity class. Although
students were given ample breaks to drink water and have a good lunch.
The lunches really became working lunches with all the questions which students
Fourth, the students were all highly motivated, mature, and
Fifth, the instructor Scott, is an excellent teacher aside
from the subject matter. I submit if he was a high school history teacher he
would be evaluated as a world class teacher. He has the right mix of
authority so the class is safe and has cohesion, and openness to answer all
questions in a respectful matter, with a knowledge-based answer, and in a
It was fun to be in the class and learning. While I have always been a responsible rifle owner I’m a better more responsible rifle owner for taking this class. To Max Velocity Tactical and the instructor, Scott, Job Well Done!
September 20, 2019 at 11:44 am #120589
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