Review: HEAT 1 Combat Tactics April: BP

If you are going to train with your rifle, it’s because you can conceive of a case where you would need to use it. There may have been a time when you thought you, with your rifle and enough high-speed training, might be sufficient to the task. If you are paying attention, you understand that an atomized individual is simply not going to make it. There are infinity YouTube videos explaining why and, these days, everybody tells you to tribe up. 

So. You might want to be someplace other people don’t want you to be, because reasons. But now you know you need a team, and that team will need to know small unit tactics, which is just the science of managing to go someplace without shooting each other while going there. Unfortunately, even very good training on a flat range where you learn individual speed and accuracy and target transition and all the rest of it will not teach you anything at all about how small teams need to behave if they care to avoid getting shot. You can read a book on small unit tactics and think, “Well, this is all very simple,” and of course it is all very simple. But as the man said: in war, everything is simple, but even the simplest thing is difficult. The training at Max Velocity helps make these things less difficult because the focus is on the team.

The four days of the class are building a hierarchical skill set with a specific purpose. The purpose is so that you can play your role as the team does a thing. In contrast to some flat-range training, where the purpose might be to sharpen your personal skills, everything is here is designed with a team in mind. Why are we shooting while moving? Because a team will need to assault through an objective and you will need to know how to stay on line while shooting and moving. Why are we practicing engaging targets to the left and right? Because the team needs to know how to get on line safely if they are engaged from the side. Why are we working on combat reloads? Because the team needs you efficiently to get your rifle back in the fight.

It’s an unusual class because you will be doing things you never have. If your team is going to get someplace despite opposition, it’s going to be because one element is moving while another is providing suppressing fire – that’s the most basic fact there is, and you can confirm it anywhere. If you think on that fact, it’s easy to see why you need a training facility that knows how to teach these specific skills, and to see why safety and precision is such an emphasis in these classes. 

Very highly recommended for anyone who is looking for rifle training and is paying attention.


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