Operation Blue Gamut Resolutions

Operation Blue – Supporting the law enforcement community with free training from Robert Keller of Gamut Resolutions.

The next class is being hosted at the Panteao Productions facility October 29-30 with police officers representing 10 South Carolina law enforcement agencies. Training will include both carbine and handgun.

Special thanks to Daniel Defense, Ghost Inc, Tactical Supplies 4 Less, Freedom Munitions, and North American Rescue for their support.

Tony Blauer Joins Panteao Instructors

Columbia, SC, August 11, 2016 – Panteao Productions is happy to announce an addition to the Panteao instructor lineup. Panteao will be introducing new videos with instructor Tony Blauer, founder and CEO of Blauer Tactical Systems.

Tony has pioneered research and training methodologies that have influenced and inspired martial art & combative systems around the world. His company, BLAUER TACTICAL SYSTEMS (BTS) is one of the world’s leading consulting firms specializing in research & development of combative training & equipment for the military, law enforcement and self-defense communities. BTS has taught key performance enhancement, fear management, and combatives based on S.P.E.A.R. System research to military, law enforcement and civilian personnel since 1988.

With over 30 years professional consulting experience, BLAUER TACTICAL SYSTEMS is highly sought out by progressive trainers interested in advanced scenario work, close quarter tactics, mind-set and confrontation management psychology. The Blauer team has had the privilege and honor of consulting for elite elements within the federal government like U.S. ARMY Special Forces & SPECIAL OPERATIONS, U.S. AIR FORCE, U.S. NAVY SEALs, FEDERAL AIR MARSHAL SERVICE, the U.S. COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, SECRET SERVICE, FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER, U.S. MARSHALS.

“I was very happy to be introduced to Tony by one of our other instructors, Pat McNamara. Mac told me Tony would be a bad ass addition to our instructor cadre. That got my attention. After speaking with Tony, I agreed,” said Fernando Coelho, President of Panteao Productions.

“When I saw my good friend Mad Mac’s videos online I was really impressed with the production and started looking at the Panteao website. Panteao has so many great instructors and training tracks, I’m excited to be part of their effort to help make you safer,” said Tony Blauer.

Tony added, “In a real close quarter confrontation, you need to weather the ambush first, the SPEAR System breaks down the physiology, physics and psychology of the extreme close quarter confrontation. Because our system is based entirely on organic human movement, anyone can learn it and get safe within hours, and SPEAR, seamlessly transitions to any counter you’re skilled at from firearm, edged weapon or empty hands.”

The first title with Panteao from Tony is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to be filmed in October. For more info on Tony and his company, Blauer Tactical Systems, you can visit his website at: http://blauerspear.com/

Tony Blauer Announcement

New Instructor at Panteao

Panteao Productions is happy to announce an addition to the Panteao instructor lineup. Panteao will be introducing new videos with instructor Robert Keller starting with “Make Ready with Robert Keller: Proven Methods of the Carbine”.

Robert has spent more than 19 years with the United States Army in the Special Operations community. Robert has conducted combat operations in numerous theatres of operation, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and other undisclosed countries. Starting his career with the Army Rangers and later joining the Special Forces, Robert is currently serving in a SMU where he has been for the last 10 years. Robert is also the Founder and CEO of Gamut Resolutions LLC where he is quickly becoming highly sought after for law enforcement training, corporate outings, and civilian classes where he specializes in Carbine and Pistol courses.

“It’s great to be adding Robert to our cadre of instructors. He bases his training on his experiences in combat and not on unproven theory, something that is becoming more and more prevalent in the training community,” said Fernando Coelho, President of Panteao Production.

The first title from Robert is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to be filmed in September. For more info on Robert and his company Gamut Resolutions, you can visit his website at: http://gamutresolutions.com/

Pat Rogers – RIP

Pat Rogers was a dear friend to Panteao Productions and one of our favorite instructors to work with. Our time together was spent laughing and joking and trying to get serious for the next scene we were filming. But when it came time be serious and teach, Pat was a true professional. Long before Panteao came into existence he was a personal friend who had my back and when times were tough, he was there to keep me moving forward. Running the business and both our busy schedules made it harder to see Pat on a regular basis, but I knew he was always just a phone call away. I will miss his humor. I will miss his words of wisdom. Most of all I will miss his friendship. Pat – you bust your ass to the very end. Please rest now and take it easy. We will all be thinking of you and will never forget you. – Fernando Coelho

Pat Rogers

Paul Howe Joins Panteao Productions

Paul Howe Joins Panteao Productions

Columbia, SC, May 3, 2016 – Panteao Productions is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Howe as Director of Training & Video Production, effective May 1, 2016.

The role of Director of Training & Video Production is a new position at Panteao Productions created to assist with assessing new instructors, counsel and mentor instructors on video content, develop and maintain standards of conduct for instructors, develop an R&D Procedure for weapons videos, and work directly with the CEO of Panteao Productions on evaluating future video projects and overall company growth.

Paul Howe is a high-risk training instructor for Law Enforcement and Government Security who has evolved from the ranks. Beginning with a brief LE career in the late 1970’s, he served for 20 years in the U.S. Army, ten of those in Special Operations. Paul moved through the ranks and served as a Tactical Team Leader and Senior Instructor while assigned to Army Special Operations. During his tour in special operations he was involved in several combat actions. Upon retirement, Paul started CSAT-Combat Shooting and Tactics in 2000 as a top tier leadership and training company. Paul has appeared in nineteen Panteao instructional videos and a Panteao documentary on the Battle of the Black Sea, otherwise known as the true story of Black Hawk Down.

“I have worked with Paul since the start of Panteao Productions and he has always gone above and beyond towards helping the company. Bringing Paul on board as an official part of Panteao Productions will help Panteao continue to grow and in turn, reach even more people that need firearms training,” said Fernando Coelho, President and CEO of Panteao Productions.

Paul Howe will be working primarily out of his facility in Nacogdoches, TX as well as the Panteao corporate headquarters in Swansea, SC.

Paul Howe Joins Panteao Productions

New Instructor at Panteao

Panteao is pleased to announce an addition to the Panteao instructor lineup. Panteao will be introducing new videos with instructor Aaron Barruga starting with “Make Ready with Aaron Barruga: Small Unit Tactics”.

Aaron joined the US Army because of 9/11 and served in Special Forces. He was deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Pacific Theater of Operations. Aaron left the military in 2013 and formed Guerrilla Approach.

“I’m very happy that we were introduced to Aaron. His no nonsense approach to training and the way he helps students to assess and solve problems will be a great addition to our training lineup,” said Fernando Coelho, President of Panteao Productions.

The first titles from Aaron are currently in pre-production and are scheduled to be filmed in September. For more info on Aaron and his company Guerrilla Approach, you can visit his website at www.guerrillaapproach.com. You can find his page on the Panteao website here: http://panteao.com/instructors/aaron-barruga/

Panteao Teams Up With Renaissance Steel Research

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Panteao is happy to announce RSR Steel Targets coming on board as the official steel target sponsor for Panteao Productions. Renaissance Steel Research (RSR) was founded by Daniel Domin and Philip Weathers and is based out of Wilmington, NC. Danny has participated in reconnaissance, surveillance, and high threat protection operations in the Middle East as a Recon Marine and in Private Security. He has experience in protective security details, mobile and static security, close quarters battle, special reconnaissance and firearms instruction.

Renaissance Steel Research operates a 33,000 sq.ft. state of the art CNC machining, welding and fabrication facility in North Carolina and is a contract manufacturer specializing in all forms of CNC machine, metal fabrication, engineering, design and production. Renaissance Steel Research is a multi-faceted steel fabrication, welding, and engineering business.

“Existing Panteao instructors already run RSR steel targets in their classes and gave RSR the thumbs up,” said Fernando Coelho, president of Panteao Productions. Fernando added, “Danny gets it. Most people can’t justify purchasing steel targets for their personal use because of their high price. His targets are affordable yet still made from high quality AR500 rifle-rated steel. Besides, Danny is a pleasure to work with and his facility is near our facility. This was a no brainer.”

“We are extremely honored and look forward to working with Panteao!” said Daniel Domin, founder of RSR Steel Targets.

RSR brand steel targets and target stands will be appearing both in Panteao’s instructional videos as well as used by Panteao’s instructors at the Panteao facility for classes.

New Gunsite Training Videos Coming from Panteao

Panteao is happy to announce the addition of Gunsite Academy to the cadre of instructors available from Panteao’s Make Ready with the Experts training series.

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Gunsite Academy is considered to be America’s premier firearms training center and was founded in 1976 by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper. Located just west of Paulden, Arizona at a facility covering 2,800 acres, Gunsite offers a wide range of firearm training to elite military personnel, law enforcement officers and free citizens of the US.

“We are very pleased to be able to team up with Gunsite and create a one-on-one training experience with Gunsite instructors via Panteao’s online streaming videos and DVDs. Attending a class at Gunsite is something every firearm owner in the US should do at least once in their lifetime”, said Fernando Coelho, president of Panteao Productions. Fernando continued, “With our training videos, we will be able to supplement that hands on training for those that have already been to Gunsite, prepare those that are getting ready to take a class, and give some level of training for those that haven’t attended.”

Ken Campbell, Gunsite’s Chief Operating Officer commented: “It is an exciting venture to work with Panteao to make Gunsite available to more good people. People recognize the world may not be the nice place it once was and are seeking good training. This is an opportunity to make a solid introduction to The Modern Technique and start them down the training path or refresh them. We look forward to this on-going joint venture.”

The initial video titles being produced at Gunsite Academy are Make Ready with Gunsite: 250 Pistol, Make Ready with Gunsite: 223 Carbine, and Make Ready with Gunsite: Citizen Response to Active Shooter. There will also be a special documentary coming out later this year about the 40th Anniversary of Gunsite.

Make Ready with the Experts: Training Online

Panteao Productions is happy to announce the launch of the much anticipated Panteao Make Ready Channel on Apple TV. With Apple TV, Panteao now has the Trifecta of streaming platforms, bringing the Panteao videos directly to subscribers’ televisions on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.

When Panteao first launched streaming content from the Panteao website in May 2011, the only option was to watch the Panteao videos directly from the Panteao website on a desktop or laptop computer. Technology has grown in leaps and bounds in the past five years and Panteao has continued to expand the platforms that subscribers can benefit from. First there were the Apple and Android mobile apps. They give subscribers the opportunity to watch our content on their phones and tablets anywhere they want. The launch of our Roku Channel in August 2015 bridged the gap between computers and mobile devices, introducing televisions. With the addition of Amazon Fire TV and now Apple TV, subscribers have many ways to enjoy our content.

Panteao offers a monthly subscription as well as a 3-month, 6-month, and a yearly subscription. Subscribers have access to over 30 instructors and all the video content Panteao offers as often as you want, whenever you want. More videos are added on a regular basis, expanding the amount of content subscribers have access to. Yearly subscribers (domestic customers only) also receive a free one year membership to the National Rifle Association and a choice of one of their magazines.

While training online does not replace actual trigger time on the range, it is an excellent supplement to a class. Instructional videos can prepare you for what an instructor is going to present as well as serve as a refresher of what you learned when it’s months later.

The unfortunate reality of training is the majority of firearms owners do not seek it out. Whether it’s because of a lack of ranges nearby, the cost of attending a class, or the inability to take time away from work or family. Some may even feel they simply don’t need it. Whatever the reason (or excuse) it doesn’t change the fact that firearm handling skills do not come by simply purchasing the firearm and reading about an instructor and his/her drills in your favorite gun magazine. If you are lucky enough to take a class, will you be able to afford another? What about that carbine class you want to take but the trip to Disney with the wife and kids is coming up? Or the braces little Johnnie needs? Every firearm owner should be seeking out formal training with a qualified instructor on the range, but most never will.

Then there is the seemingly endless flood of supposed firearms experts releasing videos on social media sites like YouTube and Facebook. Many are a walking liability waiting for an accident to happen. It’s hard to filter the nonsense from the true firearms instructors on the net. The vetting process doesn’t exist. Anyone with a video camera and a social media account can portray themselves as a firearms expert. With Panteao, you are presented with top instructors who have been vetted. Their backgrounds are legitimate and they are considered to be among the best in their circles.

With Panteao’s Make Ready with the Experts Series you have no excuse. Start learning proper firearms safety and gun handling skills from the best. Then go to the range for some trigger time. No excuses.

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A few thoughts…

By Paul Howe

I finished up Shoot House Instructor course earlier this past year and wanted to share a few thoughts and observations. Over the past 35 years I have watched old and new techniques used by both young and seasoned professionals. Some move fast, some move slow, some move efficiently. I want to write about being efficient in tactical training/response and selecting the proper instructor.

I started full time training over 20 years ago in Special Operation and then started my Training Company CSAT, once I retired from the military. This is not a plug for my business, but rather my observations over the past two decades. When I first started training LE, I researched their missions:
• Hostage Rescue
• High Risk Warrant
• Search Warrant
• Barricaded Person
• Miscellaneous missions (Vehicle Assaults, Bus Assaults, etc.)

With the research on LE missions, I broke down written and unwritten techniques that I have used on operations into written guidelines with right and left boundaries. I taught how to safely set up scenarios using live ammunition. I went further and broke tactics down into areas or “parts of a target.”
• Movement to Breach Point
• Breach point
• Hallways and T Intersections
• Rooms
• Consolidation

I used Hostage Rescue as my base because if I can teach you to “push through” or treat a threat as a “speed bump,” then I can easily show you how to hold and fortify on a High Risk Warrant when the offender chooses to shoot at you.

Special Ops generally differs in solving High Risk Warrants in that they are paid to bring the subject back at all costs. Law Enforcement officers are subject to numerous legal restraints that the spec ops soldier is not. Some cannot understand the option of “holding” on a high risk warrant. They don’t understand the concept of “not rescuing dope.”

With the flood gates open and the numerous special operations commandos coming back from overseas and the conflicts winding down, everyone wants to teach and make a buck. I say make a buck as many do not invest the time and energy to make it a profession.

Many officers feel they do not have the background or knowledge to question these soldier trainers and take what they say as Gospel. Extensive combat experience does not directly relate to many Law Enforcement missions. A healthy training environment and confident instructor will encourage questions and ensure he answers all questions students bring up. This is part of being a competent instructor.

LE Cultivating Their Own
When I started my LE training career, most tactical teams were that in name only. They were out of shape, could not shoot and their tactics were less than stellar. Training accidents and deaths were common and LE were injuring or killing more of their own through poor training and tactics than bad guys were. One long time tactical officer I know mentioned that he does not know how they did not get anyone killed or shoot any innocents in the 90’s when he first started. Many teams were lucky. Unfortunately, many teams were not.

Over time, things changed as the tactical community evolved. Tactical LE has gotten on board with physical fitness and are now in better shape than I have seen before. They can shoot. They have refined their tactics and know when to push and when to hold. They are evolving to meet the growing threats and violence in the world. I applaud them.

SWAT teams are becoming more and more team players and teaching their shifts and fellow patrol officer’s techniques and work ethics to help them survive the hazards of their professions.
SWAT set the standard with physical fitness and push for higher weapon qualifications. This has had a trickle-down effect which helps bring patrol to a higher standard.

Having said this, SWAT teams must understand that they are not Delta Operators and cannot require their team or patrol officers to maintain the same standards. Special Operations can select from a talent pool of hundreds of thousands for physical fitness and work ethic. Once in, Spec Ops soldiers can train 24/7 with generally unlimited ammo budgets and training facilities. The average patrol/SWAT officer cannot. A competent instructor must understand this and tailor their training and physical to allow for this.

I know some instructors that routinely hurt students in their training due to unrealistic physical expectations and training events. This is unacceptable. You must teach them how to get to those levels first and have a mechanism to cull them from the training before they get hurt.

Training Choices
For years LE/SWAT have looked to special operations/operators for tactics and techniques. This should continue, but you must vet your training choices.

• Training dollars and time are precious

• Undoing a training scar that a poor instructor puts on you is even more costly.

Recently I went to a region and ran a Shoot House Instructor class. The class was filled with professional and great officers I have worked with in the past. About three years elapsed since I was in the region. Some of the new tactics they were using set me back a bit,- both safety wise and common sense.

One drill we executed and videoed was a two person entry in an “L” shaped room with two threat targets in opposite corners and a hostage target in the middle. Fifteen two-person teams entered and executed the drills. Out of the 15, 10 teams did it right and five did it incorrectly, in my opinion. Most officers locked on the first target and the number one person did not see the second until either prompted to look at his corner or until the number one person saw and engaged it. We actually practiced it prior to the run in the shoot house next door. One-third of the teams could not do a simple two person entry. Most locked down on the first target and the number two did not check his corner and engage the other threat, protecting his partner.

I questioned students and many were confused as they have had other instructors come in and preach running the walls and other “high-speed” tactics. Instead of shooting the first obvious bad guy with the gun first, many times officers would check a corner first and then shoot him. In my mind, reaction time has started and you are giving up a known threat to look at an unknown. That is what your number two person is for when doing dynamic entries. He is there to clear the opposite corner and protect you.

When you cannot master the basics, you are not “high speed.” What is “High Speed” for SWAT. Waking up at 0300 and then executing a hostage rescue using simple techniques and making the shot that counts.

Vetting Tactical Instructors
I see a great deal of former special ops guys wanting to teach (and make money). Unfortunately they may not have the credentials. They may be one hell of an operator, but a piss poor instructor. We had many like that in my era.

Many have not broken the code and fail to research LE missions and adapt. Many want to lean on what unit they served in did and how many months they served overseas. War stories are great, but they do not equate to sound tactics and techniques.

Flashy range fire techniques are generally one-dimensional and work in limited situations and not across the tactical spectrum that law enforcement faces.

Simple Questions to ask:

• Is your safety/techniques on the flat range the same as in CQB or Exterior Movement?
• Do they understand the different LE missions? Ask them what a BP (Barricaded Person) is and if you get blank stare, you know the deal.
• Do they understand use of force?

These veterans are great guys and I appreciate their service. The problem is you may take two steps back to go a step forward in your training. Many times their “latest and greatest” tactics only confuse the team and it also trickles down to patrol officers should your SWAT officers train them.

If you want to find out if an instructor is worth spending your money on, send two of your mature tactical instructors to one of his classes. This way if he is unsound, you have not wasted an entire year’s budget and created a massive training scar on your group.

Physical Fitness
High Intensity Programs (HIP) have come on the scene since I left special ops and my personal opinion is still out on them. An Orthopedic Surgeon said that if it were not for Kettle Bells, Cross-Fit and old men trying to do young man sports, he would not be in business.

A major LE agency in the U.S. has been doing one of these fitness programs for 15 plus years and they are starting to see the long term negative results of some of this type training.

My opinion is that human nature wants to shortcut the learning curve and physical curve and get maximum results in a short time. We want to be efficient in training, but sometimes sacrifice safety and our bodies in this pursuit.

Some of these training systems were designed to work with individuals in an advanced level of fitness for short periods of time or “fillers” for when they cannot perform their routine workouts due to the locations they are in. I don’t believe HIP program designers reverse engineered the systems for the beginning user. With that, instructors were not properly trained and vetted and that people want to go fast and strong before their bodies were ready. Next, the workout structures don’t appear to complement the next session and simply tear down vs. rest and build.

Chronic back problems have plagued young officers in their 30’s and 40’s as a result of these programs. I personally don’t believe you should train at your maximum every day. It is like driving your car as fast as it can go in the city and on the open road all the time. It will wear out/break in short order.

A simple stair-stepped weight and cardio program will get you what you need and keep your body functioning well into your end game of life. Physical training should be a life-long goal. If you wreck your car along the way, it is difficult to get it fixed and get to your destination.

Remember, five-toed running shoes were all the rage at one time….

Cultivating your own cadres
I would like to see more LE trainers out there. SWAT types with patrol backgrounds have incredible experience and knowledge that can speak with confidence to the patrol officer and the SWAT officer. This includes all the various missions and situations they can encounter and how to safely respond. These types can also educate the constantly evolving chains of commands. Also, you are constantly in a people business where the special ops type trainer can solve most problems with a bullet or a muzzle strike. Law enforcement officers must respond to chaotic situations, using their judgement, discretion and tools at hand to bring order.

Law Enforcement is as much of a profession as it is a science. The state academy I went through was 345 hours and I did not have a clue as to what I was doing by today’s standards. I was lucky when I was in a small town. I would have survived a bigger city with my positive mindset, but I would have needed a great FTO to set me straight. My learning curve would have been much steeper and I would have screwed up more often.

Today’s training methods, classroom teaching techniques and information collection and distribution are light years ahead of what I remember. The other thing that has increased in 40 years is the levels of violence. Violent confrontations and lack of respect for law enforcement in general have grown with the political winds of hate and liberalism.

With the growing level of violence, more and more police candidates are selected for their college degrees with no background in dealing with people or violent situations. The learning curve with this type of candidate is extremely steep and some don’t survive as they cannot make the transition. When I started my path, Vietnam Veterans were heavily seeded in Law Enforcement and violence was no stranger to them. Now we have more violence and more “polished” recruits without the ability to “flip the switch” in high risk confrontations and professionally solve the problem at hand.

Pitfall and Professional Hazards
The LE profession is a deadly serious business. Young officers eager for action will get it one day and they need to be ready. They also need to be mentored in how to pick and choose their battles. If you get in enough fights and have your nose broken enough and have to get more dental work than you care to, you will learn. I believe older and more tactically mature officers need to pass these lessons learned to younger officers.

As for SWAT officers, if you push the fight enough, you will find it. Make sure the fight is a worthy and just one. Hostage rescue is a noble and just cause, just be smart about it and train for it.

If you push the fight on missions doing dynamic where a surround and call out is the best option, you may learn the hard way. Use tactical maturity and pick and choose your battles. It is easy for a tactical team to push on and kill a mental person who is only threat is to themselves. The smart and patient thing is to wait them out and exhaust all your options.

A west coast team pushed a hit and lost two officers to a suspect firing a .380 pistol on a hostage rescue at close quarters. One officer was killed and the other moved on due to his injuries. Make sure that you use multiple breach points when you can. Remember even an untrained individual willing to fight can kill you with an unzeroed weapon.

The job is dangerous, so be smart. Leave your ego aside. Use all the brain power at hand to solve the tactical problems you encounter. Sanity checks from other team members and leaders are must.

Instructing Civilians
Some of these former Spec Ops guys develop a “cult” following and teach civilians. No problem, but the same issues that apply to Law Enforcement training, applies to civilians.

Civilians have no way of knowing if this instructor was good or bad in his military service. There are plenty of bad ones. Many good ones get out because they were injured and they naturally want to give back. I applaud their motivation

Look at the instructor’s credentials and see how long they spent in Special Ops or LE. Why did they move or get out? If they were only there a year or so and got out, they were probably pushed out unless they were injured.

The problem with Spec Ops is that they do not air their dirty laundry and allow unsatisfactory individuals to migrate without putting a black mark in their record, demoting them or separating them from service. They allow their problems to go to the outside and become bigger problems in the training community. Still no one steps up and says, this guy is a turd. It is an unwritten rule that you don’t call someone out. I personally think it is bullshit, especially when someone is dangerous or puts out dreamed up tactics or techniques that have not been validated. Training scars can be hard to erase and are sometimes unforgiving.

Panteao Productions and the civilian learning curve
I became involved with Panteao years ago with the intent not to make money, but to produce a DVD that would help people pass my Rifle/Pistol Instructor class. It is six-days and many shooters would come not prepared to pass the standards. They wanted me to teach them how to shoot in that week and that consumed much of the important “How to Instruct” time.

Now future Instructor Students can watch the DVD, practice, come pass the standards and focus on how to develop shooters, timers, verbiage, running a line, problem solving, etc. By doing this, my life as an instructor has become much easier and the quality of students has increased. The students who do not come prepared are now shooter development tools in the class.

I was one of the starting instructors with Panteao and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with them. Part of Panteao’s learning curve was dealing with mostly proven instructors, but also instructors wanting to make a video, believing it to be a spring board for their careers. Some were downright dangerous.

After filming over 34 instructors, the film crew got good at spotting who was competent and safe and who was not. They also got to see who brought applicable content to the table and who did not. Two of the 34 have been discontinued.

They also “deselected” instructors who were not as talented as they claimed to be and were unsafe. This was a steep learning curve on their behalf. They learned fast after seeing the entire field. With that, instructors were still recommended to them by clients and customers and it took time and vetting to figure out who was solid and who was not.

Still, people were hesitant to call it the way it was as they did not want to be known as the guy that dropped a dime. I see this as weak character.

I walked away from Special Ops because during a time when weak leadership was in control and they were not going anywhere any time soon. I decided to change my life and work with folks that would listen, namely American Law Enforcement (LE).

I was frowned on by a few who thought I should not speak out. When Americans lives are on the line, I feel you have a duty to speak out. That or you let a situation repeat itself and more people needlessly die. Too many hide behind secrecy to protect their ego and careers.

After training in the civilian sector for over 16 years, I have found that if you can train LE and they call you back, you have something. They are the most cynical group I have found as they are lied to by the public much of the time and their leadership is sometimes no better. Further, tactical teams are running missions every day in the U.S. They can generally spot BS tactics.

In short, if an instructor is successful at training LE, he will be a good civilian trainer. It generally does not work the other way around.

To sum up the reason for this article is simple. A patrol officer in Garland, Texas used a pistol to take down two well-armed terrorists. I know little of the incident, but he used basic skills and a combat mindset to put two bad guys down.

The precedence has been set. He used skills learned in his career and enhanced by trickle down training from SWAT officers that worked with him, to terminate two threats. It worked and worked well. Simple proven technical skills learned from vetted instructors were handed down.

This simple and heroic act should sent a wave of confidence through the law enforcement training community that instills the knowledge that you have what it takes to get the job done, in the most extreme and dangerous circumstances. It is simply how you train to get there and how you cultivate your combat mindset along the way. This mindset can spill over into the civilian community as well. This is a true force multiplier for good.

Finally check out your trainer(s) and ensure they are who and what they claim. Training scars are hard to undo. Life is short. Train hard and efficient.

About the Author
Paul R. Howe is a 20-year veteran and former Special Operations soldier and instructor. He owns Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT), where he consults with, trains and evaluates law enforcement and government agencies in technical and tactical techniques throughout the special operations spectrum. See combatshootingandtactics.com for details.