Make Ready with Pat McNamara: Pistol TAPS


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Runtime: 01hr, 50min



4.78 out of 5

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Pat McNamara (Mac) has 22 years of Special Operations experience, 13 of which were in 1st SFOD-D. He has extensive experience in hostile fire/combat zones in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He trains individuals at basic and advanced levels of marksmanship and combat tactics. With Pistol TAPS (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting), Mac introduces you to his performance based training methodology. He reviews handgun selection, accessories & range gear, maintenance, basic drills to lead to a five second standard, drills like the Einstein, Pick your Poison, the El Pres, 500 Point Aggregate, Delta Seven, Grid of Fire, Grinder, Blaze X, Turn & Burn and more. Join Mac in Pistol TAPS and get your blaze on!

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9 reviews for Make Ready with Pat McNamara: Pistol TAPS

  1. Russ
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    McNamara is a unique individual with his humor and certain terminology that I won’t repeat. He does not spend a lot of time on the basics like grip, trigger control , etc.. like most video’s do. For example this is his instructions for the correct stance “Just stand up” that’s all there is to it. The video spends a a lot of time with practical drills while timing his efficiency on the clock. His demonstration of balancing accuracy vs. time when it comes to competition is paramount that is if you want to win. He has written a couple of books and the first one I would read is T.A.P.S . It would be a good read along with the video. He does keep your attention with his motivation and you can notice his leadership skills that will keep you wanting a a Version 2 of his Pistol Taps!

  2. Casey
    5 out of 5


    Mac has an odd personality that can hinder initial appreciation of his talent, knowledge and ability teach stuff. Get over what his appearance or mannerism might make you think at first, because there is a lot worth hearing from him.

    Mac talks a lot about performance based training, as opposed to results based. This is really valuable advice that is something worth at least giving deep thought, for any level of shooter.

    I’d say this course is very good info for someone that has taken a couple serious firearms classes and wants to consider improving their own practice routines to promote better growth.

    Mac is also hilarious and super positive. He’d be a crazy workout partner to have.

  3. David
    4 out of 5


    His approach is good and I liked his style. He provides some simple basics and then moves on to different drills. I was expecting to see more varied skills such as malfunction clearing.

  4. Walter
    5 out of 5


    Good instructor. Lots of funny sayings.

  5. Siim
    4 out of 5


    Great for novice shooters and shooting instructors. Entertaining and knowlegeble, good drills for followthru and basic techniques.

  6. Ruben
    5 out of 5


    Pat Mac is a God. The video seems to be more geared towards instructors who want to develop a strong training program, however just as a civilian shooter it will also provide you with a good base to start training and develop real skill with a pistol.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Informative and down to earth reality instruction. Great drills that are building and honing my firearm skills.

  8. Daniel
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This video is a fantastic resource for someone just getting started with pistol shooting. Expect a realistic approach to the subject without any fluff, hence tactical applications – real-world principles from someone who’s been there.

  9. Anthony reid
    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Great stuff! This is the third video I’ve purchased from Panteao and it hit the mark with what I needed to focus on to empower my pistol skills. If you’re new to pistol training, I’d recommend starting with Dave Spaulding’s Essentials of Combat Pistolcraft before moving on to this video. However, if you’ve had some training in the past and are just needing to knock the rust off, then this is the video for you. The first impression you’re likely to get is that Pat Mac is a first-class firearms instructor. Not only is his skill top-notch, but he’s very interesting (and entertaining) to listen to. Beyond that, he has an uncanny way of fostering confidence, to the point that I felt like even the more difficult drills were doable–and I hadn’t even stepped outside yet.

    I know he’s a busy man, but I hope Pat Mac continues to make more videos like this one. Next up for me is Carbine Taps (and I don’t even own a carbine yet!).

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