Being a Tough Guy for a Week [PART 2]

 

Matt Stagliano

Early morning at the Gunsite pistol range
Early morning at the Gunsite pistol range
Rob Leatham
Rob Leatham
Leatham working with a student on grip fundamentals
Leatham working with a student on grip fundamentals
Rob Leatham being a robot
Rob Leatham being a robot
Student on the pistol range
Student on the pistol range
Carbine work with Chief White consisted of more basic carbine manipulation skills since there were some guys, even on Blue team, who were not well versed in using a rifle. We covered two-shot drills, failure drills (two to the body, one to the head), and reverse failure drills (two to the body, two to the pelvic girdle). White and his assistant instructors Doug Esposito, Tom Rovetuso, and Chris Currie did a phenomenal job of relating the carbine work to what Leatham taught on the pistol range. They emphasized the same combat-ready stance, very similar upper body positioning, and trigger control that allows increased speed without sacrificing too much accuracy. While I was familiar with all of these concepts, I had to keep reminding myself that it was new for several of the students and to keep an open mind, rather than just move faster through the drills.

Chief Chris White
Chief Chris White
Custom Devil Dog Arms rifle for EoS
Custom Devil Dog Arms rifle for EoS
Steve Tarani introducing Bill Maughan
Steve Tarani introducing Bill Maughan
BAMF Bill Maughan
BAMF Bill Maughan
Steve Tarani teaching a block on edged weapons
Steve Tarani teaching a block on edged weapons
Leatham teaching a student how to manipulate a gun for better reloads
Leatham teaching a student how to manipulate a gun for better reloads

Iain Harrison of RECOIL magazine
Iain Harrison of RECOIL magazine

Reloads in a very high workspace
Reloads in a very high workspace
Leatham demonstrates proper reloads
Leatham demonstrates proper reloads
Trying to go harder and push myself (photo courtesy of Straight 8)
Trying to go harder and push myself to the failure point (photo courtesy of Straight 8).
More carbine range work
More carbine range work
Chief Chris White providing instruction on moving while shooting
Chief Chris White providing instruction on moving while shooting
Tarani’s focus on this day was using our own carry knives, working with them to find our preferred deployment method. We covered where on the body to carry a knife (which is often determined by your environment), your ability to carry a pistol, and your own physical capabilities. Tip up, tip down, neck knives, fixed blades, folders, assisted, auto, flipper…it didn’t matter what we were using, the goal was to get the knife out and deployed in two moves in two seconds. Tarani had us work our technique in a similar fashion to how I’ve seen Ron Avery teach the pistol draw – in reverse. Using my Strider folder, I was able to cut my deployment times from the pocket down from 1.55s to an average of 1.21s – in line with my pistol draw times.

An assortment of Tarani's priceless karambits
An assortment of Tarani’s priceless karambits
Steve Tarani displaying some curved weapons from other countries
Steve Tarani displaying some vicious covert curved weapons from other countries
Steve Tarani showing the effectiveness of the karambit
Steve Tarani showing the effectiveness of the karambit
Steve Tarani demonstrates an eye gouge on Bob
Steve Tarani demonstrates an eye gouge on Bob
Bill Rogers
Bill Rogers
Standing at the pistol range
Standing at the pistol range
Leatham teaching a student about one handed shooting
Leatham teaching a student about one handed shooting
Single handed shooting on the move
Single handed shooting on the move
Single hand shooting against the clock
Single hand shooting against the clock
Preparing for movement with carbines
Preparing for movement with carbines
Chief White talks positions under vehicles
Chief White talks positions under vehicles
Chief White shooting around barricades
Chief White shooting around barricades
Students during a non-ballistic weapon session
Students during a non-ballistic weapon session
Tarani demonstrating stick defenses
Tarani demonstrating stick defenses
Students practice both offense and defense with an impact weapon
Students practice both offense and defense with an impact weapon
Defending against a kick with a flexible weapon
Defending against a kick with a flexible weapon
Safariland was a major sponsor of EoS
Safariland was a major sponsor of EoS
Rob Leatham walks us through our final exam stage
Rob Leatham walks us through our final exam stage
Students shooting the steel challenge
Students shooting the steel challenge
The Blue Team ends our pistol training
The Blue Team ends our pistol training
Speed reloads with a carbine
Speed reloads with a carbine
Shooting El Prez with a carbine
Shooting El Prez with a carbine
Testing various edged weapons on actual flesh
Testing various edged weapons on actual flesh
Preparing for team movement
Preparing for team movement
Student enjoying a moment of relaxation before the FTX
Student enjoying a moment of relaxation before the FTX
Red Team prepares for their FTX
A team on the way to the FTX
The Gunsite 40th Anniversary Cake
The Gunsite 40th Anniversary Cake
A box full of Benchmade Presidio knives for each student
A box full of Benchmade Presidio knives for each student
Steve Tarani, Rob Leatham, and Chris White give the students some final words
Steve Tarani, Rob Leatham, and Chris White give the students some final words
Evolution of Shooting Class Picture
Evolution of Shooting Class Picture
(l-r) Steve Tarani, Denise Bixler, Rob Leatham, Kippi Leatham, Chris White, Doug Esposito, Tom Rovetuso
(l-r) Steve Tarani, Denise Bixler, Rob Leatham, Kippi Leatham, Chris White, Doug Esposito, Tom Rovetuso
Rob Leatham Knife Hands The World
Rob Leatham Knife Hands The World

 

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