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.
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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.