im not saying im a pro or that i know better, but common sense prevails. ive begun collecting a lot of firearm magazines, pretty much building up a physical database of reviews and pictures. in these mags, i see a bunch of adds or reviews for "tactical" schools. in some of these pictures i cant help to question and blatantly ask, as im siting on the toilet, "what the f*ck are they doing?". now, ill leave out the names of these schools as i have not attended them and i dont want to give the impression my observation denotes the professionalism of these schools. one opened up with the picture of the class charging at the camera with their war faces on and such. and of course everyone had a form of AR. It kept on about how it teaches defensive stances and preached function rather than form. which is always good, but please someone explain to me a "defensive stance." ...isnt that for fist fighting? im not quite sure but i think i have enough knowledge that in a gunfight with rifles, unless you have a substantial about of cover between you and your target, you shouldnt be standing much at all. Other pictures showed a "unique" grip on the rifles they teach. the non firing hand is almost fully extended, small small bend in the elbow, the thumb is over the top of the rifle grip, the web of the hand being almost up against the front sight post. they said this grip helps in target acquisition. i said "meh, what the hell." doing that myself i learned almost all of my left peripheral vision was gone. im not sure how im supposed to fight with my left eye completely blocked. and before anyone says "well its closed anyway cause youre aiming." youre supposed to keep both eyes open when using an optical. on another review for handguns, different school, they were showing actual lessons in, for lack of a better term, fist fighting with a handgun. bad guy with a knife, good guy showing block with left hand and pulling weapon with his right, as well as PULLING THE BAD GUY CLOSER to close the distance and putting the barrel against him......if i know i have a gun and a guy pulls out anything, im going to push him or get as far away from him as humanly possible cause i know im just going to unload on him when i get the quickest chance, and heres this tool wanting the complete opposite. im not sure if anyone told him in arms distance a knife is ungodly more deadly than a gun. im just wondering, does anyone have any stories of their own of going to a school and found out youre learning techniques from a Steven Segal? anything overly wrong that it just jumps out at you? im going to start looking for places to go around the northeast texas area and my biggest fear is paying for a class i will leave in a few hours cause im being taught useless lessons by a pompous know it all, who dosent.