What do you guys think of my Program of Instruction?

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by bluez, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

    Ok so i have a couple of buddies who are willing to learn but are family fathers so I only get to train them maybe twice a year and as a result progress is slow.

    I trained one of my work colleagues today.
    He is a USAF reservist but from a specialty where he never even touched a rifle in his entire career.
    Over the past 3 years I been teaching him Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM) and that been going real well and he was a natural and is pretty good at hitting what he is aiming at.

    But running the mechanics of the AR he still struggled with.
    As recently as last year I would notice when we start after along break he would struggle with remembering how to load his AR.

    So what I've been doing is getting rid of these short 1 hr sessions at a local indoor range..

    But instead keep him an several hours day and run him again and again in certain drills to enforce memory.

    A few months ago I had him for about 7 hours and I saw a huge jump in ability.

    That was mostly updrills but also some drills that involve transitioning between several different targets at different distances with different firing positions...and giving targets that would force fimn to change his firing positions mid- drill. And of course reloads.
    Today I was trying to build on that event from last fall.

    This was our POI for today (anything with a Star he had never done before)

    - review disassembly and reassembly of Ar15
    - Review tactical Reloads vs Emergency reloads
    - React to Contact - Break Contact. This was w/ a 2 man buddy team, me and him, done dry only.... for safety reasons as the lane only had a backstop on one side.. and also I did not have time for a crawl-walk-run to ensure his (and my) safety if he did it live-fire*
    - React to Contact - Fight through (done dry)*
    - Hasty Ambush ( after a break contact), done dry*
    - Various updrills, Starting with single target and facing target .. ending with 2 targets controlled pairs from facing away from target. the 50m was usually from ..from standing the 100m from kneeling
    - Shoot through vegetation serving as concealment, I am kind proud of this one. So I put him on the corner of a cornfield and had him shoot drills on command through the edge of the cornfield at 2 different targets at different distances. He had to maneuver depending on target and depending on his starting position through the prone and kneeling to get a good shot through the corn, he would sometimes only see the edge of the target and had to shooting at presumed location... And actually shoot through the leaves etc*
    - Supine and Urban Prone.. just as an example how it feels and is difficult to make work.He was surprisingly good at it as his rifle handling skills were increasing..and urban I stick to strong side only... Those were more intended as fun closing drills. But I think if he is using his rifle in these weird firing positions it further increases his confidence.

    He was a good sport especially since it was huge scorcher and we did all this in less than 4 hours with very few breaks just for water/gatorade.

    I observed his movements really smoothing out by the end of the training day and his was hitting real well all day.
    So what do you guys think of the training day?

    Did I try to squeeze in too much for someone who is still a relative noob?

    PS: I keep telling my buddies here in Northern Virginia that I regularly train with, to also attend GreenOps for getting better at running your gun and of course Max Velocity Tactical.
    That would be ideal but only a minority go and do that.
    after doing this for years I have had success in getting 1 guy to green ops and 3 guys to MVT, I have also mentioned Mason-Dixon Tactical in PA..but no takers yet.
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  2. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

    I'm big on giving targets and/or a drill that force the shooter to completely change positions during his firing drill

    For example at end of day updrills might have some targets designated as prone only or kneeling only.

    So I might make the 2nd target always a prone for a kneeling..
    Or in some cases give 3 target numbers that force the shooter from standing to prone and then to kneeling.

    Standing as the starting default I think makes sense.. to train PPL to react to contact.

    Prone right afterwards also makes sense since once the first couple of reaction rounds are sqeezed off me might wantto be in prone since its more accurate and harder to get hit..

    but then often targets may not be reachable from prone due to terrain so sometimes throw in that 3rd target were shooter has to go quickly from prone to kneeling .

    The shooting thru concealment like a bush (or in this case the edge of a cornfield) I think is also realistic and offers a good learning curve.

    At the other range I train I can sometimes hide a steel target behind tall grass, here it was easier to hide the shooter behind concealment.

    The pic is an example of me a couple months ago transitioning in of these drills from prone ot kneeling to hit a target hidden behind a bush not visble from prone:

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  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Just to see what is already out there, take a look at the course of fire on the POI used by law enforcement agencies for the Patrol Rifle qualification course. Son-in-law is range officer for his department- one station in their course simulates firing prone, UNDER a parked vehicle. Strikes me as pretty good use of cover.

    And just because I am a devious SOB, I have been known to mix a few dummy rounds or blanks into the magazines- immediate action to clear stoppage.

    Here is a sample from the Virginia Training Standards-

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  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Short PS- if you are feeling tactically good with your rifle, and feel you have mastered it- try running a few magazines down range while wearing an M17 Protective Mask. Let me know how that works for you. o_O
  5. danf_fl

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  6. Mosin

    Mosin Well-Known Member

    I don't know if he doesn't own a firearm or cannot... but the majority of these drills, etc can be done with dummy rounds and an airsoft rifle.
    Unless he can't physically own a gun, there's no reason he should be showing up to the range, struggling with the mechanics of how to load, field strip or anything with any gun...
  7. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

    He's past that stage now.. and like I wrote in the posts pretty good now..that was last year just prior to out first multi hour outing in the boonies :)
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  8. Tactical_Precision

    Tactical_Precision New Member

    As you have said above he is past that stage.. but just to ensure he retains familiarization of his rifle you could put together a checklist. I am sure there are checklist you can find on the Department of State website, Marine Corps, or ATF. Just a simple upload/download procedure should suffice. That repetition will become muscle memory and will be a huge help for range training.

    The training you did with him sounds great! It may be a little advanced for him at this time though. You said that he is practically a noob still so I would focus on the basic fundamentals first. For a beginner I would focus on the following until I believe he has become comfortable:
    1. Stance and hand placement on weapon. ( For reaction or combat I recommend non firing hand going as forward on the hand guards as possible)
    2. Immediate action. As you most likely know this is one fundamental every shooter should master before going on to advance techniques. Whether he runs dry or not, the shooter should always inspect chamber and then go forward with either reloading or tap, rack, re-asses. Once you go to more advanced, you can teach to go to secondary if their primary weapon goes down.
    3. Marksmanship. I know you said he is a natural and good at hitting where he aims, but how proficient is that? I try to get my shooters a group no bigger than a quarter before I move onto tactical training. Once pivoting, walking (especially laterally) while shooting, speed come into play we all know the group will become bigger. So I ensure they have those basic fundamentals down first.

    These are all just some friendly suggestions! I hope they help! That training you conducted sounds great though! If he has got the hang of it and is doing well with at least 85% rounds on target than don't change a thing!