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Firearms training that evolves beyond simple marksmanship and into the realm of the martial art.

Training Concepts and Commentary

The private firearms training world has evolved; what was once at the lowest end of the training food chain, has taken the lead in innovation and the transformation of the firearm from a technical skill and past time to a martial art. High Desert Training Group is at the forefront of that change; by providing cutting edge training that is relevant to the firearm as a martial skill, our group is at the forefront of that evolution. Nevertheless, the gun world out there is replete with myths, fads its own fashion. In this page we dive into the weeds and tear down the dogma of charlatans and profiteers.

Our commentaries are meant to provoke and challenge the status quo.

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Some More Notes on Violence

Know Your Enemy One of the most basic principles of military strategy is to know your enemy, in doing so, you can prepare to fight him. Most in American society don’t understand criminal strategy; consequently, the gun community being among the most law abiding segment of society understands this process even less. As a result,… Continue >>>

Single Hand Pistol Operation

Shooting With the Single Hand In an earlier newsletter on violence we noted that an essential skill set in Close Quarters Handgun operations was the ability to shoot the handgun with one hand unsupported and to be as comfortable as or even more so than with a two hand supported platform. There were a few… Continue >>>

Violence From Two Different Perspectives

More on the Study of Violence The Police and the Predator In a way, they’re both hunters. Effective law enforcement officers are always mentally on the hunt. Their radar is constantly active, profiling and assessing. When they make a contact and have targeted someone, they strategically think ahead to maintain the initiative. Law Enforcement Officers… Continue >>>

The Kill Zone

Someone sent me a link and asked me to comment on an event that happened last year when a Douglas County Co. Sheriff’s Deputy was confronted by a motorist with a gun. I thought it was as they say, a learning moment.  Outside Littleton Co. a Sheriff’s Deputy was making a courtesy stop for a… Continue >>>

Expedient Gun handling

The Art of Expedient Gun Handling  Weapon handling skills that are suitable for achieving a satisfactory end when the circumstances are otherwise unfavorable. In other words, expedient gun handling represents an ability to deliver hits on target when traditional marksmanship fails. But as we’ve discussed earlier, in the world of street violence, having to go… Continue >>>

Foreseen and Spontanious Threats

This may be a controversial article to some. Prior to publishing it I shared it with a former law enforcement friend who had worked some of the toughest assignments as a cop. He e-mailed me back saying “This is so true”. Knowing that I’m a trainer who has left the club house and gone rogue, he added the caveat, be careful,… Continue >>>

Movement and Shooting

Thoughts on Movement and Not Being Shot I remember back during the Bush Presidency, post 911. The FBI published on its web site, provocative articles on crime, enforcement and training. One article that was lost when I abandoned paper documents and went electronic was related to the ratio of hits to misses in law enforcement… Continue >>>

Thoughts on Handgun Stopping Power

A Question About Stopping Power I was teaching last month and the issue of stopping power came up; why would someone go with a 9mm when they can have a .40… or a .45? This question led to a Saturday morning resurrection of the caliber waI had to throw my two cents in.(My observations are… Continue >>>

“Real World” Gun Handling Skills

“Real World” “Real world” is a term I heard early in my life. It related to training in fighting skills that were relevant to you and the situation you are or will be in. Your world is the real world. Contrary to popular belief, there are few professional standards in the civilian/private sector based firearms training community. Most privately contracted training… Continue >>>

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Some More Notes on Violence

Know Your Enemy One of the most basic principles of military strategy is to know your enemy, in doing so, you can prepare to fight him. Most in American society don’t understand criminal strategy; consequently, the gun community being among the most law abiding segment of society understands this process even less. As a result,… Continue >>>

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