Monday, August 12, 2013

Low Cost and Free Training Supplementation

Low Cost and Free Training Supplementation

The resources available for training are more than ever before. From the constantly growing pool of quality (and not so quality) instructors, to low cost resources like the Panteao Productions streaming training videos.

How do you stretch your training budget? Dry practice a lot. You don’t have to shoot to get training, and dry practice is worth so much. However, you need additional hands on training to supplement that. This can come in a couple forms:
1.     Training Partner(s).
2.     Local Instructor.
3.     Nationally Recognized Big Name Instructor/School.

What I have found works is using the following resources. I have training partners I train with. Sometimes its once a month, others its once a year (we need to train more Mojo and Tim!). Then on top of that I try to take a Shooting or Tactics class about once every year to two years. I try to choose a class that will get the maximum training value on the topic, especially if I can cram a multiple day class in.

To keep things current during that, I use the following low cost or free tools.
1.     Panteao Productions. Streaming training videos from several of the Big Names in the Industry.
2.     Youtube. This requires a lot of discernment and knowledge of who is qualified and who is a idiot.
3.     Online Forums/Websites.
d.     Instructor’s personal blogs and Facebook pages

I use this for a wide variety of training, and if there is interest I can try to link to a few of the Facebook profiles/pages and Youtube channels I suggest keeping an eye on. I do link to several of the Facebook pages from my Blog Facebook occasionaly as well.

Equipment Color Considerations Part 2

Part 2 on Equipment Color Considerations

Earlier I showed a few pictures of different colored kit and rifles in a home next to a couch under NOD’s. This time I’ll show a few colors of kit in the desert under NOD’s at 25 or so yards as well as at 7 or so yards.

The colors of kit: Black, Blue Force Gear Wolf, Coyote Brown and Multiawesomecam.

Pictures taken on a mostly moon lit night under a Gen 3 TNVC PVS-14. IR light is from a Princeton Tec Charge MPLS.

Picture of Area with Flash:

NOD picture close:

NOD picture close with IR:

NOD picture far:

NOD picture far with IR:

This should help in a way. The next thing I would like to show, but have difficulty in doing so, is what colors stick out in low light. Sadly, my camera will not take photos that show this, but your own naked eye will do that. Take your kit out into the local AO and see what sticks out. Try it in your house, yard, hiking area, hunting area, etc.

Coming up next in the series: Kit out in the wild during daylight. If you happen to have a Smock or Long sleeve top in any camo patterns and would like it included, PM me on the Facebook page, or post an email on the comments with the type of camo pattern you have available. I’m looking specifically for some of the newer patterns to compare.