Well, I am enjoying my first Spring down here in West Texas, and I must say it's glorious!!! Not to rub you northern fellers' noses in it, but I do not miss the long, alternately dusty and damp, chilly months of March and April as they go in Wisconsin and/or Alberta!

But weather aside, we have other things to be pleased about here at TAS this month.

First thing: I had a great block of training up in Minnesota in March with the Special Operations Training Association of the Upper Midwest (SOTA). I had the opportunity to speak at their annual convention on March 4-6, then held a Shooting with Xray Vision for SWAT class at Hennepin Tech College on 3/7.

I had the opportunity to sit in on Johan Boden's ballistics class at the SOTA conference. Johan is an old friend of mine from IDPA, and he is also the guy at Federal/Speer who demo's their ammunition ballistics all over the world. He takes the high road in his classes, meaning he does not comment on ATK's competitors. He simply demo's the Federal/Speer ammo line, which is all that really needs to be done. I am not a ballistics expert, but I've hung out with a few over the years, and I know good ballistics when I see it... and I can say without a shred of hesitancy that if you want ammo that will perform at or  beyond the established FBI standards under any patrol or SWAT  conditions you can think of, Speer and Federal ammunition will fit the bill. I have carried Speer's GDHP handgun ammunition in all my carry/duty pistols and revolvers for years, and Johan's demo at SOTA last month confirmed my choice as a good one. I have also been a proponent of the Federal Tactical Bonded .223 round for years (either 55 gr or my preferred choice, the 62 gr) and Johan demonstrated the exemplary performance of this ammunition in bare gelatin, clothed gelatin, through windshield glass, and even through automobile sheet steel. If your agency is looking at a major ammo purchase and you haven't looked closely at Speer/Federal, I strongly recommend you get hold of Johan at ATK and get him on board for a demo.

Our SXRV class at Hennepin Co. was a very good class. As usual, the background, training, and ongoing mission of the partcipants drove much of the content of the course. This was a pretty switched-on group of guys, so we were able to cover some of the more advanced material I don't usually go through in many classes, including such topics as the anatomically-correct used of edged weapons. I have tended to stay away from discussion of edged weapons in my training, but I'm getting questions about knives and other edged weapons a lot more often lately. I'm not sure that we're seeing more use of such weapons in police encounters with felons, but awareness of them is certainly increasing.

I haven't written anything about edged weapons under the Tactical Anatomy masthead to date, but I'm wondering if I should do so. Please contact me through email if you have strong opinions one way or another!

BOOK NEWS:  Some folks are waiting for books, and for this I apologize. I am part-way through a rewrite of my Tactical Anatomy Instructor Manual, which will be released as the Second Edition some time this summer. I've listened to what people have had to say about the first edition of the book and tried to incorporate new material that reflects the questions and concerns I've heard about. I have greatly expanded the educational ("adult learning theory") theme I touched on in the Introduction of the first edition, making it a chapter in its own right. I have also added a lot of material to the Computer Simulator section, and have added a Live Fire Training section as well, all of which is drawn from real-life experience with police departments around the country that are training their cops in the Tactical Anatomy SXRV system.

The Second Edition will be released as an e-book, which means I will no longer be shipping each copy out of my home. I know those of you who have had to wait on orders when I've been too busy with medical and/or SWAT team priorities to tend properly to shipping will be pleased to hear that. (... and the crowd goes wild!...) My editor/publisher is working on an all-electronic option as well, so the book may be available for downloading to your Kindle or computer, if we can get it set up right.

I will keep y'all posted here on my website when the Second Edition becomes available.

Upcoming Training: I am working with my longtime friend and training partner in Minnesota, Elliot Gilchrist, to bring a Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds class to the Twin Cities region in June 2012. We are looking at the end of the week of June 18 (so 6/21 or 6/22) for this class, and depending on demand, we may schedule a SXRV for Civilians class as well. Both classes will be open to LE and non-sworn personnel. If you are interested in attending either or both of these classes, let me know by email asap so I can plan for numbers. Tuition for TTGSW is $150.00, and all training materials are supplied. Students will need to bring a change of clothes (a pair of pants and a long-sleeved shirt you can destroy), sidearm, tactical rifle/shotgun, and a modest supply of ammo. And as in all Tactical Anatomy classes, remember to bring along your brain, 'cause you're we're gonna make you use it!!

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Okay, folks. I'm back.

If you're bothering to read this, I assume you're viewing it as a welcome development!

I accomplished my move to Texas with about as little fuss and bother as one can manage, which is to say, it was a major Charlie Foxtrot much of the time. But I've found my inventory of books and t-shirts, burned some new CD's (sorry, haven't got the fancy CD labels printed yet but that should happen soon), and have shipped all outstanding orders. Those of you who have been waiting for your orders: I've included a small token of my appreciation in the form of discounts for further orders, and if you want a free TAS anatomy t-shirt, just drop me an email and I'll send you one by snailmail.

New members/users who have signed up since summer, please be patient and I'll get you approved as soon as I can. Unfortunately my security software for the website was defeated by some new spamming technology, so I have literally hundreds of bogus members-only applications. I read and print and file every member application personally, and often request additional documentation before approval. WIth all these bogus apps coming in, I'm really behind on membership approval. So please bear with me.

I will post here on my blog when I've got the backlog cleared up. Hopefully later this week.

Now, let me explain what I mean when I say "I'm back".

First, it means that I'm recanting my quasi-decision to withdraw Tactical Anatomy training and publications from the marketplace. A number of good people have encouraged me to keep going. That wouldn't be enough in and of itself, but I've found that my work load here in Texas is "light" enough that I can actually put time and energy into running TAS training and publications. My former position in Wisconsin consisted of being a fulltime ER doc, plus being the Medical Director of my ER, plus leadership involvement (meetings, meetings, and more meetings) with my employer. This hardly left any time for the things I enjoy, and zero energy to get up and do those things.

So I'm back in the training biz. The Minnesota state SWAT training organization, SOTA, is hosting a SXRV class for SWAT/Patrol in March 2012. We are going to be using some state of the art computer simulations at this class using the updaed MILO system I partner-purchased recently.  If you want to sign on for this program, contact SOTA board member Chris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration info. He tells me the SOTA website is having growing pains, so it's best to contact him directly.  I'm still waiting to nail down dates for a combined SXRV and TTGSW class in Nashville TN next spring, so watch here for dates and details on that.

My webmaster has promised to tutor me (AGAIN...) on how to post upcoming training on this website so y'all's can find out what's coming up.

I've been in contact with a couple of gun/cop magazines I've written for in the past, so you should be seeing my articles out in the mainstream press again soon. My intention is to link new articles to this website so members can read them here in the Members Only area without purchasing the magazines in question; and since sometimes editors take out some of the more graphic stuff I send them (photos and text), I'll be able to put up the full content for members here.

Finally, I am working on a 2nd Edition of my book, which will be updated with training drills I've co-developed with trainers around the country, as well as updated and expanded section on the utility and practical use of computer simulators for your training programs. Oh, and most of the photos will be updated as well. No, I couldn't get Kim Kardashian to pose for the t-shirt drawings sequence, but I did as well as I could to reduce the need for "eye bleach" in the next edition (no offense intended to great photo and modelling work done by Steve Sager and Mike Larney in the first edition, guys!)

Stay safe, amigos.

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Too much time has passed since my last entry. Sorry about that.

For reasons I can't explain, there has been a significant upsurge in website activity and interest in Tactical Anatomy classes in the past few weeks. We're looking at classes in Wisconsin and Minnesota this winter, and there may be options opening up in Georgia and Texas as well. Keep an eye on this webpage for updates.

My summer has been exceedingly busy with preparations for my move to Texas. I have most of my goods in a storage container as I wait for my final release from my contract here in Wisconsin in September, and in the meantime am living out of a few boxes and suitcases, so book shipments were suspended for about a month while I searched for an eventually found my inventory in the back of the (exceedingly hot and stuffy) steel storage/shipping container. I am now able to ship books again, and I apologize to all who had to wait excessively long for their orders.

We also just completed the 11th annual Wisconsin IDPA championship match, which I am sad to say was my last as Area Coordinator. I am really proud of the fantastic job the IDPA guys and gals in the Badger State have done once again, and look forward to coming back as an out-of-state competitor in the future. When I return next August, I won't have been hampered by moving considerations and will actually be able to practice enough to not embarass myself in the final standings!

A second edition of my book is in the works. I will be updating all the photos, and I have rewritten and expanded several chapters of the book, including a much larger section on computer simulations in TAS training. Those of you who may have taken TAS training in the past year or so, particularly the Deadly Force Decisions class I team-teach with longtime training partner David Maglio, are aware of how much we have shifted the emphasis in TAS classes to incorporate this phenomenal instructional tool.  Having our own MILO system on had has made this technology much more practically useful, as I am no longer dependent on whatever equipment and software the host agency/tech college has on hand. And as it happens, the stronger relationship with IES (MILO's manufacturer) has led to a software development program in progress which is intended to develop a library of civilian/plainclothes CCW deadly force training scenarios for LEO and non-LEO training use. More on this development as we approach production. 

We also have acquired a full set of SIMUNITION gear for advanced training in TAS concepts using state-of-the-art force-on-force gear. It has taken some time to get our scenarios and training parameters up and running, but at this time I'm comfortable with taking this training out of the back room and into the display window, as it were. David Maglio (SIMUNITION-certified instructor) has been instrumental in getting this instructional program whipped into final form.

As always, I am wide open to hearing from persons interested in hosting Tactical Anatomy training classes in their area. Given our equipment acquisitions, we are no longer limited to law enforcement academy and police agency facilities for training. Call me and let me know if you want to host a class!

 

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Dear Reader: I have been and apparently always will be a lousy updater of my blog. I am not a guy who foists his opinions on the world. I prefer to skulk under the radar, keep a low profile, work at my trade. Which is why I will never get rich as a trainer. And if you , as a reader of blogs, are looking for a guy to lead you to the Promised Land, just in case you hadn't noticed, I'm not your guy.
 
I'm a guy who deals in the deepest and darkest elements of society. Me, a part-time, some-time, SWAT medic/cop, trainer, and jack of all trades... I deal with the detritus of society that most folks don't have a clue about. The 72-hour detention nutcases. The fragments of what used to be a human being who can't swallow her food anymore, and at 0200 I'm supposed to solve the dilemma of her dying for her extended family.
 
But every now and then some ignoramus will draw me out, and like a moray eel, I tend to bite hard once I'm drawn out of my lair. The following is a post I uploaded yesterday on a website I hang out from time to time. It's pretty much my only internet hangout, mostly because bullshit is called pretty early, and there's sense of humor, and a sense of community. One of my favorite serious gunwriters, John Barsness, hangs out there too. Not that he, nor anybody else, gives a shit who I am or what I might represent.
 
I kind of like the egalitarian, no bullshit attitude at 24hourcampfire.com. Actually, I don't kind of like it. I REALLY like it. I like that bullshit gets called bullshit. I like that good people who actually shoot rifles, shotguns, and handguns go there. I like that bullshit gets called. I like it rough and ready. I like that I am just another one of the guys there.
 
So here's my post from yesterday. Take it for what you will. 
 
 
 
First thing, I don't think NOBODY should EVER go unarmed, ever.  An armed society is a polite society.

Second thing, the damn near LAST question you should be asking is what gun or what caliber you should be carrying.

Asking what gun or caliber to carry straight out of the gate is like asking whether to buy a DeWalt or a Makita or a Jet without having done more than drill one hole or cut one board, or worse, never done either!

The first question anyone should ask when they "suddenly" realize they live in a "dangerous environment" is, "Why the F*** didn't I realize I was in danger before this?" Because the answer to that question will give you a helluva lot more information, if seriously answered, than asking what kind of gun you should carry. I recognized in freakin' elementary school that this was a dog-eat-dog world, and the thin veneer of civilization that preserves the weak extended only as far as the playground door. I live in what a lot of my colleagues would consider a white-bread civilized town in the middle of flyover country, but I am aware 24/7 that mortal danger is only a heartbeat away. In the common parlance, I'm in Condition Yellow. Have been since I was a kid.

The first rule of self-defense is that the most powerful weapon you possess is your mind. Not your brain; your mind. We use the term "defensive mindset" a lot in civilian training. We use other adjectives in LE/SWAT training, but the bottom line is "mindset", as in, how have you set up your thinking, how have you prepared your mind for what might happen?

When it comes to personal defense against deadly threats, your mindset is the FIRST thing you have to address. Are you prepared to kill someone if they threaten you with deadly force? Yes?

Well, then. My question then is, HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS? Have you ever killed anything? A deer, a squirrel, a fish? If not, you've got a steep learning curve ahead of you. Have you ever seriously fought anyone who wanted to seriously hurt you? If not, you've got a steep learning curve ahead of you.

More important: have you ever obtained training in the use of your weapon(s) in deadly force situations? If not, how do you know you'll be able to utilize your weapon in such a situation? How do you know you won't be overwhelmed, disarmed, killed with your own weapon?

Do you see the operative question here? TRAINING is orders of magnitude more important that what weapon(s) you choose. Training in the use of your weapon is only the first step.

TRAINING in what to do before, during, and after a deadly force encounter is the key to survival. Can you get this training from surfing the 'net? NO!!! Can you get this from buying more guns than God gave a goat brains? NO!!

Before you EVER carry or keep a gun for self defense, you need appropriate training. Training in not only how to use your weapon(s), but when to use your weapon(s), and how to survive the legal aftermath!

I have taken training in these discipline from the best, not only in civilian circles, but also in LE and MIL arenas. I learned a LOOOOOONNNNNGGGGGG time ago that choice of weapon is at best secondary when it comes down to my survival. You might do the same, if you care to follow the path to enlightenment.

I give you two names: Clint Smith, and Massad Ayoob. There are others, but these are the two I've come to know and trust.Follow those names. (Pay the money. It will be less than the cost of a good handgun.) Get the training. After you've trained, you won't have to worry about what gun to carry. You will know beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Until then, you're wasting my time.
 
 
 
 
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I gotta tell you folks, I'm really getting tired of Tactical Anatomy.
 
I'm tired of telling people what I freakin' KNOW they NEED to know to keep their people safe, and them not caring about it.
 
I'm tired of looking into glassy eyes and wondering if they're EVER gonna get it. As any of you who know me personally know, I have not made any personal profit from pushing Tactical Anatomy/Shooting With Xray Vision onto the  stage. Lost money? Yep. Heck yep. (That's my old guy version of what my daughter says..."Hell, yeah!".... what can I say. I'm just a softspoken weenie.)
 
As it happens, I'm moving to Texas soon. And I'm not sure if Tactical Anatomy is going to survive this transition. I have better things to do with my time than try to convince law enforcement leaders that they need to train their people to shoot with authority. I've been preaching this message for a decade or more, and I'm not sure it's done any good. I'm not sure I want to keep butting my head against this wall.
 
Do cops need what I teach to get better at surviving gunfights? I think so. Do I want to keep making this cause the raison d'etre of my life? I'm not so sure.
 
But I'm not complaining, believe me! I feel blessed beyond words for the good things that have come out of this work of my experience and my life. The good people I've met, and the good things that have come on from this work. But I feel like I've either got to move up, or move on.
 
I'm going to be at ILEETA at the end of April this year, which I anticipate will be my last public appearance teaching my stuff. I have decided to let my IALEFI membership expire, and after that, we shall see. I spent 10 years pushing what I believed to be critical stuff for LEO survival. Now, I'm tired.

What say  you?

 
 

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Greetings, friends. Once again I must apologize for the long hiatus since my last entry. The events behind this pause were genuinely pressing, so much so that I despaired of a return to any semblance of normalcy. Kind of like running a canoe through a long rapids on an unknown-to-me river as a young man, when I began to wonder if I would ever see calm water again. But just as the rapids eventually spilled into a long, smooth pool, life has abruptly calmed down around me, and I foresee a lot of good and productive times ahead.

First things first: to all of you who purchased books, T-shirts, and other materials in the past 3 months, I apologize for the delay and will ship your product as soon as possible, certainly by the end of January. Books are on backorder (again!), but more exasperating, my computer's hard drive crashed and the files that make up the CD that goes with the book were lost. Fortunately, my friend Joe at Ripon Technology was able to find and extract the lost files, and I am able to start burning CD's again. The thought of having to rewrite all 3 of those PowerPoint files again was depressing, to say the least.

Second things second: to all of you who applied for membership on this website, I also apologize for delay in approvals. Since every application is personally reviewed by me, it takes time to ensure that everyone who joins our member group is a bona fide Good Guy/Gal. And as above, time was precious hard to find in the last quarter of 2010. Most of you will be approved before the end of the present week, I expect. Again, thanks for your patience.

So, now: what news from Tactical Anatomy?

Training dollars are tight, and we had to cancel or cut back several classes in late 2010. At this point I have 3 tentative Shooting With Xray Vision seminars on the books, but nothing confirmed. We are hosting several outside trainers in Saukville, and continue to offer our Deadly Force Decisions class there. We will be offering at least one Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds course for civilians this spring, so watch for the announcement. I will be speaking again this year at the annual ILEETA conference in Wheeling, IL, and anticipate at IALEFI this year as well.

 

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I regret to have to announce that the classes scheduled for Live Oak, FL, Oct 23-24 have been cancelled. We simply didn't have enough people register to justify the travel expenses.

This is something I hate having to do, but it is simply unavoidable. The training I offer under the Tactical Anatomy rubric isn't my bread-and-butter, but is rather something I do as a way of giving back to the community of law enforcement and defensive-minded citizens some of what I have received over the years in my own journey toward knowledge. As such, I really don't expect to make much of a profit. If I were to bill Tactical Anatomy Systems   what I charge for my medical services, TAS would have been bankrupt long ago. But still, I have to meet the basic expenses of a training trip, and if I can't come at least close to that, I have no choice but to cancel the training.

To those of you who registered, my thanks. I will be issuing refund checks shortly. I have been in contact with Steve Denney at ProArms and we are considering the possibility of trying to schedule a class again in the spring. So keep an eye on the website so you can be apprised of new developments. 

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We have online registration for both Shooting With Xray Vision for Civilians and Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds set up now on the website. If you want to register for either of these classes, go to the SCHEDULE page, scroll down to the box with the event schedule in it, and left-click your mouse. You will be re-directed to a page where you will be able to click an "Add To Cart" button. From there it should be so easy a caveman could do it. If it doesn't work for you, email me and I'll figure out how to make it work.

Please note that the TTGSW course description on this page is erroneous. We are working on correcting this.

If you do NOT want to use a credit card or PayPal to register for these classes, you can register by snail-mail by sending me your name, home address, REAL phone number (i.e., the one you actually answer), and a copy of some document that proves you're a genuine Good Guy/Girl... a copy of your CCW license, a state-issued medical/dental/paramedic/etc license, a copy of a Lethal Force Institute or MassadAyoobGroup diploma, or whatever else you think qualifies you as a Good Person. Point being I don't teach this stuff to felons. Anyway, if you send me your stuff and a check to P.O. Box 183, Ripon, WI 54971, that'll work.

Any further questions you might have, please contact Steve Denney at 386-364-4867, or contact me by email or phone. Doc out.

 

 

 

 

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Friends, I must apologize for my lack of attention to the website for the past several months. I am looking into hiring a part-time webminder who can provide updates and do site maintenance for me, since I clearly am juggling too many chainsaws as it is. 

First thing, in response to all the emails: Yes, we are holding CLASSES IN LIVE OAK FLORIDA in October!!

Sorry about the "shouting", but I wanted to get it out there. I will be teaching at a law enforcement seminar in Tallahasee that week, and in conjunction with my friends Massad Ayoob and Steve Denney we decided to piggback a couple of classes for civilians onto the trip. We will be holding an 8-hour "Shooting With Xray Vision for Civilians" class on Saturday, Oct. 23, and an 8-hour "Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds" class on Sunday, Oct. 24. 

"Shooting With Xray Vision for Civilians" has proven to be a highly popular course among defensively-enabled shooters in the upper midwest over the past couple of years, and this is the first time we're going to take it on the road. This 8-hour course is designed for the tactically/defensively-aware private citizen who has no more than the average layman's knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, wound ballistics, and legal aspects of the use of deadly force. I STRONGLY recommend that anyone thinking of taking this class get Massad Ayoob's MAG-20 (formerly, "Jucicious Use of Deadly Force", or LFI-I) class under their belt as soon as possible, since many of the subtleties of the use of deadly force he covers are assumed to be in the student's memory banks prior to taking Xray Vision. In this class we will cover the political, ethical, and legal realities of the use of deadly force;  real-world gunfight realities; basics of wound ballistics; "caliber wars", or what calibers and bullets will/won't serve you well in the real world; gunshot wounds and incapacitation;  and a comprehensive review of vital human anatomy in 3 dimension. All materials required will be supplied. Cost of this course is $150 per person.

"Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds" (aka "TTGSW") is a relatively new course I developed in response to requests from several major metro police departments, and has become basic academy and inservice curriculum in several locales, most notably Metro Nashville (TN) Police Department. This 8-hour class is designed to give the layman a basic but highly useful approach to assessing, treating, and stabilizing injuries due to GSWs and other violent major trauma. We will cover the major traumatic threats to survival in a battlefield environment: catastrophic extremity hemmorhage, and ventilatory failure (tension pneumothorax, flail chest, "sucking chest wound", airway obstruction). We will cover the basic but highly effective techniques used to address these problems, including use of tourniquets, battlefield dressings (eg, Israeli Battle Dressing, etc), oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airways, needle thoracostomy, and Asherman chest seal. Attendees will receive detailed information on the recommended components for a basic personal "blowout kit", as well as recommended components of a major trauma team kit, and supplier information. We will also cover theory and practice of treatment of major trauma in the "hot zone", extrication techniques, and will round out the day with "Mega-Code" exercises utilizing simulated battle wounds under live-fire conditions. All medical equipment and materials will be supplied. Students will need to bring a serviceable handgun and/or rifle with 100 rounds of ammunition per firearm, as well as standard eye and ear protection. Cost for this course is $150 per person. 

Attendance at either of the above classes requires advance registration and payment through the website. Online registration should be up and running by 8/25, or I'll be hunting down my webmaster with my 338 Lapua...  But seriously, it will be in place shortly. All registrants MUST provide a copy of their bona fides (a valid CCW license, LE ID card, or letter from an Officer of the Court attesting to one's good character and lack of criminal convictions) prior to class. No one will be permitted to attend these classes without documentation proving you're a genuine Good Guy/Good Girl. 

Students enrolling in both classes will get a $50 break on the total price ($250/person for both days). 

We also have plans in place to conduct a Law Enforcement-only Shooting With Xray Vision class on Friday, Oct. 22. If you're LE or active military and want to access that class, contact myself through this website or Steve Denney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 386-364-4867)  in Live Oak and let us know. We'll give you the goods once we establish comms. 

See y'all in Live Oak. 

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My friends, 2010 has been a hectic Charlie Foxtrot so far, but things have started to settle down. I sold my house (unbelievable in this current real estate market!) which necessitated A Move. It's been 14 years since my last Move, so I had forgotten what a purgatorial experience it is. The house deal closed Feb. 12, which basically meant I spent most of January sorting, packing, and throwing away stuff, and most of February moving, unpacking, sorting, and throwing away stuff.

The good news is that all of my major rooms are unpacked and, and thanks to my loving and ever-protective daughters, arranged and set up in a manner that could pass for "decorated". My son, who moved back from the West Coast just before Christmas and has been living with me temporarily, was also instrumental in The Move, i.e., he did all the heavy lifting that the movers wouldn't do. I am blessed to be in my new home, out from under a cripplingly expensive mortgage and second mortgage, and able to start putting money toward my dream of a log house in the woods. (With pre-established fields of observation and fire and fixed emplacements for crew-served weapons, of course...)

So despite the fact that my reloading room is still unpacked, I am able to once again resume my Tactical Anatomy duties. Those of  you who have ordered items in the past couple of weeks, please accept my apologies for being tardy, but your orders will be shipped this week... and new memberships on this site will be vetted and processed.

I am pleased to announce that Tactical Anatomy Systems has taken another step forward in the training world. We have purchased a MILO computer simulator system, and are now offering training using this incredible modality. I have had opportunities to train on most of the computer simulator systems out there including the industry originator FATS system, but in my considered opinion no system is competitive with MILO. Which is why I bought it and am offering it for training.

My lead firearms instructor, David K. Maglio, and I held our first pilot project MILO class on Feb. 20, 2010. We have dubbed it Deadly Force Decisions, and modelled it on the excellent training with this system we have both received from various agencies in Wisconsin, including our close training compadres at Milwaukee PD. Suffice to say that the pilot project was an overwhelming success.

As a result, we are making plans to incorporate Deadly Force Decisions with our already popular Shooting with Xray Vision class, and our recently introduced SIMUNITION-based Tactical Anatomy Force-on-Force program. We are offering all three classes in a single weekend, with options to all attendees to take any or all of the 3 classes. David, who is a Certified SIMUNITION instructor as well as a Wisconsin DOJ-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, has run several Force-on-Force classes for non-sworn personnel under the Tactical Anatomy umbrella now, and we are confident that this is as cutting-edge hands-on deadly force training as you can get anywhere, taught by guys who are experienced and fully qualified instructors first and foremost. 

Our first offering of the Deadly Force Workshop will be in the Twin Cities March 6-7. We are looking forward  to holding more of these Workshops throughout the upper midwest this spring and summer, for both LE and non-sworn personnel. Contact us through this website if you are interested in attending or hosting a Workshop, or any one component of our deadly force training triad.

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Now that we've moved into 2010, I am pleased to announce that Tactical Anatomy Systems is opening several new Courses of training. These include the following:

Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds

I realize there are hundreds of tac-medic classes out there. Most of them are taught by ex-military medics who have a ton of practical experience gained in the Sandbox, but little or no formal teaching training and--I'm told--highly variable levels of teaching skill. The level of training is really variable as well... one friend came back from a class and told me that the instructor talked over their heads, and most of the subject matter was about the heroic things he had done in Iraq.

TAS's TTGSW class is different for several reasons. First, it is an operator-level class. It's meant for the average cop who may or may not have taken high school biology, has his BLS/first-responder credential, and that's it. Because I have over two decades of teaching experience at the high school and collegiate level, you can be confident that I will not be talking over your head.

TTGSW's objectives are simple and straightforward: to place in the hands of every patrolman/operator the half-dozen basic techniques he needs to save his life or that of his brother officer in the event of a catastrophic wound in the tactical hot zone. We piloted the new curriculum in Nashville in November of 2009, and the results were overwhelmingly positive. Metro Nashville PD instructor staff will begin training their entire police force in these methods this year, and other agencies are looking hard at getting their people trained as well.

Please let me know if you're interested in hosting this class, as the 2010 training calendar is filling up fast.

Tactical Anatomy for Civilians

We have had several highly successful TAS classes for non-LE personnel and are expanding this program in 2010. This is a somewhat simpler form of the 8-hour Shooting With Xray Vision class I've been doing for LE groups since 2004. It contains all the same information on where ethics, terminal ballistics and terminal effects, GSWs and incapacitation, and human anatomy and physiology as it relates to effective stopping power. It also includes a module on the judicious use of deadly force, which LEOs all learn in the academy training, but most civilians have no knowledge of.  Watch this website's  calendar for upcoming classes.

Force-on-Force Classes for LE and Civilians

Partnering with my long-time friend and training partner, David Maglio, Tactical Anatomy Systems will be offering innovative force-on-force training for both LE and civilians in 2010. Dep. Maglio is certified by the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice as a LE firearms instructor and is certified as a SIMUNITION instructor as well. We have both done extensive force-on-force training. We have purchased a full set of SIMUNITION equipment and have a secure training facility in the Milwaukee area, and we have piloted the classes we intend to offer with unexpectedly good outcomes.

In addition, we have also purchased an IES Corporation MILO computer simulator. This incredible technology allows the student to interact with a full-size simulated human adversary in highly realistic scenarios. I have been using a set of MILO scenarios that I co-developed with IES for the past 3 years in our 8-hour and 16-hour LE classes, and the results have been spectacular. People love shooting these scenarios. 

Now that TAS has both of these force-on-force training systems, we can offer a blended FoF curriculum that will blow your doors off, whether LEO or civilian. Classes will begin no later than March, 2010, and class size is necessarily VERY limited. Watch this website for class announcements.

Speedgoat Hunting In Wyoming 

Nah, I'm not really taking on pronghorn guiding as a sideline. I just wanted to put up a pic of the dandy speedgoat I shot out near Lusk, WY, in September 2009.

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