Tactical Shooting Training “John Wick” Style – 1 Hero SAS Soldier’s Shotgun Kill Streak

Jeff Anderson
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“Breach! Breach! Breach!”

The SAS team entered through a doorway into the courtyard in a raid on an ISIS outpost in Baghdad, assault rifles at the ready.

They were immediately met by heavily armed Jihadis… wearing suicide vests filled with plastic explosives and ball bearings.

The terrorists were about to detonate themselves, blowing the SAS team to hell…

…And the lead SAS man didn't have a rifle.

Armed only with his breaching tool – a 12-gauge shotgun – and somehow moving fast despite the weight of the GIANT BRASS BALLS he was lugging around…

…the SAS soldier raised his weapon and literally DECAPITATED three jihadis with the 12-gauge, firing as fast as John Wick on a caffeine bender.

But the fight, for this incredibly brave SAS commando, was only just starting.

This is the story of…

How A Hero SAS Soldier KILLED 5 Terrorists In 7 Seconds… With A 12-Gauge Shotgun!

Tactical Shooting Training “John Wick” Style

The SAS breach team's ears were still ringing from the blasts of the lead man's Menelli M4 Super 90.

The men they had surprised had just finished morning prayers and were loading weapons into a vehicle.

“We now think they were about to carry out an attack,” a military source told the Sun newspaper. “The terrorists were no more than a few feet away when the SAS team came face to face with them.”

That's when two more jihadis, hoping to get close enough to blow up the team, appeared from a nearby building.

Running at the breach team, their fingers on the buttons of their suicide vests, they knew they had the Brits dead to rights.

But they hadn't counted on the point man and his 12-gauge.

He raised his weapon and, faster than I can write it, fired twice more.

“One of the breach team opened fire,” said the source, describing the gunfight later. “It was a case of bang, bang, bang, then bang, bang. It was over in seven seconds.”

That's right.

The soldier took out 5 men in 7 seconds, and he did it all with the same semi-automatic shotgun that you or I could buy at the local gun store.

When more jihadis responded to the sounds of the shotgun blasts, they immediately surrendered.


Because they realized they were staring at dead men who had no heads and the SAS team was ready to back up their point man.

It's a fantastic story of our British SAS friends doing what they do well, and taking down the bad guys… but the fact that it was done with a semi-auto shotgun really caught my attention.

This is exactly the kind of gunfighting that I teach in my Extreme Close Quarters Shooting course.

Do you think that SAS point man had time to take careful aim before blasting FIVE men in SEVEN seconds?


He was focused on the threat, as his brain demanded he make fast decisions in order to survive.

He wasn't focusing on that weapon's front sight.

He was shooting at close quarters, “no more than a few feet away” from the terrorists in their suicide vests!

If you're going to survive a real gunfight at close quarters, the situation won't be quite as extreme as this…

…but it will be no less a life-or-death showdown when some scumbag is trying to shoot or stab you!

If you don't understand realistic close-quarters gunfighting principles,you’re setting yourself up for a potentially traumatic wake-up call… that could cost you your life!

I know, it sounds like a lot to take in. . . and it is.

If you want to dig deeper on how I train for real attacks, you might want to check out our 7-step “gunfighting” system here…

Just be warned…

I don't follow popular opinion when it comes to firearms training so some of what you read may actually be the OPPOSITE of what you've been taught in the past.

All I ask is that you keep an open mind… and be willing to try something completely new in how you prepare for the reality of a street attack.

Now, will you really be “John Wick” by the time you're done?

I don't think anybody could promise that… but then, John Wick is only a movie.

Life-or-death gunfights are, sadly, terrifyingly real… and this course will give you the tools to survive them.

That's what we're all after, right?

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Tactical Shooting Tips: 3 Ways To Use Scenario Training For Gunfighting!

Jeff Anderson

Scenario training is realistic training that most people don't even think about.

It's not offered as much as a lot of other training out there.

Most of us are focused on the fundamentals of using a firearm, basic hand-to-hand, and things like that.

Even the “tactical courses” usually see these guys dressed up like in the military, shooting from behind barrels, maybe shooting out of a car or something like that.

But they’re typically shooting paper targets.

How, then, can we use realistic force-on-force scenario training to make us better gunfighters?

The forefather of force-on-force training has to be reality-based fighting pioneer Peyton Quinn.

Here's a run-down of what he had to say about it this topic.

3 Tips For Using Scenario Training To Be A Better Gunfighter!

Tactical Shooting Tips: Scenario Training For Gunfights
Peyton Quinn

Realistic training is extremely important.

When you're carrying concealed, it's not like firing your gun on the range.

Everything is more difficult.

When you talk to people who've gone through a shooting, many of them, including police officers, don't even remember how many shots were fired.

They're not lying or forgetful.

Under adrenal stress, they experience things like auditory exclusion.

They don't hear anything; they just feel the gun bucking in their hand.

This stuff is very real.

But until you experience it for yourself, it's all sort of theoretical.

That's why scenario training is so important, to help give you the experience associated with the training.

Tip#1: Blank Guns

A device I found useful and that I've used in training is to start out with blank guns.

This gives you a little bit of recoil, a little bit of noise and muzzle blast.

Using a blank gun, you can draw the gun, fire, point it at a human target, and pull the trigger.

The slide goes back.

The shell ejects.

You feel the recoil.

When you are fighting for your life, you don't want that to be the very first time you've ever pointed a gun at a human being and pulled the trigger.

You need to experience what it looks like, what it feels like, so you won't freeze up when it is no longer a simulation.

Tip #2: Point Shooting

The next thing a student should learn is that he or she doesn't need to use the sights.

Most shootings occur at less than five feet away.

There are laser target pistols, like the SIRT, that fire a laser beam.

You can practice at home in your apartment  and the laser will show you where your shot would have gone.

Doing this practice, there's no way to fire a real bullet, but you can practice your point-shooting skills.

This is extremely useful for teaching you how to get off a round, quickly and on target, without trying to acquire the sights at all.

Tip #3: Sharing Goals

Finally, a lesson that goes through all of scenario training is the idea of shared goals.

You've got to develop some confidence in your ability.

One way to do this is to train with people who all share the same goals.

This is why students in classes like this, that sometimes take place over a few days, will stay in dormitories together.

It's like military training turning an infantry unit into a cohesive whole.

There's a bonding that takes place that makes the group effective.

Most people have a natural aversion to shooting people.

Even their firearms training conditions them not to shoot people by accident.

In scenario training, you create a miniature society in which everyone shares the same training goal: stopping the attacker.

This is tremendously helpful psychologically.

Militaries have been doing it for thousands of years.

It’s the same with a shooting.

(It’s not rocket science.)

There’s only a few things you have to keep track of in the instant to do the right thing.

The problem people have is the first time they have to point a gun at somebody and pull the trigger and make a decision, they’re completely untrained.

They don’t know the law.

They’re not conditioned to the total adrenal stress.

Scenario training can fix that problem.

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MCS 272 – The Future Of Center Axis Relock

Tactical Shooting: The Future Of Center Axis Relock (CAR)

What if there was a tactical shooting system that universally allowed you to apply the same exact principles across all weapons platforms – pistol, rifle and shotgun?

What if you could master an integrated firing method that gives you the power to transition seamlessly from one firing position to another…

…And quickly engage targets at all ranges with lightning fast speed?

And what if training in this system was so intuitive that it didn't require hours and hours of practice to master its principles…

…So you can literally become a better protector of yourself and those you love practically overnight?

If all this sounds like a dream – something that's too good to be true – I have news for you:

It's real, and it's called the Center Axis Relock system – or “CAR” for short.

CAR hit the tactical industry pretty hard, and a version of it has even been used by Keanu Reeves in the hit John Wick action film series.

But it hasn't been without its controversy over its usefulness as a tactical shooting system.

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson interviews the “heir” to the Center Axis Relock System, Jeff Johnsgaard, to get to the bottom of CAR's place in our self-protection platforms today.

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • The 3 biggest benefits of Center Axis Relock over traditional shooting systems.
  • The unique features that make CAR different from what every shooter is used to!
  • Whether you should ABANDON your current shooting training!
  • Why and how to integrate OTHER defensive tactics in your firearms training.
  • How to accelerate your mastery of ANY tactical skill for superior learning and retention!

This is sure to be one of our most controversial episodes.

Check it out… and learn the future of the Center Axis Relock shooting system.

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Point Shooting? 3 Times When You Absolutely MUST Master Aimed Fire To Survive An Attack!

Jeff Anderson
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I admit it. I talk a lot of trash about “aimed fire”.

Of course this gets me a lot of hate mail from the crusty, old, so-called “experts” out there who get their tighty-whiteys in a wad any time someone tries to slap some reality into how to train for real gunfights.

But actually, I have lot of respect for aimed fire…

…in the right circumstances!

I mean, the reality is, if you’re ambushed in a parking lot by some thug hiding behind a parked car, you’ll be lucky to even get to your gun, let alone ever use your front sight to get an “aim” on your target.

In these attacks, “point shooting” is all you’re gonna to be able to use.

But there are other very specific instances when your front sight is your best friend, and…

Here Are 3 Times When You Absolutely MUST Master “Aimed Fire” To Survive

Tactical Firearms Training: Aimed Fire Vs Point Shooting

Basically, the best time to use aimed fire instead of point shooting is when you’re not the person directly under threat.

Or… you have the time and distance to react to a threat before it’s on top of you!

Let me give you three potential scenarios where aimed fire is your best chance at survival…

1. Active Indiscriminate Shooter

You’re in a crowded area: a shopping mall, a schoolyard, a busy street.

You hear gunfire and screams, see people diving out of the way or dropping like flies.

You’re not in the immediate line of fire, and you have time to assess the threat and take the shooter out.

This is the time for aimed fire all the way.

It's the only way to get that accurate distance shot you NEED to get the job done.

2. Mentally Ill/Homeless Threat

Right now, a vast array of homeless people are “off their meds.”

This means you could easily find yourself in a situation where a disturbed, armed “street person” is threatening you from a distance.

You should feel confident in drawing, giving strong commands to “Back off!” and use your aimed fire skills for all they’re worth if your life is ACTUALLY threatened.

(That's not to say you should be roaming the streets looking for trouble from people who are down on their luck.)

It's a fact, though, that these threats might require you to respond to a credible threat to your life.

When they do, you need to be accurate with your shots.

Especially when you're out in public, you need to remember that you are responsible for EVERY round you fire.

3. Home Invasion Hostage

Your loved one has a gun to their head or a knife to their throat.

The attacker is threatening to kill them – and you believe they mean it.

This is probably THE situation all aimed-fire proponents train for.

Your wife or child’s life hangs in the balance of scumbag’s sadistic whim, and you have to take the shot.

Those are solid examples of true “aimed fire” scenarios – and I’m sure that there are more you can come up with.

But the real question isn’t whether this list is all-inclusive.

The real question is . . .

Are You Ready to Meet These Threats?

The reason I ask is because, while you can certainly get “marksmanship” training down at your local range, trying to get your 1” shot group inside that tiny circle on your paper target…

…These scenarios require REALISTIC training simulations where you’re facing either a live person or a 3-D target.

This is something I learned while conducting our stopping power analysis of over 6,000 real-world gunfights – and this is information YOU need so that you understand when aimed fire vs point shooting is appropriate.

That's the only way you will survive a REAL gunfight.

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Tactical Shooting Tips: How To Fix Bad Habits With Your Gun

Tactical Gun Training: Training Scars And Bad Habits (And Fixing Them)

Look, this was without a doubt a big “FAIL” on my part…

But I own it, and I have no problem putting myself out there.

You see, it was my first day training with my private “concealed carry shooting coach” out on his own personal range.

He told me to go ahead and draw my weapon from 7 yards away and hit the steel silhouette target in front of me.

Simple enough, right?

I readied myself like Wyatt Earp preparing for a quick-draw duel in the dusty streets of Tombstone… flashed my hand down to my Glock 19… whisked it out of my holster…

… and I immediately fired a 9mm round into the ground 4 feet in front of me!

My instructor laughed.

I think I pooped my pants.

You see, that was my “Oh sh*t!” moment when I realized that I had secretly developed a “training scar” — a bad habit when using my gun.

I was putting my finger on the trigger while drawing the gun, something I didn't realize when I wasn't allowed to train from concealment.

Don't think YOU have any of these types of “training scars”?

Think again amigo…

How to Tell If You Have Any “Invisible” Gun Training Scars (And How To Fix Them!)

Tactical Gun Training: Training Scars And Bad Habits (And Fixing Them)
Tactical Gun Training: Training Scars And Bad Habits (And Fixing Them)

Look, not all bad habits with guns are as obvious as my dumbass mistake.

But since most ranges won't even let you draw your weapon from concealment, unless you've done it “for reals,” most people will eventually have the SAME problem when they're shooting under pressure.

(You know, like in a REAL gunfight?)

In other words, it's “square range” training, that CAUSES most of these “invisible training scars.”

When someone trained on a traditional range gets a chance to go pull the trigger at a less restrictive live-fire course, these problems really come out.

I've seen it happen with shooters at EVERY course I've taught or attended…

They reload wrong, fumbling and taking their eyes off the target.

They jerk their heads around like they're checking for threats, but they're not really SEEING anything… just going through the motions.

Or worse, they freeze up entirely, and stop moving while they focus on the target… which leaves them sitting ducks!

But here's the thing about “training scars”…

… you really don't even know you have them… until it's too late!

In other words, most people who ARE training are doing it all wrong.

Not necessarily “technically” wrong (though that's a factor)… but TACTICALLY wrong.

What I mean is, the environment – and rules – you're forced to train with are what instill these bad habits in the first place.

Unable to draw realistically from concealment… no movement allowed… no “speed shooting” allowed… the list goes on and on and on.

Make no mistake, any ONE of these “invisible scars” could mean the difference between life and death in a real gun battle with some drugged-up thug at the gas pump.

The good news is… YES, it IS possible to fix these “invisible training scars”!

How To Identify – And Fix – Your Own “Invisible Training Scars”

There are a few ways to expose your bad habits AND train good ones.

For example, one way is to sign up for a local IDPA competition shooting match.

“IDPA” stands for “International Defensive Pistol Association” and it's a really great trial-by-fire test of your skills because…

You're performing under stress in front of other people.

You have to shoot and move.

You have to use cover, reload, etc.

The best thing I like about this method is that it gives you a “no B.S.” look at exactly WHAT scars you may have that you didn't even know were there.

Of course, it's also pretty damn embarrassing because all your tactical mistakes are on full display for all those other macho gun dudes watching you, right?

I mean, you can just imagine them all tipping a frosty beer after the match and deep belly-laughing at “that fool who shot that round into the ground 4 ft. in front of himself! Har-har-har-har-har!”

That really doesn't happen (that much) and the key is to NOT think about anyone else and just consider YOU as the only person you're competing with – not a chance at the trophy.

But hey, I get it… performing in public is a big reach for most people.

If you're sensitive to this type of criticism, a better approach might be to find a private instructor at a private range.

Training privately with your own instructor is what helped me at first – and I still use one today.

Again, checking into your local IDPA network would be a good resource for locating a good instructor and location to train more realistically.

But I'll warn you… many of these instructors are expensive and you may have to join a shooting club that requires fees in order to have access to this type of range.

Again… more time… more effort… more moolah needed – but it's worth it in my opinion if you're willing to go the extra mile.

My best choice though is to train realistically right in your own home with “dry-fire” training.

I know, I know…

Most people don't believe me when I tell them they can get BETTER training at home using dry fire.

Fact is, though, even the “pro” shooters and high-speed, low-drag, spec-ops secret squirrels agree that 80% of your training should be dry fire.

Using dry fire, you can work over and over again to isolate your bad habits.

And because it costs you nothing (and you can work in completely privacy), there are no real obstacles to finding and stamping out your “scars.”

There's just one real PROBLEM with this method, and that is “block training.”

This is when you work on a single skill that's only ONE of the factors in a real gunfight — like drawing from concealment — without looking at how all the other factors fit together.

In fact, there are SEVEN factors in a real gunfight.

One thing I've discovered is that to truly become a “master gunfighter,” ALL these seven factors have to be trained…at the same time!

I know… sounds impossible, right?

I did too, until I started training closely with my buddy “Ox.”

He developed a step-by-step training regimen he calls “The Praxis Method” that does it all for you.

I'm not kidding when I say that I've found this method nothing short of ground-breaking.

In fact, I believe it could literally revolutionize firearms training as we know it and it's starting to get a TON of buzz right now in the tactical training world.

If you'd like to see how it works, and how you can use it to take your skills farther than you ever thought possible, check out the training while you have a chance.

(There are limited seats available, though, so I'll want to check it out while you can.)

This training is for new shooters as well as “experts” and it's going to blow your mind how fast you can literally “program” life-saving skills into your brain (like a computer)…

The online workshop won't cost you a thing, but the lessons you learn will absolutely transform your “gun-training” into “gun-FIGHT” training using some new tricks that hardly ANY shooters even know about.

Go ahead and take a look at this free online class now…

Hope to see you there. 🙂

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MCS 251 – Shooting On The Move With Salvatore DeGennaro

Shooting On The Move With Salvatore DeGennaro
Shooting While Moving For Self-Defense

Slinging lead down range at static paper targets is NOT real-world gunfight training!

Unfortunately, too many instructors who SHOULD know better aren't doing much better than slowly marching lines of students toward and away from these same targets.

A REAL gunfight is messy and dynamic.

The ATTACKER is going to be coming at you…

…Screaming bystanders could get in your way…

…And YOU will be forced to move, too…

…IF you want to stay alive!

But is shooting on the move a “fantasy gunfight skill,” or does it really happen?

How can YOU better prepare for the reality of a gunfight?

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson interviews firearms expert Salvatore DeGennaro to answer these questions… and more!

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  • Whether shooting on the move is EVER done in the “real world”.
  • The BIGGEST mistakes people make about shooting on the move.
  • The component skills you need to shoot effectively (which may surprise you!)
  • Whether you should try to shoot and move, shoot THEN move, or move THEN shoot.
  • A practical training drill (that could be a real life-saver when the bullets fly!)

The information in this podcast could literally save your life when you're under fire from an attacker in the “real world”!

Don't miss this episode — and get equipped while you can.

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Shooting Under Stress: 3 Ways To Prepare For A Close-Quarters Ambush

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

How do you practice your handgun, rifle, or shotgun?

Do you do it at the shooting range?

Most people do.

It’s a relaxing, recreational atmosphere where people punch holes in paper, trying to get the holes close together while hitting bulls-eyes..

That’s great for trigger time and marksmanship… but it leaves out a LOT of what you need to know to fire a gun when someone is trying to KILL you.

I talked with Garrett Machine about this recently, and here's what he had to tell me about improving your gun handling under stress.

Three Tips To Prepare For A Close-Quarters Ambush

3 Tips For Shooting Your Way Out Of An Ambush
If You Don't Do These 3 Things, You Could DIE In A Real Gunfight

Garrett Machine

Do you “enjoy” shooting?

You might like target shooting… but what about learning to fire a gun under threat?

Shooting becomes a whole different ballgame when a trainer says to you, “Okay, sprint 50 meters as fast as you can, do 10 burpees, then draw your gun from cover, hit this target as fast as you can, change magazines, hit a second target as fast as you can, and when it pops back up, shoot it again.”

When under stress, your shooting skills go to HELL.

Scenario-based firearms training addresses things like physical exertion (the closest way to simulate stress) and rapid fire to center of mass.

Adding in these layers of complexity catapults the shooter much closer to the conditions he or she will face in reality.

It also reveals, very quickly, the need to have hand-to-hand training to back you up when you are clearing your home with a weapon.

Here are three things to keep in mind when shooting under the stress of a real attack, when somebody ambushes you at close quarters.

1. Weapons And Empty Hands Are Both Necessary

Shooting or hand-to-hand skills alone are not enough; you must have both.

Too many shooters just buy a gun and think they've got self-defense covered.

Some of these shooters even train in lots of different armed self-defense methods, including force on force scenarios, so they think they're well prepared.

If you're not actually training to fight WITHOUT a weapon, though, you're leaving dangerous gaps in your training.

How can you possibly shoot under the stress of a real altercation if you have to first fight off an ambush attack to draw your gun in the first place?

Integrating empty hand fighting with armed self-defense is therefore absolutely critical.

2. You Had Better Work On Your Physical Fitness

You also need to work on your physical fitness.

You can't afford to be out of shape and still consider yourself prepared for a real-life altercation.

How can you shoot and run and fight off an attacker if you don’t have cardiovascular conditioning and muscular strength?

The hand-to-hand training is arguably the more important of the two simply because you cannot be focused on the weapon.

The pistol, the rifle, the shotgun… these are just tools.

The real weapon is YOU, and you must excel at using whatever is at hand.

That means you can't afford to “gas out” and be completely out of breath when your family needs you, or when somebody is on top of you beating your brains out.

3. Drill Constantly

Training is perishable.

That means that the longer you don't practice, the more “rusty” you become.

You should always be training and drilling to keep your level of skill up.

Here’s a simple exercise you can do.

  1. Stand somebody in front of a door.
  2. Give them an airsoft gun or some other firearm simulator.
  3. Put the gun in a holster and just stand in front of that door.
  4. Then tell them you want them simply to react when the door opens.
  5. Maybe the first time the door opens, somebody is standing there with a rubber knife, and the second the door opens, they try to stab the defender.

Now in that scenario, if you try to go for your gun, you WILL be “killed” before your gun can clear its holster.

On the other hand, if you block and strike, take them down with hand-to-hand skills, THEN draw your weapon, you have a much better chance of controlling the situation.

See what I mean?

It's all about challenging yourself and constantly improving your skills, under realistic stress.

That way, when it happens for real, you'll be prepared to face it.

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