Weapons and Tactics

Rener Gracie discusses firearm retention during an attack and demonstrates the ability to cover your slide while firing, thus protecting it from being stripped away from you.

This technique will cause your firearm to jam after each shot, forcing you to rack the slide to chamber another round.


Does the benefit of added control over your weapon compensate for the limited firing capability?

It is a very interesting concept, and may be applicable in close-contact fighting.  Does anyone have any experience in such situations? How do you feel covering your weapon and utilizing your elbow strikes compares to having your support hand free to push your attacker back?


– Adam

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A tip of the hat to the pugilists who came before me.


It is a hard line to find sure footing on; the ability to be a gentleman in your day to day life, but still possess the capacity to do unthinkable damage to an opponent who threatens our wellbeing or that of our loved ones.

“I have introduced a new style of self defence, which can be very terrible in the hands of a quick, confident exponent” – E.W. Barton-Wright

As E.W. Barton-Wright demonstrates, it is possible to arrange our deportment such that we are respectful, caring members of society, but who also have the ferocity and capacity to defend ourselves and our family’s lives.  It is a notion I have thought a great deal about in my own training and education; the duality necessary to exist in such a state is to me, quite a difficult task.
You may know 10 techniques to severely disable an attacker, but do you possess the grit to carry even one out?  This is a question that we must all ask ourselves if our intention is to develop a skill set that may serve to save our own or another persons life or welfare.
What Barton-Wright demonstrates most though, is that as you train and develop, you must take what you learn, and make it your own.  The same technique performed by two different practitioners may have the same result, but may be reached by different methods with differing experiences to the attacker.
Train well Gentlemen and Gentlewomen, but never hesitate when it counts.  Do not get caught up in the how’s or the why’s of a confrontation, until it has been concluded to your benefit.  Allow yourself the permission to do what is necessary to survive.
– Adam

 E.W. BARTON-WRIGHT Late 1800’s


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Do you know what a squib is and how to detect one? Check out the two videos below.

A squib is when a round gets lodged in the barrel of a weapon.  This normally occurs because the powder either did not burn off properly or it was never there to being with.  When this happens, the pressure which pushes the bullet through the rifling is not there but the primer does generate enough force lodge it in the barrel.

The user will feel the gun went “off” but it will have a different characteristic in how it sounds (not as loud) and recoil (not as sharp).  It’s important that all shooters understand this can happen to anyone.  Ammunition that isn’t properly stored and reloaded rounds are what puts the shooters at the most risk.


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Amazing slow-motion frames of a suppressed pistol being fired while under an X-Ray Machine.


Notice the orientation of the baffles, and how the gases move through them.



IMG_8560Unfortunately, I was unable to capture the projectile in flight. I wonder if it would be possible to capture a tracer round as it left the barrel.

Have you ever played the ‘quiet game’? In Canada, suppressors are prohibited devices and only allowed under strict license to military and police, and a few lucky others involved in the Industry. To this writer, shooting a firearm without a suppressor is like driving your car without a muffler.  It’s plain rude, and I think would  eliminate noise complaints from the people fortunate enough to live next door to a shooting range.

What else would you like to see under the X-Ray?  It would very interesting to watch a grenade or a claymore explode.

– Adam

And more importantly, how to fix them?

Viking Tactics takes us through the “3 Little Kittens” malfunction drill with live demonstration.   Training to deal with malfunctions is a critical component of any firearms training system.  How do you train malfunction drills?

Does anyone have an actual experience with a malfunction during a training scenario or real life scenario?  If so, please share below.

[youtube id=”-TqLnBd1udM”]Story time:  Back in 2009, I was a Team Leader in the 101st ABN Infantry.  I had 3 guys directly under me and our platoon (Mortars) and sister platoon (Scouts) were at the live-fire shoot house on Ft. Campbell.  I, myself, had run sim-round shoot houses, but never an actual live-fire in close quarters.  Now it was not only my first time but that I was  also in charge of controlling myself and 3 others, my adrenaline was through the roof as.   In my mind, I now had to think as 4 people instead of 1.

Before our fireteam ever ran “hot” we use the proven crawl, walk, run methodology.  This translated to running the shoot house scenario with no ammo, just using our voices (“Bang, Bang”), blanks with blank firing adapters on our weapons and finally with live 62 grain M855 5.56 ammunition.  My weapon was an M4 with M203 attached and 4×32 TA01NSN Acog.  Everyone else in my team ran a standard M4 with an M2 Comp Aimpoint.  The scenario consisted of 2 hallways and 3 rooms.  The ground was basically sand and it was difficult to use anything but rudimentary footwork (ie. never crossing your feet).

All in all, we ran the scenario 6 times with half of it in daylight and the other half in pitch black using our tac-lights.  During one of the of the scenarios, I had a malfunction on the second room with my target still standing a few feet from me.  Our targets were “little man in the woods” with a balloon tied to a rope behind them.  As the balloon was shot which was non visible and center mass behind target,  the target could fall to the ground.  This is an excellent, cost effective training measure for reactive targets.

When my gun failed to fire, I immediately yelled “Bulldog,” our battalion SOP for a malf, and went to a knee.  The private in my team behind me, took over my lane of fire and took down the target.  As I cleared the malfunction I saw that it was a double feed.  Back then, it wasn’t as common knowledge, but this is an inherent issue with older aluminum mags.   I knew right away that “SPORTS” (The Army equivalent of Tap, Rack Bang) would not fix the issue, so I immediately stripped the mag and performed “remedial action.”  Gun was back up.

You’ll notice in this training video that stripping a double-fed mag is not the same as removing the mag when the gun is working properly.  The second round is usually jammed up in between the bottom of the bolt and the rear of the round is still usually between the feed lips.  This pressure causes the magazine to be stuck in place.  You have to really get full leverage on the body of the magazine and yank downward while ensuring your finger is kept on the mag release.  Many new shooters index fingers tire easily after depressing the mag release for just a few seconds, so it’s important to treat the gun like a tool and man-handle it when seconds count.