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The Evolution of Shooting

As steel derives its strength from forging iron and carbon the same holds true for shooting. Forging battle-proven tactics with unprecedented competitive skills defines the Evolution of Shooting.

  • Learn current in-theater combat carbine skills from USN SEAL Team Chief Chris White (Ret.)
  • Learn the closely held secrets of going from a mediocre handgunner to a competition master from internationally ranked 26 time USPSA National Champion Rob Leatham.
  • Learn how to protect yourself and your family when firearms are not an option, using improvised edged, impact and flexible weapons from ex-CIA non-ballistic weapons expert Steve Tarani.

Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to train with the best of the best. Be combat effective regardless of your background, experience, age, skill level and weapon system. Be part of the Evolution of Shooting.

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WHAT YOU RECEIVE



Professional Training

Five and a half days of non-stop, action-packed professional hard-skills training with 26 time National USPSA Champion Rob Leatham, Former CIA non-ballistics weapons expert Steve Tarani and former US Navy SEAL Chief Chris White.

In reality, you can find the very best operators, who can’t teach. You can also find the best teachers, who have little or no real-world experience. By contrast, it is rare that you find an expert instructor with real-world experience. Now take three such instructors with over three decades each of master-level skill and teaching experience and you end up with a century of priceless knowledge. Leatham, Tarani and White are the best of the best in their respective fields with proven track records. Each have trained Special Operations Command (SOCOM) personnel to soccer moms and everyone in between. Nowhere else will you find this level of combined expertise. Nowhere else can you directly benefit from decades of combined real-world experience, in three different disciplines at this level of instruction. These three American icons have trained every military, law enforcement and government agency you can imagine, and now you have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with all of them, all in one place, all at one time, in an integrated week of high octane training.

Keynote Speakers

As an integral part of your premium training experience you will attend closed-door, invitation-only briefings from two of the world’s leading experts in their fields. On Monday night you will be briefed by former US Undersecretary of Defense (who served under SECDEF Donald Rumsfeld) Dr. Steve P. Bucci, who will be presenting “World Wide Threats and the Political End of Terrorism.” On Wednesday night former FBI Special Agent and internationally-acclaimed competitive shooter Bill Rogers (founder of the Roger’s School) will share with you the secrets of “Reactive Shooting: how to identify and harness your own units of human reaction time” to increase your skills in any shooting situation.In addition to these keynote speakers there will be additional presentations running throughout the week to further augment your subject matter skills and information.

Earn a Carbine

Yes, that’s right – you read that correctly. Industry innovator Devil Dog Arms, in honor of Gunsite’s 40thAnniversary has configured a one-run-only match-grade LTW-AR15 carbine available exclusively at this event. Devil Dog Arms is making it possible for us to award a total of six (6) out-of-the-box, pristine LTW-AR15 carbines, to six (6) shooters based on performance and evaluation (of attitude, heart, teamwork and effort) by Chief White. Again, earned not issued or won in a raffle.

Devil Dog Arms (DDA) is an industry leader whose top priority is to produce the highest quality AR made in the USA. Whether supplying the military, law enforcement or civilian communities, DDA believes that when a customer positions themselves behind one of their firearms, they have the assurance that it will perform the first time – every time. See www.DevilDogArms.com for more info.

Earn a Red Dot

In partnership with BixPros, LLC, internationally acclaimed shooting industry icon Aimpoint will be generously providing six (6) red dot optic systems to be awarded to six (6) shooters based on performance and evaluation (of attitude, heart, teamwork and effort) by Rob Leatham. Again, earned not issued or won in a raffle. Click on www.aimpoint.com/products/military-le/ for more info.

Around the world, professionals have used Aimpoint® red dot sights for more than 20 years, proving their value. Manufactured since 1975, more than one million Aimpoint® sights are in the hands of professionals. Whether in the field or on the streets, you can count on Aimpoint® red dot sights!

Demo Carbine

You don’t need to own a carbine. You don’t need to bring a carbine. You can use one of ours! Our very generous sponsor Devil Dog Arms will provide a state of the art M4 platform, top of the line carbine, for your use for the entire week. Although we do encourage you to bring what you use at home, you may want to utilize these demo guns or both – bring yours and just try one of these on for size. In fact, at the end of the week, if you like the way it runs, you will have the opportunity to purchase a Devil Dog Arms carbine at a special discounted price, affording you savings as a courtesy of Devil Dog Arms.

Ammunition

You will be provided all your ammunition needed for training for your 9mm, .38, .45, or .40 pistol (FMJ or TMJ) and regular ball ammo for your carbine (55gr. 223/556). Yes, you read that right ALL AMMO INCLUDED! If you are shooting something other than what's listed here, PLEASE call first so we can make special arrangements if necessary.

Lodging

Six nights of private accommodations. Unless otherwise requested, your private room is reserved at the Days Inn at Chino Valley(688 Fletcher Ct, Chino Valley, AZ 86323) located about 20 minutes  from Gunsite. In consideration of distance from Gunsite and the dining venue, BixPros chose to rent the entire Days Inn, not only for proximity, but also for clean, modern and comfortable amenities. You are close enough to town to enjoy nearby conveniences, yet far enough away to enjoy a good nights rest after each action-packed day. If you are coming from a location that requires your arrival on April 9, 2016, please contact us so that we may help arrange for accommodations.

Upon hotel check-in, each participant will receive a lavish welcome bag filled with firing range training supplies designed to optimize your comfort, performance and further enhance your experience.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided every day starting Sunday evening, April 10th, 2016 at 18:00 hours and ending with an “end of event” dinner Friday night April 15th, 2016. All meals are provided by a high-profile Phoenix, Arizona-based caterer who provides gourmet meals for NetJets, local and national sports teams and high-profile charity events. BixPros wants you to train like the pros and eat like a king.

Snacks

In addition to three meals a day throughout your training week, a variety of beverages and snacks will be provided to help keep your body fueled and hydrated for optimal performance.

Range Assistants

For your convenience, various Range Assistants (RA’s) will be assigned to each range to help you with your gear, help charge magazines, collect gear, etc., to ensure that your training experience reaches its highest potential.

Training Events

Your intense week of training will be jam-packed with a robust series of integrated training events - all of which follow a standardized delivery methodology. First you will first be introduced to a specific skill. Next you will be provided a clear demonstration of that skill by your instructor, followed by instructor-led training drills. Upon demonstrating competency, you will then apply those drills to achieve a specific objective based on your skill level. The instructor will then share with you how you may train at home as part of your “sustainment package” to help preserve your newly-found skills from perishing.

Skills Development

Everything you learn from day one, hour one (Sunday, April 10, 2016 1500 hours) until lunch break on day six (Friday, April 15th, 2016) in both live-fire and non-ballistics weapons training is to prepare you for the final training exercise (FTX) run on the second half of day six.

Orientation - Day One (a half-day) – Sunday, April 10th, 2016 15:00-18:00 Orientation, Introduction, Equipment Inspection (firearms functionality, slings, pouches, magazines, chest harness, etc.), Range Familiarization and initial pre-qualification Team Assignments.

Fundamentals – Day two (Monday, April 11th, 2016 08:00) is your pistol qualification. Pass this and you will be assigned to a squad based on your score and the instructor’s evaluation of your gun safety, gun handling and marksmanship skills. Fail and you will be given private instruction and a second chance to pass the pistol qualification on a separate range. Later in the morning all participants will attend a battle-zero (BZO) lecture with Chief White followed by a BZO of their carbines (aligning your carbine bore line with your iron sights and optics).

After lunch you will follow the curriculum with your squad, dividing your training time among the three Range Masters, focusing on critical fundamentals.

Building Blocks - Day three (Tuesday, April 12th, 2016) is the skills “block-builder” day. Here is the time where the “Aha!” moments increase in frequency and intensity. It is here where the fundamentals start to gel and coagulate into building blocks which are later integrated into your progressive skills on day four.

Progressive Skills - Day four (Wednesday, April 13th, 2016) this is where accurate judgement and split-second decisions meet with your physical skills. All your skills come together today, integrated across all three spheres of instruction to include movement and in preparation for your end-of-week FTX which will require direct application of your combined progressive skills in dynamic real-world scenarios.

On the Move - Day five (Thursday, April 14th, 2016) is accelerated movement day. Taking everything you learned in your previous training days, you will learn to flow effortlessly through more complex drills and problem solving– while on the move. Again, you are divided into teams and based on your skill level there will be a hierarchy within your team to accommodate each level of proficiency. Training is scaled to each shooter’s proficiency.

Hi Cap - On the morning of day six you will be shooting more rounds and more targets in one day than you have all week, in preparation for your high-intensity final training exercise. In the non-ballistics training block, your week of training will culminate in applying your skills to actual flesh.

FTX - the second half of day six culminates into a simulated specialized warfare Operational Order, Mission Planning, Pre-operational Rehearsal and Final Training Exercise (FTX) using Simunitions with all training, planning and operations meticulously run by USN SEAL Chief Chris White. The FTX is you going on a military-grade op with variegated shoot/ no-shoot targets and multiple scenarios utilizing outdoor military simulators. Keep in mind this is not a typical industry-standard force-on-force exercise and is unique to this event. You will be moving in pairs as well as in teams applying all of your newly-learned skills to accomplish your assigned mission objective.

Curriculum

Upon your squad assignment you will be issued a full class schedule to include a detailed hourly distribution (where to be and what time to be there) of all training events.

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WHAT

Competition Pistol

The world of practical firearms use is divided into tactical (military/ law enforcement/ self-defense) and competition (competitive shooting). Regardless of application, when it comes time to press that trigger, speed and accuracy are paramount. The competitive world is renowned for its fast and accurate round placement while under the pressure of time. Whether you are a tactician, competitor or both, this intensive training will give you the coveted opportunity to learn championship gun handling skills, rapid target acquisition and split-second trigger control from the very best in the business; 26 time USPSA National Champion Rob Leatham.

Non-ballistic Weapons

Designed for specialized military (Naval Special Warfare, USMC Special Operations Command, USCG MSRT, etc.), defensive intelligence (CIA, NSA, DNI, etc.) and undercover law enforcement operations (narcotics, gang infiltration, counter-intelligence, etc.), this unique training gives you the personal defensive skills needed for a tactical solution where firearms are not an option. Employing weapons of opportunity from four separate categories: edged weapons, impact weapons, flexible and personal weapons – you will be trained in the very same critical life-saving skills used by clandestine professionals operating in denied or non-permissive environments from ex-CIA non-ballistics weapons expert Steve Tarani.

Combat Carbine

When it's time to rely on your carbine fighting skills, those skills need to be based on real-world experience gleaned from the past two decades of successful deployments to war zones and denied areas. You training will cover urban combat carbine gun handling and structural clearing techniques, rapid target acquisition using offset, asymmetric positions, multiple assailants, single-hand-only magazine reloading, barricades, and movement in pairs and teams. Your final training day culminates into a simulated specialized warfare Op Order, Mission Planning, Pre-operational Rehearsal and Final Training Exercise (FTX) using Simunitions with all training, planning and operations meticulously run by USN SEAL Chief Chris White.

Intel Briefings

As an integral part of your premium training experience you are invited to attend closed-door, invitation-only intelligence briefings from the foremost experts in their respective fields. On Monday night you will be briefed by former US Undersecretary of Defense (who served directly under SEC DEF Donald Rumsfeld) Dr. Steve P. Bucci who will be presenting “World Wide Threats and the Political End of Terrorism.”

On Wednesday night former FBI Special Agent, US military and law enforcement instructor and internationally-acclaimed competitive shooter Bill Rogers (founder of the Roger’s School) will share with you the secrets of “Reactive Shooting” in how to identify and harness your own “units of human reaction time” to increase your skills in combat shooting.

WHEN

Sunday April 10, 2016 through Friday, April 15, 2016

WHERE

Gunsite Academy, 2900 W. Gunsite Road, Paulden, AZ 86334

 

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WHAT TO BRING


Clothing

Paulden, Arizona in the spring time can get brisk at night. Average lows can be in the mid-40s with average highs in the mid-70s. However it is recommended that you check the weather before you travel for more accurate weather forecast. It does rain so be prepared with rain cover and rain pants. Boots and gloves are also recommended.

Firearms

Pistol

Any magazine-fed full-size semi-automatic service pistol with a minimal barrel length of 3.5 inches. As this is not a concealment class a barrel length of 3.5" (8.89cm) or greater is mandatory. Please don’t bring your sub-compact short-barrel semi-autos such as CZ75 RAMI, S&W M&P Shield, etc., for training as these will not be allowed on the firing line. Revolvers are of course permitted but be prepared for extreme high-volume speed reloading and bring plenty of speed loaders. However, the same goes for revolvers as semi-autos in that a barrel length of 3.5" (8.89cm) or greater is mandatory. Snub-nose revolvers such as the Colt Cobra, S&W Model 10, etc., will not be permitted on the firing line.

You will be required to walk up to the firing line w/ no less than 50 rounds loaded in magazines or speed loaders. A minimum of four mag pouches is also recommended for semi-autos. A minimum two-mag pouch is mandatory. Although Gunsite is equipped with its own onsite gunsmith, it is recommended that you bring a backup handgun.

Carbine

Any standard duty semi-automatic AR platform (M4 series, Mk-16, CQBR, etc.,) capable of firing 223/ 556 ball ammo (MILSPEC/ SAAMISPEC). H-bar, light or pencil barrels will all work for this training. Ruger Mini-14 and similar rifles are also acceptable. Please contact us if you may have any question or concern about the weapon system you plan on bringing. Barrels with a length of less than 10 inches will NOT be permitted. No full-autos will be permitted on the line. Optics (AimPoint, EOTech, Trijicon, Elcan, etc.,) and backup iron sights (fixed or flip-up) are required for this training. You will also need a carry (tactical) sling (single point or two point. Three point slings are not recommended) and a flashlight (can be hand-held or rail mount). A hand-held flashlight is additionally recommended for non-weapons low-light application.

Remember that you don’t need to own a carbine. You don’t need to bring a carbine. You can use one of ours! Our very generous sponsor Devil Dog Arms will provide a state of the art M4 platform, top of the line carbine, for your use for the entire week. Although we do encourage you to bring what you use at home, you may want to utilize these demo guns or both – bring yours and just try one of these on for size. In fact, at the end of the week, if you like the way it runs, you will have the opportunity to purchase a Devil Dog Arms carbine at a special discounted price, affording you savings as a courtesy of Devil Dog Arms.

Four to six 30-round magazines will work best for this training. However, a minimum of four 30-round magazines is mandatory. You will need one adjustable chest rig capable of carrying your 4 magazines (sample), one Kydex-type belt magazine pouch (sample), a medium to large drop pouch (sample) and knee pads (recommended). Elbow pads are optional.

Ammunition

None! You don't have to bring any! It will be waiting for you there as all of your ammo (for both weapon systems) is included with cost of the course - that is IF you are shooting 9mm, .38, .45 or .40 (handgun) and .223/ 556 (carbine). PLEASE call first if you require other caliber(s) than these listed!

Range Gear

Protection – Bring sunscreen and a ball cap (required) and shooting gloves. Protective eye wear is mandatory. Hearing protection (soft or hard or both) is also mandatory. Extra batteries for your optics, ear pro and flashlights is strongly recommended. You may want to throw in some 550 Cord and duct tape because you just never know.

Cleaning Kit - You will need a cleaning kit for both of your weapon systems which should minimally include bore brushes, patches, bore jags, cleaning rods, cleaning fluid and lubricant (gun oil or grease) – (fluids and lubricants can be purchased at the Gunsite Pro Shop if needed), a couple of shop rags and any tools required for maintenance, disassembly and reassembly of your firearms is also recommended.

First Aid Kit – Although each range is equipped w/ a major trauma kit, it is strongly recommended that you bring your own personal snivel kit to include, sunscreen, band aids, new-skin, athletic tape, lip balm, aspirin, whatever medications you may need, reading glasses, etc.
If you forget anything or need to purchase something you didn’t know you needed, the on-site Gunsite ProShop will be open each day.