When it comes to training people with firearms, there are instructors who work on theory and those who draw on their experience. Paul Howe has been there, done that, got the T-shirt. After retiring as a Master Sergeant from the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command, Paul put his knowledge, training, and experience to work at his own school—Combat Shooting and Tactics, or CSAT for short.
A veteran of myriad special operations, Howe has strong opinions about what works and what does not during close personal combat. He imparts this understanding and experience earned in blood, to those fortunate enough to attend training at his facility outside of Nacogdoches, TX.
Naturally, Howe has definite ideas about hardware and the make up of a quality firearm. As we write this, two models of “CSAT” rifles are being made available to qualified personnel—the Perimeter (heavy barrel) and Tactical (M4-contour barrel). TW will review the Tactical model as well as CSAT training.
As Combat Shooting and Tactics is a school not a firearms manufacturer, they needed someone to actually build the guns to Paul’s specifications. Few companies are better suited to do just that than DPMS/Panther Arms.
A CSAT rifle or carbine needed to be an AR platform as, like it or not, the Stoner design is the most prevalent self-loading rifle manufactured in the U.S. today. Magazines, parts, and accessories are readily available nationwide. The chambering is 5.56x45mm.