During the 1970s, E.F. Hutton was a leading brokerage firm that became known for the advertising slogan, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” When it comes to gunfighting, one could say, “When Paul Howe talks, people listen.” Howe spent more than 20 years in the U.S. Army, with 10 of those years in the special operations community assigned to 1st Special Forces Operations Detachment-Delta. Howe was a Delta team leader during the Battle of the Black Sea, also known as Black Hawk Down, and recently partnered with Panteao Productions to produce an intense three-hour after-action narrative on the Somalia operation, which was reviewed in TW November 2013. Howe has also produced videos dealing with leadership, firearms training and responding to active-shooter situations.
After leaving the Army, Howe founded his own training and consulting business, Combat Shooting and Tactics, or CSAT. Howe’s experiences are the basis for a very simple and result-driven training curriculum. To quote from one of his online articles:
“I remember servicing a bad guy one night at about 7 yards with night optics. I was trained to do double-taps throughout my military career. I punched him twice with two 5.56mm rounds and stopped for a split second in my mind and on the trigger, looking for a response from the bad guy. The problem was that he was still standing with an AK-47. I hit him with two more rounds before he began to fall to the ground. To my amazement, he stood back up before collapsing a second time. Lesson learned: Shoot until they go down. Not one, not two or three. I now teach ‘five in the chest, one in the head’ failure drills with the rifle. Why five? It may take the human body that long to react to the amount of trauma you are inducing. At the time of this incident, we were using military green-tip ammo, and the energy transfer was minimal. Realizing we had a stopping power problem, we developed a drill that would work on any determined individual and made it part of our training package.”
Anyone who takes a class from Howe or has watched his videos will quickly realize that he has very strong opinions that are based on his experiences. He is a pragmatist who understands the real world and the difference between competition, training and surviving a gunfight. In his classes, Howe stresses individual competency and reliable equipment.
Howe recently collaborated with Wilson Combat to develop a signature rifle, a true multipurpose 5.56 workhorse. To quote Howe, “Were I to have the choice of only one gun, this is the gun it would be. I can do short-, intermediate- and long-range work with this one rifle. It is like having one golf club to play the entire course.” I was fortunate to receive one of the new Howe carbines for evaluation.