“It’s an athletic event.” Kyle Defoor, former member of the U.S. Navy SEALs, former instructor at both Blackwater and TigerSwan, and current instructor of his own company, Defoor Proformance Shooting, used these words early on the first training day of his Advanced Carbine Course to describe the standing shooting position. As it turns out, this was also an apt description of the course as a whole. In addition to his impressive professional positions past and present, Defoor is an avid runner, climber and outdoorsman, and that commitment to fitness shines through in the training he offers to law enforcement, military and civilian students. “It’s an athletic event” is also an apt description for a gunfight. Stress, like that of a gunfight, raises our heart rate, quickens our breathing and otherwise affects our bodies much like physical exertion. If we’re not training under stress, we’re not really training for a gunfight. In the training environment, there are two ways of imparting that stress. The first is adding the pressure of time, which is common in most modern firearms instruction. The second is adding physical exertion, which is all too uncommon. Defoor utilizes both ways, setting himself apart from other trainers in the industry.
A total of 11 students showed up at Rocky Creek Ranch just outside of Myakka City, Florida, to take Defoor’s Advanced Carbine Course. The class was coordinated and sold through Alias Training & Security Services via their website, which allows students to sign up very easily. The students consisted of the usual mix of law enforcement and military—active, reserve and former—as well as defense-minded non-law-enforcement civilians.
One important aspect of training is having ways to measure performance, both for establishing a baseline against which to measure improvement and for comparing one’s abilities to those of peers or given standards. Defoor had us jump right in with a basic rifle marksmanship test wherein we fired 10 rounds from 100 yards prone, 8 rounds from 75 yards kneeling, 8 rounds from 50 yards standing, and 8 rounds from 25 yards standing, all on an NRA B-8 target. Scoring was simply based on the scoring rings on the target.