Building upon the basics, students learned improvised support positions to maximize their accuracy.

Anyone unfamiliar with SGM Kyle Lamb and Viking Tactics (VTAC) has not been paying attention to the tactical firearms market. From their highly regarded YouTube channel, to an extensive line of VTAC-branded gear and accessories and collaborations with 5.11 Tactical and Smith & Wesson, the VTAC name is everywhere. What some may miss in all of this, however, is that the core and basis for the various products is their training. In April, I had the chance to attend the VTAC Carbine 1.5 course at the Southern Exposure Training Facility outside of Lakeland, Florida, with SGM Kyle Lamb as the lead instructor and Dan Brokos as his assistant. Both instructors have impressive resumes with the U.S. Army, serving in the most elite units. Lamb retired in 2007 and Brokos is still active-duty.

Beyond the Basics

First, if you are planning on attending a VTAC 1.5 course, either Carbine or Handgun, you will want to be well acquainted with the fundamentals. If anything, the “1.5” qualifier on this course name is insufficient. Lamb will briefly discuss fundamentals like sight alignment, trigger control and natural respiratory pause, but it is only to reference them. There is the obvious assumption that students know what he is talking about and how to precisely execute those fundamentals. The same can be said for the basic marksmanship positions. Lamb expects you to know them and be able to execute them. In some cases, he expects students to know these principles well just so he can turn them on their head!

SGM Kyle Lamb goes above and beyond to personally instruct each student, making sure they learn, improve and get the most out of their rifles.

The course offers you ways to tweak your fundamentals, provided you can already execute them reasonably well. Examples abound, but one personal example is that, as a taller shooter, I would benefit from more aggressively bent knees when shooting on the move. I was able to get my hits, and get them quickly, in the various drills, but their advice helped me steady my rifle even more when shooting on the move.

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