Constant tactical training is a necessity for operators in order to keep their skills and reflexes honed in on exactly what they need to do in the event of a gunfight. As essential as it is, however, this constant training can have a downside. As an operator anticipates the demands of a certain drill, they can lose sight of how they need to think beyond the structure of that drill and curate their tactics to survive in the real world.

In Make Ready With Pat McNamara: Carbine TAPS, elite tactical operator PatMcNamara takes students on a step-by-step guide of how to avoid the pitfalls of “range theatrics.” At one point, McNamara illustrates his point by demonstrating how students of a one-shot drill will routinely pull their pistol back and scan from side to side without a) obtaining a follow-up sight picture, or b) scanning in tandem with their gun for secondary threats. While it may sound simple, becoming too reliant on the training environment can diminish an operator’s instincts and actions in the field, where second chances are hard to come by.

This rare glimpse into the mindset it takes to perform when it matters most comes as a result of Pat McNamara’s 22 years of special operations experience, 13 of which were in 1st SFOD-D. In the new DVD from Panteao Productions, Make Ready With Pat McNamara: Carbine TAPS (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting), McNamara shows you how to set up your carbine, how to move to cover during a gunfight and how to make yourself the most efficient shooter possible in a worst-case scenario.

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