BSTA Tactical Pistol / Carbine June 20th (Firearms Training, Tactical Course) Ft Benning/Columbus GA/Phenix City AL area.

996808_568851336491788_470461628_nOn June 20th Black Skull Tactical Applications will be running a Tactical Pistol training course in the morning hours from 09:00 till 12:00 or UTC. Later in the day there will be an Evening session for a Tactical Carbine training course in the evening hours from 17:00 till 20:00 or UTC. Courses will be run at the Russell County Sheriffs training range in the Ft Benning/Columbus GA/Phenix City AL area.

Directions are: Phenix city Hwy 280 South on Hwy 431 to Hwy 165 south to Ft Mitchell. Enter the Ft Benning back gate to Fryer Drop zone and Uchee Creek recreational area. At Uchee Creek turn right to Russell County Sheriff Range.

The BSTA Tactical Pistol Course is designed for the beginner and intermediate pistol shooter who wishes to develop or further enhance reflexive pistol handling skills. These skills increase shooter confidence in tactical situations. The BSTA course also provides shooters with a clear understanding of what can be performed in a combat shooting situation with your pistol. Not only will you master new shooting skills, but you will also learn basic troubleshooting and maintenance of your weapon system. We will also discuss ammunition, sights, lights and holsters. The below list is just part of what will be discussed during this course. *No course prerequisites.

  • Safety
  • Maintenance & Cleaning
  • Loading, reloading and clearing procedures
  • Equipment rigging
  • Optics, magazines, slings, lights
  • Fundamentals of Marksmanship
  • Basic Position Shooting
  • Malfunction Definition and Clearance
  • Dry fire and live fire accuracy drills
  • Slow Fire
  • Speed shooting drill
  • Rapid Fire
  • Barricade and covered firing positions
  • Multiple Target Acquisition

Ammunition Requirements: 300 rounds (Minimum)

Gear: Pistol, holster, three high capacity (15rds) magazines or six low capacity (7-8 rds), magazine holder, belt, flashlight, flashlight holder, clear wraparound ballistic eye protection, ear protection, weapons cleaning kit, rain gear, clothing appropriate for climate and conditions and a water bottle or other hydration system.

Method: Classroom and practical application on the ranges.

Skill Prerequisites: None

Number of attendees: up to 15

Duration: Morning session (this means 3-4hrs on day of event 09:00-12:00 or

UTC.)

Course Cost: $75.00 deposit upon enrollment. This includes a certificate of completion.

The BSTA Tactical Carbine course is designed to train shooters who have beginner to intermediate experience with the AR-15 weapons platform. This course is for beginner AR-15 enthusiast, but for anyone who wants to learn the basic fundamentals that must apply across all aspects of tactical shooting. Additionally, this course will cover important cleaning, maintenance, and troubleshooting of this popular weapons system. We will also show you how to set up your system to gain greatest advantage in any situation. This course requires some specialized gear, to include serviceable weapon system. The following topics will be presented. *No course prerequisites.

  • Safety
  • Maintenance & Cleaning
  • Loading, reloading and clearing procedures
  • Malfunction Definition and Clearance
  • Equipment rigging
  • Optics, magazines, slings, lights
  • Fundamentals of Marksmanship
  • Ballistics
  • Zeroing
  • Basic Position Shooting
  • Multiple Target Acquisition

Ammunition Requirements: 500 rounds

Gear: Carbine, optic, four high capacity (30rds) magazines, load bearing equipment, clear wraparound ballistic eye protection, ear protection, weapons cleaning kit, rain gear, clothing appropriate for climate and conditions and a water bottle or other hydration system.

Method: Classroom and practical application on the ranges.

Skill Prerequisites: None

Number of attendees: up to 15

Duration: Evening session ( 3-4hrs on day of event 17:00-20:00 OR UTC.)

Course Cost: $75.00 deposit upon enrollment. This includes a certificate of completion.

To register go to course sign up page……see you on the range!!

Black Skull Tactical Applications partners with Vortex Optics

Vortex   Black Skull Tactical Applications is excited to announce Vortex Optics as a new industry sponsor. Over the last 6 month I have been really amazed with the Vortex products and price points. Amazing company taking care of industry friends and most of all Military discounts. If you call them up, mention you saw them here on BSTA. I can with true confidence say you will be impressed. BSTA….approved!! SPARC II RED DOTS:  Get on target fast with the SPARC II. Ultra-compact and lightweight, the SPARC II (Speed Point Aiming for Rapid Combat) is equally at home mounted on an AR-15 or shotgun. Digital rear facing controls for powering on/off and adjusting the 2 MOA daylight bright red dot brightness at ten intensity levels—automatically returning to the last dot intensity used when powered up. Rugged single-piece body machined from aircraft grade aluminum is o-ring sealed for waterproof and fog proof performance. VIPER PST 1-4X24 RIFLESCOPE:   The Viper PST (Precision Shooting Tactical) riflescope boasts features associated with top-tier riflescopes, yet comes in at a street price under the $1,000 mark. Matching reticle and turret measurements allow accurate, fast dialing of shots. The one-piece 30mm tube, precision-machined from a single solid block of aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum, offers ample windage and elevation adjustment. Born from an intimate understanding of riflescope design, forward-thinking engineering, and open ears to a market incredibly vocal about what it wants in a riflescope, the Viper PST series delivers the performance and features tactical shooters demand at an economical price. VIPER PST 6-24X50 FFP RIFLESCOPE:   The Viper PST (Precision Shooting Tactical) riflescope boasts features associated with top-tier riflescopes, yet comes in at a street price under the $1,000 mark. Matching reticle and turret measurements allow accurate, fast dialing of shots. The one-piece 30mm tube, precision-machined from a single solid block of aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum, offers ample windage and elevation adjustment. Born from an intimate understanding of riflescope design, forward-thinking engineering, and open ears to a market incredibly vocal about what it wants in a riflescope, the Viper PST series delivers the performance and features tactical shooters demand at an economical price. http://www.vortexoptics.com clint_fgIMG_9907

Black Skull Tactical Courses at Red Hill Range in Martin Georgia.

BSTADuring this 2 Day-16 hour course; attendees will learn Tactical Carbine theory. This Course is suited for all levels of carbine shooters.Learn dynamic shooting skills from seasoned veteran of the Special Operations Forces.

Clint Hoover of (Black Skull Tactical Applications) served 25 yrs in the US Army and is a former US Army Ranger 75th Regiment and 3rd Special Forces Group “Green Beret”. Training techniques are inspired from the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOCOM): Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat course (SFAUC) and the Asymmetric Warfare Group Combat Applications Training Course (CATC)

Day 1 Carbine Fundamentals: Safety, Weapons Inspection, Maintenance, Iron sights, Optics Zeroing, Grouping, Dispersion, Ballistics and Equipment set up.

   Day 2 Tactical Carbine Employment: Weapons Manipulation, Shooting positions, Multiple target engagement, Movement, Buddy team movement.

Participants should be in good physical condition and be prepared to conduct moderate physical activity. This will be a fun, enjoyable learning event; targeting skill building.

Course will be max 25 slots; cost per slot is $350.00 for both days. Must have 15 seat filled to run course. Shooters provide their weapon system and ammunition for course. (600 rds)

For more info: blackskulltactical@gmail.com or call 706-580-9209

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Black Skull Tactical Applications trains AFSOC Airmen at Sehoy Tactical

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November 20th 2014

Recently Black Skull Tactical jointed with Sehoy Tactical in a training exercise for 60 AFSOC airmen from Florida. Over this two week training cycle, PJ’s Combat Controllers and AFSOC Weather training together in Combat Pistol/Carbine Marksmanship. Over this training cycle the AFSOC Airmen polished many skill including, Flat range zeroing of Primary M-4 weapons systems. Combat Optics, Laser aiming devices. They also re-trained on pistol marksmanship and Combat applications with live fire movement drills.

 

Black Skull Tactical Applications partners with Lancer System Rifles as new training Rifle.

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BSTA is very happy to partners with Lancer Systems as our new training rifle, Lancer Systems has some of the best innovations to the AR platform in the industry.

At Lancer, design is paramount. Our engineers and materials experts strive to perfect performance through minimizing weight, maximizing reliability and optimizing functionality.

Applying Lancer’s expertise in stateoftheart polymers, composites and hybrid component design, we’ve created a product offering of advanced weapons and components that are used by professionals and recreational shooters alike. It is our unique ability to integrate these specialties, along with a sincere passion for shooting, that allows us to continue to advance weapon and component designs.

http://www.lancer-systems.com/business-areas/advanced-weapons-components-2/

BSTA participates in Researchers develop hands-free, eyes-free navigation for Soldiers

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 15, 2014) — Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory continue to develop and evaluate methods for navigation and communication that are ‘hands-free, eyes-free and mind-free’ to aid Soldiers in the field.

Soldiers wear a lightweight belt around their torso, containing miniature haptic technology. The belt provides vibratory or tactile cues allowing a Soldier to navigate to map coordinates and receive communications while still carrying a weapon.

Research said initial feedback from Soldiers testing the device is positive. Soldiers say they liked being able “to concentrate on other things and not the screen.”

Soldiers are able to move and communicate while keeping visual map displays in their pockets and their eyes on the surroundings.

Vibratory signals are communicated through tactile actuators inside the device. Navigation signals correspond to vibrations or pulses that tell the Soldier which direction to go.

“Data are still being compiled, however, it is clear that Soldiers rarely looked at the visual display when the tactile belt was ‘on.’ Soldier feedback was very positive,” said Gina Hartnett, from HRED’s Fort Rucker, Ala., field element. “This assessment gave us a great example of how a device can free up the senses so effectively. Course times were faster on tactile assisted navigation legs. Soldiers reported being more situationally aware of their surrounding because they rarely, if ever, had to take their eyes off of their environment. Additionally, not having to interact with a visual display, allowed their hands to stay on their weapon.”

As long as the tactile sensation is felt at the front of the torso, the Soldier moves forward. If the sensation is at the side or back, the Soldier simply turns until the GPS-enabled signal is felt at the front.

At the same time, communications are also provided by tactile means that can be from other Soldiers or more intelligent ground robots — such as status updates or warnings regarding potential threat.

The vibration, or sensation the Soldier feels, determines what the Soldier is supposed to do or the task they are to perform and is based on the tactile language that is developed — such as with Morse code.

The patterns are developed to be distinct, unique and consistent with the information at hand, to allow the Soldier to quickly and easily interpret the cues. For example, hand signal information or specific messages such as “robot battery low” can be assigned to patterns, learned and recognized.

One may think of the vibration signals as similar to different ring types on your cellular phone. A person may know who is calling without actually looking at the screen to see the person’s name or number. It is the sound that provides the alert — not the actual sight of it.

Tactile actuators could be placed in any number of objects — such as a glove, belt, inside the helmet or vest.

Researchers from U.S. Army Research Laboratory, known as ARL, Human Research and Engineering Directorate’s Fort Benning, Ga., field element, are testing such tactile systems for navigation and/or communication during mission-relevant exercises to determine the effectiveness of these devices while wearing them and seeing how they perform during actual use. Soldiers quickly learn the system, attaining proficiency with the signals within 10-15 minutes.

Soldiers recently participated in an assessment of the NavCom system at Fort Benning, to evaluate simultaneous presentations of navigation and robot communication/monitoring using tactile patterns of two types of advanced tactors during operationally relevant scenarios. Researchers asked Soldiers to complete several combat-related tasks during this exercise.

The scenarios involved night land navigation on equivalent courses of about 900 meters. While navigating from waypoint to waypoint, Soldiers also received communications from a hypothetical autonomous robot regarding either the robots status or a possible threat detected by the robot. Additionally, Soldiers negotiated exclusion zones and identified enemy targets along the course.

The system automatically collected data, such as time to each waypoint and accuracy to each waypoint. Observer-based data collection included accuracy of robot alerts, number of times Soldiers looked down at their screen, took their hand off of their weapon and correctly identified a target on the course. Subjective data were also collected after each mission in the form of a workload assessment and questionnaire followed by an after action review at the end of the night.

Harnett said that some specific comments from the Soldiers included:

“I was more aware of my surroundings.”
“I don’t land nav much, but this made it a no-brainer.”
“I loved the belt, it worked perfectly.”

“This stream of research is very dear to my heart,” said Dr. Linda Elliott, from HRED’s Fort Benning field element. “It’s not often a Soldier can pick up a piece of equipment, be trained in five to 10 minutes, and have a very positive experience. In a previous night study, Soldiers said they were blind (night, fog, rain, night vision devices fogging up, etc.) and the belt led them straight to point, allowing them to focus attention on their surroundings.”

Elliott said the system supports the three basic Soldier tasks — move, shoot and communicate — all while allowing individuals to move more quickly, accurately, find more targets in their environment and be more effective at covert communications.

“At the same time, we are trying to collect more basic data, to identify the factors that make a tactile signal ‘salient’ — easily felt, immediately recognized and distinguished from others. That has to do with the type of tactile signal strength (and other engineering factors), individual differences (such as fatigue), and environmental factors.”

Tactile systems for military performance have demonstrated their potential with regard to capability achievement and performance advantage, across a number of applications. Experiments and demonstrations have been conducted across a wide range of settings, from laboratory tasks to high-fidelity simulations and real-world environments.

Several ARL studies have been conducted within the context of Soldier land navigation to investigate effects of tactile cues in context. Many of these studies have been published as ARL technical reports.

Elliott said that subsequent experiments proved the value of tactile systems to support Soldier navigation and communication, but at the same time, systems must be improved and refined before they can be practical in combat situations.

“They must be made lightweight, comfortable, rugged, networked within a command and control system and they must be easy to use and easy to maintain,” Elliott said. “As tactile displays are increasingly used for communication of more complex and multiple concepts, it will become evident that tactile and multi-sensory systems in general must be designed for rapid and easy comprehension.”

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, or RDECOM, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America’s Soldiers.

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army’s premier provider of materiel readiness — technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment — to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.

http://www.army.mil/article/125405/Researchers_develop_hands_free__eyes_free_navigation_for_Soldiers/

Black Skull Tactical Applications in conjunction with INFORCE Tactical lights Low-Light Pistol Operator

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Black Skull Tactical Applications in conjunction with INFORCE Tactical lights Low-Light Pistol Operator

Course Date: Sat. 12th April 2014

Course description:  This course is designed for the intermediate and advanced pistol shooter who wishes to develop Low-Light reflexive pistol handling skills, and shooter confidence in tactical low-light scenario. This course also provides shooters with a clear understanding of their individual abilities with their pistol and tactical light during the hours of limited visibility.  Not only will you master new shooting skills, but you will also learn basic troubleshooting without the uses of visual abilities. We will also discuss sights, lights selection and holsters.  Prerequisites: Mil/LE background or a accredited Level I Pistol Course.

INFORCE Tactical Light Company will be Co-Sponsoring this event and will be on hand to give a Demo on INFORCE lights capabilities and provide lights for students to test

Course Schedule (6hrs or UTC)

  • ·         Safety /Range Brief
  • ·         Warm up shoot/Equipment set up
  • ·         Light Selection/INFORCE Demo
  • ·         Fundamentals refresher
  • ·         Weapons Presentation
  • ·         Shooting drills
  • ·         Malfunctions correction
  • ·         Barrier shooting
  • ·         Scenarios
  • ·         Skills Comp
  • ·         AAR/Range clean

Instructors are SOF Operators and tactics are derived from the US Army SOCOM community this will be an interesting training event based on self discovery in a relaxed and open forum covering all your questions.

Ammunition Requirements: 300 rounds (Minimum)

Gear: Pistol, holster, three high capacity (15rds) magazines or six low capacity (7-8 rds), magazine holder, belt, flashlight, flashlight holder, clear wraparound ballistic eye protection, ear protection, weapons cleaning kit, rain gear, clothing appropriate for climate and conditions and a water bottle or other hydration system. Knee and elbow pads are strongly recommended.

Method: Classroom and practical application on the ranges.

Skill Prerequisites: None

Number of attendees: 15-to-20

Duration: 1 day (this means 6hrs on day of event 1800-1100 hrs.) summer season times.

Course Location: Russell County Sheriff Dept. Training Facility. Columbus GA/Ft Benning. (attendees will receive map).

Course Cost: $150.00 deposit upon enrollment. This includes a certificate of completion.

Location: Columbus/Ft. Benning GA area. Russell County Sheriff training facility. Across from Uchee Creek Campground and Marina.

For additional info Black Skull Tactical.com or blackskulltactical@gmail.com.