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Table of Contents
About the Authors
Chapter 1: In Touch With The Future
Chapter 2: Bigger is Better
Chapter 3: From Billy Clubs To Pepper Balls
Chapter 4: A Skill Called Sniping
Chapter 5: The Then & Now of Small-Bores
Chapter 6: The AK Versus The AR
Chapter 7: Ruger Goes Law Enforcement
Chapter 8: It's Not Just Fifties Anymore
Chapter 9: Handguns & The Assault
Chapter 10: Updating The 223
Chapter 11: What Ever Happened To Accuracy?
Chapter 12: What About Shooting Schools?
Chapter 13: Passing of The Subgun
Chapter 14: The Search For Silence
Chapter 15: Home Defense Is A Preference
Chapter 16: It's Not Grandpa's Ol' Scattergun
Chapter 17: Sorting Out Modern Ammunition
Chapter 18: Oldies But Goodies
Chapter 19: To Keep It Shooting...!
Chapter 20: From Bayonet To Multi-Tool
Chapter 21: It's A Real Gas!
Chapter 22: Special Loads For Special Folks
Chapter 23: Short-Range Marksmanship
Chapter 24: From Uzi To Corner Shot
Chapter 25: The Personal Defense Weapon
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The Weaver stance still is acceptable, but the isosceles
position is coming into its own, because of its better
use with body armor, not to mention the fact that most
competitive shooters have gone to the latter position.

When Steele took the course, a majority of the
shooters on the line had high tech autos ranging
through Glock, Beretta, SIG, Smith & Wesson and
Heckler & Koch products. One woman shooter, however,
had a Ruger GP1009 revolver.

“Revolvers are diffi cult to keep up and running on
speed drills, which is why few bring them to the school
these days,” Steele reports. “When I use revolvers
on Murphy’s end-of-the-month refresher courses at
Raahauge’s, I always bring a pair of them and eight
speed loaders. For the Advanced Handgun course, I
brought my 9mm SIG-Sauer P226 with three magazines
and a P225 with six magazines. Reloading was never
a problem and SIG reliability is legendary. When I
would change guns, both fi t in the same holster and the
magazines in the same holder.”

Doctrine is to vary speed drills with accuracy
exercises. The paper drills included speed and controlled
pairs out to 10 and 15 yards. In the course Steele took,
a new tactical reload bit was included, “which is like a
speed reload, except the chamber is loaded. There is no
fumbling the partly empty magazine. It just falls to the
ground as a new magazine replaces it.”

After the paper target work, the relay moved over to
the reduced-size steel targets. Bounce-back by bullets
means that the steel targets cannot be used closer than
10 yards. However, in this segment the shooters were
doing single-round accuracy drills at 25 and 50 yards. In
this exercise, each shooter in the relay must get his hits
before the next segment starts.

“If the distance itself is not pressure enough, the
shooter must do it when ordered by his instructor,”
Steele reports. “Most shooters these days, except for
Practical Pistol course competitors, do not shoot at 50
yards. In modern police qualifi cations, scores even dip at
the 25-yard line due to the use of modern service autos
with stiff triggers and fi xed sights.”

Since the steel exercise did not require speed, Steele
decided to try out one of his collector guns, a 455 Webley
Mark VI revolver issued to British Army troops in 1917.
He had put only a dozen rounds through it, but knew it
was sound. Military historians call the Mark VI the best
combat revolver ever made. It was one of these that was
carried by the legendary hero, T.E. Lawrence of Arabia.

“Fiocchi still makes ammo for the 455 and that’s what
I used. The 455 creates a booming sound quite unlike
the audible crack of the modern pistol. In its time, this
455 was noted for its single-action accuracy and that’s
what I was counting on,” David Steele recalls.

He daubed some fl uorescent orange paint on the
skinny front sight so he could see it, then went to work
at 25 yards. The revolver shot low and to the left, so the
shooter compensated with so-called Kentucky windage.
At 50 yards, the antique put three out of four rounds on
target, better than most of the modern guns on the line.
“As always, though, minimizing the wobble zone was
critical to accuracy.”

From the steel range the shooting class moved back
to fi re on paper for position shooting. Bill Murphy
displayed the low kneeling, speed kneeling and braced
kneeling positions that he favors. The shooters practiced
them all.

“Personally, I use the low (‘California’) kneeling
position on both knees and speed kneeling on one
knee, unsupported. Braced kneeling, similar to the rifl e

position, is theoretically more accurate,” Steele observes,
“but I fi nd it slow and uncomfortable, with minimal
increase in accuracy.”

Murphy then demonstrated for his pupils the rollover
prone position. He pointed out the advantages in
comfort, low silhouette and accuracy. All of the students
had an opportunity to try it out.

“Next we tried what Murphy calls Groucho walking.
This involves shooting on the move toward the target,
then moving laterally. After a dinner break, we came
back for the night shoot.”

Bill Murphy emphasizes that target identifi cation is
the most important thing in night tactics, meaning that
a good fl ashlight is more important than night sights.
For this type of shooting, Steele carries a SureFire 9Z,
which not only puts out more candlepower, but is far
lighter in weight than his old D-cell Mag-Lite.

“Bill Murphy has a wealth of experience and I have
seen him seamlessly modify his technique over the years
as better ways are developed,” Steele states. “He always
is conscious of how to get his point across. For example,
I have seen police shooters do the post-fi re assessment
strictly by rote. Murphy, at the other extreme, says that
if an enemy is still standing, keep shooting. When the
enemy disappears is the time for assessment.

That is why you point down fi rst, then left and right,
looking for other threats.

“Over a lot of years, I have been to a lot of courses in
a lot of places, but I keep coming back to Bill Murphy,
because he is current, competent and close to where I
live. Also, he respects the combat revolver and lets me
work one into his courses, when practical.”

As part of the training, Bill Murphy demonstrates the braced knee
position. It is uncomfortable for some, but leads to excellent
handgun accuracy for others.

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Shortt is a British Royal Marine (TA). The TA stands
for Territorial Army, the British form of Reserves. These
Marines are trained to a high standard, because they
are the only force backing the English Regulars now
that the National Service – actually, the British version
of what once was our Selective Service – has been
suspended. Shortt has other military training as well,
but details of it are still classifi ed.

JAMES SEAMUS SHORTT is a comparatively
young man, but one with experience and expertise
beyond his years. His father was a jujitsu instructor who
began teaching young Seamus when he was about 6,
then turned him over to a Japanese master for polishing.

Seamus Shortt grew up in Ireland. In fact, he was
a Franciscan monk for three years. However, the
monastery made a tactical error in sending him to an
English hospital for medical training. He met a girl
who was a nurse. They now are married and have
two children.

Young Seamus Shortt started teaching martial
arts and doing military instruction full time, handling
more conventional hospital work on the side, when not
teaching empty-hand skills to civilians. Eventually, he
developed the Combat Training Team, often referred to
simply as CTT, to teach fi ghting and weapon-retention
techniques to the police and military. More recently,
he has begun teaching a course in savate, French

Royal Marine Reservists practice during a training session at
England’s Camp Pilgrim. In this exercise, they are using obsolete
Enfi eld rifl es and bayonets.

The Combat Training Team


British Royal Marine Commandos practice the short thrust with
SMLE rifl es. The rifl e in the center carries the WWII short spike
bayonet. The other two use Enfi eld knife bayonets.

As an introduction to the intricacies of bayonet fi ghting, reservists
of the Royal British Marines battle with pugil sticks introduced in
training by U.S. Marines.

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