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Old March 16, 2016, 11:26 PM   #1
Tom Givens
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Tactical Conference AAR

Tactical Conference AAR

Once again, the annual Rangemaster Tactical Conference has come and gone, and again was an outstanding success. Over 200 participants came from literally all over the United States to test themselves and sample training from thirty of the best self defense trainers in the business. This was truly an inter-disciplinary training event, with classroom work on mindset, criminal psychology, trends in terrorism, skill development, and more, plus hands-on work with empty hands and blades, plus live-fire training with handgun, carbine and shotgun! There was also an interactive component with live opponents and Simunitions equipment. There is no other event like this one.

I would like to thank the Memphis Police Department Firearms Training Unit for their hospitality and support. Thanks also to the many trainers who traveled here from all over to conduct their training blocks, and to the attendees who took part in them. Finally, huge thanks to the Rangemaster staff, who made the event run seamlessly for three days.

Over 200 people attended the event, including 40 ladies. Of those, 158 chose to compete in the defensive pistol match that was run concurrently with the training blocks. Here are the top ten finishers in each division, starting with the winner, in descending order:

1 Kirk Clark
2 Spencer Keepers
3 John Johnston
4 John Hearne
5 Dave Reichek
6 Kirin Kachroo-Levine
7 Karl Rehn
8 Chuck Haggard
9 Ron Mebane
10 Massad Ayoob

1 John Hearne
2 Chuck Haggard
3 Ron Mebane
4 Massad Ayoob
5 Paul Sharp
6 Lee Weems
7 Greg Ellifritz
8 John Jayne
9 Darryl Bolke
10 David Hicks

1 Cindy Bowser
2 Eve Kulcsar
3 Gail Pepin
4 Lori Bigley
5 Tameka Johnson
6 Elizabeth Saunders
7 Teresa Roddy
8 Lynn Givens
9 Tammy Smith
10 Kanda Keepers

The list of trainers this year was amazing. The list of instructors who conducted training blocks included John Farnam, Lee Weems, Massad Ayoob, William Aprill, Claude Werner, Eve Kulcsar, Paul Sharp, Spencer Keepers, Lori Bigley, Larry Lindenman, Cecil Burch, Darryl Bolke, Dr. Martin Topper, Southnarc, Tiffany Johnson, Julie Thomas, Chuck Haggard, Greg Ellifritz, Fletch Fuller, Karl Rehn, John Hearne, Gary Greco, John Holschen, Caleb Causey, John Murphy, Lynn Givens, and Tom Givens. The 2017 event will be announced soon.
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Old March 22, 2016, 01:37 AM   #2
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Here are links to a couple of great videos from the Tactical Conference. Good times!
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