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Strategies and Tactics / Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« on: February 20, 2020, 08:08:10 PM »
Now that's what I call a vacation.  Was super stoked for next month's class only to be reminded we're taking the baby to Maui to visit Great Grandpa on that weekend lol....
Not a problem my friend, family first, life's short.  There will be another time for shooting!
Strategies and Tactics / Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« on: February 19, 2020, 10:56:34 AM »
Video is King, I think you are shooting it and going over game film.  If you want to share it with me I will review it, and personalize some training takeaways for you. 

We hope to get to our competition events.  Stage planning, target arrays, moving in and out, lots of reps of live fire stages.  That may need to be an extended 2 gun Big Island event for the serious.  ;)
Events / Re: Back The Blue - Range Day
« on: February 19, 2020, 10:35:17 AM »
I will quickly add that all entities who donate will be acknowledged for their gift.

Mahalo again!
Events / Re: Back The Blue - Range Day
« on: February 19, 2020, 10:32:04 AM »
Aloha Guys, thanks for posting this and bringing awareness! 

In addition to our regular training events throughout the year, we conduct an annual event pro bono for Law Enforcement.  This year, it is a Fundraiser to benefit the survivors of the fallen officers.

I would like to emphasize, that while the training event is for active sworn Law Enforcement, retired in good standing (LEOSA) the auction itself is open to anyone.  If you plan to be at the range on Friday, Feb 28th, or wish to make the trip out, please feel free to stop by the lower side tables at the skeet house to check out the auction items, and place a bid if you are inclined.  If you just wish to stop by, say Aloha in support, that is always appreciated. 

If anyone wishes to make a donation of monetary items, or if you can offer goods or services that would benefit the auction please contact me directly.  100% of all monies raised go to the family survivors.  Monetary donations handled by American Savings Bank Memorial Fund, and Auction bids handled by SHOPO Memorial Fund.  The Specialized Services Group, LLC is organizing the event and supplying the training on the day of the event. 

For more information;

General Discussion / Re: Who's Shooting This Weekend?
« on: January 23, 2020, 08:35:25 PM »
SSG shooting team, been kicked around for years, maybe we should find the time.   ;)
General Discussion / Re: Who's Shooting This Weekend?
« on: November 05, 2019, 08:54:10 PM »
Awesome! Will do! Looking forward to it!

And more motivation to make sure the LPVO is ready to go.  :thumbsup:
Say hello to them for me! Would love to shoot with those BI folks again!

And how about “walk fast(ish) and gun”?  ;D
This special event that we are planning on the BI for 2020 should not be missed.  It is for advanced shooters, vetted by us.  It will include 3 gun courses of fire, plus stages of fire that are reserved for our contracted .mil clients.  A ton of steel here.  As mentioned this will only be offered to our advanced clients with high levels of proficiency.  There is time for others to take course that will prepare them, but you my friend are gtg!   
General Discussion / Re: Who's Shooting This Weekend?
« on: November 05, 2019, 08:36:47 PM »
We will be shooting half day on Sunday at our home range with some of our exceptional Big Island friends with a BBQ to follow!   No tuition for members and all members are welcome.   Be on the lookout for an announcement for an amazing multi-gun, run and gun steel event on the Big Island.  The caliber of this type of event has never been seen before here in the islands.  This event will obviously have requirements with limited space, and we sell out every training event, so contact early. 
General Discussion / Re: Who's Shooting This Weekend?
« on: November 05, 2019, 04:38:27 PM »
Who's going this weekend? 

I'm gonna try to hit the range Sat morning in preparation for a carbine class coming up.  I have my primary gun ready to go, but want to try to get the LPVO zeroed and do some testing on it.  Been putting it off for a while, but gotta get off my a$$ and do it.
R got his zero'd today.  He will be running an LPVO as his primary.  I dont need to tell you to bring it, but have a pistol available also.  You're gonna need it.  ;)
General Discussion / Re: Classes at Frontsight/Sig
« on: June 05, 2019, 07:52:10 PM »
No modern firearms training program should be utilizing the terms Controlled or Hammer Pairs.  That terminology should have been laid to rest well over a decade ago for good reason.  I still cringe at the name Front Sight.  I know the Hawaii connection to that place and perhaps the logistics, but I know you are serious about your training, so go back to Sig, or there are at least 20 other places minimum I could suggest over FS.   
General Discussion / Re: Cops on rampage - killing citizens
« on: March 10, 2019, 10:48:17 AM »

Many on this forum continuously train and provide basic/advanced firearms training to the general 2nd Amendment community.  That is a conscious choice of those who wish to be prepared for any violent encounter.

Law enforcement officers received similar, if not, outright advanced training and have options to further their training, if they so desire.  Hence, the lack of updating their training should never be an excuse to resort to their firearms when such situations are not warranted.  That's all.


What I think is irrelevant.

The sheriff's claims that he had to shoot because he was in a headlock does not make sense.  Being in a headlock is not the same as being in a choke hold and the sheriff was not in a choke hold by his own testimony.  Hence, he was not in a life or death situation where shooting the perpetrator was the only course of action available to the sheriff.

Even if one can make the argument that the suspect could have transitioned his headlock into a choke hold; one, that is only mere speculation; and two, a presumption has to be made that the suspect had advanced grappling skills, which in all available accounts he did not.
It is patently obvious to anyone who has any true expertise in police training and what happens in reality with ongoing officer training AND for those who have combatives training that these above statements are horse shit which makes the bolded part the only thing that is correct.
Strategies and Tactics / Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:40:15 PM »
It was an awesome day for sure!  The weather conditions made for an interesting and soggy day. . .    ;D

I've always been one to often go back to fundamentals (esp with shooting) and really appreciate instructors and training groups that both stress the importance of that as well as put in the work on those themselves.  Totally hear you on the ego thing.  I had a couple of buddies who I really wanted to take this course, but they felt that "foundational" wouldn't benefit them.  A couple of others had drill that weekend, but were down to go.  Hopefully I'll be able to get them to come out in the near future.
As discussed, I get it, and in their defense, they have no knowledge behind this training groups concept and the training approach that they employ in the "Foundational" course that you took.  Conceptually the progression of training, drills and more importantly how the drills can be executed by the individual is not something we have seen anywhere from a "base" level course.

I have yet to see anyone's base level course be able to hold the attention and test any shooter skill level from newer shooter all the way through advanced shooter.  The concept was formulated by doing workups specifically for high-level shooters in select .mil and LE units pre-deployment.  It is dubbed "Extreme Fundamentals" and is one course in a series of Advanced Diagnostics courses that was developed by that training group, and concepts from those courses can be seen in the base level course. 

In fact, we have seen the same reaction as your buddies to the name "Extreme Fundamentals" by some pretty serious shooters.  Invariably guys are literally sweating bullets in that course, not because it is physically challenging, but mentally and emotionally challenging.  You finish that course as fatigued as any physically oriented course and guys can't wait to do it again or the next in the series.  Hopefully, they are able to offer that series here someday.

Preparedness and Survival / Re: living off the land in hawaii
« on: March 06, 2019, 04:57:34 PM »
Most people have no idea how bad it would become if "the boats stopped coming."  Even those who think they have a plan would quickly find out how ill-prepared they really are.  Only a very very small percent of people who prepare are truly equipped to last a really bad prolonged event.
Strategies and Tactics / Re: Firearms Training - Sharing Experience
« on: March 06, 2019, 04:51:11 PM »
Shot a handgun course over the weekend with a Glock 17 with Trijicon RMR.  This was in a handgun course level that I had taken before with this group, so I felt it was a good environment to test out the handgun with RMR set up.  That and it's ALWAYS good to work on fundamentals, especially since I haven't shot that much in the past year. 

Going in, I was wondering how I would pick up the dot on the draw as well as in between shots.  Got to experience that and came away with things I can work on with the instructors as well as things that I'd like to work on in general.  The two instructors also had differing experience on handgun with red dots, which I found helpful to have a range of perspectives. 

Some highlights:
1) Sloppiness and bad habits that I have with trigger control was apparent in the first live fire exercise (one hole drill).  Something that I am aware of and actually spend quite a bit of time doing ball and dummy drills.  This tendency seems to creep in both when I haven't shot in a while and after going through periods where I've been shooting quite a bit, but not that much on paper.  While I was happy that I was able to clean things up for the second pass at the one hole drill and subsequent drills, always humbling to see that your fundamentals could use some work.  While I was actually "ok" with the first group that I shot, the instructor noticed it.  I also think that maybe shooting with the dot allowed me to relax a bit one some of the drills where I am normally concentrating on the front sight, I think things tended to "wander".

2) I definitely noticed the "dot twitch", where the dot always seems to be moving where the front sight seems stable.  Having shot this level course before, I was trying to push myself to "aim smaller".  One target had a logo for an aim point in the middle of a target circle, but that logo also had smaller points that allowed a smaller POA.  That's where I was really noticing the dot jump.  I had noticed it before and read about it some.  Would discuss briefly with both instructors.  Not a bad thing, but something I noticed.  In some of the drills where I was pushing for more speed, I had to push "not letting the dot hover" and just pick a "good enough" and go. 

3) Picking up the dot in between shots is something I definitely noticed and something I think I can clean up with shooting more regularly.  The cadence drills certainly helped to see that and I think those will help that moving forward.  But on another drill that called for multiple shots and I was trying to push it, the instructor commented on how I didn't seem to be pushing it enough since my target was still relatively clean.  I found that I was waiting on the dot in some cases.  I should be shooting this gun flat enough that I thought it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but definitely something I'll have to work on. 

4) Gun manipulations with the red dot is a little different.  Actually easier in one case in one method that one of the instructors recommended and I see it coming into play more with malfunction clearance.

5) There is a definite learning curve with the red dot for me.  Something I'll have to spend time on and think about if I really want to stick with it.  I think so, but I just hope to get in more range time with it in order to give it a fair shake.

Overall, it was a SUPER fun day on the range.  Always fun shooting with this group.  It was a repeat for me, so it was great to see some familiar faces that were taking the class again, which I think is always great.  I'd personally would shoot with this group on any level class that they offer as I always end the day having improved and found things that I need to improve.  It was also great to see a bunch of new faces with in shooting classes for the first time.  One was an AWESOME shooter.  I was shooting next to him all day, but in different relays.  While it's not a competition, I can honestly say that that pushed me to focus more.  I was also shooting next two a guy I had shot with in a carbine class before with this group.  He's a really good shooter too, and there was definitely some friendly competition going on.  All good fun and great to see folks putting in the time to get training and having a really good time in doing so. 

No gear changes or wants after the course, which is unusual for me.  Just need more ammo now.   ;D
Sounds like a great day!  Often people underestimate the benefits of getting back to a foundational or fundamentals type of course.  Obviously, the training group presenting the material is critical, but many people (especially males) don't realize the value in taking, or repeating a "Foundational" level course and often ego gets in the way of progression.  Great to see you putting in the work, and it shows!
Off Topic / Re: southwest airlines update
« on: March 06, 2019, 04:37:24 PM »
I fly HNL-Hilo at least 2-3x per month and direct into Kona maybe 4 times a year.  West Coast/Vegas is often on Hawaiian, but many routes cross country may be with United as I have a lot of mileage there. 

I did some quick searches and Hawaiian HNL to Kona looks like it has dropped price already.  Hilo remains the same pricing, so waiting for a HNL - Hilo on SW.  Pricing from HNL to OAK RT, in the heart of start of summer, after school gets out, shows a similar booking for Hawaiian @ $655 and SW @ $485. 

I welcome the competition and I have no issue becoming a SW Airlines frequent flyer.
Off Topic / Re: southwest airlines update
« on: February 26, 2019, 10:28:57 PM »
Competition is always good and Hawaiian Airlines really has little rival interisland.  They are gouging the locals with their pricing and HA has a stranglehold interisland.

HA takes care of non-rev before revenue customers.  No Bueno, but there is no alternative and no reason for them to change.   

Top rated US airlines pale in comparison to top-rated foreign airlines.  Top air carriers going west towards Asia completely kick our air carriers ass.

I like to support local companies, but eff the buy local no matter.  If locals are screwing locals, competition is a good reality check.     
General Discussion / Re: Cops on rampage - killing citizens
« on: February 24, 2019, 06:57:54 PM »
No one should ever take any advice from @Kuleana regarding tactics, techniques, and use of force.  He/She knows just enough about the language to be deadly wrong about the applications.  Dangerous combination. 
Off Topic / Re: Knife Sharpening - Sharpening Systems and Techniques
« on: January 10, 2019, 07:45:56 PM »
For axes, machetes, mower blades, etc, I use files and 250 Arkansas.

I use a Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE at my place on the BI for my hunting/tac type knives, very happy with it.

For my higher end, cooking/cutlery I use Japanese water stones primarily a King K80 250 / 1000 and a King KDS 1000/6000.  I will also use a steel hone and a Leather strop. 
A couple of thoughts.

Professionally I was taught to speak in a manner that the target audience understands or at their level of acceptance coming from a perceived outsider.  Place yourself on level ground so to speak with your choice of words, but not necessarily mimicking the local dialect.  Take care that you do not talk above the target audience with words that are not in general usage within that target group as that may come across as condescending or make the audience feel inept and cause offense.  Also do not attempt to mimic the tonality or inflection of the slang either as that can be equally offensive if not done well.  There is a balance here and it is tricky.  We know this as a simple example of people from the mainland speaking pidgeon.  It depends on the delivery, some pull it off, most don't.     

I didn’t know that. Thanks for enlightening me.

I do know that pidgin is discouraged in school. At least that what I have been told. Let me know if I am misinformed. I have always thought that Hawaiian was taught and encouraged so I am obviously thought wrong all these years.
Hawaiian language, dress, and cultural practices were highly shunned.  Take away language and that is the first step and best way to begin to defeat a people.  I am Native Hawaiian.  My company is Native Hawaiian.  I have Homestead in my name. I was a military kid, and while I spent every summer living on homestead I went to school on the mainland.  I relate far more as a Hawaiian than anything else.  I am not fluent in Hawaiian but I have a much greater understanding of the language that most, and while I understand all forms of pideon on local dialects, I don't normally speak that way. 

Having said that, my son is 100% born and raised on homestead.  He attends Kamehameha Kapalama, but you will hear very little pidgeon at Kamehameha and to my dismay, Kamehameha has IMO willfully neglected to dedicate enough time towards native Hawaiian studies.  I have been forefront about this for quite some time with the school and things are changing, but to my frustration change has been much slower than I feel is appropriate.   
General Discussion / Re: Army sets sights on new concealable machine gun
« on: October 23, 2018, 12:50:48 PM »
My lead guy testing a CZ Bren.  Not too many rounds, but he can maintain this full mag.

A blast from the past, doing some testing back in the day.  10.3" Colt M4.
Off Topic / Re: Revolving Door
« on: October 22, 2018, 06:13:55 PM »
A bit like that here in parts of Aus at the moment, althought our police are denying theres even an issue, the sudanese ( not racist just fact ) that have come here recently have now had their first generation of kids which grew up a little and now they couldn't care less about the law, home invasions, car jackings, robberies you name it but unlike you guys we can't do squat to protect ourselves, your more likely to get charged defending your home than the perp is doing the crime, firearms are no where near as common or accessable as they are your side of the world, and self defence with a firearm? Forget it.
I will be in Australia most likely within the next couple of months.  I will be interacting with private security, former LE and Aus Military forces.  I am eager to ask questions and get opinions on many topics happening there domestically.
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