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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.
General Discussion / Re: Army sets sights on new concealable machine gun
« on: October 22, 2018, 06:07:30 PM »
I was able to shoot a machine gun for the first time at Front Sight last week.  Ran two 25 rd mags through an Uzi.  After shooting that Uzi, I find it hard to believe that someone can empty an entire magazine with as much control like shooting water out of a garden hose, just like they show in the movies.
While maybe not like shooting water out of a garden hose, but experienced technique goes a long way.  When I went to the HK fighting school in the early 2000's they had a very strict qualification that included full auto with some quite small target zones.  I was skeptical myself at first. 
General Discussion / Re: Army sets sights on new concealable machine gun
« on: October 22, 2018, 06:04:19 PM »
Several options available for quite some time, just that the Army is just now getting to the party.  Forgot to add that I chuckled a bit at the 9mm to control over penetration. 
Political Discussion / Re: CNN Forecast Dems Win House
« on: October 21, 2018, 09:46:07 AM »
Current poll numbers don't look promising for (R) in the House.  However (R) is not known for being upfront when it comes to pollsters and numbers tend to be a good bit higher.  Will be interesting to see where the fence sitters fall.

If (R) sit at home and don't show up to vote like the (D) did with Hilliary, since they thought she was a sure win, then the (R) needs to be concerned.  Ultimately the (D) are energized and don't expect them to stay at home.  While the (R) has been boosted by some recent turn of events, they absolutely cannot sit back or both the House and Senate are gone.
General Discussion / Re: Tourist shooting
« on: October 21, 2018, 09:12:47 AM »
The consensus when it comes to the NRA is that the Civilian NRA instructor certs and you should do your own "due diligence" when it comes to legal issues.  If you hold a blue card, IE NRALE (law enforcement) cert, then you pretty much fall into ITAR restrictions.  This is still a do your own "due diligence" situation, but you should pretty much go the DSP-83 route. 

Since there is a myriad of instructor level certifications out there one should always be concerned.  Another generalization is that if you train or have provided training to LE or Military, it is best to be on the side of caution.  If you are current or former LE or Mil and now you provide training, you need to be cautious.  If you have ever had a moniker of being recognized as a Subject Matter Expert by an agency, courts, or a recognized professional organization, or industry entity, you almost certainly can be held accountable by ITAR standards. 

Many companies just flat out don't deal with Foreign Individuals.  I have been to many private companies based courses that are restricted to either Mil or LE or both and many foreign entities often decide the issue isn't worthwhile on a small scale or individual basis, usually in regards to costs and red tape. It is easier to do a large foreign entity with a mobile cadre.

For my company, my course registration includes an acceptance policy of Credential and ITAR rules, plus requirements and recitals that all need to be sworn by the applicant.  Many companies require a background that can be purchased online, kind of like drivers abstract, but a legal background from the state.  
General Discussion / Re: Tourist shooting
« on: October 21, 2018, 07:39:14 AM »
If you say so.  I looked into it late last year.  Only route I found was do the book work online, but there was STILL a "in-person" course requirement by the DLNR.   Along with a comprehensive written exam.

If i could have avoided the in-person part, i would have.  At least getting the actual license is all online once the Hunter Education course is passed..
You can do the Official Texas Hunter course online.  The Texas hunters ed card is IHEA certified course.  Then submit for a Hawaii Hunters Ed exemtion number.  After you get the exemption number go to the online Hawaii hunting license site and complete the online application.  Avoids taking the physical course in Hawaii.

I've skimmed the legal jargon posts, and i'm not aftet formal instruction just so we're all clear, rather just s bit of banter ( might be aussie slang? ) and want to put a few rounds down range out of some stuff i don't get to play with her back home, if i do need to get some government junk ( i have an aussie firearms license so i know all about the government taking my priveliges and selling them back to me   ;) ) more than happy to do whatever, don't want people getting into strive with the law over little ole' me
This is a topic that comes up often enough, so no harm in discussing the technical legal aspects. 

Many visitors just want to have the opportunity to shoot, and not unlike yourself would like to shoot a variety of weapons, which IMO is awesome and doable with fewer issues.  However, I have been approached for actual training as in defensive styles of training on many occasions.  This is also fueled by my website that lists my location as Hawaii.  If the individual or groups are willing to pre-plan the trip and pay for me to submit the DSP-83, then it is doable.  Again as the example, the person who approached me 2 days ago is in town and 2 of them want a full one-day defensive style instruction while they are here.  Not enough turn around time to submit for it.  If you have friends from home that travel to the States and want to shoot, let them know to say that they don't want instruction but just want to shoot.  A standard range that offers this, like many in Vegas understand this.  Hawaii just has less opportunity.
General Discussion / Re: Tourist shooting
« on: October 20, 2018, 05:18:33 PM »
As long as you have all the i's dotted and t's crossed for hunting, it ought to also cover "firearm sporting activities" at the range.

Not a lawyer, but it seems if you're worried about ITAR enforcement, having a valid, approved reason for accessing firearms while visiting ought to be sufficient.
Lots of discussion on this.  I am not trying to be difficult and while I may have personal feelings on the "what's the big deal" aspect, I will stick with "do your own due diligence." 

There is a route to obtain a Hawaii hunting permit entirely online if you are starting completely from scratch.  Legit ways to avoid physical attendance in the Hawaii Hunters Ed course.  While this does not equal permit to acquire, it covers legit hunting purposes. 

Do out of staters, including Non-Resident Aliens want to come to Hawaii to take a course?  Absolutely, I get a lot of inquiries.  The biggest challenge for those who want to come to Hawaii and bring their own weapons is the 5-day rule, mag restrictions, and many worry about storage, sojourn or no sojourn topic when it comes to a hotel or residence with no safe.  Plus our Foreign friends have additional challenges. 

Even though there are guidelines for non-resident hunting and "target shooting" there is still ambiguity over what may constitute "training" and who as a trainer fits that category of go/no go under ITAR.  When you look at the hoops and what if's, it is almost easier to submit the DSP-83.  But then again it is costly, either way. 

Seems the best bet is someone who does not fall under the "ITAR" restriction taking someone to the range and letting them "target shoot" your guns.  For someone doing that too often, as in getting paid, you might garner too much attention from someone who might want to complain.  For those genuinely conducting regular business within the industry, the "what if" scenarios just aren't worth it.

But then again "I hear" there are those finding ways to conduct business at KKHD which is entirely not my concern.
General Discussion / Re: Tourist shooting
« on: October 20, 2018, 10:25:24 AM »
What follows is NOT LEGAL ADVICE.  Do your own due diligence.

I get hit up quite a bit for this and a recent request (yesterday) came from an Australian here in Hawaii, that wanted to do some firearms training.  I get a lot of Australian requests and while I am glad to see the interest there is a problem, at least for me.  This info might help.

There is a bit of controversy over "training" vs. "shooting gallery" and what is the difference.  Waikiki firearms of the past or similar is classified as a "shooting gallery" and instruction is pretty much limited to basic function and safety.  So tourists can shoot under these circumstances. 

"Training" is where it can get confused and ITAR can come into play where a DSP-83 may be required ($250 fee).  There is some discussion on differentiating between a civilian, or military, or LE.  My company trains LE and Mil, and as a registered Fed contractor, I adhere to this policy strictly when it comes to training Foreign Nationals no matter.  This is a common practice for many training companies supplying firearms or tactics training. 

Is it only regulated to a fed contractor?  I am not going to give an official legal opinion but it is my understanding that this can be applied to any SME with certain training creds and this can be a violation of Fed Law for the trainer and trainee.  In my instance, it is almost never worthwhile for a simple tourist coming to the US to go through a DSP-83 process, but it is doable.   

ITAR is an acronym that stands for International Traffic in Arms Regulations (22 CFR §§120-130) that are administered by the U.S. Department of State through the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) under authority of the Arms Export Control Act (22 USC §2778). ITAR places strict controls on the export of "defense articles" and "defense services." Defense articles include any item, software, or technical data on the United States Munitions List (USML). Defense services include the furnishing of assistance (including training) to foreign persons, whether or not in the United States, with respect to defense articles, and the furnishing of any technical data associated with a defense article. Any defense article, service, or related technical data found to be on the USML requires an export license to be exported; i.e., given to a foreign person, whether or not in the United States.

Defense Service:

1. The furnishing of assistance (including training) to foreign persons, whether in the United
States or abroad in the design, development, engineering, manufacture, production, assembly, testing, repair, maintenance, modification, operation, demilitarization, destruction, processing or use of defense articles;
2. The furnishing to foreign persons of any technical data controlled on the USML (see 22 CFR §120.10), whether in the United States or abroad; or
3. Military training of foreign units and forces, regular and irregular, including formal or
informal instruction of foreign persons in the United States or abroad or by correspondence courses, technical, educational, or information publications and media of all kinds, training aid, orientation, training exercise, and military advice. (See also 22 CFR §124.1.)
Firearms and Accessories / Re: WML
« on: October 18, 2018, 12:42:23 PM »
Just to add, I like a non-abrasive toothpaste in a pinch, but Mircachem cleaner is the best.
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