This is the AAR for the Basic Defensive Pistol and the Defensive Pistol 2 classes that 10-32 Solutions and Milwaukee COPS partnered up to conduct. I am greatful to Kevin for writing this, as I was out of commission from something I had picked up. Lots of good lessons were learned, by students and instructors alike.

After Action Report

Basic Defensive Pistol & Defensive Pistol 2

August 10th & 11th, 2013

At Milwaukee COPS, we make every effort to send out an After Action Report after each and every class. The information contained within is a combination of our own observations; as well as comments and discussion from students. These reports are meant neither to embarrass nor to single anybody out; rather they are here for the education of all, Milwaukee COPS staff included! While accomplishments and problems will be talked about in detail, we will make every attempt not to identify any students specifically, unless they’ve given permission.

First and foremost, I want to thank all of our students, especially the repeat students, for trusting us with your time and money. We know this type of training is expensive, and we know the cost of class is only a small part of it. Ammo almost doubles the cost of a class. One student actually had to take off work on Saturday, and one student gave up triple time on Sunday, to come listen to Chad and I yap all day. Of special note, Vicky turned 61 on Saturday and decided to spend her birthday with us! That’s awesome and I hope it was worth it! To all our students, we appreciate your time, and we thank you!!

There’s a ton of info within, please read carefully and if you have any questions, fire away!

Milwaukee Community Outreach Partners and Chad Halvorson of 10-32 Solutions partnered up for the first time, running two classes at the Racine County Line Rifle Club. Chad and I met a few years ago at training in Dane County, and we shot together last year in the EAG Tactical Shoot house class that I have talked about. We have spent countless hours on the phone since then, and this past weekend was the culmination of those efforts.

Except for an hour of rain Sunday afternoon, which fit in nicely at lunchtime, weather was very nice all weekend, and this really helps make learning easier. High temps at maybe 80, sunny skies and a light breeze. However, weather at Racine County Line can change quickly, and we will train regardless. You cannot choose the weather should you find yourself in a self-defense situation, so barring lightning or tornadoes, should a weather issue come up during class, we will drive on. Especially at Racine County, always come with clothing for every type of weather.

We saw glaring safety issues with one student. I understand this training is pretty dynamic and new to some, however there is simply no excuse for pointing guns at fellow students. Ladies and gentlemen, we must be aware of our muzzles 100% of the time, even when gearing up at the beginning of the day, and securing our gear at the end of the day.

Several photos of the lines I draw on student’s hands have been posted. Honestly, I thought everybody did that, as I was taught it myself at least 10 years ago at Frank Garcia’s Universal Shooting Academy near Orlando. Our grip might not be relevant when firing one round, but it will come into play when shooting multiple rounds. Remember to “cant” or “break” the support side wrist, and your fingers of the support hand should be pointed at the ground at about a 45 degree angle. Both thumbs should be pointed straight at the target.

Shooting from cover was new to some. We must know what’s behind your target…but know what’s in front of it, too! We have to be able to see what’s in our peripheral vision, here Mark and Al demonstrate what can happen. Guys, these are excellent teachable moments and we have fun with them on the range, but don’t forget that in real life this could be something else.

Bob doesn’t really care too much when his custom barricades get shot. Students are highly encouraged to sign and date their handiwork.

Malfunction clearance is really nothing more than problem solving. Here is one teachable malfunction. It is two malfunctions in one, a failure to eject and a failure to extract, and it was definitely odd enough that we stopped the class so everybody could see it. Brad’s pistol ran flawlessly before and after this, and we attributed it to steel cased ammo.

An issue we continually see in our classes is the $15, crap-tastic, one-size-fits-all “ballistic” nylon holster. Several students inquired about these prior to class and Chad and I decided to allow them, however, these things are junk, and worth neither your time nor money. They fit the belt loosely, and slide and flop around a lot. They do not secure the pistol well. The non-thumb break strap is useless and possibly a safety hazard. Many times they collapse, causing shooters to use their support side hand to hold the holster open when holstering, covering their arms and/or hands with their muzzles, a flagrant safety violation. Good kydex holsters, made specifically for your gun, that don’t slide or flop on your belt, and that will secure your pistol, are just a few bucks more. I admittedly don’t have a lot of experience with leather holsters, however, in a class setting, where we are doing hundreds of repetitions in one day, a good-quality kydex or leather holster, fitted for your gun, is the way to go.

All in all, we had two great days of training. Thank you all again, for coming out and spending the time with us, and we hope to see you all again!

Milwaukee Community Outreach Partners l 5114 South 27

th Street, #210791 l Milwaukee, WI 53221

414-943-COPS (2677) l I

“…all I saw was beard!”

For the inaugural post of the 10-32 Solutions blog, I start with one of the reasons I got into Law Enforcement, the ability to have stories to share. If someone finds that it was worth their time to read what I’ll type out, or finds that it’s a point worth using, then I’ve done what I’m intended to do.

The early days of copping for many of us on the job meant that things used to go on that we would in no circumstances try in this day and age. Some we are glad we no longer do, some we remember fondly and wish the powers that be would let us do them again, and some we look back on with hilarity of the fun stuff that can happen when LEO’s are trying to occupy the time in a quiet shift. I used to work around a Deputy that had a beard bigger than any lumberjack, a head as big as a gorilla, and absolutely no neck. The faded anchor tattoo on his forearm spoke volumes of the days he liked to fight, and he was an absolute character to be around. Call him Deputy Beard to protect the innocent.

Deputy Beard liked practical jokes. And he was good at them. No one could ever get him back because, A) he was just too good, and B) he had a heart condition, and no one wanted to be responsible for giving him the “Big One.”  So instead of getting even, most just helped him with a new victim so everyone got to feel the experience.

Deputy Beard was off-duty and crawled into the back seat of one of the squads parked at the Sheriff’s Office one night. He lay down and got comfortable, and waited, and waited, and waited. After a while, Deputy Victim came out to her squad to go on a report call. She was focused, unlocked her squad, got in, and proceeded out of the parking lot and down the highway.

After two or three miles, Deputy Beard quietly sat up.


 The scream was said to be heard all the way back at the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Victim (Who was a good sport,) said she looked back in the rearview mirror and all she could see was beard. It was really a big beard. Deputy Beard may or may not have impacted the center partition as part of his inquiry, but he did get to spend an extra couple hours in the back seat, as that’s how long it took for Deputy Victim to be willing to let him back out.

Mentally awake. It is part of something that I recited many times as a Boy Scout, and the meaning of it has stuck with me. Be curious, ask questions, and be aware of what’s going on around you. Some of this is so that young boys are encouraged to learn about the world around them. But it also was intended for young Scouts to become aware of danger, much like the situational awareness term that gets thrown around today.

Be aware of your surroundings. I can’t tell you how many times this has been drilled into me during my early years as a young Police Officer. There are reasons why the words, Mentally Awake, Situational Awareness, Condition Yellow, Head on a Swivel, and others are mentioned so often. Next time you go for a walk where you’ll see people, like a college campus, a busy city street, and so forth, look at how many people are walking on autopilot, just blindly crossing streets. Twenty years ago we would have been surprised to hear of someone killed crossing the street reading a book. Today, we only briefly pause upon hearing of someone hit by a car while texting and crossing the street to call the person a dumbass before continuing on with our own lives.

Many of us feel that we are alert. We get focused on the tasks at hand, what we are dispatched to, and focused on threats ahead of us. It is also easy for experienced shooters, officers, and protectors to become focused on certain things out of habit and to lose focus on other areas. These habits that we need to revisit every once in a while are what can lead to ambushes or getting hurt because of something overlooked. I bring this up with the humorous example of the Deputies above. There are a lot of examples of ambush that are far from funny.

It’s good to revisit awareness periodically. Stay Safe.