Dates: 17AUG12-19AUG12 (I originally thought this would happen earlier in August, but the land owner/host informed me that was a really bad time of year to try and do it, since the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally happens 6AUG-12AUG......No one would get a room and traffic would be a cunt. So...it's the third weekend in August, pending enough interest and confirmations from potential participants)
Location: Black Hills on the South Dakota/Wyoming border area
Program of Instruction Overview:
This three-day class will begin at or about 1200 on Friday, 17AUG12, with a range evaluation to ensure safe firearms handling in a combative marksmanship environment, followed by a presentation of Tactical Combat Casualty Care/Care Under Fire and Tactical Field Care. The first evening will finish with a discussion of individual critical skills and a general overview of the philosophy and art of immediate action/battle drills.
Day Two (Saturday, 18AUG12) will begin at approximately 0600, with a crawl-walk-run approach to individual movement techniques and tactics, buddy team fire-and-maneuver, and the react-to-contact battle drill in fire team and squad-sized elements. Following a lunch break, the class will progress to other essential immediate action/battle drills, before finishing the evening with a discussion of the principles and art/science of small-unit irregular patrolling and troop-leading procedures (and, assuming an adequate level of safe firearms handling and skills development, a night iteration, crawl-walk-run of the react-to-contact battle drill.
Day Three (Sunday, 19AUG12) also begins at 0600, with a planning/TLP work session, as the class plans and prepares for a short-term/abbreviated patrol. The afternoon session will be the conduct of an actual patrol.
semi-automatic or bolt-action magazine-fed fighting rifle
minimum of 4 magazines (if appropriate for the weapon)
500 rounds of rifle ammunition (minimum recommended). There is a Cabelas in Rapid City, SD which typically has 5.56/.223 available, as well as 7.62x39 (I haven't been there in well over a year, but the class host ensures me they typically have the common calibers in stock).
Rucksack or 3-day pack with your personal, typical load-out, including water and food for 3 days.
There are hotels available in Sundance, WY and Spearfish, SD. Otherwise, the housing available will be what you pack on your back. I will be living out of my ruck on this trip, so there will be plenty of BS time following the training time.
Cost of the class is $500 for the weekend. This is less than the original estimate of $250/day, but will cover the anticipated expenses if the class is as full as it sounds like it will be. I am open to barter of equipment/gear/silver for part of the cost of the class......
If you are interested, let me know of any questions. If you are a go, I need a confirmation ASAP (NLT 30JUN12) in order to verify the set-up of range facilities with the land-owner/host and make sure my ducks are in a row to get to the class on time. Further contact information and instructions for travel arrangements will be forthcoming, following confirmation from participants.
I look forward to meeting you and training together!