Chris Kyle – American Sniper

My Thoughts on American Sniper

American Sniper - Chris Kyle - Aegis AcademyA lot has been said about Chris’s life and the book/movie called American Sniper  that go a long way trying to explain just what drives a modern American to enlist and go fight for his country in a war which was neither popular nor victorious. His sense of service to his country is a great example of what has sustained the United States of America since its very inception. Chris is just one of tens of thousands of citizens that signed up right after the Sept 11, 2001 attack on America and served with honor and distinction. He served four operational tours in Iraq during the absolute worst of the conflict. He directly supported the Marines in Fallujah and Ramadi and received 2 Silver Stars, 5 Bronze Stars and was wounded twice during some of the heaviest fighting of the entire war. He is credited … Read more »

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Tech Tip: Setting up a Carbine (AR-15)

Sometimes more is just more…

Setting up a carbine - Ar15 Setup - Aegis AcademyWe see a lot of people come through the carbine courses with a pretty vast array of parts and pieces for their guns. Some are well thought out, and others… well… not so well thought out. Setting up an AR-15 is not hard, and the cheap simple modifications at the end of the article (The parts on grip tape) really will help you run the gun better. Here is the process I went through with my new Patriot Ordinance Factory 415 rifle from the time I took it out of the box till it was ready to go to the range. Remember, you probably don’t use your gun exactly like I do, so don’t go out buy the stuff I am mentioning, unless it truly meets your needs. You need to figure out what meets your needs before you spend a ton of money, and … Read more »

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Red Dot Optics

red dot optics, aegis academy, chris white, firearms instructor, firearms training, pistol shootingThe evolution of optics

To understand how Red Dot Optics became the must have, high speed-low drag accessory for your weapon, we first must understand the shortcomings of traditional iron sights.

Iron sights have been around since the very beginning of firearms, but the biggest drawback is the shooters ability to quickly find the target and align both sights with his eye, manipulate a mechanical safety/trigger system and engage, this is usually done with your non-shooting eye closed. Works great at longer ranges with time, but add a much closer or moving target and low light into the mix and it gets very hard without years of proper training. As the modern battlefield became much more urbanized and Close Quarter Combat (CQC) became the norm, it was obvious that old school iron sights would not lend themselves to the new tactics being developed for this type of combat.

The optics … Read more »

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Should a nine-year-old girl shoot an Uzi?

Should a nine-year-old girl shoot an Uzi?

Shooting Instructor Killed-Uzi-nine year old girl copy  I’ve had a number of phone calls and emails about this tragic incident asking questions about what happened, should it have been prevented and the like.  First off I have no access to any information that has not been reported by the media. I have nothing but a lifetime of experience teaching firearms skills, on which to base the following opinions.

This week at a shooting range in Arizona, a nine-year-old girl shot the instructor she was working with in the head with an Uzi sub machine gun. This has sparked debate on gun culture, how old is old enough to shoot, at what point is a submachine gun to be introduced, range procedures and a litany of other issues. From what we know so far, there is some room for improvement. Here are the general questions people seem to be interested it.… Read more »

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Shotgun Breaching 101

Aegis Academy - Shotgun Breaching - Gun Safety ClassMembers and readers, if you have noticed a trend toward more tactical shotgun articles lately, you are correct. We have discussed at length the ability to use the Shotgun as a weapon and the ability to add accessories such as lights and extra ammunition quite easily. For a relatively inexpensive weapon, it has great versatility and firepower. For close quarter type engagements, the sheer kinetic energy it delivers without most of the over-penetration problems found with many other weapons, makes it THE weapon of choice for home defense. As we move to the use of the shotgun as a ballistic tool, it becomes even more apparent that having a properly equipped shotgun at your home makes you and your family safer and more prepared for any and all eventualities. Now, we will discuss the importance of knowing how to use shotgun breaching techniques that can be useful in emergency situations.… Read more »

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