Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub

Rescue, Response, and Resilience: A Critical Incident Review of the Orlando Public Safety Response to the Attack on the Pulse Nightclub


Product ID: COPS-W0857
Publication Date: 12/18/2017
Author(s): Frank Straub, Jack Cambria, Jane Castor, Ben Gorban, Brett Meade, David Waltemeyer, Jennifer Zeunik


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Initial CCW class with drawing from holster

This weekend another Shasta Defense initial full CCW holster drawing class was completed. The husband wife team  did a great job. My classes have a maximum of 4 students.

As with prior classes, the students found the Tueller Drill to be an eye opener. It is important to bridge the gap between merely reading, or watching a video, and “doing”. It is almost without exception that, after completing the  live fire Tueller Drill,   students checked the box on the range control form which reads:  “I would have been stabbed multiple times and most likely dead”.  This serves to reinforce the training of not standing still (along with other factors). Thus, move off of the line of attack. We then conducted drills of moving off  the line of attack (left and right) while drawing and firing. This was followed by the student actively scanning 360 degrees, while maintaining aggressive weapon retention, and then moving to cover, firing from behind cover, scanning, reloading and holstering. Of course the class had many other active live fire drills, including: moving to the scene before engagement of the threat, and considerations to avoid being SHOT by other CCW holders, bad buys, or police; moving to a location and firing from a grounded position under  a vehicle (getting up and moving to cover); considerations of bullet “bounce” or “reflection” off of hard surfaces; “drop gun drill”; clearing malfunctions, reloading under stress; avoiding “reflexive spin”, “interview”  with police, and more.

Islamic Terrorist Attack NYC – Be alert.

Islamic inspired Terrorist Bomber  – NYC Subway (“4 hurt”):

According to police, it was “absolutely an attempted terrorist act.” The bomber, now identified as 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, was walking in one of the tunnels underneath NYC’s Port Authority when the bomb went off. ..  living in the U.S. for 7 years. .. a Bangladeshi immigrant, and police say the attack was definitely a terrorist act, inspired by ISIS. FDNY says a total of 4 people were hurt in the bombing … all non-life-threatening injuries…” [NOTE wording – “attempted terrorist act” … “4 people hurt”   such wording appears to be an attempt to diminish the attack.  Why?]

Read more HERE

The enemy is in our country. They will be striking at the time and place of their choosing.  Our government officials (federal and state), have facilitated the importation and distribution of these enemies within our country, and in YOUR neighborhoods.

Be alert for:  vehicle attacks; stabbings, explosive devices, forest fires, sniper shots (even in remote areas) …  Islamic based terrorism has issued directives for their operatives to use all of these methods, and others.

Tueller Drill / Reactionary Gap Drill – Range Record

During my full course for initial CCW (14 hour holster class), I have each student perform the Tueller Drill. Since my class size is limited to no more than 4 students, I take the time for this vital training during the full 14 hour holster course. California law requires a 12 hour course of instruction.

The Sheriff has advised (in a prior meeting with all county wide CCW instructors) that CCW holders were drawing their firearms “too soon”.

In my view, merely discussing the Tueller / Reactionary Gap Drill is not sufficient. Students need to actually conduct the physical drill in an effort to  bridge the gap which exists between a  mental thought process and the physical world.

One must also recognize that the Tueller Drill is most likely the best possible situation  you will be in.  It only gets worse! During the Drill, the student is expecting the “attack” and the “attacker”, during live fire drill,  is observing the student and making sure he doesn’t trip. In the real world, the attacker will be hitting you like a steamroller, and you will not be expecting the attack. You may experience a denial response during which you find yourself  questioning whether the attack is really even happening.  Further, a determined adversary may continue to stab or bludgeon you even after you have shot him in vital organs which “should have stopped him”.

This exercise not only helps students recognize when they should or should not draw their firearm (which is a different standard than when you should fire the shot), but also the critical importance of the Color Code of Mental Awareness.   It also brings into focus other training factors, such as: moving  off of the line of attack, recognizing pre-attack indicators, the importance of on body carry,  the importance of a good / proper holster, positioning of the firearm on your body, etc… .

The drill also brings into focus that your attacker is in fact closing distance. Thus, your method of drawing and deploying your firearm must take that into account.  It may be that the attacker is in full body contact with you by the time your firearm is out. Have you practiced for a body  contact shot with weapon retention? Or,  did you go full extension and “hand the gun” to the attacker as he closed on you? Or, as you draw the firearm is it pointing at the ground – so firing a shot will not even hit the attacker when he is 1 foot in front of you? Are you blocking the knife with your “off hand”?

Also, a range record may be useful for your Attorney to use in explaining your training, and showing why you drew your firearm when you did.

My range record sheet has changed over the years. Attached is the current copy HERE


My Revolver Stopped Revolving


Revolvers fail, too. I feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record at this point, but I’ll probably keep bringing it up until people stop spreading misinformation about revolvers being “100% reliable.” In the video below, I describe yet another revolver failure I recently encountered. Two of them, actually. And I’m not talking about the kind of problems you can fix in a couple of seconds on the firing line. I mean, “put it in a box and mail it to the men with tools” kind of problems.

Details in the video, or scroll down for the full transcript

Read More HERE

Fake Rock IEDs of Various Regions – Be aware

Here is a look at what has been found in several different regions.

Civil Defence members also found an IED disguised as a rock--a design used extensively by both IRGC-backed groups and IS (2)

…Read More HERE