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“Pressure Makes Diamonds” General George S. Patton

The training mantra of the IDF teaches that only by operating on the very edge of capability and safety can one maximize their effort and grow. In this DVD training series, the IDF ideology is combined with a “trial by fire” to train one to achieve greatness.

Drills: The drills in this DVD are used by the IDF, Israeli National Police, and the Ministry of Defense and are both unit specific and/or training course specific. Each drill is reality-based on a counter terrorism scenario and begins with an intense physical exertion (a set, repeatable, and measurable, physical stressor). Time and accuracy standards are maintained and clearly tracked throughout the entire process. Each drill is timed to include all shot breaks and weapon manipulations. Accuracy is held at a standard of 100% and clearly tracked as well. Drills range from simple to complex and can be performed at either an indoor shooting range or an outdoor facility. 

Stressors: Combat without stress does not exist. This is not just marksmanship it is battle and simply being a fast shot does not make one a successful warrior. In order to quickly replicate physiological combat stress, the following exercises were performed immediately prior to the drills: Burpees, Kettle Bell 70lbs, Pull-ups, Clapping Pushups, Punching bag, Sprints.

Filming: Two cameras were utilized to film the drills: one for close-ups and one for the overall view of the performance. It is necessary for the viewer to both see and understand there are no breaks or cuts between the exercises/stressors and the shooting and targets. For example: you see a blank target of a given size and distance in the background, then in the foreground the shooter performs the stress exercises and immediately the shooting drill begins with the sound of the shot timer. The camera then walks up to the targets to see the hits as well as showing the time performed. Before each drill, a verbal explanation of what will be performed is given with an on-screen rundown of distance and targets. Following each drill a detailed synopsis of the entire drill including draw time, shot breaks, magazine change time, stress parameters, distances, target sizes, shots fired, accuracy, etc. is given. Again we designed this to be measurable, easily duplicated, and functional for training the best counter-terror fighters in the world.

Targets: All targets are realistic to combating terrorism. We use A4 (8.5X11inch) paper over a humanoid figure because it is readily available, non-descriptive, cheap, and the appropriate size. A piece of A4 is approximately equal to center mass (placed over the chest extends from the base of the neck to the navel and between the shoulders). The only way to stop a terrorist, is to physically shut down his body so it can no longer function. The most effective way of doing that is to cause as much traumatic damage as possible in the shortest amount of time to its vital organs. The goal of this training is to teach you to point your weapon at center mass and pull the trigger as fast as you can without pause/hesitation/stopping until the desired result is achieved—the terrorist hitting the floor. No matter the size of the person or the way they are facing, the organs are all the same size and in the same location in the adult human body--covered by the piece of A4 paper. Additionally, other targets such as a steel torso, a suicide bombers head, and a terrorist head exposed behind a hostage.

The Weapons: It is important for your training to mimic reality and for that reason we only use duty issue weapons and calibers, not modified. In this DVD we use 3 weapons; a Lewis Machine and Tool M4 rifle that was built to IDF specifications to mimic the exact rifle I used in the Israeli Army. A Glock model 22 pistol chambered in .40 caliber and a Glock model 17C chambered in 9mm.