As a new Student of the Kalashnikov platform, I thought I knew what I didn’t know about the AK Manual of Arms.
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In order to become competent and efficient with the AK, I enrolled in the 2-day, AK Operators Union Course that was being taught by the Dimas from CENTER-T (Click Here). After being exposed to the Dimas for 1 hour, I realized that there were a lot more things that I didn’t know about training and fighting with the AK. After the next 15 hours of many drills, many errors and several discussions with 16 other Students from 7 states, I left Wisconsin with a comprehensive understanding of not only the “how” and “why” of managing the AK, but also how to efficiently train/fight with the AK Platform in defensive situations. This aspect of the Course was the most impressive for me.

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The AK Manual of Arms for this Course was developed by CENTER-T subject-matter-experts who have survived real-life experiences in various specialized military units that include airborne, marines and SPETSNAZ [Russian Special Forces]. Despite their military background, the Team has developed customized training programs for the American civilian firearms community. Their Manual of Arms included, as a minimum, the following skills and concepts:
1. Four Points of Contact with an AK Platform
2. Shooting Platforms: Part 1 [Standing, Squatting, Kneeling]
3. Target Acquisition and Sight Management Fundamentals
4. Intuitive Shooting Fundamentals
5. The Balance of Speed and Precision Concept with an AK
6. Concept of Combat Accuracy
7. Reaction & Response Drills
8. Efficient AK Reloading Technique
9. Efficient AK Malfunction Clearing Technique
10. Concealment vs Cover Concept
11. Shooting from Cover: Barricades and Vehicles
12. Pistol Transition Drills.
13. Engaging Multiple Targets

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My training as both a Combat Focus Shooting (CFS) Student and Active CFS Instructor had actually prepared me to appreciate the subtleties of the both the Instruction and the Coaching techniques that were used in the Course. The CFS Curriculum focuses on the “how” and the “why” and the Dimas’ teaching/coaching focus/approach was also about the “how” and the “why” as well. I felt right at home.  I guess great minds think alike-Rob Pincus and Dima E. & Dima G.!

The Final Course-of-Fire! Want to Win a Gunfight? Train Under Pressure.

This heading is actually the title of an Article that was written by Ron Avery in the September 16th, 2014 Issue of the Newsletter (Click Here).  It was ironic that this Article was just published at this time. Anybody can execute any Manual of Arms without stress. But to execute the AK Manual of Arms efficiently while under stress is a whole other skill set. Each Student had to complete a practical test to demonstrate our ability to perform the AK Manual of Arms while under unknown stress. The Center-T Team created a menu of multiple scenarios that was indeed customized to match the skill level of each individual Student. In fact it was amazing to have Dima modify the scenarios as each Student would go thru various segments of the test. It was like watching an NFL Quarterback call an audible on the scrimmage line as he saw changes/opportunities in the defense that matched the ability of a Student to execute.

 Bravo is all I can say!

I would like to thank Rob Ski and the entire AK Operators Union Team for over extending themselves to bring what I would call the-best-of-the-best Kalashnikov experts to the U.S. for our benefit. They accomplished this by creating a very professional teaching/learning/coaching environment that was supported by having 3 Russian/English translators with the Students for the entire Course. Was I trained to become a SPETSNAZ operative? No! Am I more competent at the end of this Course than I was in the beginning? Absolutely! Would I recommend this Course to other AK Enthusiasts? Absolutely! In fact, I have identified below a list of what types of Student, as a minimum, who should actually take this Course.

Who Should Have Taken This Course?;

1. Any Student or Instructor who has never trained with the Kalashnikov Platform but who would like to start training with the Kalashnikov;
2. Any AK Student who only shoots at a Counter Top at an Indoor Range;
3. Any AK Student who only shoots at the Counter Top at an Outdoor Range;
4. Any AK Student who only shoots at an Outdoor Range but who does not do any dynamic movement when they shoot their AKs;
5. Any AK Student who does know how to dynamically train with the AK Platform;
6. Any Student who builds AKs but who has never trained with the AKs that they have built;
7. Any AK Student who has never had their shooting/training evaluated by a credentialed Instructor;
8. Any AK Student who never learned how to manage/execute an efficient AK reloading procedure;
9. Any AK Student who has never trained with a training partner; and
10. Any AK Student who has never attended a professionally structured AK Training Course that is taught by a credentialed professional.


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