LMS Defense; AK 101, Paul Gomez (Day 2)

Day two of this two day class was developed to fill a need for in depth instruction on the AK47 series rifle platform. Knowing the rifle in your hands is important, and chances are at some point an AK will end up in your hands.

Last Man Standing AK 101 – Day Two
An Introduction to the Combative Kalashnikov

The AK 101 course is a two day block of instruction which focuses on developing consistent, non diagnostic, combative gun handling skills for the Kalashnikov weapons platform. This course is designed to instill robust gun handling to enable the student to efficiently manipulate and utilize the most common military small arm on the planet. A heavy emphasis is placed on recognizing and understanding the concepts that drive the combative use of the carbine. Topics covered will include Design Orientation, The Combative Platform, Loading/Unloading/Reloading, Status Check, Wound Ballistics, Sighting Concepts, Triggering Concepts, Ready Positions, Transition to Pistol, Gear Selection & Set up, Non diagnostic Stoppage Reductions, Alternate Firing Positions and Firing While Moving. This class is taught by two of the top AK experts in the country, Paul Gomez and Yancey Harrington.

This is a limited enrollment course. We suggest registering as soon as the class appears on the schedule.

Day Two

Day two started out on the long range side. We started a bit earlier on Sunday and jumped right into Zeroing the AK.

We hade a quick lecture on zero, and why to zero an AK to 50 meter zero

We talked about the AKM manual and what the tables and charts are for and why they can be so useful

We then went downrange to start shooting.

Students started the process of zeroing the AK at shorter distance then eventually moved back to 100 meters

Four of the students used optics the rest used iron sights. I counted two XS big dots and one Champion night sight

Feedback was given and rifles were sighted in

The advantage of any rifle is distance. Being able to hit your target is all that matters. So practice at longer range is important and a good zero is essential to longer range shooting

AK sight tools were on hand and used to tune the stray shots back on target

Further comparrison was made of the various sights available for the AK.

After zeroing was finished we went on to movement

Shooting while moving is dangerous and must be done slowly and deliberately. Lectures on the procedures and important points were followed by non-firing drills and finally live fire practice

Movement forward and back was practiced in two smaller groups for safety

The class finished up day two with walking and shooting drills

During lunch we had a quick M-203 demo.

After a lunch break it was back to the smaller range for drills on supine (laying down) kneeling, sitting and transitioning between them

Shooting from alternative positions is very important. How do you know you are in a fight? Usually you’ve been hit, knocked down or pushed. Starting a fight from laying on your back is not that unusual .Practicing for it is as important as knowing how to change a magazine.

Being in a new position is important to practice. Your bearings are off, and your mind has to work in high gear to keep track of your weapon, your self and your surroundings

Knowing that you might be positioning yourself in someones line of fire is very important as well. Drills designed to make you aware of this involved doing a scan before moving at each point along the way from supine to standing again

After learning to move and change position shooting, the theory of FASTTT (not a typo) was introduced. The rest of the course was devoted to learning to combine the various skills learned during the course into a real plan of action to use if you ever find yourself under fire with an AK series rifle in your hand.

FASTTT is a great technique to stay alive in a fight

F – Fire
A – Assess (do you need to shoot again,get away during this step)
S – Scan (Are there more bad guys, good guys, witnesses, cover?)
T – Tactical Reload
T – Treat Injuries
T – Talk to the environment (Call for help, Relate your position to friends, Call out to witnesses)

A last demo was interesting and fun to watch. A few cinder blocks were set up in front of targets. One was shot with a .223 (5.56×45), one with a 5.45×39 and the last with the 7.62×39. As you might expect the 5.56 and 5.45 both damaged the cinder block, but neither went through in one shot. The 7.62 crumbled the block however so even some ‘brick’ walls would be of little effective use as cover.

We also shot the blocks with 9mm, .40 cal and . 45acp. As expected the 9 and 40 were stopped while the 45 was able to crumble the block in three shots


the recovered 5.45×39 steel core from inside the cinder block

The course was a very full two days, with lots of information and trigger time. The reviews seemed positive overall from students new to training and those who’ve been to countless other classes. The instructors know their stuff. The AK series rifle is very comfortable to both of them and they effortlessly get their information across to the students. Questions are answered quickly and knowledgely with no time wasted with pats on the back or selling their gear (as some classes I’ve attended)

The course costs $350 and you’ll need a case of ammo at least so figure another $200 or so to attend. It seems well worth the time. I didn’t get any feedback on the price, so I’ll assume the student agree it was worth the time spent and price paid to attend.

You can read feedback from some of the students here ArizonaShooting.com

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