Review: Max Velocity Tactical Training, Idaho 2017.
I just completed another course with Max Velocity Training here in my own state of Idaho. My experience with MVT was so good the first time, I signed up for some more. The fact that Max was willing to come out to Idaho, so I could train with my cadre, in my own home environment, was the icing on the cake. The training Max provides is exceptional, regardless of an individual’s level of experience and previous training.
I realize that some out there are critical of what Max does and of those who take his training courses. I recently read some critical remarks posted in response to a video uploaded on You Tube and the Western Rifle Shooters Association website. This is something I cannot understand, unless it is from pure ignorance or a misunderstanding of those of us who do this. So let me explain my perspective.
I am a “quiet professional” with a normal job, a family I love, and a community that I care about. I do not plan to move my family out to the middle of nowhere in preparation for WTSHTF. I hope that it never happens, and I can continue to live my quiet, normal life. But, because I love my family, my home, and my community, I believe in being prepared in all aspects of my life. Yes…I am an Eagle Scout. I also believe that as part of a community, I am obligated to contribute, my time, talents, energy, and resources to care for my family, my country, and my community.
Not so long ago, I was discussing with an acquaintance (Bill) why I have food storage – including my belief that I should be able to care for my family and help others as well. Bill said, “Mac, you don’t have ANY food storage.” I was confused…because I do indeed have food stores. Bill then said, “Mac…you don’t have any guns…the people with guns are going to come and take your food stores and leave your family to starve!” It was my “wake-up” moment. I want to be able to take care of my family while also helping others. I will share what I have. But I refuse to allow some bad guy to come into my home and community and TAKE everything away from my family, leaving us to perish! Thus, began my quest to prepare to defend those I love and the resources I need to take care of them.
Until I took my first MVT class, I was mostly self-trained. But, as others have said, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” I now realize, I will not be able to stand in my doorway with a shotgun and protect hearth and home by myself. It will require a team effort. As others have said, “it takes a village.” This not only applies to raising a family…but also to protecting them. This is why Max Velocity Training is invaluable. Besides individual Combat Rifle Skills, he teaches Combat Team Tactics, Direct Action, Close Quarters Battle, and Force on Force training options – among other courses.
Some, out there trolling the Internet, watch the MVT videos on YouTube and say, this is all just “Disneyland for wanna-be’s.” Am I just a “wanna be?” HELL YEAH! I “wanna be” prepared to protect and defend my beloved family and community!!! And I guarantee, this is NOT Disneyland. I am not playing…and neither is Max. These MVT classes are tough and they are comprehensive. I suggest a significant amount of physical training in preparation for these classes. But that is another discussion for another time.
Just like you cannot learn how to swim by reading about it in a book, you cannot learn how to do this stuff by simply reading about it in a book or on a blog site. You have to DO IT, and then do it again and again. Training and practice are preached abundantly. Max tells us, then shows us, then leads us in drills, and eventually he has us running drills in a variety of scenarios until we can perform effectively as buddy pairs, teams and units. Am I trying to be some Army Ranger or Special Forces operative? NO – of course not. I am no longer a 21-year-old football player. Those days…and that body are gone forever. It is a reality of mortality. So I am doing what I can. And I can prepare, and plan, and train, and practice. But I need some help building a foundation of knowledge and skills. That is what Max has provided. This is a base to build on with good, solid, strategic, building blocks.
I am not going to give up my normal life, my normal job, or my place in my normal, quiet, community. But times are changing and society is disintegrating. I hope it never happens. But, if or when a group of thugs comes into my community with bad intentions toward my family – they will not only face me and my rifle, but my cadre of armed and trained companions, who will know how to fire and maneuver, communicate and move, react and attack with violence and aggression, using effective tactics, including the ability to break contact with covering fire. We know how set up a hasty ambush if pursued. We have learned about group security when moving or while staying in place. We have learned how to move in vehicular convoy through or away from danger. And we now know how to give aid under fire, as well how to provide tactical combat casualty care within the limits of our abilities.
If ever required, we know how to assault a fixed position with support by fire, using communication, tactical movement, and aggressive, overwhelming violence. We have been taught how to plan and execute an ambush, a raid, and an assault, with both small and larger groups. Leadership is an inherent part of these training courses, as well as how to think and act for the benefit and welfare of the group.
In all the MVT courses I have attended, I have trained with young, fit, athletic, warriors, as well as older, Idaho, family-men, all with varying degrees of fitness, skill and training. Some have served in various branches of the military. Max is able to adapt the training so that all involved are able to benefit, progress, and advance in their abilities. Instead of criticizing him, Max should be thanked for what he is doing to help us “quiet professionals” who are merely a bunch of “wanna-be’s,” to prepare ourselves to protect and defend our families and communities in the event that it becomes necessary. And after watching these guys run live ammunition fire drills and running force on force with UTM…I am glad I am on their side!