Anyone yet get a copy of Vahalla's new DVD?

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    Question Anyone yet get a copy of Vahalla's new DVD?

    I am just curious to hear reviews from other members, before I order it.

    not a bad price either. that is one thing that I liked about it from the get go.
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    Vahalla?
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    I met Rob at a Law Enforcement expo and he impressed me as a nice guy and very knowledgeable trainer, his concepts are interesting. He is definitely branding himself in the right way and is on his way to being a top name in the industry.

    I thumbed through his book and it just wasn't at my level to justify a purchase. It would definitely suit the beginner who has not been exposed into this combat mindset yet. Buy it, you will pick up some great info but you can' t truly get experience from a book or DVD.

    I also highly recommend Fighting Handgun which spells out the down and dirty of extreme close quarter shooting. That is how and where it happens.
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    The NRA sent me an unsolicited copy today. They included an envelop to return the DVD if I choose not to pay for it. The cost to keep it is $9.95. I reviewed the DVD this afternoon, but it is heading back to the NRA in tomorrow's mail.
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    I haven't seen Rob's latest video so I can't really comment on it, however I did take his 3 day Advanced Concealed Carry Tactics class and I highly recommend it to anyone that has a permit or is interested in getting one. The class was very informative and teaches some great tactics as well as the mindset necessary to safely carry, deploy and utilize a concealed weapon. Rob as well as his cadre are well-trained and great instructors.
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    I appreciate your guys taking the time to discuss the video series and the positive comments from those of you I know!

    The series (Personal Defense Video Series) is being co-branded with (and distributed through) The NRA, The Second Amendment Foundation and Guns &Ammo Magazine at this time as well as being sold through the Valhalla Training Center.

    The first video for G&A and SAF was titled "Shooting in Realistic Environments" while the first for NRA was the basic "Combat Focus Shooting". We did, however include a section on "Home Defense" as an addition for those who were more advanced to get an idea of the content that was to come, including tactics. The 2nd/3rd DVD in the series is in final edit now and covers "Advanced Pistol Handling".

    The current "in the can" video and working titles are:
    Shooting in Realistic Environments
    Combat Focus Shooting & HDT
    Advanced Pistol Handling & "Lessons Learned"
    Defensive Firearms use in Public
    Skill Development DVD / Balance of Speed & Precision Drills
    Extreme Close Quarters Tactics & Unorthodox Shooting Positions
    Defensive use of Long Guns & Home Defense Tips II
    2 Person Tactics

    For those of you who participate in other forums, the series is also being discussed at GetofftheX, TPI, THR and several other places. Here is a post that I put recently in another discussion in regard to the scope of the project and current/future content:

    I will develop 90+% of the firearms related content and oversee development of all the content in the series. We have taped about 7 right now (possibly 8, depending on edit times). I am taping ECQT today, in fact.

    There is a plan for 15-18 videos in the "core" series, 90% of that content will be firearm related.

    There are plans for 4 branches from the core:
    One focusing on non-firearms armed and unarmed response.
    One on home safety and security.
    One being a series of "it happened to me" intereviews with a "lessons learned" and "how should this affect training" approach, not just re-enactments or dramatizations.
    The last one is TBD and might even be a book series featuring my work and that of others.

    I am recruiting other instructors who are specialists in their areas and that I have worked with or trust to develop content also. In January, Mike Janich will be doing two tapes, one of stick and one on knife for our non-firearms branch. Tony Blauer is schedule to do a tape in the spring and The Direct Action Medical Network is development content for a Human Weapon System DVD with content provided by a Cross-fit instructor on Combative Fitness.

    Tomorrow we are taping a 2 person tactics video that will be taught by two of my staff instructors at Valhalla.

    So, there are going to be a load of tapes produced over the next 2.5-3 years, released every 45-60 days, but they won't all be 70 minutes of "Rob"..... this is a major project, with 4-5 taping days per quarter already scheduled through the next 12 months and taking up about 30-35 days of my calendar year.

    Gimp,

    I am curious as to what you didn't like about the video, if you don't mind discussing it.

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    Nice Mjöllnir tat, Rob. I've got a valknut, myself.
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    Cool! Thanks.

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    A friend also gave me a Valhalla DVD, but I haven't even cracked the packaging yet. Never have time.
    Shot-placement is king. Adequate penetration is queen. Everything else is angels dancing on the heads of pins.

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    Erich,

    Have you had a chance to break that seal yet? Love to hear the feedback......

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    I received the video last week, and it was pretty good.

    It reinforced some things I already believe in and practice. There are a couple of issues I do have with it though. Inside of 2 Yards there is no way I'm sticking my gun out there to be disarmed or bringing it up to eye level. It seems to me that everything is taught that way. I do "hip shooting" for lack of better terminology, at bad breath distances. Rob, would you care to share your rationale on sighted fire only?

    I really liked the stressing of moving laterally. Another good point was the way you taught people to scan the environment before holstering the weapon.

    Thank you and overall, pretty darn good video.

    Biker

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    Thanks for the feedback, BikerRN... as for this:

    Rob, would you care to share your rationale on sighted fire only
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    I'm not sure if I am mis-understanding the question or if you misunderstood something on the video... usually I get asked why I only teach point shooting!

    I believe in both. Perhaps the mis-understanding comes from the fact that the DVD you watched specifically does not deal with "within 2 arms reach" situations. WE are covering that in a future DVD (its actually already been taped, but won't be released in the series until mid-late 2008. I have a entire program that we teach at Valhalla and for most of our military students that deals with Extreme Close Quarters Tactics and integrates unarmed responses with contact shooting.

    I am a firm believer in having the gun in your line of sight for all shooting beyond the 2 arms reach, with you focus on the threat or the sights as appropriate. In the book and on the DVD, this is covered in the idea of "The Balance of SPeed & Precision".. the idea being that through realistic practice you can start to learn when and why you need your sights and when/why you don't... allowing you to be as efficient as possible in all cases. There was also an article in a recent issue of SWAT Magazine covering this concept.

    THanks again for watching... let me know if you have more follow questions!

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    Thanks Mr. Pincus.

    I think that because the video I saw didn't have any targets at "bad breath" distance I may have inadvertantly assumed that you didn't teach or endorse "point shooting". I practice shooting from retention at arm's legnth and as the target gets further out the more I use my sights.

    I really liked the way you explained "Combat Accuracy". One ragged hole for fifty rounds is my goal, but it takes too much time when your opponent is within 7 Yards. You're better off to have three shots that you can cover with your hand than three shots touching. Plus, no sense shooting what you've already shot on a bad guy.

    IMHO both are necessary tools to have in the toolbox, point shooting and aimed fire. Heck, I even like to shoot at 25 Yards and out, just for grins and giggles.

    Biker

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    Biker, I think you'll continue to like what you see in the DVD series... and you'll also get your terminology straightened out: shooting from retention and shooting at arm's reach are mutually exclusive.

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