A day of training with SOB Tactical.

Today was a good day.  I took a 1-day carbine class with John “Shrek” McPhee aka “The Sheriff of Baghdad” of SOB Tactical. I am pretty wiped out from the mental challenge of my first formal firearms training since Riflery Merit Badge in Scouts 25 years ago. It was pretty hot and humid as well, and frankly after cleaning and putting away all of my gear, I am ready for bed.

I am going to write a longer post about the class for TTAG, but as I teased this the other day, I figured I would share a bit about it this evening. (I will be back to knives tomorrow I promise)


Video analysis of posture and presentation are keystones of Shrek’s training.

We have mentioned John in the past, but for those who are unfamiliar, he is a retired Army SOF Sergeant Major whom I met at my first BLADE Show. The keystone of his training is video analysis, using a program called Coach’s Eye, which allows him to analyze stance, presentation, grip, and reloading. The video is broken down frame by frame, and Shrek can overlay lines and angles to diagnose bad habits.

The program allows him to record his voice coaching over the video analysis, and when it is uploaded I will share it as part of my longer piece. In a nutshell, it was both humbling and informative. As Shrek likes to say, “The video never lies”.

There were lots of other drills as well, many of which I will be able to do myself on future trips to the range. In addition to providing us with tips for self-diagnosis, one can send self-shot video to him for analysis through his Gunfighter U program. Just record yourself using his guidelines, email it, and for a nominal fee he can perform the same video analysis we received in person today.

It was a day of firsts for me. Among these, it was the first time I have ever shot on the move. It isn’t something you can do at most ranges, and getting the footwork right without losing control of my groupings was tough. For a coordinationally-challenged individual (or “klutz” as my wife would say), I am just happy I didn’t trip over my own feet.

I look forward to writing more about the experience, and I look forward to taking more classes from SOB Tactical. Definitely a pistol class at the earliest opportunity. I might try my hand at 3 gun sometime as well, my range/club runs open competitions from time to time. I had to buy a “battle-belt”, mag pouches, and many of the other accouterments for the class, so I might as well give it a shot.


  1. Jesse "Sparky" Mohler says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I could use some of this same training and look forward to hearing more.

    1. Thank you for the positive comment. I have been sitting back with my fingers crossed hoping that I won’t get comments like :

      “I came here for knives, if I wanted guns I would have visited TTAG”.

      1. cmeat says:

        don’t worry. the knife part should kick in right about when you run out of bullets.

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A day of training with SOB Tactical.

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