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Our long awaited training alliance between 5.11, Steve Tarani, The Frisco Gun Club and HiTS is finally a go. The first course will be an Improvised Weapons class at Frisco Gun Club in Frisco, Texas on March 7-8th 2015.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Close Quarters Pistol Review

Final thoughts: This was a thinking class, not a “turn ammo into noise” class. It showed, too. When we ran the final drill of the day, some people’s accuracy had begun to drop off. The wheels came off my shooting on the final walk-back drill we did. But that is good – I learned again how much shooting I can do in a day, with that much mental decision-making. The length of class and round count were a very good choice each day, in order to reinforce the right lessons. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

First Responder Shotgun Review

Verdict: I’m definitely a better shotgunner from this class. I have more skills with my 870 and ammo. I have better confidence in my ability to place a slug into a chest or forehead at distance. It’s not my primary home defense tool, or even my secondary HD tool. But it’s specialist weapon, fitting a specific, specialized role. And I know how to better utilize it in that role. Money well spent.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

First Responder Pistol Review

The first offering from HiTS reinforced my opinion that the company will become one of the primary purveyors for those who seek real and effective training. I am anxious to see how the already-effective POI for First Responder Pistol evolves as Wayne and Darryl continue to refine their technique. I would recommend HiTS and this course to anyone without hesitation.

A good friend asked me last night if it would be a good course for a “tune-up”. I told him it would be a good course for an anything. Both instructors have the background and ability to teach the subject matter and do so at a high level. They also acknowledge those who have trained them and are without hubris. Wayne and Darryl are an absolute pleasure to learn from. I will be back for as long as they will let me.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Basic Pistol Review

Verdict: I am very happy with the money and especially the time I spent. I have taken three other basic pistol classes from other instructors. I did another CHL refresher the weekend before, with some basic pistol thrown in. This was definitely the best of the four classes. I will be taking their First Responder pistol class next year, as soon as I can arrange the time.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Course Reviews

SWAT MagazineHere at HiTS, we're dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills to prevail against deadly threats.  Don't take our word for it, though. See what students, publications - including SWAT magazine - and even other instructors have to say about our training classes.

Wayne and Darryl have a wealth of experience and knowledge and as importantly, they know how to convey it to students. The drills were challenging and thought provoking and I was never bored throughout two long, productive training days. I strongly recommend their training, regardless of your current skill level.

-Tom Givens, Rangemaster Firearms Training Services

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Erick Gelhaus

Erick GelhausErick Gelhaus has been a deputy sheriff with a large northern California sheriff’s office for over twenty years. Currently assigned to patrol, he is one of two senior firearms instructors for his agency. Previous assignments include gang enforcement, narcotics investigations, and field training officer. Additionally, he served as an infantry squad leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also has instructed for Gunsite, Aimpoint and 10-8 Consulting.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Steve Tarani

Steve TaraniServing the federal training community for over 25 years, Steve Tarani is a respected Protective Programs subject matter expert (SME) and service provider to numerous high/low-profile US federal agencies and throughout the private sector. Specializing in operational readiness, he is a federally certified firearms instructor actively contracted by the US Department of Defense, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Administration, and many others. Mr. Tarani, formerly sworn, is himself a former US Defense Intelligence employee (CIA), Protective Programs Educator and formerly on staff at the US DOE National Security Institute (Security Force Training Dept.) at Kirkland Air Force Base (NM). At the time of this writing, he is a published author of seven books, a knife designer, and architect of the International Chiefs of Police Model Policy on the carry and usage of knives by federal, state and municipal law enforcement officers. Tarani remains an advisor to the US Department of Justice (USDOJ), US Department of Defense, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Wayne Dobbs

Wayne DobbsWayne Dobbs is a proud 5th generation native Texan and the child of Great Depression/WWII veterans from Victoria, TX.  Wayne has lived his entire life in the Lone Star State and is retired from the Richardson, TX Police Department, where he spent an extremely active 25 year career.  Dobbs served in Patrol, Deployment (covert tactical/crimes specific unit), SWAT, Narcotics/Intelligence, FBI-Dallas Organized Crime Task Force and Major Crimes/CID.  For nearly 10 years, Wayne directed and managed his department’s firearms training program.

Dobbs has shot and hunted since the age of three and began a pistol shooting obsession at the age of 18.  He has continued to shoot, handgun hunt, reload and compete ever since.  Wayne received his FBI Police Firearms Instructor certification in 1980 and has continually been involved in firearms training for police, private citizens and government contractors since that time.  Wayne was selected to sit on the statewide development committee for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) that brought forth a POST type LE Firearms Instructor’s License and certification.  Wayne has taught that course statewide and has developed and presented dozens of in-service, transition, carbine, shotgun and SWAT firearms courses over the years.  In addition to the FBI and TCLEOSE Firearms Instructor certifications, Dobbs also holds instructor level firearms certifications from the NRA, Glock, the US Department of State, CSAT (Paul Howe) and others.

After retiring from RPD in 2003, Wayne served for 25 months in Iraq on a Department of State police training and advising contract.  Wayne led a firearms and tactics training program at the Baghdad Police College where he delivered and managed training in defensive tactics, CQB, Glock 19 and AK-47 to thousands of Iraqi Police Service (IPS) officers.  Dobbs also received a tasking to develop firearms instructors within the IPS and after a lengthy and difficult process, produced 35 legitimate instructors to serve at the district level of the IPS.

Wayne has trained continuously for many years under the top names in the industry: Ken Hackathorn, Larry Vickers, Pat Rogers, Paul Howe, Clint Smith, Jerry Miculek, John Farnam, Tom Givens and others.  Dobbs remains a committed student, realizing that if we are wise, we are “sometimes a teacher and always a student”.

Wayne is currently a Vickers Shooting Method regional instructor and is employed by Triple Canopy, Inc. as a firearms and tactics instructor to high threat protective detail personnel deploying on Department of State protective details OCONUS.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 00:00

Darryl Bolke

Darryl BolkeDarryl Bolke retired from a Southern California police department as a Sr. Corporal after 19.5 years as a full time officer due to injuries sustained during a violent on-duty confrontation.   He was a Firearms Instructor and Armorer for the Special Weapons and Tactics Team for 17 years, and the primary instructor for all firearms systems used by his agency. He also provided mandatory firearms training for the fire department Bomb Squad and Arson investigators.  He assisted on the investigation of over 75 officer involved shootings assisting the administrative investigation team with the firearms portion of these investigations. He provided expert testimony in regards to firearms usage and police tactics in numerous court cases.  Bolke also developed and implemented a nationally recognized edged weapons policy and training program for law enforcement.

His past assignments have included 3.5 years in a full time bicycle unit and 4 years as a Tactical Flight Officer in the Air Support Unit, as well as 10 years as a Field Training Officer and a year assignment primarily working vice.  A majority of his career was working at night in a patrol environment.  He also spent several years as a licensed Private Investigator specializing in high level corporate cases and worked high level executive/VIP protection and high threat protection details in the private sector.  He has been on staff with several organizations providing firearms and edged weapons instruction.

Darryl Bolke is also the Unconventional Weapons editor for Surefire’s Combat Tactics magazine and has had numerous published magazine articles in both the U.S. and Japan on firearms, edged weapons, and related equipment.  He has also authored numerous California P.O.S.T. certified classes.

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