October had 9 shooters turn out, on what was supposed to be a rainy day, but turned out quite nice. An excellent morning of advanced work, followed by shotgun, pistol and carbine basics. The ATS cadre is trying out a ‘split line’, to allow for more one on one couching, for those shooters needing additional work on the basics, and will be conducting an internal review, following 1 novembers shoot, in regards to it’s effectiveness.

November’s shoot is Sunday the 24th.

Range 3; 1030, for the regular shoot (set up and safety brief); please RSVP, if you plan on attending. $20 drop in fee.

For the Veritac DSTO and SFTSP-3 Alumni, if I get 2+ response from you, we will do some bluegun drills from 0845 to 0945, with live fire from 1000 to 1030. Note, if you are not there for the AM bluegun, you won’t shoot the live fire- no exceptions.

Kit List

  • Clothing appropriate for the weather and climate conditions of the day. This is a physically demanding day, so clothing appropriate for hard use is recommended. Tactical pants, shirts and jackets are recommended. Ball cap or appropriate headwear.
  • Appropriate footwear. Tactical boots, hiking shoes, or outdoor sneakers are recommended.
  • Eye, Ear and Glove protection
  • Knee pads
  • First Line belt or Riggers Belt recommended
  • Second Line Rig. Chest Rig recommended
  • Body armour, or plate carrier and other PPE as utilized operationally
  • Mag pouch to hold 3 -6 rifle mags, and 4 pistol mags
  • Pistol holster (SERPA or any index-finger actuated holster NOT PERMITTED. Holsters are expected to be model specific, hard moulded holsters without floppy retention straps, that do not collapse after the gun is drawn; no generic nylon holsters are permitted)
  • Tactical rifle and shotgun sling, no 3 pt
  • Modern serviceable primary weapon.
  • Optics (red dot, HWS, magnified, or irons OK), sighted in at 100m.
  • Modern semi-automatic pistol.
  • Pump action or semi auto Shotgun.
  • Minimum 250 reliable rounds for primary weapon
  • Minimum 250 birdshot rounds, #7.5 or 8 for the shotgun
  • IFAK, TQ (CATSor SOFTT recommended)
  • Repair and spare kit, multi-tools, CLP
  • Paper, Pen and Stuff (PPnS)
  • Hydration, Nutrition

This year’s final hosted course is the advanced Dismounted Small Team Operations, provided by Veritac Solutions;

***These courses will be instructed by Jeff de Groot, a former JTF2 special forces Close Protection operator. This is an opportunity to receive quality instruction from a member of one the most secretive and elite special forces units in the world.***

DSTO (Dismounted Small Team Operations) 15-17 November

This course assumes core competencies in SFTP (or equivalent LE / MIL / other agency training) and covers advanced techniques for small teams operating in a dismounted role within austere or non-permissive environments. Fundamentals will be drawn and built upon based on current special operation forces doctrine. This is a hybrid classroom + live fire skills rehearsal and confirmation where most of the 2.5 days will be spent running students through introduction to vehicles, seating arrangements (PPO,VIP, driver and shooters), and contact drills. Use of static vehicles as a base for exfil and cover may be expected. Review of Tactical Trauma including TQ application and wound packing will be demonstrated as well as applied. Low-light and no-light training may be required.

Sequence of Events for Planning a Dismounted Team Movement:

  • Elements Common to all Dismounted Team Movements
  • Movement Formations and breaking contact with VIP
  • Movement Techniques
  • Danger Areas


  • Movement to Contact
  • Engaging a single target with scanning
  • Engaging multiple targets and scanning
  • Breaking contact (2, 4 and 8 man teams)
  • Aussie Peel
  • Tracking Patrol
  • Control Bleeding, Tourniquet application
  • Dressing application, Wound Packing

20 hours https://shop.veritacsolutions.com/collections/training/products/dsto to register.

For the new year, ATS is excited to be able to host Shivworks, Craig Douglas, for an Edged Weapons Overview Course. Range 1, Sat 21 March and Range 3 Sunday, 22 March, 2020.

Contact craig@shivworks.com for more info, and to register.

From the Shivworks website:


The Edged Weapons Overview course is a two-day (16-hour) focused overview of knife application methods. Lots of people carry pocket knives for various reasons, but very few people have any training on how to deploy them effectively for self-defense. This course gives students a fundamental understanding of edged weapons. Like all ShivWorks courses, EWO is contextualized and presented through a minimalist framework to give students practical tools they can easily learn, remember, and put to immediate use. Please check our training calendar for upcoming offerings of EWO and other ShivWorks classes near you. Also, please review our refund policy before signing up for any class.

First Day (Eight Hours):

  • The Criminal Assault Paradigm
  • Managing Unknown Contacts
  • Default Position and basic blows
  • Tool Survey
  • Robust Folder Deployment
  • Theory of In-Fight Weapons Access
  • In-Extremis application

Second Day (Eight Hours):

  • Mobility and Zoning Issues of equal initiative encounters
  • Plyometric Fighting Platform
  • Point Theory, forward and reverse grip
  • Conventional Edge introduction
  • Refining the narrow angle
  • Reverse Edge introduction
  • The Functional Support Hand
  • Specialty and Improvised Edged tools (push daggers, ice picks, screwdrivers, etc.). This module is largely based on what students bring to the class and wish to see addressed..

Please bring the following items with you to class:

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Wrap-around eye protection
  • Mouthpiece and cup
  • Preferred carry knives
  • Trainer knives (if you have them)
  • Positive attitude
  • Open mind

Claude Murdoch
Director – Abbotsford Tactical Shooters