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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478106697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478106692
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Website: maxvelocitytactical.com Blog: maxvelocitytactical.com\blog The author is a lifelong soldier with extensive military experience. He has served in both the British and US Armies. He served with British Special Operations Forces, mainly with the Parachute Regiment which is Britain’s elite quick reaction force and which also provides support to the UK Tier 1 Special Forces, the Special Air Service. The author served on six operational deployments, including to Afghanistan immediately post-9/11, and also a tour training and selecting recruits for the Regiment. In explaining what the Parachute Regiment is, it is easiest to compare it in role to the 75th Ranger Regiment, although it is of course its own unique and elite force.He retired from the British Army in 2003. Following retirement, the author spent five years serving as a security contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan. This included working on contract for the US Government in Iraq, a year of which was based out of Fallujah, the rest variously based out of Baghdad and country-wide, and also two years working for the British Government in Helmand Province and Kabul, Afghanistan. These roles were operational security roles that included exposure to multiple different training methods and operational schools of thought, as well as both high profile and low profile mobile operations across Iraq and Afghanistan. The author then joined the U.S. Army and trained as a Combat Medic and Civil Affairs Specialist, he is a U.S. Citizen and lives in the United States. The author is a family man with a strong interest in prepping. This comes from a desire to prepare for the worst while living to the best in our current society. This book springs from the author’s ruminations on the need to keep his own family safe and survive any coming apocalyptic event, and a desire to share this knowledge with other law abiding folk. The intent is not at all to train you as a special ops team; much of the manual is written with the presence of young kids in mind. However, as the manual progresses it will give you the skills to train and operate a tactical team that will be able to conduct necessary operations beyond the family sphere.

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Website: http://maxvelocitytactical.com

Max Velocity is a tactical self-defense trainer and author, a lifelong soldier with extensive military experience. He has served in both the British and US Armies. He served with British Special Operations Forces, with the Parachute Regiment which is Britain's elite quick reaction force and which also provides support to the UK Tier 1 Special Forces, the Special Air Service. He served on multiple operational deployments, including to Afghanistan immediately post-9/11, and also a tour training and selecting recruits for the Regiment.

He then spent five years serving as a security contractor in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq, a year was based out of Fallujah, the rest variously based out of Baghdad and country-wide. Two years in Afghanistan were based in Helmand Province. These were operational security roles that included exposure to multiple different training methods and operational schools of thought, as well as both high profile and low profile mobile operations across Iraq and Afghanistan. He then joined the U.S. Army Reserves and has trained as both Combat Medic and Civil Affairs specialist.

Training Qualifications

I bring some diverse experience to the training game. I initially enlisted into the British Army (The Parachute Regiment) and then I went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to earn my commission. Sandhurst involves a lot of infantry tactics, but they are training officers for all branches so the tactics are used as a 'vehicle' for leadership training rather than the ultimate objective. I was selected and commissioned back into the Parachute Regiment. I left the British Army having attained the rank of Captain.

For those who don't know what the Parachute Regiment is, I often draw a parallel with the U.S. Army Rangers. The Paras are an elite, selected special operations force and the units do not exactly equate, but it gives you an idea. Of the three active duty Parachute Regiment battalions, the 1st Battalion (1 PARA) serves with UKSF directly alongside organizations such as the SAS and the SRR (Special Reconnaissance Regiment). 2 and 3 PARA serve in 16 Air Assault Brigade as the spearhead battalions. I served in both 1 and 2 PARA. The Paras are rated as Tier 2 Special Forces, the SAS being Tier 1.

As part of my time in the Parachute Regiment I was a rifle platoon commander, both for training and operations. Part of my responsibility was to train my platoon in between deployments. Part of my training to become a platoon commander in the Parachute Regiment involved attending the Infantry Platoon Commander's Battle Course (PCBC). This is an intense infantry school involving training in advanced infantry tactics and small arms. Part of the small arms training at PCBC involves qualifying to 'Stage 5 Field Firing' which allows you to plan and conduct ranges all the way up to full field firing exercises. That is how I know how to create and run realistic but safe live firing ranges for small unit tactics.

Following my initial stint as a rifle platoon commander, I was selected to be a training platoon commander at the Parachute Regiment training company (Para Company). I spent two years doing that; taking Parachute Regiment candidates through the 22 week long course. Unlike US Army training, where there is a drill sergeant per platoon, we ran things as a rifle platoon. The platoon commander is very much involved. Rather than a single drill sergeant for a platoon, each squad has a section commander (squad leader) who is a corporal, and there is a platoon sergeant, just like a rifle platoon. The platoon commander is responsible for running training with the section commander's, and the platoon sergeant supports with admin.

It was my responsibility to plan and conduct every single field exercise and the ranges, from basic marksmanship up to full field firing. For the live firing we would provide our own integral safety from within the platoon staff, until we got up to platoon level attacks, where we would bring in another set of platoon staff for safety and we would perform our roles within the platoon, play acting the pre-planned attacks for the benefit of the trainees. It is also a tradition within the British Army, and the Parachute Regiment in particular, to be involved as a leader and to lead from the front, which means being out there leading the trainees for PT and in particular the platoon tabs (ruck marches). You live with them in the field as if they are qualified paratroopers.

Following that job I returned to the Para Battalions for more command roles - my next job was as the anti-tank platoon commander in the fire support company - another platoon to train and lead. I spent the rest of my career doing similar jobs interspersed with deployments, also doing UKSF selection at one point.

Training Facility

When I decided to start Max Velocity Tactical and start running civilian training classes, I soon realized that to bring a professional standard of training that would equate to the standard I wanted to achieve I would need two things: 1) a suitable facility and 2) suitable targets.

It was because of this that I invested in the 100 acres of land in West Virginia, which I selected because it provides natural ranges with ridges that provide not only terrain to train on, but also natural backstops. I combined this with the purchase of suitable electronic pop-up targets that operate by remote control and will sense hits - they fall when hit. This allows me to bring the quality of training that I intend, and is the reason that I prefer to train at my facility, rather than travel where I am limited in what I can do with people.

After giving it much thought, I have gone heavily back to the 'old-school' ways of light infantry style training. I believe that this is exactly what is needed to prepare people for the kind of SHTF or resistance to 'enemies foreign or domestic' situation for which we are all training. I reject 'tacticool' in favor of battle tested light infantry team tactics. I am also influenced by my close protection background in order to bring an amalgamation of training and operational experience to give you what I sincerely consider is the best such training available in this field.

Max can be contacted at maxvelocitytactical@gmail.com

Website: http://maxvelocitytactical.com/

Customer Reviews

Good book, lots of information.
rick
There are things to do/think about/practice now, in this book, that will assist in this and bring it home.
MIO
The author's writing style is also easy to understand.
Tom

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By MIO on August 21, 2012
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Ok, started reading this and I am impressed by alot of the material.
One thing I can say thats not a positive or a negative but a statement is that, just like the ability to perform the skills listed in this book, the reading and studying of this book will take TIME. If you think your gonna read this as a one hour self help like so many other prepardness books and become and instant leader of sheeple that folks will make a movie about "one day" after you save them, then this aint for you. This stuff is real and it takes years to develop and there are only certain places you can get it. This stuff is only learned by real misions, real hunting, real group training and togetherness and dedication.
Many of the areas will take several readings to soak in the full content and will take time, patience, practice and casting aside the egos to get it right. It is one of the hardest things to do because of the widley varied dynamics of a true family unit. Compared to running a unit of fit, fire breathing go getters like I am used to and trying to transfer it to my family unit as well as my new extended family unit is an absolute nightmare to me. Its not that it(the tasking, the mission) cant be done, its that it cant be done in the same breakneck speed and orderly fashion. There are things to do/think about/practice now, in this book, that will assist in this and bring it home.
You do not need to have been an operator shooter to understand this book either, even us low life thought of logisticians understand it.
I will probably post more after finishing the book but it is good enough right now to rate it.
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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Mcginnis on July 20, 2012
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I have always been interested in tactics and strategy. I have always known that it would serve me in life. I played chess. I played paintball. I even like to fight. I didnt do these activities because I thought they were interesting. No, something was to be gleaned from my experience.

I have purchased many books and manuals on military tactics on how wars were won. I was always looking for knowledge that would resurface when needed. Im a "when does the other foot fall" type of guy. Affluence and security always give way to poverty and danger. I have studied.

There are many books to study. So many start out great and then peter out. So many have titles full of bravado that leave me feeling weaker for having read them. So many books that miss the "tone and tenor" of my aims, that I almost gave up.

But I always keep my eye out for the concise manual. A book that gets the "tone and tenor" of a situation or life. Something that instructs without pomposity and unneeded rigor. I dont need an author to convince me through stories that he knows what hes talking about. I want the dope.

This book delivers. Straightforward and interesting. It lays out much of what you need to know to be a force of will in a non linear battlefield.

I feel like I should write more but feel like I would be creating an impression that the book is an entire compendium of what you need to know. It isnt, but its close, and the best I have read to date.
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By doc on December 24, 2012
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Ive been buying a lot of books of late, trying to pepare for future possible hard times. (full blown $$ depression). A couple of them I had to stop reading. (scary as hell or aimed at some sort milita group.) This isnt one of them. Ive found that you have to pick through all "how to books" and take what you need and leave the rest.It all depends on your goal and situation. Military knowledge helps a great deal as to survival and self defense. My goal is to protect the life of my family from possible roving bands of area meth heads and gangs of government dependents when their checks stop comming. Having no military experience plus being old and tired, I need all the help I can get. I got a lot from this book.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Robideau TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 4, 2013
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This book has loads of great information, but what sets it apart from so many other prepper/survivalist books about firearms, self-defense, is the infusion of reality. Yes, Max includes all the "fun" stuff like squad tactics and shows you how far you can take things to the extreme, but he also includes a healthy dose of reality and warns the readers to refrain from the belief that any emergency situation will mean that law enforcement is entirely gone and you are free to free to do as you please with your firearms and defensive measures. There are many other pieces of wisdom along these lines that will keep you from falling into the trap of thinking that post-collapse survival will be like a shoot-em-up video game.

After reading another of Mr. Velocity's other books and dealing with an overwhelming amount of military jargon and acronyms, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Yes, there is still quite a bit, but most of it is on point and relevant.

As other reviewers have noted, this book could definitely use an editor. The second sentence I read was missing 2 commas in a list: "The purpose of this manual is to provide information to enhance security, tactics and survival skills of law-abiding citizens who are faced with civil disorder, lawlessness, violence and physical threat in a post-collapse environment." That being said, unless you are grammar nazi, it doesn't make the book unreadable or confusing.
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