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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478280514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478280514
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Website: maxvelocitytactical.com Blog: maxvelocitytactical.blogspot.com 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; 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 with a stringent and notoriously arduous selection and training process. The author passed both Parachute Regiment selection and also UK Special Forces Aptitude Selection during his career. During this time, he also trained and operated with US Forces. 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. This included exposure to, and operations with and for, US and Coalition forces. 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.

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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/

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Very easy to read and well explained.
J. Burger
I am an old "11 bush-beater" and this book helped me to remember a lot of things I had forgotten.
jiaomen
Occasionally, a "self-published" style book turns out to be a gem.
R.J. Godlewski

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David W. Decker on February 14, 2013
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A few months back I bought "Contact" by Max velocity and it indeed a Gem. So I decided to buy "Rapid Fire" thinking it would be a more advanced book, and extention of "Contact." Lo and behold it is "Contact" with minimal additional content and about 90% exactly duplicate content. So I cannot say it is a bad book, because it isn't. But I think this needs to be pointed out so that others do not make the same mistake I did. I am going to give the new book to my son-in-law so it will not be a waste of money but it was a disappointment for sure.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Raderman1 on November 25, 2012
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Though it may be very basic in parts and designed for civilians, the author does a great job of translating military jargon for civvies right from the start-- so much so, that the rest of the book is an easy 'outside looking in' read. Even a vet will enjoy the whole Contractor/Military stories the author includes.

Most of the "Been there, Done that!" crew don't like to talk about it but the author yields, with more than sufficient detail, exactly what someone buying this book would want and need to know and does so without being boring or dry. Highly recommended as it is an easy read and never speaks down to anyone who hasn't had combat experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By X-Wonderbug on May 26, 2013
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While the book is an excellent instructional manual on small unit tactics, it is simply a rehash of the material contained in Contact!, his other book published the same year. Better off just buying Contact!.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R.J. Godlewski on October 26, 2012
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Occasionally, a "self-published" style book turns out to be a gem. This definitely qualifies in that regard and remains superior to many more academic (read that, unrealistic) texts. Whether read as a complete tactical guide or simply scanned through as a survival reference, this is a must for any professional's library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jiaomen on October 23, 2012
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I am an old "11 bush-beater" and this book helped me to remember a lot of things I had forgotten. The author also explains everything in easy to follow steps. This book should be an essential part in everyone's preparation for hard times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John W.Hoover Jr. on April 11, 2013
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It took this guy several years to combile this infomation, this book is just about a tell all book. Read twice
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark A Salazar on April 18, 2013
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Plenty of real world info. Hopefully will never have use to use the info. Easy to read and well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By moonbat60 on February 25, 2013
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I'm still reading it. It is a good book about what to do in a SHTF situation, in detail.

I like it.
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