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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478280514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478280514
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Max shares with his students what other "so-called" instructors wish they could.
Max explains the decision making process so you can determine a strategy to
neutralize the threat, effectively.
Max also walks you through the art of field craft, which is fundamental to
the success of ALL missions.
Defensive and Offensive tactics, both mounted and unmounted, are dealt in the
importance which they represent ...survival!
Max conveys all this, and much more, in an easy to follow, "Mentor", demeanor.
The valuable "Intell" which Max shares, is honed by years of proven
"Battlefield" experience....and Max brings it to you at "Terminal Velocity"!
Train to Win, Fight as you Train, and You Will Come Back!
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While there are tidbits that can be gleaned for civvies like myself, this probably isn't the best book for those that are looking for help in the personal security/self-defense area.

This book does have a wealth of information and while I have no military experience, the advice seems appropriate and realistic.

This book reads like a guide or military manual with all the acronyms used. Yes, the author does explain it, but it can be a little overwhelming.
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Small unit/infantry tactics for regular folks. The knowledge you need to train correctly so one can defend family and home/community in the advent of a breakdown of civility. Basic sound tactics, techniques, and procedures. How to patrol effectively in small 2 to 12 man teams, observation and reconnoiter, fight out of, and set up ambushes, know the enemy, using cover, concealment, and geography effectively, understanding nature of armed threats, how to anticipate hostile force effectively, defending your homestead and area of operation, convoy tactics and safety. A lot of info jam packed into one source by a guy who has been there and survived. Stuff you need to know to fight and survive armed aggressors. Max also teaches live scenario, armed small unit tactics in the WV mountains.
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This second book by Max Velocity is just as great as his first book called CONTACT Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival If you are looking for a comprehensive book with information on how to protect yourself and your family in a variety of situations these books by Max Velocity are MUST READS.
This second Survival Manual by Velocity offers the reader even more advanced tactics to protect themselves in high threat situations. It is a great book if you want to learn exactly how to approach a variety of dangerous situations with a level head and a solid plan. Make sure to look at the Table of Contents to see how many different topics this book covers. Learning how to successfully defend yourself at home and when you are in public can be the difference between life and death and these books by Max Velocity are very valuable. Max Velocity once again uses his strong knowledge of self defense in all situations to teach the reader the skills and training needed to survive any attack. The very simple to understand chapters coupled with personal stories of his experiences and the many figures and diagrams makes this book very informative but fun to read at the same time. Max Velocity is one of those authors who is intelligent, knowledgeable, interesting and also writes with style and clarity. I expect big things for him because his first two books are amazing.
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