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Centre Axis Re  -  lock; The Innovation And Threat!

It is very funny; just because something is the best, doesn't mean it will take off, or have people choose it. Let's look at the Beta tapes for VCR. VHS was inferior, Beta was superior. We all know who won that one. Greedy humans love to suppress technology, and suppress innovation, and information if it interferes with profit.

Don't believe me? The combustion engine was obsolete 60 years ago, as most of us know. Hydro dams, burning coal, and even nuclear fission energy are all obsolete. Proven technologies such as geo thermal, wind farming, solar, wave, and even cold fusion (cathode induced reaction) have proven to generate more energy than conventional methods, and do it enviormentally friendly.

So this begs the question: why do people do it? As stated above, it is partially greed, followed by ego. Centre Axis Re-lock or CAR, is the biggest innovation to the shooting instruction industry. There are guys out there who spend years, and thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars to become "heroes" of the shooting range. They love to be "The cock of the walk" and love the income they get from appearing a proficient shot. Most of these guys shoot IPSIC and have placed or won tournaments.

Now, here comes to proverbial kick in the nuts:

*Along comes a novice who is going to spend a week on the gun range, and get to the same or greater accuracy as the guy who has been shooting for 10 years. Not only that, but that novice can reload faster, handle the same large caliber weapons, and shoot faster. Lastly, to add insult to injury, that person is a woman who just de-throned the "cock of the walk."

This is not fiction, but real. If I didn't see it first hand with my own eyes, I would not have believed it. I am guy, and I would feel very emasculated if I was humbled on my own range. Well this is happening for real, and the powers that be, and "the good ol boys" do not want to see CAR take off. It undermines their positions as firearms instructors - it levels the playing field for smaller framed people - CAR allows people to learn faster - and addresses issues outside most instructors comfort zones - and answers questions they do not have an answer for.

So what exactly does CAR offer as improvements to the existing methods that are in place?

1) Recoil management due to more ergonomic stance and hand position. I have it on camera a 100 lbs girl firing a 12 gauge one handed, and she completed her course with a 1911 45 ACP, and fired over 1500 rounds that week with a grouping of 5 inches at 40 feet, and 2 mags under 8 seconds.

2) More ergonomic methods to dynamic shooting (shooting from multiple positions). This means ambidextrous shooting. This allows for very quick transitions from any direction.

3) Faster reloads would be an understatement. Reloads can happen in less than a second flat with an experienced CAR practitioner.

4) Superior training with adrenaline dump/rush. Conventional methods do not address this issue properly or not at all.

5) More consistency with shot placement. Many CAR practitioners experience putting shots through the same hole.

Police and Military can double the amount of tactical personnel if they use the CAR Method as the smaller framed officers can now handle the larger weapons. But, as stated earlier, there are people who don't want that to happen. The biggest obstacle to the CAR system is the "good ol boy" who guards his position as the firearms instructor or range officer. Usually this guy is a heavier set, fat white guy in his 40's or 50's and is not very open to learning new methods. In addition, there are the "good ol boys" on the tactical unit who want to keep it a boys club for the most part.

It may sound funny that a man (the author of this article) is pointing out the sexism within such places. But at my core I believe in equal opportunity and I have a problem with running things like a secret lodge. The nay sayers of the CAR system should find a CAR instructor and pit their skills against the CAR instructors. After all, there is only one way to find out right?

Unfortunately, decisions by tactical departments are usually based on who the department head likes, or who he knows. Nepotism, cronyism, and favoritism are rampant in this field. You would think that in a perfect world a decision would be made on merit, rather than human preference, prejudice, and complacency.

CAR will out perform traditional shooting methods, PERIOD. But you don't have to take my word for it. Go challenge a CAR instructor to some shooting exercises, and once your humbled, you maybe ready to learn. There is a reason tactical game developers use CAR in the game "Splinter Cell."

There are CAR instructors all through the States. If you are in Canada there are CAR instructors in Calgary, Winnipeg and BC. The most advanced instructor in Canada is Shane Lybbert, taught directly by Paul Castle before he died. He can be reached at Practical Tactical Canada in Calgary, Alberta.

Andrew Hoard


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