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SureFire Field Notes: Scotty Reitz Knife Attack Drill

The latest edition (episode? installment? whatever) of SureFire‘s Field Notes series has been released, and this one is probably the best yet. Featuring longtime LAPD veteran and widely acclaimed instructor/SME Scott “Scotty” Reitz, this video discusses the “Knife Attack Drill”, and how important the ability to fight in low light really is.


Says Reitz,

“What the knife attack does, it replicates real world speed, closure rates, visual lag time, and the mechanical application of a pistol in conjunction with artificially induced light. You have to be able to make what we call discriminatory target selection. Whether it's in fact a shoot or a no-shoot target, I have to effectively apply pure line, clean mechanics. That means using the flashlight beam so it's on the target, using the pistol in clean lines so I an achieve center mass hits right out the gate.”

That's as important to an armed citizen in the home or on the road as it is to a LEO on the job.

Here's the drill.


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Not familiar with Scott Reitz? You should be. Here's a rundown.

Scott Reitz is a 30 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police department. Scott received his Bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico and shortly thereafter joined the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department. During his first few years, he worked both Wilshire and Van Nuys divisions as a heroin expert and a member of the Special Problems Unit. He was accepted into the elite Metropolitan Division a few years later and remained there for the duration of his career. Shortly after his acceptance into Metro he advanced into ‘D’ platoon (SWAT). He remained there for ten years until he was upgraded as the primary firearms and tactics instructor for the whole of Metro division and all LAPD advanced in-service firearms/tactics training. He was additionally in charge of advanced training for specialized units such as gangs, LAFD arson, anti-terrorist division, S.I.S., Internal Affairs follow teams as well as all 19 geographical divisions among others. Scott was an adjunct instructor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s SRT III program and one of the founders of the US Marine Corps SOTG program in Camp Pendleton, California. He has trained and worked with U.S. Army Delta, Naval Special Warfare’s Team 6 and Air Task Force assets that support special operations. He is also one of a very few instructors who is a Federal and Superior Court qualified expert in deadly force, training, safety and police tactics. He has testified and consulted in the defense of police, F.B.I., U.S. Secret Service, and B.A.T.F. as well as many high profile cases.

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