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Matthew Solowynsky
Dec 19, 2023
In Training Content
PART 1: Okay, guys, I'm going to lead this off with, “It’s going to be a long one,” and I am going to break this down into 3 parts – the overarching article. Then, I will tailor it to individual/civilian training. After that, I will probably throw the 3rd one into the LE/Mil section (sorry ahead of time if that doesn’t apply to you, but it is what it is). With that being said…here we go… So, after a month of training with a foreign military group whose unit, country, and identities I'll keep anonymous for operational reasons and by request from their commanders and themselves, I was re-awakened, you might say, to what is considered effective and ineffective training methods. I had trained a certain way for so long, which in my eyes is the "proper" way to train that I forgot what it is like when you are not in charge of the training venue and are at the mercy of the "parent unit". This was very apparent working with this group based on the intentions, expectations, and wants/needs of each half of the unit (Leadership & Troops). The leadership prioritized unconventional training in a location that allowed extensive experimentation, stretching the unit's capabilities. It was all about testing the limits, doing things that the unit has never done, trained, been taught, or even been exposed to in any manner out side of maybe photos, videos, or hearing someone else talk about what they've done. Whereas the troops desired revisiting basics to reinforce fundamentals, saying that they do not get to shoot enough to do such “advanced” training. Which showed in their performance after the few few days when we shrank target sizes, implemented time constraints, and placed them in these evaluated drills to see where they were at. Both perspectives, in my eyes, are valid in their own rights. However, finding the equilibrium point is crucial, akin to balancing a rifle's position for optimal performance. I found myself mediating between these differing views, advocating for a method I've previously utilized, emphasizing teaching, demonstration, practice, and then evaluation. While exposing professionals to new challenges aids in adaptability and problem-solving, solely focusing on such scenarios isn't always ideal. My biggest concern with this method is that if you only evaluate and never revisit the topic, then we lose out on an opportunity for learning, growth, and development. That does not mean that it does not hold value; if we do not put ourselves, our team, or our subordinates through these “tests,” then we lose an opportunity for the exact same thing! Because there is an amazing opportunity for warriors, competitors, professionals, and even hunters to truly test their proficiencies if they are thrown into the fire and must adapt and overcome hardship. Difficulties allow them to make on-demand decisions at every level. I would argue that this needs to be communicated to the training audience specifically (at some point) to allow them to know what the purpose of the training is. Sometimes training is legitimately just to test the individual or team’s ability to problem solve and come up with a solution in real time. For those of us that are competition shooters it's a pretty obvious answer, GO TO A MATCH that someone else is hosting, that someone else built, that someone else designed, that someone else tested, that someone else implemented time standards too, and that someone us is evaluating your performance! On the opposite side of the spectrum, I do believe that revisiting the fundamentals is always a good method of training as well, BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE THE SOLE FOCUS OF THE TRAINING EVOLUTION. I can see the argument for having 1-2 or maybe even 3 days of focus on fundamentals depending on how long the training package is allotted. For those of us that are competition shooters again I think the answer is pretty obivous, GO TRAIN... I will explain this in depth in PART 2 of the series where I break down my method of training when I go to the range as a individual and self-training. So ultimately, the biggest thing I am stressing in this opening article is that being able to balance the two opposites correctly is crucial in the development of skills, mental acuity, and execution of tasks on demand! As I move into the next two articles, I will tailor each to how I trained and continue to train for the objectives I am striving to achieve, although they are similar each one is inherently different in the marksmanship world because I am training operators and competitors and both have very different triggers required to get the response I want from each in their respective professions.  I know we say this A LOT "SHOOTING is SHOOTING is SHOOTING" but realistically THAT IS NOT TRUE... the core of the statement is sure... but the methods, decisions, severity, moral and ethical structures of each is VERY VERY DIFFERENT... Til next time, the Mandalorian... PEACE!!
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Matthew Solowynsky
Jul 19, 2023
In Training Content
Quick 6 minute video on setting up in the prone behind the rifle, I was specifically asked to make this video, as I continue to get better at the videography I hope to redo some of these a little more fancy! But for now I am mainly focused on getting the right information out there with quality content based of information flow as opposed to theatrics. Go take a look drop a comment & a like let me what you think, or if you would like me to make something specific! https://youtu.be/pQA5bkmdYsc
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Matthew Solowynsky
Jul 18, 2023
In Training Content
Here's a standard training day for me if I do not have anything specific I want to work on for exampel like a particular prop ( which I will post more of these as I have more free time). You will begin to notice most of my training looks very similar with very few adjustments mainly addresses being shot off of or more distance included but it doesn't change much because I have a system that I use as a baseline to keep my training focused and allows me to see results much more clearly. Start off with some warm up dry fire drills. 5x Prone Dry FIre 5x Standing Dry fire 5x Kneeling Dry fire 5x Sitting Dry fire Then clean up with with a 5 round group from the prone ( this is to settle in with the rifle, and also will allow you to confirm zero before beginning live fire). Kraft Challenge (12 rnds): (Pick 4 of the 6 addresses to use for the course of fire) .1x Standing .1x Kneeling .1x Sitting .1x Prone 3 rotations in this order (17 rnds total at this point) 5 iterations of transition drills for time(Based off Kraft number from previous drill) Any order you wish, transition from position to position and fire 1 shot under the time limit ie: Post one in condition 3 -> beeper goes -> transition to post 2 fire one shot on kraft target. 5x (first transition) 5x (second transition) 5x (third transition) 5x (fourth transition) (If you are well under the time constraints you can transition earlier to another position to save rounds for another spot fif you prefer) Target: Kraft paper (clean sheet) (20 rnds : total 37 rnds) You will then have at least 13 rounds left to shoot whatever you want ( I usually will pick my worst transition and put at least 3 more on that address) Then you can shoot to distance not under time, or if your feeling spicy enough run the drill under time but now use a distance target! -Solo
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Matthew Solowynsky
Jul 18, 2023
In Training Content
Here's another 50 round drill specifically pertaining to improving your engagements off of a tank trap. I will refer to each post or crevice by #, it is not specifically important as far as the write up goes, but when you get to the range to train just know which ones you labelled which so you don't get confused. Start off with some warm up dry fire drills. 5x Post 1 Dry FIre 5x Post 2 Dry fire 5x Post 3 Dry fire 5x Post 4 Dry fire 5x Crevice 1 Dry Fire 5x Crevice 2 Dry Fire Then clean up with with a 5 round group from the prone ( this is to settle in with the rifle, and also will allow you to confirm zero before beginning live fire). Modified Kraft Challenge (12 rnds): (Pick 4 of the 6 addresses to use for the course of fire) .1x .1x .1x .1x 3 rotations in this order (17 rnds total at this point) 5 iterations of transition drills for time(Based off Kraft number from previous drill) Any order you wish, transition from position to position and fire 1 shot under the time limit ie: Post one in condition 3 -> beeper goes -> transition to post 2 fire one shot on kraft target. 5x (first transition) 5x (second transition) 5x (third transition) 5x (fourth transition) (If you are well under the time constraints you can transition earlier to another position to save rounds for another spot fif you prefer) Target: Kraft paper (clean sheet) (20 rnds : total 37 rnds) You will then have at least 13 rounds left to shoot whatever you want ( I usually will pick my worst transition and put at least 3 more on that address) Then you can shoot to distance not under time, or if your feeling spicy enough run the drill under time but now use a distance target! -Solo
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Matthew Solowynsky
Oct 17, 2022
In Training Content
This is a short and sweet statement, not every training session needs to be live fire! You do not always need the rifle to go bang to get good solid training in, focused reps is what is key to getting better overall. Just snapping in and running you bolt will get you more familiar with firing hand placement,, and where to grab the bolt knob to cycle it efficiently and get back onto the trigger, it also gets you comfortable with you weapon cycling while you keep your face on the cheekpiece and continue to observe down range at your target. Practicing build and break drills will get your more in tune with building a fundamentally sound position, whether its standing to prone, or transition ing from one position to the next. Actually wearing your kit and practicing reloads to ensure that your equipment is where you want it so you can reach for it or stow it without having to physically look at it will breed confidence in what you are doing and increase speed and efficiency as well. Deploying your tripod from a collapsed or stowed location and setting up your rifle to take your initial shot will make it easier to find the correct heights without having to think or look at the tripod while you do it. Which will allow you to focus on the next task at hand or allow you to look down range and square yourself up to you target before you drop the trip od into place and set the rifle on it. I think everyone is getting the point I am trying to make. Training is a very versatile event, and you are only limited to your imagination, determination, and drive to succeed! Never Lose Focus Elegance in Lethality! -Solo
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Matthew Solowynsky
Oct 08, 2022
In Training Content
New YouTube up breaking down the C-4, & comparing it to the KRG Whiskey-3. I'll do another on soon with side by side comparison. Once I have another Whiskey-3 in my hands. https://youtu.be/1JQHDrb7AGc
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Matthew Solowynsky
Sep 28, 2022
In Training Content
Simple video on what I bring to the range to conduct marksmanship training and be effective and efficient.
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Matthew Solowynsky
Sep 28, 2022
In Training Content
Why its important to know your DA and understand how its affecting your bullet.
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Matthew Solowynsky
Sep 28, 2022
In Training Content
This is a the basics of understand how accurate you need to be with wind based on distance and wind speed.
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Matthew Solowynsky
Sep 28, 2022
In Training Content
Once you have found your wind number for you gun, this is the next step to help you break down your wind thought process.
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Matthew Solowynsky
Sep 28, 2022
In Training Content
Here is a video and visual demonstration of how to find your rifles Wind Number to help you start understanding how you should be thinking in wind for your specific rifle.
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Matthew Solowynsky
Jul 25, 2022
In Training Content
Hey guys been quiet for a bit, handling some life things that required my full focus. Haven’t been to the range for a month or so. Decided to run a full fundamental reset day. Gauge where I’ve atrophied. Find where I needed to focus future training sessions. Compliments of MDS paper targets and Chris Way ’s Rifle Kraft Target, got a solid base of data. Longer video here about 30 minutes. Reconfirmed zero 3 rounds MDS Consistency Drill 15 rounds Positional Slow Fire Drill 20 rounds Rifle Kraft Drill 12 rounds Total Rounds Count: 50 rounds Posted it on YouTube, I’ll add the targets in the comments when I have a couple free minutes. Hit the Link Tree and head over to the YouTube channel to see the whole video.
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Matthew Solowynsky
Jul 03, 2022
In Training Content
I recently had an opportunity to train with a buddy of mine who is much more experienced in the competition scene than myself. He is a sponsored shooter and competes at larger venues almost monthly compared to my local club match that I am afforded. He brought some of his training techniques to the table and we ran through a particular drill that I really appreciated. 1 target 12 inch plate. and he set a shot time to 10 seconds. He has a large pallet that he labelled A-H. He then starts about 5-7 feet from the pallet and will call out a letter, and then when the timer beeps you have 10 seconds to set your position and engage the target with one shot. It was a very effective drill because the pallet provides a wide range of positions from standing to low sitting/kneeling/prone for you to get into and engage from. Each position is slightly different as you maneuver from each height that allows for enough diversity that you have to change your position slightly, and because it is not a large deviation its manageable enough to make the shot difficult under that time line. While I was conducting the drill I managed to make the time only 2-3 times in the higher positions, but also maintained a sub 15 seconds time in the more difficult positions which were the lower ones because it required more movement to get set in. This is a solid drill that you can conduct almost every time you go to the range and change the target and its like an entirely new stage, depending on where that target lays on the range will make a lot of minor variables change, such as if its higher than the shooting position or lower that changes the angle of the weapon on the platform, or if it is left middle right of the range fan that changes it as well. Then the distance can change your ability to acquire the target and achieve you Natural Point of Aim (AIM) so I recommend trying to get a set up like this for your self even if you are just setting it up in the garage or back yard and choosing an aimpoint to focus on it will increase your speed substantially. It will help you work on economy of motion which is paramount in competition when time is against you and speed is necessary. Enjoy training and let me know if you try it out and how it works for you! -Solo
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Matthew Solowynsky
Jun 21, 2022
In Training Content
5x Prone dry fire 5x Standing dry fire 5x Kneeling dry fire 5x Sitting dry fire 5 round group prone 5 rnds Kraft challenge 12 rnds 1x Standing 1x Kneeling 1x Sitting 1x Prone 3 rotations in this order (17 rounds complete) Record score. 5 iterations of transition drills for time (Based off Kraft number) 5x to standing 5x to kneeling 5x to sitting 5x to prone Any order you wish, from any position to position you wish. Target: Kraft paper (or clean sheet) (20 rounds : Total 37 rounds) 13 rounds to work what ever timed drills you decide needs the most work. TOTAL ROUND COUNT: 50 rnds
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Matthew Solowynsky
Jun 21, 2022
In Training Content
Alright so I am going to start putting together some training venues for guys to start focusing their training when they go to the range. It will start mainly focused on competition as this is my newest venture and I am quickly becoming very focused on increasing my speed, efficiency, and accuracy. I have been a regular at the local club match held at Alliance Outdoors in Maysville, NC and recently had the privilege of being outperformed by the majority of the field at Pigg River Precision for their H.A.M Match held earlier this month. I am redesigning my training plan and am going to document it for everyone to follow along, and if compelled to do so, try out as well. -Solo
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Matthew Solowynsky
Jun 17, 2022
In Training Content
Hey guys! I started a YouTube channel a few months ago and I have been slowly building some content on there with things I think people would like to know. I try to keep them to no more than 10-15 minutes max. If anyone is interested in specific demo's, or want to see kit set ups or other types of videos, please let me know! I have decent supply of equipment and don't mind doing product demo's or just breaking down training content, I will be uploading things as I get the opportunity to do so, but if you want specific stuff I can easily change focus and put what you guys want on the front of my list to produce for you!
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Matthew Solowynsky
Jun 13, 2022
In Welcome to the Forum
Hey guys trying to branch out into the online space more, as the crew has been spread to the winds geographically. Hit us up with questions and things you’d like to see and we will do our best to answer them here, YouTube, or the social media platforms as best we can! -Solo
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Matthew Solowynsky
Dec 21, 2021
In Welcome to the Forum
Hey guys Matt here! I know you can read my bio on the website but wanted to start off the discussions with an introduction like a proper forum should have. I am still active duty in the Marine Corps and am quickly approaching my 20 year mark (here comes my first retirement!) I have been in the Sniper community for over 12 years, and have been in a unique position to have been instructing for almost 10 of them now. I was originally bummed about it due to wanting to continue to deploy and do what Marines do! But after a few years I realized I was given an awesome opportunity to stay in tune with the latest and greatest equipment and techniques for our skill set. I have been able to see what all the units are teaching and where they are operationally through the students coming through the courses that I have been assigned to. With this unicorn experience (as me and my fellow operators have dubbed my situation) I have been able to tailor training packages that can specifically address short falls with other units based of how effective others are. I have also been able to mass a huge network of industry leading instructors, companies, developers, and experts. Which means if I can not answer your question directly I most certainly can reach out to someone who can! With all that being said please introduce yourself here, let us know who you are, were your from, what you do, and what your goals are so we can all get better together!
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