The author of several thousand published magazine articles and four successful books on weapons and tactics, an adjunct professor of police science, a court-recognized expert witness and the first four-weapon combat master—all of these things only start to describe Chuck Taylor.
He is a decorated Vietnam veteran of two combat tours. He is both Ranger and Airborne qualified with additional expertise in SWAT, counter-insurgency and counter-terrorist operations. He also spent 18 years as a Special Operations contractor.
For the last 20 years, Taylor has been rated as one of the top professional trainers in the world. His submachine gun, rifle and handgun techniques were formally adopted by the Swiss Army and Air Force in early 1996, resulting in more than 300,000 personnel being trained in his methods. In 2003, the Belgian Army followed Switzerland's lead and trained 100,000 personnel using Taylor's methods. Several more nations are in the process as well.
He has received commendations from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Navy Special Warfare, and dozens of SWAT units and law-enforcement agencies worldwide.
Taylor has been in multiple handgun fights and has been shot several times, three times of which were almost fatal. His adversaries in those encounters did not fare as well.
He still carries a 9mm bullet that entered his chest and lodged in his back. More damage would have been done to remove it than to let it remain. Lucky? Yes. But, then again, good shots seem to be lucky more often than poor shots. He figures it was not yet his time to die. While convalescing, he had plenty of time to analyze what happened, what went wrong (or right), what could have been done differently that may have changed the outcome for the better. He developed and/or refined techniques accordingly.
Taylor has made numerous contributions to the field of combat handgunning, many of which have been widely copied. His achievements in this area include the tactical reload; 100 percent effective malfunction clearance techniques; responses to the left, right and rear; approaches for engaging multiple targets; and shooting on the move. In addition, he adapted the speed rock and step back into very effective close-quarters emergency response procedures.