CHUCK TAY­LOR?

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - SHOT SHOW 2017 -

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.

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