Misery is a Mindset
By Team Greyhive | 6.28.2018
What does it take to make it into SOF?Become comfortable with being uncomfortable. That’s the first thing I tell people who ask me what they need to do if they want to get into Special Operations. Be prepared to spend a lot of your time cold, wet, tired, hungry, thirsty, and hurting. Discomfort and uncertainty will become the new normal in your life.You’ll miss meals and often not have a choice of what you eat. There will be times when you lose a lot of weight. Your uniform will smell like ammonia, because your body is using your muscles for fuel. Sometimes, you’ll be so exhausted you’ll fall asleep on a ruck march and face plant into the trail; other times you’ll be so keyed up that you won’t be able to sleep, even though you have time and you need it. Your schedule will be erratic and you’ll have a hard time getting into a routine. Most days you’ll wake up sore or in pain and wonder if you’re injured or just hurting. To be successful you’ll need to learn the difference between the two. Sometimes, you’ll have to work through an injury; you’ll always have to work through pain and discomfort. Travel will include trips to the worst places on earth to work with people who smell terrible, that you don’t like, and can’t understand. The terrain there will be too rocky or too sandy; it’ll be unbearably hot or freezing to the bone cold; the air will be too thin and you’ll be gasping to catch your breath or so dirty and dusty that you won’t want to breathe. The places you live on deployment will try to poison you. Cuts will become infected. You’ll go months without a solid shit and learn to never trust a fart in certain parts of the world. You’ll become intimately familiar with Cipro, Motrin, and Z-Paks. You’ll lose touch with old friends and won’t be able to follow your favorite sports teams as closely as you once did. Priorities will become apparent and take precedence for your time; choose wisely.Some people won’t believe in you. They won’t think you’re capable. I’ve come to realize that’s okay. It’s not their job to believe in you. You’ll need to be intrinsically motivated and completely committed. You will do bad things for good reasons, good things for bad reasons, and sometimes have no clue as to why you are doing something. Friends of yours will pay the ultimate price—you may even have to yourself.
Episode 13 - Personal Protection
By Team Greyhive | 4.4.2018
#Training Brief
Personal Protection is the most commonly trained skill for our community. In a survival context, there is a little more than just our normal training. Mike J, Active Duty Military, and Drew Estell, BAER Solutions, discuss this as one of the 5 basic needs of survival in this 5 part video series.
Episode 12 - Concealed Carry, Thumb Pectoral Index
By Team Greyhive | 3.21.2018
#Training Brief
Ian Strimbeck of Rune Nation LLC talks about the thumb pectoral index, which was originally developed by Craig Douglas of ShivWorks. We see a lot of shooters firing from the the hip and/or rib cage with the gun flat when practicing shooting from retention. While this method can be useful, it doesn't address the issue of rounds passing through the target and a safer angle to engage from. Practice at your own risk, and follow all laws in accordance with concealed carry and having to potentially use a weapon in self defense. This information is intended for firearms professionals who work within the scope of the law, and is not intended to be used out of context.
6 Mistakes Untrained Shooters Make
By Team Greyhive | 3.27.2018
#Mindset #Shooting #Law Enforcement
Maybe you just bought a gun for the first time. Maybe you've never been taught how to shoot or the extent of your training has been, "point it at the target and pull the trigger." This article is a primer for new shooters, inexperienced shooters, untrained shooters, or anyone that wants to improve their shooting. It's just 6 simple things that you can improve that will noticeably increase your skill level. 1. They don't have a plan. If you fail to plan, plan to fail. Too often new shooters go to the range, squeeze off a box or two of ammo praying to hit the bullseye and leave. There is no rhyme or reason, and they'll do the exact same thing next time they get to the range. Here's a simple solution. Start with 10 rounds and practice slow aimed fire. Pay attention to the fundamentals (stance, breath, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger squeeze, grip, and follow through) and shoot just one round at a time, trying to hit the target exactly where you want to. For the next 10 rounds, do the same thing, but start with the gun in the #3 position (for further reference on the #3 position, see this article: Practice pushing the gun out, acquiring the sights and placing them onto the exact spot you want to hit with minimal movement after the gun settles on the target. For the next 20 rounds, practice controlled pairs. These don't need to be fast. The key word is controlled. Watch how your sights move when re-acquiring the target for the second shot. The muzzle should rise slightly when you fire and fall naturally back to your initial point of aim. If it doesn't, this means you're not following the fundamentals. For the last 10 rounds, practice from the draw or with your rifle hanging loose. If you have more than 50 rounds, practice on your weak points or an even better idea is to download a Baer Solutions target (, follow the directions given, and watch yourself improve because of your focused approach.