Mr. Rayburn, the consummate, practical, realist, who rarely endorses such accoutrements such as gun sights, brings the firefight to the operator with an abundance of means, options, nuances and tips not commonly revealed in traditional law enforcement combat training. His lessons are simplicity personified. No matter the contortion of the so-called stance, Mike has found a method to perform, engage and develop a survival option, which takes a disadvantaged position to its safest and most effective dominance.
Mr. Rayburn gets right to the point as he starts out making the practical distinction between a traditional sight and cheek weld versus a time driven urgency for speed and vision. His repeated mantra of keeping it simple and fast is a great reminder of how the time compression of the real world just screams out for Mike's counsel. To this point, Mike illustrates his practical confidence building method of checking the sights after assuming his various combat-ready techniques, so as to verify the non-sighted position. And it works.
Mike is the ultimate tutor. His repeated quote: "It's always better to have someone with you to act as a coach", made me feel like he's right here with me. He utilizes a simple paper plate on a target to get us to better define a point and shoot reaction while at the same time; Mike's search for outside the box rifle tactics knows no natural limit. The book reveals a clear reinforcement of the need for adaptation in many varied positions for those unpredictable encounters that simply cannot be scripted.
In drawing the comparison to a military warrior's clearing of darkened trenches while employing various snaking and pivoting methods, I found it brings home Mike's guidance towards engaging the threat as quickly as possible, while conditioning the operator to respond as 'one, single recoil spring'.
Tactical Urban Rifle, by Mike Rayburn, is a must read, but moreover, a must practice recipe for taking the gunfight to the streets. I think one simple and defining quote of his invaluable work might be best stated: "Where you point the gun is where the bullets go".
Lt. Al Baker NYPD/ESU (Retired)
Commanded Citywide Operations for ESU
Inventor of the Baker Batshield
President of Baker Batshields, Inc.
"I have been
in Law Enforcement for over 20 years and have
taken numerous shooting and instructor
courses and trained with all kinds of
tactical teams and organizations. I have trained
many officers and teams in firearms tactics, basic
tactical maneuvers, and combat stress shooting
courses. Some of the things that you showed the
class, I thought were off the wall..
and you were out of your mind.. (well I know that
you are out of your mind..) but the
It's always nice to
have options in situations where someone would not
think certain techniques were possible or
practical. Your CQB Patrol Rifle Class has showed
me a new insight on my M-4. At one point I even
forgot that the rifle had sights.
Thanks again for an
eye opening course. (both eyes!)
Voorhees Twp PD,
To quote Mike Rayburn, “There are
no magic tricks”, and in his CQB Patrol Rifle
Instructor Course, Mike proves it. The tactics
that are taught during this course are simple and
effective. No fancy sight systems are required, as
a matter of fact, in most cases, no sights are
required. Mike teaches time tested and battle
proven tactics. He reinforces these tactics by
making the student not only try these tactics, but
he makes you become proficient with them.
Great Class… Everyone who
carries a patrol rifle should be required to take
Training Officer -
Howell TWP., N.J.
Mike, I walked out of your Combat
Shotgun I class a totally different
gun owner. Skills, confidence,
knowledge, all boosted. I'll see you
for Combat Shotgun II.
Robert P. Lout
Mike, I just wanted to let you know
that word is getting around this
area about how awesome your Point
Shooting Instructor class was. I
want to tell you that before I took
your class I thought I had enough
skills and knowledge to win a
gunfight. I can tell you that I did
not know, what I did not know. After
taking your Instinctive Point
Shooting Instructor class, if I
execute everything I learned, I will
be going home at the end of my
Mike, thanks again and I'm looking
forward to the Combat Shotgun
Officer Greg Charon
Adams, MA. P.D.
I had the pleasure of taking one of your classes at the S&W Academy a
couple of years ago and wanted to get back with you on the results
that I have seen after switching to "point shooting" rather than aimed.
I qualify about 600 officers (sworn/non-sworn) a year plus teach
CCW classes to our non-sworn members and each is instructed in point shooting.
To a man (or woman) each has expressed how easy it is to hit
their target while not using the sights. I use the masking tape on
the rear sight method to prevent peeking. Individuals who have never
shot a gun before catch on quickly after explaining to them the idea
behind point shooting. I have received nothing but positive
feedback and comments on how it is more "realistic" as to what may be
encountered during an actual shooting situation and how important
it is to keep your eyes open and watch your target (suspect).
Macomb County Sheriff's Office,
I am a Leading Senior Constable of Police
attached to the Marine Area Command, Marine
Operational Support Team, NSW Police.
Operational Support has the capability and
responsibility of Border patrols up to 200
nautical miles off the eastern coast line
from New South Wales. One of the firearms
used when boarding sea going vessels is the
Glock self loading pistol, which is used as
a close quarter weapon.
Recently, I had the good fortune to train
with Mike Rayburn who took myself and
several other officers through the basics of
point shooting first on a range, then later
that day continued the training around 12
miles out to sea in a police launch.
The point shooting skills that Mike taught
us were easily learned and extremely
practical in the marine setting. This is an
operational area where unstable shooting
platforms are a daily reality and I found
that I was able to consistently and rapidly
obtain hits on small towed targets in a
swell where both the boat and the target
were in constant unpredictable motion.
I found that the methods learned that day
far surpassed any other handgun techniques I
had been exposed to previously for use where
I would highly recommend Mike Rayburn and
the skills that he teaches.
Leading Senior Constable
Marine Area Command, Marine Operational
New South Wales Police Force, Australia
I would also like to mention that Myself and
a few of the Water Police performed a day of
Point Shooting with Mike Rayburn both at the
SPC range and out to sea . I cannot believe
how accurate and focused we were able to
shoot without even looking at our firearms.
On the boat we ran a rope about 15-20 metres
from the rear, with a bottle attached.
Basically we were hitting it in a 2 metre
swell about 13 times per 15 round mag, which
was awesome in the conditions. Again, this
was a highlight and very beneficial as a
Senior Constable (Air Wing)
New South Wales Police Force, Australia
Just a quick email to thank you for your
efforts here in Goulburn, New South Wales,
Australia over the last couple of weeks. As
I said to you in person, you have made an
impact on me personally and I have taken
some of what you have shown me already and
used it to better the skills of the police
recruits I train here at the New South Wales
Police College. I look forward to continuing
a professional relationship with you over
the coming years.
Once again, a personal thank you for your
OSTU Goulburn, NSW Australia
I must say that I have quite a few
instructor certifications under my belt, but
my recent attendance at Mike Rayburn's
Instinctive Point Shooting Instructor Course
tops all of them. This training was by far
the most relevant and important that I have
attended. Anybody who is a cynic about point
shooting has not trained with Mike. If
anyone thinks that they will apply their
sights under stress - then they have not
shot the "Pit-Bull" drill. Mike's training
works, it is absolutely lethal and will save
you in a deadly force encounter. In a word -
Sergeant Gerald Pennino
Morris County Sheriff's Office, NJ
Bureau of Law Enforcement
I am a Chief Instructor with the New South
Wales Police Force, (Australia). Mike
Rayburn's two day Point Shooting
Instructor's course is by far the most
street relevant firearms training course
I've been on.
There were a total of sixteen of our
trainers on the two courses that Mike ran
for us and the universal comment was that it
was the best firearms training they had
undergone - bar none. I'd echo those
The course gives you pertinent, real world
information and training on what happens
during gunfights and how to survive them.
Mike is a knowledgeable, committed trainer
who knows how to impart that knowledge to
students. I can thoroughly recommend Mike's
training to anyone that wants to learn how
to fight with a handgun. It's that good.
Sergeant Mark Conway
New South Wales Police, Australia
“Advanced Patrol Tactics” and “Advanced Vehicle
Stop Tactics” are must read books for the seasoned
patrol officer, FTO, in-service trainers, academy
instructor and the academy recruit. Rayburn covers
the areas that the patrol officer finds himself/herself
dealing with on a daily basis.
In each chapter Rayburn provides information that
is easy to comprehend and easy to retain, information
that will “come forward” for the patrol officer
in the time of need. All police trainers and police
officers should thoroughly read Rayburn’s two
books and incorporate the information into their
Rayburn has also produced a firearms training
video on Instinctive Point Shooting that demonstrates
why we need to be training our officers in Point
Read and study Rayburn’s chapters on Point Shooting,
watch the video, take notes and pass the word
along to fellow instructors and street survival
conscience officers. I’ve been in Law Enforcement
since 1989 and find Rayburn’s books and video
PSO Todd Crow
Department Firearms Instructor
I am an auxiliary
police officer in Suffolk County, New York and
I just finished reading Advanced Patrol Tactics
and thought it was excellent!
Warren R. Siska
Auxiliary Police Officer
Suffolk County, New York
I just read your
book, “Advanced Patrol Tactics”, and could not
put it down. I read the entire book and it was
a wealth of information for a 15-year street cop.
You were on target when you compared point shooting
versus aimed shooting.
Deputy Brandon Rio
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
San Bernardino County CA.
I was so impressed with the 2
day Point Shooting Instructors class that I plan to attend your
Advanced Firearms Tactics class. I wrote a memo to my Captain
about your class and
the research you have done and I will be demonstrating those
tactics learned in your class for possible incorporation in the
Connecticut Department of Corrections
Firearms Training Unit
As a military combat veteran and peace officer, I
know the value of instinctive reactions to life threatening
situations. As a practitioner of "point shooting" and having
been trained by some of the best military SPEC-OPS and law
enforcement professionals, I feel that Mike Rayburn's program
superbly addresses the fundamental concepts that make point
shooting an essential survival skill for all who carry a
sidearm in the course of their profession.
Deputy Sheriff Jerry Sullivan
Athens County Sheriff Office, Ohio
U.S. Army Infantry (Ret.)
Member of the National Advisory Board to the Police Marksman
I thoroughly enjoyed your session at the Smith & Wesson 35th
Anniversary event. It was a real eye-opening experience. I
signed up for your (Advanced Handgun Defense) class.
The Smith & Wesson Academy Staff would like to thank you for
taking time from your busy schedule to conduct training at our
35th Anniversary Seminar Week. We are always looking for other
training programs that would be of interest to our students.
Good comments were received regarding yours (Introduction to
Instinctive Point Shooting & Rapid Shotgun Deployment).
Smith & Wesson Academy
Your Advanced Handgun Defense program was
a course really worth taking. You turned many of the old,
ingrained notions and previous experiences right upside down by
challenging them with real-life experiences, survival skills
instincts and improved my handgun skills immeasureably.
I'll keep practicing and look forward to taking an update on
this course in the future. Please put me on your alert list for
the new book in the Fall. Thanks again, for a challenging and
practical education this past weekend.
p.s. The RLET Certificate is already framed and prominently
displayed in the study next to my business and educational
Frank J. Auriemmo, Jr.
President & CEO
Kittiwake Associates, LLC
Just a brief note of thanks for a great course. I came away
with a number of new things and re-thought a few things I
thought I knew. I was very impressed with the course
presentation, your attention to detail and your support during
the drills. I really like the common sense, real life approach
you take to the many aspects of self defense with a
handgun...from the simplified awareness color-code, examples of
real life encounters and of course the point shooting method.
Your course prepares a person for the potential for real life
encounters...practicable, simple methods that work under stress
encountered during a real attack. I now have a better
understanding of such things as the need to assess what is
suitable cover and how to use it properly. My shooting stance,
grip and gun handling will improve as a result of your class.
Most importantly, I will have a much better chance of coming
out of an attack as a winner...not just a survivor.
Thank you again...I'll look for your new book and highly
recommend your class to fellow shooters.
Rich and I introduced point shooting
at Tuesday's ESU training. We built a bunch of those "H" frame
target stands out of wood like the ones on the old (S&W) range
in Springfield, and invested in some quality white and
multi-colored paper plates.
We gave them a little background on the technique and started
them dry at the 3. We then started single, and two round drills
at the 3, 5, and 7. Everybody responded really well and we had
the whole team getting good hits in only a short amount of
We introduced movement, multiple targets, and selective targets
(your a,b,c half and quarter plates) and were really surprised
at how quickly they made the transition. By the end of the 4
hour training, the team was amazed at how quickly and
accurately they were delivering fire without their sights. They
even forgave us for taping over their sights.
More importantly, the Lieutenant in charge of the team was
impressed with the technique and is all for it. We'll be
training the whole department on it during range quals in
Thanks again for a great school, (Instinctive Point Shooting
Instructor Certification) and if you ever need anything down
here give us a shout.
Barnegat Police NJ
How incredibly lucky I was to have
selected your "Instinctive Point Shooting" course at the S &
W Academy as my first professional training after thirty
years of shooting.
Thank you for your excellent instruction and refreshing dose
of common sense. I will be watching the schedule for your
If anyone is seeking an excellent two
day Point Shooting Instructor level course check out Rayburn
Law Enforcement Training. I firmly believe Mike is in the
training business for the right reasons.
Mike presented a comprehensive lesson plan on Point
Shooting. Mike prefers smaller class sizes which I think is
a great side benefit for the students. We received a lot of
constructive trigger time and minimal down time. Mike is
very personable and his teaching methods are easy to follow.
Ludington PD, Michigan
I have viewed and experimented with the techniques
presented on your Point Shooting video. The results blew
me away! I can shoot accurately without using my sights!
Armed Security Officer
Monterey County, CA.
I just attended your
Point Shooting Instructor course at State College, PA.
First let me say that as an avid “aimed fire” instructor
of seventeen years, I have always been very skeptical of
“point” or “instinctive” shooting theories. With an open
mind, and an intense belief in continued education, I
took your course with a willingness to learn. I was
confident that I would learn something, as I always do
in training. Although I really did not know exactly what
to expect, (I’ve never really took a hard look at “point
shooting”), I did believe that I would not be coaxed
away from “aimed fire”. Then something happened.
Your classroom presentation started to hook me in, in
the early moments of the first day, while you were
discussing principles associated with
eye-hand-coordination (relating to sports and shooting
alike). This “hook” continued with your presentation
relating to instinctive human reaction to a violent
threat. With that in mind I can honestly tell you that I
would not have believed what was to happen on the range
(soon after) unless I had actually experienced it
myself, which I did.
Once the lead started to fly, seventeen years of stout
“aimed fire” training beliefs were thoroughly crushed! I
could not believe my eyes when I focused on the target
(threat), pointed my handgun using no sights, mashed the
trigger, and “I’ll be dipped in dog poo” hit the spot I
was looking at. OK, could this be a fluke? I soon found
out. No, no fluke! Again and again, the same results.
Even when adding multiple quick shots, distance, and
movement! WOW, what a rush (and pure unadulterated
surprise)!! Furthermore, when the balloons were blowing
and bouncing around on the range, and we were all
hitting them consistently, and without sights, I was
convinced without a doubt that “point shooting” works,
and works extremely well.
Mike, I just can’t say enough, I would have never really
believed it was possible. Your course has totally
changed my views, tactics, and instructional focus – all
for the better.
I’ll add that I immediately began teaching our firearms
instructors “point shooting”. All of our instructors
(like me before) WERE true-blue sighted fire disciples.
That has all been changed. All of these guys caught on
to point shooting very quickly, and experienced the same
thing I did; PLEASANT SURPRISE! We will be adding point
shooting instruction to our firearms training program.
In short, post course life is a whole new world of pure
point shooting satisfaction. The shot groups continue to
get tighter, and hits are faster and more consistent.
The plates keep falling, and faster too. Obviously, I’ve
always enjoyed shooting, but it just seems sweeter now.
Mike, thank you so very much for the great course, and
opening my eyes. I learned so much, and had a great time
doing so. I thoroughly enjoyed your instruction, and I
am now a confident believer in point shooting (I guess
I’m now considered a convert). I now firmly believe that
point shooting techniques are an absolute asset to
officer survival. As new converts emerge in the future,
many lives will surely be saved. The only negative was
that a thousand rounds seemed to expend way too fast!
My goal is to continue to develop and expand my point
shooting skills and associated tactics, and obviously
“spread the wealth”.
Again, thank you!
Altoona City Police, Pennsylvania
Thanks so much for a great class, but your Advanced Handgun Defense class proved to be a very sobering experience. After twenty-five years of thinking I knew how to handle a gun, I was feeling quite smug with the knowledge that I could go to a range and shoot a nice grouping into a black circle. I now know that when it came to firearms, my false sense of security could have been dangerous. While I have a lot of practicing to do, your class has given me the knowledge and training to perfect my skills. When you next see me, and you will, my goal is to be your greatest success story - and I plan to owe you $1.89 for a new rope! (Pit Bull Drill)
I just finished Mike's two-day point shooting instructor course in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Having been in an officer involved shooting a year ago, I found everything Mike taught true to form. I also learned that I have been teaching my officers some of the point shooting techniques without knowing it. The course was excellent, a wealth of knowledge and presented at a level easy enough for anyone to grasp. I will be incorporating most, if not all, of the techniques in my own firearms program. After just two days with Mike, I am more of a believer now, than I already was. If you value tactics that will keep you alive in a fight, this training is a must.
Master Officer Michael Hicks
Firearm Tactics Instructor
Jonesville, MI Police Dept.