Tactical Urban Rifle, by Michael T. Rayburn

Published by Rayburn Law Enforcement Training – P.O. Box 5101  Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 – $14.95+$5 S/H ($10 to ship overseas).

VERY MUCH A COMPANION TO THE CHAPTER IN APPLEGATE'S KILL OR GET KILLED ON COMBAT USE OF THE SHOULDER WEAPON, THIS TERRIFIC NEW BOOK BY MIKE RAYBURN IS WELL WORTH STUDYING. MIKE'S DETAILED PRESENTATION EXPANDS UPON THE WARTIME TREATMENT BY APPLEGATE, AND MAKES USE OF SOUND, PROVEN PRINCIPLES THAT WORK IN REAL COMBAT. THIS IS NOT A BOOK FOR "COMPETITION SHOOTERS"; IT IS A BOOK FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, AND PRIVATE CITIZENS WHO MAY NEED THEIR SHOULDER WEAPON IN A DEADLY EMERGENCY.

VERY MUCH A COMPANION TO THE CHAPTER IN APPLEGATE'S KILL OR GET KILLED ON COMBAT USE OF THE SHOULDER WEAPON, THIS TERRIFIC NEW BOOK BY MIKE RAYBURN IS WELL WORTH STUDYING. MIKE'S DETAILED PRESENTATION EXPANDS UPON THE WARTIME TREATMENT BY APPLEGATE, AND MAKES USE OF SOUND, PROVEN PRINCIPLES THAT WORK IN REAL COMBAT. THIS IS NOT A BOOK FOR "COMPETITION SHOOTERS"; IT IS A BOOK FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, AND PRIVATE CITIZENS WHO MAY NEED THEIR SHOULDER WEAPON IN A DEADLY EMERGENCY.

ANOTHER excellent work by Mike Rayburn that we highly recommend. We see this book as serving two valuable groups: Law enforcement/military professionals who may anticipate the need to use a carbine or a battle rifle in the modern urban setting, and private citizens who are desirous of learning how to use this same weaponry for home defense.

During WWII Fairbairn, Sykes, and Applegate taught not only point firing with the semiautomatic and revolver, but also with the submachinegun and carbine. At close ranges you do not need to use the weapon’s sights.

One of the very few instructors today who understands the critical difference between distance firing and  close quarters battle firing is Mike Rayburn. While fully acknowledging the place for careful, sighted shooting, Rayburn correctly emphasizes how vital it is to master unsighted instinctive type aiming of the weapon, by those who use carbines and rifles for combat. Many situations provide no time to align the sights and “breath, relax, and squeeze slowly”. The range and the danger is close, immediate, and too desperately confronting to allow a target shooter’s, hunter’s, or sniper’s patiently careful shooting methods to be executed.

Rayburn offers more than enough straightforward, careful instruction so the reader can understand and acquire this vital skill.

If you own a carbine or rifle for “social” purposes, get this book and study it.