Author Archives: Mark V

About Mark V

Dedicated shooter, seeker, traveler, teacher, trainer, educator

Jumping with US Marine Force Recon

Photo essay by Mark V. Lonsdale With U.S. Marines of Force Recon platoon at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC), Bridgeport, CA Marines preparing for a night static line jump into MWTC Pre-jump inspections. Main parachute on the … Continue reading

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Jumping Freefall Camera to Evaluate Jumpers

Mark Lonsdale in black, jumping camera with a former Navy SEAL and Leap Frog team member over Perris Valley, CA Mark Lonsdale jumping a 35mm Nikon and a 6mm digital Sony video camera  (1993) Freefall cameraman, Mark Lonsdale, flying a … Continue reading

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Testing High Altitude HALO/HAHO Military Parachute Rigs

Prior to high altitude jumps, all pilots and jumpers must go through training and assessment by an aero-medical high altitude physiology unit, plus make successful chamber runs to altitude Mark Lonsdale pre-jump from 30,000 feet. Jumpers will pre-breathe oxygen prior … Continue reading

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Convoy Security – Iraq & Afghanistan

The following paper is based on the author’s observations and experience in Afghanistan and Iraq as a military adviser and DoD security contractor from 2002 through 2008, while staying abreast of current operations and incidents through 2017.    CONVOY SECURITY In Semi-permissive War … Continue reading

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Military & Law Enforcement Train-the-Trainer

By Mark V. Lonsdale TRAIN-the-TRAINER PROGRAMS STTU was one of the first training organizations to develop law enforcement and military train-the-trainer programs based on modern educational methodologies, human performance, and sports physiology. OPERATIONAL STUDIES supports STTU’s train-the-trainer programs with continual research into … Continue reading

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Physical Security & VBIED Blast Protection

The following paper was written by Mark Lonsdale while serving as a senior security consultant on a Department of Defense contract at a combined US/Iraqi military base north of Baghdad in early 2004.  This is also the period when the … Continue reading

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Armed Contractors in the Battle Space

The following paper was written for a December 2006 conference at the US Army War College hosted by the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), and later published in the October 2007 issue of the IPOA journal. The purpose of … Continue reading

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Convoy Security in a Semi-permissive War Zone (Iraq & Afghanistan)

The following paper is based on the author’s observations and experience in Afghanistan and Iraq as a military advisor and DoD security contractor from 2002 through 2006, while staying abreast of current operations and incidents through 2007.     By Mark V. … Continue reading

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Rifle Calibers for F-TR and PRS Tactical Division – and Why .308 Winchester?

By Mark V. Lonsdale – STTU Based on a number of questions from shooters hoping to get into F-Class Target Rifle (F-TR) of Precision Rifle shooting, there is obviously some confusion floating around concerning rifles and calibers. One individual, who … Continue reading

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ROBAR Firearms NP3 Finish

By Mark V. Lonsdale – STTU Over the years I have tried several finishes on my handguns and rifles, to include conventional gun blue, Pakerizing, black phosphate, hard chrome, electroless  nickel plating, Roguard and NP3. Of all of these, NP3 … Continue reading

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