Author Archives: Mark V

About Mark V

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

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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Federal Gold Medal Berger 185 grain Juggernauts

By Mark V. Lonsdale – STTU For shooters who do not have the time or inclination to hand load, Federal’s Match Grade ammunition has long been the staple diet for many of those shooters. Back in the 1980’s, when Federal … Continue reading

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The Importance of Indexing Your Scope Mounts

By Mark V. Lonsdale, STTU Training Director While running the return to zero evaluations in the previous article, we decided to try moving the mount further up the rail to see if it made a difference. We were using an … Continue reading

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American Defense Scope Mount Tests

By Mark V. Lonsdale, Training Director STTU The goal for today’s testing was to evaluate whether AD scope mounts returned to zero after being removed and replaced. For the testing we used a Leupold VX-1 2-7X, 1″ tube, in the … Continue reading

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Afghanistan OEF 2001-2008

A few images from Northern Afghanistan with General Dostum   A few from Kandahar and Spin Boldak on the border with Pakistan

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