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What is the American Confederation of Tactical Shooters?

Purpose - To provide a sport in which Civilian rifle owners along with Military and Law Enforcement professionals can practice 'real world' shooting skills in a sporting venue that has not been offered by any other shooting discipline or association.
To promote the safe practical, proficient use of rifles. To foster sportsmanship and camaraderie among rifle owners, and to support and defend the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

It is our intention to create a shooting sport that will help to maintain the United States as a nation of riflemen. History teaches us that the only reason that Japan did not invade the United States during World War II was because they feared that "...there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass." We were, and still are, a nation of riflemen. Article two of our Constitutions Bill of Rights acknowledges our right as Americans to keep and bear arms. This makes us unique in the world. Our's is the only nation in the world whose founding document proscribes the manner in which our government is to be dismantled by the governed. More importantly, our's is the only nation in the world that provides for an impregnable, unconquerable state. With a population of nearly 300,000,000 Americans, and slightly more than half of them armed, invasion of the United States, even without our professionally staffed and technologically advanced Armed Forces, would be foolhardy at best.

However, complacency kills. Just because we own a few rifles does not mean that we will always be a nation of riflemen. It is incumbent upon all of us who own rifles to be well versed in their use. There are a laundry list of reputable shooting schools throughout the United States that are open to private citizens. Shooting is a perishable skill. It is a skill that must be practiced lest it be diminished or lost altogether. Considering the inevitable breakdown of social order that comes along with various natural and manmade disasters, coupled with the fact that the bulk of our Armed Forces are presently fighting overseas to combat terrorists, it is even more important for John Q Public to have the rifle skills necessary to put down a terrorist attack, quell insurrection, defend our homes and family from the criminal element, or even lend aid to an overwhelmed police officer. Don't get me wrong. We aren't looking to have roving bands of citizens patrolling the streets with rifles scaring the hell out of the neighbors and making the local constabulary as nervous aa a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs, but a man versed in practical rifle shooting is that much more valuable when human resources are stretched thin, and skilled riflemen in need.

The American Confederation of Tactical Shooters is a good place to practice and build on shooting skills. Basic marksmanship skills are only the beginning. Combat Rifle shooting involves much more than simple static shooting at a paper target at a known distance. We endeavor to create courses of fire that simulate potential real world scenarios. Our courses involve multiple targets both hostile and non-hostile set at various unknown distances ranging from bad-breath-close to over-the-hill-call-for-indirect-fire-far. There will never be a single stage where you will take all of your shots from the same place. You will have to move to successfully negotiate all courses. You will learn to shoot from behind cover. Sometimes that cover is a large wall, sometimes it is a log or a barrel. It doesn't matter how big or small you are or how big or small the cover is. You'll have to get behind it so you aren't exposed to a hostile target. You'll learn to shoot while on the move. If you aren't behind cover, you have to keep moving lest you become a target yourself. We get you out of your comfort zone and off the shooting bench. We'll get your heart pumping, and get out of breath only to put more targets in front of you. We will present mental challenges that will force you to think on your feet and keep you moving. Furthermore, we do not prescribe to a specific school of thought when it comes to combat shooting. We believe that one effective shooting doctrine is not the only effective shooting doctrine. We believe that there is no single "proper" shooting technique, and that the shooting technique is evolutionary. If it works, it works, we aren't going to tell you that you're wrong....unless you are. Does that make sense? Long story short, ACTS does not inhibit the natural development of combat shooting doctrine. If 20 people show up with 20 different shooting techniques, wouldn't it be great if you could take the best from the other 19 shooters, and have everyone walk away with a single technique better than any of the original 20?

Sound like a challenge? It is. Sound like fun? It is.

We teach that you that your mind is the weapon. The rifle is merely a tool.

Are you up to the challenge?

ACTS is not meant to be a replacement for formal training, but if you have none, you are still welcome. We have plenty of shooter who do have the training as well as real world experience. You will always find help, and get pointers. Remember, ACTS is a shooting sport. While our goals are lofty, it is still a game, and our intent is to have a good time with our rifles