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While most training videos or classes teach police- or
military-style room-clearing and -entry tactics, Barbito's
emphasis is decidedly upon civilian homeowners' concerns.
He admonishes viewers to avoid a fight if necessary, while
teaching the proper tactics one needs in order to prevail in
an in-home encounter with an intruder. The chapter entitled
"Capture" is extremely valuable, not to mention eye-opening.
Too often we approach every training scenario as a "shoot;"
rarely do we think about what to do after we've found we
don't have to shoot. The "Force On Force/Simunition®
Scenarios" chapter is simply fascinating, showing just a few
of the potentially limitless "bad scenes" you'd hate to face in
real life. It's a beautiful way to wrap up the program.

Overall, Fire Power is unquestionably a worthwhile
investment. But because "a bitchin' Marine is a happy
Marine," I do have a few gripes: The DVD is actually two
DVD-ROM discs in clear jewel cases, and not pressed on
one "real" DVD in a keep case. My two-year-old Philips 825
(the heart of my home entertainment system) won't play them,
which means I have to watch them on a newer player in the
bedroom or on my computer. Neither area is conducive to
watching with a group of people. Also, because Barbito
mentions "this tape" a few times, I surmise the DVD was
transferred from a tape master. As a result, perhaps, in many
scenes the color constantly shifts from cool blue to warm
beige and back. It is very distracting and detracts from an
otherwise professional presentation. Finally, I would like to
see him use the video medium more effectively with close-
ups--particularly for properly teaching such techniques as
indexing rounds--and reverse angles, particularly in the
force-on-force segment (I want to see the bad guys'
reactions, too). Next DVD, perhaps?

Chapters are divided nicely and the ability to jump to
chapters is invaluable. Maybe I'm spoiled, but the opening
titles could have been a little less "cable access" and a little
more dynamic, and the menu screen needs some spice. It's
basic, but it works. And how about cutting together all of the
shooting scenes so we can watch them all at once?

My admittedly minor gripes aside, this training program is
quality. For once, I have absolutely no buyer's remorse. Don't
be half-assed about your training: This DVD is a bargain at
$39.99 (shipping is fast--I received mine in two days) and
should be in the library of every student of modern martial
arts and firearms.

©2003 Curtis E. Gropp

Available from www.demibarbito.com

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While most training videos or classes teach police- or
military-style room-clearing and -entry tactics, Barbito's
emphasis is decidedly upon civilian homeowners' concerns.
He admonishes viewers to avoid a fight if necessary, while
teaching the proper tactics one needs in order to prevail in
an in-home encounter with an intruder. The chapter entitled
"Capture" is extremely valuable, not to mention eye-opening.
Too often we approach every training scenario as a "shoot;"
rarely do we think about what to do after we've found we
don't have to shoot. The "Force On Force/Simunition®
Scenarios" chapter is simply fascinating, showing just a few
of the potentially limitless "bad scenes" you'd hate to face in
real life. It's a beautiful way to wrap up the program.

Overall, Fire Power is unquestionably a worthwhile
investment. But because "a bitchin' Marine is a happy
Marine," I do have a few gripes: The DVD is actually two
DVD-ROM discs in clear jewel cases, and not pressed on
one "real" DVD in a keep case. My two-year-old Philips 825
(the heart of my home entertainment system) won't play them,
which means I have to watch them on a newer player in the
bedroom or on my computer. Neither area is conducive to
watching with a group of people. Also, because Barbito
mentions "this tape" a few times, I surmise the DVD was
transferred from a tape master. As a result, perhaps, in many
scenes the color constantly shifts from cool blue to warm
beige and back. It is very distracting and detracts from an
otherwise professional presentation. Finally, I would like to
see him use the video medium more effectively with close-
ups--particularly for properly teaching such techniques as
indexing rounds--and reverse angles, particularly in the
force-on-force segment (I want to see the bad guys'
reactions, too). Next DVD, perhaps?

Chapters are divided nicely and the ability to jump to
chapters is invaluable. Maybe I'm spoiled, but the opening
titles could have been a little less "cable access" and a little
more dynamic, and the menu screen needs some spice. It's
basic, but it works. And how about cutting together all of the
shooting scenes so we can watch them all at once?

My admittedly minor gripes aside, this training program is
quality. For once, I have absolutely no buyer's remorse. Don't
be half-assed about your training: This DVD is a bargain at
$39.99 (shipping is fast--I received mine in two days) and
should be in the library of every student of modern martial
arts and firearms.

©2003 Curtis E. Gropp

Available from www.demibarbito.com

damn that was a great review

Totally... Its nice when the only gripes about your tape are with the DVD menu and visual quality, hehe.