Understand that Dom goes on tangents because he is knowledgeable and passionate about firearms, training, and service so it's all great information. We talked about everything from Call of Duty players, BUD/S, kids and firearms to caliber debates. And training. Dom talks about training like mall ninja's talk about the newest tactical, tier 1 gear that will make them a better shooter just by owning it - with passion.
The short bio on Dom is this: Navy SEAL, NRA Commentator, Founder of Dynamis Alliance, die-hard New England Patriots fan, expert on improvised weapons, training fanatic, and all around badass.
We covered so much stuff that we're breaking it up into 3 parts. This first part we talk about the NRA, military members speaking out, kids and guns, and Dom's reload technique (if you haven't seen it, you've probably never seen anything like it). Part 2 and Part 3 will be posted over the next two weeks. There's a lot of great information and insights so make sure to read them as they get posted. Let's get started.
On his role as an NRA Commentator
I went up to the NRA and I said, "What can I do for you guys because what I'm seeing in the news is ridiculous and I want to figure out any way that I can help."
There are a lot of guys that I've worked with in the past and that continue to be active that reach out to me constantly and say "Thank you for what you're doing, you have a voice for people who can't say this type of stuff". The same goes for regular civilians as well, people are reaching out to me to tell me, "people can't say the things you're saying right now".
Why do we see so few military guys out front on Second Amendment issues?
Everybody I served with, we stay so wrapped in what we're doing and we're so busy and we're so engaged - we don't have time to sit back and interact with the community. And if we do any of that, all the guys who've spent the last 12 to 14 years overseas and in the military, they're dealing with the families of the brothers that they lost. Any extra time that we have, that's where it goes.
I wish we could hear more from guys that do care but they're so wrapped up in what they've got going on, it's hard for guys to break away.
How much do you hate hearing people use the word operator?
It doesn't really bother me. What I see a lot of these days - and it's not just the word operator - there's a lot of little catch-terms and catchphrases. When you're actually going overseas doing the job, then you come back and hear all this stuff it's kind of like white noise.
None of it really bothers me. People get hung up on the terms and gear and equipment - it's just kind of funny to me. Yeah operator, okay. It's kind of become a funny thing now. You know, OAF - Operator as... people are using that term now.
It's just funny. It doesn't bother me. I don't feel one way or another about it.
You referenced Call of Duty in one of your NRA videos. How many times have you run into the Call of Duty or Battlefield player who wants to discuss techniques based on the video game?
I've never heard that and I hope to never hear that because it would be embarrassing for them. I've never heard anyone say "I do this because I saw it or tried it on a video game".
I will tell you that when we had a little bit of downtime we would jump on Call of Duty. I found it fucking hilarious. Here I am with a bunch of operators, a bunch of Tier 1 dudes, and we get done operating for the day, we get back, and we play Call of Duty like a bunch of teenagers.
What's the right age to start teaching kids about firearms?
Here's the raw answer from my research and my intuition. Every kid develops at a different age so you cannot put a number on what kids perceive and understand. Once you realize that, you can't say "start at four" or "start at five" because kids perceive things differently. It's up to the parent to be hyper-aware of how their kids perceive real guns and toy guns.
As soon as you're confident that you know you're kid can differentiate between a toy gun and a real gun, that is the moment you can start doing realistic firearms training. I'm not going to put an age on it, I'm just going to say they need to understand the difference between the two before you do anything.
Even Nerf guns, at an early age, should be treated just like a real gun. If they want to use a Nerf gun they should come ask you. You have to put the time and effort in to spending the first couple of minutes with them setting the safety list and the things you have to apply. When they are done, you take them back. If you let them just have them like a free-for-all and determine for themselves what the gun is for they're going to develop bad habits.
Weapons are a part of our culture. They're never going to go away. Accept that. You can't shield a kid from this their whole life until they are 18. Just like sex ed, you should learn about firearms safety and awareness. It should be part of our school system. The fact that it isn't is our own fault and we should shame ourselves for not teaching kids the proper safety and awareness.
The reload technique. It's gotta be the reload technique
Note: If you haven't seen Dom's reload technique, take a quick look at the video on the bottom.
You know, it's funny because I think I picked it up from an instructor I had a long time back. I just saw him do it once and I think he was just messing around trying it and I was like, you know, let me give this a shot. I did it a couple of times and I'm like "dude, I like the way it keeps everything compact and tight".
A lot of times I change my environment a little bit. I'll put water on my hands or kind of do something to change the elements. I tried to do it with the M&P Shield and I could do it, but man the Shield was tough because I really had to get a grip on it. If the Shield had front serrations, it really wouldn't have been an issue.
I'm a big front serration guy. If I could have front serrations on everything I would. I don't even know why they make guns without them anymore. It's just like, "What are you doing? Why aren't you putting front serrations on that"?
I developed that technique - it works for me. I learned it just picking it up, messing with different things and through experience. I learned it and that's just how I reload now.
Make sure to stop by for Part 2 of our time with Dom. We dive into the deep end of the pool and talk training, more training, and then a little more training. Time to put the big boy pants on.