Guest Blogger Ben Atkinson of SafeGuard Armor on the Necessity of Body Armor As the number of violent incidents in urban areas across the United States grows on a daily basis – wearing body armor is becoming a necessity for law enforcement agents. Body armor is an invaluable part of the day-to-day work of law […]
SBTactical’s 785 irPistol Featured in American Rifleman Magazine We were happy to see our SBTactical 785 irPistol with aluminum slide and user programmable lane designation was featured in American Rifleman’s latest review on high tech simulations. Our 785 irPistol is compatible with all major firearm simulators that utilize a 700-785 series camera and is also compatible […]
SBTactical Puts a Pause to Training to Honor Veterans SBTactical was honored to be a part of and experience all of the incredible events the Santa Barbara community offered over Veterans Day weekend. SBTactical is veteran founded and these celebrations and tributes mean a lot to us and to our mission. Santa Barbara county is […]
SBTactical Joins Forces with Police, Fire, State Parks Rangers & Paramedics at Arroyo Grande High School In the last twenty years there have been several active shooter incidents involving both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Due to the increase in these active shooter emergencies, local law enforcement as well all other first responder agencies […]
Series 2 of 3: An Interview with San Francisco International Airport (SFO) POL Supervisor Sergeant Bobby Cheung Part two of our Airport Active Shooter Response series features an interview with San Francisco International Airport POL Supervisor Bobby Cheung. SBTactical has been conducting Multi-Agency Active Shooter Trainings with various airport security and law enforcement teams across […]
Series 1 of 3: An Interview with Hollywood-Burbank Airport’s Police Chief Ed Skvarna SBTactical has been conducting Multi-Agency Active Shooter Trainings with various airport security and law enforcement teams across the United States. What is unique about this type of training is that it takes place inside the actual airport terminal by utilizing SBtactical’s infrared […]
Santa Barbara Community Honors Local and National Veterans This Memorial Day we took time to remember and honor both our local and national veterans in our home town of Santa Barbara, CA. On May 29, 2017 all were welcome at three local ceremonies. Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria Cemeteries all hosted a one-hour ceremony in […]
SBTactical & EOTech Team Up Again in Las Vegas, NV SBTactical was happy to be back at the TacOps West Tactical Training Conference last week. This year the conference and expo took place May 10-12 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Throughout the three day event, over 50 training courses were […]
Zaytuna College Hosts Full Spectrum Active Shooter Training on their Berkeley CA Campus SBTactical was proud to be a part of the Berkeley police training at Zaytuna College on April 20, 2017. Zaytuna College, a Muslim college reached out to Berkeley police and SBTactical due to recent terror-related threats. As Jon Parra, owner and founder […]
SBTactical’s Equipment Featured At CSSA Range Day Sponsored By Sig Sauer The California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) held their 123rd annual conference installation banquet at the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara from Apr 24 – 27 2017. SBTactical participated in this annual event for “Range Day” which was sponsored by Sig Sauer, among […]
Realistic Training Saves Lives As SBTactical approaches its fifth year in partnership with iCOMBAT we took this opportunity to briefly capture how we started, where we have been and the road ahead. This video showcases a 5 year partnership that has changed how industry leaders approach force on force training. We have been fortunate to […]
Take A Tour of the New SBTactical Headquarters Established in 2012, SBTactical is now its 5th year of partnership with iCOMBAT, and remains the sole provider of iCOMBAT equipment for Law Enforcement and professional training organizations throughout the nation. Jon Parra, owner of SBTactical, reflects on the last five years and their partnership with iCOMBAT […]
Realistic Training Does Not Have to be Expensive or Dangerous Any instructor that is worth his/her own salt strives to provide the best quality instruction available to those that they are responsible for training. This includes providing the best training equipment and creating a training environment that thrives on officer learning. We find that instructors […]
I’m Glad it Only Happens Once a Year For most of us in the shooting and tactical training industry, SHOT SHOW is our spring board into the New Year. The 2017 SHOT SHOW was no different. Tens of thousands of people gathered to the Las Vegas Sands Convention Center from January 17-20 to launch new products, search for dealer […]
Jon Parra of SBTactical Introduces Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg Last weekend was one for the books. Here at SBTactical we celebrated Veterans Day the entire weekend, attending all of the Veterans events in our hometown of Santa Barbara, CA. The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation sponsored the annual parade, cemetery tribute ceremony, concert and […]
SBTactical Teams with LeadSlingers Whiskey to Support “The Thin Blue Line” at CATO 2016 There was a great line-up of instructors and debriefs for this year’s CATO 2016 conference in Reno, NV. The California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO), is a professional organization dedicated to improving tactics and safety through education, peer contacts, and the […]
SBTactical Active Shooter Response Training at Bob Hope International Airport SBTactical and the Burbank Airport Police conducted Multi-Agency Active Shooter Training inside the Bob Hope Airport terminal utilizing iCOMBAT training weapon systems. The laser-based systems allowed Law Enforcement Officers from surrounding Police Departments to train as they would respond to a real life incident, without damaging the terminal […]
Breach Bang Clear: “Like Laser Tag for Grown Ups” “Never before has a laser weapon of this caliber been created.” We were excited to see a feature on our training system that is shaping the future on Breach Bang Clear yesterday. Apocalypse Josh, who was able to fully test our iCOMBAT training equipment, reviewed each […]
“Replicate, Don’t Simulate” SBTactical is Shaping the Future of Training.
Urban Shield 2016 marked the 10th anniversary for the full-scale regional preparedness event and exercise assessing the overall Bay Area UASI Region's response capabilities related to multi-discipline planning, policies, procedures, organization, equipment and training.
SBTactical Recaps Experience at #NTOAKY Hosted in Louisville, Kentucky, NTOA 2016 turned out to be a great show and conference. Local and federal agencies in attendance included officers and operators from corrections, Military Teams, SWAT and other Specialty Units. From Chiefs to Sergeants all that attended were presented with 6 days packed with activities, opportunities, […]
National Active Shooter Response Company Keeps Training Local with Gaucho Police Officers SBTacticalTM is proud to have worked with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Police Department for the fifth year in a row for their annual active shooter response training. SBTactical continues to be thoroughly impressed with the progression of preparedness the university […]
A Conversation with Jon of SBTactical™ about NRA Membership & More
We are proud to say that SBTactical is now part of the NRA Business Alliance and Recruiter Program. While individually we had been NRA members since 2006, we are excited about these new opportunities as a company to reach more people and businesses within the alliance and within our...
SBTactical & @tactikayla Launch First Product Video
Back in April SBTactical teamed up with Kayla Bodron, police officer and avid firearms enthusiast to shoot product videos for our PRO SHOP. If you haven't checked out our behind the scenes shoot, check it out now! Bodron, who has...
More than a Competition, Hawthorne PD Teaches TacMed with SBTactical
AARTAC is hosted by AARDVARK TACTICAL, and is an annual 2-day Tactical Team Competition event. AARTAC 2016 consisted of 5 separate courses designed for 4 man teams.The Tactical Team Competition is an exclusive event to sworn law enforcement and military...
New Virtual Shooting Lounge, Entertaining and Empowering Modern Round is a virtual shooting range in an upscale lounge setting. They are opening this weekend, June 10 in Peoria, Arizona. This lounge and restaurant concept allow you to “shoot” virtually and be social setting at the same time, as Modern Round illustrates: “It’s just like shooting […]
New Law in California Allows Bystanders to Save Dogs in Danger The “Right to Rescue” Act, or AB797, is a new bill being considered in California that would allow bystanders who see a pet in danger in a hot car to legally break the window to rescue it. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office […]
We teamed up with EOTech for the "Night Vision Operators" course here at TacOps West. It has been an amazing experience here this year at TacOps West, which is a tactical training conference that includes 3 days of training, trade show and networking events. With over 30 training tracks taught by some...
Behind the Scenes: SBTactical Teams Up with @tactikayla
SBTactical teamed up with Kayla Bodron, police officer and avid firearms enthusiast this past weekend to shoot product videos for our new PRO SHOP. Bodron, who has achieved great social media success on her Instagram, @tactikayla, has been a big...
The Host of The Squad Room Shares His SBTactical Training Story. We are excited to collaborate with Garrett Te Slaa of The Squad Room Podcast. As we mentioned in our latest blog post, we recently became sponsors of the podcast that is dedicated to police officer mental and physical wellness, stress management and leadership and is hosted […]
An Unlikely Partnership: How Training Brings People Together The law enforcement and training industry is a small world. SBTactical is based in Santa Barbara, California which is an extremely small community. But even in smallest communities it can take time to connect the “obvious” dots. Our local Sheriff’s department utilizes the iCOMBAT training system and we […]
SBTactical PRO SHOP Now Open! We are excited to announce the launch of our PRO SHOP! We decided to launch the SBTactical™ PRO SHOP as a direct result of the continued and consistent interest we have had from Law Enforcement Officers over the past four years. We get asked a lot about how they can buy the irPistol […]
SBtactical’s Stress Based Training Utilized in LAPD’s new Use of Force Curriculum We were excited that our stressed based training system was featured in LAPD Chief Charlie beck’s blog and even more excited that the iCOMBAT training system is being utilized as a part of the department’s new Use of Force curriculum. We do however want […]
SBTactical teams up with the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) to provide a better training platform for LE Officers attending their courses. On March 1st and 2nd, Law Enforcement Officers who attended the Officer Safety and Field Tactics course, which is offered by the California Specialized Training Institute at Camp San Luis Obispo, utilized the […]
SBTactical + Azusa PD = Active Shooter Training Day 1 Today was an exciting day for SBTactical team and the Azusa Police Department. The Azusa Police Department is conducting an active shooter training for its officers utilizing SBTactical’s mobile training program. Active shooter incidents are on the rise and it is a scary reality for all. […]
Important statistics about the rise of active shooter incidents and what we can do to be as prepared as possible At SBTactical, we take active shooter response training extremely seriously. We understand how alarming the rise of active shooter incidents has become and we are here to help. This rise of active shooter incidents in […]
SBTactical’s SHOT SHOW 2016 Play-by-play SHOT SHOW 2016 was another great success. We feel so fortunate that once a year we get to attend and be a part of SHOT, meet new people in our industry, while also getting to catch up with old friends. This year we were able to conduct Active Shooter training […]
SBTactical Getting Ready for the 2016 SHOT SHOW in Las Vegas Bro, you going to SHOT? Last year at SHOT……Wait until you go to SHOT…I wonder if “it’s” going to be at SHOT? SHOT Show this and Shot Show that… What is this SHOT everyone is speaking of. Officially it’s the Shooting Hunting Outdoors Trade […]
Local, veteran owned and operated business, SBTactical, is excited to announce the launch of their new website, www.sbtactical.com. SBTactical, a National Law Enforcement and Professional distributor of iCOMBAT equipment, is dedicated to supporting law enforcement agencies with the most effective active shooter training equipment available. Their new website is very visually stimulating, showcasing a custom […]
Thoughts on “Community Policing” from a Non-LEO August 28, 2015 24-hour news networks are essentially dead. They had their time before the new millennium’s teenage years. You all remember them, “This just in!” cue same image and film package for the next 3 hours while unconfirmed updates and speculation roll in. They certainly weren’t perfect; […]
Quick Post: Kim’s Games August 25, 2015 We used Kim’s games in the Army to develop our memory for pertinent details and our situational awareness. In our sniper section, one teammate set up random items across a field and road and we had a limited amount of time to observe the area through our rifle […]
Rising to the Mundane Threats August 20, 2015 We like to prepare for the unlikely, the dangerous, the morbidly sexy threats which we dream will come to fruition. Like today will be the day that the guys in masks storm into the bank while I wait for the teller. The mugger in the alleyway (I […]
Urban Shield and events like it are the pinnacle of civilian combined arms and multi-echelon training. Last year the Oakland event had lanes for EOD, CSAR, SWAT, other first responders, and the entities tasked with coordinating responses to large emergency events in the Bay Area. Events included; terrorist attack on Bay Bridge, Dignatary protection (SBT’s […]
Becoming an Expert: Mining Gold not the Fool’s Product May 08, 2015 What is an expert? Whose advice should you heed and put into practice? This is going to be a more personal blog entry with some observations I’ve made and some of my training weaknesses exposed for the benefit of myself and everyone else. […]
Decision Making for the Shooter April 21, 2015 When we think about those people who we as a society entrust to mete out violence on our behalf, many of the uninitiated are unaware of the complexity of what we require of them. Any person who gives you a knee-jerk response about the application of violence […]
The Sweet Spot In congruence with last week’s post, we will continue addressing fundamental skills, practices, and endeavors which are the foundation of competent shooting. In the military, the rifle is the weapon with which all troops must be proficient and only some master. Comparatively, on the civilian and law enforcement side of the house, […]
Between the three of us at SBT we have half a century of military experience and we’ve learned a thing or two about weapons and training; that said, one of the most valuable assets we’ve gained is to be able to recognize and utilize sound advice when we get it. Long before a new police […]
SBTactical is proud to be invited to supply equipment to Urban Shield Boston in May 2014. “Urban Shield Boston is a national model, full-scale exercise, designed to assess and validate the speed, effectiveness and efficiency of capabilities, as well as test the adequacy of regional policies, plans, procedures and protocols. This exercise incorporates regional critical […]
The Santa Barbara Airport Police conducted active shooter training on Sunday with SBTactical utilizing our rental fleet. Twelve officers conducted the training and eight civilians volunteered as role players. They rented the irTactical systems from us for their training event and it could not have gone better. Sgt Steve Spurlock, the training officer for SBAP, […]
Shot Show 2014 January 14, 2014 Jon is toughing it out at the 2014 Shot Show with our irTactical systems this week. Streamlight is using them for some classes and demonstrations of their rail mounted light sets. If anyone is there, check it out!
November 01, 2013 URBAN SHIELD 2013 What an amazing event! We just returned from supporting Urban Shield in Alameda County this weekend and are extremely impressed with the professionalism, not to mention the endurance, of all of the teams involved. The event is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. […]
Create a positive grant environment May 21, 2013 As the grant person for your agency, what kind of environment do you work under? Is there thoughtful, deliberate strategizing that makes the best use of available funding by determining real need and developing projects to fit? Or is yours more the “throw it against the wall […]
In Charge!: Training Supervisors to Respond to Active Shooter Events. March 30, 2013 R.K. Miller | From the Nov/Dec 2012 Issue Monday, November 26, 2012: Retrieved from LawOfficer.com Active shooter training typically focuses on core concepts such as contact teams. I’m all good with that as the first response. When a deranged individual starts killing, […]
I ran across this article from lawofficer.com. It is absolutely accurate and truly depicts the challenges LE officers face with training costs. This is exactly why SBTactical is here!! http://www.lawofficer.com/article/magazine-feature/hierarchy-defensive-firearms-t The Hierarchy of Defensive Firearms Training. By Dave Spaulding Setting aside all the public-relations stuff that’s part and parcel of American law enforcement, your primary […]
“Lets Talk Training!” February 05, 2013 SBTactical is all about tough, realistic training! Jon and I will post our thoughts and ideas about how to best accomplish that. We welcome your thoughts on the subject as well.
LAPD Tactics Training Division January 31, 2013 SBTactical would like to thank the Tactics Training Division of the LAPD for allowing us to showcase the irTactical systems during their training event. We know how valuable training time is, and we are proud to have been invited to be part of it! Jon and I look […]
“When it is safe to do so!” January 25, 2013 Below are a few tips from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the event that you are suddenly in the area that an Active Shooter is present……. Good practices for coping with an active shooter situation • Be aware of your environment and any […]
January 16, 2013 Packed full of irTactical systems in action. Don’t miss it, Outdoor Channel, 6:00 pm PST! Tell us what officer you are rooting for. SBTactical is just as excited as you are to see who gets eliminated first! The competition is getting tough!!!! We love to see fellow veterans display the skills and […]