An interview with Tom Buchino, founder of Tactical Ranch, El Paso, Texas.
More than 20 years experience of special operations.
How to master the tactical fundamentals in SOF and specialized law enforcement.
Tom Buchino, Tactical Ranch
Training based on real combat experience
CQC: Dear Tom, could you give our readers a brief introduction of yourself and your company Tactical Ranch?
Tom Buchino: I am a Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.) with over 23 years of active duty services.
I started tactical ranch in 2010 and recruited a cadre of instructors from all aspects of the SOF arena and specialized Law Enforcement personnel.
Tactical Ranch operates in conjunction with Covenant Special Projects, LLC (CSP), a Service Disabled Veteran Owned and Operated Small Business.
Tactical Ranch and CSP are specializing in elite risk mitigation advisory services and training for U.S. and Allied Nation Governments, Local, State and Federal Agencies and private customers.
CSP’s foundation in the U.S. Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) community provides a unique experience-base and specific skill-sets which serve as a base for all our programs of instruction.
CQC: So, you teaching methods come from real combat experience?
Tom Buchino: Yes, CSP’s cadre combat and trainer experience means you receive training by someone that has actually employed what they are instructing.
Our trainers hail from: U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets), U.S. Army RANGERs, U.S. Navy SEALs .U.S. Air Force Para-Rescue, U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations and Elite Law Enforcement Officers.
CSP’s cadre are subject matter experts in their specific disciplines; all possessing the common goal to provide fundamentally-sound, relevant, best training and services to our customers.
A dangerous trend in tactical training
CQC: Many instructors who I work with are worried about a flood of new instructors who rush into the market, because it seems a kind of cool being a „tactical“ instructor today, or just for making some quick bucks with flashy but bad shooting courses.
Tom Buchino: Yes, there are a lot of tactical and firearms trainers out there, now. Seems every GI or cop that’s retired runs a training program of some sort. Some good and some, well… you be the judge.
When I entered the commercial side of military, LE and civilian tactical / firearms training, I was fortunate to have many years experience of operating complex training and advisory operations worldwide as part of the Special Forces Regiment.
This served as a solid foundation and test-bed for developing training approaches – nothing like not speaking the language of an assault team you are training to execute CQB opns – that work vs. all the flashy Hollywood TTP’s (techniques, tactics and procedures).
CQC: I remeber that you called this phenomenon „Youtube Sensations“ when we started to work on this interview.
Tom Buchino: Look, there are many awesome tactical instructors out there.
Many I have had the privilege of serving with and training alongside, and I learn from all of them.
Then there are the „Youtube Sensations“ that produce great videos, employ social media to build a brand and show you in a 1 minute clip their latest ninja skills; great entertainment I guess.
But my take on tactical applications training is simply based on my experience.
Experience in SF, experience working globally and experience working with Cops, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.
And I know the only way to achieve an excelled level of tactical competency is be stressing and mastering the fundamentals.
When you can Perfectly Execute the Fundamentals Under Stress… Well, than you got something.
Tactical Ranch: A philosophy of fundamentals
CQC: Can you tell me more about that? About your own in tactical training?
Tom Buchino: There is No-Such-Thing as Advance Tactics; Only Perfect Execution of the Fundamentals Under Stress!
This is the training philosophy of Covenant Special Projects and Tactical Ranch.
It’s all about the fundamentals!
And I ensure my training cadre and security professionals adhere to it.
My approach and thankfully the approach of our trainers at CSP’s Tactical Ranch is 100% based in the fundamentals.
Wether we are conducting a patrolling and small unit tactics course or a tactical carbine train up, we concentrate on developing solid fundamentals that compliment and/or enhance the students prior knowledge and unit standard operating procedures (SOP’s).
As we progress with our training, we induce differing stressors to serve in adding realism thus requiring the student/s to perform in a more challenging environment.
From physical fatigue faced during a stress shoot to mentally stressing teams during a night patrol.
Or CQB training evolution that intentionally goes astray.
It is imperative to ensure students have a solid baseline in the fundamentals that they can rely on to accomplish the mission when faced with adversity.
We train for battle in every course.
Battle – in my experience – is seldom perfect, never scripted and ever changing.
If we can replicate this in our training, it only serves our students better.
Back when I was a Team SGT (A-team days), I used to say…
“You Plan on Paper and Execute In Dirt.”
This simply meant regardless of the best planing and rehearsals, you can bet the environment will change the minute contact is initiated.
This meant we had to maintain a fundamentally-based approach to everything we do.
Tactical Ranch Training Facility
Tactical Ranch Training Facility
Tactical Ranch: A helping hand when disaster strikes
We (Close Quarters Combat Network) decided to put this paragraph below this interview – to show our readers that Tom Buchino and his team are not about cheap talk but all about service and taking action.
When hurricane Harvey hit the United States with a devastating power of destruction Tom and his team left everything behind to head immediately to the towns who needed a helping hand.
Without any strings attached they offered their experience in special operations and military service to help farmers, civilians and police officers who needed support while trying to overcome the disastrous destruction the hurricane had left behind.
We think this is a bright example of true honor and values. And we wanted our readers to know that.
Therefore, if you looking for a place for some very serious tactical training provided by good and honorable men you will hardly find a better place than Tactical Ranch running by Tom Buchino and his men.