Pat Mac training
Pat Mac training

Do you know Pat McNamara? No? Go check out his website.


Pat McNamara (Mac) has 22 years of Special Operations experience, 13 of which were in 1st SFOD-D. He has extensive experience in hostile fire/combat zones in the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. He trains individuals at basic and advanced levels of marksmanship and combat tactics.

When he worked in the premier special missions unit, he became an impeccable marksman, shooting with accurate, lethal results and tactical effectiveness. McNamara has trained tactical applications of shooting to people of all levels of marksmanship, from varsity level soldiers, and police officers who work the streets to civilians with little to no time behind the trigger.

His military experience quickly taught him that there is more to tactical marksmanship than merely squeezing the trigger. Utilizing his years of experience, McNamara developed a training methodology that is safe, effective and combat relevant and encourages a continuous thought process. This methodology teaches how to maintain safety at all times and choose targets that force accountability, as well as provides courses covering several categories, including individual, collective, on line and standards.

While serving as his Unit’s Marksmanship NCO, he developed his own marksmanship club with NRA, CMP, and USPSA affiliations. Mac ran monthly IPSC matches and ran semi annual military marksmanship championships to encourage marksmanship fundamentals and competitiveness throughout the Army.

He retired from the Army’s premier hostage rescue unit as a Sergeant Major and is the author of Sentinel and T.A.P.S. (Tactical Application of Practical Shooting). He also owns and operates TMACS Inc, a tactical training and consulting company.



Combat Strength Training (CST) is a fitness training methodology with deep roots in the US Army Special Operations community. The approach retrofits the Combat Chassis (a.k.a. the body) so that it performs with maximum efficiency at maximum capacity.

The methodology was developed by Pat “Mac” McNamara, a twenty-two year veteran of US Army Special Operations (including an elite Tier 1 Special Missions Unit) to achieve three primary goals:

1. Save your life.

2. Save your family and friend’s lives.

3. Crush bad guys.

CST seeks to achieve these goals by heavily focusing on self-preservation and longevity because it recognizes that a broken chassis is not conducive to mission completion.

CST introduces the Combat Chassis and its external components to power, strength, and agility training in all planes of motion within the full muscle spectrum range. It enhances the chassis’ performance and tactical effectiveness through maintenance, education, and combat-replicated movements while following a safe, comprehensive, systematic, and progressive format.

As the chassis is upgraded it becomes a battlefield multiplier, which in turn becomes a force multiplier. CST improves rate of force production, strength, muscular development, speed, quickness, proprioception, and functional flexibility.

Combat Strength Training’s philosophy and methodology are performance-based, not outcome-based like other fitness fads. The performance-based approach permits the individual to work within their own performance level to develop a better, more efficient, stronger, and more capable self.

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