OVERVIEW: Our drills and scenarios combine the fundamentals of marksmanship with basic tactical principles. We use a building block approach and train in a methodical manner to promote tactically and technically correct techniques. Our focus is upon the armed protector’s ability to make good decisions and prevail during a critical incident. This is accomplished through self-control, being able to make your equipment work, and performing under duress in a populated environment such as a school, church, restaurant, or other public setting. Instruction includes dry technical work as well as considerable live-fire range work. This course is suitable for anyone who has a solid base for safely handing a firearm and who wants to take their skills and abilities to a higher level and be able to perform properly in an emergency. Participants should be in good cardiovascular health and capable of performing moderate aerobic activity with regular breaks given. Tactical concepts and motor skills include:
- Cultivating a Winning Mindset
- Situational Awareness
- Proper Draw Stroke
- Tactical Reloading
- Proper Verbal Commands
- Mental and Physical Control
- Correct Use of Cover
- Addressing Multiple Threats
- Malfunctions and Stoppages
- Dealing with Fear
- Shooting on the Move
- Proper Body Biomechanics
- Lateral & Vertical Displacements
- Shoot/Don’t Shoot Scenarios
- Dominant and Support Side
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED – come prepared with the following items and gear:
- Quality pistol and 750 rounds* (backup pistol suggested)
- 4 magazines or speed loaders
- Secure belt holster worn on your dominant hip (IWB/OWB are OK
- Jacket or cover to conceal pistol
- High intensity flashlight with tailcap switch
- Supportive footwear
- Eye and ear protection
- Knee pads
- Ball cap or cap with brim
- Sunblock & Bug Juice
- Fluids and sack lunch
- Folding chair for breaks
- Range bag – cleaning gear, etc.
- Positive mindset, willing to learn!
Prerequisite Skills: All skill levels are welcome, but this is not a course for someone who is not familiar with how to operate their pistol in a calm and controlled manner. Speed is not a requirement, attention and attentiveness to detail, safety, range instructions, and others who are training with you absolutely are!
Safety Note: for range safety and training in proximity of others, only belt-mounted/attached holsters will be allowed. Both external (on belt) and IWB holsters are acceptable. Your holster must completely cover the trigger guard. No cross-draw rigs. A good supportive belt is as important as the holster! We will cover a lot of ground in 2 days and you will be doing considerable work from your holster. It is wise to bring a back-up firearm, holsters, and gear in case of failure or breakage. This is also a good idea if you are using new or unproven gear.