Course Length: 3 Hours
Course of Fire: 100 Rounds
Maximum Class Size: 6
Prerequisite: Valid Permit to Carry
This course is designed to bring your self defense thinking to a better prepared level.
Most of the time when we shoot our guns at the range for "training", we are standing square to our target and the target isn't moving. This static training is all good when it comes to working on the fundamentals. However, all self defense encounters are 100% dynamic...in other words, neither you nor the threat will be standing still.
In this class, we will cover the following topics:
- Emergency and Tactical Reloading
- Shooting from Cover and Concealment
- Shooting from Non-Standard Positions
- Engaging Multiple Targets
Even though most self defense encounters are over by the time you need to reload your firearm, it is important to know how to reload your firearm quickly in any situation. Depending on the firearm you are using for self defense, reloading may be needed much sooner than you think. A 7+1 semi-automatic pistol (seven rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber) or a revolver will need to be reloaded much sooner than a 15+1 semi-automatic pistol (15 rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber). This is where reloading becomes very important. Emergency reloading is when you need to reload because you have fired all of the ammunition currently in your pistol and tactical reloading is when you reload your firearm before you run out of ammunition.
Cover and concealment are two completely different forms of protection. Too often people look at an object such as a wall, car, or door and think they are safe from gunfire. Well, depending on how they are made and where you are standing that may be true. Cover is what will actually protect you from gunfire because it will stop a typical bullet. Concealment, on the other hand, is what will hide you from the person threatening you. Sometimes cover offers concealment and vice versa, but not always. Knowing how to see an object when it comes to cover and concealment can be a lifesaver.
Since self defense situations are dynamic, you may find yourself defending yourself from different positions. Your assailant may knock you to the ground and you will have to defend yourself from that vantage point, you may have to kneel down behind cover to defend yourself, or you may find yourself having to shoot from a chair. In any event, beginning the training process of "how do I shoot if I'm in this position" will increase your survival chances.
More and more self defense encounters are occurring with multiple assailants. Knowing how to identify each threat, determine if you can effectively defend yourself against all of them, and, if you can, how to engage each threat becomes a good skill to learn.