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Course Contents

  • Advanced Pistol Combat System

    The PCS offers significant advantages to the Defensive Tactical Operator:

    • It was specifically developed to work in harmony with the body in the Body Alarm Response mode which significantly enhances and speeds the development of instinctive reaction skills.
    • The stance offers greater stability while offering less of a target.
    • Four easily transitioned positions work equally for pistol, rifle or shotgun, left or right handed shooters; however, the PCS deals specifically with pistols, and best with semi-automatic pistols.
    • The PCS offers unmatched weapon retention
    • Operators can engage and disengage rapidly, and offers extremely fast target to target transitions/acquisitions.
    • The PCS provides an increased field of vision as both eyes remain open while simultaneously eliminating the "double sight" phenomena.
    • The PCS utilizes either hand with extremely fast transition capability.
    • The PCS offers a significant reduction in felt recoil and "muzzle flip" allowing for unmatched post-shot target re-acquisition and thus allowing for blazing rates of highly accurate fire. Hit rates far surpass national averages.
    • Increased reload and stoppage clearing speeds.
    • Not only does the system easily adapt to multiple lethal and non-lethal weapon types, but also to multiple scenarios. It is especially suited to confined spaces, CQB situations, room entry, etc.
    • The PCS offers significant advantages to men and women of smaller stature due to less dependence on muscular endurance, strength and physical size.
    • Increased training efficiency due to identical techniques being used for situations such as shooting from vehicles and thereby it significantly accelerates the skills development process.

    In addition to presenting the PCS, the following knowledge and skil sets will be presented during this course:

    • The Anatomy of a Defensive Shooting Situation & the Dynamic Critical Incident
    • Body Alarm Response (B.A.R.) in high stress situations (refresher)
    • Performing under the Body Alarm Response/building Intuitive Response
    • Improvisational Situations and the Decision Continum
    • The Fundamentals of Aggressive Defensive Shooting
    • Defensive Accuracy Based Rapid Fire
    • Ambidextrous Shooting, reloading and stoppage clearing
    • Multiple target engagement
    • Presentations from concealment
    • Movement & Shooting
    • Shooting from Cover (Over, under, around)
    • Shooting from Vehicles/Motorcycles/ATVs/Horses etc. (You will be shooting from a real vehicle)
    • Vehicle egress, vehicle as cover
    • Personal Weapons Retention - Lethal & Non-lethal techniques
    • Room/Home/Building Clearing NOTE: This is never a good idea for civilians. That said, if you awake to glass breakage in the middle of the night, followed by your daughter's screams... there are important considerations, knowledge and skills you may wish to possess; and it is absolutely critical to know your own capabilities and limitations beforehand.
    • Intruder/Active Shooter engagement
    • Partner/Team Communications/Tactics

    The majority of the course content is either interactive lecture, directed discussions or range training. If class time permits, videos will be presented on subjects such as moving and shooting, handgun retention techniques, procedures for active shooters in public places, and CQB clearing tactics. If time is not available, the DVDs will be available for loan overnight. There will also be homework assigned, mostly in the form of dry fire. It may be advantageous to pair up with another student to coach and critique these exercises (the procedure will be explained in class.

  • Course Objectives

    (NOTE: In the case of all objectives involving live fire, the student will not be told which target or target sub-area to engage prior to the fire command (the command will contain that information) in order to decrease the anticipation factor.) The "hot" target may be in front, behind or the the left or right of the student. Successful shooting demonstrations are "scorred" based on shot groups that display the defensive accuracy doctrine of a mix of precision and speed. This better depicts an individual student's progress in dealing with defensive situations over shot group size or timed shot rates. Upon successful completion of this course the student shall be able to:

    • Given an unloaded and cleared pistol (or replica), describe and demonstrate the following:
      • How the PCS stance offers greater stability while offering less of a target
      • How the PCS stance works with the eyes of the operator under the BAR to provide single sight, single target sight picture while both eyes remain open, thus maintaining the operator's field of vision.
      • How the PCS stance mimics the BAR initial reaction to a life-threatening stimulus
      • How the PCS firing stance and Combat Ready positions both allow for faster target acquisitions/transitions.
      • Three key advantages of PCS for weapon retention
      • How the PCS provides for significantly faster reloads and stoppage clearing
      • How quickly the operator can transition from strong hand to support hand shooting, and it's advantages
      • Using a vehicle (or simulate with a chair) demonstrate that the same shooting techniques are utilized, negating the need for modified shooting positions techniques, etc., and thereby speeds the skill learning cycle.
      • How the same grip/technique is used for shooting while sitting, kneeling, prone and reverse prone
    • Given an unloaded and cleared pistol, and empty magazines, describe and demonstrate both Combat and Tactical reloads, and simulated stoppage clearing using the PCS, explaining the advantages over other shooting stances.
    • Given and unloaded and cleared pistol, describe and demonstrate the advantages the PCS stance provides for women or small statured men over other shooting stances.
    • Explain the difference between instinctive and intuitive body responses.
    • Describe three key elements needed for building intuitive body responses.
    • Explain what is meant by an improvisational response to a stimulus.
    • Explain what is meant by the "Decision Continum".
    • Explain what is meant by "Defensive Accuracy".
    • Describe the greatest factor that interferes with rapid-fire defensive accuracy, and how the PCS mitigates that factor.
    • Explain the advantages of the PCS to left handed shooters with pistols disigned for right handed shooters.
    • Explain the advantages of the PCS in relation to movement and shooting and shooting from cover/concealment.
    • Explain the role that anticipation plays in training, and how anticipation can be decreased during shooting drills.
    • Given their normal concealment holster/purse, etc., carry firearm, ammunition, and one or more targets (as applicable) placed 3-7 yards from the student, demonstrate the following:
      • Safe and efficient presentation of their firearm and the engagement of the target with defensive accuracy in both sighted and unsighted (intuitive) fire as applicable, and demonstrated from standing, sitting, kneeling, prone and reverse prone positions.
      • Rapid recognation and handling of a reload ("slide back") situation to include off-line movement as applicable from standing, sitting, kneeling, prone and reverse prone positions.
      • Movement to cover utilizing direct, circular or zig-zag movements, and firing from cover including either side, over or through a barricade.
      • The ability to assess multiple targets with multiple threats based upon the level of threat posed, in an environment where the target/threat combination continually changes.
      • Proper room entry with a flashlight to find and engage a target with multiple rounds.
      • The method to avoid being blinded by your own muzzle flash in low light situations while engaging a target with multiple rounds.
      • Using the "offset gaze" to identify and engage targets in extremely low-light situations
      • Grab avoidance weapon retention procedure, including properly executing a pistol punch.
      • Disengagement from an assailant that has grebbed your gun while it is holstered from either the front or rear of the student.
      • Weapon recovery from an assailant that has taken your weapon and has it pointed at you at close range.
      • Engaging a target in a "crowded" environment (innocents in front, back or both of the target)
      • Engaging a target from within a vehicle from driver's side, passenger side or the front or back of the vehicle.
      • Use of a vehicle for cover with assailant either stationery or on the move.
      • Use standard hand signals to tell your partner about the location of one or more assailants and how they are armed. Using hand signals, explain your plan of movement for each of you to move and engage the assailant(s).

    NOTE: This is not a course for the feint of heart; you will be placed under stress during various live fire exercises.  If you have any medical condition please consult your doctor prior to signing up for this course.

  • Course Prerequisites

    While this course is open to the public, participants are expected to have a minimum level of training and experience as outlined below including proof of having had a criminal background check (i.e. LE Commission card or Concealed Carry permit/license). Additionally, each trainee must be accepted by the instructor to be eligible for the training program. Candidates may in some instances, be asked to complete an evaluation shoot prior to acceptance into the course.

    • Current or Past POST Certified Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer
    • NRA Personal Protection in the Home Course Completion and;
    • NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home Course Completion and;
    • Current Concealed Carry License/Permit holder from their state of residence
  • Student Equipment List

    • Picture ID
    • Concealed Carry permit/Commission Card
    • Pens or pencils
    • Drinks, snacks, and a lunch.
    • Personal Handgun - Normally this is your daily carry firearm. Minimum 9mm caliber and maximum .45 caliber. Personal firearms brought to class must be clean and in good operating condition every day. Firearms brought into the classroom must be completely unloaded and in a case or proper holster.
    • Ammunition - Minimum of 300 rounds of ammunition for your handgun each day (Amount used will vary). 1,500 rounds total. Factory loaded ammunition only! No reloaded ammunition allowed.
    • Ear and Eye Protection - Either shooting muffs or earplugs and impact resistant shooters glasses are required. Electronic hearing protection is highly recommended.
    • Holsters
      • A strong side belt holster that properly fits your handgun with a retention strap or some type of passive retention or absolute fit to your handgun.
      • Your most commonly used concealment holster(s). Holsters may be inside or outside the pants but you must be able to reholster the gun with one hand only. A holster purse that is designed with a separate compartment for a gun and it properly fits your gun is also acceptable.
    • A minimum of three magazines (one in the firearm and two spares) and a double magazine pouch that allows for quick access. It is recommended to have 4-5 spare magazines.
    • Clothing - Appropriate to weather and what you would normally wear as concealment cover..



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