The Defensive Operator Program (DOP) is an intensive, advanced level course for those persons who want to significantly expand their knowledge and hone the skills that may be required should they find themselves in a defensive shooting situation, and increase the probability that they are able to 'win' the fight. While the course will incorporate many previously learned knowledge and shooting skills, it is presented utilizing a civilian oriented defensive subset of a highly effective shooting system developed by Paul Castle as its basis. It is a system which is currently utilized by special operations personnel around the world including special operators within the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security, SWAT/SRT teams and government security contractors. For our purposes, we'll be referring to this defensive subset of the system as the Pistol Combat System, or simply as PCS.
The PCS offers significant advantages to the Defensive Tactical Operator:
In addition to presenting the PCS, the following knowledge and skil sets will be presented during this course:
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.
(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:
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.
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.