Combative Handgun

Psalm 144

Of David.

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
    who trains my hands for war,
    my fingers for battle.
He is my loving God and my fortress,
    my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
    who subdues peoples under me.

COMBATIVE HANDGUN is a comprehensive combative handgun course for the serious students of personal protection.

The series of courses will gain you the experience needed to safely handle and effectively shoot a handgun, as well as give you a base understanding of the combative skills needed to dominate a lethal force confrontation.

This no-nonsense series will give the novice shooter all the necessary information and stress resistant skills needed to win the fight of their lives, and will help veteran shooters hone their skills to a fine edge.

From wearing your equipment correctly, grip and stance, how to quickly and effectively present, getting your hits with practical combat accuracy using intuitive fire and sighted fire, learning the most likely needed reload for a gunfight, preventing and clearing the most likely malfunction clearance you will run into, moving off the line of attack and safely to cover, shooting in low/no light, and much more.

This fast paced, dynamic, and shooting intensive series of courses are taught entirely on the range in order to maximize your gun handling and trigger time.

WHO the training is for: The Modular Combative Handgun Course has been designed for both new and veteran gun owners who want to learn the gun handling skills and attitudes needed to decisively win the fight of their lives.

WHAT the Modular Combative Handgun Course is: The Modular Combative Handgun Course are a no-nonsense, gun handling and shooting intensive series of four 4-hour courses that teach the necessary skills and stress resistant gun-handling techniques needed to safely handle and effectively maneuver during a lethal force encounter.

HOW you will be trained: Our 4-hour module format goes well beyond the administrative state licensing and basic NRA type training by surrounding our clients with a unique training experience and support system which is administered by Pulse certified Combative Firearms Instructors or “CFIs” who individually help students reach their full potential.

Our training methodology is delivered in three phases: pre-course information and guidance, a 4-hour gun-handling intensive course, and our post-course support system.

  1. Pre-course information/guidance. Curricula, equipment lists, etc., are made available to you prior to your course so you can become comfortable with the key concepts and information you will want to know prior to your course, and allows you to have any lingering questions answered directly by your CFI prior to ever stepping foot on the range.
  2. During the 4-hour range training module, you will learn practical gun handling skills by practicing them under the watchful eyes of your CFI, in a safe training environment which will leave you with a solid understanding of how to confidently maneuver with and effectively use your handgun. Because all of the “book learning” was done prior to your course, we can invest much more time letting you handle your firearm so you can gain the confidence and knowledge you need to effectively deploy your handgun under more realistic conditions.
  3. Post course your CFI will continue to help you sharpen your skills by providing you with ongoing services, training advice, and ongoing training opportunities that will help you achieve your goals more quickly than you thought possible.

Defense Academy Support: Each phase of your training is supported through our online learning portal the O2DA Defense Academy, which houses all the curricula and materials (instructional videos, manuals, photos, customized training plans, white papers, etc.,) which you will need to access in order to quickly progress your training.

COURSE MODULES

Module-1 – Handgun BASICS: This is a comprehensive combative handgun course for the serious students of personal protection. This no-nonsense course will give the novice shooter all the necessary basic skills needed to win the fight of their lives. From wearing your equipment correctly, grip and stance, how to quickly and effectively draw, getting your hits with practical combat accuracy using reflexive fire, to learning the most likely needed reload for a gunfight, preventing and clearing the most likely malfunction clearance you will run into, moving off the line of attack and safely to cover, and much more.

This is a 4-hour gun-handling and live fire intensive course that stands traditional classroom focused basic courses on their heads and is backed by all of the pre, post, and concurrent support videos, manuals, etc., found in the Pulse O2DA Defense Academy.

Module-2 – Handgun SKILL BUILDING: This pragmatic live fire intensive course starts with testing of those vital combative skills learned in module-1 handgun basics course and then adds more essential skills such as; sighted combative fire, the correct reload to use if you are worried about going empty, shooting with the support side, shooting with a concealment garment, moving to cover diagonally and laterally, remedial actions for malfunctions, and learning how to shoot your handgun in a low/reduced light environment.

This course, like its predecessor is wrapped in a 4-hour shooting intensive dry-practice and live-firing drill training session and backed by all of the support videos, manuals, etc., found in the Pulse O2DA Defense Academy.

Module-3 – Handgun SKILL MASTERY: This shooting intensive course begins with the testing of important basics learned in modules 1 and 2. We will introduce to you more reloading options, teach you how to shoot with one hand only, learn what to do when your adversary isn’t reacting the way you want him to, learn how to shoot from the weapons retention position, learn one handed immediate action drills, we will continue to sharpening your ability to shoot quickly and accurately at practical combat distances now under reduced lights/no lights – utilizing a tactical light when needed, moving to cover laterally, diagonally, as well as attacking to the rear, and from different firing positions. At the end of this course you will have learned almost all of the basic gun-handling techniques needed to protect yourself in a lethal force environment.

This course, like it’s predecessors, is wrapped in a 4-hour shooting intensive dry-practice and live-firing drill training session and backed by all of the support videos, manuals, etc., found in the Pulse O2DA Defense Academy.

Module-4 – Handgun COMBATIVES: The final course of the basic handgun series completes the basic gun-handling techniques you will need in a fight for life and prepares you for the more realistic elements you can face as a lone operator. The course starts with testing of the previous important combative skills learned through modules 1-3 and then teaches you how to deal with multiple adversaries, how to shoot at close contact targets, one handed remedial actions, how to appropriately utilize your weapons mounted tactical light in numerous low/no light environment, and introduces improvised shooting positions.

This course, like it’s predecessors, is wrapped in a 4-hour shooting intensive dry-practice and live-firing drill training session and backed by all of the support videos, manuals, etc., found in the Pulse O2DA Defense Academy. This course will put a sharp edge on your ability to shoot quickly and accurately leaving you confident in your ability to safely and effectively utilize your handgun during a lethal force encounter, regardless of the situation.

Course Information 

  • COST: $150 per module
  • DATES: See Schedule
  • TIME: 4-hour blocks
  • LOCATION: Various locations in the Midwest
  • COURSE DOCUMENTS: – Please download and read prior to your course
  • REGISTRATION FORM: Please download, fill out, and email back to us
  • PREREQUISITES: Modules must be taken in sequential order however, they do not have to be taken on consecutive nights. You can register and pay for each module as your schedule permits.

COURSE CONTENT AND SCHEDULE

Range Lectures

Review and practical hands on of:

  • Proper practice and new motor skills
  • Proper wearing of equipment for fighting
  • Equipment adjustment and setup
  • Proper magazine indexing
  • Review the four universal safety habits
  • Firearms nomenclature
  • Definitions of anatomic directions specific to fighting
  • Definitions of range commands

Range Training

Lectures, demonstrations, dry, and live practice of:

  • Weapons conditions check
  • Firearms personal workspace
  • Natural stance conducive to moving
  • Grip with control
  • Fighting from the ready position
  • Using the ready to your benefit
  • Weapons retention position and the proper use of
  • Close contact position and proper the proper use of
  • Proper draw/presentation from the holster
  • Controlling the SNS response through combative breathing
  • Mastering combative sighted fire
  • Keeping yourself safe with contact drills
  • Defining and using cover and concealment correctly
  • Situational awareness and its role in safe movement
  • Safely moving forward to seek cover/concealment
  • Safely moving diagonally to seek cover/concealment
  • Safely moving laterally to seek cover/concealment
  • Safely moving up-range to seek cover/concealment
  • Safe retrograde movement to seek cover/concealment
  • Safe and dynamic yet sure movements to and from cover
  • Loading and unloading of firearms
  • Proper filling of magazines
  • Wearing hearing protection properly
  • Diagnostic trigger drills
  • Assembly drills
  • Balance of speed, accuracy, and its relationship to power
  • Mastering reflexive fire
  • Integrating combat breathing
  • Tactical reloads and their proper niche
  • Speed reloads and their tactical niche
  • Empty gun reloads
  • Fixing a malfunction with immediate action
  • Drawing from the concealed garment
  • Fast and effective remedial actions
  • Failure to stop drills
  • Low/no light shooting
  • How to handle multiple adversaries
  • Extensive firing drills at 3, 5, 7, and 10+ yards (range dependent)
  • How to continually improve with dry practice

Pre, concurrent, and post course supporting material

(Manuals, white papers, articles, videos, and web-based content via the Pulse O2DA Defense Academy)

  • Mastering your mind for combat
  • Concealed carry practical advice and techniques
  • Recognizing reality and learning to operate in it
  • How to operate in and master the chaos of a fight
  • Understanding violence, becoming comfortable with it, and using it to your advantage
  • Psychology of fighting and steeling your mind for the fight
  • Quickly mastering combative sighted and never doubting your ability again
  • Avoiding the litigation landmines after a lethal force encounter
  • Tactical fundamentals and adapting them for the situation
  • Tactics vs. techniques
  • Tactical principles
  • Individual movement techniques
  • Basic area clearing techniques
  • Room entry and clearing
  • How to handle doors
  • How to clear stairs
  • How the decision making process relates to tactics
  • The color code of mental awareness
  • Drills to develop observation and situational awareness skills
  • How the color code relates to Boyd’s decision-making process
  • Detailed dry practice guides

Equipment List

Please see the .pdf brief: Suggestions and Considerations for the Purchase of Your First Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun, and Accessories [http://www.pulsefirearmstraining.com/images/rocketlauncher/Files/Brief_Purchase%20copy.pdf] for advice such as holsters, mag pouches, tactical equipment etc.

Necessities:

Your firearm
The firearm that you carry or plan to use for self-protection and/or the protection of your family. No “race guns”/competition firearms or equipment please. If you have any doubts, feel free to contact us.

Magazines
At least two magazines if you are shooting a semi automatic firearm, at least one speed filler or moon clip for revolvers.

Ammunition
Please bring at least 100 rounds for Module-1 training, 150 rounds for Module-2 training, 200 rounds for Module-3 training, and 250 rounds for Module-4 training.

For safety and liability reasons, only new factory loaded full metal jacketed (FMJ) ammunition or jacketed hollow points are to be shot through your firearm during any course you take with us. Reloads of any type are not allowed. No copper coated/washed rounds are permitted.

You can purchase your ammunition from your local supplier and bring them with you, or if we are training a local store with a range you can purchase your ammunition at the store.

For your convenience please call the store in advance to ensure that your desired ammunition is in stock and reserved and for shipping of your firearms and/or ammunition if you need to.

We strongly advise you to bring at least 100 rounds of the ammunition that you plan to use for self-protection, as the range is the place to practice and find out if your firearm will feed your carry loads (no need for this if you are shooting a revolver).

Holster
Many people will purchase expensive handguns and skimp on their holster however, expensive holsters do not necessary equal quality. Please see the .pdf brief: Suggestions and Considerations for the Purchase of Your First Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun, and Accessories for specific recommendations. The holster should have the same fit to your belt as the magazine pouch you will bring.

Magazine pouch
A single magazine pouch or speed filler/loader pouch will be necessary to complete your training. Again, just like your holster, purchase a quality piece of equipment and don’t handicap yourself with an inferior product or a competition pouch that isn’t intended for personal protection. The magazine pouch should have the same fit to your belt as the holster you will bring.

Belt
Please bring a sturdy belt that properly fits both your holster and your magazine pouch.

Ear protection
A mandatory precaution. We recommend “double ear pro” (over the head muff type of hearing protection on top of soft/foamy hearing protection), especially if you are going to be shooting at one of our indoor facilities.

Eye protection
A mandatory precaution. We recommend a clear lens for the indoor range and low-light situations. Something that has an ANSI Z87.1 certification is ideal.

Hat
A quality tactical/baseball type hat to help keep hot brass off of your head/face (and from getting caught between your eyes and protective glasses) and to keep the elements off of your head.

Closed front shirt and/or crew neck shirts
Hot ejected brass has a way of finding its way into open front shirts if it doesn’t get stuck between your cheek and glasses, please wear something that covers up to the neck line.

Seasonal clothing
Please bring the appropriate seasonal clothing, as even an indoor facility can and usually does take on the temperature of the seasons due to the ventilation systems pushing clean air through.

Sunscreen
If shooting with us outdoors, please bring your favorite sunscreen.

Insect repellent
Please bring a good insect repellent if you are taking an outdoor course with us. While vanilla works wonders on the gnats here in Illinois it doesn’t do much for the other insects like ticks and mosquitoes, so please bring something that will keep the other blood suckers off you.

Firearms cleaning equipment
Please bring the appropriate firearms cleaning equipment for each of the weapons system(s) you will be bringing to the course with you.

Duffle or backpack
A gun-bag, duffle bag, or a range bag… something that will carry all of your course needs in it (course needs is the key phrase). You will bring this to the range with you so your equipment is not get scattered around.

Trim nails and hang rings
For your comfort we recommend that you trim your nails to a comfortable length, and if you have large rings with sharp edges please consider hanging them on a simple yet strong necklace or leaving them at home.

Niceties:

Snacks & drinks
Please bring your favorite snacks and foods (and cooler if necessary). We will provide snacks for you, but we can’t guarantee that we will have exactly what you like every day that you are with us.

Towel
A towel will come in handy when you get sweaty on warm days, or when you get various lubricants on your hands.

Water container
While we do provide water at our training events, a water bladder (a Camel Back type, any manufacturer) is always a good idea, you will need it for any outdoor shooting.

Equipment check list:

Necessities:

❏ Your firearm(s)
❏ Magazines
❏ Ammunition
❏ Holster
❏ Magazine pouch
❏ Belt
❏ Sling (shotgun/rifle only)
❏ Ear protection
❏ Eye protection
❏ Hat
❏ Closed front shirt/crew neck t-shirt
❏ Additional clothing
❏ Sunscreen (outdoors only)
❏ Insect repellent (seasonal/outdoors only
❏ Firearms cleaning equipment
❏ Duffle Bag/Pack

Niceties:

❏ Trim nails and hang rings for comfort
❏ Snacks/drinks
❏ Towel
❏ Water container

Final considerations,

Your CFI takes your training as seriously as you do.

We consider it our job to ensure your training goes smoothly and helps you reach your goals as quickly as possible.

Please feel free to contact your CFI directly at chuck@pulseohio.com at any time with questions, comments, or suggestions for improvement that you may have.