Adaptive Combat Pistol

Instructed by Dave Spaulding of Handgun Combatives

June 6th & 7th, 2018  $500.00

Brainerd Area, MN

Its not the person with the fastest draw or can shoot the tightest groups that will win a gunfight. It’s the person with a solid set of essential skills and the ability to recognize a rapidly unfolding situation and adapt accordingly. This course will review essential combat shooting skills and will then add skills that are not normally found in a basic square range course. Use of cover, unconventional shooting positions, multiple target engagement, one hand shooting/manipulation and decision making/cognition drills skills will be emphasized. Adaptation is the key to prevailing in a situation where you life is on the line and this course will help bolster those skills.


Students will be required to have reliable and proven pistol and rifle at the course and have a solid skill set.  Training opportunities prior to this course will be available to meet prerequisite requirements.  You should have sound experience with your pistol, rifle and gear and training from reputable instructors prior to attending this course.  If you have any questions if you would be a good fit in this course, please contact us prior to registration.  We would be happy to go over your background and experience to determine your best options for training.

This course SHOULD NOT be your first training course.  

Required gear and equipment:

-Pistol from reputable manufacturer in good, safe working order.  It is recommended to use a larger frame type pistol for comfort and capacity.  If all you have is a small compact carry pistol, reloading magazines will be a hurdle for you.  Additionally most small compact pistols are not comfortable for prolonged shooting. An additional pistol is a good idea.

-600 rounds of quality ammunition from reputable manufacturer

-Minimum of 3 Magazines, extra magazines are highly recommended and are required for low capacity pistols or single stack pistols.

-First Line Gear: Sturdy Belt designed and capable of supporting pistol, magazines, gear, etc.  Quality holster for pistol with solid retention, no cheap nylon or generic fit holsters permitted.  Holster must cover trigger guard and retain pistol during movement.  Holsters that use the trigger finger in line with the trigger to release are not preferred.  Magazine Pouches/Carriers, Dump Pouch highly recommended, Multi-Tool recommended.

*For range drills it is recommended that between first and second line gear student can carry 4 magazines.  

-Eye and Ear Protection

-Adequate clothing and footwear for weather, rain gear, jacket, etc.  We recommend dressing in layers.

-Personal equipment: Gloves, Elbow pads, knee pads.  The neoprene type work great, you may be on the ground, kneeling, prone etc. and the pads can greatly aid in comfort.

-Baseball style cap highly recommended

-Personal items such as sunscreen, bug repellant, favorite snacks, etc.

-Gun cleaning/maintenance kit, lubricant of choice, rags or old t-shirts.

-Note taking material, pen, etc.