Up-Close Handgun - 2 Day Course, 16 hours    

$450.00    800 Rounds


This course focuses on the skill set of utilizing a handgun in close proximity to your target or to an object such as barricades or corners of a home.  Often times being close to the target is forced on the actor by the location of an incident and this often includes being indoors or contained by objects found in the real world.  This course was developed after reviewing real life scenarios and officer involved shootings that could occur both inside a residence or in common areas.   The student will also learn reality based technique of handling and using a firearm in close common areas, such as doorways, corners or up-close environments and perform those skills in a variety of drill scenarios with props.  


While there will be marksmanship drills at distances out to 25 yards, the focus of the course is under 10 yards.  This distance is based of data of engagement distances from the majority of self defense and officer involved shootings and common indoor dimensions.  When the distance is decreased, the advantage to the skilled shooter over an assailant also decreases.  Therefore speed and efficiency need to increase.   Retention shooting and concerns over the proximity to the threat are elements of training.  



This course is a sister course to Up-Close Carbine and the crossover and continuity of drills is obvious if a students takes both courses.  


The learning objectives for the course are:

-Safe handling and manipulation of handgun, including in retention and nontraditional positions

-Draw and presentation of handgun from duty gear or concealment

-Marksmanship assessment drills

-Methodical break down of the draw and getting the gun on target

-Shooting from non-conventional positions and retention

-Lateral and practical movement

-Multiple target engagement

-Practical follow through and reengagement

-Stoppages and malfunctions

-One handed shooting and manipulation

-Contact shooting and manipulation

-Physical contact and altercation shooting

-Firearm retention

-Manipulation and clearing with a firearm indoors

-Shooting drills building upon the above objectives



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A permit to carry holder or one concerned with use of a firearm in close spaces will greatly benefit from taking this course.  Basic permit to carry training is focused on legal aspects and almost all courses have very little live fire training.  In the courses that do have above average shooting portions, we have yet to find one that trains realistic practical skills to help prevail in an altercation where you may need to use deadly force.  Proactive law enforcement agencies offer training to their officers on close quarter shooting, but often most are lacking, outdated or limited by range rules restricting the learning that needs to occur.  This course breaks those boundaries and restrictions and allows realistic, practical training to occur.  


This course is not a beginner course and focuses on a specific skill set.  The student needs to already have a solid understanding of safe firearm handling, manipulation, an established skill set of marksmanship.  Prior training or experience is required, this should not be your first training course.  The student will need to provide their experience upon registration and will need to be approved by staff before registration will be finalized.  If you have any questions please contact us, we are happy to help find the best class to fit what you are looking for.  Permit to carry training is not sufficient.