Once class starts, I briefly cover some administrative issues then we discuss our emergency action plan, what happens if something goes wrong. We discuss responses to different situations, identify students that have med training, location of med kits and roles and responsibilities. We then discuss safety protocols for the training session.
We discuss the four firearm safety rules and discuss that in this class rule #1 will be violated. We have been told never to point a firearm at anyone unless you have to defend yourself. Sighting a paper target is different than sighting a person. Real life encounters occur in different lighting conditions, distances and your attacker will be moving. You have to get over the psychological hump of pointing a real gun at another person. You want to experience that in a safe training experience first, not the first time defending yourself.
Topics of discussion throughout the day cover your mindset, preparedness, firearm skills, tactics and your gear. We discuss a number of home defense and ccw tactical consideration to keep you safe and make good decisions under stress of a real-life encounter.
You will be shown and practice simple weapon retention and disarming techniques. If you conceal carry you should know how to retain your firearm if someone is trying to take it from you. Real-life encounters often happen within 3 feet and are over in 3 seconds. Disarming and ambush techniques are vital in an active shooter response if you do not have a firearm on you. Handgun and rifle skills are taught.
We will discuss the principles of low light tactics and the use of flashlights. Since many encounters occur in low light conditions you have to be able to manage your defensive firearm in dark environments. Your use of your weapon mounted light or handheld flashlight can be a game changer.
Before we start skill building practical exercises, we discuss how you conduct a threat assessment in the home, workplace and public areas you frequent. At the conclusion of this discussion we begin skill building exercises for the rest of the day. My power point presentation and discussions usually take an hour the rest of the day is all hands-on developing skills and confidence.
Students entering my training area are searched and marked. When we begin our skill building exercises everyone is confirmed safe by me, my adjunct instructor then the person standing on your right and left. We confirm you are marked clear with a ribbon; your firearm and magazines are clear and marked and students confirm instructors are clear.
Students will be instructed on their conceal carry draw stroke and how to move off the X. When confronted with lethal force you should move to cover or shoot while moving off the X. Taking a lateral step is not moving off the X.
Students are paired up and given the opportunity to react to their partners threat level. Your partner will walk into a room normal or with weapon in hand. You experience the need to look at the hands, a rapid draw stroke, moving off the X and dry fire. We discuss sheltering in place using knowledge of tactical angles to pick your position. You will then practice simulated sheltering in place scenarios where you will point your firearm at the intruder. This training is called situational inoculation, I am putting you in situations you could encounter in real life.
Throughout the day you will be taught how to approach a room, techniques to enter that room and search for an intruder. Tactics to exit an active shooter situation and move safely with your firearm and to engage the shooter if needed. You will be shown how to move down a hallway or a stairwell. Your first choice should always be call 911 and wait for the police to arrive, however I believe in worst-case training.
You will be treated with respect and given the opportunity to learn these skills in a relaxed setting. I use students positioned as role-players so you experience what works and what doesn’t.
I hope this blog post gives you a better understanding of what happens in my Strategic Movement Class. I’m frequently told by students they look at their home or workplace differently after taking this class.
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