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Most law enforcement agencies spend a majority of training time on the handling, manipulation and use of department issued firearms. Even agencies that offer little to no training face state mandates requiring them to conduct firearms training to their officers. While these skills are vital and necessary, an often under-trained or completely ignored area of training is firearm retention. Especially when you consider that most deadly force situations (according to the FBI UCR) occur between 0-5 feet (contact distance).
Anyone carrying a firearm (LEO or not) needs to be adequately trained to retain their firearm. Officers depend on their firearm to “keep them safe” but very few officers train to keep the firearm itself safe. Every call a police officer responds to involves a weapon because we bring them. If an officer doesn't know how to retain their firearm they are merely a walking holster holding the gun for someone else that is willing to take it.
Even when agencies do teach firearm retention, the techniques are often confusing, unrealistic, ineffective, and archaic. Instructors (often with little training themselves) show numerous retention techniques. Commonly a different technique for every type of grab (from the side, rear, holstered, drawn, standing and on the ground, one hand and two hand grabs). There are simply too many choices to remember, especially under the extreme stress of a life and death situation where someone is trying to tear the weapon from your holster or from your grip.
Our method of instruction is very different. Our instructors have years of training in both firearms and physical control skills. They have all been involved in real life critical incidents. We have narrowed down the list of viable options to retain your weapon to a few simple choices. Think of one key that can open many doors. We will teach you proven, pressure tested concepts and principles that will give you the answer you need regardless of position.
Our program will cover protecting your handgun, taser and rifle (and any other gear carried on your duty belt or vest carrier). We will cover what gear (such as holsters) to stay away from due to repeated pressure testing failures and what gear we have found to be the most dependable under stress. This class includes active resistance and not just static step by step scripted attacks. Students will learn to face live human pressure and resistance. This is a force on force program and includes the use of Simunition training, TECC considerations, scenario based exercises and close quarter environments.
*This program can be combined with our Edged Weapon Response Course for a 4 day course. Contact us for pricing and hosting a course!
“The edged weapon and firearm techniques are the most common sense, logical and risk reducing that I have ever learned.”
“Fifteen years on SWAT and I truly believed I knew how to draw, protect and retain my firearm. I could not have been more wrong.”
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