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BASICS OF CONTACT
DISTANCE DEFENSE

BASICS OF CONTACT DISTANCE DEFENSE  
2 DAY COURSE

There is no defensive firearm technique that will effectively protect an individual from a lunging or charging attack launched at conversational distance by one armed with an “contact weapon” (knife, tire-iron, broken bottle, screwdriver, baseball bat, etc.).  Even skilled gun handlers are unable to draw and fire in the less-than-one-second it takes for an attacker to close from six or eight feet, and in any case even a mortally wounded assailant will still be able to close with his victim from that distance and inflict serious injury before he falls  

To effectively cope with such an attack, even one armed with a handgun must have the ability to exert at least temporary control over the attacker in order to avoid him, subdue him, or deflect him, or otherwise buy the time necessary to bring a firearm to bear.  There are practical and effective means to achieve such control in the opening seconds of a sudden, contact distance altercation.

This course is a two-day, first-level course covering the basic concepts, movement, and tactics that go into any successful defense in the opening moments of a violent, contact-distance assault.  It is intended as an adjunct to firearms training and techniques for both law enforcement and private citizens.  This is not a martial arts course and requires no martial arts background.  Rather, it is a “blueprint” of a strategy people of average physical ability can use to avoid crippling injury long enough to gain control of a situation.

This program is based upon the system developed by Steve Tarani and the Operational Skills Group, combining familiar body movements with specialized principles.  All course instructors have been trained by Mr. Tarani personally, and offer this course with his approval.

Five specific exercises are used to develop an understanding of the system.  

 

Those who successfully complete the course will be able to:
 

  •  Control distance in the event of a long range (6-8 feet), Close Range (contact distance) or Extreme Close Quarters (grappling distance) contact weapon attack. 

  • Recognize the most common types of contact weapon attack, as well as advantages and disadvantages of common grips, stances and methods of contact weapon operation that are commonly used against an unsuspecting victim.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to gain advantageous body position in a contact weapon altercation. 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of what is necessary to gain control of an attacker or suspect operating a contact weapon, in realistic contact weapon situations, at distances of less than eight feet. 

  • Competently employ techniques of evasion, escape and control of an aggressor to defend themselves.

  • Confidently gain control of an aggressor via transition from one Contact Defense and Control technique to another, as the dynamic situation demands. 

  • Quickly recognize whether a contact weapon attack is a lethal or less-than-lethal use-of-force situation. 

  • Control the line of attack, and quickly and realistically protect center mass and other vital areas from fatal laceration, puncture or other impact damage, long enough to ward off the attack and counter. 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of one’s legal rights and limitations when attacked at contact distance.

  • Cost
    Cost: $475 (which includes a $75 range fee). Payment in full is required upon enrollment, and becomes non-refundable 30 days before the course date. If the course is cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be provided to you.
  • Course Format
    Course format: Lectures (approximately 5 hrs.), and live-fire exercises (approximately 18 hrs). There will be objective skills tests throughout the course.
  • Instructor
    Instructors: The Rangemaster is Peter Georgiades. Peter has 25+ years’ experience teaching firearms and defensive tactics. He has been certified to instruct by the NRA (rifle, pistol, shotgun, and personal protection), the State of Arizona (issued CCW Instructor Cert. No. 8769268), and by OSG as a contact distance defense instructor. Peter’s training as an instructor (as distinct from firearms training) includes the Gunsite Law Enforcement Carbine Instructor Cert. Course, Marksman's Enterprise 3-day instructor courses (carbine and pistol), and the LLC "Contact Weapons Defense Instructor" program. His most important training, however, has been working hundreds of hours directly under experienced, professional instructors. Other experienced range officers will assist. The instructors and staff have collectively accrued several thousand hours of formal training from experienced, professional firearms instructors.
  • Class Size
    Class size: In order to maintain a close instructor-to-student ratio, enrollment in this course is limited to 12 students.
  • Prerequisites
    Prerequisites: None. It is, however, expected students will have a basic familiarity with rifles. All participants must be 18 years of age. Proof of no criminal history is required. Holding a current Pennsylvania License to Carry Concealed or in a Motor Vehicle, or a license to practice a regulated profession which requires one not have any criminal history (such as a license to practice law or medicine, or a nursing license) will suffice.If those are not available, you can get a certificate of no criminal history from your local police department or Sheriff (the cost is under $20).The lead instructor is the final arbiter of whether the credentialing prerequisite has been satisfied.
  • Physical Requirements
    Physical Requirements: Because this course is designed to assist YOU to plan and make decisions using the resources YOU actually have; we will work with you in whatever condition you are in. The elderly or one with a physical disability may not be able to assume one or more of the shooting positions we cover, or perform one or more of the exercises. That’s okay. This course is not designed for training ninjas. Just notify the Rangemaster of any particular disabilities you may have. If you cannot do it one way, we will find another way. We expect you to refrain from attempting any exercise that is beyond your physical capability.
  • Equipment Requirements
    The only equipment specifically required for this course is an inert training guh ("red gun" or "blue gun"), a holster for your training gun of choice, and a study belt to support the holster. No live weapons (firearms or otherwise) are permitted in the training area. There is other equipment that is not required, but which we believe will enhance your experience of the course. We therefore recommend you bring the following: Soft drinks or water to drink while in the classroom. (No alcohol of any kind is to be consumed within eight hours of the start of any course session or at any time during the course.) Camera. Many people find it helpful to photograph positions or techniques, or take pictures for fun. Something with which to take notes.
  • Credentials
    Credentials: A current Pennsylvania License to Carry Concealed or in a Motor Vehicle is sufficient. A a license to practice a regulated profession which requires one not have any criminal history (such as a license to practice law or medicine, or a nursing license) will also suffice. If those are not available, you can get a certificate of no criminal history from your local police department or your County Sheriff (the cost is under $20). The Rangemaster is the final arbiter of whether the credentialing prerequisite has been satisfied.
  • Certificate
    Certificate: A certificate of completion is awarded to all who complete the course successfully. This course does satisfy the continuing education requirement for NRA law enforcement instructor certification.
  • Course Location:
    The June 28 - 30, 2024 session of this course will be held at the Greater Pittsburgh Gun CLub, 920 King Road, Bulger, PA 16109.

This course is sponsored as a public service by the Pennsylvania Firearms Development Corporation, a non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization organized under Pennsylvania law.  

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 “HAVING A GUN AND THINKING YOU ARE ARMED IS LIKE BUYING A PIANO AND THINKING YOU ARE A MUSICIAN”

Col. Jeff Cooper  (U.S.M.C. Ret.) 

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