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PERSONAL

FIREARM TACTICS

PERSONAL FIREARM TACTICS

2 DAY COURSE

There is unquestionably more to defending one's self, home and family than knowing how to shoot a gun.  Defense is more than shooting.  No matter what kind of a shot you are, your ability to recognize and solve commonly encountered problems, and make decisions, will be more determinative whether you control a situation and survive or lose control of the situation and are seriously hurt or killed.

This course is for those who have previous, formal training in marksmanship and gun handling, and are now ready to address skills and methods necessary to deal with tactical problems commonly encountered in and around one's home, work-place and neighborhood.  This is not a course on how to shoot.  We assume students in this course have been well-grounded in gun-handling and marksmanship skills.

Nor is this a "personal protection" course designed to teach one how to avoid trouble.  The course assumes that trouble has found you in your home, car or workplace, and you must now address a life-threatening problem.  This is a "nuts-and-bolts" course about problem solving and decision making.  

Covered Topics Include:

 

  • Basic tactical principles which should guide your decision-making in a dynamic scenario.  There will be specific exercises designed to allow students to work with each principle.

  • Preparation of others who will likely be around.  Spouse, children, siblings and co-workers can either help or make things worse.  We discuss how to prepare them to at least not be in the way.

  • Working with a partner.  Operating in conjunction with a friend, acquaintance, spouse or co-worker, as opposed to acting independently of one another.  This includes advance planning, communicating, moving, covering and assisting 

  • Dealing with architectural and natural barriers and obstacles without exposing yourself to unnecessary danger (doors, windows, hallways, corners).

  • How to recognize and effectively employ cover and concealment during an armed altercation.

  • Discussion of weapon selection for various home, work and street environments.

  • Shooting in proximity to other people.  When shots are fired, confusion erupts.

  • Interacting with the police.  What they need to know, what you need to do.

  • Putting the shooting principles taught in firearms courses into practice.  This course involves several simulation exercises and a good deal of shooting.

  • 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 Firearms Instruction Research & Education (FIRE) Institute, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation.

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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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