INTERMEDIATE PERSONAL PROTECTION:
Training to Live and Win
GSL Defense Training’s intermediate-level defensive handgun class is geared towards the concealed carry license holder or anyone serious about prudently approaching the use of deadly force in self-defense.
Many of the topics and skills will carry over for the serious competitive shooter as well.
“Training to Live and Win” builds upon the fundamental defensive skill sets taught in the NRA Personal Protection and NRA Personal Protection in the Home courses – and similar non-NRA coursework.
We teach you how to better *fight* with your personal defense handgun. Instruction will include proper draw and presentation of your sidearm, minimizing and eliminating wasted movement, and optimizing speed of draw.
Students will also learn smoother and faster reloading, engaging close-range threats, malfunction clearing, shooting around barricades/cover, proper turns and movement and shooting while moving.
Students will learn decision making in high-stress situations and how to articulate dangerous circumstances in explaining their reactions to potentially crippling or lethal threats in post-shooting interrogations. This training will include “shoot – don’t shoot” scenarios on a shooting simulator, including critique.
We will shoot in low-light and “no light” environments, giving students a chance to experience night-time shooting.
Training to Live and Win also features a tactical treatment of gunshot wounds segment discussing the fundamentals of treating gunshot wounds until professional EMTs arrive, including practical exercises treating mock wounds.
Other topics will including mindset considerations and weapon-retention strategies.
The “graduation” exercise is to handle a complex active shooter incident with reactive targets that just like real-life bad guys don’t always go down on the first hit. The exercise will require teamwork, good tactics, rapid decision-making and life-saving skills in a complex, confusing and chaotic environment with pyrotechnics and other excitement.
This class isn’t high-speed, low-drag Special Ops training, but it will provide you a very solid foundation to improve your weapon-handling abilities and how to respond to potentially lethal threats. As an added bonus, if you’re a competitive shooter, you’ll be a better after this class with some of the time-saving and accuracy building techniques we’ll share.
PREREQUISITE: This is not entry-level material in this course. NRA Personal Protection in the Home or similar formal training is recommended prerequisite. FOID card is required of Illinois residents as evidence of good character or carry license from any issuing state for out-of-state students. If the entirety of your previous formal firearm training was a 30-round Illinois Concealed Carry course, you would be better off first taking for our Essential Carry course – or a similar product from reputable, experienced instructors before enrolling for this course. Minimum age: 16 years.
Course date and location:
We’ll be back in 2017 with this class, probably at Darnall’s GunWorks and Ranges in Bloomington.
Registration includes course materials, lunch, drinks, range fees, safety equipment (as needed) and more.
Students will need 500 rounds of ammunition (caliber restriction: mimimum .380, maximum .45). No micro-pocket pistols or rimfires (e.g. Kel-Tec P3AT is a no-go, Glock 26 is perfectly acceptable). Please no magnum ammo, steel-cased or steel-cored on the indoor range (100 rounds). You’ll also need eye and ear protection, belt holster, at least two spare magazines / speedloaders and belt carrier(s), tactical flashlight (with spare batteries) and brimmed hat (keeps hot brass from behind your glasses).