Applied Tactics: Active Shooter Defense

Experienced shooters, dedicated students of the Craft, welcome to Applied Tactics, your opportunity for efficient, cost effective continuing education and advanced training.

The Applied Tactics series offers rotating topics of pertinent, real world gunfighting and self defense firearm training designed for seasoned students, armed professionals, and firearm instructors. It is taught by professionals from around the country with decades of experience in small arms combat, martial arts, use of force doctrine, and adult learning theory.

Registration for this event is restricted to students who have completed at least one Monarch Defense Dynamic Drills Day or Skill Builder series course, or who have completed at least 2 days of formal live fire weapons training on the type of weapon you will use, basic military training, state armed security guard certification, or police academy. In order to take this class you must first be proficient with the safe handling of your firearm, to include loading, unloading, manipulating safety features, moving with the weapon in hand, and using a sling and holster. We will begin this class with a review and test of firearm safety, and those students who cannot be safe will be asked to sit out and observe, with no refunds. If you are in doubt about meeting the prerequisite, please email info@monarchdefense.org.

Applied Tactics is NOT the venue for learning the basics. We assume that students who register show up rested, hydrated, and ready to train at a high level of detail and focus. This is also not for the shooter who just wants to shoot fast and get a lot of rounds down range; For that there is Dynamic Drills Day. This program is heavily focused on problem solving, partner communication, and team work, and requires 100% mental engagement. Marksmanship and gun handling fundamental skills are expected of you, and are not the primary focus of this training. In this program our aim is to train the mind as the weapon, with the body and all other tools as simply extensions of the mind.

That’s not to say that Applied Tactics classes are physically easy. Gunfighting is a subset of the modern martial art, and as such we place a high emphasis on physical readiness and the willingness to exert. By signing up, you agree to accept the risk of injury or death, through accidents such as stumbling and falling, or through negligence, both your own or others. Safety in training is our utmost concern, but we all must accept some degree of heightened risk when we begin to inject the “square range” with the stressful and chaotic elements of reality in order to achieve the highest quality training possible.

The Applied Tactics series rotates curriculum with each class, and as such every class will dictate specific equipment. Read the packing list and course description very carefully before arriving. This program makes frequent use of UTM and Simunition brand Non Lethal Training Ammunition, in which case the cost of ammunition will be included in the cost of tuition. We train in all weather conditions, so dress and prepare accordingly.

This class is limited to 12 shooters. Sign up together with a friend and receive a $20 discount per person. Be one of the first 6 to register, and take an additional $20 discount using the code “EARLY20”.

In the Active Shooter Defense class, we will train on the following topics:

Firearm safety on and off the square range

Overview and assumptions regarding defending against active shooter events in the school, workplace, or house of worship

Patterns and trends of the past to predict and prepare for future attacks

Col. John Boyd’s OODA Loop principle

Human reaction time, tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, and cognitive dissonance under stress

Balancing aggression and decisiveness with clear thought and problem solving

Developing methods of verbal, and silent communication

Review of lethal force doctrine, and being mindful of collateral damage and civil liability

Reacting to deadly threat by seeking cover and returning accurate rapid fire

Gun fighting in and around man made structures

Partner movement to maintain cover, control, and communication

High speed execution and precision marksmanship

You will need:

Minimum 1 gallon of water

Eye protection. Hearing protection is not necessary.

Your own handgun and holster, worn in a concealed fashion.

Glock 17 holster (we will have a few if you must borrow one)

Optional, 5.56 caliber AR15 rifle, or pump action 12ga shotgun. We will have UTM and Simunition conversion kits for you if you wish to train with your own weapon, and you are willing to let other students use your weapon.

Cleaning kit, with barrel rod, and lubricant

Tools for mounting and adjusting your optics and accessories

Snacks, sandwich, and more water

Highly recommended: IFAK or personal first aid kit

Second layer of long sleeve clothing, and protective gloves

Simunition Glock 17 conversion kits, ammunition, and weapons will be provided

Closed-toe shoes

Dress in normal civilian attire

You will not need sun screen, hat, etc as we will be training indoors in an air conditioned building.

Full night of sleep and pre-hydrate the night before

How can I contact the organizer with my questions?

Brian Wang is the event organizer. He can be reached at 408-892-5460 or info@monarchdefense.org

What is the refund policy?

Refunds are not accepted for this event. Credit can be applied toward future classes or events with 7 days advanced notice.

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