Thank you for your interest in learning about using a handgun for self defense, and in turn, the skills, knowledge, and mindset necessary for the lifestyle of carrying a concealed handgun. Our comprehensive program is 40 hours, split into four days of high intensity, mentally stimulating, physically active training.
We group the first two days of training (DH1 and DH2) into the introductory phase. There is no prerequisite. We also offer an accelerated one day, twelve hour format for students who have completed Firearm Safety and Self Defense (FSSD), an eight hour prerequisite.
In Introduction to Defensive Handgun, you will learn the foundational mindset of using a gun in self defense, responsible and legal use of deadly force, and all of the necessary gun handling procedures to be able to safely operate a handgun, and hitting the target. This includes introduction and mastery of sight alignment, shot placement in the proper parts of human anatomy, rapid fire and recoil management, shooting in the dark, moving and shooting, target identification under stress, one handed shooting, tactical and emergency reload techniques, simple and complex malfunction clearing procedures, drawing from the holster, and operating the pistol or revolver in conjunction with a handheld flashlight.
What we do NOT cover in Introduction to Defensive Handgun are the more subtle decision making skills such as how to manage cover and concealment in the urban environment, how to minimize your exposure to enemy fire while moving around cars or buildings, how to “clear” a room using penetrating and non penetrating techniques in attack and defense, how to overcome the handgun’s inherent weakness to fight and win against fast moving knife welding assailants, or how to incorporate grappling and striking into your firearm training to bridge the gap in the weapon’s capabilities in the 1 to 2 arms length environment. Simply put, these topics are grouped into tactics training, and are found in our Advanced Defensive Handgun program, encompassing DH3 and DH4 curricula, 10 hours each.
For those interested in the Advanced Defensive Handgun program, we expect students to have a solid foundation in holster safety, muzzle discipline, movement, marksmanship, and mastery of Use of Force. For example, if we offered a class on “How to Spell, and the Basics of Grammar and Sentence Structure”, that would be like DH1 and DH2. Once you have mastered that necessary prerequisite material, then you can progress into a more advanced class, such as “Persuasive Essay Writing and Storytelling”.
It is obvious in this comparison then that you need to first master spelling and grammar before you can begin writing essays and books, but undoubtedly there will be students who wish to skip the prerequisites. This typically causes lots of problems for them and for the rest of the students, because folks underestimate just how much material we cover in the first 20 hours of training. Having said that, if you have attended formal handgun training from other schools, please reach out directly to me, Brian Wang, at email@example.com, or (408) 892-5460 and we can discuss your experience and place you properly into the right level of training.
In summary, there are 2 linear tracks that most students will follow during their handgun training here at Monarch Defense:
Firearm Safety and Self Defense (FSSD) –> Introduction to Defensive Handgun Accelerated (DH1 and DH2) –> Advanced Defensive Handgun (DH3 and DH4)
Introduction to Defensive Handgun traditional format (DH1 and DH2) –> Advanced Defensive Handgun (DH3 and DH4)
Once students have met the basic safety and handling prerequisite for DH1, then they can join us for guest instructors and non-linear advanced training in the Dynamic Drills Day and Applied Tactics programs.