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Experienced shooters, dedicated students to the art of self defense and gunfighting, the modern martial art, welcome to Applied Tactics. This is 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, law enforcement and security professionals. It is taught by a team of instructors 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 proven themselves to be safe gun handlers at one or more Monarch Defense Dynamic Drills Day or Skill Builder series course, or who have completed at least 2 days of formal live fire weapons training, basic military training, state certified armed security guard training, 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 an evaluation of firearm safety, and those students who cannot be safe will be asked to sit out and observe, without refund. If you are in doubt about meeting the prerequisite, please call 408-892-5460 or 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.

In the Counter Ambush class, we will train on the following topics:

Firearm safety while moving with the weapon in hand
Communicating with partners, bystanders, non-combatants, and suspects
Counter ambush theory and adaptations for civilian usage
React to contact drill
Break contact drill
Suppressive fire versus well aimed fire
Moving to cover
Fighting while wounded
Fighting from the ground and from compromised positions
Critical thinking under stress
Trauma first aid techniques and applications
High speed execution and precision

You will need:

1 gallon of water
Pistol or revolver
Safe and sturdy holster with belt (If in doubt, call 408-892-5460 to discuss)
Inside the waistband holsters are preferred. Appendix is okay.
300 rounds of conventional or frangible handgun training ammo. Frangible pistol ammo is optional, but is preferable as it produces less hazardous fragments upon obliterating on steel targets.
Make sure optics are zeroed properly ahead of time.
Cleaning kit, with barrel rod, and lubricant
Tools for mounting and adjusting your optics and accessories
Snacks, bag lunch, and more water
Training tourniquet
Highly recommended: IFAK or personal first aid kit
Eye and ear protection
Closed-toe shoes
Sunscreen, hat, clothing suitable for hot/cold/wet weather (We shoot rain or shine) Full night of sleep and pre-hydrate the night before
Gloves to protect your hands during setup and cleanup.


How much does it cost?

Base price for this class is $185 per person. Classes are discounted for early signups, and the price increases as the class fill up and the date nears.

Can I borrow equipment?

Our general policy is to have loaner equipment available to you at no additional cost. However, this type of training requires that you are proficient in your tools, such as showing up to class with your optics already zeroed. That may be difficult if you are borrowing gear. We recommend that you contact us well in advance if you need to borrow anything.

Can you provide ammunition?

Selling ammunition is not our business, nonetheless, we do keep on hand a stock of all of the common calibers, for your convenience in case you don’t have time to buy it before class. Email info@monarchdefense.org if you need to share our ammo for training.

Is there an age limit to enter the event?

Generally speaking, this is an adult level program.

Can I shoot reloads?


Can I wear/shoot a backup gun for the drills?


My friend wants to attend, but he/she has never shot before. Can he/she come?

This event is not appropriate for a first time gun-handler. You can invite him or her to observe, and check out our beginner friendly programs at http://www.monarchdefense.org.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Please no steel core, armor piercing, incendiary, or tracer ammunition. Do not consume alcohol or any mind altering substance before or during the shooting.

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


1 hour east from san jose, 1 hour south from livermore. Details will be emailed to those who register before the class date. 

What is the refund policy? We do not issue refunds under most circumstances. Instead, new for 2020, we offer an open reschedule policy. Notify us by email to info@monarchdefense.org within 1 hour before class starts, and we will happily apply your full tuition credit towards a future event or class. You must use your tuition credit within 1 calendar year.

Notes on equipment: Bring what you have, don’t stress about “having XYZ piece of kit”. You’ll be fine. Bring what you have. If it doesn’t work, I’ll loan you a set. If you don’t have gear, talk to me ahead of time and I’ll bring you a spare gun and gear. No extra charge. If you need ammunition, we can supply ammunition for your class. Call or email for details. You are responsible for understanding the law regarding transport, carry and ownership of firearms, but so long as you are safe on my range, use what you wish. Brian Wang is the event organizer. He can be reached at 408-892-5460 or info@monarchdefense.org

Additional information

Date, Time

Sunday 7/12 10am-6pm