Sat 3/2 Advanced Tactics: Defensive Handgun – San Jose, CA – 9AM


Saturday, March 2, 2019 — 9:10AM to 3:00PM


Santa Clara County Field Sports Park, Multipurpose Range


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

The Advanced Tactics series offers rotating topics of pertinent, real world gunfighting and self defense firearm training designed for seasoned students, armed professionals, and fellow firearm instructors. It is taught by a team of professionals from around the country with years 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, police academy, or similar training are also acceptable. In order to take this class you must first be proficient with the safe handling of your firearm, to include loading, unloading, manipulating safety controls, moving with the weapon in hand, accurately hitting the target, and using a sling or holster. We will begin all Advanced Tactics classes with a stressed hands-on review and assessment of firearm proficiency and 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.

Advanced 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 Advanced 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 and 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.

This month, we will train on the following topics:

Firearm safety on and off the square range
Seeking using cover in the urban environment
Moving and manipulating your environment with the weapon in hand
Maneuvering to stack threats when faced with multiple opponents
Cover – contact partner movement when dealing with a potential threat
Moving aggressively to “earn” your clear line of sight when working with a partner or bystanders
Threat identification and staying conscious under stress
Balancing aggression and decisiveness with clear thought and problem solving through life and death situations
partner verbal, touch, and silent eye-contact communication
Partner movement when reacting to ambush
High speed and precise execution

This 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. The Advanced Tactics (AT) program makes frequent use of UTM or Simunition brand Non Lethal Training Ammunition, in which case the cost of ammunition will be in addition to the cost of tuition. We train in all weather conditions, so dress and prepare accordingly.

This class is limited to 12 shooters. Register with a friend to receive a $20 per person discount. Additionally, the first 6 students to register using promo code “EARLY20” can take an additional $20 off!

You will need:

1 gallon of water

Handgun with magazines/speed loaders, and 200 rounds

Safe and sturdy holster with belt (If in doubt, call 408-892-5460 to discuss)

Cleaning kit, with barrel rod, and lubricant

Tools for mounting and adjusting your optics and accessories

Snacks, bag lunch, and more water


Highly recommended: IFAK or personal first aid kit

Eye and ear protection

Closed-toe shoes

Sunscreen, hat, clothing suitable for hot weather (We shoot rain or shine)

Full night of sleep and pre-hydrate the night before


Can I borrow equipment?

Our general policy is to have loaner equipment available to you at no additional cost, nonetheless, 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.

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 contact us at info@monarchdefense.org to schedule an appropriate first class with one of our instructors in your area.

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

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.