Current Class Descriptions
Armed Church Security Detail Class
This is a 10-hour course designed to assist churches in developing a trained security team with the majority of the time spent training inside and on the grounds of their own home church.
This class starts with a Power Presentation covering nuances of setting up an initial security detail using multiple layers of security to first discourage potential Violent Criminal Attackers (“VCA”), second, to quickly observe and respond to possible threats as quickly as possible both outside of and inside the church building, and third, to appropriately and tactically deal with a VCA, whether one or more, if contact has been initiated using the minimum force level required. Upon completion of this presentation, PTG instructors, the security team, and church-designated staff will conduct a walk-through the facility and grounds. This block typically takes place between 600pm and 800pm on a Friday.
The following day students will undergo 2- hours of firearm training at a range selected by the hosting church. Covered in detail will be firearms safety, safe gunhandling, armed movement through crowds, and surgical shooting under pressure. This is not a basic or remedial shooting block, but instead instruction focused on teaching certain concepts critical to deploying handguns as safely as possible in large crowds. NOTE: Attending students must be capable of safely drawing and holstering and understand the basics of gunhandling and marksmanship. PTG reserves the right to remove any shooter from the line that it deems unsafe (typically poor muzzle discipline and/or failure to keep the trigger finger away from the trigger when not then actively engaging a target).
Students will then be shown methods for interacting with persons whose intent is questionable, highly suspect, or overtly violent, followed by instruction in immediate- action empty hand responses to perceived less lethal assaults, empty hand knife defense in response to close-range surprise attacks, and fundamentals of Active Shooter Response both within and outside of the facility.
Class will close with the PTG instructors providing suggestions for implementing a church security operation plan specific to that particular church based upon assets then available, the layout of the church and the church grounds, and any special concerns expressed by the church.
Contact Steve Moses to discuss pricing. Our prices are very reasonable and vary only based upon the amount of travel time, actual travel expenses, and lodging to be incurred.
Weekend With a Tactical Professor
Join us for two full days days of practical skill development, theoretical concepts, and realistic application of both skill and theory to Personal Protection Problem Solving with Claude Werner, AKA "The Tactical Professor". All instruction is based on twenty years of research and analysis of over 5,000 actual incidents involving Armed Citizens rather than the Police. Class Descriptions are as follows:
Pocket Rocket 101 (Day One): Learn the skills needed to effectively use SMALL handguns for Personal Protection. Pocket Pistols, such as snubnose revolvers and .380 and small 9mm autoloaders, have manuals of arms and performance limitations that differ significantly from service-size handguns. They are very frequently carried for Personal Protection but often not trained with. This course is designed to teach students proven gunhandling techniques unique to Pocket Rockets, increase the students' understanding of the shooting characteristics associated with handguns that are smaller, shorter, lighter, and often equipped with sub-optimal sights, and how to enhance their ability to make timely and accurate hits. Both firing line drills and scenario-based exercises (NOTE: Man v. Man Drills) are used as skill builders in the course.
Skills to be taught include:
Strategy, Tactics, and Options for Personal Protection (STOPP) (Day Two – Morning): This classroom segment focuses on helping clients define the Strategies, Options, and Tactics that are appropriate for them personally in the area of Personal Protection. By defining personal Strategies and being aware of possible Options, the Tactics appropriate to a person’s goals and lifestyle can be chosen. These are unique to each person and no one size fits all. Being aware of a range of possibilities in advance of criminal encounters helps the client avoid Serious Mistakes and achieve Positive Outcomes. All clients taking the class will receive a copy of the book Serious Mistakes and Negative Outcomes by the Tactical Professor.
Scenario Based Live Fire Exercises (Day Two – Afternoon): The ability to perform effectively on an individual basis is a fundamental aspect of Personal Protection. Each client will have the opportunity to individually examine their performance envelope in re-creations of actual incidents that involved Armed Citizens. The re-creations will mirror the conditions and difficulties that Armed Citizens face when protecting themselves and their families from the criminal element.
Claude Werner is The Tactical Professor. His background combines extensive work in the military, personal protection training, and white-collar financial services fields. His training approach is to begin with fundamental tasks and progressively increase the difficulty of learning exercises. Claude is a retired Army Captain with 10 years of service in Special Operations. He was also the Chief Instructor of the elite Rogers Shooting School. His blog is TacticalProfessor.com. His publications about Personal Protection topics include six books, three DVDs, and two audio CDs.
Solo and Team Movement in Primary Dwellings and Other Structures
This introductory class is expressly designed for a single armed individual as well as armed church security teams interested in learning some of the basics associated with moving more safely in homes and/or churches during extreme events (home intrusions, home invasions, and events in houses of worship such as an active shooter, assaults on church members, onsite robberies, and even dealing with violent emotionally disturbed persons). Students will participate in drills covering both slow and dynamic room clearing, manipulation of angles and distance so as to gain maximum tactical advantage, options for dealing with persons taken at gunpoint, and post-fight interaction with well-intentioned but armed Good Samaritans and responding law enforcement. This is not a live-fire class. Students should bring a paintball mask, CO2 cylinder or green gas-powered airsoft pistol, plastic BB pellets, and some form of throat protection (shemaghs are acceptable). This is a force-on-force class and students should expect to take a few hits.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Urban Shotgun Skills
The defensive shotgun may be the most effective tool I can use during a home invasion. In the event of a natural disaster or civil unrest and looters are targeting homes and businesses, a shotgun is likely to have a significant deterrence effect. A shotgun loaded with a buckshot is far more effective in stopping a lethal threat quickly than a handgun. A tube-fed pump shotgun that holds no more than 5 rounds with a conventional buttstock (no pistol grip) is likely legal in every state and probably one of the last firearms to be targeted by the anti-gunners due to their long-time sporting heritage.
PTG’s four-hour Urban Shotgun Skills will cover critical gunhandling and marksmanship skills unique to the defensive shotgun. Much emphasis is spent on keeping the shotgun up and running and finding the correct balance between speed and accuracy. Students will learn how their individual shotgun patterns buckshot and point-of-aim/point of impact with slugs at varying distances.
Required equipment: Pump-action or semi-automatic shotgun, eye and ear protection, clothing suitable for weather (class will be rescheduled if rainfall is such that road and range are unusable), and 75 birdshot, 15 buckshot (Federal Tactical reduced recoil 00 buck with Flite Control wad recommended), 10 foster-type slugs (reduced recoil recommended). In addition, students should have the means to carry additional shotshells on their shotgun (shotshell buttcuffs or receiver mounted Sidesaddles), belt, or in a 5.11 PUSH Pack (or its equivalent). Students who wish to bring 5 full-power hardened slugs may do so.
This class will be held at the ETRPC Range in Longview, TX
Defensive Pistol Basics
This class is expressly designed to better prepare our students to deal with potential or actual physical contact with persons whose intentions may range from suspect to overtly lethal in transitional areas such as parking lots, sidewalks, parking garages, and the exterior of malls, large shopping centers and the like where Violent Criminal Actors tend to ply their trade. Violent criminal assaults, whether armed or unarmed, tend to take place at extremely close range, and typically involve the use of ruse or ambush by the attackers in order to close distances and carry out an assault. The nature of these attacks often leaves the intended victim with very little time to process information, and even less time to respond appropriately.
The objective of our experienced instructors is to better prepare our students to deal with a deadly force threat by virtue of a reliable presentation of a handgun from a holster concealed under a real-world cover garment, enhanced ability to handle and manipulate a handgun in a high-stress situation, and achievement of better hits at a higher rate of speed.
This is not a high-round shooting class, but instead a fighting class designed for lawfully-carrying men and women who, as a last resort, wish to defend themselves and their loved ones more effectively with the handgun they have on their person.
Requirements: Brimmed cap or hat, eye protection, ear protection, reliable pistol or revolver, three magazines or speedloaders, quality kydex holster (high-end leather holsters are acceptable), magazine or speedloader pouch, robust belt, shoes and clothes suitable for weather and season, water, snacks, and lunch. 200 rounds of factory ammunition are required.
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Contact distance Defensive Skills
The Contact Distance Defensive Skills class is a 4-hour clinic designed to identify problems concealed carriers will likely face if attacked at close range with a blunt instrument, edged weapon, or empty hands before they can access and deploy a defensive weapon like a handgun, knife, or sap or blackjack. Regardless of the defensive weapons carried (or selected) by the concealed carrier, the problem remains the same-how to survive until a defensive weapon can be deployed and then used effectively. The initial responses students will be introduced to are non-diagnostic actions designed to enable the student to survive, stabilize, and then move to a dominant position which will allow them to disengage from, overpower, or more safely access and then use a defensive tool effectively.
This clinic closely follows the Shivworks Collective/Red Zone Threat Management models and will cover the following topics:
· Managing encounters with persons of questionable intent or unknown contacts.
· Immediate responses to assaults not involving a handgun
· Surviving the full mount/ground-and-pound position
· Fighting from the BJJ full-guard and half-guard position
· Use of the defensive knife upon gaining a dominant position
· Use of the sap or blackjack upon gaining a dominant position
· Use of the concealed handgun upon gaining a dominant position
Students should wear loose clothes. Recommended equipment is set out below:
1. Boston Leather Midget Sap. This is a good sap for both training and every- day carry (“EDC”) and can be purchased for around $25.
2. EDC holster and Blue Ring plastic pistol in same model as their carry pistol.
The above gear is not required but use of the same will allow students to train with and test their EDC gear.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm