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Close-Quarters Pistol




4 hours

About the Course

Since many gunfights occur in close quarters, you need specialized techniques to survive these encounters. In this 4-hour class, you will learn how these attacks manifest and how to manage the first blows. We will show you various firing positions and how to move off the line of attack. We conduct both live-fire and AirSoft drills to instill the skills you need to deal with an aggressor at close range.


Topics to be covered:​

  • Pectoral index and shooting from the "Compressed Ready"

  • Pre-attack indicators

  • Blocking/covering to survive the "sucker punch"

  • Pistol retention and recovery during a struggle

  • Clearing stoppages at close range

Required equipment:

  • Handgun with quality holster

  • 2+ magazines

  • 200 rounds of ammunition

  • Eye and ear protection


Prerequisite: Basic Pistol, Intermediate Pistol, or equivalent class/experience.

Class does NOT satisfy state-mandated CCW curriculum.

Your Instructor

Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Dan retired from the FBI after 24 years of service. He is skilled in crisis management, criminal investigation, intelligence, and law enforcement training. His assignments included SWAT Senior Team Leader (tactical commander), Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, Chairman of the Bay Area Terrorism Working Group (BATWinG) and Supervisory Special Agent. Over the last 20 years, he has provided tactical/firearms instruction to hundreds of local, federal, and foreign law enforcement officers. He is certified as a firearms instructor by multiple agencies including the California Department of Justice. Dan has a Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California and is a nationally-registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

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