Handgun Combatives

Part 1: Proven Combat Shooting Essentials

with Dave Spaulding

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180 minutes

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In a market saturated with information about the combative use of a handgun comes a much-needed practical perspective from the 2010 Law Officer Trainer of the Year, Dave Spaulding. For the Handgun Combatives videos, Spaulding draws on what he has learned in more than 35 years of law enforcement and federal security experience to show you what fighting with a pistol is really like. Spaulding readily admits that much of what he knows about shooting he learned from others, because he made it his business to learn from the best. Spaulding then takes this hard-earned knowledge and adds his own unique, combat-proven twists.

In the first part of Handgun Combatives, Spaulding focuses on shooting essentials. Shooting a handgun is pretty simple, says Spaulding. Whether you are an elite military or police marksman or a civilian who keeps a handgun for self-defense situations, firing a handgun involves the same mechanics: draw, hold, aim, and shoot. By keeping these moves simple and consistent, you increase your chances dramatically of hitting what you target when lives are at stake. From grip, stance, weapon retention, concealed draws, seated shooting to live-fire drills— everything in this video is geared to helping you become a much more confident, efficient, and proficient handgun shooter. Mastering these essential skills is crucial because they will determine whether you prevail in an armed encounter. And surviving a gunfight is not good enough—prevailing is the only acceptable outcome.
Dave Spaulding is a professional firearms instructor with 36 years of experience in law enforcement and federal security. The recipient of the 2010 Law Enforcement Trainer of the Year Award from the International Law Enforcement Training and Educators Association (ILEETA) and Law Officer magazine, Dave is a graduate of many prestigious firearms training programs and has trained students worldwide in realistic combat handgun techniques. He was a founding member of his agency's SWAT team and acted as its training officer for eight years. In addition to his many published articles (over 1,000), Dave is the author of two acclaimed books, Defensive Living and Handgun Combatives. He currently operates his own training company that focuses exclusively on the combative application of the handgun. For more information or to contact Dave, visit his website.
1) Equipment
- Handguns
- Holsters
- Targets
2) Shooting Essentials
- Physiological Efficiency
- The Grip
- Thumbs-Forward Grip
- Trigger Control
- Trigger Control vs. Trigger Manipulation
- Stance
- Body Position
- Arm Positioning
3) Running the Gun
- Ready Position
- Low Ready / Guard Position
- Compressed Low-Ready Position
- Weapon-Retention Ready Position
- Safety Circle Position
- Position Sul
- Loading
- Chamber Check / Press Check
- Speed Loading
- Inserting the Magazine
- Slide-Lock Reload
- Tactical Reload
- Gunsite Technique
- Thunder Ranch Technique
- Reload with Retention
- Clearing Malfunctions
- Saddle-Grip Clearing
- Thumb-Grip Clearing
- Double-Feed Malfunction
- One-Hand Malfunction Clearance
- Double-Feed One-Hand Clearance
- One-Hand Shooting
- Off-Hand Shooting
4) Holster Skills
- Armpit Draw
- Cross Draw
- Strong-Side Carry
- Efficiency of the Draw
- Concealed Draw
- Side-Step Technique
- Swipe Technique
- Lapel Slide Technique
- Hook Technique
- Concealed-Draw Live Fire
- Closed-Front Garment Draw
- Hackathorn Rip
- Bowie Sweep
- Draw Drills
- 2x2x2 Drill
- Gunsite Drill
- Reholstering the Gun
- Wrong Tool Drill
- Pivoting and Turning
- Off-Side Hand Draw
- Table Shoot