Written by: Greg Ellifritz
I’ve taught 13 classes already this year. Eleven of the thirteen were sold out and filled to capacity. Three more of my classes later this year are already full. Here are some upcoming classes that still have a few spots remaining. Register quickly if you are interested. If past performance is any prediction of the future, there won’t be any available seats in these classes for long!
I’ve have two upcoming classes in the Culpeper, Virginia area in the next few weeks. I will be teaching a Tactical Medicine class on Saturday, June 10th and an Extreme Close Range Gunfighting class on Sunday, June 11th.
Registration for either (or both) classes can be done on the FPF Training Website.
I am also teaching a “Level One” handgun class at a private range in north central Ohio (near Millersburg) on Sunday, August 6th. I only do a few of these classes a year. It’s basically a pistol shooting clinic. I work with all students to fix problems with grip, stance, trigger control, concealed draw, and shooting while moving. This is the class to take if you’ve already taken a basic CCW class and want to learn how to shoot your gun faster and with better accuracy.
The class is a bargain at $150. Contact Mike Hummel at 330-763-3533 for registration details.
Course descriptions are below. I hope to see you there!
Tactical First Aid and “System Collapse” Medicine
This hands-on class will develop proficiency in basic battlefield medical techniques utilizing the military’s latest “Tactical Combat Casualty Care” protocols.
Students will learn to stop traumatic bleeding from gunshot and knife wounds using the latest pressure bandages, tourniquets, and hemostatic agents. Self care and care under fire will also be addressed.
Students will also learn simple patient assessment techniques, how to treat a sucking chest wound and tension pneumothorax as well as field fracture immobilization and expedient c-spine immobilization. Options for assuring clear airways (including improvised surgical airways) will be practiced.
In addition, students will learn how to treat themselves and families in the event of a long-term breakdown in our current medical system. Wound cleaning and disinfection under field conditions, injection of local anesthesia and wound closure (including minor suturing) will be practiced in our “trauma lab”. If time permits, students will integrate all of these skills in several practical scenarios.
Information about what types of drugs to stockpile for natural disasters or a collapse in the health care system will be discussed, along with methods for legally acquiring those pharmaceuticals. The instructor will also discuss what items should be included in a comprehensive medical kit and how to improvise those items in an austere environment
Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting
The skills you learned on the target shooting range or in your CCW class may not work for you when the fight happens within arms’ reach. Extreme close range gun fighting is a completely different skill set, one that relies far more on FIGHTING than on mere shooting.
With up to 50% of gunfight fatalities occurring at ranges closer than five feet, you need this skill set! Join Greg Ellifritz as he teaches a dynamic close quarters gun fighting class that will cover the following topics:
– Retention Shooting Positions
– Body positioning and shooting stances for the close quarters fight
– In-fight weapons access and drawing skills
– Stopping an opponent’s draw
– Making contact shots without creating malfunctions
– Close quarters gun disarms
– One handed close quarters malfunction drills
– Using the pistol as an impact weapon
– Drawing and shooting from unconventional positions
– Weapons access and gun fighting from the ground
– Rescuing a partner or family member who is in an opponent’s clinch
– Weapons retention, both in holster and in hand
This is not the class for a beginning shooter! Proper gun handling skills and evidence of prior training is a prerequisite for the course. Prior training in a combative martial art or police defensive tactics class will be useful, but not required. The class will be somewhat physically demanding, so please show up expecting to work hard.
Tactical Handgun Level 1
This is the next logical step for those who have taken a basic concealed carry class (or the equivalent) and are looking to refine your skills and practice in a more realistic context. The course will cover:
– Advanced trigger control concepts
– Drawing the weapon from concealment
– Tactical Marksmanship
– Malfunction clearances
– Shooting while moving
– Proper use of cover
– Reliable firearm and 2 extra magazines/speedloaders
– Quality belt holster that is sturdy enough to allow one-handed reholstering
– Eye and ear protection
– 300 rounds of ammunition
Prerequisites- Basic handgun training class (CCW, NRA, or the equivalent). You must know how to operate your gun!
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