Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: “The Fight” Review

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Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review: One Hand

One Handed

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review: Me with tourniquet on right arm and disabled and shot hand

KEN with Shot Hand and a Belt Tourniquet

I review Tactical Response’s course “The Fight”, a tactical shooting pistol training.  This is a real-life force-on-force based scenario tactical training, not make believe crap.  ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF TACTICAL RESPONSE.

The Fight is a training that is taught by Tactical Response of TacticalResponse.com and was located at their shop at 116 Wood Avenue, Camden TN.  I went to the training in May of 2014.  As I already said, this is a force on force training.  It is two days packed full of scenarios, one right after the other.  The cost of this training was $500.

Instructors in this class were Jay Gibson, Reid Henrichs, and Tim Morris, and the names of the Role Players (aka mostly bad guys) were Big Jack, Calvin, Ed, and Billy.

Saturday, The Fight Day 1

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review: Me During a Robbery with two assailants

KEN fighting in a robbery against two assailants

You must show up on time (0900).  Be sharp, but do NOT be early.  I was an hour early, and waited on Tactical Response to open up.  They opened their doors just before the class was supposed to start.

If you carry, you are given a chance to put all weapons back in your car, because it is important that you don’t get carried away and grab a real gun or knife.  It is extremely easy to screw this up if you have your real piece on you because the training pistols are Glock 17s that were modified for paint marking rounds, and once adrenaline kicks in, who knows what you will do.

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review: Me During a Mugging with two assailants at ATM #1

KEN Fighting two Muggers at ATM 1

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review: Me During a Mugging with two assailants at ATM #2

KEN Fighting two Muggers at ATM 2

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review: Me During a Mugging with two assailants at ATM #3

KEN Fighting two Muggers at ATM 3

It doesn’t matter if you use your own or what they provide as loaners, but you will need to have a holster, mag pouch, and paintball mask.  You must have a cup with you, but no one checked for it.  Don’t be stupid, wear a cup.  They provide the modified Glocks, two magazines, and paint marking rounds.

I also recommend wearing a short sleeve undershirt with long sleeve over shirt.  Anything you would wear should be what you would wear to a paintball gun fight with the knowledge that you may end up ruining the clothing.

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review: Me During a Robbery with two assailants

KEN fighting in a robbery against two assailants

I wanted to take the time to attempt a trial in this class.  The big open carry vs. concealed carry debate…  Well, I will tell you this 90% of all the times I got shot in this class was when I open-carried.  Don’t do it.  If you learn the steps of combat pistol, it takes almost no variation to pull a concealed weapon from holster and takes very little extra time over a concealed weapon.  And if you shout, “STOP!” and move while drawing, you have placed yourself at an advantage, instead of the disadvantage of an open carry piece.

During the class, when we weren’t in the middle of a scenario, they taught the rest of the class.  There was no “dead space” in this class.  You were always learning something valuable.

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review: Dead Assailant

Dead Assailant

Non-scenario survival training topics included:

  • Trauma Kits and what each thing is for
  • Home Security
  • Shotguns
  • Vehicle Defense
  • Legal Issues
  • And many other topics.

In some scenarios, there is a right and wrong answer, or you have a choice.  Other

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Mugged at ATM

ATM Mugging

I have to be careful not to give away details of the scenarios, but here is a list of some of them from day 1:

  • Pulling money from an ATM
  • Getting a drink at the bar
  • Making a bank deposit and getting caught in a robbery
  • Going to a crappy hole-in-the-wall tattoo parlor
  • Witnessing a possible crime going down
Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Belt for Tourniquet

Belt for Tourniquet

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Loss of Dominant Arm

Loss of Dominant Arm

After each scenario, you will immediately write down everything that happened in a notebook that is given to you for that purpose.  You want to be as detailed as possible for your own good.  Once everyone has finished the scenario (individually), then as a group we would discuss the scenario.  No one knows your faults or greatness, unless you choose to give that information, and you are not called out on it either.

There are some underlying principles that I cannot REALLY teach you, but generally, you don’t want to be in stupid places with stupid people doing stupid things.  You don’t know the intentions of others, and as a law abiding citizen, you will almost always be in a “reaction” situation.  If you have a gut feeling to “get out of here” then listen to it, and get out.

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  One Hand

One Handed

I was fortunate that I knew about training myself to do the “gross motor skill” actions, instead of ever training myself to use fine motor skills in combat.  I think it saved my bacon a time or two.  Even with this knowledge, you may find yourself stuck in a loop.  When my magazine was out, during one scenario, I ended up in a loop of racking the slide over and over.  Fortunately, I was in the clear from danger at the time, but I couldn’t have known that.

At the end of the first day, I was a little exhausted and a little bummed just from getting my pride hurt, but a good night’s sleep in the bunkhouse and I was up the next morning ready to go.  Quick tidbit about the bunkhouse: clean up after yourself and give a donation since you don’t have to stay in a hotel.

Sunday, The Fight Day 2:

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  PackingOn the second day, I felt as if it was a new day and that I had a better grasp on how I could handle each scenario.  I felt much better than the day before, and did much better as well.

Once again I can’t give too much information about their classes and how everything goes down in each scenario, but here is the basic list of a few from day 2:

  • Another bank robbery
  • Going to that darn bar again
  • You got shot in your hand, what now?
  • Some people stealing your vehicle in a parking garage
  • Getting caught in a domestic dispute
  • Being attacked by a crazy serial murderer
  • Being arrested and taken in

In your own home during a break-in (oh how I wish I could give you more info on this one!)

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Burglary during shower

Shower Scene

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Shower Burglarly

How dare you interrupt my shower.

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Multiple Shots Motionless Operators Ventilate Easily

MOVE: Motionless Operators Ventilate Easily

There are some underlying principles that I cannot REALLY teach you, but generally, you don’t want to be in stupid places with stupid people doing stupid things.  You don’t know the intentions of others, and as a law abiding citizen, you will almost always be in a “reaction” situation.  If you have a gut feeling to “get out of here” then listen to it, and get out.

You cannot be tried for not shooting, and if you did shoot, then you must consider the option to NOT say anything to the police without an attorney present.  It is extremely important since you are ALWAYS being listened to and recorded for evidence of guilt.

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Gun Fight

Throw Down

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Gun Fight

Stop Hurting my Friend!

Take some water bottles, drink plenty of water, get plenty of sleep, and stay in the team room that they make available.

I would recommend taking the fighting pistol class from Tactical Response first, and then taking “The Fight” afterward.  The lessons learned in the fighting pistol will give you foundational training, and “The Fight” will put you to the test and give you emersion training that is extremely difficult to get any other way than to get into fights.

At the end of the class, Tactical Response gave us some information for all Alumni.  There are some exciting free, additional items of extremely high value available to Alumni, but I don’t think TR wants that to be the selling point of the course.

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review: The Whole Gang

The Whole Gang (I am the front right)

I highly recommend taking Tactical Response’s “The Fight” Force-on-Force, Scenario-Based Course.  I had a great experience and left more bruised and better equipped that when I left.  You can see many other reviews of the class at their forum: http://www.getoffthex.com/topic/the-fight-24-25-may-2014-camden-tn

 

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Actors

Actors

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Man Down Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  On Guard

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Bank Robbery

Bank Robbery

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Rob the Bank

Robbing the Bank

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Nice Shot

Nice Shot

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Bank Robbing

Bank Robbing

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Bank Scenario

Bank Scenario

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  Help out your friend

Help out your friend

Tactical Shooting Pistol Firearms Training: "The Fight" Review:  One Handed Shot

 

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Ken
Ken
Ken is addicted to fitness and mountain biking. He is such a thrill seeker, people are starting to be concerned!He enjoys MTBing, Hiking, Climbing, Geocaching, Orienteering, Weight Lifting, and Wilderness Survival.

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