TIER 4 - COMBATIVE HANDGUN
THE DSI (TIER 4) COMBATIVE HANDGUN PROGRAM is for serious students of personal protection, imparting the skills and attitudes they need to decisively win the fight of their lives.
Completing the Tier 4 series (or having demonstrated an acceptable equivalent level of competencies) allows you to take the DSI Tier 4 Handgun Skills Test (T4-HST).
Students who pass the T4-HST* with 80% or better, will earn a Certificate of Completion and when used in conjunction with the Certificate of Completion from their Online curricula students will earn the coveted DSI “Graduate” Certificate.
WHAT you will learn: New gun owners will learn to safely and effectively handle and shoot a handgun under realistic conditions, apply the combative skills needed to dominate a lethal force confrontation, use immediate lifesaving medical care, and appreciate the legal ramifications of fighting to save innocent life. Veteran shooters can refresh existing skills, learn new techniques and concepts, and fill any gaps in their prior training.
Course content starts with basics like wearing your equipment correctly, grip and stance, and how to quickly and effectively present (draw) your handgun, and achieve hits with practical combat accuracy using either intuitive fire or combative sighted fire. You master reloads and malfunction clearance, maneuver (moving off the line of attack, and to cover), shooting under no or low light conditions, shoot/no-shoot decision making, and de-escalation, and treatment of life-threatening injuries in the immediate aftermath of a fight.
HOW you will be trained: Our Combative Handgun Program goes well beyond typical, administrative state licensing courses and basic NRA-type training. We do this with a unique training experience and support system presented by DSI certified Distributed Security Advisors (DSAs) who give you personal attention and help you reach your full potential - before, during, and after your initial range training.
DSI's training methodology is delivered in three phases: pre-course information and guidance, intensive on-range gun-handling skills and drills, and a continual post-course support system delivered by your DSA.
Pre-course materials, including curricula, equipment lists, instructional drills and videos, manuals, photos, fully customizable individual daily training plans, and all supporting materials, courses, and quizzes are provided prior to your course through our online training portal (the DSI Defense Academy). More importantly, your DSA will be available to answer your questions during his Weekly Live Pre-Course Q&A Briefs.
Range Training is fast-paced, dynamic, hands-on, and intensive. You will learn practical gun-handling skills by practicing them under the watchful eye of your DSA(s). Because all of the "book learning" was done prior to your course, these 16 hours of range training are devoted entirely to learning and practicing physical skills and techniques.
- Post-course, through your continued enrollment in the Defense Academy, you will have continued access to regularly updated training materials, including curricula, equipment lists, instructional drills and videos, manuals, and photos. You will be tied into your local distributed security network via your own Private Training Group, and you will be the first to receive ongoing challenging training opportunities. Most importantly, your DSA hosts thrice-weekly 30-minute Online Dry Practice Sessions where they will answer all of your self-training questions, help you sharpen your skills, and achieve your training goals between classes by using your fully customizable Daily Training Plan and your DSI Training Notebook.
The Combative Handgun Program is organized in four modules, briefly described below, which offer great flexibility in scheduling. For instance, you can complete the 16-hour range training in two consecutive, 8-hour days; or you can take one, 4-hour module at a time over a period of one or more weeks. We prefer the latter format, as it allows the student to rest and assimilate skill sets between range sessions, and integrate the online pre-course work with their progress through the range training.
Module-1 - Handgun BASICS includes choice and correct wearing of equipment, safety rules and habits, grip and stance, draw and presentation, practical combat accuracy using intuitive fire, reloading in a gunfight, preventing and clearing the most common type of malfunction, moving safely off the line of attack and to cover, and using cover correctly.
Module-2 - Handgun SKILL BUILDER tests and reviews the combative skills learned in Module-1, and moves on to sighted combative fire, more reload techniques, drawing from concealment, maneuvering during a fight, remedial actions for malfunctions, shooting in a low light environment, applying tourniquets and packing wounds to control life-threatening bleeding.
Module-3 - Handgun SKILL MASTERY tests all combative skills from previous modules, and introduces more reloading options, how to control and respond to your adversary's actions, how to deal with multiple adversaries, engaging in low and no-light conditions with a tactical light, and how to deal with open chest wounds and manage airways. You will develop speed and practical accuracy under all conditions. At the end of this course, you will have learned almost all of the basic gun-handling techniques needed to protect yourself in a lethal force environment and save innocent lives in the aftermath.
Module-4 - Handgun COMBATIVES: The course starts with the testing of the combative skills learned through modules 1-3 and then introduces engagement of close-contact targets and improvised shooting positions. You will shoot under time pressure at ranges from contact to 10 yards and more. You will integrate all combative skills under time and performance pressure, with ample trigger time. This final module will put a sharp edge on your ability to shoot quickly and accurately during a lethal force encounter.
- COST: $800.00
- DATES: See Schedule
- TIME: 4 or 8-hour blocks
- LOCATION: Various
- COURSE DOCUMENTS: - Please download and read prior to your course
- REGISTRATION FORM: Please download, fill out, and email back to your DSA
*While the T4-HST is challenging if you have been taking full advantage of all of your DSAs weekly range and Online training opportunities (like the thrice Weekly Online Dry Practice Training) and following his guidance in your Daily Training Plan, you will have no problems with your skills test.
HOW TO REGISTER: Click the course schedule link to find the date you would like to attend. Then contact your DSA via email or on our forums. You will need to download and read the course documents, then fill out the one-page registration form and email to him. Once your registration/application is accepted then he will send confirmation and payment instructions.