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This program is designed for members or employees of small to medium-sized enterprises or institutions who want to learn how to operate as a small team to defend their venue from violent attack. It is an operator-level course, for individuals and team leaders. 

TeamTacticsTheSiteTile3Team Tactics is easily the most important training event your team will ever take part in. This program will forge life-long bonds of trust and confidence among participants while teaching them the combative skills necessary to defend life and property against:

  1. Active shooters
  2. Mob violence
  3. Terrorist attacks
  4. Gang warfare
  5. Predatory thugs

Team Tactics integrates live-fire range training with reality based training (RBT) (using non-lethal training firearms and live role players) to deliver an unparalleled training experience. Team Tactics utilizes our innovative pre-course and post-course training resources to deliver a comprehensive firearms training experience including:

  1. Four days of integrated range and RBT training
  2. Directed pre-course study of resources in DSI's online Defense Academy
  3. 12-month post-course "Smartsheets" customized training plan
  4. Seven print manuals.
  5. Access to supplemental on-line courses.
  6. Private on-line training group.

Attendees at the on-range Tier 2 Team Tactics Course will:

  1. Review and hone combative handgun and rifle skills and techniques
  2. Learn to work as part of a 2, 3, or 4-person team, to defend life and property.
  3. Learn how to work with other teams, and to cooperate with law enforcement and other allies and associates to protect a private enterprise or institution (business, church, or school).

Reality based training (RBT) is at the core of our training method. RBT is simulation or "force-on-force" training that provides stress inoculation, allowing the student to experience what violence looks and feels like. RBT boosts the student's confidence in his ability to dominate adversaries and protect himself and others, under the normally debilitating stress of a lethal force encounter. Scenario-based training builds the fund of applicable experience that will speed effective decision making and effective performance in a crisis.

Students learn to apply their decision making and gun handling skills under realistic conditions such as low light; multiple, unknown threats; the presence of noncombatants; and with a variety of mission objectives such as defend in place, search and clear, egress, and recovery.

We utilize an escalating series of RBT scenarios to teach the basics of tactical maneuver in and around structures, both as an individual and as a member of a 2-, 3-, or 4-person team to confront an active shooter or other violent threat in your business, school or church. We cover communications within the team, with higher authority, and with responding law enforcement, and we teach the latest close quarter battle tactics for moving and fighting safely and effectively within and around a structure.

Our training methodology is delivered in three phases: pre-course information and guidance, range training, and our post-course support system.

  1. Pre-course When you register for this Program, you will receive detailed instructions and access to curricula, manuals, scenarios, and other resources in our online Defense Academy so that you can, on your own schedule, become comfortable with key concepts and techniques before you attend your on-range Tier 2 course. You will have access to qualified instructors who can answer your questions and address your concerns before you ever set foot on the range.
    1. Your completion of the pre-course work allows us to minimize "classroom" or lecture time during the range training event. While awaiting your turn to rotate through each RBT scenario, you will practice and polish your gun handling skills with our expert instructors on the live fire range. In RBT, you will apply those gun handling skills along with effective tactics and solid decision making to solve realistic, stressful, and increasingly difficult problems that pit you against well-trained and carefully scripted role players in a safe training environment.
    2. Post-course: You will gain access to additional resources in the Defense Academy to help you review and sustain the skills and knowledge you have developed in your Tier 2 course. Our training staff will remain accessible to answer any questions and recommend further training opportunities. 

Defense Academy Support: Each phase of your training is supported through our online Defense Academy, which houses all the curricula and materials (instructional videos, manuals, photos, customized training plans, white papers, etc.,) which you will need to access in order to quickly progress your training.

Program Information

  • COST: $2,695
  • DATES: See Calendar
  • TIME: 4 Days 
  • LOCATION: Various locations throughout the US.
  • PREREQUISITES: Completion of the DSI Combative Handgun, Individual Tactics, and Combative Rifle Programs.

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These are the steps to register: Registration is limited to 6 attendees. (If you want to bring 6 team members to the same course we can customize a course for you. Email us at for more information or call us at 1.877.452.0951).

  1. Select the date of your course using this link.
  2. Pay the deposit. This is a non-refundable deposit guaranteeing your spot in the program.
  3. We will accept only 6 paid students per group. Spots will be awarded based upon your payment date. 

Background Check:

To ensure that those training with you are persons of good ethical character, we require all applicants to provide one of the following forms of information. Please bring the original to your course for verification. Should you not have any of these forms we can do a criminal background check for you.

  1. Current concealed carry permit or federal firearms license.
  2. Illinois FOID card and an official issued ID (Drivers License/Passport etc.)
  3. Evidence of no criminal history from a local law enforcement agency printed on official department letterhead, or a statement of good character from a local official; i.e. chief of Police, sheriff, District Attorney, Judge, etc.
  4. Evidence of current, active, full line service with public law enforcement agency, or with the United States Armed Forces.
  5. Form 4473 “Brady Check” (See the gun store that you purchased your handgun from for a copy.)

If you have none of the above credentials we will need to run a criminal background check for you. You will be charged an additional non-refundable $20 for the background check. Please email for further instructions on how to do this.

Payment of Balance: 

You will be invoiced for the balance of your program fee 60 days prior to the start of your program. Your invoice must be paid via credit card within 7 days of the receipt of your invoice or you forfeit your deposit and training slot. 

What Your Program Fee Includes:

Your $2,695 course fee pays for the 4-day training course and includes:

  1. 1-year access to the O2DA Defense Academy ($359 retail value).
  2. Operational quality cap and merit patch.
  3. Pulse O2DA manual set (7 manuals).
  4. 12 month on-line "Smartsheet" post course training plan.
  5. Private on-line training group.

Your course fee does not cover:

  1. Travel, food or lodging.
  2. Ammo or weapon rentals.

UTM Weapon and Ammunition Surcharge:

We use simulated non-lethal weapons and ammunition for the reality based training segments. This surcharge covers the cost of your ammunition and weapon rental. The surcharge is $150 and is added to your program fee and paid via your program fee invoice.

Cancellations And Refunds

Once your deposit is processed then you are committed to the program. There are no refunds.

If you are unable to attend your scheduled date then you will be able to attend a future program date as long as:

  1. You cancel no later than 30 days prior to your program date.
  2. Future program dates are contingent upon space available.
  3. There is a $250 service charge for canceling and rebooking the program.

We train rain or shine so there are no weather cancellations. Should we cancel a program after payment has been made then we will either refund your payment in full or apply it towards the next program.  




About Our Reality Based Training Programs

Reality based training or RBT is a type of simulation training that better prepares individuals for future performance through experiential learning (learning by experiencing and doing).

Our RBT scenarios will pit you against the best role players (trained actors) in the industry, who painstakingly following per-selected scripts which have been crafted to derive specific responses and achieve selected training goals from the scenarios being played out for your benefit.

Because of the immersive nature of the training, the mind and body absorb and process the experience as if it were actually occurring, therefore these realistic scenarios will quickly help you gain the experiences and confidence you need to dominate a lethal force encounter in real life.

When you add an RBT package to your training, the skills learned on the range are reinforced by your RBT and combine in a powerful way to prepare you for effective future behavior to nearly the same degree as if it had been an actual situation.

Only RBT gives you invaluable orientation training and stress inoculation, which in turn gives you the skills, experience, and confidence you need to shrink your decision making process (OODA Loop) and exponentially multiplying your effectiveness during a fight for life.

RBT is to the gunfighter what Topgun is to fighter pilots; RBT is the apex of firearms training, there is no substitute, and nothing prepares you better for the fight of your life than quality Reality Based Training.

In our training courses we teach you stress resistant firearms skills - In our Individual Tactics programs you will learn how to apply the same stress resistant skills in realistic RBT scenarios where you will hone your skill and technique against the best role players in the firearms industry, thereby inoculating you against stress and teaching you how to effectively eliminate live adversaries.

The Industry Standard Vs. The DSI Standard

Using military and law enforcement training standards as a gauge we want to give you a relative sense of how the DSI standard compares to the "industry" standard.

The industry standard focuses on range safety and artificiality by using tightly controlled, on-line, square range drills without maneuver (movement with purpose) or movement under tightly controlled drills (such as "box" drills), in order to focus on draw speed and hits in a given area under a certain time limit. This type of training is often accompanied by hours in the classroom discussing declarative knowledge (that information that you can best learn on your own, any time and anywhere you like) which often eats into the limited live fire training (a precious resource that can't be accomplished effectively on your own), often leaving the student more confused as to when lethal force is appropriate and afraid to fire his firearm in self-defense.

DSI begins by looking at reality: To be able to defend yourself you need to be killing enabled, because regardless of your skills, if you haven't been killing enabled and can't kill another - you won't. Furthermore, one can only make proper decisions in lethal force engagements by way of orientation, and orientation only comes via experience under the same situations they hope to be able to perform the taught skills (experiential knowledge can not attained by reading or talking about such scenarios). To accomplish proper orientation training, we focus on training to maneuver safely via situational awareness and aggressive actions on contact initially learned on the range with both dry and live-fire drills and then reinforced during progressively more difficult RBT scenarios.

We maintain that a solid curricula based on firearms training and team tactics in a reality-based training environment while maintaining a small student to instructor ratio will leave a team trained by us more capable than most of the average military and police units (we base this on personal experience having trained thousands of military and law-enforcement personnel over 25 years). We believe that operational police and military units (those units actively kicking in doors day in and day out) probably would be able to outperform our clients in certain aspects, but we will be able to out-cycle their training, develop, and implement a better program faster than they can simply because we neither have the bureaucratic hoops to jump through, nor the institutional inertia to overcome.