Individual Tactics Program

 OBJECTIVES: Participants will learn how to apply their previously trained combative handgun skills in a lethal confrontation in the home, at work, or on the street.

They will learn tactics, techniques, and concepts for assessing and reacting to a wide variety of threats, testing for compliance through verbal commands, and de-escalating or avoiding a situation where possible. They will develop decision making and tactical abilities that will allow them to prevail in a confrontation despite low light, multiple adversaries, stress, limited time, and uncertainty  They will learn how to communicate effectively with 9-1-1 operators and responding law enforcement officers.

INSTRUCTIONS: You must ensure that you meet the listed prerequisites, complete all specified pre-course work, and then attend the on-range training detailed below


  • Complete DSI's Tier 4 Combative Handgun Program. Outside training may be substituted for the on-range portion of Tier 4 with approval of DSI's Chief Instructor, but all pre-course components of the Tier 4 Combative Handgun Program must still be completed.
  • Complete and provide certification of a B-CON (Bleeding Control/Stop the Bleed) course, if it was not included in your Tier 4 or approved, equivalent training.


  On-range: attend a Tier 3 Individual Tactics Course:

  • 24 hours (three training days) duration.
  • Live Fire component: review & refresher of DSI Tier 4 Combative Handgun skills.
  • Tactical Medicine component: B-CON (Bleeding Control) refresher and practical applications within scenarios.
  • Reality Based Training component: 14 progressively more challenging scenarios utilizing non-lethal training firearms and ammunition, trained and scripted role players, use of force decision making, and application of tactics and techniques in a high stress environment. Each student runs every scenario, either alone or as part of a two-person team.

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