Top 2 Takeaways from Force on Force Training

We conducted our first Force on Force training course in January I and wanted to share a couple things I noticed.

#1 Takeway-Scan!!!!! Make sure you are training to scan 360 deg. I’m not talking about the going through the motions range-ism Owl impression. I’m talking about actually turning around (muzzle control) and seeing what is behind you. Under stress (even the milder stress of FoF), you will be focused on the threat you are dealing with. You have got to break that “tunnel vision!”

In the more complex scenarios at the end, those who did scan didn’t end up getting shot by any “sleepers” or accomplices. If they were aggressive enough in their scan, role player #2 just stayed put and decided to live to fight another day. Those who didn’t scan, probably got a welt for their trouble, then addressed threat #2 (everyone “lives” in a properly run training scenario, students don’t get “killed” for fun, besides “shot” doesn’t automatically equal “dead”).

Here is how I suggest to train to scan properly. I’ll break it into 2 steps. Step #1 can be done anytime on any range in any training environment. Step 2 can be done at home dry-fire, in FoF training and at any informal shooting environment (home range, woods etc.)

Step 1: Lower the gun to a low ready position to get your own gun and arms out of the way because you just shot the threat in front of you to the ground (otherwise you’d still be shooting, moving to cover etc.). Ensure the threat in front of you is handled. Now, scan the front 180.

Step 2: if you are somewhere that will allow it, bring the gun back into a compressed high ready position (finger off trigger, I decock and/or go safety ON now), and physically turn around and look behind you. Dip the muzzle to not flag any non-hostile people as you do so.

The crank your neck while facing forward is just an ineffective “range-ism”, leave it behind. Always practice step 1, practice steps 1-2 as much as possible (which is theoretically infinite) at home dry-fire and anytime where it would be allowed.

#2 Takeaway-Move!!!

Shoot while moving laterally to the side. The vast majority, of even those with lots of prior defensive handgun training, shoot while standing still. If you are being charged by someone with a knife, or just in a gunfight, lateral movement can make a massive difference in the outcome. I know there is a line of thought that says to shoot then move to maximize shot placement. In a dynamic environment where the action is taking place at 15ft or less, I call BS on that theory. Bullets aren’t magic, you had better be moving while shooting to avoid getting hacked or beaten before the perfect placement can matter.

Like scanning, you can practice shooting while moving to your heart’s content at home dry fire or with airsoft and/or laser systems. In addition to when shooting in less-formal range environments.

Next CQG course scheduled and a new class added!

Building on the success of the first course, we have scheduled another one for 4/29/17. It is improved with more focus and practice time on close quarter shooting skills and another scenario added in!

We have taken out the basic firearm instruction from the CQG course and created a stand-alone 3 hr class the evening prior for more training options. If you have prior formal defensive handgun training in safety, drawing, grip, stance, and shooting, you can just attend the CQG course. If you do not meet the pre-requisite training requirement, the Defensive Handgun Foundations course is for you! It can also be taken as a stand-alone introductory class as well.

Check out the Defensive Handgun Foundations course here! Defensive Handgun Foundations

First Course in the bag

Thanks for all the support!  We had the first CQG class last Saturday and it went well despite the snow and low temps.  The “Active Shooter” scenarios at the end were a highlight, very chaotic (on purpose in a good way) and all the students did great, engaging the threat(s) without hesitation. Huge improvements from the first scenario in the morning, it’s like this stress-inoculation stuff really works! 😉

I got lots of feedback to make the next one even better.  I’m expecting to add a separate class going over safety, stance, grip, trigger control, handgun manipulation etc. so the CQG course can stay focused on the fight (and anyone who already has prior defensive handgun training can skip it).  Stay tuned for the next course date to be finalized, looks like the 3rd or 4th week of April.

Tip: any time you train or practice, get in the mindset of it being “real.”  “Draw like you mean it” as my NRA LE instructor used to say, even if you are drawing the gun to administratively load or unload it, do it like it is for real.  That is one more “free” repetition.  Same with loading.  Every time I went outside the wire overseas, I got a good rep of a draw, emergency reload and a tac reload (as I swapped my mag in the gun that was down 1 rd from chambering for a full one.)

First Course Scheduled! Sat Jan 14th, 2017

We are finally live with our first class bringing highly realistic (and safe) FoF training to the Portland metro area. If you are interested, sign up fast, only 1 seat left…sold out, thanks!  I’ll be putting up the next date soon.

Go to the “Courses” tab above or click here for more info:


Welcome to Doru Training Group!  We are in the process of creating our first training course.  It will be a 1 day close quarter combat class that brings together all of the essential skills you need to survive a gunfight drawing from my background as a military officer, executive protection specialist, and firearms trainer.

What is unique will be the integration of hand to hand combat striking skills with close quarter gunfighting tactics.  All of it will be stress-innoculated in force on force training scenarios using Simunition FX marking cartridges typically only available to military and law enforcement.

Check out the course description here: CQG Course