Why this program is needed:

With decades of various Combat training with Private Armed Security, Police and Army SF we came to conclusions :
  • Most of Tactical Firearms courses (programs) are typical Basic Army · Shooting courses with some funny stuff from Sport Practical Shooting drills and fancy show of various combat uniforms and gear.
  • Plus most of Tactical Firearms courses (programs) are built for big Teams with proper Logistic and Power Support.
  • Our program is Designed for Small Bodyguard (CPO) Groups (1-5 operatives) operating in Hostile Environment without any logistic and Power Support.
  • Our concept - Task Orientated Adaptation and Improvisation to Perform Effectively and Safely through a Real Fire-Fight.
Our project built with keeping in mind, that Situation Determines Preparation :
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PRINCIPLES of TRAINING of Tactical Firearms for Bodyguards (Survival Mindset achieved through Practical Exercises (not just theory):


1. 360 degree workout in Crowd;
2. Prevention of Provocations;
3. CQB/CQC link (switching between Armed Combat and Empty Hands Combat);
4.Making right decisions: Sorting problems out instead of making troubles;
5. MUST be an optimal ratio between Reality Training and Safety;
6. Survival Mindset achieved through Practical Exercises (not just theory);
7. How to Perform Effectively and Safely through a Real Fire-Fight;
8. Achieve Combat Mindset and Train to Respond to Real Threat;
9.Rules of Engagement -Level of force is determined by the assailant!



CONCEPT of Tactical Firearms for Bodyguards (with keeping in Mind):


  1. Difference between the Tactics of Getting in Different Shooting Positions in Hostile Environment and Shooting Tactics (Principles of Shooting).
  2. VITAL: Importance of switching between Close Quarter Empty Hand Combat (CQC) and Armed Close Quarter Combat (CQB);
  3. Importance of Stress Management and Making Right Decisions, Avoiding Unnecessary Casualties;
  4. Coordination of Teamwork (Teamwork and Communication), 360 degree workout in Crowd;
  5. Crowd Control: Conflict Management, Blending with Crowd, Prevention of Provocations;


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The Main Principles - Situation Determines Preparation:



  • 360 degree workout with gun in Crowd;
  • Safety (Gun down/up/holster);
  • Prevention of Provocations;
  • CQC-CQB link.

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Course units:



1.Theory, Principles, Safety ( Distance Learning through internal course web manager Basecamp);
1.2. Weapon Familiarization+ Dry drills+CQC-CQB link ;
1.3 Safety Rules+Dry Drills + CQC-CQB link ;
2. Tactical Pistol ;
3. Tactical Rifle;
4. Double Guns ;
5. Anti Ambush (Vehicles) DRILLS ("dry drills")


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THE LEARNING OUTCOMES of Tactical Firearms for Bodyguards (normally begin with):

  • be able to :
  1. behave safely with the gun - know safety procedures with guns (Dont Shoot yourself, your friend or anyone you dont want to shoot)
  2. calculate risks (Risk Assessment) of armed assaults and to make right decisions for Defense ( rules of engagement, reasonable force-deadly force)
  3. Shoot in Target precisely;
  4. Work with Team;
  5. Work in Crowd.
  6. Use Pistol/Rifle properly
  7. Switch between guns ( if stoppage or out of ammo );
  8. CQC-CQB link (switching between Armed Combat and Empty Hands Combat);
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  • know how :
  1. Control yourself;
  2. Make right decisions;
  3. Sort problems out instead of making troubles;
  4. How to use your Body;
  5. How to Switch between Armed Defense and Empty Hand Defense ( Defensive Tactics)
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  • understand:
  1. Principles of Biomechanics of Human Body ( How to use your body and build up your Physical Condition);
  2. Principles of Psychical Reactions in stress/hostile Environment ( self management and self- control, self-discipline);
  3. Timing - When and What to do in Hostile Environment;
  4. Principles of Counter Terror Awareness;

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PRINCIPLES of Tactical Firearms for Bodyguards - Reality of Training:


  • MUST be an optimal ratio between Reality Training and Safety;
  • Achieve that and Train to Respond to Real world Threat;
  • How to Perform Effectively through a Fire-Fight;

Combat Preparedness;


  1. Skill Level : Bio-mechanics, Weapon Handling and Movement (One-Hit Qualification Baseline + Engagement and Team Work
  2. Stress Level: Utilizing Fear and Eliminating Anxiety (Getting from Beta wave to Alpha wave-Using Breathing and Impulse Acceleration)
  3. Killing Enabling Factors: Survival Mindset achieved through Practical Exercises (not just theory) - Rules of Engagement: Level of force is determined by the assailant! :


  • Immediate danger vs Immanent danger;
  • Go! – Don’t Go! vs Hesitation
  • Spontaneous and adaptive Response vs reflex Reaction
  • Move mind-set from -“What if…?” to “IF …THEN!”
  • It is only over when it is over! You are not dead until you are dead!
Principles of CQC-CQB link for Tactical Firearms for Bodyguards:

  • Biomechanical Principles of Human Body:
  1. Anatomical Construction of Human Body-FRAME;
  2. Principles of POWER - Body Mass+Speed+ Unbalance+Weakest Points;
  3. Power goes from Legs - Squat +Move.

  • Psychical Reactions - Models of Human Behavior:

  1. Do it Slow;
  2. Principles of Speed : Speed of Reaction, Speed of Recognition, Variations of Speed of Different Parts of Body, Speed of Synchronization of Opposite Muscles, Speed of Execution of Task ...SPEED= SUM OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF SPEED.
  3. Principles of Self-Control: Methods of Concentration +Breathing;
  4. Concept of Creating Chances - when you don't have any chance to survive -create it;
  5. Crowd Control : Normal-Abnormal, Prevention of Provocations, Principles of Crowd Behavior, Blending with Crowd.
  6. Timming-Tactics ( 360º Individual/ Team Tactics in Crowd with the Weapons)
  7. Individual Town Combat Tactics and Principles for Bodyguard:
  • Body Positions (Squat) +Move+Changing of Levels;
  • Individual Shooting Drills ( safety principles, one hand, two hands, double guns, movements, changes of magazine, stopage drills, cqc-cqb links..)
  • BG+VIP Tactical Firearms Drills-Assets between Vip and Threat - Remove Threat -Remove VIP.


Close Protection Team Combat Tactics and Principles:



  1. Small Group Tactics ( 2-6); " Dress Down"-" Dress Up" ;cover of Sectors of Responsibility;
  2. Counter Attack-Assault Drills-Remove Threat;
  3. "Peeling"- Movements with Cover of Fire.
  4. CQC-CQB TEAM DRILLS.

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DEFENSIVE TACTICS : TACTICAL FIREARMS FOR BODYGUARDS (structure):


Unit Title (if different from programme) :

1.Theory, Principles, Safety (Total number of hours for this unit: 5 hours - Distance Learning through internal course web manager Basecamp)


Learning Outcomes – the learner will understand :

1.1 Laws and Regulations

Assessment Criteria – the learner can state what is a:


1.1.1 Reasonable Force;
Necessary - Reasonable in Circumstances - Proportional


1.1.2 Deadly Force (Killing Enabling Factors)
Remsberg (1986) states:
Survivability for prepared individual:
75% mental preparation
15% skill
5% physical ability
5% luck
Survivability for unprepared individual:
5% mental preparation
15% skill
5% physical ability
75% luck
Luck is not a factor that is dependable!
Survival Mindset achieved through Practical Exercises (not just theory):
  • Understanding of theory is necessary but not sufficient in itself.
  • Reality based scenarios should reconstruct situations that practically test the survival mindset.

1.1.3 Rules of Engagement (Level of force is determined by the assailant! ):


  • it is the immediate danger presented by the threat that determines the level of response required – mere presence, tactical communication, physical intervention, lethal force.
  • Immediate hot-debriefs after an action scenario is useful to require shooters to account for their decisions. This will help to eliminate the “freeze” mindset of hesitation in the face of conflicting psychological tensions around the use of force, situational awareness and decision-making

  • Immediate danger vs Immanent danger
The danger must be immediate to justify use of lethal force. Drills should simulate the transition from immanent to immediate danger.

  • Go! – Don’t Go! vs Hesitation
  • Spontaneous and adaptive Response vs reflex Reaction
Situational awareness of the circumstances alongside reality-based scenarios will help to cultivate spontaneous and adaptive responses rather than reflex reaction that is unfocused and dangerous. Drills can be constructed to develop rapid recovery time from the shock of ambush.
Use of lethal force, whilst justified, might not be necessary. Training scenarios that differentiate between circumstances where the balance of restraint is weighed up and decisions are made on the basis of necessity and proportionality and not only on justification. (e.g. You may be justified in shooting a hostage taker but it might not be necessary. This is why SWAT team snipers, even if they have a target, obtain clearance from command structures before taking the shot.)

  • Move mind-set from -“What if…?” to “IF …THEN!”
  1. “What if …?” mindset induces anxiety and worry.
  2. “If… then!” mindset is borne out of training, preparation, adaptability and improvisation.



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Learning Outcomes – the learner will understand and use it properly:



1.2. Weapon Familiarization+ Dry drills ;

Assessment Criteria – the learner can use the gun safe and properly:


1.2.1Induction into using of gun

( Weapon handing bio-mechanics to carry, deploy and move with weapon so that you don’t shoot yourself, don’t shoot your friends, don’t shoot anyone you don’t want to shoot);


1.2.2 Stoppages/ change of magazine


1.2.3 Crowd Simulations-360 degree, gun down/up/holster (dry-live fire drills) ;

1.2.4 CQC-CQB link (switching between Armed Combat and Empty Hands Combat);


Learning Outcomes – the learner will understand and always keep them:

1.3 Safety Rules+Dry Drills + CQC-CQB link

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Assessment Criteria – the learner can use gun safe with keeping these rules:

1.3.0 Standard Safety Procedures:


1.3.1 TREAT GUN LIKE ITS ALWAYS LOADED;

1.3.2 Don’t Kill Yourself ;

1.3.3 Don’t kill your friend ;

1.3.4 Don’t kill anyone you are not going to kill ;

1.3.5 Don’t keep your finger on trigger;

1.3.6 Gun Down/Up/in holster;

1.3.7 Safety ON after Shooting;

1.3.8 Safe way to inspect guns after shooting;


Unit Title (if different from programme) :
2. Tactical Pistol (Total number of hours for this unit: 10 hours)



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Learning Outcomes – the learner will be competent on :
2. PISTOL DRILLS (dry + live fire)
Assessment Criteria – the learner can use pistol safe and proper way:


Principles of Preparation of Drills:

  • One-Hit Qualification Baseline
Hit a 12.7cm x 25.4cm (5in x 10in) target at a bladed angle from a “ready gun” position at 5-10-15 meters with proper Reaction and Timing to Assault.
The ability to do this provides a baseline skill level to build upon.
Drills can be extended to:
  • single shooter drills on the move;
  • shooting on different levels (standing, sitting, crouching, lying);
  • recovery drills (being pushed and being pushed over).
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Engagement and Team Work
  1. Threat Recognition – Movement/Draw – Cover – Communicate – Shoot – Follow Through – Assess.
  2. All this above as a single chunk of motor memory – ENGAGE!
  3. Team-work and movement (adaptation, improvisation) “crowd” work.

Stress Level (Stress inducers):

  1. Timed Shooting
  2. Distraction (noise and physical)
  3. Fatigue (running, press-ups, squats)
  4. Selective targets

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Pistol Drills Structure:

2.1 Pistol Precision Drills (static);

2.2 Pistol Precision Drills (dynamic);

2.3 Pistol-Crowd Simulation;

2.4 Pistol-Multiple Targets;

2.5 Stoppages/ change of magazine;

2.6 Pistol-BG+VIP drills (4 directions);

2.7 Pistol-CP Team Anti Ambush drills( 4 directions);

2.8 Pistol-Team Drills;

2.9 V-Counter attack drill (2-5 members);

2.9.1 Peeling drills (2-5 members);

2.9.2 Line+ back to formation (2-5 members);



Unit Title (if different from programme) :
3. Tactical Rifle

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Learning Outcomes – the learner will be competent on :
3. Tactical Rifle

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Assessment Criteria – the learner can use rifle safe and proper way:



Principles of Preparation of Drills:

  • One-Hit Qualification Baseline
Hit a 12.7cm x 25.4cm (5in x 10in) target at a bladed angle from a “ready gun” position at 15-25-50 meters with proper Reaction and Timing to Assault.

The ability to do this provides a baseline skill level to build upon.

Drills can be extended to:

  • single shooter drills on the move;
  • shooting on different levels (standing, sitting, crouching, lying);
  • recovery drills (being pushed and being pushed over).


  • Engagement and Team Work
  1. Threat Recognition – Movement/Draw – Cover – Communicate – Shoot – Follow Through – Assess.
  2. All this above as a single chunk of motor memory – ENGAGE!
  3. Team-work and movement (adaptation, improvisation) “crowd” work.

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  • Stress Level (Stress inducers):
  1. Timed Shooting
  2. Distraction (noise and physical)
  3. Fatigue (running, press-ups, squats)
  4. Selective targets

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Rifle drills - Structure:



3.1 Rifle Precision Drills (static);

3.2 Rifle Precision Drills (dynamic);

3.3 Rifle-Crowd Simulation;

3.4 Rifle-Multiple Targets;

3.5 Stoppages/ change of magazine;

3.6 Rifle-BG+VIP drills(4 directions);

3.7 Rifle-CP Team Anti Ambush drills(4 directions);

3.8 Rifle-Team Drills;

3.9 V-Counter attack drill (2-5 members);

3.9.1 Peeling drills (2-5 members) ;



3.9.2 Line+ back to formation (2-5 members);


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Unit Title (if different from programme)
:
4. Double Guns
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Learning Outcomes – the learner will be competent on :



4. Double Guns DRILLS (dry +live fire)

(Combination of drills of 2-3)

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Learning Outcomes – the learner will be competent on :
4.1 Stoppages - change of guns;
4.2 Line + back to formation (2-5 members);



Unit Title (if different from programme) :
5. Anti Ambush (Vehicles) DRILLS

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Learning Outcomes – the learner will be competent on :
5. Anti Ambush-Cars (dry +live fire)
Assessment Criteria – the learner can do it safe and proper way



5.1 Embus / Debus;

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5.2 Exchange of cars;
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5.3 Retreat on foot;
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