What is so EXTREME about Extreme Close Range Gunfighting?
Suarez International Tier One Instructor -Randy Harris
One of the questions I get from students is what is so "Extreme" about the Extreme Close Range Gunfighting class. Well the answer is everything. This class is not only a shooting class, but it is also a force on force class,a point shooting class, a class with an element of hand to hand, weapon retention, shooting on the move in all directions, and finishes up with a vehicle gunfighting component. Compared to regular classes it is pretty extreme.
In the Close Range Gunfighting class we introduce the concept of "getting off the X" or moving out from in front of your adversary so it is much harder for him to hit you. In CRG we do the laterally to the 3 o'clock or 9 o'clock directions. In ECRG we look more at the complete clock matrix and the issues that arise with body mechanics in moving to every direction on the clock. There is no ONE way to shoot. Your body only turns and bends in certain ways and we have to make concessions to that and change our shooting platform accordingly...if we expect to hit what we are aiming at. We have done an immense amount of studying how the body moves and we show you the most natural ways of blending several different shooting forms to work.
Everything has a place. The key is to recognize that particular place and use that method in its appropriate place. Not to force it to work in every place. The shooting package in ECRG does just that. In ECRG we see that trying to maintain a picture perfect sight picture while rapidly getting out from in front of your adversary is not always possible. As such we delve into alternative indexing methods that make it easier for us to make fight stopping hits from less than ideal positions while we move in all directions. This is not your grandfather's stand and deliver shooting method.
We can only do so much on a shooting range against inanimate targets. Unless you are just practicing to shoot unarmed deaf and blind people you need to work against a live adversary. Cardboard targets do not move or fight back. Shooting targets is like a boxer working a heavy bag. While it helps him develop powerful punches it does nothing to help his timing against a live opponent. The FOF package in ECRG gives you an opportunity to take the skills you worked in the shooting package and work that against a living , breathing, thinking opponent who moves and tries his best to stab or shoot you. Everything works when the bad guys don't move or fight back....come see what works when the bad guy starts the fight.
If the bad guy does his job well then we may find ourselves in a confined space when he launches his attack. We also work on confined space shooting and getting off the X when there just really isn't much room to move.
Sometimes in fights guns malfunction . We look at not only HOW to clear a malfunction without taking time to diagnose it, but WHEN to even attempt to clear the malfunction or when to transition to a secondary weapon or go hands on. Fights up close may not afford the time to clear a malfunction and sometimes it will be faster to just transition to a secondary pistol or even a blade or an impact weapon. And sometimes going hands on is the answer. We will work through them all.
If we shoot someone we need to check our 6 o'clock to make sure that they do not have friends or accomplices coming up behind us to either shoot us or stab us or even try to disarm us. We work our 360 degree after action assessment and add to that our "defending SUL" weapon retention techniques to counter a gun grab attempt that may come while we are checking to make sure our 6 o'clock is clear. If you carry a gun you need to know how to defend it from a gun grab attempt. Going hand in hand with this is how to disarm someone else if they get your gun away from you.
We look at dealing with multiple adversaries. According to statistics about half of assaults are commited by more than one assailant. If all you learn to do is stand still and shoot then working against multiple assailants is going to be a bad place to be. But we teach methods to put you in better position and leaving them having to shoot each other to get to you.
There is an extremely high chance that if you are the victim of a close range assault that you will end up shooting with one hand . Maybe because you were using the other hand to protect yourself you did not have both hands available to shoot. You may have been injured in one hand or arm. You may be protecting a loved one or any other number of reasons. We work on improving your one handed shooting and will even look at reloading and clearing malfunctions one handed. If it can happen when you have two hands...it can happen with just one.It is best not to see it for the first time when it is for real.
Most classes are only done shooting from some sort of standing postion. In Extreme Close Range Gunfighting we look at shooting from seated postions in all directions of the compass and getting off the x from a seated position. We spend a fair amount of our lives seated. It is good to have practiced reacting to an attack from that position.
This seated position shooting then gives way to a fighting in and around vehicles package that will open your eyes to many things you may have never even considered before. We will look at drawing and engaging targets from inside your vehicle and when it is appropriate to bail out and run for cover. Then we work on both. This class is one of the few classes you can attend with live fire counter carjacking work from your own vehicle in all the directions of the clock. Unless you are in the Secret Service, you probably have not shot like this before.
So there it is. Why is Extreme Close Range Gunfighting so extreme? Because it is the most complete and wide ranging skill set class that Suarez International offers. It gives you an EXTREMELY full set of skillsets that all work together to keep you and your loved ones safe. It may be the best kept secret in civilian training. Where else can you get ALL of these skills all in one weekend? The fact that you even CAN get them all in one weekend is EXTREMELY cool.
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