TRAINING

I am available to conduct personal and private training of basic to early-intermediate handgun and rifle skill-sets at a location of your choice. Email me at crwilliams@inshadowinlight.com for information and to start the process setting up either open or private classes at a range near you.

For those of you who don’t have or have difficulty getting a range where live-fire can be conducted, I am able to run some of these classes with Airsoft guns alone. Any reasonably large indoor or outdoor space where use of Airsoft replicas is allowed will work for this. Contact me if you want to explore this training option.

All my local courses are held at Double Tap Training Ground, 300 Horton Cove Road, Calera AL 35050 (for more information about the facility, www.doubletapal.com)

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

 

BARE-BONES GUNFIGHTING

CLASS START: 8:30am (There is some paperwork to be done beforehand, so come a little early if you can.)

Description:
Your time, your money, your attention: All are valuable and need to be invested wisely. This class recognizes their value by focusing on the three most important things you need to do to win a gunfight:

Not get hit.

Get to your gun.

Hit what you need to hit.

This is what we will focus on in this class without skimping on the instruction and not sacrificing quality of content or learning. I will do the very best I can give you the required basics of the art and science of the close-range gunfight with a handgun, provide you with a foundation you can build on in the future, and give you a solid and comprehensive start on your path to becoming a better defender and protector of yourself and your loved ones in a day of focused and directed training. That is my pledge to you.

Now here is my guarantee: Give me a day to get you started on your path to being a winning gunfighter. If at the end of the day you are not satisfied with the training you have received, I will ask you what you think I can do to make it better and refund half of the course fee.

What you need for the class:

Handgun, holster, and at least two magazines.

  • About 400 rounds of ammunition.
  • Lunch, snacks, and water and/or electrolyte replacement drinks-one gallon per person per day is recommended.
  • Eye and ear protection.
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather conditions on the range.
  • Baseball or other style hat, sun screen, bug repellent, allergy medication (if needed), note-taking materials, a boo boo kit (band aids, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment and tape).
  • A readiness to learn and a willingness to have some fun while doing it.

 

INTRODUCTION TO POINT SHOOTING

Description:

Learning point shooting methods is arguably the best way to get fight-capable with your handgun in a short time. In addition to that, point shooting methods provide the foundation for shooting using the sights. Learning point shooting will not only quickly provide you with the means to shoot accurately in self-defense situations but start you on your way to more easily and quickly learning any other method of shooting you may want to explore after taking this class.

This class is designed for anyone who is new to shooting and wants to learn to defend themselves and their loved ones with a handgun as well as for experienced shooters who want to expand their knowledge and capability while they explore a new area of fight-focused shooting. I will show you how to operate your handgun safely and give you a foundation that you can build on for as long as you want to engage in the study of the fighting handgun. You will learn alternative-sighting methods drawn from a number of different systems that have kept good guys and innocents alive from the time when handguns didn’t have sights to use up to the present day. Historical and modern techniques will be combined to provide you the best and most useful start to your defensive shooting education possible.

What you need for the class:

Handgun, holster, and at least two magazines.

  • About 300 rounds of ammunition.
  • Lunch, snacks, and water and/or electrolyte replacement drinks-one gallon per person per day is recommended.
  • Eye and ear protection.
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather conditions on the range.
  • Baseball or other style hat, sun screen, bug repellent, allergy medication (if needed), note-taking materials, a boo boo kit (band aids, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment and tape).
  • A readiness to learn and a willingness to have some fun while doing it.

INTRODUCTION TO FIGHTING IN AND AROUND VEHICLES

Description:
We spend a lot of time in vehicles. It’s how we get to where we want to go. It’s also where we might be (in or near one) if we are attacked. If that happens, the vehicle offers advantages and disadvantages,
opportunities and limitations, and strengths and weaknesses that can work for or against us. This course provides an introduction and outline to some of those and starts you on your way to being able to effectively fight from inside the vehicle as well as take the best advantage of it if you are caught nearby to one when the shooting starts.

What you need for the class:

  • Pistol and holster and at least one additional magazine for it. (If
    you’re using a revolver, an additional speedloader.) A rifle, and
    one additional magazine and a case or bag such as you would use to carry or store that rifle in a vehicle.
  • 150-200 rounds for the pistol, 100 for the rifle.
  • Lunch, snacks, and water and/or electrolyte replacement drinks-one gallon per person is recommended.
  • Eye and ear protection. Knee and elbow pads suggested but not required.
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather conditions on the range.
  • Baseball or other style hat, sun screen, bug repellent, allergy
    medication (if needed), note-taking materials, a boo boo kit (band
    aids, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment and tape).
  • A readiness to learn and a willingness to have some fun while doing it.

CLOSE RANGE RIFLE

Description:
In the absence of unusual circumstances or some form of disruptive event on the scale of a Katrina, it is very unlikely that any of us who pick up a rifle to respond to an attack with will be shooting it, if we have to, much beyond effective pistol range. And we likely won’t have time to put on and arrange a lot of supporting gear. This class is an introduction to the short-range/short-notice environment and will explore some of the ways to effectively fight with a rifle in a reactive situation at ranges of less than 25 yards. If you can get one, there are advantages to the rifle over the handier and lighter pistol at these ranges and this will start you on your way to making full use of those advantages.

NOTE: Vests, chest rigs, and war belts are not necessary. This class is
based on the assumption that you will have time to get a rifle, ready it to shoot with, and not much more than that. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of gear. You won’t need a lot of gear for this.

ALSO: Make sure the rifle is sighted in. If you need to do that, let me
know and I’ll meet you before the class and help you do that.

What you need for the class:

  •  Modern fighting rifle of your choice and at least three additional
    magazines for that rifle. The rifle should have a sling and be
    sighted in normally. Have a way to carry at least one ready magazine during drills.
  •  Pistol and holster and one additional magazine.
  • At least 200 rounds of ammunition for the rifle, 50 for the pistol.
  • Lunch, snacks, and water and/or electrolyte replacement drinks-one gallon per person is recommended.
  • Eye and ear protection. Knee and elbow pads suggested but not required.
  •  Clothing appropriate to the weather conditions on the range.
  •  Baseball or other style hat, sun screen, bug repellent, allergy
    medication (if needed), note-taking materials, a boo boo kit (band
    aids, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment and tape).
  • A readiness to learn and a willingness to have some fun while doing it.

ADVANCED GUNFIGHTING CONCEPTS

Description:

This class is designed to introduce the student to some of the more advanced concepts of fighting with the pistol. Each module will provide a basic grounding which will provide a starting point for further development and additional study of each concept in detail.

Concepts introduced in the class are:

Fully ambidextrous use of the pistol.
The 360 drawstoke.
Dynamic evasive movement.
Basic modern point shooting.

These concepts will be considered individually and then in combination through a series of drills and exercises in a building-block approach with both empty guns and then with live fire.

What you need for the class:

  • Handgun, holster and at least two magazines. (If possible I recommend you have holsters and magazines you can run on both sides. This will give you the most benefit from the first block of instruction.)
  • About 500 rounds of ammunition.
  • Lunch, snacks, and water and/or electrolyte replacement drinks-one gallon per person per day is recommended.
  • Eye and ear protection.
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather conditions on the range.
  • Baseball or other style hat, sun screen, bug repellent, allergy medication (if needed), note-taking materials, a boo boo kit (band aids, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment and tape).
  • A readiness to learn and a willingness to have some fun while doing it.