Two Person Tactics
March 13 - 14, 2021
Saturday and Sunday
9:30am to 5:30pm
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412.370.9500Two Person TacticsEnrollment Form and Credentials
Where: Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen's Club
25 minutes east of Pittsburgh in North Versailles Township
In the kind of emergency that warrants the use of a firearm, there will almost certainly more things that need attention than one person can effectively attend to. The situation may well demand that one focus on two things at once, which is impossible. Once cannot, for example, watch his back while facing an immediate threat. The problem may be in one direction and your oblivious child in the other. One cannot shoot and call the police at the same time. With the stress and distraction, one could sure use some help.
At the same time, most of us have people in our lives who are very likely to be around in the event trouble finds us. Spouses are prime examples of pairs of individuals who would benefit from working out a plan. Others include good friends or family with whom we spend our recreational time, and co-workers with whom we travel. "Two-person tactics" is about two such people working out ways to more effectively assist one-another in the event of an emergency and make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
The premise is that much can be gained from organizing and coordinating what you and your partner do in the event of an emergency. This is so even if the person you expect to be with is not one who will be armed. It is about getting signals straight, having a plan that can work, minimizing confusion or indecision, avoiding duplication of effort, and not getting in each other's way.
The instruction is focused on who you actually are, not some idealized warrior. We also determine what resources participants actually have at their disposal day-to-day, and we proceed on the assumption that is what we will be working with.
Issues addressed in the course include:
Secure communication (verbal and non-verbal);
How and where to move relative to one-another
Being predictable to your partner, without broadcasting your intentions;
Assigning roles for different emergencies (e.g.: child abduction vs. robbery);
Taking advantage of all available eyes and ears;
Recognizing who must be making the decisions, when, and passing off control;
Planning for extremely difficult decisions (such as when to leave the other behind);
Weapon selection and training with the other person in mind.
This course assumes that trouble has found you in your home, car or workplace, and the two of you must now address a life-threatening problem .
The course may only be attended by people in pairs . To attend alone would defeat the whole course objective.
At least one in any pair must be a shooter. This is a firearms course. However, many people trained to use firearms share their life with someone who “hates guns” or otherwise chooses not to train with them. Even where one party will not be armed, the total effectiveness of the pair can be multiplied, and tactical disasters avoided, if the two put some effort into learning how to work together. Therefore, one non-shooting member of any team is perfectly acceptable.
Use your firearm of choice . The principles and techniques we address in the course are the same whether you expect to defend your home with a rifle or be on the street armed with a hand gun. You can use whatever firearm(s) you expect to have available under the circumstances for which you and your partner wish to prepare.
Instructor: Rangemaster will be Peter Georgiades. Peter has 16 years’ experience teaching firearms and defensive tactics. He is certified to instruct by the NRA (rifle, pistol, shotgun and personal protection), the State of Arizona (issued CCW Instructor Certificate No. 8769268), and OSG as a contact distance defense instructor. Peter is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). He was trained as an instructor through the Gunsite Law Enforcement Carbine Instructor Cert. Course, Marksman's Enterprise 3 day instructor courses (carbine and pistol), in two-day instructor certification courses for hand gun and carbine. Most important, he has worked several hundred hours directly under experienced, professional instructors. He is a graduate of the Contact Defense, LLC "Contact Weapons Defense Instructor" course, and is a competitive judo practitioner (currently ranked as a third degree black belt under the U.S.J.A.; a medalist at USJA Senior National Championships 2005 and 2007, Masters Division, 100+ kg; and a Gold Medalist, USJA Pa. State Open, 2010 and 2011, Masters Division, 100+ kg.). Other experienced firearms instructors and range officers will assist in the presentation of this course.
Class Size: This course will be limited to ten students. A small class allows more time for each student to work in each of the exercises and simulations, and to fully participate in discussions.
Prerequisites: Anyone who will be using a firearm must have at least 22 hours of prior, formal training in whatever firearm discipline they intend to engage during the course, from a school or instructor we know or the content of which training we can identify. All course participants must be at least 18 years of age, and be able to demonstrate they have no criminal history.
Cost: $175 per person, plus $10 per person per day in range fees for those who are not members of the host club.
Physical Requirements: This course is designed to assist YOU to plan and make decisions using the resources you actually have. Your physical condition is one of the factors you must take into account. Therefore, we will work with you in whatever condition you are in. You should, however, notify the Instructor of any particular disabilities you may have, and we expect you to refrain from attempting any exercise that is beyond your physical capability or presents a risk of injury.
There is certain equipment which is REQUIRED in every course. One may not proceed in the course without the following:
Ear protection and Eye protection.
Cap or hat with baseball-style bill. This is to prevent ejected brass from another shooter's firearm from falling between your eyewear and your eye, burning you. It is important gear.
Firearm cleaned and zeroed. Holster with spare magazine pouches and three magazines (speedloaders with carrying pouches for revolvers). This applies only to those intend to shoot.
Flashlight that you would keep in your bedroom, car or office.
Knee and elbow pads and as with any outdoor firearms course, wear substantial shoes
400 rounds of ammunition. We recommend students use one brand of ammunition throughout the course. Different brands and loads of ammunition can significantly affect the "zero" of your firearm. We also suggest students avoid the very cheapest ammunition and reloads. While "match grade" ammunition would be a waste of money, your investment in this course does justify the use of reasonably consistent ammunition. No armor piercing, incendiary or tracer ammunition is permitted.
An inert training handgun. We recommend Blue guns by Ring's. If you do not have one we will provide one for your use when required.
A ground cloth , shooting mat or other cover (such as an old blanket), to cover the ground, upon which you may be sitting or lying.
There is other equipment that is not required, but which we know from experience will enhance your experience of the course. We therefore recommend you bring the following:
Soft drinks or water to drink while down on the range. There is no water on the range itself, and the Club house is too far to run back and forth. No alcohol of any kind is to be consumed within eight hours of the start of any course session or at any time during the course.
An easy-to-use camera is a good idea, as there will be opportunities for other students to photograph you in various exercises.
Bring anything else you need to keep your gun running. This course is for people who are trained to handle their firearm, and we cannot stop to be fixing guns.