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If potential needs will not be accommodated by any of the below classes, custom courses can be arranged.
A full list of required equipment and range information will be sent upon registration for a course.
SPECIAL NOTE RE COURSES AT REED'S INDOOR RANGE IN SANTA CLARA, CA: These courses are run under the auspices of Reed's Indoor Range, and do NOT follow our standard course outlines. Please contact Reed's directly for eligibility, requirements and course content.
Tactical Handgun - Stage I
Designed to create reflexive gunhandling, competent marksmanship and tactical thinking, this course encompasses shooting from a ready position, the drawstroke and shooting from the holster, shooting from various tactical body positions, loading, unloading and reloading, malfunction clearances, shooting on the move, moving targets, dim light and flashlight shooting (dependent on time of sundown and range restrictions) and weapon retention. A short course of instruction on the utilization of backup guns is included for those who have opted to carry 2 pistols.
Ammunition requirement is 500 rounds, and 50 rounds for a backup pistol if used.
Tactical Handgun - Stage II
This course starts by assuming the student is capable of performing all exercises done in the Stage I course ON DEMAND, including the ability to operate a backup pistol (for those clients who carry two pistols. Prior training in backup pistol techniques is mandatory for those wishing to operate two pistols in this course.) After a brief review, the course continues by compounding the problems encountered in the Stage I class, adding such elements as target angles, vital zone definition under stress, one-handed acquisition and operation, increased speed, longer distances, multiple moving target and dim light/flashlight scenarios (dependent on time of sundown and range restrictions). Stage I Handgun is a prerequisite to this course.
Ammunition requirement is 800 rounds, and 150 rounds for a backup pistol if used.
Tactical Shotgun - Stage I
As with the Stage I Handgun, this course is designed to create reflexive gunhandling, competent marksmanship and tactical thinking. In addition it places strong emphasis on learning what the shotgun will, and most particularly WILL NOT, do. The importance of patterning the shotgun properly is discussed at length. The course also covers ammunition selection, loading and unloading, reloading and ammunition selection while involved in a shooting scenario, shooting from several ready positions and various tactical body positions, dim-light and flashlight shooting (dependent on time of sundown and range restrictions), shooting on the move, moving targets, multiple targets and weapon retention. Transition to a pistol is covered for those clients who have taken prior pistol training.
Ammunition requirement is 400 Birdshot, 50 Buckshot and 70 Slugs. Fifty (50) rounds of Pistol ammunition is required if the client wishes to participate in the Shotgun/Pistol transition portion of the course.
Tactical Shotgun - Stage II
Building on the skills learned in Stage I, the course compounds the problems, adding target angles, vital zone definition under stress, one-handed operation, transitioning to a secondary weapon, increased speed and longer distances, multiple moving targets and dim light/flashlight scenarios (dependent on time of sundown and range restrictions). Stage I Shotgun is a prerequisite to this course.
Ammunition requirement is 400 Birdshot, 50 Buckshot, 75 Slugs, and 100 Pistol.
This course is designed for quick, accurate, close-range shooting as opposed to precision sniper shooting. Topics include loading and unloading, shooting from several ready positions and various tactical body positions, use of the shooting sling, shooting on the move, moving targets, dim-light shooting (dependent on time of sundown and range restrictions), barricades, and transitions to a handgun. Either iron sights or glass optics is applicable.
Unless this course is custom-tailored client-specific, a handgun is required for this course, with prior pistol training on arrival mandatory.
Ammunition requirement is 600 Rifle rounds and 100 Pistol rounds.
High Intensity Tactical Training (H.I.T.T.)
Due to customer demand, YFA instituted its High Intensity Tactical Training program (H.I.T.T.) in 1991. This program is comprised of a custom-tailored course utilizing any of the above three weapons and emphasizes tactical problem solving.
Prior YFA class attendance is advisable as a prerequisite for this course, as the H.I.T.T. program is of an advanced and demanding nature.
Home Defense Tactics
While the best and most intelligent way to handle a home break-in is to get away if possible or at least to stay in one location, call law enforcement and not move from that spot until officers arrive and take care of the situation, it is recognized that this is not always possible.
If a family member is in potential danger, one may have to move to the person's location to protect him/her, and/or be capable of operating in unison as a "team". Extensive discussion of tactical methods will serve to alert the student to hazards he/she may encounter. Session hours will vary to allow the inclusion of night searches.
The basic principles discussed will also suit the lone patrol officer or two-man patrols who seldom have little choice in whether they can advance into, or withdraw from a danger area. The course is offered in a 2-day format with minimal or no shooting, or a 3-day format with one day of shooting instruction.
Everyone has a problem with shooting from time to time, but some have a persistent problem that no amount of practice seems to help.
For example, one may shoot consistently to the right or left of center, or have a problem with flashlight shooting or shooting from kneeling.
Seldom is one of the most frequent solutions - to adjust the sights or have expensive gunsmithing performed - necessary. And the most common solution - "cheating" by holding on the right side of the target to hit the center if you shoot to the left, for example - is never desirable, particularly in a street fight where the target is moving and changing size and shape.
While similar in overall structure to our Stage I course, the emphasis of this class is on diagnosing and correcting such problem shooting. As such, the course is geared towards those who have done a limited amount of shooting and who are comfortable with the manipulation of their weapon but who acknowledge some form of marksmanship problem. This course would be of particular benefit to those who need to qualify regularly with their weapon but have a difficult time doing so, or for someone with a persistent, baffling problem.
It could also be beneficial for instructors who wish to polish their diagnostic and corrective skills.
Teaching the basics of marksmanship is easy, but diagnosing marksmanship problems is a science. At YFA we pride ourselves on being unique in that we can and do provide the latter service, as well as instilling in our clients the harsh reality of REAL WORLD smallarms survival techniques.
Ammunition requirement for the Problem Solver course is dependent on weaponry.
Law Enforcement Courses
The above courses are also offered in a special format restricted to law enforcement/military only. These special format courses are designed to take into account the special restrictions and conditions under which such personnel must operate.
The following specialty courses are also offered:
Law Enforcement Submachinegun
The submachine gun course is limited to law enforcement and military personnel only, and due to the nature of the use of the gun emphasizes team tactics. Topics include mode and selection of firing cycle, use of the sling, shooting from various tactical body positions, shooting on the move, moving targets, loading, unloading and reloading, dim-light and flashlight shooting (dependent on time of sundown and range restrictions), transition to a secondary weapon and team drills.
Ammunition requirement is 1500 rounds.
Advanced rifle and submachine gun courses are tailored to an individual client's or group's needs, and as such are offered by special arrangement only.
Motor Officer's Tactical Operations and Response (M.O.T.O.R.)
Due to the design and operation of their vehicle, motorcycle officers have an inherent difference in their capability to react to a deadly force threat from that of an officer operating a patrol car. The goal of this course is to provide the motor officer with tactical vehicular operation and options while utilizing a firearm in his/her defense.
Topics include cover and concealment, live fire from a moving motorcycle - left and right-handed - dim-light/night session, and discussion of a low-cost mechanical modification to allow left or right-handed throttle operation. Due to the specific nature of the range needs for this course, it is scheduled on request only.
It will be assumed that all participating officers are proficient in the handling of their vehicle, and an additional injury waiver to this effect will be required.
Ammunition requirement is 450 rounds.
Law Enforcement Instructor
This course is offered for officers who are now or may become smallarms instructors. While personal shooting ability will benefit from the class, the emphasis is placed on instructional methods and techniques. This being the case, the individual shooter will be firing less than he/she would in a non-instructors course, and this should be understood in order to receive maximum benefit.
Certification will indicate completion of the course and weapon(s) used but will NOT certify the individual as an instructor.
Ammunition requirements will vary according to the weapon(s) utilized.