Force on Force Course Description

(Requires Course Registration Form)

Force on Force is probably the most important training that anyone carrying a handgun for self defense will receive. This is an opportunity to experience the extraordinary stress and speed of a gunfight without anyone going to the hospital or morgue. paint cartridge weapons and ammunition are utilized to add realism to the training. They function and feel like a Glock 17. The impact of the paint cartridge round, although safe, does sting enough to motivate the students to avoid it. This is the perfect testing ground to validate your training and mind set in as close to a real gunfight situation as anyone wants to experience.

Day One will begin in the classroom to discuss the true nature of gunfights. This includes a detailed review of how the mind and body operates under stress. Auditory exclusion, tunnel vision, freezing; all are symptoms that must be dealt with under stress. Then the class will move to the physical training area. There the fundamentals of weapon retention and takeaways are taught and practiced. Most pistol fights occur at or near contact distance. Knowing how to retain your weapon and/or taking your opponent’s from him may turn the tide of the fight. The afternoon will include briefings on paint cartridges, scenario training safety procedures, and the proper methods of donning the mandatory safety gear. Then the scenarios begin. The scenarios are set up on tactical ranges and may utilize a shoot house with movable walls and operable doors and windows.

The course begins with critical classroom discussions on the true nature of a gunfight.


Day Two will be focused entirely on various training scenarios. These may include simulations of a robbery at a convenience store, a street mugging, or rape attempt of a student’s loved one, with any number of actors playing hostile and innocent roles. The scenarios are often taken from police reports of actual events to keep the situations realistic. It is up to the individual student to determine how to solve whatever problem is presented. The best response in some scenarios may be flight or avoidance. In other cases the threat can only be overcome with immediate application of deadly force. Life and death decisions will be made (right or wrong) in milliseconds under extreme psychological pressure. There is no substitute for experience and this is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire it.


Scenarios, like this one that involves the student (right) encountering felons in the midst of an escalating disagreement, require judgment and immediate action to survive.


Gunfights often occur at contact distances. Familiarity with countering gun grabs and edged weapons will enhance your survivability.


Debriefing at the end of each scenario is vital to the learning experience.


Requirements - Prospective students for this course must attend the Primary and Intermediate Pistol classes at Tac Pro Shooting Center prior to enrolling in the Force on Force class. In order to benefit most from the training each student must have a thorough grounding in the fundamentals as taught by Tac Pro Shooting Center. This ensures that everyone shares a common knowledge base and avoids wasting other student’s time teaching fundamental skills required for entry into the course.

Equipment – All paint cartridge weapons and ammunition are provided. If you have a favored holster for a Glock 17 feel free to bring it. Otherwise, one will be provided. The marking die in the paint cartridge Ammo is machine washable, but may permanently stain clothing. Choose you clothing accordingly. Long sleeves and pants are recommended. Bullet resistant vests are not permitted.

The weather in north Texas can be extreme. The temperature in the summer months can exceed 100 degrees. Dress in loose light colored clothing and wear a wide brimmed hat. During the cooler months the temperature can range from the low 90s to well below freezing. Be prepared for anything. We suggest dressing in layers. We shoot rain-or-shine so bring rain gear. Bring two pair of comfortable shoes in case one is soaked by rain, mud, or sweat. Although this is not an athletic event the course is physical. Kneepads and shooting gloves will contribute to your comfort. Bring paper and pens for taking notes. Eye and ear protection are required. Suntan lotion, Ibuprofen, band-aides, first aide tape, and a lawn chair are a good idea.