Over the weekend Silvercore hosted its Handgun Level 3 course at the Justice Institute of British Columbia range facility. The course is designed to increase awareness of advanced defensive shooting concepts to the armed professional and civilian alike.
Some of the topics covered include tactics and deployment of the pistol from concealed carry positions, shooting from positions of disadvantage such as sitting/supine, shooting from a seated position in a chair or car and a large portion of the class is dedicated to defensive use of cover slow methodical structure clearing and dynamic room entry techniques. The US Federal Air Marshal’s course of fire is challenged to give us a standard to work towards and achieve and we modify other competitive drills to increase their applicability to the defensive shooting world by adding multiple targets, grounded targets and targets facing at oblique angles.
Mindset plays a large part in the defensive shooting world. The students are always challenged and reminded throughout the course to continually be aware of their surroundings and maintain a combative frame of mind. Through movement, scanning and positioning/seeking cover this mindset can be re-enforced. The students are also challenged with “wounded shooter drills” to practice their skills while employing the use of only their dominant or non-dominant hand; even malfunctions. On day 2 there is also a large component of low-light shooting/flashlight work with different lighting conditions in the range allowing for advanced target recognition drills and structure clearing scenarios that can’t be done at an outdoor range facility – giving our course a distinct advantage for those who operate in urban environments with less than ideal lighting conditions.