This week we finalized some details to bring in a guest instructor up to Canada for a 3 day shooting and lecture event early next year. The instructor is 2010 Law Enforcement Trainer of the Year Dave Spaulding who heads up his own training company; Handgun Combatives.
Dave is a long time serving law enforcement veteran who’s been on the firearms training scene for many years. He has been involved with firearms and Use of Force training for law enforcement for many years as well as deployment on SWAT, drug units and other high-risk assignments bringing him intimate knowledge of armed conflict.
Now retired from policing he has taken up training as a full time career. Dave has taught all over the U.S. from coast to coast and is widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities of the defensive handgun. He is the author of 2 highly acclaimed books: Handgun Combatives and Defensive Living as well as having produced several high quality, popular training videos. Dave is not only a phenomenal instructor and shooter but is also a graduate of almost every well known and well recognized shooting school in the US. He is extremely humble and considers himself a life-long student of the gun bringing a refreshing perspective to firearms training in an environment where sometimes egos can run rampant.
The 3 day event will begin with 2 days of shooting at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. The course being offered by Dave is “Situational Pistol” described from Dave’s site “Hangun Combatives” : “The handgun is a reactive/reflexive weapon, one that will need to be adapted to the individual situation one may face. There is no way any instructor can train the student for every situation they may face but being able to adapt quickly to the rapidly unfolding situation is the key to winning in combat. This course is designed to help the student adapt their essential skills to rapidly unfolding situations. Skills such as explosive goal-oriented movement, use of cover, unconventional positions and dynamic manipulation are just some of the topics covered. Adaptation to the rapidly changing environment is the key to victory! ” Day 3 will be a lecture on Developing the Combative Mindset: a course designed to introduce the student to the most important aspect of conflict preparation. Without the will the skill to fight is worthless. While no course can implant awareness and willingness in any individual, the class will help the student prepare their brain to fight instead of freeze.
This is Dave’s first foray into Canada and we hope to make the event memorable for all who can find the time to attend this unique and exciting training experience! Silvercore prides itself on being Canada’s premier shooting academy and as such we want to provide not only our own expert, professional and quality training to our students but also bring guest instructors in who have the knowledge, skill and experience to give our students the best possible training and information available to the firearms market.
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.
Last week Silvercore instructors had the opportunity to participate in a shotgun instructor development training course at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Topics covered a variety of shotgun related subject matter and shooting skill-sets. The emphasis was on both the tactical use of the defensive shotgun in context for the Use of Force training program that we offer and in a wildlife defensive context offered in our Bear Defence training programs.
Silvercore maintains a high standard for its instructor’s skills and values its position as the industry leader in public firearms training in Canada. The instructor development program we offer continues to ensure that our instructors stay current and fresh in their ability to deliver quality, detailed instruction to both our corporate and public clients.
Our live-fire program continues to grow in both numbers of existing courses and expanding into different firearms-related avenues. This expansion necessitates that instructors are well rounded and experienced in all aspects of firearms and related training from the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC/CRFSC), handguns, shotguns, rifles, Use of Force and combatives.
Things have been busy in the last few weeks here at Silvercore. Our ammo contest is in full swing and if you want to get in on it now’s the time! You can win 1000 rounds of 9mm one of two ways: Simply “like” us on Facebook and / or our Google Plus page and include a written review. Once you have submitted your review email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to that review. You will be entitled to one contest entry for the Facebook review and one contest entry for the Google Plus review. When our Facebook page reaches 1250 likes we will draw the prize and announce the winner. There’s still some time left before we reach the magic number – but not much!
We also recently completed a stretch of two back to back Handgun 1 courses last week; on Thursday/Friday and Saturday/Sunday. Both were full and the students did a fantastic job. We had a lot of fun and everyone shot well over both courses. Handgun 1 is our introductory handgun shooting course that guides the student through the fundamentals of handgun shooting, principles of marksmanship and gives the student a sound, solid platform to work from in order to practice and improve their skills over time. We also tackle cleaning, maintenance and several legal concepts in relation to restricted firearms.
Silvercore continually strives to maintain our position as the industry leader in firearms training and personal safety in Canada to both the public and corporate markets.
During the first week of April Silvercore ran its 5 day Use of Force training course at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. In Canada it is federally mandated training required to receive an Authorization to Carry in order to work in the Armoured Car industry. The platform of firearms used in the course varied according to each company’s needs bringing together an interesting variety of revolvers and semi-autos.
Silvercore prides itself on being Canada’s best, most professional and leading authority on firearms training available to our corporate clients and the public market. Our Use of Force training is delivered in a manner consistent with all of the Canadian federal Use of Force guidelines and the mandated curriculum ensuring the Armoured Car recruits receive the best, most applicable and useful training possible. Our Use of Force Instructors are former long-time members of the Armoured Car community, bringing a wealth of experience, realism and providing industry specific information that contributes to the relevance of the material being taught.
Another successful round of our two day Handgun Level 1 this past weekend! Our most popular live-fire course offers new and seasoned shooters alike some structured practice time with their own handguns or those provided free of charge by Silvercore.
On day one we discuss a myriad of subjects relating to handgun shooting and delve significantly into the principles of marksmanship. We use the opportunity of the classroom setting to engage in dry-fire drills with deactivated practice guns to get a solid foundation for day two of live-fire at the range. We also have a full laser simulator using our deactivated guns with laser inserts to run drills and range scenarios to help with the skill development making day two that much smoother.
Day two begins immediately with getting into live drills that were practiced the previous day. Marksmanship skill and safety are the focus of the day building the skill-sets students can take away and reinforce on their own at the range. Mixed into the drills is a competition or two and finally a modified Use of Force course of fire to test skill development by the end of day. The day is wrapped up by shooter’s choice skills to work on deficiencies and a section on handgun cleaning and maintenance.