close contact dril

Close contact stuff is vital and this is a classic drill, but in terms of “realism” I don’t know how well the “toes to toes..step straight COM/one head” pattern translates to real world. Great starting point, necessary for some ranges where “freestyle” just cant happen, but don’t think it’s going to work like that in reality.


5 thoughts on “close contact dril”

  1. Until I attended SouthNarc’s ECQC class I did not really understand the dynamics of a “close-contact” engagement against a moving, dedicated opponent who is on top of you, either delivering force with an edged or impact weapon, driving you into the dirt, kicking, punching, trying to take your gun and kill you with it.

    What I took away from his force-on-force evolutions was:

    1. You MUST solve the positional problem BEFORE you try to acquire your firearm and engage the threat. This means you may have to move off the line of threat, or go hands on with the threat until you can improve your position sufficiently to ensure that you have the time and space to draw and deliver deadly force.

    2. You must RETAIN your weapon. SouthNarc teaches shooting from a high “two” position, with the pistol tucked in close to the body and the firing thumb indexed along the pectoral muscle. Support side arm in a horizontal or vertical “elbow shield”, utilizing the bone structure to provide sufficient space between you and your threat so you can work the trigger and not get foul the slide or get it forced out of battery.

    3. It’s going to be hard, fast, and ugly.

    4. If you stand still and try to draw your gun and pull the trigger while a big ape is stacking your sh**, you will not prevail.

    5. Movement, strikes, and working to the flank, getting dominant position, and THEN lighting up the bad guy is the goal.

    BTW, I really enjoy the site. Keep up the good work!

    6. Lots of things that seem like a good idea on a square range are shown to be less than ideal when pressure-tested against a live opponent.

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