Going to the range and firing a box of shells may be relaxing and improves basic shooting skills, but it does little to prepare you for an actual life-or-death situation. I recently attended Suarez International’s Advanced Close-Range Gunfighting two-day course, which certainly reinforced my belief that quality training is critical. This course is straightforward shooting with an appropriate emphasis on solid hits at all ranges, rather than gilt-edge accuracy.
This Suarez International training is listed as advanced for a reason, as it builds upon what you have already trained in other pistol classes. While the first morning was spent polishing up pistol shooting fundamentals, the remainder of the two days were used to refine skills to a higher level. The course is chock full of methods for increasing speed and accuracy during a personal defense encounter.
Under Gabe Suarez’s watchful eye, the class studied/analyzed various “threat-focused point-shooting systems” as well as “sight-focused shooting systems,” while learning to seamlessly integrate the two methods for maximum effectiveness. The class quickly discarded square range norms and explored field-expedient shooting positions—such as one-handed, behind cover combined, and off-hand shooting—with thoughtful presentations on specific problems, to include confined-area shooting, shooting in crowded environments and other distinct scenarios.