Force on Force Scenario: Home Invasion

| February 15, 2016 | 2 Comments

On Saturday, January 16th we attended force on force scenario based training offered by QSI Training. It was the first FoF class of 2016, and I learned a lot and had a great time.

Class Overview

This is an extremely brief description of the course.

  • 12 students, 10 male, 2 female
  • Students had varying levels of experience with firearms, other tools, and fight focused training.
  • Students used Airsoft replicas of their carry weapons. I also had the safety trainer version of my Clinch Pick.
  • Conducted at the SCALE training facility, which was a former health sanitarium turned tactical training facility by the state of Minnesota. The facility has a mock apartment complex, jail, convenience store, courthouse, and bar.
  • Students who participated as “actors” in each scenario were given varying specific direction by the instructors. Sometimes we were told we had no weapons and how to react, other times we were given weapons and little guidelines.
  • The focused of each scenario was given limited direction, such as “go down this hall with a bag of groceries,” or “use this cash to buy this list of things at this store.”
  • Elements were changed if students repeated the same scenario. No one did the same scenario in the same location with the same situation with the same number of other actors. Something was always different.
  • Most scenarios had multiple paths to resolution. Many students could resolve situations without getting involved, or without firing a shot. One students didn’t fire a round all day – except when role playing an aggressor.
  • There was an after action review after every scenario. The QSI instructors explained the scenario, what was done well, what needed improvement, what could be done differently, and any historical context behind the scenario.

The Scenario

I was “asleep” in a bed with my eyes closed. I heard a knock at my door. Then everything fell apart like a steaming shit sandwich.



There was a lot going on in this scenario. I opened the door because the woman sounded frantic and hit my soft spot — her dog was hurt. I don’t know if opening the door triggered the two other attackers to breach the opposite side, but the next thing I knew there was a crash and they were coming in.

  • I did a good job hitting the first attacker. I was very confident that I hit the second attacker, but he said I missed, and the footage is inconclusive. Regardless, I drove him out.
  • I have no idea why my hands separated when transitioning from one attacker to the other. Any ideas?
  • I am proud of my door management, but I should have moved to the corner sooner. It is possible the second attacker could have come through the other door, and then he would have been behind me.
  • The second engagement as I came through the door seemed like a more difficult shot, but the student said every round hit him.
  • I am glad I looked around while covering the wounded attacker, but I should not have been at full extension.
  • There was some discussion about kicking the attacker’s gun away from him. In a previous force on force scenario I was coached to not kick the weapon away because it may have caused confusion during analysis (“you said he had a knife in his hand, but it’s over here? Why did you kick it?). The option of standing on the pistol was discussed, but I wouldn’t want to anchor myself on a weapon. What would you have done?
  • The 911 call went pretty well, although I could have cut the call short and set the phone down sooner. The object is to give as much information as possible within a short period of time — and don’t incriminate yourself.
  • The police response part went okay. The 911 call and police response was the most stressful part of the drill for me. I believe this is mostly due to lack of practice, and I think I’ve practiced this more than average. How often do your force on force drills involve 911 calls and police response?
  • I was surprised to hear me shout “get out of the way” to the students watching the drill. I don’t remember really seeing them or saying this. “Get out of the way!” is a tape loop that we’re taught, and I firmly believe that trying to talk on your feet is a really bad idea.

This was a great class, and I believe every student serious about fight focused training should spend a significant amount of their time doing force on force scenarios.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

2 Comments on "Force on Force Scenario: Home Invasion"

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  1. Martin Luther says:

    “.. I have a beard and I’m naked.” Funny but realistic. Kicking the gun may have been a good idea tactically, but it worked out better by positioning yourself to cover the bad guy and the door. Also you did good pieing the doorway as the second bad guy was waiting for you. I noticed you re-holstered when the cops came through the door. Is this what you were trained to do when cops approach? I was thinking that if the cops had not heard you say you were putting your gun away as they entered they may have misinterpreted your movements as seeing you drawing the pistol. One Suarez class I took had us taking the gun by the slide and holding it above our heads in a surrender position and await instructions by the cops. I was kind of surprised that the cops didn’t secure the scene by disarming you. Enjoyed your video and your comments.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Hi there! Aside from the obvious continuity error (I was naked, where’s my holster??!?!?), I have been advised by multiple instructors to not have anything in my hands when the police arrive.

      In most cases, this means reholstering. I am not fond of dropping the weapon, especially in this case where an assailant was nearby.

      After the police arrive, I am taught to instruct them that I am armed, and tell them where the tool is located (or multiple tools, depending on how naked I am).

      I know that Mr. Suarez is a former law enforcement officer (as are many of my other instructors), so do what you are comfortable with. I would have an additional concern about holding any object in my hand in low-light conditions, ESPECIALLY if the officers are responding to a shots-fired / active shooter call.

      Good question, thank you for asking it.

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