Force on force training last weekend

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last weekend the She-Shepherd and I had the pleasure of doing some force on force training with Quorum Security, Inc. This is the fourth FoF class I’ve taken, and the second with QSI. I’ve had the luxury of doing my other FoF training with Suarez International and Defense Training International.

These schools have a lot in common, especially when it comes to close quarter shooting and force on force training. Here are some of the basic principles:

  • Keep moving. A stationary student is a dead student.
  • Use a combination of techniques to get you out of trouble, including situational awareness, verbalization (talking), hands-on techniques / combatives, and various weapon techniques from improvised weapons, knives, firearms, etc.
  • Practice weaponry is used against real human opponents. In this weekend’s class we used airsoft pistols and plastic / rubber knives, clubs, and a crowbar.
  • Students and instructors participate in the scenarios. Sometimes they are given limited direction, e.g., go buy a box of macaroni, hang out at a friend’s house, etc.
  • Not every scenario results in a confrontation, or have to result in a shooting.

Last weekend’s class was about 95% scenario based, and was an intermediate level class. All three organizations I’ve trained with had a proof-of-concept phase where they educate the students on fundamentals like why “stand and deliver” style of shooting / training is not effective against real humans, why most traditional shooting techniques may put you and others at risk, etc. The class we took assumed the participants had already learned all of this. The students participated in more realistic situations, instead of typical FoF drills like the Tueller Drill or close-contact shooting, etc.

The class lasted about four and a half hours, with a short break for snacks and lecture. As always, the class had a high instructor-to-student ratio, and the class started out with a safety debriefing and a lecture on the material.

Things got real intense, real fast. Here I am doing a hostage drill, and the hostage is my wife:

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Here’s some footage from the class:

Hostage Drill

Hallway / Going Home Drill

Grocery Store Drill


If you own a gun for self defense, you owe it to yourself to get fight-focused training. Part of that training regime should be force-on-force exercises. It is an added expense to get the airsoft replicas, practice weapons, and safety gear, but it is well, well worth it.

It’s critical to get this training, but also to take the instruction at heart. When I trained with John Farnam’s class in 2012 there were several accomplished sport / target shooters who’d been around firearms for years. They were quickly outmatched by more fight-focused students, even though we tended to be slower to draw and had longer “splits” between trigger presses.

If you go to a force on force class, be prepared to be challenged, both with your skills and your prior experiences. I specifically included a video from this weekend where I made a mistake — it’s important to practice, and it’s important to learn.

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.
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