During a moment in time when 4th generation warfare is the norm for all citizens, it makes sense to go armed. While any number of weapons are superior in power and accuracy to the handgun, no other gun is as easy to carry and have with you at all times. This is why Handgun Combatives concentrates on the handgun in its training courses…it is the weapon you are likely to have with you at all times. The first rule of gunfighting is to have a gun and the handgun is the one you are most likely to have when danger presents itself.
To prepare you for the most dangerous moments of your life!
We must all be active participants in our own rescue!!- Dave Spaulding, 2010 Law Officer Trainer of the Year -
Dave Spaulding was awarded the 2010 Law Officer Trainer of the Year award at the “The International Law Enforcement Education and Training Association (ILEETA). He has 36 years of Law Enforcement & Federal Security experience. Dave was a founding member of his Agency’s SWAT Team, and he spent 12 years as its training officer.
The author of two highly acclaimed books, HANDGUN COMBATIVES, and DEFENSIVE LIVING; and over 1,200 articles for COMBAT HANDGUNS, GUNS AND WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, PETERSEN'S , SWAT, POLICE, AMERICAN COP, LAW & ORDER, TACTICAL RESPONSE, LAW OFFICER MAGAZINE, GUNS AND AMMO and more. Dave has been an industry consultant to such companies as Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Don Hume Leathergoods, Alessi Holsters, Ghost, Inc., Ameriglo Sights, Law Enforcement Targets, Spyderco Knives, Templar Custom Arms, Fenix Lights and many others.
Dave spent five years as a full time use of force instructor, and another five years as the commander of a multi-jurisdictional drug task force, working major narcotics cases from Seattle to Miami.￼ During his years in SWAT and the drug task force, Dave performed hundreds of high-risk, forced entries into the lair of heavily armed felons. Working all aspects of law enforcement, including: corrections, communications, patrol, homicide detective, burglary investigations, evidence collection, and a long-term, high-risk, deep- undercover operation; Dave honorably retired at the rank of Lieutenant.
It is the goal of Handgun Combatives LLC to offer the best, most cost effective training possible and this requires the shooting of live ammo. With the current nationwide shortage of ammunition many people are concerned they will not be able to attend training as they will not be able to get the required amount for a given class. We would invite you to attend any course we offer with whatever ammo you can acquire, as long as it is of a reasonable amount that would allow us to achieve the course goals. We will work with you as much as possible. .22 "Clone" pistols that mimic full size carry guns are an acceptable option for training, though it is recommended the full power gun be interchanged where possible based on ammo supply/availability. Please contact us for with any questions regarding this issue. Thanks for considering Handgun Combatives!
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Blog Posts, Rants, and Ravings from the DAVE SPAULDING
"The final weapon is the brain...all else is supplemental."-Ernest Hemingway
“The difference between competition and combat is rules…there are no rules in a gunfight. So if you are not cheating you are not trying hard enough to win.”-Dave Spaulding
“Right now someone is training so when they meet you, they beat you. Train hard and stay on guard!”-Dennis Martin
View common drills Dave uses during his classes and download some of Dave's favorite targets.
Here at Handgun Combatives LLC we focus on the handgun only, primarily the semi-automatic pistol(as 9 out of 10 people now choose the pistol) however the revolver may be used in any of our courses and we certainly welcome them. Our emphasis is on needed skill sets so the student can select the level or type of instruction that best meets their individual need(s). NOTE: The round count listed with each course is the minimum recommended. More is always better and is certainly encouraged!!
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