This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed Carry



In this segment of our Chris Collins Concealed Carry Series, we will go over close quarters combat. It is safest to train for extreme close quarters positions with your SIRT and not a live fire weapon due to the nature of this training. Additionally, this drill can easily be practiced in your own home using a SIRT. As always, we highly recommend practicing in your usual environments as these are the areas where you are most likely to use your training.

At :20 seconds into the video, Chris demonstrates how when you are engaged in a close quarters grappling match, it is not in your best interest to immediately draw your weapon. You need to have a window of time where you can safely draw your weapon without risk of the attacker interfering. It is best to do this when you have an advantage in the fight and are able to spare a hand to draw your weapon. If you do not have the upper hand, all you are doing is adding a firearm to a situation where you are at a disadvantage. Chris demonstrates a safe time to draw at 1:05 in the video. At this point in the fight, he has the attacker’s arm pinned and against a wall. From here, Chris can safely draw, engage, and back away from the attacker.

As with all firearm drills, please take some serious considerations when performing this drill. It is inherently dangerous which is why we recommend using a SIRT to mitigate the risks. Also, seeking professional trainers who are familiar with close quarters is encouraged.

At 2:10, Chris demonstrates a few repetitions as well as a scan process which can be incorporated into all training. This scan process is a great way to stay aware of your surroundings and any potential threats. Start by ensuring the immediate threat is down the look over each shoulder. Keep an eye out for how many people are around and what is in their hands.  Then, check your weapon and determine if a reload is warranted. Chris covers more on reloading in the next video.

This drill will better prepare you for close quarters situations. Remember to practice regularly and always keep safety at the forefront of your training routine.  

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