Intro to Handgun or Essential Defensive CarryAge: 18 & older

Course Information

Our Handgun level 3 courses highlight our run methodology of training. These courses are highly dynamic and not for the faint of heart. Safe gun handling is an absolute must during these courses!!! Our level 3 courses all have the PRE-REQUISITE, Level 3 RUN TEST.

Combative Handgun 3; Our most intensive pistol course. Students run and gun on our 180 degree range, utilizing many techniques to stress the shooter as much as possible, your skills will be challenged to either bend or break.

Vehicle Operations 3; When the pavement meets the rubber, this course will see students firing one handed and driving a vehicle. Students will also learn to shoot into and through vehicles working alone and in teams of two and three.

Close Quarter Battle 3; We now learn to set up over-watch and assault teams. Taking what we learned in level 2, this course focuses on what to do outside the room, on approach, and ex-fill to engaged environments.



Must be lawfully allowed to train with firearms. Class size is a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6.


Level 3 RUN TEST, check course descriptions for other pre-requisites

What this course covers

  • Safe Gun Handling skills for Hot Range training
  • Gear selection and placement
  • Speed and accuracy drills
  • Malfunction Clearance drills (for time)
  • Reload Drills (for time)
  • CQB drills
  • Shooting while moving (run)
  • Foot work ready up drills
  • Multiple Target engagements
  • Stress drills
  • Ground Fighting
  • Vehicle Ops
  • Use of cover/concealment, planning your movement
  • Shoot, move, and communicate drills/ react to contact, break contact, etc.

Required Gear:

Note-taking material
Semi-auto handgun of .380 or greater caliber, high capacity
Strong-side holster of sturdy construction/ drop leg, Outside Waist Band highly recommended
At least 4 pistol magazines, at least 6 rifle magazines
Eye & Hearing protection
Each course description has the minimum round count
Appropriate attire for training at outdoor private AZ range
At least 2 pistol mag pouches, at least 4 rifle magazine pouches
Lots of water, sunscreen and a bag lunch/snacks for a very full training day.

Our Instructors

A US Army 1st Infantry Division medic, JD served in Operation New Dawn in Iraq (2010-2011) a Medic. After his active duty service, he contracted as a civilian worldwide and continued to provide operational medical support across the Middle East and Africa. In addition, he served with Arizona’s own 1/158th National Guard unit. He taught over 200 Combat Life Saver (CLS) Courses during his time in service and has firsthand experience in combat trauma.


-NREMT and Combat Medic Trained
-Warrior Leader Course (WLC) 2013
-United States Army NCO

A US Army 82nd Airborne Reconnaissance Infantryman, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (2008-2009), I also spend as much time as possible outside hunting and fishing. Having countless hours training with multiple weapon platforms from crew served weapons to pistols, and having trained military, law enforcement, and civilians. I organized Diamondback Training Center’s teaching methodology following Murphy’s law, and taking equal portions of military, law enforcement, and civilian training environments to give our students the best experience possible.


-NRA Certifications: Refuse to be A Victim Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Pistol Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Inside and Outside the Home Personal Protection Instructor
-Arizona Department of Public Safety, Unarmed and Armed Security Guard Instructor
-Arizona Game and Fish Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor
-Sabre Red OC Spray Instructor
-ASP Baton, Handcuffing, and Flashlight Tactics Instructor
-CPR Certified

Upcoming Scheduled Courses

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