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Shooter/Fighter Matrix 1.5 | June 10-11, 2023 | Freestone, CA


This is a unique, hybrid class, consisting of essential material from “Shooter/Fighter Matrix: The Fundamentals” and “Shooter/Fighter Matrix: Advanced Concepts”.

This course is about self evaluation. Self reflection. Re-calibration. And achieving actionable competence.

It is also about the realm of violence, where nobody wants to go- the moments of the gunfight, where if you were watching someone else in such situation- most likely you’d quietly say “he’s f@&$ed”…

Discovery and development of fundamental attributes needed to perform from the disadvantaged positions against the armed opposition is the main theme of this class.

Charting out individualized, accurate, relevant and objective matrix of ones interdisciplinary competence within the realm of a violent encounter with firearms takes methodical approach, which provides one with clear picture of hierarchical order of training priorities.

Forward Training Concepts “Shooter/Fighter Matrix-1.5” class is a 2 day, 16 hour live fire course, designed to facilitate transition between the two distinct realms.

This course takes the path of first defining where each student stands as a shooter AND as a fighter with the gun. Through thoughtfully designed drills, each student will be able to diagnose individual issues and problem areas. Drills gradually and progressively will take students from the square one way range shooting realm into a much more complex and chaotic realm of a gunfight. Attributes and components of the distinct stages of actions within the gunfight will be introduced in order to not only evaluate and diagnose, but to expose and eliminate dogmatic habits that impede ones ability to function with efficiency and robustness in a fight.

This IS physically and mentally demanding and challenging class.

Your mind, body, equipment and gear will be put to the test through rigorous drills and challenges.

In two intense days of learning and training, each student will be able to gather enough raw data and relevant results to be able to quantify his/her own competency as a shooter and as a gunfighter.


Day 1 (9 hours)

  • Safety. Rules. Principles. 
  • Charting your competency as a shooter and as a gunfighter.
  • Components of shooting.
  • Components of gunfighting.
  • Movement. 
  • Distance/Workspace.
  • Earning and securing the draw.
  • Challenged access and weapon retention.

Day 2 (7 hours)

  • Conflict management.
  • Eliminating the gaps in shooting. 
  • Adapting shooting for fighting. 
  • In-fight weapon handling.
  • Weapon retention. 
  • Adaptive evolutions.
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  • Description

When: Saturday (06/10) 8am – 6pm and Sunday (06/11) 8am – 4pm

Where: 760 Freestone Ranch Rd, Freestone, CA 95472

Training location is on a private 800 acre cattle ranch in West Sonoma County, East of Santa Rosa and approximately 11 miles from the coast. Our training space is in a beautiful Redwood grove with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit zone. Please drive quite slowly down the driveway (it is in rough shape after the rains) and follow the white and pink arrows all the way back to the redwood grove. Should you encounter a closed gate please let yourself through and CLOSE IT AGAIN behind you.

Travel: Fly into SFO or regional airport STS. Approximately 1.25 hrs from SF

Camping space available. Contact me if interested.

Other lodging options:


What to bring:

  • Open and willing to learn mind.
  • Carry handgun with your daily carry holster. You can get quality concealed carry holsters here: www.greenforcetactical.com.
  • At least 4 magazines.
  • Training knife (some will be available for use at the location).
  • Your carry trauma kit/items.
  • 400 rounds of ammunition.
  • Five rounds of corresponding caliber snap caps/dummy rounds.
  • Quality eye protection and hearing protection.
  • Hydration and snacks.
  • Note-taking materials.