Skills Course Descriptions

Skills are the individual competencies required to fight by yourself or as part of a larger team.  Handgun, Carbine, Precision Rifle, Driving, Movement, and Communications are just a few examples of the skills required of a modern fighter.  Skills are an individual responsibility, and are the foundation of all the tactical specialties.  We teach skills using a crawl, walk run methodology with a focus on their integration into techniques.
Tactical Training at Alliance with Forge Tactical

Handgun Skills

The Forge Tactical Handgun Skills Course is a 16 hour square range session designed to refine and expand the student’s handgun skills.  Topics covered in this course vary depending on the needs of the student base.  Fundamental handgun skills are evaluated and trained in depth, with an emphasis on identifying skills the student needs to improve in order to grow in their ability to apply them to techniques and procedures.  Students will work in both overt and concealed environments, and a low light component is included where range conditions permit.  This is not a “first time” or beginner’s handgun course.      

Prerequisites: US Citizen or ITAR approved person, and graduate of a reputable basic pistol course.

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense

  • Handgun with 3 magazines or speedloaders

  • Magazine pouches

  • Overt tactical or duty holster

  • Concealed holster (your EDC is strongly recommended.  AIWB holsters are welcome)

  • 800 rounds pistol ammunition

  • Handheld or weapon mounted light (preferably both)

  • Cover garment

  • Electronic hearing protection

  • Eye protection

  • Water and snack food

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Pen and notebook (you will be taking notes)

Carbine Skills

The Forge Tactical Carbine Skills Course is a 16 hour square range session designed to refine and expand the student’s carbine skills.  Topics covered in this course vary depending on the needs of the student base; however every course will include engagements between 3 and 100 meters, fundamental weapon manipulation and combat marksmanship, shooting on the move and carbine standards which can be used long after the course to help students maintain and grow their carbine skills, and to create a base for comparison over multiple courses.  Fundamental skills are evaluated and trained in depth, with an emphasis on identifying skills the student needs to improve in order to grow in their ability to apply them to techniques and procedures.  A low light component is included where range conditions permit.  This is not a “first time” or beginner’s carbine course, so please come ready to work with a zero’d rifle.     

Prerequisites: US Citizen or ITAR approved person, and graduate of a reputable basic carbine course.

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense

  • Carbine with 5 magazines (Carbine should be zero’d when you arrive)

  • Magazine pouches

  • Handheld or weapon mounted light (preferably both)

  • IFAK and TQ

  • 800 rounds carbine ammunition

  • Electronic hearing protection

  • Eye protection

  • Water and snack food

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Pen and notebook (you will be taking notes)

CQB Skills

The Forge Tactical CQB Skills Course is a 24 hour square range session focused on developing the handgun and carbine skills needed in a close quarters environment.  Topics covered in this course include rapid engagements between 3 and 50 meters with both primary and secondary weapon systems, fundamental weapon manipulation and combat marksmanship, carbine and handgun weapon integration (transitions and retention), rapid engagement from ready positions, varying distance engagements, emergency engagements from positions of disadvantage, and shooting standards.  These standards are designed to be used long after the course to help students maintain and grow their skills, and to create a base for comparison over multiple courses.  Fundamental skills are evaluated and trained in depth with an emphasis on their application in the rapidly moving CQB environment.  A low light component is included where range conditions permit.  This is not a beginner’s course, so please come ready to work with a zero’d rifle.     

Prerequisites: US Citizen or ITAR approved person, and graduate of reputable handgun and carbine operator courses.

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense

  • Carbine with 5 magazines (Carbine should be zero’d when you arrive)

  • Carbine magazine pouches

  • Handgun and 3 magazines

  • Tactical holster

  • Handheld and weapon mounted lights

  • Ballistic vest and helmet (limited rentals are available)

  • IFAK and TQ

  • 1000 rounds carbine ammunition

  • 300 rounds handgun ammunition

  • Electronic hearing protection which fit under your helmet

  • Eye protection

  • Water and snack food

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Pen and notebook (you will be taking notes)

Carbine 2A

The Forge Tactical Carbine 2A course is a 16 hour intermediate level course, designed to expand the effective range and capabilities developed in the CQB skills course.  This course refines the student’s close range skills (<50 yards), and develops their intermediate range skills (50-300 yards).  The goal of this course is the achievement of first round hits from 5 to 300 yards.  Topics introduced include basic extended ballistics, zeroing options, effects of weather, range estimation, shooting positions, holdover compensation, common ballistic reticles, and spotting techniques and communication.  There is a low light component is included where conditions permit.  This is not a beginner’s course, so please come ready to work with a zero’d rifle.     

Prerequisites: US Citizen or ITAR approved person, and graduate of Forge CQB Skills Course or other reputable carbine operator course.

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense

  • RDS or optical sight equipped Carbine with 5 magazines (Carbine should be zero’d when you arrive)

  • Carbine magazine pouches

  • Handgun and 3 magazines

  • Tactical holster

  • Handheld and weapon mounted lights

  • IFAK and TQ

  • 700 rounds carbine ammunition (NO GREEN TIP OR AP AMMO IS ALLOWED)

  • 100 rounds handgun ammunition

  • Electronic hearing protection which fit under your helmet

  • Eye protection

  • Water and snack food

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Pen and notebook (you will be taking notes)

Low light Skills

The Forge Tactical Low Light Skills Course is a 16 hour square range session focused on developing handgun and carbine skills needed in low illumination situations.  Topics covered in this course include flashlight performance, weapon setup, the science of visible illumination, controlling illumination to advantage, rapid low light engagements between 3 and 50 meters with both primary and secondary weapon systems, fundamental weapon manipulation and combat marksmanship in a low visibility environment, carbine and handgun weapon integration (transitions and retention), rapid engagement from ready positions, varying distance engagements in low light, emergency engagements from positions of disadvantage, and low light shooting standards.  This is not a beginner’s course, so please come ready to work with a zero’d rifle.   

This is a reverse schedule course, so please prepare your sleep schedule accordingly.  

Prerequisites: US Citizen or ITAR approved person, and graduate of Forge CQB Skills Course or other reputable carbine operator course.

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense

  • Carbine with 5 magazines (Carbine should be zero’d when you arrive)

  • Carbine magazine pouches

  • Handgun and 3 magazines

  • Tactical holster

  • Handheld and weapon mounted lights

  • IFAK and TQ

  • 800 rounds carbine ammunition (NO GREEN TIP OR AP AMMO IS ALLOWED)

  • 300 rounds handgun ammunition

  • Electronic hearing protection which fit under your helmet

  • Eye protection

  • Water and snack food

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Pen and notebook (you will be taking notes)