Techniques Course Descriptions

Techniques are a set of skills as they apply to a specific problem.  Shooting around cover, handling a hard corner, dealing with threats from inside a vehicle or handcuffing a suspect are all examples of techniques.  Techniques are the basic building blocks of procedures, and we teach them so they can be easily integrated into whatever procedures you use.
Shoothouse training at Alliance with Forge Tactical
Patrol Counter-Ambush
The Forge Tactical Patrol Counter Ambush Course is a 16 hour session designed for law enforcement officers operating in todays chaotic, dangerous and overanalyzed policing environment. The focus of this course is to enable officers to prevail during a rapid, unexpected attack. Breaking contact, movement for advantage, fighting from the ground up, fighting from and around vehicles, and making rapid, smart decisions while maintaining the will to win are the objectives of this course.
Prerequisites: Current full, part time or reserve law enforcement officers
Equipment List:
  • Common Sense
  • Duty handgun and gear with 3 magazines
  • Duty rifle with sling and 3 magazines
  • 300 rounds handgun ammunition
  • 200 rounds rifle ammunition
  • Force on Force training PPE (mask, eye pro, cup)
  • SIMS equipment and ammo is included in cost of tuition
  • Eye and ear pro
  • Water and snack food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Pen and notebook
Small Team CQB (Shoothouse)
The Forge Tactical Small Team CQB Course is a 32 hour session focused on developing the fundamental techniques required for successful team fighting inside of structures.  This course is built around the fundamental building block of CQB, the two-man team.  Topics covered in this course include tactical judgment, priority of life, approach, door, hallway, room processing, and CQB shapes procedures; and the techniques that enable them. Fundamental techniques are trained and evaluated 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 (Level IV or III ICW plates) and ballistic helmet (limited rentals are available)
  • IFAK and TQ
  • 400 rounds carbine ammunition
  • 200 rounds handgun ammunition
  • Electronic hearing protection which fit under your helmet
  • Clear eye protection
  • 2 green chemlights or PID light
  • Water and snack food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Pen and notebook (you will be taking notes)
Small Team CQB / TMR Package  
The Forge Tactical Small Team CQB (Shoothouse)/Tactical Medical Response is the 4-day, two-man shoothouse course we offer as Small Team CQB, with the addition of a Tactical Medical Response module. TMR is the doctrine of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) oriented to the domestic theater (CONUS); and is an introduction to emergency care in the battlefield or tactical environment. It teaches the skills necessary for non-medical personnel to give life-saving aid to combat casualties, and no prior medical training is necessary to attend. For medically trained personnel, TMR teaches the correct priority of treatment in the tactical environment.  All necessary materials will be provided.  The TMR module is taught by military special operations medical providers with combined decades of experience in battlefield casualty medicine.  Training Day 1 frontloads the didactic and hands-on skills portion of TMR, with TD 2 through 4 containing Shoothouse instruction. Medical skills integration is reinforced during the shoothouse portion of training.
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 (Level III plates) and ballistic helmet (limited rentals are available)
  • IFAK and TQ
  • 400 rounds carbine ammunition
  • 200 rounds handgun ammunition
  • Electronic hearing protection which fit under your helmet
  • Clear eye protection
  • 2 green chemlights or PID light
  • Water and snack food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Pen and notebook (you will be taking notes)
Handgun CQB
The Forge Tactical Handgun CQB course is a 24 hour program designed to further build your skill sets to learn to fight with your pistol in a confined structure, with one teammate. This course teaches the same principles and fundamentals as Small Team CQB (Shoothouse) but utilizing the pistol. It is often more appropriate than Small Team CQB for the student who primarily uses a pistol for defense and does not have to wear hard ballistic armor for their mission. The course requires the use of soft armor as a minimum level of PPE, and as a result is less physically demanding than the full Small Team CQB package. As with the Small Team CQB Course, safety is paramount.  
Prerequisites: US Citizen or ITAR approved person, and graduate of reputable handgun and carbine operator courses.
Equipment List:
  • Common Sense
  • Handgun and 3 magazines
  • Tactical holster
  • Handgun mounted light is recommended
  • Handheld light
  • Ballistic soft vest (Level II or IIIa) (limited rentals are available)
  • IFAK and TQ
  • 400 rounds handgun ammunition
  • Electronic hearing protection
  • Clear eye protection
  • 2 green chemlights or PID light
  • Water and snack food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Pen and notebook (you will be taking notes)
Low Light CQB
The Forge Tactical Low Light CQB Course is a 24-hour session focused on developing the fundamental techniques required for successful team fighting inside of structures in the dark.  Like the Small Team CQB course, this course is built around the fundamental building block of CQB, the two-man team.  Topics covered in this course include approach, door, hallway, room processing and shapes procedures; and the techniques that enable them. Fundamental techniques are trained and evaluated in depth with an emphasis on their application in the rapidly moving CQB environment in low light. 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 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 (Level IV or III ICW plates) and ballistic helmet (limited rentals are available)
  • IFAK and TQ
  • 200 rounds carbine ammunition
  • 100 rounds handgun ammunition
  • Electronic hearing protection which fit under your helmet
  • Clear eye protection
  • 2 green chemlights or PID light
  • Water and snack food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Pen and notebook (you will be taking notes)