Action Response Course (A.R.C.)

The Action Response Course is designed for schools or churches that want the training to protect their students or congregation from threats or disasters. This course is a comprehensive 3-day multi-discipline class that teaches students how to respond to many different types of threats, attacks, and disasters.

Course Description

Cost: $750

Classroom Time: 8 Hours

Range Time: 8 Hours

Force-on-Force Time: 8 Hours

Course Length: 3 Days

Round Count: 800 Rounds

This 3-day course will prepare students to formulate and react to an immediate threat, specifically designed and developed to focus on those mass casualty threats that we might encounter in a populated venue. Students will receive basic to intermediate level training with a firearm that is similar to their everyday carry firearm – building upon the fundamentals that are typically taught in a Conceal Carry Course.

Once students have completed the fundamental level training, we will begin the intermediate and complementary training. This training includes immediate casualty care that has been purpose-built for civilians. Students will receive civilian medical training that focuses on how to render emergency medical aid in the event of a violent attack.

Day three is a comprehensive force-on-force day that allows students to apply the previous two days of training and knowledge through reality-based training scenarios.

Day 1: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Classroom

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Conceal carry and pistol fundamentals refresher.

We will cover the fundamentals of pistol handling to include grip, stance, aiming, breath control, hold control, trigger control and follow through. It is imperative that the attendees have the basics of firearms before we do the range portion of the course.

9:00 am – 11:00 am:  Basics of disarmament and introduction to weapons retention

This portion will cover self-defense and how to disarm an assailant. We will have a few martial arts instructors teaching the methods to disarm and subdue an assailant (with and without weapons)

Intro to Medical 2 hours (see full description below)
Lunch (drive to range)

Range Pistol Marksmanship (Range TBD)

Please take notes on the list of ‘what to bring to the range’ below.
“Dot therapy Drill”
For the range portion we start with a 320 round course of fire over the course of 3 hours to hone in the fundamentals and accuracy with the student pistols. This drill, dot therapy, is designed to make the students focus on the fundamentals of pistol shooting. Aiming, hold control, breath control, trigger control and follow through as well as drawing from the holster and re-holstering safely.
Dot Therapy Drill 2 (AKA Dot Torture) 4 hours (with 4 15 minute breaks) 7 Courses 320 rounds (Distance 15 feet) When the shooter has completed each course they should holster the pistol and go to the ready line and reload their magazines until they are called back to the firing line for the next course of fire.

The shooter starts at the holstered position the RSO or instructor will say execute.

1.         40 rounds (30 minutes)
The shooter will then proceed to fire 1 round at the first dot on the target, reholster. And repeat at their pace until dry

2.         40 rounds (30 minutes)
The shooter will then proceed to fire 2 rounds at the second dot on the target, reholster. And repeat at their pace until dry

3.         40 rounds (30 minutes)
The shooter will then proceed to fire 3 rounds at the third dot on the target, reholster. And repeat at their pace until dry

(Break 15 minutes)

4.         40 rounds (30 minutes)
The shooter will then proceed to fire 4 rounds at the fourth dot on the target, reholster. And repeat at their pace until dry

5.         40 rounds (20 minutes)
The shooter will then proceed to fire 5 rounds at the fifth dot on the target, reholster. And repeat at their pace until dry

6.         40 rounds (20 minutes)
The shooter will then proceed to fire 6 rounds at the sixth dot on the target, reholster. And repeat at their pace until dry

7.         80 rounds (40 minutes with a 15 minute break)The shooter will then proceed to fire 2-5 rounds at the seventh dot on the target then transition to the eighth dot on the target and shoot 2-5 times at that one, reholster. And repeat at their pace until dry

Day 2 8:00am-5:00pm Civilian Medical I part 2 & Range Defensive Pistol I (Range TBD)



Civilian Medical I (part 2)

This class is for civilian students that understand the world is a dangerous place. Medical skills are imperative to round out an individual skill set. Whether reacting to a household accident, the aftermath of an active killer incident, bombing or other traumatic incident we will ensure that you are prepared to react. This is not a basic first aid class and only covers traumatic injuries and treatments.

*This class is not for those with weak stomachs. Disturbing videos and imagery are used.

The class consists of lecture, practical exercises and scenario train where students will put their skills into mock practice on fellow classmates and instructors during the Force on Force drills in your school.
We are including a ‘facility trauma’ bag designed to treat 5-7 people in the event of a disaster. (Value of @ $1000)

Lunch (drive to the range)


Weapon Retention and an intro to moving and shooting
Moving and shooting around doors/walls/people.
The afternoon session will focus on more scenario based drills such as moving then shooting and shooting while on the move. We will also work on drills that put the participants in mock hallways and doorways, teaching them the proper way to shoot around cover of this nature. We will be running a hot range all afternoon and will shoot about 300 rounds.
Qualifications (Durango PD or LaPlata County SO Pistol Qualification course of fire)

June 8th 8am-6pm Force on Force scenarios at your Location.
There is a continuation of Civilian Medical I practicals during the Force on Force.



Silver Mountain Instruction

Force on Force Training

  • Force on force training is designed to put people in scenarios where they do not know what the roles of the others in the scenarios are. The best way to get the most out of this is to simply react to the stimulus in the scenario

  • Persons will be taken into a room where the instructor and or RSO will give them their ‘rolls’ to play. Actors are encouraged to play out their role as ‘real world’ as possible, if you are told you’re a drunk, act it out, If you are told you’re a bank robber play the best bank robber you can play. Yelling and screaming is also encouraged as it gives the scenarios a much more real life fell.

  • This is called force on force for a reason. You may be ‘shot’, ‘stabbed’, pushed or even taken to the ground. HOWEVER if you are playing a role requiring you to ‘attack’ someone be mindful of that person and do not try to hurt them. If you are asked to take someone to the ground don’t body slam them but just wrestle them as gently as you can to the ground. If you feel the need to push someone away do so gently and if you are pushed dramatize it and take several steps back. Pull punches and be nice to your class mates. We want to make it real but we also don’t want anyone to get hurt.

  • All participates should go into every scenario with ‘empty pockets’ no real knives, firearms (of course), live ammo, keys etc. Anything that could cause bodily harm should not be anywhere on your person.

  • We will be using high velocity air soft guns to simulate real firearms.

  • We will be using plastic knives to simulate edge weapons

  • Any other items inserted into the scenario will be non-lethal Example: Nerf bat

  • Protective gear must be worn at all times by all persons in the scenario area

  • ALL persons in the scenario area are role players or by standers EXCEPT anyone wearing a yellow vest,
    these are the instructors, RSO’s and camera people. They are considered to be invisible in the scenario.

  • All scenarios will end at the Instructor saying “END EX” Meaning end the exercise.


This is a very comprehensive course we are going to put on. There are some
participant prerequisites to attending the 3 day course.

  1. Everyone attending (Spruce) must have a valid Conceal Carry permit

  2. Students MUST have gun safety and shooting skills prior to attending

  3. Everyone attending must have their own firearm and at least 3-5 magazines

  4. Everyone MUST have a quality holster either leather or plastic ‘kydex’ as well as a ‘weak side’ dual magazine holder for spare magazines, we recommend these guys to make them for you use code SMI17 for 10% off. Their lead time is around 1-2 weeks

  5. Participants should bring at least 600 rounds of quality ammunition for the range portion in the caliber of their gun. We are looking at ordering in bulk from our ammunition sponsor to help with costs

  6. Students should bring their own eye and ear protection for the live fire portion (SMI will provide protection for the force on force training).

What to bring to the range:


  • Your own firearm and a MINIMUM of 3-5 magazines

  • A Quality leather or kydex holster AND a duel spare magazine holster for your weak side.

  • A sack lunch and non water beverages (we will provide a large cooler with water in it)

  • 600 rounds of quality ammunition in the caliber of your firearm. If you are being sponsored by Spruce your ammunition will be provided to you.

  • Eye and ear protection. It is HIGHLY recommended you have ‘electronic’ ear protection such as the Howard Leight impact sport ( for around $40)

What to bring to the range:


  • Sunscreen

  • Snacks

  • Range bag

  • Mag loaders

  • Camera

  • Foam Finger tape (we will have some on hand)

  • Rain jacket

  • ETC:

Please let me know if you have any questions. I am looking forward to working with all of you.