Extreme Close Quarters Gun Fighting with Greg Ellifritz

Extreme Close Quarters Gun Fighting with Greg Ellifritz

Sunday, March 25, 2018 • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Black Wing Shooting Center is pleased to offer Greg Ellifritz' Extreme Close Quarters Gun Fighting to shooters in Ohio.

Extreme Close Quarters Gun fighting at a glance:

 The skills you learned on the target shooting range or in your CCW class may not work for you when the fight happens within arms’ reach.  Extreme close range gun fighting is a completely different skill set, one that relies far more on FIGHTING than on mere shooting.

With up to 50% of gunfights occurring at ranges closer than five feet, you need this skill set!  Join Greg Ellifritz as he teaches a dynamic close quarter’s gun fighting class that will cover the following topics:

– Retention Shooting Positions

– Body positioning and shooting stances for the close quarters fight

– In-fight weapons access and drawing skills

– Stopping and opponent’s draw

– Making contact shots without creating malfunctions

– Close quarters gun disarms

– One handed close quarters malfunction drills

– Using the pistol as an impact weapon

– Drawing and shooting from unconventional positions

– Weapons access and gun fighting from the ground

– Rescuing a partner or family member who is in an opponent’s clinch

– Weapons retention, both in holster and in hand

– Numerous other techniques!

This is not the class for a beginning shooter!  Proper gun handling skills and evidence of prior training is a prerequisite for the course. You should be able to operate your handgun reflexively (loading, unloading, malfunction clearance) and be able to safely draw from the holster before taking the class.  I  Prior training in a combative martial art or police defensive tactics class will be useful, but not required.  The class will be somewhat physically demanding, so please show up expecting to work hard.


Required Equipment:

  - Handgun (no ported weapons)

 - Sturdy belt- mounted holster that will allow reholstering with one hand.

 - Spare reloading devices and holder (you will need to be able to carry at least 15 rounds on your person)

 - Eye and Ear protection

- 150-200 Rounds of ammunition

 - A pair of gloves is useful, but not necessary for the weapon retention portion of the class


Length- 1 day

*Please bring your lunch and any snacks you need to sustain you through the day.



Greg Ellifritz is Active Response Training’s President and Primary Instructor.

Greg is a 20-year veteran police officer, spending 13 years as the full time tactical training officer for his central Ohio agency.  In that position, he was responsible for developing and instructing all of the in-service training for a 54-officer police department.  Prior to his training position, he served as patrol officer, bike patrol officer, bike patrol coordinator, sniper and field training officer for his agency.

 He has been an active instructor for the Tactical Defense Institute since 2001 and a lead instructor for TDI’s ground fighting, knife fighting, active shooter,  impact weapons, and extreme close quarters shooting classes.

Greg holds instructor, master instructor, or armorer certifications in more than 75 different weapons systems, defensive tactics programs, and law enforcement specialty areas.  In addition to these instructor certifications, Greg has trained with many of the leading firearms and edged weapons instructors in the country.

Greg has been an adjunct instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy, teaching firearms, defensive tactics, bike patrol, knife defense and physical fitness topics.  He has taught firearms and self defense classes at the national and international level through the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, The American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, Rangemaster Tactical Conference, and Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. 

He has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management and has written for several publications and websites including: ‘The Firearms Instructor”, “Ohio Police Chief”, “Combat Handguns”, Survivalblog.com, “Concealed Carry Magazine”, Primedia’s “Personal & Home Defense Annual”, and “American Handgunner”.

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