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    Handgun Combatives Training Program
    Instruction in the Combative use of the Handgun
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    In uncertain times it is wise to become self sufficient.
    After all, no one will look after your best interests,
    and the best interests of those you love, better than you!
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    Few Firearms are as easy
    to carry and conceal than the Handgun and we
    teach you to fight with it in the real world.

We are Handgun Combatives

During a moment in time when 4th generation warfare is the norm for all citizens, it makes sense to go armed. While any number of weapons are superior in power and accuracy to the handgun, no other gun is as easy to carry and have with you at all times. This is why Handgun Combatives concentrates on the handgun in its training courses…it is the weapon you are likely to have with you at all times. The first rule of gunfighting is to have a gun and the handgun is the one you are most likely to have when danger presents itself.

Our Objective

To prepare you for the most dangerous moments of your life!


To make you ready and willing to fight with the Handgun.


The individual who prevails in armed conflict is the one who can most quickly adapt to the rapidly unfolding situation before them.


Survival is not enough, it's about prevailing...going home unharmed everyday.

We must all be active participants in our own rescue!!

- Dave Spaulding, 2010 Law Officer Trainer of the Year -

Meet Dave Spaulding

Dave Spaulding was awarded the 2010 Law Officer Trainer of the Year award at the “The International Law Enforcement Education and Training Association (ILEETA). He has 36 years of Law Enforcement & Federal Security experience. Dave was a founding member of his Agency’s SWAT Team, and he spent 12 years as its training officer.

  • Graduate of multiple shooting schools

    Dave is a graduate of most of the major shooting schools including the highly-acclaimed CRUCIBLE, Thunder Ranch, Gunsite, Mid-South Institute of Self-Defense Shooting, Smith & Wesson Academy, SIG-Arms Academy, Chapman Academy, Heckler and Koch International Training Division, Tactical Defense Institute, CQB Services of Liverpool, England, Berretta Training Academy, FBI SWAT School, Lethal Force Institute, Defense Training International, Gryphon Group, Direct Action Resource Center, Blackwater, and more!

  • Leading Authority on Firearms Training

    By training instructors from across the globe, he is recognized and respected worldwide as a leading authority in realistic combat handgun training.Dave has taught at such prestigious international training conferences such as the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET), The International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) and the International Law Enforcement Education , Training Association (ILEETA), The Ohio Tactical Officers (OTOA) and the Michigan Tactical Officers Association(MTOA) . Dave was also the host of the 2004 IALEFI International Training Conference which drew students from 17 countries.

  • Author, Writer, and Consultant

    The author of two highly acclaimed books, HANDGUN COMBATIVES, and DEFENSIVE LIVING; and over 1,200 articles for COMBAT HANDGUNS, GUNS AND WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, PETERSEN'S , SWAT, POLICE, AMERICAN COP, LAW & ORDER, TACTICAL RESPONSE, LAW OFFICER MAGAZINE, GUNS AND AMMO and more. Dave has been an industry consultant to such companies as Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Don Hume Leathergoods, Alessi Holsters, Ghost, Inc., Ameriglo Sights, Law Enforcement Targets, Spyderco Knives, Templar Custom Arms, Fenix Lights and many others.

  • Former Law Officer

    Dave spent five years as a full time use of force instructor, and another five years as the commander of a multi-jurisdictional drug task force, working major narcotics cases from Seattle to Miami. During his years in SWAT and the drug task force, Dave performed hundreds of high-risk, forced entries into the lair of heavily armed felons. Working all aspects of law enforcement, including: corrections, communications, patrol, homicide detective, burglary investigations, evidence collection, and a long-term, high-risk, deep- undercover operation; Dave honorably retired at the rank of Lieutenant.









Upcoming Classes

It is the goal of Handgun Combatives LLC to offer the best, most cost effective training possible and this requires the shooting of live ammo. With the current nationwide shortage of ammunition many people are concerned they will not be able to attend training as they will not be able to get the required amount for a given class. We would invite you to attend any course we offer with whatever ammo you can acquire, as long as it is of a reasonable amount that would allow us to achieve the course goals. We will work with you as much as possible. .22 "Clone" pistols that mimic full size carry guns are an acceptable option for training, though it is recommended the full power gun be interchanged where possible based on ammo supply/availability. Please contact us for with any questions regarding this issue. Thanks for considering Handgun Combatives!

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NOTE: If you register via PayPal you do not need to mail the registration form.

Dave's Rant

Blog Posts, Rants, and Ravings from the DAVE SPAULDING

Drills and Targets

View common drills Dave uses during his classes and download some of Dave's favorite targets.

The Triangle Drill

The 2 x 2 x 2 Drill

The 10 x 20 x 30 Drill

Time In Drills

The Rip Off Drill


3 x 5 Card Target
10 x 20 x 30 Target
Chest Cavity Target
Triangle Targets


Here at Handgun Combatives LLC we focus on the handgun only, primarily the semi-automatic pistol(as 9 out of 10 people now choose the pistol) however the revolver may be used in any of our courses and we certainly welcome them. Our emphasis is on needed skill sets so the student can select the level or type of instruction that best meets their individual need(s). NOTE: The round count listed with each course is the minimum recommended. More is always better and is certainly encouraged!!

Please Hover or Click on Below Pictures to see course information!

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