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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

PLEASE NOTE: Tuition is not refundable 30 days prior to the course date. Exceptions will be handled on a case by case basis.

Equipment requirements: A quality handgun (a spare is not a bad idea), a quality duty or concealment holster for same, three magazines with pouches or two speed-loaders (revolver use) with pouches, belt designed to support gear, 600 rounds MINIMUM (300 for one day course), eye and ear protection, billed cap is recommended, clothing for weather conditions, water for hydration, a folding or camp chair is recommended, a concealing garment is recommended and required for CONCEALED PISTOL. Any personal gear you prefer. If questions, contact the course host or handguncombatives@gmail.com

Please Click a Month to see Available Dates

All classes for the remainder of 2016 are FULL! Thanks for your support and we hope to see you in 2017!
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 21-22
Critical Space Pistol
Arturo Ceron
NOTE: A $50 range fee will be collected the day of the course.
Ann Arbor, MI
Feb 4-5
Critical Space Pistol
Tatiana Whitlock
Note: A range fee of $60 will be collected the first day of class by the facility.
McHenry, Illinois
Mar 4-5
Critical Space Pistol
CarryTrainer.com/Mickey Schuch
Class is Full!
NOTE: A $50 range fee will be collected the day of the course for any non-member.
Jackson, MS
March 11-12
Advanced Combative Pistol
Boondocks Firearms Training Academy
NOTE: A rage fee of $60.00 will be collected the day of the course
St. Louis, MO
Mar 20-25
International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association Conference
Cresson, TX
April 8-9
Combative Pistol
Triple C Tactical
Course Full!!
NOTE: A range fee of between $30-60 will be collected by the facility/host on the first day of class.
Columbia, SC
April 22-23
Vehicle Combatives
Panteo Productions
Arabi, LA
April 29-30
Combative Pistol
Brannon LeBouef Nolatac Firearms Training
NOTE: There is a $40 range fee payable the day of the course.
May 2-3
Indiana Tactical Officers Conference
Philadelphia, PA
May 6-7
Advanced Combative Pistol
Zachary Daller
Note: A $25 fee must be paid to the gun club for anyone who is not a member. Ths will be payable directly to the club.
Miamisburg, OH
May 13
Essential Pistol
Handgun Combatives
Coeur d Alene, ID
May 20-21
Vehicle Combatives
Erik Behary
NOTE: A $30 range fee will be collected on day one.
Miamisburg, OH
June 3-4
Combative Carbine with Gamut Resolutions
Handgun Combatives
Sandusky, OH
June 7-8
Ohio Tactical Officers Association Conference
Marysville, MI
June 10
Essential Pistol
Dr. Robert Rudowski
NOTE: A range fee of $25 will be collected the day of the course
Brainerd, MN
June 14, 15
Carbine Pistol Continuity Exercise with Dave Timm of Learning Firearms
Dave Timm of Learning Firearms
Contact Dave Timm for Price
Contact Dave Timm to Register
Litchfield, NH
June 24, 25
Advanced Combative Pistol
Bob Boilard
Gibsonburg, OH
July 1
Essential Pistol
Lisa Wicker
A $25.00 range fee will be collected for all non-club members the day of the course.
Kalamazoo, MI
July 22-23
Critical Space Pistol
Brent Reeves
Contact Brent Reeves for registration
Dover, TN
July 15-16
Critical Space Pistol
Jerry Ziegner, Hilltop Firearms
Fredericktown, OH
July 29-30
Critical Space Pistol
Doug Lightfoot
NOTE: A $20 range fee will be collected on the first day of class
Richmond, VA
Aug 5-6
Vehicle Combatives
Mike Leach
Marysville, OH
Aug 12-13
Combative Pistol
Steve Ormeroid
New Kensington, PA
Aug 19-20
Combative Pistol
Klint Macro Trigger Pressers Union
Tempe, AZ
Aug 24-25
Combative Pistol
Dave Laird at C2Tactical
NOTE: A $70 range fee will be collected on day one of the course
Coffeyville, KS
Sept 9-10
Vehicle Combatives
Ralph Jones
Miamisburg, OH
September 16-17
Adaptive Combat Pistol
Handgun Combatives
Gray, ME
Sept 23-24
Adaptive Combat Pistol
Tatiana Whitlock Howell's Indoor Range & Gun Shop
NOTE: A range fee of $40 must be paid to the facility the day of the course.
Columbia, SC
Oct 7-8
Concealed Pistol
Panteo Productions
Miamisburg, OH
Oct 14-15
Two Day Pistol Operator Course with Gamut Resolutions
Handgun Combatives
Gibsonburg, OH
Oct 21-22
Advanced Combative Pistol
Lisa Wicker
NOTE: A range fee will be $50 will be collected on the day of the course for non members
Millersburg, OH
Oct 28
Essental Pistol
Mike Hummel
Linden, CA
Nov. 11-12
Critical Space Pistol
Mike Baryla
NOTE: A range fee will be $70 will be collected on the day of the course.
Please Click Here to download a form that can be sent via Mail.
NOTE: If you register via PayPal you do not need to mail the registration form.

Dave's Rant and Other News

Blog Posts, Rants, and Ravings from the DAVE SPAULDING


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


15 to the Third


Time In Drills


15 x 15


Store and Free Targets

PLEASE NOTE: We do not ship outside of the United States, Canada, U.S. Territories or U.S. Military Installations. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Ameriglo Spaulding CAP sights for Glock

Designed by Dave Spaulding with assistance from eye surgeons to rapidly find the front sight in crisis. The only “square in a square” colored front sight system available; these sights are designed for rapid alignment with a “cover what you shoot” point of impact, much like a red dot sight. Low profile and close to the bore line by design, these sights have been proven in combat. “Safety Chartreuse” front (which glows in the dark) with green tritium vial combined with black serrated rear.


Glock Model

Combative Trigger Kit for Glock

Includes the new Combative 4.5 pound trigger connector with pre-fit trigger control tab that all but eliminates trigger over travel. This connector is designed to be drop in with no fitting. The kit also includes a 6 pound striker spring, 6 pound trigger spring and reduced power safety plunger spring resulting in a 5.5 to 6 pound trigger weight. The BEST drop in combat trigger kit available! The kit fits all Glock pistols except the G42/43


Ghost Bullet Forward Slide Lock Lever

Another Dave Spaulding design, the lever tab is moved forward to get it out from under the shooting hand thumb but also offer enough surface area for thumb or other edge manipulation. Thus, the lever tab can be manipulated by the thumb on either hand, the edge of a holster of belt or just ignored, as it is FORWARD away from the shooting hand thumb. Left hand shooters have found this lever to be a real asset as it can be manipulated by the right hand as the magazine is seated. The lever fits all Glock pistols except the 42/43


Handgun Combatives T-Shirt

This all cotton, pre-shrunk T has the new Handgun Combatives logo on the front and the “active participant” slogan on the back. Available in S, M, L, XL and 2 XL grey with black lettering



Handgun Combatives Ball Cap

This one-size fits all hat is grey with the new Handgun Combatives skull logo embroidered on the front.



EXCLUSIVE from Handgun Combatives and made by Ghost, this new 4.5 pound trigger connector with pre-fit trigger control tab that all but eliminates trigger over travel. This connector is designed to be drop in with no fitting and reduces the felt “bump” in the trigger action. Many do not feel comfortable grinding on their gun part…this eliminates that requirement! The rearward travel of the trigger stops when the striker falls shortening travel distance for better shooting. Will not fit 42/43.



A six -pound striker spring, six-pound trigger spring and a reduced power safety plunger spring to reduce trigger bar drag when depressed, this kit adds one pound of trigger pull weight for those that prefer more resistance. All springs are made in America.


Free Printable Targets

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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!!

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