Jul 20 - 21 2024


9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Boulder, MT
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Steve Tarani’s Close Quarter Tactics (2 Day) w/ Live Fire Pistol – Boulder, MT – July 20-21, 2024

Defenders USA is hosting Steve Tarani in Boulder, MT July 20-21, 2024.

Course Includes: Defense against the seven lethal target areas of your body, managing the fateful injury/ distance liability gap, risk metrics, non-ballistic weapon mechanics, wound analysis & effects, armed and unarmed defense against an edged weapon or impact weapon attack at extreme close quarters, mastering force vectors, gun handling skills (“indexing”, “programming,” etc.), and engaging multiple assailants. There is no prerequisite for this course other than you must already be a good shooter.

Instructor Bio: Professional educator, author and keynote speaker Steve Tarani is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, protective programs educator formerly on staff at the US Dept. of Energy (DOE) National Security Institute (Security Force Training Dept.) at Kirtland Air Force Base (NM) and served on the POTUS 45 pre-election protection detail. Formerly sworn and specializing in operational readiness, he is a federally certified instructor actively contracted by US DoD, NSA, FBI, DHS, DEA, etc., and throughout the private sector including over 20 years on staff at Gunsite Academy (AZ). Steve is a professional knife designer and wrote the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) Model Policy on the carry, deployment, and usage of knives by federal, state, and municipal peace officers.


We’ve all heard the phrase “Well, he shouldn’t have brought a knife to a gunfight! Ha Ha Ha!” In reality you don’t stand a chance at bad breath range with an assailant or three who have cut more people and did more time than you in a federal penitentiary.

In contact there is control and in stability speed. In all there are fifteen factors that affect your performance in firearms response to an active threat. Each factor has a time element determining gain or loss of tactical advantage. Hands-to-Guns addresses each of these factors and reduces those time elements to give you every advantage in fighting with a gun.

The average personal attack unfolds in under two seconds. Response time is measured at an estimated 4.0 seconds from initial awareness to first round on confirmed threat from concealment. Do the math! How can you go from threat recognition to first round downrange in the least amount of time? How can you develop rapid deployment and combat effective round placement skills from a hand-to-hand engagement as applied to your own personal defense?

Whether you are civilian (open or concealed carry) or law enforcement (on or off duty), this training is designed for armed response versus single or multiple attackers and is essential to anyone anticipating engagement of a physical threat at close quarters and under duress.

Yes, you shoot on a flat range to develop your firearms handling and marksmanship skills, and of course you train in defensive tactics, but hardly are the two ever combined, that is, until circumstances demand you go from hands-on to guns. Effective transition from hand-to-hand to hand-to-gun at extreme close quarters and under duress is a skill that is developed only by professional instruction and supervised repetition. 

The very same training used by DoD, law enforcement and protection professionals required to successfully managing multiple assailants wielding ballistic or non-ballistic weapons, this program answers the questions:  What can I do to defend against an assailant who is attacking me with an edged or impact weapon, and I CAN’T get to my firearm in time? What can I do in those precious few seconds when I’m reacting to a surprise attack, while trying to get to my gun? What if I’m taken off guard and with nothing in my hands – how can I defend myself and/ or my partner from a life-threatening non-ballistic weapon assault? What are the requisite skills needed to make combat effective round placement in the shortest amount of time at extreme close quarters when engaged in violent physical assault?

Packout Gear: Your handgun, matching holster (IWB/ OWB) and a matching blue/ red (inert training pistol). three magazines (and mag pouches), eye and ear protection, ball cap, cover garment (if you wish to run from concealment), range kit and 500 rounds of ammunition.

This class is scheduled to run 9am to 4pm Mtn time on July 20-21, 2024.