American Tactical Shooting Instruction LLC
The Amtac Shooting Pistol Combatives 1 Course
Lead Instructor: David Acosta
22 October 2023
Near Houston, TX
This is a one-day course focused on Pistol Combatives. Pistol Combatives is being able to seamlessly transition between striking, pistol deployment and blade deployment based on what is tactically and situationally appropriate. This course will cover: mindset, loading procedures, concealed draw stroke, combative weapons retention shooting, blade selection, blade deployment and targeting, striking and transitions from striking/ blade use to pistol deployment.
About Amtac Shooting Instructor, David Acosta
David Acosta started his law enforcement career in 2004 in a violent city in the northeastern United States. After having spent his first four years in the patrol division, he worked in a myriad of special assignments ranging from the department’s Crime Suppression Team, Warrant Task Force as well as the Street Crime and Narcotics Unit. While at the Narcotics Unit, he was primarily utilized in an under-cover capacity for both state and federal investigations.
David was later recruited to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Regional Safe Streets Gang Task Force where he continued to work in a low-profile and undercover capacity assisting the task force in building federal investigations against violent street gangs. Thereafter, he was assigned to the United States Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force. While there, he was tasked with tracking and apprehending violent felons who were actively eluding law enforcement apprehension. In 2015, David was transferred to the Police Academy as a full-time academy instructor where he was tasked with teaching and developing curriculum for both certified officers and recruits in hopes of passing on his experience to help develop the current and future generation of crime fighters.
David joined the ranks of his department’s SWAT Team in 2008 and spent the next twelve years on the team working through the roles of assaulter, breacher, sniper, assistant team leader and team leader. While there he was the primary marksmanship and tactics instructor for the team.
David retired from law enforcement in 2021 and now travels the country teaching for Fieldcraft Survival as one of their Master Trainers. He is responsible for course curriculum development as well as training up other instructors.
David’s methodology for coaching comes from both his training and personal experience. His approach to training is summed up in three words… “Performance parallels preparation.”
LocationThe Ranch Private Shooting Club
1021 Old Altair Rd,
Eagle Lake, TX 77434
Course Contact InformationPrimary: [email protected]Secondary: (208) 701-2542
Amtac Shooting Pistol/Combatives 1 Course Student Gear List
1. Handgun, full size or compact (please no subcompacts)
2. 3-4 standard capacity pistol magazines
3. Concealed holster, I recommend the Blackpointtactical.com FO3 *Holster must be all kydex from a reputable manufacturer
4. Aluminum training blade (Amtac Blades, Sayoc, Atienza or HeadhunterBlades)
5. Non-firing pistol shape or SIRT pistol nor blue gun
6. Clothing typical of your everyday dress, but ones that you don't mind getting dirty
7. Eye and ear protection
8. Spare parts/ oil for pistol
9. 350 rounds of training ammo
10. Hat, sunscreen, water, snacks
11. Blow-out kit and tourniquet (not required but always recommended when shooting)
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