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Defensive Handgun 2 – DH2

July 13, 2017 8:00 am
July 15, 2017 4:00 pm
Thunder Ranch Oregon 96747, Hwy 140 East, Lakeview, OR, 97630   View map
Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)




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Course addresses basic skills, Defensive Handgun skills and update or upgrade of already acquired skills. Advanced issues such as advanced timing and tactical problems related to defensive use of handgun are addressed. Course includes grounded and or injury drills. DH1 or DCC recommended as a pre-requisite. This is not a basic or introductory class. You need to have a solid, correct, presentation (draw) of the pistol. Nominal 900 rounds ammunition. $980
All Tuitions for Courses and Tutorials are to be paid in full at the time of registration. Please be sure of the class you want. There are NO REFUNDS and NO TRANSFERS. There are no exceptions. Courses are not transferable and are not refundable. You may not move your seat to another course for any reason.

5 reviews for Defensive Handgun 2 – DH2

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Great class, class is based on LOGIC and common sense. Take with you the gear you use daily, you will find out if it truly works or not. Instructors are the best, Clint Smith tells it like it is, so don’t get your feelings hurt, its not personal. leave your ego at home, you are paying to get trained, not to show what you already know. They will train you to fight with a pistol.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    DH2? It’s just like DH1, except: more advanced tactics, more advanced skills (like quickly & effectively clearing a double-feed…one-handed…without looking at the gun!), more Teminator runs (including clearing stairs), more Clintisms (“a horse is just an organic motorcycle”), more wisdon from incomparable TR staffers, and more time on the line with the best people on earth. Need I say more?

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was my eleventh time at TR. I always learn something new. My wife has attended the last three classes with me (Home and Vehicle Defense and Urban Rifle). Each time the instructors have been extremely supportive of her. She is a non-shooter. Clint in particular is supportive of women students. So much so that My wife and eldest daughter will be taking Home and Vehicle Defense next year.
    The women students are taught the same material and do the drills right along with the men, but Clint (and the staff) comprehend the differences (physical, mental, and emotional) between men and women shooters. They train people accordingly.
    This applies to everyone–cops will get tips and strategies for their job, etc. it is always worth the time and money.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is an awesome class, in beautiful country, with great weather and you will be surrounded by quality people. You will learn to use your brain in live simulations and hence, up your game. This is as close to real as you can get under a controlled environment. You are given things to think about that you do not want to learn on the fly. Mental preparation, techniques of marksmanship / deployment, cover and concealment are a few of the skills you will enhance.
    This isn’t a beginner’s course, there is a prerequisite. If you are the person who continues to challenge your personal status quo, Thunder Ranch is the best place to work on yourself. Give Clint, Heidi and their team of instructors the opportunity to make you better. You won’t regret it.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was my first time at Thunder Ranch, as one of only two people in our Defensive Handgun 2 class who had not trained there before, so I’m going to go into a little more detail. For context, since retiring from the Army as an infantryman, I’ve been fortunate to train close to home in Florida for 12 years with other great instructors such as Randy Cain, Bill Jeans, Steve Tarani, and Jeff Gonzales. Getting to train at Thunder Ranch was a bucket list item for me, and it was a terrific experience.

    It’s been said that Clint Smith’s lecture the morning of Training Day 1 is by itself worth the cost of tuition and travel. I tend to agree – the information is inarguably serious, but presented in a way that is at once practical, humorous at times, and certain to keep your attention throughout. Grounded in historical principles for living as free men and women, the lecture is a distillation of lessons learned, beginning with combat duty as a Marine in Vietnam, and refined over a lifetime of practical application in law enforcement and defensive firearms teaching and study – Gunsite with Jeff Cooper, his own mobile training company, Thunder Ranch Texas, and now TR in Oregon. I took page after page of bulleted notes in a small notebook, in addition to what was in the comprehensive handout. You can catch snippets of the TD1 morning lectures on YouTube, and they’re insightful, but there is a lot more to his morning lecture than what’s available in the public domain.

    And there was much, much more to DH 2 up on the range deck, including a relentless and constant emphasis on fundamentals that produce hits on target: fighting stance, crush grip, sight picture appropriate to distance, and trigger control, all combining to fire the gun without disturbing the alignment of the sights on the threat. Add in verbal compliance commands, reloading while keeping your eyes and muzzle on the threat, movement forward and back as well as laterally, shot placement (what changes when the bad guys are wearing body armor?), following the threat to the ground, being ready to re-engage instantly, all while keeping track of your surroundings the whole time.

    Toss in clearing the three most common pistol malfunctions (“Don’t overthink it”). Add communication with a partner, with bystanders, and with first responders. And just when your comfort level starts to rise a bit, add in dominant hand and support hand-only drills, including reloading and malfunction clearance, in the open and behind cover (barricades). Building on the square range’s lessons, over the course of TD2 and TD3 we did some runs through Terminator 3, TR’s shoot house. These were high value experiences that place a premium on judgment as well as tactics and marksmanship.

    The other 11 TR veterans in the class made us new guys welcome. Our class included two married couples, four women [total], and people from younger to older. Every TR staff member, starting with Clint & Heidi Smith, as well as TR Staff Instructors Jason Burton, Roger Wallace, Brian Parks, and Brady Sale repeatedly showed their commitment to give us three solid days of good training – we all needed coaching on different points, and we all got what we needed. The gracious hospitality extended by the Smiths to TR students old and new was a much-appreciated bonus that made the experience even richer.

    Sure, there are less expensive and more convenient places to train. But my assessment of Thunder Ranch’s DH2 course last week is based on value, not just cost. It was a great experience that I recommend without reservation or qualification. Rather than continuing to kick myself for not having gone sooner, I’m already plotting a way to do Urban Rifle next year.

    Clint Smith was on the range deck teaching us every day and just added some more classes to his schedule, but even he won’t be doing this forever. I would encourage anyone contemplating a course at Thunder Ranch not to let your circumstances deprive you of the opportunity to learn from him and his staff at a fantastic facility. It was certainly one of the high points of my training journey.

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