Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Great Graham Combat Give Away

We've just finished a fantastic 2-day Combative Handgun course and while chatting around we came up with (what we think) is a great idea...

...we're GIVING AWAY a free training slot in the 3-day Combative Pistol & Carbine course!

That's right: we're giving a free slot away.  That's a $600 value...but wait, there's more.

In addition to giving away the $600 course fee, we're including FREE USE of the gear and equipment needed to take the course! This includes: free pistol rental AND carbine rental!  All you need to do is show up, provide ammunition, and take the class.

Here's the details...

In order to enter for a chance to win please visit the Graham Combat Facebook page.  You must "like" and "share" the Graham Combat "Great Graham Combat Giveaway" Sweepstakes posting.

If we're able to generate over 2,500 "likes" and "shares" we'll be picking one random winner for the Great Graham Combat Giveaway!  Sweepstakes ends September 1st, 2013.  We reserve the right to cancel the sweepstakes at any time.  There is no cash value of the prize.  Winner's must claim the prize in person and meet all eligibility requirements for firearms training.  The winner can choose either east coast training September 20-22, 2013 or the west coast training dates October 4-6, 2013.


Monday, July 1, 2013


I've been working on getting some civilian training dates for 2013 added to the already busy schedule (GCTC trains non-civilians 200 days a year) and the good news is: we have 'em!

The following are dates and basic course descriptions for the remainder of 2013:

GCTC 1-day Combative Shotgun - Functional Defense
Echo Valley, WV
August 17, 2013
200.0 + 35.0 range fees

Oak Harbor, WA
November 2, 2013
200.0 + 20.0 range fees

GCTC 3-day Combative Pistol & Carbine Course - Functional Defense
Echo Valley, WV
October 12-14, 2013
600.0 + 75.0 range fees

Oak Harbor, WA
October 4-6, 2013
600.0 + 50.0 range fees

Combative Shotgun - Functional Defense
This one day (10 hour) shotgun course provides a comprehensive introduction to the functional operational and defensive characteristics of the shotgun.

This course is geared for people who want a better understanding of the defensive application of the shotgun and who want to build proficiency in the functional application and operation of the weapon.

This course will cover all of the loading, unloading, function, malfunction, marksmanship, ballistics, and ammunition selection that pertain to the defensive shotgun.  In addition, you will learn the most efficient ways to employ the shotgun functionally in a defensive environment, including: platform, presentation, basic and intermediate firing positions, shooting on the move, shooting through mediums, fighting while wounded, precision shooting applications, low and reduced light operations, and vehicle and structure based defensive considerations.

Any type of functional shotgun is appropriate for this course: fight with what you carry.  Ammunition needs are: 200 birdshot, 50 buckshot, and 50 slug.  Standard or reduced loads are acceptable.

Combative Pistol & Carbine - Functional Defense
This is the industry gold standard. Period.

This three day (32+ hour) pistol and carbine course provides a comprehensive opportunity to excel at the functional operational and defensive application of the pistol and carbine.

I have taken the "standard" three day Graham Combat pistol & carbine course and expanded it to include force-on-force validations for both the pistol and the carbine, as well as live-fire validations of the same.

I believe in a sound set of tactical principles.  I teach the same. Students in any Graham Combat course will learn a decision making process that puts them in the best place to maintain and exploit a tactical and strategic advantage.  Our validations do just that: VALIDATE what you have learned BEFORE you leave the range.  We don't sell dreams...we give you hard skills. Students will undergo a minimum of  three stand-alone force-on-force validations to VERIFY to themselves that the principles support the tactics and strategies.  We want you to be effective gunfighters - ready for conflict - the moment you pass through the gate.

This three day 32+ hour pistol & carbine course is movement, vehicle, low light and medical-scenario intensive.  We will be conducting low light/no light evolutions during the evening/night of days 1& 2 - if you are uncomfortable moving and shooting in darkness please don't come.  We will also be doing full-contact close-quarters drills - if you are not physically able to run, move, strike, or be struck please don't come.

You will need a pistol & a carbine or sub gun, at least 3 magazines for each, a sturdy belt, holster, magazine pouches for both or kit and carbine sling, eye and ear protection, and at least 1000rds of ammunition for each weapon. 
I believe you should FIGHT WITH WHAT YOU CARRY so bring the gear and equipment you use everyday.  Space is limited; spots are first come, first served.  To reserve your spot send payment via Paypal to  If paying via DOD CAGE CODE, Graham Combat's CAGE CODE is 5XSV5.  If paying via Purchase Order we need to hear from you PRIOR to the course.  Once registered you will receive a confirmation email from me confirming your slot in the course within 24 hours.

Shoot fast, hit first. -Matt

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Just got word that we're going to be able to run a BASIC two day pistol course in Oak Harbor, WA at the North Whidbey Island Sportmen's Association on June 29th-30th, 2013.  This course will run from 0800 to 1700 Saturday and Sunday, with an additional two hours Saturday evening for low light training. 

Price is $350 which includes all range fees.  Please make payment via this link: 
Class size is limited and space is already filling quickly.

This two day course will cover, at a minimum, all of the following:

  • Fundamentals of Marksmanship
  • Gear & Equipment
  • Pistol/Revolver Cycle of Operation
  • The Draw and Presentation of the Pistol
  • Methods of Target Engagement
  • Basic Trauma Overview
  • Basic Trauma First Aid for Yourself & Others
  • Low Light/Reduced Light 
  • Movement & Shooting While Moving
  • Basic Vehicle Operations 
  • Ballistic Review
  • Basic Firearms Maintenance
If you are new to shooting, have recently purchased a handgun for defensive purposes, or want to learn the proper way to use a handgun defensively, then this class is for you!  This is a basic handgun course, and we will be stressing an introduction to the fundamentals of presenting the handgun in a defensive application. 

You should bring: clothing suitable for range training, eye and ear protection, a minimum of 500 rounds of ammunition, a handgun with at least two additional magazines, a sturdy strong-side belt holster and belt, a flashlight, and a great attitude.

If you have any questions please contact me directly at

Sunday, March 10, 2013

HOST a 2013 GC Pistol & Carbine Course

Now is the time to contact me to schedule hosting a GC Pistol & Carbine Course for 2013!  Bring the fundamentals of combat shooting presented in a dynamic 3-day format to you and your range! If you don't want to take my word for it, here are some recent articles and information regarding how and why we train the way we do:
David Bahde's GRAHAM COMBAT Fighter's Mindset Article, January 2012

Todd Burgreen's GRAHAM COMBAT Pistol  & Carbine Course Article, May 2013

If you're interested in hosting the 3-day Pistol & Carbine Course at your department or in your area, please contact me directly at Host agencies receive free training slots and Graham Combat Courses are available for POST certification in most states.

MAY 2013 Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement


Thanks to Todd Burgreen for the great article in May's Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement! Go pick up a copy and see how and why we train the way we do.