Sonny Puzikas - Fighting Forward: Handgun Access and Retention

Sonny Puzikas - Fighting Forward: Handgun Access and Retention

  • $ 450.00



Every thinking armed citizen has to understand clearly some very uncomfortable facts of real world violence. 

Having a chance to achieve positive outcome in an armed confrontation is not guaranteed by one having a firearm, carrying said firearm, being a competent shot with said firearm. 

Illusive situational awareness with its color coded levels more often than not is a lip service, rather than consistent reality for most individuals most of the time. 

Getting your weapon into a gunfight or violent situation in progress that warrants/requires the use of a gun- often from a compromised position (confined space, injury, being on the ground, being in a clinch)- and being able to stay in it when your opponent attempts to take control of your weapon- these are two topics that are just as important as the skills of marksmanship and sound tactics.


This intensive 14 hour class will offer students an opportunity to take uncensored look at their abilities to access and retain their handgun in challenging circumstances, where additional skills and attributes- not just ability to shoot fast and accurate- play as big of a role in determining the outcome of a confrontation.

Through innovative drills and exercises students will have an opportunity


The topics to be addressed during the class:


Handgun access


  1. Understanding psychology. Intent, focus, priorities.
  2. Geometry of the fight: distance, angle, elevation and direction.
  3. Biomechanics: purchase points, leverage, fulcrum.
  4. Fighting forward. This is not meant to be understood as only a directional measure. This is a concept of regaining and maintaining the lead in violent confrontation, rather than reacting to your opponents actions through aggressive, yet reactive in nature actions. 
  5. Minimizing the telegraphing and optimizing handgun access from concealment.
  6. Situational adaptability. Punching your opponent in the throat, instead of attempting to grab and present your Glock could be more efficient and productive under the


  1. Ambidexterity in a context of handgun access.
  2. Learning to M.A.D. Move. Assess. Decide. Don’t just ACT. Right decisions and proper timing for appropriate actions are more important than having few well developed techniques or default responses.
  3. Developing ability to move and fight based on situation and not being driven by fear.



Handgun retention


  1. Weapon retention in the context of “fighting forward” concept.
  2. Applying the principles of geometry and biomechanics.
  3. Balance of timing, speed, power, commitment to specific action and adaptability.
  4. Alternative methods and means does not mean they are last resort. Use M.A.D.
  5. Balancing out the decision making impact of various stimuli- not being limited to relying on a visual perception of a threat only.
  6. Minimizing the amplitude of the movement, increasing its efficiency.
  7. Drill progression. Ensuring development of attributes, applications and skill sets before immersing into “full resistance training”.