Roger Phillips Fight Focused Concepts 2019 Schedule


May 18-19, 2019 – Fight Focused Handgun III – The Reactive Gunfight – $250 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club

June 22-23, 2019 – Fight Focused Rifle II – CQB Rifle Gunfighting – $250 – 8:00 to 4:00 PM – Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club

August 17-18, 2019 – Fight Focused Handgun – Fighting at Night – $250 – 5:00 PM to Midnight – Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club

October 19-20, 2019 – Fight Focused Handgun V – Advanced Reactive Gunfighting – $250 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club

November 16-17, 2019 – Fight Focused Handgun VII – Advanced Fight Focused Drills – $250 – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club

Here is the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club information if needed.

April 27-28, 2019 – Fight Focused Rifle I – CQB Fundamentals – $100 for the first day and $200 for both days – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club

“I know you can shoot…..but can you fight?”

Fight Focused Rifle I – CQB Fundamentals

This course covers the fundamentals of fighting with your rifle in close quarters and will give you the option of taking just the first day or the full two-day course. It is designed as an entry-level tactical training course for those that already have a basic understanding of their rifle, but want to actually begin to apply that basic understanding to the idea of fighting in close quarters with it, from 5 yards out to 50 yards. This course will be taught in a very safe and controlled manner. A basic knowledge of you rifle, sighting system, and a correct zeroing of your rifle will be mandatory before taking this course. This is not an introductory course.

700 rifle rounds (50 handgun rounds for two-day course only.) As always, bring more if you want to shoot more.

  • Topics covered in this course include;
  • Safety and basic used of the sling
  • The application of a fighting rifle
  • The correct context of the fight
  • Mindset
  • Loading and unloading
  • Basic manipulations
  • The fighting foundation
  • Grip
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Use of  your sighting system
  • Sight offset
  • Recoil control
  • Consistent recovery from recoil
  • Working from the sling and various sling positions
  • Ready positions
  • Balance of speed and accuracy
  • Balance of speed and control
  • Failure to stop

700 rifle rounds (50 handgun rounds necessary for the two-day option.)  As always, bring more if you want to shoot more.

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Free Training in Fighting Inside Structures Tactics and Strategies

This is an open call for venues here in the Las Vegas area. If you have a venue for me to run a Fighting Inside Structures course, you receive a free slot for yourself and one other, to do with as you please.

This is a $500 dollar value.

There does not need to be any projectiles fired. This is a very mentally taxing course that simple does not require actual engagements with ballistics effect.

Fighting Inside Structures Course Description

When it comes to fighting for you life, the most valuable tool that you own is your mind. Fight Focused Concepts course, Fighting Inside Structures – The Study is the in-depth study of strategies, tactics, and skill sets that are necessary to be as efficient and effective as possible while fighting in confined spaces. Since 1999, I have been pushing to learn as much as I possibly can inside of the realm of self defense……at the highest levels possible. This is the course where all of that work comes together and reaches it’s apex. These are the training situations and experiences that make us realize that all that we have learned in the past, was nothing more than a building block approach to reaching that summit that is Fighting Inside of Structures – The Study. This is where it all comes together……. this is where everything becomes crystal clear……. this is where it is all makes perfect sense. This is the apex of much of your prior training experiences and knowledge acquisition.

The varying objectives
The realities and strategies of those varying objectives
The basics of clearing a corner
The basics of movement in confined spaces
Mitigating exposure
Completely ambidextrous skill sets
The retention concept
Dealing with doors
Making entries and taking a room
Correct application of strategies inside of the varying objectives
Basic non-verbal communication
Leading a team
Teams of two
Teams of three
Teams of four
Basics of fighting in the dark
Low-light searching and clearing
Low-light strategies in teams

In the past, I have used people homes, medical building, churches, schools, offices, warehouses, shops, and factories.

Here are some picture AAR’s of the courses that I have run in the past.…x-az-–-close-quarter-battle-–-the-study.4094/…quarter-battle-–-the-study.10207/#post-245855

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March 16-17, 2019 – Fight Focused Handgun II – The Fundamentals – $100 for the first day and $200 for both days – 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club

Fight Focused Handgun II – The Fundamentals

This is a two-day fundamentals course that simultaneously teaches sighted and unsighted fire as one connected concept. Most schools teach either sighted fire or point shooting inside of separate courses. Through my extensive experience as one of the top point shooting specialist in the nation, it has become perfectly clear to me that this is not the best way to learn fight focused handgun skill sets. In order to be as dangerous as you can possibly be with a handgun there needs to be a seamless integration of these two distinctly different skill sets into one “just shooting” concept. This course is designed to give you the essential skills that will allow you to excel inside of many varying situations. Along with the skill sets you will also ingrain a confidence that can only be found when the correlation between the two skill sets are worked and understood. Whether it is a proactive gunfight or a reactive gunfight you will learn the skills, knowledge, and the confidence to rise to the occasion inside of the situation that you are confronted with.

You will be given the solid fundamentals that are the essentials of being able to fight with your handgun. This course is designed for those that are seeking the fundamentals of being able to fight with their handgun and for those that are ready for the full commitment level of a full two-day course. This course goes well beyond just an “Introduction” and is designed to take you as deep into the concept of fighting, as is possible inside of a full two-day format. This course will prepare you to safely, effectively, and efficiently proceed into the more advanced courses taught by Fight Focused Concepts.

AMMUNITION: 500 rounds (minimum): As always “Bring more if you want to shoot more”

  •  The mental aspect of the fight
  • The importance of the thumbs forward/locked wrist grip
  • Fight focused handgun manipulations
  •  Eye/hand coordination draw stroke
  •  Study of efficient and effective body mechanics
  •  Fundamentals of marksmanship
  •  “See what you need to see” concept
  •  Physiological effects of a life threatening encounter
  •  The reality of the fight
  •  Fundamentals of combat shooting
  •  Combat draw stroke
  •  Perfect balance of speed and accuracy
  •  Intermediate levels of precision shooting
  •  Introduction to positional shooting
  •  Introduction to shooting from behind cover

Owning and Carrying a Handgun 101 Part Five

By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts

With an up coming “fundamentals” handgun course coming up soon, I decided to step back to the very basics of owning and carrying a handgun for self-defense reasons. Here is a very brief look at the very basics of this very important decision and topic.

This take on these basic concepts are geared toward Nevada state law. Please check the laws in the area that you live.

The Use of Force Continuum

When responding to an attack you need to respond in a manner that is both “reasonable” and “necessary”.

Reasonable use of force means that the response is within the guidelines dictated by the danger level.  While you may be able to shoot someone who is trying to hit you with a baseball bat, you can shoot someone just for yelling at you.

Necessary use of force means that you have no other safe response available.  If you are in the position to be able to avoid the attack by fleeing and you choose to stay and fight, the use of force would not be considered necessary. It is always best to not depend on force for your protection.

  1. Evasion of Danger: The best solution to a confrontation is to avoid the confrontation. If you can flee safely, that is usually the best solution to the problem.  But then again fleeing may put you in a very bad position.  You must be able to flee safely!
  2. Verbal Commands: If you cannot avoid the threat loud verbal commands may be enough to stop the attack from taking place. Commands that allow the criminal to flee may be the best way to go.  “BACK OFF, OR I WILL SHOOT!” type of commands, give the attacker the option to flee.  We must look at our mission as CCW holders.  Our mission is to go home at night.  It is not to try to apprehend criminals.  Holding a criminal at gun point has extreme risks.
  3. Going Hands On: If the situation is one that you can handle due to your size or skill level, if you are able to control the situation without the need for excessive force, this could be a very option. What we are talking about is the ability to restrain by using “soft hands” techniques.
  4. Pepper Spray or OC: Pepper spray is another option inside of the force continuum. The effectiveness of this option is not 100% and does raise some risks that you should know about.  Roughly 15% of attackers are able to fight through pepper sprays.
  5. Impact Strikes: Kicks, punches, open hand strikes, knees, elbows, or strikes with objects that are readily available are another set of options available. Your ability to use this option is once again dependent on your physical ability and skill level.
  6. Deadly Force: The use of a gun to shoot an attacker will always be seen as the use of deadly force. As will the use of a knife.  The use of deadly force will only be seen as reasonably or necessary if it fits into the category of “in defense of life or grave bodily harm.” The decision to use deadly force is a personal decision that should only be entered into after a thorough understanding of the laws pertaining to the use of deadly force.  Know the laws and get your head straight well before you have to make that decision for real.  Deadly force means “That force which under the circumstances it is used, is readily capable of causing death or substantial bodily harm.”

Nevada Law states:

NRS 0.060 “Substantial Bodily Harm” defined.

Unless the context otherwise requires, “substantial bodily harm” means:

  1. Bodily injury which causes a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ; or
  2. Prolonged physical pain.

The Use of Deadly Force:

Three things must be in place in order to justify the use of deadly force. It is easily remembered by the acronym AOI. It stands for:


Does the attacker have the ability or the means to present a serious danger to you? Does he have the weapon, the size, and/or the strength to cause you death or grave bodily harm?


Does the attacker have the opportunity to cause you death or grave bodily harm? Does his proximity put you in serious danger?


Does the attacker have the intent, right now, to do you grave bodily harm? There must be imminent jeopardy of death or grave bodily harm.

If anyone of these three things are missing, you do not have the justification to use deadly force.

Your Last Option

The use of deadly force should be used as the last resort. Attempt to exhaust all other options before you use deadly force. The use of deadly force without the proper justification can ruin your life. You could lose your freedom, your money, your job, your family and friends if you do not handle things in the appropriate manner. The very best fight is the one that is avoided.

Shoot to Stop

Our ultimate goal is to shoot to stop the attacker from doing whatever it is that he is doing. Once the attacker has stopped his attack due to inability or lack of desire to continue to pose a lethal threat, you must stop shooting. To continue to shoot after the threat has been stopped would be murder. Remember this is all about self-defense. Once you have successfully defended yourself or another innocent you must not cross the line from defending to murdering.

On the same token, we must make sure that we have successfully stopped the threat. Criminals lie and deceive. You must guarantee that their ability to continue to pose an imminent lethal threat has been stopped. Be very careful inside of this balance, it could be the difference between life and death, freedom or imprisonment.

Warning shots should never be utilized because firing a weapon can have an effect on your ability to think clearly. Also rounds shot into the air return to the ground at a high velocity and can cause death or injury.

The Reality of the Fight

“The fight will be what the fight will be” The attacker is the one that dictates the circumstances of the fight. You are only left to deal with the circumstances the very best that you can. The “I carry a gun and I know how to shoot” mindset is an extremely sub-optimal mindset. The dynamics of a fight come down very different from target shooting on the square range. The vast majority of self-defense fights come down when you are behind in the reactionary curve, at very close distances, with extreme urgency, in low light, with both you and the attacker moving, while dealing with the typical physiological effects of a life threatening encounter.

This is the reality, If you have not trained for this reality, you may not be as ready as you think that you are.

We also need to understand that handgun rounds are extremely under powered. You may need to make multiple hits to stop the threat. The number of shots that are required to stop the threat can vary immensely. It could be none, it could be one, or it could take dozens. Many people who have been shoot do not even realize that they have been shot. You must keep shooting until the threat has been stopped.

When we look at the reality of a typical encounter it is plain to see the difficulties of the situation. We must come up with a targeting method that will allow us to be the best that we can be inside of this difficult situation. Center of Mass (COM) is this targeting method. COM means that we should target the center of whatever mass is available. This will increase our ability to get the hits on the attacker and mitigate our chances of missing the attacker.

The generally accepted National hit ratio for Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) is between 15% and 25%. This is the reality of the difficulty of the situation.

Defensive Accuracy

When we realize the difficulty of the situation, it is clear that simply carrying a gun may not be good enough. If you want to guarantee victory and mitigate liability, you should seek out additional training that will deal with the reality of the fight. Learning “target shooting” may not be enough! You may want to seek out professional training that focus on the “reality of the fight.” Theses instructor will teach you the perfect balance of speed and accuracy inside of the reality of the fight. At the very forefront of this perfect balance should be “defensive accuracy.” A 9” by 11” piece of paper or a 9” paper plate are both an excellent representation of defensive accuracy. Small tight groups of “target shooting” are not a realistic representative of the reality of a fight. This type of shooting has too much emphasis on accuracy and not enough emphasis on speed. Remember it has to be a perfect balance between spend and accuracy.

Owning and Carrying a Handgun 101 Part Four

By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts

With an up coming “fundamentals” handgun course coming up soon, I decided to step back to the very basics of owning and carrying a handgun for self-defense reasons. Here is a very brief look at the very basics of this very important decision and topic.

This take on these basic concepts are geared toward Nevada state law. Please check the laws in the area that you live.


The philosophy of trying to avoid being targeted for a criminal attack is always a good idea.  Inside of your home you want to set up a “layered” approach to security.  Lighted exterior, trimmed bushes, a dog with beware of dog signs, good locks and dead bolts, security screens, alarm systems with signs are all part of the “layered” security approach.

Avoidance in a Car

The best plan is to just leave the area in your car.  If you are fighting for your life and you cannot just leave, the car is a far more effective weapon than your gun.  Keep your windows rolled up and your doors lock.  Leave space in between you and the car in front of you so you can maneuver and leave the area.

Avoidance on the Street

There are three very good rules that everyone should follow to reduce their chances of being targeted for a crime on the streets.

The “Three Stupid” Rule

“Do not go to stupid places, with stupid people, and do stupid things”

We all know that nobody wants thugs to dictate where they can or cannot go.  Put there are simply some places, people, and things that you should avoid if you want to lower your risks.

The Grey Man/Woman

The grey man/woman walks through life unnoticed.  They do not drive fancy expensive cars that are all “blinged” out.  They do not show of their expensive jewelry collection everywhere that they go.  They do not cover their cars with “I own guns” bumper stickers.  They do not advertise themselves with “shoot me first” clothing covered in gun manufacturers logos or pro-gun slogans.  They do not where fanny packs, photographers vest, or combat boots.  They go unnoticed so that they reduce their chances of being targeted by a criminal.


Being aware or your surroundings is always a good idea.  For most of the people in America this is simply not the way things are done.  People get so caught up in their lives that they do not notice anything else.  For people who conceal carry this is not a wise way to walk through life.  Being aware does not mean that you are paranoid.  It just means that your head is up and you know what is going on around you.   The very best way to look at awareness is the “Color Code of Mental Awareness.”

  • White – Unaware and unprepared. If attacked in Condition White, the only thing that may save you is the inadequacy or ineptitude of your attacker.  When confronted by something nasty, your reaction will probably be “Oh my God! This can’t be happening to me.”
  • Yellow – Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation.  Your mindset is that “today could be the day I may have to defend myself.” You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary.  You use your eyes and ears, and realize that “I may have to SHOOT today.” You don’t have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed you should be in Condition Yellow.  You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don’t know.  You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able to “Watch your six.” (In aviation 12 o’clock refers to the direction in front of the aircraft’s nose.  Six o’clock is the blind spot behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are “taking in” surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360 degree radar sweep.  As Cooper put it, “I might have to shoot.”
  • Orange – Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has gotten your attention.  Your radar has picked up a specific alert.  You shift your primary focus to determine if there is a threat (but you do not drop your six).  Your mindset shifts to “I may have to shoot HIM today.” In Condition Orange, you set a mental trigger: “If that goblin does ‘x’, I will need to stop him.” Your pistol usually remains holstered in this state.  Staying in Orange can be a bit of a mental strain, but you can stay in it for as long as you need to.  If the threat proves to be nothing, you shift back to Condition Yellow.  Cooper described this as “I might have to shoot HIM,” referring to the specific target which has caused the escalation in alert status.
  • Red – Condition Red is fight. Your mental trigger (established back in Condition Orange) has been tripped.  If “X” happens I will shoot that person.

Your number one philosophy for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.

Avoidance: The act of avoiding or keeping away from (Three Stupid Rule.) If you can safely retreat from the encounter, by all means do so. For instance, if you are out for a walk and feel threatened or intimidated by an occupant of a car, you should retreat in the opposite direction that the car is traveling.

Deterrence: The act of discouraging someone from taking hostile action against you by being aware of them and their possible intent.

De-escalation: The act of decreasing in intensity.  To not let your ego or emotions get the best of you, to refrain from escalating the problem into more than it already is.  As a CCW you may need to back down from non-life threatening, argumentative encounters in order to not allow things to spiral out of control.

When these things do not work, then and only then may you need to show or use the gun.  Just because we are carrying does not mean that we need to use the gun.  You want to do whatever is reasonably possible to avoid using the gun.  But when your well researched, well thought out “line in the sand” has been crossed you need to act without hesitation.

Owning and Carrying a Handgun 101 Part Three

By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts

With an up coming “fundamentals” handgun course coming up soon, I decided to step back to the very basics of owning and carrying a handgun for self-defense reasons. Here is a very brief look at the very basics of this very important decision and topic.

This take on these basic concepts are geared toward Nevada state law. Please check the laws in the area that you live.

The Gun and You

The decision to have a gun in the home and the decision to carry a gun should not be entered into lightly.  We have discussed the need to make sure that all unauthorized people do not have access to your firearm.  What we need to do now is to look within ourselves to see if owning and carrying a gun is right for us.  We must understand the responsibility that is involved with such a decision.  You must be mentally and physically competent to use the gun in self-defense.

First we need to know how to use it.  Gun manipulations can be very tough under the stress of a life threatening encounter.  The only way to guarantee doing well under the adrenaline dump that will occur is by practicing and working with the gun until you have all of the manipulations down extremely well.  The gun is not a talisman that wards off evil.  You must have the physical ability to use the tool for its intended purpose.

You also must have the proper mental outlook.  Once again the gun is not a talisman.  You may have to use the tool for its intended purpose.  If you are not willing to use lethal force in protection of yourself or your loved ones it would be best if you did not own or carry a gun.  A less than lethal alternative such as pepper spray may be better choice for you.  The decision to use lethal force can be a very difficult one.  You need to have your head straight before a possible encounter.  You need to have it very clear in your mind at what point you are willing to use lethal force.  Some call it “Your line in the sand.” You need to know exactly where that line is and as soon as it is crossed you must act with zero hesitation.  Hesitation will get you or your loved ones killed.  Get your head straight before you ever strap your gun on.

After one has made the decision to have a gun in the house and to carry concealed, one needs to develop a routine built around the balance of accessibility and safe storage.  Inside of your home, you should keep you gun in the exact same place all of the time.  You do not want to have to search for your gun or try to remember where you put your gun while you are under the pressure of an encounter.  You also want to have a routine where you lock up and unlock your gun inside of the routine that you have tailored to your situation.

The Decision to Carry

Having the ability to protect yourself the vast majority of the time is a very comforting feeling.  The reality of this world is that the police usually show up after the encounter is over.  The only person that you can depend on to protect you, is you.  But with this “comfort” comes great responsibility.

Carrying a gun may mean that you have avoid augmentation type situations so as not to facilitate an escalation of the encounter.  When you carry a gun, you must understand that the gun is in defense of life or grave bodily harm.  It cannot be used or shown in a manner to threaten another person inside of a nonlethal confrontation.   If you know yourself to be somebody that cannot control their anger or use logic and common sense when under pressure, a CCW is not for you.  Carry a gun may require life or death decisions and carry’s huge responsibilities.  Do not jump into these decisions lightly.

Choosing the Best Gun for You

There are a number of things to consider when choosing a carry gun.  The first should be “will I really carry this?” Make sure that the gun is not so big that you never want to carry it or you cannot conceal it.  The second consideration would be “Can I make the hits with this gun?”  Make sure that you buy a gun that fits your hands and is not so powerful that you cannot control it.  The third consideration would be “will this gun go bang when I need it to go bang?”  Reliability in a gun is extremely important, but it does matter if you will not carry it or you cannot make hits with it.  There are many different guns out there and some are simply not reliable.

Be very careful on getting advice from people who have ulterior motives.  Gun stores and gun magazines are not good sources of information due to the fact that they often have ulterior motivations (i.e.: money.) Go to a gun range and rent some guns and shoot them before you buy.  Talk to people who you trust for advice…people that care about you.  In most cases your firearms instructor will care about you.   Advice from an experienced and qualified firearms instructor may be a very good idea.

For a firearm to work safely and reliably, they need regular cleaning/care, and the use of the correct ammunition.  Most well know ammunition manufacturers offer soft or hollow point, expanding bullets that offer the most effective stopping power for self-defense situations.

Manner of Carry

The manner in which you carry is something that you need to give a decent amount of consideration to.  You need to concern yourself with the ability to conceal the gun, that the gun is secure and safe, and that the gun is easily accessible.  Comfort is an important secondary consideration, because if it is painful, you may not carry at all.  You are going to need to find a balance between these five considerations that give the best solution to your personal situation.

As a general rule, guns carried on the waistband are going to be more accessible than other options.   Anything that has “deeper” concealment (ankle carry, smart carry) may conceal better but the accessibility suffers.  Off body carry such as purses, back packs, brief cases, and fanny packs can lead to a liability problem due to the increased chance of losing possession of your gun.  These methods also affect the accessibility of your gun.  Make sure that any holster that you choose offers good protection of the trigger/trigger guard.  Proper consideration for an appropriate holster is imperative in order to help prevent an accidental discharge.

Practicing with your Firearm

Once you have your head straight, the right gun, and a solid means of concealed carry, it is very important that you practice with your gun on a regular basis. Live fire practice is a must! But you can also supplement your live fire practice with “dry-firing” practice. Dry firing practice is an extremely valuable form of practice that will allow you to be the very best that you can be. The expense is minimal and you can pretty much do it anytime that you are at home. You can effectively work on your grip, stance, sight alignment, sight picture, and trigger control. But as in everything with your gun, safety is first and foremost. Make sure that the gun is unloaded, then double-check that your gun is unloaded. Always dry practice in a room where no ammo is present.  Avoid all distractions. Always dry practice in a safe direction, ideally, in a direction that has a back stop that can stop a round (such as a cinder block wall.)

Interaction with the Police

If you are carrying and you are pulled over for a traffic ticket or something of that sort, first of all, keep your hands in plain view.  While it is not a Nevada requirement that you inform the officer that you are a CCW holder, this is something that you may want to consider doing.  When he gets your information and goes back to his car, the fact that you do have a CCW will be made clear to him on his computer screen.  In other words he is going to find out anyways.  Consider whether it may be the wise thing to do, to inform him yourself, before you have even give him your identification.

I personally prefer to inform the officer right from the start.  It shows him that you care about his safety as well as your own.  It is also verifiable proof that you are indeed a “certified good guy.” If he discovers that you are armed and is actually surprised by that fact, you could possibly be drawn down on.  This is a personal decision that you need to make on your own.  But you need to look at it from a number of different angles.