Counter Ambush Response - Clear Lake - 08/17/2024

August 17th, 2024 @ 8:00am CST

Counter Ambush Response - Clear Lake - 08/17/2024
About this event

Our most popular course for the law enforcement community teaches best practices for defending yourself in and around a vehicle with a firearm. Shoot-move-shoot-move…
This is a dynamic course that combines vehicles and handguns. Our Cadre will review basic firearms handling, safety, and vehicle considerations prior to scenario-based training. All scenarios revolve around shooting from inside, outside, or around vehicles. Driver/passenger reaction drills, fighting from inside/outside the vehicle, and countering street-side threats (carjacking) are a few of the scenario-based drills you will perform during this course. You will engage multiple threats and manipulate your weapon while effectively getting shots on target.
All GORUCK Firearms Courses and Events utilize scenario based training which is incorporated into dry practice prior to any live fire. All participants will practice target identification and discrimination, movement, weapons manipulation, and other dynamic drills with the cadre and others. These drills will be facilitated with inert weapons enabling a safe and realistic training environment. Both pistols and rifles will be rendered inert with barrel/chamber blocking plugs. Further, each student must fully participate in dry practice prior to commencing live fire.

Must have completed Counter Active Shooter (Pistol-Day) – L2. This course requires moving and shooting, use of cover, team communication under fire and movement in and around vehicles. Equivalent entry requirements training would be received by an LEO or military combat arms.
This course is not recommended for beginners.
Participants should already be proficient in the following skills:

  • Safety skills
  • Flat range static shooting
  • Shoot 80% on a 30 round course of fire from 12 meters

In an effort to put participants in the right mindset we perform short duration physical stressors throughout the training day. All courses develop skill sets that would be utilized in a high stress, worst case scenario. This is simulated in training by elevating the heart rate through movements such as sprints, burpees, pushups and other exercises.  


  • Firing from points of cover around a vehicle
  • Engagement and egress from the driver/passenger seat
  • Weapons manipulation while egressing to cover
  • Cover fire/bounding overwatch
  • Team communications
  • Final live fire culminating exercise





  • Sunscreen
  • Magazine Speed Loader
  • Gun Oil
  • Tac Hat
  • Additional range/firearms gear is good, there is always a GRT in need


Target: Tactical Law Enforcement Target (anatomical side) or Steel
Scoring: Binary 0/10. Minimum score 70%. Distance: 10 - 20 meters. Rounds: 5/15 in two magazines. Note: Sitting in the car with the belt on, door closed and windows down. draw fire with one hand out the passenger window 5 rounds, exit the car maintaining cover and change magazines. Fire from cover of engine block with 15 round magazine. Maintaining cover moves laterally to the rear of the vehicle to 3rd target. Finally move back to the point of cover that is overall 20 meters from target 3.

Florida weapons permit qualification

  • ONLY if you pass the course
  • Weapons permit qualification may be available from your cadre. Communicate with them directly at the time of the event.



  • Firearms Training utilizes semiautomatic pistols, however, we offer custom classes on any and all small arms. Full-Frame pistols are recommended. Sub-Compact pistols are not recommended.
  • SERPA-style holsters not authorized. Due to the nature of the training offered and the repetitive drawing and holstering of firearms, SERPA style holsters are not authorized for GORUCK Firearms training courses. If you do not have an alternative holster available, one may be provided with advanced notice.
  • Keep firearms in vehicles. Please take care that when arriving at training sites, participants are not to remove from their vehicles or otherwise handle firearms until instructed to do so by the event cadre. In an effort to enforce good firearms safety and best practices, we would ask that firearms remain in vehicles until specifically told to bring them out.
  • Shooters who display weapons proficiency will be challenged by the Cadre to increase their skill level by various methods. This will not have an impact on the overall conduct of the class.
18127 468th Ave, Clear Lake, SD 57226
18127 468th Ave, Clear Lake, SD 57226

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August 17th, 2024 @ 8:00am CST

Heath is a US Army Special Forces Green Beret with 26 years of extensive overseas experience and expertise in Special Operation missions, to include Counter-Terror, Sniper, Direct Action, and Hostage Rescue operations. He planned and executed hundreds of successful combat missions throughout numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines Syria and other areas around the world. He served on various types of Special Operation Teams, to include the Sniper Team in the 1st Special Forces Group, Commander’s In-extremis Force (CIF), an assaulter on a small Special Missions Unit team, and the Team Sergeant for two Operational Detachment-Alphas (ODAs). Currently, he works as a DOD contractor embedded within tactical units. Heath loves America, doing tough things, teaching tactics, and hanging out with badass Americans. 

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