Combat Dynamics Group

Close Quarters Battle

Overcoming any battle at close range.

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Close Quarters Battle (CQB) Course Synopsis

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Course Description

Scope: The purpose of this 3-day Close Quarters Battle Drill (CQB) course is to expose students to the principles needed to overcome a violent adversary (or adversaries) in the CQB environment.

While CQB (also sometimes referred to as CQC) has a somewhat pliable definition, for the purposes of this course it will be considered as engaging adversaries at "pistol distances" or closer, though you may well be engaging your adversary with a rifle. Although we use the term "pistol distances", the course will not center on handguns; both handguns and long guns will be used. (We use the term "pistol distances" only to give the experienced shooter a frame of reference for the distances involved in the course.)

Emphasis will be on "closing with the enemy", or the enemy closing with you. "Closing" may be 15 yards from you, or 15 inches.

The course will include limited physical contact between students. CQB includes understanding the principles needed to prevail in the fight when you find yourself nose-to-nose with an adversary. With that said, this will not be a martial arts class. The physical contact remains within the context of an armed assault.

For the purposes of this course the Rules of Engagement (ROE) will be that anyone not known to you is a target. However, we will be discussing a dynamic violent assault in an environment with numerous "innocents" present. Whether it is for moral reasons, or operational reasons, innocents are a factor that should be considered.

The lectures and practical training are designed to address both a single operator, as well as those operating in a team structure.

Who will benefit from Close Quarter Battle training?

CQB is the "elephant in the room". Virtually all deadly confrontations in the U.S. occur at 11 feet or less.

"Shooting schools" are notorious for ignoring the elephant in the room. This is usually because these schools do not have staff capable of teaching the material, as well as their students not being sufficiently mature in weapons handling to engage safely in such training. CDG is fortunate to have both!

If a person is involved in a potentially deadly violent confrontation, the odds are overwhelming that it will occur in a CQB setting. Given this reality, it is amazing – one might even say "bizarre" – that these skills are so rarely taught!

These skills are essential for every American who intends to WIN THE FIGHT, should that terrible moment arrive.

Examples and Daily Descriptions

Normally in a CDG Synopsis this is the location in which we provide detailed examples of when such training may be employed in the real world, as well as descriptions of what each day's training will involve. However, given the subject matter of this particular course, and its probably applications (especially in the team environment), an advanced description could be…awkward. If you cannot imagine the immediate and explosive application of violence needed to be the victor in a fight at bad breath distance when another man is committed to killing you (or you him), then this may not be the course for you. Deadly violence is, at its best, is a dirty ugly thing. We will be dealing with it as such during this course.


With any advanced fighting skills, the first part of the equation is receiving needed information you don't currently possess. The CDG lectures are designed to impart all the necessary information you need to move on to the practical application phase of your training.

Samples of topics you'll be exposed to during lectures:

  • What are your options when an adversary surprised you within arms reach?
  • When is it desirable to let your adversary get his hand(s) on your weapon?
  • Is it ever desirable to let your adversary take your weapon?
  • Are there times getting knocked on your ass is a good thing?
  • Do I need to be a trained UFC fighter to win nose-to-nose?
  • When is "center of mass" the very last place I want to shoot my adversary?
  • What is the game plan once you've made a premeditated decision to kill an adversary?
  • Is executing a wounded adversary acceptable?
  • Planning and executing an assault on a fixed adversary (1 or more).
  • Defending your position against an assault by 1 or more adversaries.
For more detailed information read the (CQB) Course Synopsis.

Who Can Attend: Applicants must have obtained verifiable training to what CDG sees as an intermediate level. Sight alignment, sight picture, and trigger control must be performed 100% of the time at the subconscious level (precision shots excluded). You must be able to clear malfunctions reflexively, on the move. CDG will exercise sole discretion over what prior training is acceptable, and which applicants may attend. Example: An applicant may have completed a course advertised as "intermediate" level training, and CDG may not feel the training rises to the level of what CDG sees as intermediate.

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