Weapons & Tactics


CGS’s clients learn the fundamentals of marksmanship and weapons manipulation through a progressive platform in which shooting drills increase in complexity upon successful completion of prior tasks. Clients become proficient in fundamental skills including loading, unloading, malfunction procedures, facing movements, use of cover and barricades, fire and movement, and communication between shooting partners.


Our combat-experienced instructors further enhance clients’ tactical shooting skills by introducing common scenarios encountered in an armed engagement. Our CSG instructor cadre has trained clients from the Department of Defense; federal, state and local law enforcement; private security firms; and members of the intelligence community.


Small Unit Tactics

CSG’s training methods on small unit tactics and close quarters combat is delivered by our cadre of subject matter experts (SMEs) from the Special Operations community.  Our small unit tactics training provides practical learning and reinforcement through action. Clients are allowed the opportunity for repetition, so that small unit movements can happen instinctively.

Clients learn:

  • Movement drills
  • Patrol Formations
  • Perimeter Formations
  • Near/Far Ambush protocols
  • Bounding techniques
  • Urban small unit tactics
  • Close quarters combat techniques Room clearance
  • Building assaults
  • Vehicle/tubular assaults
  • Integration of medical scenarios during close quarters combat operations



CSG’s combatives courses integrate empty hand, edge weapons, and firearms into an overall combatives system that can be effectively employed by Special Operation units. Courses begin with development of the proper mindset for close combat followed by progressive training tailored to the client’s operational environment and mission requirements. Clients learn situational awareness of potential threats and how to deescalate possible confrontations. Our combatives instructors ensure that clients can confidently use these skills in life-threatening situations.


Threat Avoidance

Situational Awareness

CSG offers an introduction to general security awareness and current operational attack methodologies, including preoperational activities conducted by terrorists and/or criminal elements directed against U.S. government individuals and/or facilities.


Topics include:

  • multiplicity of threat—crime and terrorism
  • adverse motivation, surveillance tendencies, and observable behaviors
  • surveillance indicators
  • criminal behavior vs. terrorist behavior
  • recognizing threat/avoiding challenge
  • improving personal and team observation and reporting skills
  • how to behave, act, and dress to maintain a low profile
  • examination of personal habits, routines, and modes of dress and movement to increase difficulty for surveillance/attackers


Surveillance Detection

As client program needs dictate, CSG can apply a range of SD instruction:

  • Surveillance detection during routine activities and travel
  • Vulnerability assessments for critical facilities and the formulation of effective facility detection plans
  • Surveillance in criminal/terrorist activities


Avoidance, Apprehension & Escape

CSG instructs on how to recognize and assess abduction threats, understand emotions and attitudes. Clients will also learn and practice escape techniques.
Topics include:

  • kidnapping methodologies and regional variations
  • threat recognition
  • initial assessment/response
  • state of mind

Tactical skills include:

  • escape TTPs
  • vehicle manipulation