GWRAPS – Gulla Weapon Retention & Positional Shooting

GWRAPS was coined by Sgt. Don Gulla of King Co. Deputy Sheriffs Dept of WA as Gulla Weapon Retention and Positional Shooting. This method is also called “brace contact” in certain tactical groups. The original concept is still hazy but was originally dubbed by the British SAS.

Don Gulla has patented the GWRAPS term and method that is being taught through his ARRESTLING organizaiton to law enforcement officers in WA and surrounding states.

Holding the pistol at the slide and handle will allow you to gain more control and leverage to throw elbow and smash strikes. From this position one round can be fire then pull slide back to chamber another round.

The point of this technique was that it was a last desperate technique when someone else has a hand on your pistol. By grabbing at these position described above you will now have the leverage to regain the weapon possession.

What Don had implemented into the training when encountered at this close range, is to draw and quickly grab the pistol in this manner. Due to the close encounter with the bad guy there will be a struggle to gain the advantage.

With the GWRAPS position you can defend or shoot at close quarter, which you will see in the video below.

Elite Gun Fighter vs Knife Fighter

Tueller drill principles has been taught to Cadettes and seasoned Officers/Agents throughout law enforcement nation wide, includes agencies such as the FBI and DEA. The objective is sound for teaching to a wide variety of skill level and to retain it quickly. You can view some of our past article on Tueller drill here.

But, what if the gun fighter was at an elite level in terms of competency and skills that’s off the chart like G.I. Joe. (no pun intended)The video below highlights two extremely skilled in respective arts. (knife, gun)

Doug Marcaida background is in the Filipino Martial Arts of Kali, utilizing the knife is considered the advance part of this training. Instructor Zero of Spartan 360 Tactical Defense is the Elite gun fighter, his skills as a fast shooter can be heard and seen from here to abroad.

So let’s get to the meat of this video. The instructors described the goal of this video as a learning tool to break the 21-foot rule and may only apply to one with higher skill sets. Enjoy!

Close Quarter Shooting

Rob Pincus and Andy Loeffler from Personal Defense Network demonstrate Handgun Drawing and How to Best Defend against a Close-Quarters threat

Rob does an excellent job of breaking down things that needs attention prior to actually going for your pistol. Though this demonstration does not go into the details of controlling the aggressor, this would take another article in itself to cover. Rob does advise this is an important phase that must be tackled at hand.

Once you have maintain some form of control on the aggressor you can go for your pistol. That particular space we’re referring to can be a foot to more depending on you and the aggressor size.

Once you’ve had a chance to practice this sort of drawing and shooting at close range. It’s time to take this to another level, now go don on your protective gear with simunitions pistols and play out the scenario and actually execute the technique in real live settings. You’ll find defending to get to your sidearm is intense. The position that you find yourself in will not be the same as when you’re out on the gun range.

Last we like to present another video from Don Gulla of WA Arrestling organization. Don’s a Sergeant with WA King Co. Sheriffs Dept/Special Operations Unit and has much experiences getting into the scuffle then having to draw his sidearm. Something that you will see is that no technique rules at controlling the aggressor, the concept is fighting for the control.

Basic Principles are:
-Your focus must first be on Controlling the Threat.
-After clearing the initial attack, access your firearm.

For more reading on weapon retention see our past articles:

Super Fast Pistol Shooting

The video below highlights some simple pistol drills emphasizing fast shooting for those that aspire to be at “Operative” level for any Tactical team. Zero is the head instructor of the Italy-based Spartan 360° Tactical Defense. Zero demonstrates some basic fundamentals in handling the pistol and works the Mozambique and One to One drill. Breakdown of drills are:

chest2Chest Position – Hands holding pistol up to the chest and scan your area while being mindful of where the muzzle is facing.

Mozambique Drill – Standing 5 yards from the target, draw from the holster and put two rounds in the chest and one to the head as fast and accurately as you can.

One to One Drill – From 5 yards away, draw from the holster and fire one round, reload and fire one more round as fast as you can.

Lightning Fast Shooting Drills

Instructor Zero is an enigma, he is head instructor of the Italy-based Spartan 360° Tactical Defense. This is a compilation of fast shooting drills with shotgun, AK, AR’s and pistol.

Theories differ about Zero’s background. Some have ventured to guess his abilities were honed as part of Italian reconnaissance. Others believe he was just a regular army grunt that just happens to be able to shoot. Whatever the case may be, Instructor Zero is pretty dang handy with a gun – almost any gun.

While it’s enjoyable to watch someone operate firearms as deftly as Instructor Zero, the video strikes home the importance of incorporating kinetic and situational elements to tactical/self-defense training. The real world is a dynamic place and rarely does danger present itself directly in front of a person, statically, with it’s 10-ring open for a clear shot.

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Low Light Pistol Training

Shooting in low light with a flashlight is a reality that every handgun shooters should embrace to become proficient with. Matt Graham of Graham Combat takes a no-nonsense approach when having to use the best technique to hold the flashlight while getting sights on target.

Matt covers the different ways to hold the flashlight, but the bottom line is get that light and sight on target. There shouldn’t be any fiddling to play with the flashlight then putting muzzle to the target. Everything should be spontaneous and instinctively.

Harries, Surefire, Neck Index, Modified FBI

The homework is to practice with these methods to get familiarize but choose the one that is comfortable that works in most situations.

Concealed Handgun Immediate Action Drill

Fighting from Inside Vehicle

Here Matt Graham of Graham Combat demonstrates the right way to engage a target with a pistol from inside a vehicle. Matt not only shows you how to draw and fire from the side of the vehicle, but goes into how to shoot through the glass and follow up.
There is also a demonstration on shooting at your target from behind the vehicle but at the ground level, this all depends on the circumstances. The demonstrations highlights shooting from modified prone and crouch(head to the ground).

As always these are tools are meant for you to take with and polish to help you survive. More information on Graham Combat here.

Shooting on the Move

There are many gun schools out there that teach “shooting on the move”. However, there aren’t many that advocates a pragmatic approach such as Graham Combat. CEO Matt Graham of Graham Combat offers a collaborative way of learning. Matt is there to teach you because he has a vested interested in teaching you to survive, everybody learns together. It’s not a school where you go there to train, but come to learn and leave with new sets of materials to play with or work on for the rest of your life.

This short video on “shooting on the move” is not meant to be sophisticated, but simple. As Matt puts it, “Each of you was walking long before you got here to me today – and you were doing it moderately successfully…Don’t make this more than it is. All you’re doing is shooting on the move.”

The key takeaways that makes sense here is the length of the step that you take. The longer the stride the more it affects your front sight, the shorter the step, there is less front sight movement. (up and down) As always, Matt gets directly to the point. For more information on Graham Combat courses, go here.

Eleven Actions You Can Take To Survive An Active Shooter Situation

With the shootings at Trolley Square, Virginia Tech, the Omaha Mall and Santa Monica College remind us that violence can strike at any time and in any place. These types of events are not unusual. They occur everywhere, they happen in churches, malls, schools and workplaces. They will happen again. Have a plan. Whether you carry a gun or not, these are some precautions that everyone can take to be better prepared if it happens to you.

shooter31 Family Emergency Plan – Before any emergency occurs, develop a family emergency plan. This plan may be used for any emergency. Keep it simple, such as developing a rendezvous point in the event you are separated. Have an alternative plan. No matter where you are, a simple plan is better than no plan.

2 Situational Awareness – Be aware of your surroundings and situation. Not paranoid, just aware. Keeping the cell phone jammed in your ear 24/7 is not being aware. If you see something that does not seem right, leave and call police.

3 Find an Exit – When out in public, look for and know how to get to the nearest two exits. Don’t concern yourself that they may be marked EMERGENCY, EMPLOYEE ONLY or ALARMED. You are going to use them anyway in an emergency.

4 Breakage – If you are trapped in an active shooter situation and there are no door exits but windows are available, break them! Use whatever is available up to and including your firearm to break any glass doors or windows to escape the threat!

5 Move – If you hear gunfire or see the shooter, immediately go to the nearest exit and away from the shooter. The farther away you get, the safer you will be.

6 Lock It – If you are trapped in a location that has no exit, lock yourself and others inside. Use belts, electrical cords, rope or whatever is quickly available to secure the door. Barricade the door with furniture, desks or store displays. Be quiet and stay away from the doors. Do not open the doors for others once you are secured. Shooters have been known to pound on the doors pretending to be victims, begging for entry. Stay put until the police break in to rescue you.

7 Fight Back! If you are trapped, cannot escape and the shooter makes an entry into your location, fight back! Immediately attack with chairs, tables, fire extinguishers, books or whatever you have on hand. Everyone in the room must attack; tackle him, bite, claw, stab or choke. If you do not fight back, savagely and with overwhelming force, he may methodically kill everyone.

8 Armed Citizens – If you are armed with a firearm at the scene of an active shooter, your first responsibility is to get your family to safety. Help others along the way if you can, but immediately move your own family out of the area first.

9 Call 911 – ASAP, get on the phone and give 911 the shooters’ description, location and type of weapon, if known. Give the dispatcher your location and description. Make certain to tell the dispatcher that you are armed. The dispatcher may try and get you to put your weapon away. I advise you to refuse and tell dispatch you will remain armed as long as the threat is active.

10 Take Cover – Place yourself between the shooter and others that may be with you. Have someone else talk on the phone. Your focus needs to be on the shooter.

11 Police Confrontations – If you are confronted by the police, keep your weapon muzzle pointed down. Raise your non-shooting hand up near your face in the surrender position. Yell loudly at the officer, “I am not the shooter!” Do exactly and immediately whatever the officer orders you to do. Expect to be taken down at gunpoint and treated like the bad guy. Be thankful they didn’t shoot you. Don’t take it personally. The actions you took can be sorted out afterwards.

If an officer asks you to help, comply and do as you’re told.

Additional thoughts:
• Carry a good small flashlight whether you carry your gun or not.
• Carry enough ammo.
• Carry a working cell phone.
• Know trauma care. That is to say, know how to treat gunshot wounds and other injuries with whatever is on the scene. The police are trained to go straight to the shooter. They will not stop to help until after the shooter is stopped. You will be left to help yourself and others.
• Be a good witness. Be prepared to give a coherent statement to the police about the incident.
• Keep your mouth shut if you were forced to use deadly force. Only give a generic statement such as “he tried to kill me/us and I was forced to defend myself/us.” Stick to the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent until you have a lawyer by your side. Remember, there will most certainly be a civil lawsuit coming. Keep your mouth shut. Protect your own civil rights. If you need to discuss it with someone, tell your lawyer or your clergy. Those are protected communications.
• When you write your statement, look up your state’s law regarding use of force and include the exact same words that match the action you were forced to take. In Utah, it is, “I reasonably believed the force was necessary because…”
• You have the right to keep and bear arms. You have a responsibility to train and become proficient with your firearm. Follow the use of force guidelines for your state.
These events happen. They happen in churches, malls, schools and work places. They will happen again. If you are going to carry a firearm, be responsible and be prepared. WSJ

Editor’s note: Dennis Kennedy is Director of Training for the Counterterrorism Institute of America, LLC. Dennis is a 25-year veteran law enforcement instructor and military special operations weapons NCO (Noncommissioned Officer). He is a Utah POST-certified Firearms Instructor as well as NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor and Utah BCI (Bureau of Criminal Identification) Concealed Firearms Permit Instructor. He can be contacted at

Article By Dennis Kennedy

Come At Me Bro Drill

We, (AmSJ) receive lots of handgun/rifle tactics information from our readers, but this one is unique in its presentation. The drill is based on close quarter (CQB) encounters and met with fierce offensive action. In other words this is an immediate action drill when you need to counter attack the threat head on, you have no choice due to environment settings and proximity.

Enter Dynamic Pie Concepts, these guys are off the hook in their approach when it comes to a simple and boring drill. With further adieu, enjoy!

So what are some cool drills that you’ve come up with?