Extreme Close Quarters Gunfighting with Greg Ellifritz

The skills you learned on the target shooting range or in your CCW class may not work for you when the fight happens within arms’ reach. Extreme close range gunfighting is a completely different skill set, one that relies far more on FIGHTING than on mere shooting.

With up to 50% of gunfight fatalities occurring at ranges closer than five feet, you need this skill set. Join Greg Ellifritz as he teaches a dynamic close quarters gunfighting class that will cover the following topics:

  • Retention Shooting Positions
  • Body positioning and shooting stances for the close quarters fight
  • In-fight weapons access and drawing skills
  • Defeating the unarmed, but physically superior opponent
  • Stopping an opponent’s draw
  • Mechanical and tactical considerations for making contact distance shots
  • Close quarters gun disarms
  • One handed close quarters malfunction drills
  • Using the firearm as an impact weapon
  • Drawing and shooting from unconventional positions
  • Close range lethal force empty hand skills
  • Weapons retention, (in holster and in hand)
  • and numerous other techniques


This is not the class for a beginning shooter. Proper gun handling skills and prior training is a prerequisite for the course. Prior training in a combative martial art or police defensive tactics class will be useful, but not required. Students must be competent gun handlers. They should be able to draw safely from holster, shoot one handed, and clear malfunctions without assistance.

If students do not possess these basic skills at the start of the course, they will be barred from further live fire participation.

The class will be physical, but you will be able to control your level of participation in each drill. This class will not include any physical conditioning, nor will it devolve into some type of “Fight Club” scenario occasionally seen in similar classes.

You’ll be tired at the end of the day, but if you can stand on your feet and engage in light intensity upper body exercise for a period of about six hours, you will do absolutely fine in the class. Attempts will be made to scale the activity level for folks with physical limitations.


Refund Policy

Minimum enrollment for this class is 10 people. If fewer than 10 students register, the class will be cancelled and you will get a full refund. You will also receive a full refund if the instructor is ill or subject to travel delays that would prevent him from teaching. With that said, Greg has only cancelled one class (due to illness) in his 25+ years of teaching open enrollment classes.

If you request a refund after registering, I will provide that refund as future class credit for any of the classes I teach. Barring exceptional circumstances, no refunds will be issued within 30 days of the class date.


Required Equipment

  • Handgun (no ported weapons)
  • Sturdy belt- mounted holster that will allow re-holstering with one hand. Holsters can be Outside or Inside the waistband. They can be appendix or behind the hip.
  • No small of the back, ankle, or cross draw holsters. No Serpa-style holsters allowed.
  • Spare reloading devices and holder (you will need to be able to carry at least 15 rounds on your person)
  • Eye and Ear protection. Electronic hearing protection is recommended
  • 150 Rounds of ammunition
  • A pair of thin gloves is useful, but not mandatory for the weapon retention portion of the class


The class will be held on an outdoor shooting range. Please bring fluids for hydration and whatever sun protection you require.


Range Fees

Course tuition INCLUDES all range fees.



If this will be your first time shooting at Hobbs Island Shooting Range, you must sign a waiver before your visit. This must be done online by following the appropriate link for either an adult waiver or a child waiver. The link will open a new tab when selected.


Jun 02 2024


9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Firearms Transfers

Transfer Policies
  • HISR will not accept any transfer containing multiples of the same firearm/receiver
  • HISR will not conduct any transfer without a current Alabama driver’s license
  • HISR will not conduct any transfer for an out of state recipient
  • Private Party transfers will only be handled for HISR members and the seller MUST be present at time of transfer or include a copy of their license (if shipped)
  • If you are delayed, you will still be responsible for the transfer fee at the time of the background check.
  • If you are denied by NICS, you will be responsible for the transfer fee AND the cost to return the firearm
  • For HISR members, transfers for Class III items conducted without the use of Silencer Shop are available upon special request and start at $150.
Transfer Process
  • You MUST notify HISR in advance of any transfer by emailing rangeoffice@thehisr.com.
  • We MUST receive your transferring dealer’s FFL prior to the transfer of any firearm.
  • Transfers will be handled by appointment only.
  • Once your transfer has been initiated, please DO NOT CALL OR COME IN to check on the status of your transfer. Doing so will delay the process for others and result in an additional charge.
  • Once we process receipt of your transfer item(s), WE WILL CONTACT YOU to coordinate pick-up. Please make sure your dealer includes your information in the shipment.
  • Firearms will be kept without additional charge for five (5) days. A storage fee will be applied for each additional day.
Transfer Fees

Members: $10/item

Non-Members: $30/item