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Austin, TX (Burnet) - Protector 2 (September 6-8, 2024)


Protector 2

Please note that you must have attended Protector 1 (formerly Sheepdog Level 1) to be eligible for Protector 2.

Once you have successfully become a protector, take your shooting and combative skills to “11” with the Protector 2 course.

Building on the fundamentals of marksmanship and ground fighting skills from Protector 1, in Protector 2, we advance to truly dynamic self-defense. A real-world situational awareness exercise, shooting on the move, retention shooting from a close distance, striking an opponent, and take-downs against a wall are just a taste of the drills we will work on in this advanced training module. The excitement continues as we advance to single-handed shooting skills, including loading, reloading, and correcting malfunctions, all with one hand disabled.  The Protector 2 curriculum is fast-paced, fun, and informative. 

When & Where: 

September 6-8th, 2024

Friday (September 6th)

7 am - 12 pm (SDR Training Center Gym)
1 pm - 5 pm (Training Center Gym)

Saturday (September 7th)
7 am - 12 pm (SDR Training Center Gym)
1 pm - 5 pm (Reveille Peak Ranch)

Sunday (September 8th)
7 am - 12 pm (SDR Training Center Gym)
1 pm - 5 pm (Reveille Peak Ranch)


Classroom and Gym:

Reveille Peak Ranch
1610 Co Rd 115

Burnet, TX 78611

Travel Recommendations

Closest Airport: AUS Austin, TX

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On-site accommodations: Reveille Peak Ranch offers camping. For more info contact https://www.rprrange.com/ 

About Protector 2

Our top-tier instructors have once again brought their real-world military and law enforcement experience to this advanced curriculum, which is the next logical evolution to your skill set in a challenging three-day course.

You will learn advanced defensive tactics and weapons skills that will not only solidify the lessons learned from Protector 1 but push you to your limits and beyond.

What You’ll Learn

Day 1

Gym: Your morning starts with a review of Protector 1 grappling and a skills assessment. We then introduce effective striking, closing the distance with your opponent, pummeling, and fighting at varied ranges.

Classroom: You will learn in-depth situation awareness including site surveys, travel preparation, and surveillance detection. Then we’ll take to the streets where you will put your skills to use to determine if you can identify a threat and take the appropriate action. 

Day 2

Gym: You will learn basic strikes, striking variables, as well as striking defense. We will test your fitness in a striking gauntlet and learn how to use striking to set up the clinch, as well as driving to and fighting off a wall.

We start with a review of Protector 1 pistol fundamentals. We add pressure and time constraints to test your abilities to perform basic marksmanship and pistol manipulation skills on-demand. We will cover techniques to increase your draw speed, and decrease the time is takes to get that critical first shot on target accurately. We pressure test your skills with drills that will safely allow you to see just how fast and accurate you can be. 

Day 3

Gym: We continue to advance your skills in combatives with a realistic wall fight, including weapon retention against a dedicated opponent. We will cover the techniques to get an opponent from standing to the ground using everything you have at your disposal. Test yourself against a live opponent that can strike, grapple, and is possibly armed. Get valuable feedback and learn effective techniques to win. 

Range: We engage targets from non-traditional shooting positions including fighting from the ground, kneeling, and during the transition. You will push your skills to engage threats from behind cover, moving forward, moving laterally, and under stress. You’ll develop the skills to shoot single-handedly including reloading and correcting malfunctions with one hand disabled.  

Packing List:

  • 3 pairs of durable pants and 3 comfortable/durable shirts (avoid tank tops or low cut collars)
  • Sturdy belt/pistol belt
  • Rain Jacket- the event will go forward regardless of weather
  • Electronic Hearing Protection (to receive instruction while on the firing line)
  • Extra batteries for hearing protection and optic
  • Weapons cleaning and maintenance equipment
  • 400 Rounds of ammunition
  • Tourniquet
  • Food (Our lunch breaks will be short, so bring something that does not require any preparation)
  • Water (you will need to be drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated)
  • Dummy Rounds X 5
  • Pistol
  • Retention Holsters (your holster preferably will be made of Kydex which is form-fitted to your pistol. If you use nylon or leather holsters you will need to have a thumb break or some form of retention. If you show up without a proper holster you will have to do all drills off the table. No Blackhawk Serpa holsters allowed.)
  • 3-4 Magazines
  • Magazine pouch (recommended two)

Don’t own a firearm? Shooting packages are available that include: firearm, holster, magazines, and magazine holders. Supplies are limited so reserve yours early by emailing info@sheepdogresponse.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email info@sheepdogresponse.com and we will get right back to you.  See you soon!