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Threat Anatomy – Frank DeYoung


August 27 – 9am – 5pm

Take both Frank’s classes! Use coupon code “blood” and save $50.


Shot Placement and Considerations for Deadly Encounters

Taught by Frank DeYoung 

It is one thing to carry a firearm for protection but it is another to be able to hit the areas on the threat that effect the quickest stop!

Frank DeYoung’s Threat Anatomy course teaches shooters to hit vital organs — not just “center of mass.”
This visual aid in the Threat Anatomy course helps students understand how the angle of the opponent’s body will affect your point of aim. In the classroom, Frank offers some fascinating information, including, “Eighty-two percent of people shot with handguns survive … It may take 10 to 15 seconds for a heart shot from a service-caliber pistol to take effect, and 30 to 90 seconds for hits in the liver, spleen, or kidneys to debilitate a human opponent…and you can expect four rounds per second to be fired by gunfight participants.”


DeYoung’s Threat Anatomy course emphasizes aiming at the parts inside the opponent’s body that have to be shut down to keep him from killing the officer or anyone else. With cardiac hits, he pointed out, there may not be an instant stop. In Case One: “We had one man stabbed with a long knife through the heart, right atrium through septum through left ventricle. He walked downstairs with the paramedics and talked with them in the ambulance until he slowly lost consciousness. They were performing CPR by the time they arrived at the hospital. He died on the table. There was almost 12 minutes between him receiving that wound and losing consciousness.” Frank shares “The Department of Justice determined that aiming level with the armpits (which is level with the heart) was about 36 percent more effective than aiming at ‘center of mass.’”

Having the best knowledge of the equipment to fit your needs and the know-how to use your firearm effectively is critical. In addition to the role of shot placement in stopping an assailant, armed citizens are obligated not to shoot indiscriminately and endanger others. In this Threat Anatomy class you will learn about ammunition, calibers, bullet construction, human anatomy, shot placement and shot angles. Recognizing that we train mostly on square ranges and threats do not come on square ranges we use a variety of targets at different angles to help you develop the understanding of angles for shot placement. On the range, we’ll lead you through skill building drills to help you with the development of your critical decision making and shot-placement skills meaning accuracy!

What you need for class:

  1. Modern handgun
  2. 2 or more magazines (more is better)
  3. 300 rounds of ammunition
  4. Strong-side hip holster – (No soft holsters – must not close when you remove gun. No Serpa holsters) questions? Call us.
  5. Sturdy Belt (pants with belt loops)
  6. Ear protection – electronic highly recommended
  7. Safety glasses
  8. Hat with a brim – this keeps hot brass from falling between your glasses and your eyes.
  9. Close-toed shoes
  10. Shirts should have a high, closed front to avoid hot brass easily falling inside
  11. Jacket or over-shirt to use for concealment
  12. Water – staying hydrated is important to keeping your mind clear on the range
  13. Lunch and snacks – pack a lunch and bring snacks to eat during breaks to maintain your blood sugar levels. (we provide wipes to clean your hands)
  14. Camp Chair



Terms & Conditions

When purchasing a class from GunStart you are certifying that you are legally able to handle a firearm. Specifically this means you are not a felon and do not have any outstanding legal issues that prohibit you from accessing a firearm.

The class fees for guest instructors are non-refundable but are transferable. If you miss the safety briefing in the first hour of range day, you will be turned away without a refund. Please give yourself plenty of time to find and arrive at the range.

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