Rob Pincus – Shooting a Shootist

12 06 2011

I recently took a weekend of training at the Firearms Academy of Seattle (FAS) taught by Rob Pincus, from I.C.E Training.  Rob has developed and taught defensive shooting techniques for Military, Law Enforcement and security personnel, called Combat Focused Shooting.  As Rob explains it, Combat Focus Shooting “…is an intuitive shooting program designed to work efficiently with the body’s natural reactions during a dynamic critical incident.”  It is pretty intense training.  But fun.

 Rob is working on a new series of defensive DVD’s.  While at FAS, he filmed a series of scenes about training for responding to an ambush.  He was looking for volunteers and I was able to make it one of the days and brought my camera.  Why not mix a little fun into the action?

I got there late and the ‘cast and crew’ had already been at it for most the day.  During the few hours I was there, they were training to defend against a car attack or hijack.  In reality, the training was also a good exercise to prepare for defensive action while seated at a table or any chair for that matter.

So, in the first selection of photos to the right, the student realizes the threat, draws straight up the side of his body, roles the pistol sideways, keeping it close to his body while directing the business end of the pistol towards the ‘threat’, leans back and shoots.  Easy as that… sort of.

Handguns and shooting is very serious business and to do it right (and safely) one should start with an experienced and competent instructor.  I found Pincus both as well as a very thorough and focused instructor.  He took interest in every student and watched everyone pushing them to perform at their best.

Shooting seated from a car is not so easy – or at least as easy as Hollywood would have you believe.  To do it right and safely takes practice and training.  Pincus ran the class through the exercise  from his ‘mobile classroom’ – a Toyota Cruiser.  He first demonstrated then had each student shoot through the driver’s (opened) window and the passenger’s window.  Shooting through a car’s window is nerve wracking enough, but the thought of accidentally  shooting low and into Pincus’ car door added a bit more pressure to the exercise.  Fortunately, no one had to buy Pincus a new door.  In fact there was no evidence that anyone ever hit the door, ceiling or dash.  However, I would bet that more than one piece of brass is rattling around in the duct work of that Cruiser.

I am not sure how Pincus’ DVD came out, but I know I enjoyed the training as well as taking the photos, some of which I have posted here.

Thanks to Rob Pincus, the class, FAS, ICE and all the others for the great evening of… “shooting” fun.


The new Nikon D700 performed flawlessly.  I love its low light capability of its 12MB FX sensor.  I used my Nikon 80-200 AFS f2.8 lens and it too performed wonderfully. I am sure Joe McNally and David Hobby would have found a way to use a flash in the photos, I decided not to interrupt the shoot (I am talking DVD now) to set up my shot.  🙂


— Jeff