The Able Shepherd Program

Overview

No matter who you are or what your level of training, we specialize in helping you reach your personal objectives at your pace, safely. 

The Able Shepherd Program is an elite level self-defense program utilizing armed and unarmed skills.

This program is designed for individuals with the goal of making you, and those around you safer.

 

It all starts with the POP (Protect Our People) course. This 4 hour prerequisite course builds the foundation for all other Able Shepherd training. 

Take the next step to advance your personal defense skills at your own pace with our ABLE SHEPHERD™ PROGRAM classes. Partner with us as you progress through the phase lines from Phase 1 Pistol-Static (Foundation), Phase 2 Pistol-Dynamic (Tactical Movement), Phase 3 Rifle w/ Pistol-Dynamic (Primary/Secondary Firearms with Tactical Movement) and achieve the designation of ABLE SHEPHERD to continue on to further advance your Tactical Response Capability.

Program Precursors

Description of program Precursors. 

Protect our People P.O.P (Mandatory)

Prerequisite class that builds the foundation for all following training.

Length: 4 hours
Price: $199

Course Description: This course is specifically designed for Men and Women with a desire to better protect themselves and those in their care. Whether at home, work, or on the street, those who make the honorable choice to protect others deserve the tools to be successful. This course is an introduction to the same training principles that have been validated and utilized by the US Navy SEAL Teams, Elite Federal Tactical Teams and Law Enforcement organizations across the nation. The foundation developed in this course will be the foundation on which future training may be built (unarmed, knife, pistol, rifle).

Objective 1: Student will demonstrate an appropriate posture for an offensive or defensive encounter.
Objective 2: Student will demonstrate the ability to defend their upper body vitals.
Objective 3: Student will demonstrate the ability to handle a pistol safely.
Objective 4: Student will demonstrate the ability to Load, Unload, Reload a pistol.
Objective 5: Student will demonstrate the ability to appropriately and effectively engage an adversary with a pistol.

What to Bring:
We will provide everything you need for this course.

Attire:
Good shoes or boots you are able to move freely in.
Good belt which will hold a holster.
Clothing you can move freely in.

Learn more here.

 

Welcome to Able Shepherd (Optional)

Course Description: This Class is an introduction into Able Shepherd. This class is optional and can be taken as a stand alone class before or after the P.O.P Class.

Course covers:

  • Pistol Safety
  • Basic Marksmanship
  • Basic postures and grips
  • Range Safety
  • Beginner Gear Options

Learn more here

 

Program Phases

Description of Phase 1-3.

Phase One

PISTOL, STATIC

Course Description: Students will progress at their own pace through the A, B, C classes (in no particular order) where they are presented with foundational pistol skills limited to basic movements. Students move on from Phase 1 by successfully completing the Phase 1 Test in order to progress to Phase 2.

Classes:

1A – Immediate Action Drills (SIM)
1B – Basic Movements (Live)
1C – Concealed Draw (SIM/Live)

Done in any order.

Then…

Test:

“Sentry” Pistol Test

 

Phase Two

PISTOL, DYNAMIC

Course Description: Students will progress at their own pace through the A, B, C classes (in no particular order) where they are presented with progressive pistol skills followed by the ETA, ETB and ETC (Entry Training) with a pistol for instruction on tactical movements. Students move on from Phase 2 by successfully completing the Phase 2 Test in order to progress to Phase 3. (ETA, ETB and ETC can be taken in any order, and then the Phase Test can be taken)

Classes:

2A – Postures (SIM)
2B – Flashlight (SIM/Live)
2C – Stress/3 of 3 (Live)

Done in any order.

Then…

Entries:

PHASE II Pistol

Course Description: Student will progress at their own pace through ETA, ETB and ETC (Entry Training).  Students will use pistol for Phase II. Instruction will be on tactical movements. Students move on from Phase 2 by successfully completing the Phase 2 Test after taking all three entry classes. (ETA, ETB and ETC can be taken in any order, and then Phase Test can be taken). 

ETA (Entry training A)(SIM Pistol)
ETB (Entry Training B)(SIM Pistol)
ETC (Entry Training C)(SIM Pistol)

Then…

Test:

“Protector” Pistol Test

Phase Three

RIFLE and PISTOL, DYNAMIC

Course Description: Students will progress at their own pace through the A, B, C classes (IN THAT ORDER) where they are presented with progressive rifle and pistol skills followed by the ETA, ETB and ETC (Entry Training) with rifle/pistol for instruction on tactical movements. 

Classes:

3A – AR Introduction (SIM)
3B – AR Postures (Live)
3C – AR Stress/AR 3 of 3 (Live)

Done in order.

Then…

Entries:

PHASE III Rifle

Course Description: Student will progress at their own pace through ETA, ETB and ETC (Entry Training).  Students will use a Rifle for Phase III. Instruction will be on tactical movements. Students move on from Phase 3 by successfully completing the Phase 3 Test after taking all three entry classes. (ETA, ETB and ETC can be taken in any order, and then Phase Test can be taken). Upon Phase 3 certification students may take the Able Shepherd Test (AST), receive the ABLE SHEPHERD DESIGNATION and advance to Phase 4.

ETA (Entry training A)(SIM AR)
ETB (Entry Training B)(SIM AR)
ETC (Entry Training C)(SIM AR)

Then…

Test:

Phase Three Test (Live)

Then…

Test:

Able Shepherd test (Live)

  • THREE QUALIFYING ENTRIES (NO MAJOR INFRACTIONS)
  • Pistol 3 of 3 = @ 10 ft
  • Pistol Stress= 60’- 3 to body, 10’- 3 to body, 40’- 3 to body, 20’- 3 to head, 10’- two body/one head
  • Rifle 3 of 3= @ 35 ft
  • Rifle Stress= 60’-3 to head from prone, 60’-3 to head from kneeling, 45-3 to body standing from right shoulder 45’-3 to body standing from left shoulder, 21’-3 to body, transition to pistol, 3 to body standing

Skill Development

Drills are designed to refine the skills that have been presented within the Able Shepherd Program classes.

Pistol Drills

Prerequisite: Phase One Test, 2A, 2B, 2C

Course Description: Students will be presented with drills that will refine the skills previously presented in Phase 2 to improve personal performance. 

Objective 1: Student will demonstrate safety with firearms and recite 3 primary safety rules.
Objective 2: Student will demonstrate Uniformity in all phases of training.
Objective 3: Student will demonstrate Safety in all phases of training.
Objective 4: Student will demonstrate Accuracy in all phases of training.

What to Bring:
Electronic Ear Protection
Eye Protection
Please bring your own Pistol with 5 mags
Holster and dual mag pouch
200 Rounds of Pistol ammunition and 100 Rounds of Frangible (NO Steel Ammo)
Water bottle, fountains are available in training area

Attire:
Good shoes or boots you are able to move freely in
Good belt which will hold a holster
Clothing you can move freely in

Rifle Drills

Prerequisite: 3A, 3B, 3C

Course Description: Students will be presented with drills that will refine the skills previously presented in Phase Three to improve personal performance. 

Objective 1: Student will demonstrate safety with firearms and recite 3 primary safety rules.
Objective 2: Student will demonstrate Uniformity in all phases of training.
Objective 3: Student will demonstrate Safety in all phases of training.
Objective 4: Student will demonstrate Accuracy in all phases of training.

What to Bring:
Electronic Ear Protection
Eye Protection
Please bring your own Pistol with 5 mags
Holster and dual mag pouch
Please bring your own Rifle with 9 mags and a way to carry them
200 Rounds of Rifle and Pistol ammunition and 100 Rounds of Frangible Pistol (NO Steel Ammo)
Water bottle, fountains are available in training area

Attire:
Good shoes or boots you are able to move freely in
Good belt which will hold a holster
Clothing you can move freely in

Entry Drills

Prerequisite: ETA, ETB, ETC either Pistol or Rifle

Course Description: In this class students will enter simmulation with a rifle or a pistol to practice tactical entries.
Include T360 concept, 1 person entry, 2 person entry into open door, 2 person exits and appropriate timing.

What to Bring:
50 Rounds of FX/Marking Simunition (Can be purchased at Centennial Gun Club)
Water bottle, fountains are available in training area
Holster or Gun Belt for Glock 19 or 17 (if owned)

Attire:
Good shoes or boots you are able to move freely in
Good belt which will hold a holster
Clothing you can move freely in

    Advanced Training

    Able Shepherd Only.

    Phase Four

    RIFLE and PISTOL, ADVANCED

    Prerequisite: Able Shepherd Only

    Course Description: Students now designated as Able Shepherds are introduced to increasingly advanced tactics with both rifle and pistol. Additionally, team members will be asked to attend real-world events where discreet security with advanced capability is required.

    What Does it Mean to be an Able Shepherd?

    Uniformity:

    Everyone on the same page.

    Safety:

    Safe firearm handling skills for individuals and teams, even while moving. Consistently display the ability to identify threats and non-threats prior to discharging your firearm.

    Accuracy:

    Possess the repeatable, documented ability to place rounds in the intended targets.

    Able Shepherd is a progressive training program designed to empower members to protect, guide and strengthen their communities. The motto is “Take Care of One Another”. Some of the best parts of the “Teams” that I greatly miss (brotherhood, camaraderie, accountability…), I have found again with my buddies here at home in the Able Shepherd Program.

    Jimmy Graham, Founder/CEO, veteran US Navy SEAL

    How Do I Start?

    Take the POP course…

    Contact Us

    Able Shepherd

    6649 S. Paris Street Centennial, CO 80111

    720-775-5674

    Info@AbleShepherd.com

    Join our Newsletter