Violence Up Close & Personal – The Way of The Gun

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  • VUCP - Edinburgh, IN 2016
    April 23, 2016 - April 24, 2016
    5:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • VUCP - Edinburgh, IN 2017
    July 1, 2017 - July 2, 2017
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sonny Hooded

About This Course:

In the real world, violence occurs quick, up close, and personal. There is little time to think, you have to react quickly and confidently. Many people have trained with handguns, knives, mace, or other weapons, but the training has been on a traditional range with no one shooting back. What happens when someone grabs your gun or your knife arm? Do you know how to maintain control of your weapon? What if they “get the jump” on you and you need to disarm them? If you want to truly learn how to control the situation, this course is for you.

This course will include live fire handgun.  You must have attended our introduction to defensive handgun course or achieved an applicable level of training elsewhere.  While you do not need to be an expert with a handgun, you need to have a general level of comfort.
This IS a physically demanding course, but open to you regardless of physical fitness level.

Tops Covered:

Advanced Handgun Skills.  Learn how to utilize your handgun at extreme close ranges while fighting for your life.  This is NOT about shooting at paper targets.

Weapon Retention. How to deploy your weapon in close quarters and maintain control of the weapon regardless of the attacker.

Handgun Defense. How to react if you find yourself staring down the wrong end of a handgun.

Equipment Required:

  • Semi-Automatic Duty Handgun of good quality.
  • 3 Magazines
  • Good quality holster (no nylon or SERPA)
  • System to carry extra magazines and holster (duty belt, battle belt, chest rig, etc.)
  • 300 rounds of handgun ammunition
  • Eye and Ear protection


Advanced knowledge of handgun operations and extreme understanding of safe firearms manipulations during high stress drills

About Sonny Puzikas:

Sonny grew up in the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic of the USSR, becoming familiar with the AK at an early age in paramilitary volunteer groups, “You signed up for that organization if you wanted to skip biology and instead go to the shooting range.”  Sonny joined the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) and was selected for duty in a regional special purpose unit (Spetsnaz).  As the Soviet Union entered its twilight in the late 1980s and early 90s, Sonny’s unit acted against internal threats to the regime multiple times.  He was later selected to join an elite national-level Spetsnaz unit, and in the final bloody days of the Soviet Union Sonny went into combat against separatists and Islamic militants at locations across the country. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Sonny immigrated to the US, “We can say it was time to change life and look for better options.”  In the US Sonny worked in the personal security industry before becoming a trainer, actor, firefighter, and video game icon.  Today, Sonny presents his unique perspective on violence and personal protection in private and public seminars worldwide.


6077 South US 31, Edinburgh, Indiana, United States


6077 US Highway 31
Edinburgh, Indiana

Located 0.2 miles North of Tara Treatment Center on East side of Hwy 31.

Located 0.4 miles North of railroad crossing.

Please note….some GPS systems will utilize Franklin as the city versus Edinburgh.

3 Comments for : Violence Up Close & Personal – The Way of The Gun

    • Darin
    • October 25, 2016

    Does sonny pizza’s teach this?

    • Andrew Tubbs
    • November 1, 2016

    Attended this class last year excellent class , highly recommended, defiantly going again

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