DEF-TAC MASTERY™ was first developed by Phoenix Tactical Solutions for those students who wish to master handguns, shotguns, or rifle (or all). Essentially, the DEF-TAC MASTERY enrollee will progress to each DEF-TAC level symbolized by a specific color Phoenix hat by passing a very difficult timed shooting test. The student will also have to demonstrate a complete understanding of each level by teaching each course within each level. In effect, the student will have to master each level before moving on to the next. Unlike many martial arts schools, we take our ranking system very seriously and each student will only progress to the next level upon receiving the proverbial green light by the lead instructors. Each student will receive the corresponding colored Phoenix hat as well as a certificate of completion of said level. Mastering each discipline is also a means of achieving instructor level.


Cargo pants (with large cargo pockets) and a sturdy belt (1/2" or 3/4") arerecommended. We also suggest shirts that are adequately long so that theycan be tucked in. Footwear with adequate ankle support is ideal.


Yellow Phoenix DEF-TAC Level

To achieve YELLOW PHOENIX DEF-TAC LEVEL, the following must be mastered and executed safely within designated times:
  • Marksmanship from the draw: 5 yards, 7 yards & 10 yards
  • Controlled pairs: 5 yards
  • Multiple targets: 5 yards
  • Shooting on the move
  • Tactical and Emergency reloads
  • Type 1, 2 & 3 Malfunction Clearance
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    Blue Phoenix DEF-TAC Level

    To achieve BLUE PHOENIX DEF-TAC LEVEL, the following must be mastered and executed safely within designated times:
  • Marksmanship from the draw: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Controlled pairs: 5 yards
  • Multiple targets: 5 yards
  • Shooting on the move
  • Standard Engagement: 5 yards
  • Support Side Engagement: 5 yards
  • Firing Side Engagement: 5 yards
  • Rear Engagement: 5 yards
  • Kneeling: 5 yards
  • Tactical and Emergency reloads
  • Type 1, 2 & 3 Malfunction Clearance
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    Green Phoenix DEF-TAC Level

    To achieve GREEN PHOENIX DEF-TAC LEVEL, the following must be mastered and executed safely within designated times:
  • Marksmanship from the draw: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards & 25 yards
  • Controlled pairs: 5 yards
  • Multiple targets: 5 yards
  • Shooting on the move
  • Standard Engagement: 5 yards
  • Support Side Engagement: 5 yards
  • Firing Side Engagement: 5 yards
  • Rear Engagement: 5 yards
  • Standard, Support Side, Firing Side, Rear Kneeling: 5 yards
  • Tactical and Emergency reloads
  • Type 1, 2 & 3 Malfunction Clearance
  • Standard Close Contact Engagement: 1 yard
  • Standard Intermediate Engagement: 2 yards
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    Red Phoenix DEF-TAC Level

    To achieve RED PHOENIX DEF-TAC LEVEL, the following must be mastered and executed safely within designated times:
  • Marksmanship from the draw: 5 yards, 7 yards & 10 yards, 25 yards
  • Controlled pairs: 5 yards
  • Multiple targets: 5 yards
  • Shooting on the move
  • Tactical and emergency reloads
  • Standard Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards
  • Support Side Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards
  • Firing Side Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards
  • Rear Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards
  • Standard, Support Side, Firing Side, Rear Kneeling: 5 yards
  • Head Shot: 5 yards, 7 yards
  • Tactical and Emergency reloads
  • Type 1, 2 & 3 Malfunction Clearance
  • Standard/Firing Side/Support Side/Rear Close Contact Engagement: 1 yard
  • Standard/Firing Side/Support Side/Rear Intermediate Engagements: 2 yards
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    Black Phoenix DEF-TAC Level

    To achieve BLACK PHOENIX DEF-TAC LEVEL, the following must be mastered and executed safely within designated times:
  • Marksmanship from the draw: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards & 25 yards
  • Controlled pairs: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Multiple targets: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Shooting on the move
  • Tactical and emergency reloads
  • Standard Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Support Side Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Firing Side Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Rear Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Standard, Support Side, Firing Side, Rear Kneeling: 5 yards
  • Head Shot: 5 yards, 7 yards
  • Tactical and Emergency reloads
  • Type 1, 2 & 3 Malfunction Clearance
  • Standard/Firing Side/Support Side/Rear Close Contact Engagement: 1 yard
  • Standard/Firing Side/Support Side/Rear Intermediate Engagements: 2 yards
  • Close Contact Lunge: 1 yard
  • Low Light Engagements
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    Silver Phoenix DEF-TAC Level

    To achieve SILVER PHOENIX DEF-TAC LEVEL, the following must be mastered and executed safely within designated times:
  • Marksmanship from the draw: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards & 25 yards
  • Controlled pairs: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Multiple targets: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Shooting on the move
  • Tactical and emergency reloads
  • Standard Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Support Side Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Firing Side Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Rear Engagement: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Standard, Support Side, Firing Side, Rear Kneeling: 5 yards
  • Head Shot: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Failure to Stop: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards
  • Tactical and Emergency reloads
  • Type 1, 2 & 3 Malfunction Clearance
  • Standard/Firing Side/Support Side/Rear Close Contact Engagement: 1 yard
  • Standard/Firing Side/Support Side/Rear Intermediate Engagements: 2 yards
  • Close Contact Lunge: 1 yard
  • Low Light Engagements
  • Shoot house tactics