How to Learn CQC or CQB

In modern warfare, our soldiers often have to fight in urban environments, which present concerns and challenges different from normal warfare. You can practice some of the tactics employed by our soldiers and gain a feeling for what they go through here at home.


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    Plan a set up for your close quarters battle-field. If you have the means to have buildings, or construct simulated buildings, do so. Buildings are what make an urban environment urban. Think about the urban set up as well. Feel free to include old cars, trash and other things you might find in an urban environment. Just be sure to ensure you are permitted to legally use this area.
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    Consider what you want to get out of CQB. Is this going to be a range where you can fire live rounds at simulated targets? Or is it an Airsoft or paintball range? Also consider using the area for simulation and walkthrough training. Make sure you account for the legal and safety ramifications of whatever you decide to do. It would be highly irresponsible and reckless to have a live fire range in a suburban or industrial area.
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    Study techniques employed by the U.S. military and S.W.A.T. teams. Some of these include, slicing the pie, peeking and room clearing. Learn about how professionals applying these tactics use teamwork to succeed.
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    Test out your new training area with practical simulations. If you decide to go with Airsoft or paintball this can be a great time to get together with friends and get active trying out what you've learned to see what does work and doesn't work. Just be sure to wear any protective equipment that might be necessary.


  • The internet can be a great resource for information on MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain) tactics and procedures. Also consider talking to veterans you may know. Most are more than happy to share their experiences and will help teach you what did and did not work.
  • Double check all local and national laws before plowing ahead with your plan to build a MOUT range. This can save you headaches and legal consequences in the future.


  • Follow all safety procedures and use and protective equipment recommended by a manufacturer regardless of whether you are using firearms or paintball guns. It's better to be overly cautious and safe now, than to be filled with pain and regret later.
  • Cultivate a good sense of safety and responsibility. If you decide to build a live fire range and turn people loose on it, you are the one who will have to deal with the consequences.
  • Firearms can be very dangerous if misused. Educate yourself on all safety procedures and operations before attempting to load or fire one.

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