The pistol is the most commonly available defensive firearm for law abiding citizens and law enforcement officers due to its portability and concealability. This course focuses on honing shooting skill, but more importantly retaining a high level of skill while forced to assess information and make correct decisions.

Course Goal: to simultaneously improve decision making and shooting ability under stress

Prerequisites: This course is designed for those who already have prior training in drawing a handgun (especially from concealment) and following the four primary rules of firearms safety. This is not designed to be someone’s first formal training class with a handgun. If you are looking for more fundamental instruction, see our Pistol Proficiency or Developing and Improving Your Draw course offerings. Or see one of our Industry Partners.

Equipment Requirements: You will need a full sized to compact sized reliable semiautomatic pistol or revolver, a sturdy gun belt, a safe and reliable quality holster (OWB, IWB or AIWB are permitted, holster must safely facilitate one handed return to the holster, Blackhawk SERPA or any holster using trigger finger to defeat retention will not be permitted unless it is issued to you by your agency/workplace), a cover garment (if desired – not required), at least 1 (preferably 2) ammunition pouches, at least 3 magazines or at least 4 speed loaders (what is needed is the ability to keep at least 24 rounds readily accessible to be quickly loaded or your person), ballistic rated eye and ear protection (electronic amplified is highly recommended), not mandatory but also highly recommended is a brimmed cap, 300 to 350 rounds of reliable (quality) (preferably factory) ammunition.

Topics to be covered:

  • Mindset – the importance of avoidance, prior preparation, and other critical considerations
  • Factors that legally allow (“Justify”) the use of force
  • Firearms Safety
  • Efficient Draw (Presentation) and Garment Clearance Techniques
  • Combat Marksmanship Fundamentals (Hold Control, Sight Picture & Trigger Control)
  • Recoil Management
  • Loading & Unloading Procedures
  • Reloading Techniques

  • Live Fire Drills (to include split attention tasks)

  • Malfunction Clearance
  • Ammunition Selection
  • Positions, Transitions and Effective Use of Cover
  • Shooting Evaluation (Qualification)
  • Decision Making (Shoot/No Shoot) Exercise

Attendance Considerations: This is not designed as a student’s first course and it is certainly not introductory level material. Verification of previous training is not required but honest self-assessment is. We do stress the fundamentals and highly encourage all that choose to carry a firearm for self-defense to pursue excellence in its use. At a minimum to attend you must know and should be able to follow at all times the 4 Cardinal Rules of Firearms safety, you also need to be familiar, comfortable and basically proficient with the 4 Count Draw, knowledge of your firearms manual of operation specifically how to safely load it, and unload it, open the action and keep the action open is necessary. An open mind and a willingness to be challenged, to learn and to improve are desirable. Train hard! We hope to see you on the range.