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HOSTED: Intro to Pistol Optics 1 Day Course

Basic - For Pistol Optics beginners & the newer shooter. This 8 hour class is designed to introduce you to Pistol Optics, Pro & Cons of this style sighting system, and “find the dot” with efficiency in a repeatable draw

Duration: 8 hours



Brian Hill

Instructor Bio

Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now October 11 Friday
New Freedom, PA
8 - 20 Students 9am-6pm Brian Hill Space Available target icon


All NON club members have a $25 per day range fee. Cash please


FUNDAMENTALS are the key to everything! Our 1 day Intro to Pistol Optics  is designed to introduce you to the pistol optic mounted sighting System, defensive shooting and help improve your skills. In this class you will learn the importance of stance, grip, Red Dot sights, follow through and trigger through dry practice and live fire. We will introduce "presenting from a holster" and practice drawing during dry fire/ live fire.

The ability to present your firearm and make accurate hits sooner is the focus for this 1 day class.  The fundamentals will be explored in a series diagnostic drills focused around the process of drawing the firearm efficiently. These drills will help create essential skills and solid fundamentals for the continued improvement of your Red Dot shooting competency.

The way we aim our firearm is an area that sees constant improvement. Over a decade ago rifle optics went through significant changes with the introduction of red dot sights. These sights offered a tremendous advantage in speed, accuracy, and application. Unfortunately, back then, optics for pistols were not as easy to set up or robust enough for every day use.

Times have changed and now most companies offer pistols ready to accept red dot sights straight from the factory. We now have a wide selection of red dot sights that are ready for every day carry.

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Expectations and Outcomes

TOP SHOT: Our Top Shot Award (and prize) will be given out to the person that shoots the highest score on the "end of day" test. This is a HUGE accomplishment that should not go unnoticed. CONGRATS!

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED AWARD: Our Challenge Accepted Award goes out too the person that faced their fears, changed their mindset, and worked their bums off to accept the challenge of working through obstacles. The person that earns this award will also receive a "one on one" consultation with Tom Kelly of Dark Star Gear. You will discuss your current gear, goals and ways to improve your shooting journey. This consult will include up to $250 GIFT CERTIFICATE. This GC will be "spent"  according to your gear "needs" after your consultation. Thank you Dark Star Gear!

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Basic, Intermediate

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Documentation Requirements


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Skill Level: 

  • This class will require you to have safe gun handling skills
  • You need to be able to follow directions from our coaches
  • You need to have a basic understanding of your firearms and have used it during practice sessions.?

Cancellation Policy: We offer no refunds. If you have to cancel, we invite you to attend another class within a 12 month period of that class. ?

  • Red Dot Sights/Pistol Optics ONLY
  • Pistol w/holster (strong side, inside, outside waistband or appendix is fine)
  • ?You can RENT a H&K VP9 with a Holosun pistol optic aka a Red Dot. We have red and green available. 
  • Holsters that collapse (leather, soft, etc.) when drawn will NOT be allowed on our range. NO SERPA HOLSTERS will be allowed on our range. Please make note that if you show up with any of the above, we will ask you to CHANGE so you can comply with our range rules. THIS IS WHY!
  • Duty belt/rig is APPROVED?
  • Don't forget your LockedIn Grip Liquid Shooting Sports Chalk.
  • Concealment garment is NOT required but strongly encouraged. Please make note, there is NO concealment with DUTY RIG.
  • 1 day course: 400 rounds of factory loaded ammunition
  • ALWAYS bring an additional 100 round to ANY course you attend. You never know when you will need it
  • Magazine pouch (if none don’t worry pockets work well)
  • A sturdy belt for the holster and magazine pouches (try your gear on prior to class)
  • Extra magazines: Double Stack x 3 mags and Single stack x 4 or more mags
  • Eye & ear protection (foam inserts or muffs – electronic muffs recommended)
  • "Back up” gun if you got it
  • $25 CASH range fee per person, per day
  • Proper OUTDOOR weather attire
  • Hat with bill.... this is WHY!
  • Sunblock and bug spray (as needed)
  • 1 Gallon of hydration and a sack lunch (30 minute lunch)