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HOSTED: Pistol Optic Principles


Duration: 16 hours



Brian Hill

Instructor Bio

Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now July 27 Saturday
2 Day Class
Tampa, FL
10 - 20 Students 9am-6pm Brian Hill Space Available
Register Now March 1 Saturday
2 Day Class
Raymond, MS
8 - 16 Students 9am-6pm Brian Hill Space Available target icon


Pistol Optic Principles (WAS Red Dot Concepts)

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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 mounted optic 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 pistol optic sights straight from the factory. We now have a wide selection of sights that are ready for every day carry.

This class will focus on the draw to first-round hits from concealment unless you have an open rig. We will work on proximal extension relative to the attacker, using the red dot to the most significant advantage at different distances, multiple hand positions that the armed citizen encounters during a fight, and stacking complex cognitive tasks under pressure. Biomechanics of movement and the neuroscience of the decisional process and training methodologies will be explored. If you shoot competitively or carry a pistol for personal protection you will benefit from this class.

Pistol optic sights offer a number of advantages for the pistol shooter.
  • The most important is "target focus" which allows the shooter to clearly see the target with a red dot superimposed on it.
  • Secondly, the red dot is simpler to understand. With the red dot you are only "placing a dot" on the target. With iron sights you have three planes of focus which is obviously not as simple when compared.
  • Next, you have the ease when dealing with certain vision issues during shooting and it is found to be easier when dealing with difficult positions.
  • Last, is the ability to "track" in recoil and transitions. That bright red paintbrush of the red dot optic is hard to miss.

All of these factors are significant advantages for the shooter but IT WILL require an understanding of the red dot sighting system.

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Topics Covered

This 2 day pistol optics class will prepare you to get the most out of the red dot/pistol optic sights and introduce you to a training methodology that will allow you to take advantage of these benefits. This class will also help avoid time consuming mistakes in your training while learning the use of red dots.

The following subjects will be covered:

  • Finding the dot during the draw
  • Repeatable draws and reference points
  • Target focus and using stereoscopic vision
  • Zeros/Holdovers at different distances
  • Ammo makes a difference
  • Precision and speed
  • Proper settings for the brightness of the red dot sight
  • Wet optics and downed optic drills
  • Positional shooting advantages
  • Tracking in recoil and transitions
  • Interpreting and processing the information available

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Expectations and Outcomes

  • We charge a $20 CASH per day "range/facility" fee at our home range in Dahlonega. We will collect this when you finish registration the morning of class.
  • You will register/pay for courses online. Keep the receipt, payment is your first confirmation.  Your second and official confirmation from me will arrive via email about a week prior to class (check your SPAM). Please arrive to class 30 minutes early to complete waivers and registration.
  • ??At each POP class every new client will receive  a WHITE "Complete Combat Ant" rank patch.  Accuracy standards and challenges are a BIG part of our classes. Please visit our Challenges page for details on THE DRILLS and WHAT YOU CAN EARN! During this 2 day course you will shoot our "standards" to earn a BLUE, PURPLE, BROWN or BLACK "Complete Combat Ant". You must pass at 90% to earn each rank.

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?

We will finish classes with a few words from your coaches, Certificates of Participation (or emailed), and hand out White Ant Rank Patches.

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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Advanced, 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 will be "presenting" from the holster. You need to have taken at least one professional class that focused on "the draw" in the class curriculum. 
  • You need to be able to follow directions from our coaches
  • You need to have a basic understanding of your firearm and your red dot sighting system/pistol optic..
  • This is NOT a class for the newer shooter. This is a class for shooters that are moving towards, exploring or committing to pistol optics.


  • 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 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?
  • Concealment garment is NOT required but strongly encouraged. Please make note, there is NO concealment with DUTY RIG.
  • 2 day course: 1000 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)
  • Don't forget your LockedIn Grip Liquid Shooting Sports Chalk.
  • 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
  • $20 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) x 2 if you are attending a 2 day course