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Handgun 101

Basic - Master The Fundamentals

Duration: 4 hours range time

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This class is the first step in the building block process for our Defensive Firearms Series for Pistols. This course is designed to ground our students in the fundamentals of shooting; to master anything, one must first master the fundamentals. During the training you will develop the skills you need to be a proficient shooter, while learning to excel in the mechanical manipulation of your firearm. The course will focus on your safety, mindset, immediate and remedial action, round placement, target acquisition and self-confidence.

The instruction emphasizes the natural progression of each individual student. Our instructors focus on understanding your unique strengths and weaknesses, and strive to develop your individual skills. We begin with an initial assessment of each student and progress according to skill level.

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Topics Covered

  • Range/Medical brief
  • Accuracy drills
  • Fundamentals of Marksmanship – Stance, Sight Management, Trigger Press and Follow Through
  • Draw from concealment
  • Recoil management
  • Immediate and Remedial Action – Identifying and Eliminating Malfunctions
  • Shooting at distance

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Expectations and Outcomes

The objective of this course is to familiarize the shooter with the essential elements of effective shooting in order to build the shooter’s fundamentals to a proficient level. You will leave here both confident and proficient in handling and manipulating their weapon system.

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Basic, Intermediate

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Documentation Requirements

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PLEASE DO NOT WEAR MATCH ORIENTED GEAR TO THIS CLASS. Wear the gear you would use to carry a defensive sidearm fully concealed for self defense on the streets of a major American city. Holsters and magazine pouches meant for open wear in a match are not suitable for this class


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  • pistol (minimum caliber for pistol 9mm-revolver .38 special)
  • 150 rounds of fmj
  • sturdy belt and quality holster
  • at least 3 magazines for your pistol
  • Dress appropriate for weather/ no open toe shoes
  • Hydration system
  • black sharpie
  • Snap caps/dummy rounds- These can be purchased on Amazon

 The one most helpful thing you could do to prepare for class is to make sure all your gear works. Make sure your handgun is reliable with the ammo you intend to use and that the ammo hits to point of aim. Be sure your holster fits your pistol correctly and the holster mounts to the belt in a stable fashion.  Make sure you can re-holster easily with one hand. Make sure your magazines work. You will need eye pro and electronic hearing protection is STRONGLY recommended.

 I suggest bringing a second gun just like your primary, in case something breaks. This way you can still use the same magazines, holster and ammo. Not mandatory, just a suggestion based on experience. If you wear a BUG, feel free to wear it in class.

When you arrive to the range PLEASE do not remove your gun from your holster/bag until told to do so.

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