Fundamentals performed decisively - although not flashy and 'tacticool' - are the keys to using a firearm and surviving a potentially deadly attack.
The handgun is a wise choice as the cornerstone for personal protection as it is designed to be portable, immediately accessible at all times, and effective to a responsible person's defense. As such, it is a fine tool when deployed efficiently and decisively. Details such as revolver vs semi auto, caliber, make, model, etc shrink to insignificance when compared to the absolute: a defensive firearm MUST be on your person or within one arm's reach to be useful as a counter to an attacker threatening deadly force.
This one day, 8-9 hour course builds on the Pistol Essentials class, and covers skill development to operate a pistol in an efficient manner in self defense. Many training venues jump to "tactics" very early on without a rock solid foundation in gun handling and deployment. This often has dangerous and even catastrophic results. Before progressing to ever higher levels of complexity, personal competence with one's firearm is required.
In addition to analyzing and honing the draw sequence, the class covers marksmanship from contact distance to 50 yards, one handed shooting and malfunction clearance with each hand, multiple target strategies, efficient movement with a handgun, shooting from cover, concealment, and unorthodox positions, a standard law enforcement handgun qualification course as an objective measure of proficiency, and much more.
The Four Firearms Handling Rules are emphasized at all times:
1. Always treat a firearm as if it were loaded
2. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and have made the decision to shoot
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Students Should Bring:
* Concealable semi auto or revolver of their choice
* Quality holster constructed for the specific make, model, & caliber of handgun
* Sturdy belt
* Minimum of 400 rounds of factory practice ammunition
* At least three magazines for standard capacity handguns, four or more for small capacity pistols, four or more speedloaders for revolvers
* Eye and ear protection
* Sun screen, bug spray, and a ball cap if desired
* Rain gear and personal items
* Lunch and sufficient water for the day
NOTE: training is open only to non-prohibited persons as defined by the ATF: https://www.atf.gov/firearms/identify-prohibited-persons , who are legal U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents ('green card' holders) per ITAR restrictions (22 CFR 120-130).
Members and supporters of domestic or foreign terror organizations are NOT welcome, and will depart immediately if encountered - may we suggest a one way trip to North Korea.