Primary Pistol Course Description
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This course will provide a foundation of weapon handling skills,
tactics, and combat mind-set required to effectively deploy
a handgun successfully in an armed confrontation. The handgun
is principally a defensive arm and that is the emphasis of the
training. Shooters of every skill level will benefit from this
comprehensive pistol-fighting course. The two days of training
are fast paced and mentally challenging.
“Epiphany - a sudden intuitive leap of understanding, especially
through an ordinary but striking occurrence.”
The “jungle run” requires near perfect execution
of the fundamentals taught in the course to successfully complete.
Day one will be principally conducted in the
classroom. Instruction will include comprehensive discussions
- Weapon types and their suitability for defensive purposes
- Caliber and ammunition selection
- The response of the mind and body to the stress of an armed encounter
- Marksmanship fundamentals
- Immediate action and stoppage drills
- Combat mind-set
Day two will be conducted almost exclusively
on the range. The focus will be the application of sound shooting
technique while on the move as required in a real gunfight. The
chains of the typical static range shooting position will be broken
and the ability to make effective hits during any direction of
movement will be taught and reinforced.
Equipment – New, untested, fresh from the
pistol smith weapons are not recommend. Bring what you carry.
All weapon types are welcome. We believe that most students are
best served by a standard capacity (13 plus rounds) 9mm pistol.
Fine examples include the Para-Ordinance P18.9, Browning Hi-Power,
Glock models 17, 19, and 34. Loaners are available. Bring a minimum
of 4 hi-cap or 7 single stack magazines. The typical round count
for this class is between 1000 and 1500 rounds. Be certain that
the ammunition you bring for the course functions well in your
weapon before getting to the class. A sturdy gun belt, kydex or
leather outside the waistband holster, and a double magazine pouch
The weather in north Texas can be extreme. The temperature in
the summer months can exceed 100 degrees. Dress in loose light
colored clothing and wear a wide brimmed hat. During the cooler
months the temperature can range from the low 90s to well below
freezing. Be prepared for anything. We suggest dressing in layers.
We shoot rain-or-shine so bring rain gear. Bring two pair of comfortable
shoes in case one is soaked by rain, mud, or sweat. Although this
is not an athletic event the course is physical. Kneepads and
shooting gloves will contribute to your comfort. Bring paper and
pens for taking notes. Eye and ear protection are required. Suntan
lotion, Ibuprofen, band-aides, first aide tape, and a lawn chair
are a good idea.
Developing the skills to shoot effectively while on the move
is central to surviving an armed encounter.
The ability to quickly clear stoppages is another critical skill
set that is taught and reinforced throughout the course.
The classroom time is well spent with in depth discussions of
every aspect of employing a handgun in a defensive situation reviewed.