Handgun Operator – 16 hour two day course


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This course will focus on how to shoot and move, accurately and tactically.  The handgun and carbine operator class is a two day course that will reinforce the fundamentals class, and add non-static components to effective gunfighting.  We will introduce movement and fighting platforms as well as additional gun handling skills that round out how to skillfully handle a lethal encounter.  This course is in part, bringing the physical aspect of fighting to the fundamentals aspect of safely running the gun and accurately engaging a target.
Digestion of what was learned in the Handgun Fundamentals class is paramount.  Drinking from a fire hose is still drinking but it’s not the recommended method for learning with firearms.  The mother of learning is repetition, and the repetitions need to occur, typically in-between a fundamentals class is this course.  This is a learning process that is accomplished after the fundamentals become a skill, but not quite mastered.

The goal of this course is to have students learn and demonstrate the fundamentals of handgun marksmanship and perform manipulation techniques while problem solving with added movement. This course is a practical exercise conducted at a live-fire range. The student will demonstrate movement, shooting platforms, malfunctions, marksmanship, multiple target transitions, and shoot the standards to the satisfaction of the instructor.

RANGE FEE is separate.  Please bring range fees on day 1.  Cash only.  $30.00 per student per day. 


  • Weapon operating theory
  • Loading procedures, unloading, and reloads
  • Grip, sight picture and trigger control
  • Iron sights/optics zeroing theory and application
  • Combat marksmanship fundamentals

Handgun Operator POI (Points of Instruction)

  1. Firearms safe handling procedures
  2. Weapon operating theory
  3. Combat marksmanship fundamentals
  4. Shooting stances and its relationship to target distance
  5. Surgical shooting and target discrimination
  6. Movement
  7. Stoppages and remedies
  8. Low light and no light considerations
  9. Strong and support single hand shooting
  10. Shooting from cover, concealment, and barricades
  11. The student will be familiar with how the mechanical functions of the handgun

Kit, each student will need to bring:

  • Functional handgun (EDC – every day carry firearm)
  • 900 rounds
  • Proper holster, holster should be snug to your waistline
  • Magazine carrier
  • Proper holster (holster should be snug to your waistline)
  • Magazine carrier
  • 4 spare magazines
  • Eye pro (clear lenses for night shoots)
  • Hearing pro (electronic preferred)

We also recommend packing; cleaning kit for weapons maintenance and wear comfortable clothes. Bring a lunch and enough hydration for the day. We will break for lunch, and there are BBQ joints, Subway and other choices, if you prefer to pick up lunch. Sunscreen, wet wipes and other comfort items and your friends. Pen and paper for notes.

To advance to the next class you will be tested on the following mechanical and technical skills and abilities. Scoring zones will be shown in class.

All from holster 68 rounds [Pass/ Fail]

1 round from holster (1.5 seconds)
1 round from holster XCQB, 2 rounds in motion (1.5 seconds) 3 rounds
5 rounds A, combat reload, repeat (3 targets) lateral movement (6.5 seconds) 15 rounds
5 rounds A, T1 right hand / 5 rounds left hand (8 seconds) 10 rounds
Standing to kneeling 1 round from 25 yards (3.25 seconds)
5 rounds standing 5 kneeling, 5 prone 35 yards (10 seconds) 15 rounds
5 rounds A, 25 yards, fire and maneuver with combat load to the 15 yard 5 shots A, fire and maneuver with combat load to 5 yard 5 rounds B (12.5 seconds) 15 rounds
Fire and maneuver 2 barricades (10 yards apart) 2 positions per side with combat reload, 20 yards on steel (15 seconds) 8 rounds

Additional information


20 Jul 2018 08:00

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