This course is the logical progression from Basic Pistol. Each student MUST attend Basic Pistol and practice the skills taught in that course in order to fully realize the benefits of Advanced instruction. This course is designed to be intense and challenging. Highlights of this class include the draw, one of the most misunderstood and often miss-instructed skills that are critical to survival of an armed confrontation. Myths will be debunked, popular wisdom will be exposed as simply wrong and potentially fatal. Immediate action and stoppage drills will be mastered in both the classroom and during live fire on the range. This course is about fighting to win with a handgun with no holds barred.
Course Prerequisites: Basic Pistol Course
Advanced Pistol begins in the classroom with a review of the principals taught in Basic Pistol. This includes:
A key area of focus includes how to practice the most productively, the number of repetitions required to develop muscle memory, and why you should end every practice session with slow precise fire. This course also includes a comprehensive examination and explanation of the draw. Experienced competition shooters, police officers, and long-time concealed handgun license holders will learn something new and vital about a subject many take for granted. The students immediately adjourn to the range to begin the task of imprinting the correct draw sequence into their memory. Also, positional shooting including standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone are reviewed and practiced repeatedly. Transitioning between positions (fighting your way to your feet) is a subtle yet life saving skill everyone should master. Immediate action drills are often used as a misnomer for stoppage drills. The students learn that immediate action actually means what happens when the unexpected occurs, including finding yourself on the ground during a fight. This is a unique opportunity to practice from realistic fighting positions including flat on your back or belly. Stoppage drills are taught cold (dummy rounds only) in the Basic Pistol Course. In Advanced they are practiced live, one on one under the watchful eye of the instructor. The class will reconvene after dark to review low light and flashlight techniques.
Equipment – 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 100 and 200 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 are required. A tactical and/or pistol mounted flashlight is recommended for the low light class.