Pistol Skill Applications

Pistol Skill Applications

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This one-day live-fire course covers the application of pistol skill in an armed confrontation. The focus will be on applying your shooting under stress and in conflict, and in a manner that is not only practical but is also legally defensible. Your skill at shooting drives your tactics, but there is more to fighting with a firearm than pure shooting skill. Our goal is for every student to leave this course with a deeper understanding of how to apply their hard earned shooting skill in a fighting context.

Topics Covered:

  • Application of skill vs development of skill
  • Practical application of marksmanship
  • Psychology of gunfighting
  • Use of movement
  • Use of cover
  • Consistent application of shooting skill under stress
  • Live fire scenarios 

Course Prerequisites 

  • Good health and a fitness level sufficient for strenuous physical activity. All our classes incorporate vigorous athletic movement. 
  • All our classes require safe weapons handling at an unconsciously competent level of skill. This includes drawing from a holster, reholstering, reloads, and weapons safety during dynamic movement and under physical and mental stress. Flagrant or negligent unsafe actions will result in removal from a class without refund.
  • This class, and all of our open enrollment tactics classes require at least one of the following prerequisites: 
    • Completion of our Pistol, Carbine, or Pistol/Carbine Skill Development courses, or an equivalent course from a reputable instructor.
    • A minimum C classification in USPSA or Expert in IDPA
    • Completion of a certified Law Enforcement training academy or military special operations pipeline

Equipment Requirements

  • Serviceable pistol of 9mm or larger caliber, minimum 3 magazines (6 for single stack guns), belt, holster and at a minimum two mag pouches capable of retaining weapon and magazines during strenuous movement. Minimum 500 rounds of ammunition, although more is recommended. Eye/ear protection for range. No Serpa holsters or soft nylon/leather holsters permitted in class.

Student Information

  • We send out two student emails for every class. You will receive one email approximately two weeks before the class date containing waivers, student information, range location, and amount of range fees where applicable. Please complete the waiver in a timely fashion, this helps us greatly for the class. You’ll receive a follow-up email the week of the class. If you don’t receive the first email, please check your spam folder. The emails will come from

3 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Michael Coan on 17th Mar 2024

    I had a great time taking this class. It was like nothing I had done before. Lots of movement. Matt dose a great job of explaining the reasons and real world situations you may face while helping those who may lack experience or confidence. This class is good for anyone from the civilian, shooting sports enthusiasts to the LE community. 10/10 would recommend!!

  • 5
    Pistol Skills Applications

    Posted by Buzz on 17th Mar 2023

    Outstanding course. Drills will push your skill limit, however Matt does a great job of taking the time to work with each student.

  • 5
    Pistol skill application

    Posted by Jimmy Tosrak on 11th Aug 2022

    Great class! Matt was a great instructor and provided individual coaching as needed. Excellent topic selection for a one-day class. Challenging and fun.