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.

2 Reviews

  • 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.