This course was developed by incorporating techniques currently used by Special Operations units and Olympic competitors. You will learn how to increase your accuracy through advanced drills and trigger manipulation. All of our instructors have experienced combat and teach based on real world experience.
Our training is designed to teach you how to react when things aren’t perfect, what to do when your pistol is malfunctioning, how to react under pressure, and fighting while wounded. Because our training in dynamic, you will not stay in a stationary shooting position for very long.
Traditionally, pistols are thought of as only being effective out to 25 yards. At this course, you will shoot man-size targets out to 100 yards on the first day. Becoming proficient with the pistol is essential to performing well with any other type of firearm. As the saying goes, “Every good pistol shooter is a good rifle shooter, but not every good rifle shooter is a good pistol shooter.”
Pistol Levels Breakdown
- Level 1: 8-step presentation focusing on Body Dynamics class. This includes the recovery process and Fundamentals of Marksmanship class. Modern Special Operations’ tactical mindset, malfunction-clearing, speed-reloading, tactical-reloading class. Weapon’s familiarity and learning to operate under stress drills. This class is designed to accommodate basic to advanced shooters.
- Level 2: Shooting on the Move class. This includes shooting on the move while engaging targets while moving forwards, backwards and at various angles. Manipulation of your weapon (i.e. malfunction-clearing and speed re-loading) on the move. Turretting versus Pivoting drills to show you how to react and engage a target more rapidly without having to move your feet. Target engagement while moving at a run or sprint pace and then rapidly de-escalating to a walk pace. The main emphasis while shooting on the move is on “fast manipulation, slow marksmanship.”
- Level 3: Fighting While Wounded class. Learning to manipulate all aspects of your firearm with just one arm (left and right) from a stationary position as well as on the move. This is an applicable skill set for not just learning to fight while wounded, but also to manipulate your weapon with one arm if you are carrying someone else to safety or simply limiting your exposure when shooting around a barricaded point of cover.
- Level 4: Prone Shooting class. Learning to shoot under vehicles, limited target exposures, at long distances (15-100 yards) and around obstacles from your back, front, left and right side on the ground. This is a very important skill to familiarize yourself with because you will likely find yourself trying to seeking cover from a low position if you are ever shot at.
- Level 5: Introduction to Instinctive Shooting class part I. Learning to shoot at close proximity without using your sights to allow for more rapid target engagement. The reaction time you will have when an assailant is within 21 feet (where most engagements take place) will likely surprise you. Because of your prior levels of training you will be able to utilize muscle memory to just react quickly and effectively to engage a close threat. You will also experience anxiety drills where you will learn to fight through disorientation and elevated stress.
- Level 6: Instinctive Shooting class part II Learning how to react rapidly under stress within close quarters while shooting on the move. Inside of a certain distance you will learn to shoot on the move and engage targets instinctively, and outside of that threshold, you will learn how to more rapidly acquire your target at further distances with your sights while engaging faster than you would normally expect while maintaining a high degree of accuracy.
- Level 7: Speed re-loading under extreme time limits class. Shooting on the move and from stationary positions and learning to speed re-load rapidly while employing instinctive shooting techniques. Speed re-loading is taught in level 1, however, this course will take you to the next level in terms mastering the technique.
- Level 8: Long distance, rapid engagement techniques class At this point the stress level will be increased drastically. Normally shooters will rapidly engage targets at only very close proximity and take a little more time to engage targets at further distances. This course will expand your capabilities to be able to shoot targets rapidly and accurately from more extreme distances from various positions.
- Level 9: VX Master’s qualification prep. This is the preparation course for level 10 and also the concealed carry qualification with stress drills from various positions.
- Level 10: VX Master’s qualification. Graduation. Upon graduation, you will have shown mastery of all basic fundamentals of marksmanship. Keep in mind though that this is really just the beginning of your training, if you intend to pursue expert marksmanship training we do offer training beyond level 10 as well as competitions and workshops for you to continue to hone your skills.