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This one-day course has been created for the handgun owner who has never received formal firearms training in the area of defensive pistol use. There is big difference between the marksmanship-style pistol shooting that we all did with our family in an informal setting and the skills we actually need to effectively use our handgun in a life-threatening situation. In order to deploy the firearm in an effective manner in defensive situation we must learn techniques that are more tactical and defensive in nature.

This course will introduce the shooter to the following fundamental and extremely important techniques:

  • Holster and support equipment suggestions

  • Foundational pistol craft

  • Tactical handgun shooting fundamentals

  • Proper draw technique

  • Tactical and safe holstering

  • First shot accuracy assurance drills

  • Effective follow-up shot assurance drills

  • Safe combat reloading


Attendees MUST be able to smoothly and safely draw from a holster, and be familiar with gun safety and handling techniques.


  • Pistol in one of the following calibers: .380, 9MM, .357SIG, .40S&W, or .45ACP (no other calibers allowed)

  • 2 magazines

  • Belt mounted dominant side handgun holster or duty rig

  • Magazine pouches

  • Sturdy belt at least 1.5" wide

  • Concealment garmet or duty gear

  • Footwear suitable for rapid movement and turning

  • Clothing suitable for training in any weather

  • Hat with a brim

  • Hydration system

  • Sunscreen and bug spray

  • Wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate lenses or non-shattering prescription glasses with side panels

  • Earmuffs and earplugs

  • Knee and elbow pads (optional)

  • Body armor (optional)

Tuition includes free loan of firearms, holsters, safety glasses and hearing protection at the Epping, NH location only.


  • At least 150 rounds of pistol ammunition

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