Defensive Handgun 1 (ammo available)

Duration:     8 hrs                                                                         Cost: $150

Introduction:  This course is designed to give the shooter all the tools necessary to effectively run your gun in almost any shooting situation. Here we master the basics of the gun and build your mindset, confidence and increase your skill level. We also learn the support equipment (holsters, chest rigs, etc.); what works and what doesn’t.   We use a building-block approach and the day culminates in a comprehensive stress drill.

THIS IS NOT AN INTRODUCTORY CLASS. The student must have strong safety skills and be able to load/draw/shoot the handgun with some familiarity.  You should have some range time before this class.  If you have any questions, you can call Harold to discuss - 678-471-7758.

Students will start the day UNLOADED. Bring guns to line in bags/holster. No magazines, slide/bolt locked.  NO HANDLING OF GUNS IN PARKING LOT OR LOADING TABLE

Welcome / Orientation

Safety Brief 

  • Gun / Gear setup
  • Loading / Unloading – Deliberate
  • Speed vs Accuracy
  • Handgun grip / stance / alignment / picture
  • Confirm Zero

  • Weapon presentation
  • Threat engagements
  • Traversing
  • Multiple Threats
  • Reloading Techniques (Slide-lock, Combat, Tactical)
  • Malfunctions
  • Getting off the “X”
  • Shooting positions

  • Barricades
  • Shooting on the Move (Advance, Withdraw, Lateral)
  • Stress Drills
  • Wrap-up / After Action

 Gear Required: 

Pistol Ammunition:       150-175 rounds. Ammo total will vary depending on how often you may decide to run certain drills.

Ammo Available: 100 rounds 9mm per student for $50


  • Semi-auto pistol suitable for performance shooting. Must be reliable. No revolvers. No AR or AK pistols.
  • 3 magazines minimum
  • Mag pouch (could use pistol pouches on chest rig)
  • Holster: Strong side waist OWB, IWB or Thigh. NO Cross-draw, Appendix or Serpa. No collapsible (Uncle Mike’s) holster.
  • Suitable (stiff) gun belt


  • Eye and Ear protection (Electronic ears preferred)
  • Cleaning kit & lubrication
  • Knee/ elbow pads (optional)
  • Water
  • Proper clothing for weather
  • Proper footwear (no sandals or open toed shoes)
  • Baseball style cap. Boonie style hat is OK if your ear-pro is compatible.
  • Snacks
  • Sack lunch
  • Sunscreen (if desired)
  • Bug repellent (if desired)


Any student who exhibits unsafe behavior or fails to adhere to the Creedmoor range and safety regulations will be warned. At the 2nd violation, the student will be removed from class.

 If the instructor deems that the student to be not ready for a certain course of fire, he/she will be asked to make their weapons safe, holster and observe that course of fire. The instructor will allow them to resume live fire as appropriate.

 **Students removed from class will NOT receive a tuition refund.
** Students must not be prohibited from owning/operating a handgun (i.e. convicted felon, etc.)

 Refunds:              50% refund up until 2 weeks prior to course date. No refunds within 2 weeks of course date.
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