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Combat Pistol 101

  • Louisville Armory (map)

This course covers the basics of Pistol marksmanship, but is not a “basic” course. We will cover the following subjects:

· Weapons Safety & Manipulation

· Combat Mindset

· Fundamentals of Pistol Marksmanship 

· 4-Step Draw and Presentation

· Speed Reload / Tac Reload

· Techniques of Tactical Shooting

· Trigger Control

· Immediate and Remedial Action

· Physiological Effects of Combat Stressors

· Multiple-target Indexing

· Strong Hand & Support Hand Shooting

· Threat identification

· Subconscious Mind & Muscle-Memory 

· Follow Though

· Precision Sight Alignment for Long-Range

· Shooting while Moving

· Care and Cleaning of the Handgun

· Dry-Fire Drills

Again, this is NOT a “basic firearms” course; it is not a “competition shooting” course; it is not a “concealed carry” course. However, these training techniques will help you with both competition and concealed carry. That said, it is geared towards survival on the modern battlefield, using your own pistol and your own gear. This Pistol Course is immediately followed by our 2-Day CQB/Home Defense Course, and is designed to give CQB attendees a chance to brush up on their shooting skills before going into the Shoot House. However, it is NOT required that students also attend the CQB course, and it is open to the general public. Shooters of all skill levels are welcome to attend this Pistol Course. It will make beginners confident in themselves. It will take intermediate shooters to the next skill level. It will refresh and sharpen the skills of even the best pistol shooter.


Serviceable pistol of at least 9mm caliber

Minimum of 3 serviceable magazines

Minimum of 1 double magazine pouch

Eye and Ear protection

Serviceable holster

500 rounds of ammunition

Earlier Event: September 23
Executive High-Risk Travel
Later Event: October 6
Close Quarters Battle & Home Defense