DCS Pistol Courses

PISTOL 1A: Pistol basics

This introductory class is designed for someone with little to no experience using a handgun. Class sizes are kept small for more one on one time on the range.

Focus areas within this course include:

  • Universal Firearm Safety
  • Different types of handguns and their actions
  • Types of ammunition
  • Safe loading and unloading procedures
  • Live-fire exercises to demonstrate proper loading and unloading and safe handling procedures learned

Equipment and supplies required:

Class requires eye and ear protection and at least 50 rounds of ammunition for the firearm you will use. 

 

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Upcoming Pistol 1A: Pistol Basics Classes

 

Fri 04

Pistol Basics P1A @ Rio Salado12/04/2020

December 4 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Fri 18

Pistol Basics P1A @ Rio Salado 12/18/2020

December 18 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Jan 15

Pistol Basics P1A @ Rio Salado 01/15/2021

January 15, 2021 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm

PISTOL 1B: Precision Pistol

This introductory course is designed around learning the fundamental skills behind shooting handguns both safely and accurately. The Pistol Precision course is designed for those who have been shooting for a while but need to learn how to be more accurate. Course instruction includes classroom work, hands on dry-fire practice and live fire exercises designed to improve your shooting skills.

Focus areas within this course include:

  • Universal Firearm Safety
  • grip, stance, sight alignment, trigger press
  • Precision shooting techniques/ Diagnosing your target
  • Target engagement up to 25yrds successfully. 
  • Cadence exercises
  • Great preparation for students interested in moving on to more advanced shooting courses and CCW

Equipment and supplies required:

Class requires eye and ear protection and at LEAST 200 rounds of ammunition for the handgun you will use.                                                  

  A quality holster that has 2 points of contact and does not collapse. Must cover trigger guard, must not be loose. Must allow unassisted return. AIWB is ok. 

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Upcoming Pistol 1B: Precision Pistol Classes

Sun 27

Precision Pistol @ Ben Avery 12/27/2020

December 27 @ 8:00 am12:00 pm
Jan 22

Precision Pistol @Rio Salado 01/22/2021

January 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Feb 19

Precision Pistol @Rio Salado 02/19/2021

February 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm

PISTOL 2: Holster Fundamentals

Holster Fundamentals builds upon the skills found in the Precision Pistol course. This course focuses on precision and speed from the holster. This course will teach you exercises to help you become proficient with drawing your handgun quickly and accurately place rounds on target. Our goal is to get you down to 1.5 seconds before end of class.

Focus areas within this course include:

  • Proper methods to draw from the holster with retention
  • Accuracy with shooting the first shot from the holster
  • Multi-round shots & follow through
  • Appropriate sight picture at various target distances
  • Shooting under timed stress and follow through assessment.
  • Our goal is to get you below 1.5 sec from the holster.

Equipment and supplies required:

Class requires eye and ear protection and at least 300 rounds of ammunition for the handgun you will use

Semi-automatic pistol with three (3) magazines and spare magazine carrier or a revolver with three (3) speed loaders and carrier for speed loaders

A quality holster that has 2 points of contact and does not collapse. Must cover trigger guard, must not be loose. Must allow unassisted return. AIWB is ok 

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Upcoming Pistol 2: Holster Fundamentals Classes

Fri 11

Holster Fundamentals @Rio 12/11/2020

December 11 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm
Sun 27

Holster Fundamentals @Ben Avery 12/27/2020

December 27 @ 1:00 pm5:00 pm
Jan 08

Holster Fundamentals @Rio 01/08/2021

January 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm

PISTOL 3: EDC Essentials

The EDC Essentials course builds upon the skills found in the Holster Fundamentals course and on your own personal experience. This course focuses on the more complex thinking on your feet required for defensive carry. This course will take you out of the comfort zone of what you think you know and present you will real life scenarios and judgmental shooting. This is an 7-8 hour class not including lunch.

Focus areas within this course include:

  • Drawing from Concealment
  • Accuracy with shooting the first shot from concealment
  • Multi-round shots & follow through
  • Reloads and malfunctions under timed induced stress
  • Shooting under timed induced stress and follow through assessment
  • Judgmental shooting
  • One handed shooting techniques
  • Executive protection techniques for your family.

Equipment and supplies required:

Class requires eye and ear protection and at least 500 rounds of ammunition for the handgun you will use.

Semi-automatic pistol with three (3) magazines and spare magazine carrier or a revolver with three (3) speed loaders and carrier for speed loaders.

A quality strong-side holster (open or concealed) that has 2 points of contact and does not collapse (no shoulder holsters, purse holsters permitted) AIWB is ok. This class incorporates concealment. 

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Upcoming Pistol 3: EDC Essentials Classes

There are no upcoming events at this time.

PISTOL 4: Home Defensive concepts

The Home Defensive Concepts course introduces shooting with proper use of cover and concealment that might be found in your home or when out in public. Fighting with your pistol with family present ads a new level of stress and discomfort. In this class you will learn how expose your opponent without exposing yourself. This class is an 7-8hr class not including lunch. 

Focus areas within this course include:

  • Will include a review of all previously learned skills 
  • All work will be done from concealment
  • Reloading & malfunction drills
  • Shooting with cover/concealment
  • Shooting on the move
  • Family member protection concepts

Class Prerequisites:

Students MUST have all appropriate equipment and gear prior to attending this course. Successful completion of Pistol 3 EDC Essentials or equivalent. Failure to meet these guidelines will prohibit you from attending the course. 

Equipment and supplies required:

Class requires eye and ear protection and at least 500 rounds of ammunition for the handgun you will use

Semi-automatic pistol with three (3) magazines and spare magazine carrier or a revolver with three (3) speed loaders and carrier for speed loaders

A quality holster that has 2 points of contact and does not collapse. Must cover trigger guard, must not be loose. Must allow unassisted return. AIWB is ok. This class incorporates concealment. 

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Upcoming Pistol 4: Home Defensive concepts Classes

There are no upcoming events at this time.

PISTOL 5: Home Defensive Concepts Low Light

Home Defensive Concepts low light is our most advanced pistol fighting class that incorporates dynamic movement to and from your intended target using proper cover and concealment. This 7-8 hour class builds upon the skills found in the Home Defensive Concepts course in one day, and includes hands on dry-fire practice and live-fire drills with low light conditions.

Focus areas within this course include:

  • All previously learned skills will be reviewed and verified
  • Multiple flashlight techniques
  • Dynamic low light shooting techniques
  • Weapon retention and family protection

Class Prerequisites:

Students MUST have all appropriate equipment and gear prior to attending this course and have successfully completed Home Defensive Concepts course or equivalent.

Equipment and supplies required:

Class requires eye and ear protection and at least 500 rounds of ammunition for the handgun you will use.

Semi-automatic pistol with three (3) magazines and spare magazine carrier or a revolver with three (3) speed loaders and carrier for speed loaders.

 A quality strong side holster that has two points of contact and does not collapse (no shoulder holsters, purse holsters,). AIWB is ok. Hand held flashlight that uses a momentary switch only, not an on/off switch. This class incorporates concealment. 

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Upcoming Pistol 5: Home Defensive Concepts Low Light Classes

There are no upcoming events at this time.

2 Day Essential Pistol

The 2 day Essential Pistol course , takes you outside the static range environment. We begin Day one with essential pistol precision skills, speed and precision out of the holster, before applying these principles to concealed carry.

 On Day two we turn to malfunction management, various reload proficiency drills and dynamic movement drills. We will finish day two by using judgment to engage multiple shoot no shoot targets while moving using time induced stress.

 Each class is tailored to the student in attendance regardless of background or experience. Multiple instructors will be on hand to provide a one on one experience through each process of learning.

Class Prerequisites:

Students must have the basic skills required to safely load unload and operate their firearm without any assistance. Students MUST have all appropriate equipment and gear prior to attending this course. 

Equipment and supplies required:

Class requires eye and ear protection and at least 800+ rounds of ammunition for the handgun you will use.

Semi-automatic pistol with three (3) magazines and spare magazine carrier or a revolver with three (3) speed loaders and carrier for speed loaders.

A quality holster (open or concealed) that has secure belt points of contact and does not collapse (no shoulder holsters, purse holsters permitted) AIWB is ok. This class incorporates your concealment garment. 

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Upcoming 2 Day EDC Essentials Course

Sat 19

2 Day EDC Essentials Course @ Arch Angel 12/19-20/2020

December 19 @ 8:00 amDecember 20 @ 5:00 pm
Jun 26

2 Day EDC Essentials Course @ Compass 06-10/26-27/2021

June 26, 2021 @ 8:00 amJune 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Nov 20

2 Day EDC Essentials Course @ Compass 11-20/21/2021

November 20, 2021 @ 8:00 amNovember 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

2 Day Defensive Pistol/ Low Light

Fighting in the dark isn’t practiced enough. Most incidents of self-defense happen in low light or poor light and requires special considerations when manipulating your firearm and flashlight.

 Defensive Pistol/ Low Light introduces low light shooting with proper use of cover and concealment that might be found in your home or when out in public. Fighting with your pistol while holding a flashlight can be complex, in this class you will learn how to expose your opponent without exposing yourself. 

Day two incorporates dynamic movement to and from your intended target using proper cover and concealment. Under timed stress you will have to search and engage proper targets. 

Many instructors will be on hand to help provide a more one on one experience through the learning process.

Class Prerequisites:

Students MUST have all appropriate equipment and gear prior to attending this course and have successfully completed Fighting Pistol II or equivalent with instructor exception.

Equipment and supplies required:

Class requires eye and ear protection and at least 800+ rounds of ammunition for the handgun you will use.

Semi-automatic pistol with three (3) magazines and spare magazine carrier or a revolver with three (3) speed loaders and carrier for speed loaders.

 A quality strong holster that has secure points of contact and does not collapse (no shoulder holsters, purse holsters,). AIWB is ok Hand held flashlight that uses a momentary switch only, not an on/off switch. Students may also use weapon mounted lights in addition to handheld light, provided the holster permits. Students may want to bring more than one 100+ lumens. This class incorporates concealment. 

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Upcoming 2 Day Defensive Pistol Low Light Course

Mar 27

2 Day Defensive Pistol/ Low Light @ Compass 03-27/28-2021

March 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pmMarch 28, 2021 @ 10:00 pm