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Advanced Pistol Course

  • Concealed presentations
  • Review all pistol manipulation skills
  • Review skip loading drills
  • Close contact shooting
  • One hand shooting
  • Extended distance shooting
  • Shooting while moving, forward, backward, and parallel to the targets
  • Night shooting
  • Harries flashlight

The successful completion of the 4-day defensive pistol class with a semi-auto pistol is a prerequisite for Advanced Pistol.

Advanced Pistol Equipment List

Please read this information carefully as there are many significant changes from the Defensive Pistol Equipment list.

Handgun– Bring a safe, reliable, accurate and appropriate handgun. If you have a spare handgun and all the accessories and ammunition, bring them.  If your pistol breaks you will be glad that you did

Ammunition- Approximately 150 rounds of reliable, accurate, factory ammunition. No tracer ammunition or steel core bullets. Reloads are generally not permitted. As all ammunition can be hard to acquire you should not delay in putting your kit together.

Magazines– minimum of 3 functional, reliable magazines are required for semi auto pistols. Six are recommended for general ownership.

Holster-Belt holster carried on the primary side, pistol butt to the rear, leather or kydex, made specifically for the pistol being used, no generic and no nylon holsters.  We prefer a vertical and not a canted holster.  If the package states that the holster will work for “the following long list of pistols,” you can bet the holster will not suffice. No shoulder or cross draw holsters for range safety. Blade Tech and Galco holsters generally work well.  Liberty Fox Holsters here in Saratoga Springs makes quality custom holsters at a reasonable price.  If Liberty Fox does not make the holster that you want, try Joe Cardon Holsters.

Note: Due to the number of people who have accidently shot themselves while drawing from the popular holster which has a plastic tab to unlock the pistol we cannot allow its use in our classes. If you have a question about this please call us.

Dummy Rounds- “A-Zoombrand in the appropriate caliber. A minimum of 6 dummy rounds for auto pistols and 6 for revolvers are required.  Essentialfor manipulation drills.  Due to breakage and malfunctions caused by using Tipton dummy rounds those will not be accepted for use in our class.  We have witnessed accidental discharges which occurred because other dummy rounds being used could not be easily distinguished from live rounds when observed in the feed way during a chamber check.

Eye Protection- Clear and shaded shooting glasses.     

Belt- A wide thick belt that will fit and fill your belt loops and accommodate your holster and or ammunition will be required.

Trousers with wide belt loops- such as cargo trousers or Levis

Speed Loaders– A minimum of 3 functional, reliable speed loaders for double action revolvers.

Revolver Cartridge Loops– Ammunition carrier in the appropriate caliber if you are shooting a revolver. A minimum of six loops for double action revolvers and 12 for single action revolvers.

Magazine Pouch- At least one magazine pouch which is appropriate for the pistol magazines being utilized. It should be cut low exposing about half of the magazine.  It may be leather or kydex but not nylon.

Hearing protection- Rubber (not foam) ear plugs on a string and a muff type head set

Note: Foam ear plugs must be squeezed and compacted with your fingers in order to get them into your ear canal.  Your fingers will be contaminated with airborne lead and Mercury.  The time required to compact your ear plugs perhaps 50 times a day adds up.  Often shooters will have difficulty compressing their foam ear plugs and cannot get them to properly enter the ear canal while the class stands ready and waits.  The soft rubber tapered ear plugs (with multiple flanges) are easy and quick to insert.  They do not require you to touch them with your contaminated fingers.  If the use of foam ear plugs had not been a constant hindrance in the past we would not insist on a specific type of plug.  You may buy these at Walmart or most any sporting goods or gun store.

Writing Implement- for note taking

Small Pocket Note Book- For taking notes on the range.

Dress in Layers: so that you can adapt to changing temperatures

Optional Item-Fire Extinguisher- If you have a fire extinguisher or two please bring them.  The possibility of starting a fire with the type of ammunition and targets that we use is almost none but due to the recent wild fires we wish to err on the side of caution.  If we have 8 or 10 fire extinguishers shovels and water, we should be able to stop a problem before it gets out of hand.  Fire can start from a hot exhaust pipe.

Boots- or sturdy shoes with high tops providing ankle protection are preferred.  We are off the concrete.  There are rocks and occasionally snakes.

Chair– FoldingorCamping chair

Baseball Cap- A cap or hat, not a visor and make sure it is compatible with your head set and your shooting glasses.

Knee and Elbow pads- To reduce injury when assuming kneeling and prone

Sun Block- Strongly suggested

Sun Shade- Umbrella or Awningoptional– Beware of wind gusts.

Flashlight-Your light must have a pressure activated switch in order to shot the Harries Flashlight position. Brighter is better. A small compact powerful flashlight with a button type switch on the rear end cap will probably work best.

Lunch- You may leave the range for lunch but it is not normally recommended.  Lunch is a time to relax and not rush to get back on time.

Water- We suggest a gallon of drinking water plus sports drinks for electrolytes

Other Items may be added which will be described in the course details

Note: Any questions regarding equipment please call us at 801-669-1886

Larry and Stacey Mudgett

“Marksmanship Matters”


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