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Perquisite: none for Predator Defense 1

This course teaches “The role of the handgun in an outdoor short term survival situation.” We taught this class in 2014 and it was extremely well received. This class provides the knowledge and foundation for Predator Defense/Outdoor Survival Two (range) and may also be taken as a standalone class. 

Subjects include handgun types, calibers, ballistics, outdoor emergencies, survival hunting, survival fishing, signaling for help, predator defense, predator behavior, fire starting, field holsters, handgun shot shell patterns and more.

See schedule for pricing.


Perquisite: Completion of Defensive Pistol 1-4 and Predator Defense One.

See schedule for pricing.

 Range drills include checking patterns with handgun snake shot shells on rattlesnake targets at several distances. Deer, turkey and rabbit hunting targets as well as charging bear picture targets will be used in the training. Handgun prone, braced and speed kneeling positions, handgun sitting position and using available objects for support will be taught. Each shooters maximum accurate range will be determined.

Predator Defense Class

The minimum prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of Marksmanship Matters Pistol 1-4.


The Predator Defense Class will include the following:

  • What are the most likely threats faced in the outdoors.
  • What type of ammunition is appropriate in the woods. (JHPs are out.)
  • Bear load recommendations for all calibers.
  • Animal anatomy/where to shoot a charging animal.
  • What is the purpose and what are the limitations of “snake shot” handgun loads.
  • How to make your own snake shot loads (there are numerous variations and I will explain and describe them all and show some.)
  • How to make a more versatile snake shot load.
  • Defending against a rifle when armed with a handgun
  • Long range shooting/positions
  • Field holsters
  • Ammunition Demonstrations
  • Key wilderness skillsets will also be addressed: i.e. Survival hunting, Signaling, and Fire starting.

We will shoot:

  • Charging bear targets
  • Coiled Rattlesnake targets
  • Hunting targets


Equipment List for the Predator Defense Class

Note: This class might be called, “The role of the handgun in an outdoor short-term emergency/survival situation,” but that title was deemed to be too long.

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.  Call us if you need help with handgun selection.  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. For this class we will require a pistol of at least 9 MM or a revolver of at least .357 Magnum caliber.

Ammunition- Approximately 250 rounds of reliable, accurate, factory ammunition. No tracer ammunition or steel core bullets.  If you wish to discuss your reloads with us, feel free to send us an email or phone us.  Otherwise, no reloads except in the case of snake shot loads.  If commercial snake shot loads are not available in your caliber pistol and if you are a competent hand loader and wish to bring your own hand loaded snake shot loads you may do so. As always, we cannot assume any responsibility for your ammunition, factory or hand loaded.  You will need 20 rounds of snake shot load and 230 rounds of full power heavy bullet loads.

CCI snake shot loads are available in the following centerfire calibers:


.40 S&W

.45 ACP

.38/.357 Magnum

.44 Special/Magnum

.45 Colt

As all ammunition can be hard to comeby, you should start looking for these cartridges as soon as possible

Common field calibers for which there are no commercial snake shot loads are:

10 MM

.357 Sig

9X25 Dillon

All three of these caliber pistols will shoot .40 S&W with a simple barrel swap which may be the best option if you cannot make your own snake shot loads.

Magazines– minimum of two 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.  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.  A vertical chest holster may be used for this class. Blade Tech and Galco holsters generally work well.  Joe Cardon Holsters makes quality custom holsters at a reasonable price and Joe is local.  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.

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.

Dummy Rounds- “A-Zoombrand in the appropriate caliber. A minimum of 6 dummy rounds for  auto pistols and 6 for revolvers.  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 also 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.

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

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

Revolver Cartridge Loops– Ammunition carrier for revolvers in the appropriate caliber. A minimum of six loops for double action and 12 for single action revolvers.

Magazine Pouch- At least one, 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.

Writing Implement- for note taking

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

Firearms Training Notebook-To save handouts and take notes during lectures.

Knee and Elbow Pads- We will be shooting from field positions including kneeling and prone.

Shooting mat or rug or moving blanket-See Knee and elbow pads

Binoculars-You will at times be shooting at distance in two relays and spotting for each other.

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 stores.

Optional Item-Fire Extinguisher- If you have a fire extinguisher or two please bring them.  The odds of starting a fire with the type of ammunition and targets that we use is probably 10,000 to one but due to the recent wild fires we wish to error 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.

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

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

Chair– Folding or Camping chair

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

Mosquito Repellent- Optional

Sun Block- Strongly suggested

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

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

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

Larry and Stacey Mudgett

“Marksmanship Matters”

In order to be considered for training you must fill out the following application in full. Once your payment has been sent ALONG with a copy of your CFP or CCW, you will be contacted to be notified of your acceptance into our program. IF you do NOT get an email confirmation, you have failed to properly fill-out this application.

The successful completion of the 4-day defensive pistol class with a semi-auto pistol is a prerequisite for all other 'range' classes" (ex Defensive Rifle, Lever Action Rifle, Combat Shotgun). Specific prerequisite information for each class is contained within the class descriptions under Classes & Courses.

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