Advanced Pistol Course


The advanced handgun course is focused on the defensive use of handguns.

Topics we will discuss include:
• A review of marksmanship fundamentals
• High speed aiming
• Efficient presentations from the holster, both tactical and emergency reloading
• Movement during the presentation
• Shooting on the move
• Shooting around and over cover
• Multiple target engagements
• Precise targets such as head shots and partially covered targets

The advanced handgun course will also give students a solid road map of what to practice and how to improve and maintain proficiency.

Dates: April 28, June 9, September 7, December 8, 2019
Cost: $189



The Advanced Handgun Course is designed for the handgun shooter who wants to move beyond the basics. Participants should be familiar with loading and unloading their firearms, and the fundamentals of aiming and safely firing their handgun. The Advanced Handgun course has a selective focus on the defensive use of handguns.

Instructor Bio
Mike Lazarus holds 27 years of experience as law enforcement officer, as well as 19 years SWAT including sniper, assaulter, team sergeant, FBI certified firearm instructor, MP5 and Sub Machine gun instructor, Defensive tactics instructor, Police Academy instructor, 13 years of experience in the US Army with multiple overseas deployments. Airborne, SOTIC, PSD, SRT, small arms armorer, various other military schools, Faculty member in California State University, Northridge and Ventura College. Hobbies include outdoor sports, hunting, competitive shooting.

Please bring the following to the course:
• Handgun: center fire only, no rimfire handguns.
• Three magazines or three speed loaders if using a revolver.
• Minimum 450 rounds ammo.
• Proper clothing for the weather.
• Snacks, lunch and plenty of water.
• Notebook and pen.
• Eye and ear protection.
• Sunscreen, hats, long sleeves shirts, long pants, training shoes.
• Belt, holster, magazine pouch or other means of carrying additional ammunition, weapon cleaning equipment.
• Gloves and elbow pad- optional.

Please clean your gun in advance of the course or bring your gun cleaning kit with you.

Prerequisites: Understanding of gun safety and range rules. Basic knowledge of handgun use.

Class Schedule
08:00 Introduction and safety briefing
08:30 Review of fundamentals of marksmanship. Dry and live fire
09:30 Presentation from the holster, including gear placement. Dry and live fire.
10:30 Flash sight picture, compressed trigger press. Dry and live fire.
11:30 Lunch Break
12:30 Reloading from slide lock. Dry and live fire
13:00 Tactical reloading. Dry and live fire.
13:30 Presentations/Shooting on the move. Dry and live fire.
15:00 Multiple targets engagements.
15:30 Shooting from behind cover.
16:00 Small target engagement.
16:30 Close and debrief.


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