Handgun Mastery – Overview
This is our premier program/course. It is designed for those desiring to dramatically improve their shooting performance, whether as defenders, armed professionals, firearms instructors, or competitive shooters.
It is the path to being the best shooter you can be, to being the best shooter on your range or on your department. It is the path to mastery.
You can take initial course once and see amazing benefits. At your choice you can return as we help you progress thru measured skill levels ending, potentially, at among the best in the world.
We focus not just on shooting skill but also on the knowledge and mindset to improve and gain consistent performance. This program grounds the students solidly in Reactive Shooting Science(tm) with an emphasis building consistently high performance with a handgun.
Class sizes vary but we strive to maintain a 1 to 5 instructor to student ratio. A typical line is 8 to 10 people and 2 instructors to 3 instructors (for earlier classes). Level 2 and higher students get much more personalized attention and usually work in very small groups focused on similar skills/issues.
This is more about desire. Are you willing to measure yourself objectively? Try new things. Work back at fundamentals.
In terms of experience, none is required. Contact us if you have never shot a handgun, we may route you thru a free 1/2 day preparatory course with an assistant instructor prior to attendance. Contact also if you have special health or physical needs.
Each day requires approximately 500 to 600 rounds of ammunition.
We typically offer mastery track training twice a month, although that can vary. Usually in Southern Utah, or one of our hosting ranges all over the world.
We can also schedule a course at your home range. Contact us to discuss. We’ve done Handgun Mastery all over the world. We typically need 12 students or more.
See the schedule here.
Handgun Mastery – Details
The Mastery Track focuses on the triad of shooting skill, doctrinal knowledge to drive self-improvement, and mental skill for performance. It is designed to be a program you advance through with higher skills and challenges at each level. It is for those very interested in maximizing their self-defense ability, their teaching ability, or their competetive performances.
Put in a nutshell… be the best shooter on your range, in your department or amongst your group of buddies.
This track is for those wishing to master the handgun so that they can perform or teach. This can be for defense, duty, competition or all of the above.
Level 1 – High Detail Fundamentals, a platform for future excellence
Level I is your introduction to system-based handgun training as well as the concepts of Reactive Shooting.
System Based Training
We don’t simply teach techniques. Techniques are the last part of a system and without a way to blend techniques with physical principles, you will struggle to accomplish purpose. We back up from the purposes of a given fundamental, outline the physical principles that must be commanded and then build techniques to command the principles. This approach builds the student’s system up and enables them to improve their own system with techniques that give the optimum outcome accounting for their own physical attributes and cognitive processing style.
Fundamental, Not Basic
The Level I course material covers the fundamentals of handgun shooting to a very high level of detail. These aren’t “basics” that you move past to get into the fun stuff; these fundamentals are always applied when firing a handgun and to expect success in more complicated marksmanship tasks, you deserve a very strong fundamental grounding. If you don’t have a very high amount of control over the gun, everything else is useless.
A stance that manages recoil, promotes rapid movement and allows you to align your body with targets for optimal shooting performance. A grip that minimizes movement of the muzzle, returns automatically to sight alignment and enables a gross level of aiming to be done kinesthetically (minimizing the amount of correction that needs to be done on visual confirmation).
Reactive Shooting Cycle
The process of firing a shot with maximum certainty of hit in minimum time. By breaking the shot down into six sequential elements we can achieve greater definition in troubleshooting failures (either to hit, or to take too much time to hit). We spend a great deal of time working on:
- Target Acquisition/Presentation of Firearm
- Visual Confirmation of Sight Alignment
- Isolation of the action of the Trigger Finger
- Acceptance of Recoil
- Shot Calling
- Preparation for follow-up shots and/or target transition.
There can be great gains made by understanding exactly how much aiming a target requires. By accepting less visual confirmation and relying on kinesthetic awareness, we can break shots earlier and therefore faster. We will also work on theory and techniques to use physical focus in order to recognize acceptable sight alignment earlier even on very low-percentage shots. Our instructor cadre is very aware of advantages of handgun red dot sights and will discuss theory and techniques to maximize performance with optical sights as well.
While the Level I course does not focus on rapid manipulations (such as reloads or malfunction clearance), we do make sure that students have an efficient draw that results in a perfect grip and an early first shot, every time.
On the completion of this Level, our goal is for you to have a grounding in theory and demonstrate command of the principles behind the marksmanship fundamentals.
Level 1 Graduation
The Level I test requires multiple hits be made at high speed (gunfight speed) on targets at both close and distant ranges.
Level II – Dynamic Application of Skill
By graduating Level I you demonstrated effective fire control techniques in static situations and a working knowledge of Reactive Shooting Science.
Now, in Level II, we add in dynamic situations where you move, arrive, and face stress and degraded capability.
Level II focuses on gaining solutions to get you back shooting as soon as possible. Solutions to get the gun reloaded and on target fast, efficiently move from position to position and achieve sight alignment early, engage targets while moving, deal with having to shoot using only one hand, clear malfunctions and keep them from happening again.
Once you’ve solved the problem, we make sure that you can recover and apply the fundamentals to a high degree, even with the higher cognitive load of problem/solution/marksmanship.
Reloads – Fast, failure-free reloads from slidelock, proactively on loaded guns, and using a single hand.
Movement – Efficient entry of shooting positions while having the gun pause in alignment as early as possible. Safe and fast running with the handgun between positions.
Shooting On The Move – Cover ground efficiently while making effective hits on target.
Single Hand Shooting – Maximizing biomechanical efficiency for the most effective result with either strong or weak hands.
Malfunction Clearance – How to remediate common malfunctions AND the mechanical cause of common malfunctions to allow for end-user level handgun maintenance.
Level II Graduation
To graduate the Level II course, a battery of tests including manipulation, movement skills, shooting on the move and strong/weak hand shooting must be passed. Additionally, students must demonstrate knowledge of common malfunction causes in order to keep a service handgun in proper working order.
When you complete Level II you are a very competent shooter at speed and in dynamic, difficult situations.
Level III – Mastery & Consistent Performance
Level III introduces true mastery-level shooting.
Here students learn to build a training regime that will make them among the best in the world.
We introduce the mental side of shooting performance, and measure skill on field courses rather than simple line drills.
Graduation from Level III requires that the student compete in a practical-style competition to be measured against TPC Cadre.
The courses are deliberately non-standard and there are no re-runs.
One test means one shot. Prove that you can perform on-demand.
Congratulations… if you pass LIII you are among the best shooters in the country.
Level IV – Among the best
Level IV is a custom program where you work with our top coaches on your goals in very small groups or individual training.
At this point, you are among the best shooters or instructors in the world.
It is typically for those working on top competition performance or for those who wish to be master instructors in Reactive Shooting for their agency or unit.
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