This course starts by reinforcing the fundamentals of marksmanship, primarily sight alignment, trigger control and follow through. We then move into a discussion of proper shooting stances, including Isoceles and Weaver stance, and shooting while leaning around cover.

Now we take a step back and discuss drawing from a holster (worn on a belt on the strong-side hip), how to do it safely, and how to smoothly lead into the proper shooting stances covered earlier. And, just as importantly, we will cover how to re-holster safely.

Next we will cover reloading, both slide-lock/emergency reloads and “tactical” styles and the benefits and drawbacks of each. How to deal with malfunctions and clear “jams” will be covered at this point as well.

Now we move into the movement portion of the course, learning how to move around the bay safely while carrying a loaded weapon in our hands, how to quickly assume an effective (stationary) shooting position, proper use of cover, and how to most effectively shoot while on the move.

We end the course with a discussion of the rules of the game (specifically our own SafeSide Defensive Pistol matches, but also a brief overview of related disciplines, e.g. IDPA and USPSA), and a run through a stage designed to practice the new and improved skills we’ve learned.

What equipment do I need?


  • A gun suitable for daily carry and defensive use. Tricked out race guns with over-sized magazine wells, compensators, or ultra-light triggers are not permitted. Revolver shooters are welcome, as are anyone wishing to shoot sub-caliber weapons chambered in .380 ACP or .22 LR
  • At least 3 magazines, or enough to carry 30 rounds of ammo. No magazine will be loaded with more than 10 rounds, so 3 will suffice in most cases. If your gun holds fewer than 10 rounds in each mag you will want to have more on hand
  • A holster (strong side and belt mounted only) that is suitable for daily carry. The gun must be securely held in place and the trigger guard must be inaccessible when holstered. Active retention devices are allowed, but retention devices operated by the trigger finger are prohibited. Exceptions may be granted at the Safety Officer discretion
  • At least 2 belt-mounted magazine carriers
  • At least 100 rounds of ammo
  • Eye and ear protection

Taken this class? Got questions? Let us know!
Make sure you've done a waiver! Click here to complete now!

In-store Price: $100 Web-only Price: $70
The class is being offered at the following Date/Time: