Our Defensive Pistol Courses are designed to teach our students life the saving and proven handgun combat shooting techniques used today by law enforcement and military personnel. It starts with very slow and methodical movements with safety as our major concern. And as your skills improve our courses will challenge your ability to think on your feet, so you can to rise to the occasion!
Required Gear for Basic Defensive Handgun courses
Handgun (Pistol or Revolver), 3 magazines or speed loaders (more is better), belt, holster, magazine/speed loader carrier, knee and elbow pads, and a concealment garment. Do to the hazards of flying hot brass, in addition to impact resistant glasses, a brimmed hat or visor is required. V-Neck or low cut tops are not recommended as hot brass tends to enter the shirt or blouse at the neck line.
ASK Basic Defensive Handgun Course
Our Basic Defensive Handgun Course is designed to teach you solid shooting techniques on presentation of the handgun from a holster, gun handling, reloading, malfunction clearing and ammo management (from the holster), we will cover the standard shooting position, combat isosceles. We will be shooting from 3 feet to 45 feet from a standing shooting position.
ASK (Night) Defensive Handgun Course (Prerequisite is Basic Defensive Pistol)
In this course you will learn the proper use of light for defensive shooting, with both handheld and firearm mounted lights.
This is not a basic class; you need good pistol handling skills, a good draw stroke as taught in the Basic Defensive Pistol course, familiarity with all your gear and good daytime shooting skills.
Required Gear for all Intermediate & Advanced Handgun courses
Firearm or firearms that are commonly carried on a CCW or used as a home defensive weapon, 3 magazines/speed loaders minimum for the primary firearm, holster, magazine/speed loader pouch, weapon belt, firearm cleaning kit, 250-400 rounds of ammunition for the main weapon per day, 250 rounds for each alternate handgun, 3 or more snap caps matching handgun caliber for the primary firearm, high-intensity handheld flashlight, Weapon light (optional), Extra batteries or a recharging system, Comfortable clothing and alternate warm clothing for night exercises, Light gloves, Basic first aid kit, water, Camelbak Hydration pack (Optional)
ASK Intermediate Defensive Handgun Course
In our Intermediate Handgun Course you will use all the skills learned in the basic class with the addition of one handed shooting, shooting from the knelling, squatting and sitting positions, shooting while moving, and the use of concealment and cover. You will be challenged by using these in some fun shooting drills designed to test your new found skills.
ASK Advanced Defensive Handgun Course
In our Advanced Handgun Course you will use all the skills learned from the basic and intermediate classes. We add the use of the prone position and the use of “position Sul”, shooting and performing reloads and malfunction clearing using the weak side while adding advanced cover positions (Low Curbs, fire hydrants, telephone pole, ect.). You will be shooting from the sitting, kneeling and prone positions.
S.A.V.E. (Surviving A Violent Encounter)
This course will expose the student to defensive techniques designed to help survive an actual life-threatening situations and armed encounters. This 6 part course will consist of 6 training sessions. Each of the six days will be jam packed with information designed to keep you safe and out of jail. There is about 30 hours of classroom and 30 hours of range time. Some range days will transition from mid-day shooting to night time shooting. Students need to be familiar with their firearms systems and equipment. Basic firearms skills consisting of drawing, shooting and reloading are required.
The ASK Defensive Pistol course or similar is required.
Require skills needed to take this course
Each student must exhibit confident skills of drawing, shooting and reloading to ensure safe gun handling while on the range. Should you have any questions please Email Shawn at firstname.lastname@example.org
The below-listed areas will be discussed in theory and taught in practical application as follows:
Legal aspects of Force on Force confrontation, The Law and Justifiable Use of Force” vs “Self Defense”, Reasonable Force, Laws of Arrest, Civilian vs. Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement Contact During and After a Force on Force confrontation, Protection Your Assets After a Force on Force confrontation, Psychophysical Reaction to a Critical Incident, Stress Response, Mental and Physical Conditioning for the Citizen, Threat Assessment and Defensive reactions, Escaping a Physical Confrontation, Personal Weapons (Hands, Feet, Knees, Elbows, Head), Striking Areas, Ground defense techniques, Injuries, Bullet wounds, Response to an Active Shooter, Light control, Threat control, Disarming techniques, Instinctive shooting, Cover Vs. Concealment, Skip Shooting, Rising gun, Muzzle flash at night, Shooting positions, Natural Shooting Position, Weak Hand Shooting, Strong Hand Shooting, Shooting with Both Eyes Open, Weapons Failures and Clearing. Home Firearm Safety and Children, Holsters and Clothing for concealed carry, Edged Weapons, Pepper spray, Electrical Discharge Weapons, Use of Less Lethal Weapons and Physical Fitness.
You can download all course descriptions and pricing from the ASK Training Courses page
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Closed Sunday and Monday
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