Defensive Handgun

Defensive Handgun

Once you have achieved success with foundational shooting skills and have a basic understanding of the defensive mindset you will be ready for this course. The course is a fast paced evolution with one common objective, surviving a deadly force encounter when armed with a handgun. After a brief assessment, then we will run you through the gauntlet of defensive handgun skills designed to increase your time on target and performance. This is not an entry level course students are expected to have already mastered basic handgun skills, safety, and foundational shooting drills.

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Duration: 1 day / 8 hours (4hrs classroom / 4hrs range)


  • Review of Threat Identification, Searching and Scanning and Tactical Communication
  • Dealing with Multiple Threats
  • Shooting While Moving
  • Non-Standard Shooting Positions / Seated Position Shooting
  • Utilization of Cover and Concealment
  • Shoot/No Shoot Drills

Estimated round count 400 rounds.


We strongly recommend completion of the Intermediate Handgun Skills course or its equivalent prior to registering for this course. This is an intermediate level class.  The student needs to know and be able to demonstrate weapon familiarity, safe handgun handling, malfunction clearing, marksmanship while working from a holster.


Please wear long pants with pockets, closed toe shoes (no flip flops or sandals), and a crew neck (T-shirt) or button-up shirt (no low-cut neck lines), also a cap or hat with a brim. Bring water to stay hydrated during the range time.

You may bring your own handgun, holster, and mag pouch. Calibers allowed include .380, .38SPL, 9MM, .357SIG, .40S&W, and .45ACP. Revolver shooters should bring a minimum of 4 speed loaders, moon clips or speed strips

Equipment List:

  • Quality Functional Semi-Automatic Pistol
  • 3 magazines minimum, or 4 loading devices (speed loaders, moon clips or speed strips)
  • Modern double action revolver (6 Shooter)
  • Strong side Belt mounted holster and magazine carriers
  • Sturdy gun belt at least 1.5” wide (if it makes your handgun swing, you need to get a better one)
  • Clothing suitable for training in any weather including footwear.  Pants must have belt loops.
  • Wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate lenses or non-shattering prescription glasses
  • Earmuffs and earplugs

Tuition includes the following

  • Course manual
  • Certificate of completion
  • 10% discount for Close Quarter Handgun Course

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  • From the Range

    “Today I Am a changed person thank to the great training at the Citadel.
    I had no experience with firearms and after completing the Handgun Basic Orientation with them I knew how to properly clean and maintain my firearm, what to look for in my next handgun. I also learned how to be a better shooter and I Am ready to come for more training. But I can say that the best information I had was the proper use of a firearm in a safe way in real world conditions.

    Now I can assemble and disassemble all the most common handguns in the market, I know how they work inside and out...!

    I took several \"Handgun Orientations\" at several of the local ranges and it was a 1-hour lesson that left me with more questions than answers...But with Jorge\'s course I had all my answers answered and proven. Yes, Jorge proves his points in the classroom and at the range. There is a reason behind the concepts he is teaching. Thank you and I will come for more classes in 2017.”
    ~by B. Maloney
     Georgetown, Tx.