Handgun Intermediate Skills

Handgun Intermediate Skills. (Introduction to Defensive Shooting)

This Intensive one day class bridges the gap between entry level foundation handgun skills and the world of defensive shooting. By introducing situational awareness, threat identification, combative mindset and tactical communication combined with realistic common sense based shooting drills this course will introduce shooters to the art of defensive handgun.

Duration: 1 day / 6 hours (2hrs Classroom / 4hrs range)


  • Situational awareness
  • Presentations and Recovery – Search and Scanning
  • Threat Identification
  • Shot Delivery
  • Use of cover and concealment
  • Refining Shooting Fundamentals
  • Malfunction Clearance Procedures / Failure Drills
  • Reloading Techniques
  • Single Hand Techniques (weak / strong hand shooting and reloading)
  • Tactical communication when working in teams – Moving then Shooting (yes a little at a time)

Estimated round count:  400 rounds.



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 at least 3 magazines with holders. Calibers allowed include .380, .38SPL, 9MM, .357SIG, .40S&W, and .45ACP. Revolver shooters should bring a minimum of 4 speedloaders, moonclips or speedstrips.


We strongly recommend attending Handgun Basic Orientation and Handgun Practical Skill or equivalent course before you attend Handgun Intermediate Skills. The student MUST know and be able to demonstrate how to safely load, fire, unload a handgun including working from a holster, performing reloads while dealing with malfunctions and stoppages. Muzzle control and trigger discipline are key in this course.

Equipment List:

  • Semi-Automatic pistol (SA/DA, SAO, DAO or Striker)
  • Minimum 3 magazines or loading devices (speedloaders, moonclips or speed strips)
  • Modern action revolver (SA/DA or DAO)
  • Strong side Belt mounted holster and magazine carriers ( we recommend Kydex)
  • 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
  • Electronic Earmuffs.

Tuition includes the following:

  • Certificate of completion
  • Lunch and snacks are provided
  • 10% discount on your next Course

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    “I walked away from my private LTC course at Citadel Firearms Institute a
    different person - for the better. Jorge\'s training was outstanding and
    comprehensive, covering everything from the safe and proper handling of the
    firearm, to situational awareness, the possibility of various threats and
    use of force that may be required, the consequences and ramifications of
    pulling the trigger, legal protection with Texas Law Shield in the event of
    the use of deadly force, Texas regulations, and use of the firearms at his
    on-site firing range. Not only did this course change my life, but I now
    have more confidence in my skills, knowledge, and handling of the firearm
    and am well prepared to defend myself and my family should the need arise.
    For anyone looking for the absolute highest quality of training and
    affordability, Citadel is it. I will be back for additional training in the
    ~by T. Xander
     Austin, Tx.