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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    “Just a quick note to thank you very much for instructing me for the Texas
    CHL. Your hands-on approach is much more interesting and informative than
    other classes where the instructor simply reads from power point slides.

    I especially appreciated the time you took to provide tips on improving grip
    and aiming, plus showing us many different types of pistols and revolvers so
    we may get a better idea of what to look for when purchasing firearms. Your
    assistance with navigating the Texas DPS and fingerprinting systems was
    invaluable. I will recommend you to all my friends and family!

    I look forward to meeting you again, in July for the Basic handgun course at
    Eagle Peak.”
    ~by Carl B.
     New York, NY