Handgun Practical Skills

Once you have attended Handgun Basic Orientation and know how to safely handle your pistol or revolver, it’s time to learn how to shoot it.

We will take you through the most efficient way to make use of a handgun, working from the holster, performing reloads, clearing malfunctions and correctly manipulating the trigger to maximize accuracy all thoroughly taught in a relaxed hands-on environment that is focus on safety and keeping it fun so you retain more information. Whether learning for self-defense, competition or if you just need a quick “tune-up”, this 1 day course is for you.

Duration: 1 day / 4 hours (2hrs in classroom /2hrs at the range).


  • Handgun Selection Considerations
  • Support Equipment (Belts, holsters, magazine carriers)
  • Shooting Basics (Importance of Proper Grip, Sight Alignment, Sight Picture, Stance, Trigger Management and Follow Through)
  • Presentation of the Handgun from the Holster to the Target and Safe Recovery Back to the Holster
  • Administrative and In-service Loading and Unloading Techniques
  • One handed loading and unloading
  • Malfunction diagnosis and recovery
  • Static Shooting Positions
  • Cleaning and Maintenance

Estimated round count 400 rounds.


Please wear long pants with pockets and belt loops, a sturdy gun belt, 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. The Course requires a strong side Outside the Waist Band  holster (Kydex is recommended, but you can bring leather also) magazine loader is also recommended. If you have an Inside the waste band holster, please bring it, we will address it in the later stages of the course. 

You may bring your own handgun, matching holster for your gun, gun belt and magazine carriers, gloves and kneepads are recommended. Calibers allowed include .380, .38SPL, 9MM, .357SIG, .40S&W, and .45ACP. Revolver shooters should bring a minimum of 3 magazines, speed loaders,  moon clips or speed strips.


We strongly recommend attending the Handgun Basic Orientation or equivalent Course before you attend the Practical Handgun Skills Course.
The student MUST know and be able to demonstrate how to safely load, fire, unload a handgun. Muzzle orientations and finger discipline is a must.

Tuition includes the following:

  • 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.