Defensive Handgun I

On Target’s – Defensive Handgun : Level I

Course Objective:

To build a solid foundation of fundamental concepts and techniques necessary to develop efficient defensive handgun skills and a defensive mindset for citizens who carry handguns for self-defense. Upon completion of this course you will have a fundamental understanding of the defensive use of the handgun.

Course Description:

The principles of Defensive Handgun I are the basis upon which all other courses are built. This course gives you a solid fundamental grounding and understanding of modern gun fighting and the use of the defensive pistol. 

Most defensive firearm courses teach you how to mechanically operate a machine (firearm) in a variety of circumstances.  However, you also need a philosophical, social, and legal context to apply these mechanical skills or you will miss critical steps in your survival. This course introduces the student to techniques applicable to defensive use of the handgun. Emphasis is put on shooting skill development for application in real-life circumstances. The fundamentals of Mindset, Gun-handling, and Marksmanship are covered in lecture while the practical aspects are taught on the range.

Other course topics include Situational Awareness, Equipment Selection, Safety, Handling, Loading, Unloading, Malfunction Clearance, Drawing and Firing Techniques, Movement, and the use of Cover and Concealment.

Note: This course entails the use of a handgun for self-defense.  It is not a basic firearms safety course for those individuals that are not familiar with the basic and safe handling of their handgun or those wishing to obtain a handgun carry permit.  This course provides training and instruction in advanced handgun techniques.

Firing Range Drills Include:

Loading and Unloading; Grip, Stance, Sight Picture, Sight Alignment, and Trigger Control; Presentation from Low Ready and Holster; Target Engagement from 3 to 15 yards under Time Pressure.

Course Equipment Requirements:

*Safe and Reliable Defensive Caliber Handgun (Revolver or Semi-Automatic) and
**Holster

  • Minimum of Three Magazines or Speed Loaders for the Handgun
  • 250 Rounds of Commercially Manufactured Ammunition.
  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection
  • Pen and Note Taking Material

*The handgun must be fully functional, have all factory-installed safety devices intact, and have no dangerous modifications (for example a “hair” trigger, removed trigger guard, etc.)

*“Pocket Pistols” (i.e. .22, .25, .32,  caliber semi-autos or revolvers) are not allowed due to their small size, limited ammunition capacity, and difficulty of presentation in this course.

**Holsters must correctly fit the weapon, completely cover the trigger guard, remain open when the weapon is removed, and not allow the weapon to cover the shooter’s body during draw or presentation.  A strong side belt holster is strongly recommended for this course. 

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Carry Permit Classes Are $95.00 (Annual members may attend for $80.00)
Must be 21 to attend.

The On Target Difference

On Target uses only the Best in Class instructors who in many cases rely on their skills and knowledge of firearms to keep them safe on a daily basis.  Don’t get caught wondering what to do if the day ever comes that you “need” to use the right to defend yourself.

Make sure you have learned what you need to know, and eliminate the hesitations that could cost you more than you ever imagined.