One Full Day

Prerequisite: None

Class Size: 8-20

This course is designed to develop the foundation of combative shooting skills needed in a tactical setting. The student will exercise these skills in a variety of shooting situations. The student will gain experience and confidence and increase their skill level with their handgun.

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Safety Gear Setup
  • Fundamentals of Shooting
  • Weapon Presentation
  • Malfunction Drills
  • Reloads (combat, tactical)
  • Multiple Shots
  • Recoil Management
  • Shooting Behind Cover

Ammunition Requirements: 400 rounds of ammunition (approximate)

Gear List: Pistol, holster, stiff pistol belt, three magazines, magazine holders, wraparound eye protection, ear protection, water bottle and rain gear.

Please also note that for our Intro, Level I and Level II Pistol courses, for our Pistol Workshop and for our carbine classes that incorporate any pistol work, all students must receive prior permission from VATA to work with an IWB holster setup. If a student has not previously taken a VATA course to be evaluated by an instructor, they would need to bring a belt mounted, outside the waistband setup with them to use until an instructor can determine that the student is not a safety risk and approve their use of an IWB setup. This rule has been implemented purely as a safety precaution. We, by all means, believe in training the way we carry, but we also believe the fundamentals must be sound before a student advances to an IWB carry setup, and the focus of our introductory level classes is to get those fundamentals where they need to be. We appreciate everyone's understanding and cooperation on this matter.