Tactical Pistol Level II

Two Full Days

Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol Level 1

Class Size: 8-20

Tactical Pistol Level II is a two-day course which builds on Tactical Pistol I and is designed to refine the skills already learned by the student who uses his weapon in a tactical environment. The course dives into advanced shooting drills utilizing realistic shooting situations. This course focuses on realistic shooting engagements, utilizing unconventional platforms and close quarters and contact shooting. This course will push your stress limit and speed limit with a pistol.

The following topics will be covered during the course:


Conditions of Readiness

Gear Placement

Fundamentals of Shooting

Proper Ready Positions

Recoil Management


Contact Shoots

Multiple Targets

Barricades in an Urban Environment

Adverse Angles

Linear and Lateral Movement

Unconventional Shooting Positions

Off Hand Shooting & Manipulation

Ammunition Requirements: 800 rounds of pistol ammunition (approximate)

Gear List: Pistol, holster, stiff pistol belt, three magazines (three is a minimum -- the more, the better), magazine holders, clear wraparound eye protection, ear protection, weapons cleaning kit, water bottle and rain gear.

*Caution: This course involves strenuous physical activity (including sprinting and awkward prone positions with a firearm in your hand) and a much higher degree of weapons handling, awareness, and safety. While Intro to Tactical Pistol and Tactical Pistol Level I are prerequisites, attendance in those courses does not guarantee that a student is prepared to take this course. It will be at VATA's discretion to determine if a student needs additional training before attending this course.

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.