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ONE-DAY INTRODUCTION TO HANDGUN TRAINING

ONE-DAY INTRODUCTION TO HANDGUN TRAINING
INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – 1 DAY

This course is designed as an introduction to formal firearms training for people who have no prior, organized instruction in the safe handling and proper use of handguns.  This course is designed to expose gun owners to the instruction process, clarify their personal objectives, delineate what is possible and what is fantasy, allow them to work with different kinds of hand guns, and learn the basics of marksmanship and gun handling.  This is an actual training course, not a “seminar.” Topics to be covered include:

Safety:  Students will be exposed to four simple, universally accepted rules of gun safety which, if followed scrupulously, will prevent tragedies and embarrassments resulting from unintended discharges.  

 

Gun Handling and Marksmanship: Safe loading and unloading, correct stance and grip, sight picture and basic marksmanship will be covered.  We discuss and explain proper sight alignment, sight picture, trigger manipulation, and what are referred to as “follow through” and “reset,” and practice them.  These are the skills required to hit one's target.

 

Shooting Drills: Courses of fire have been developed to permit a novice to gain experience with the concepts introduced in the program, and to experience a formal training environment (range commands, line etiquette, safety procedures, etc.).  It is hard enough to be challenging, but not so difficult as to be discouraging.  (We have all been beginners.)


Equipment:  The instructors will explain the advantages and disadvantages of semi-automatics vs. revolvers as defensive tools, and how to select a firearm, holster and ammunition that is appropriate to your individual needs and personal intentions.  Participants will have the opportunity to examine and try out several different types of hand guns, to assist them in selecting a personal firearm when that time comes.

  • Cost
    Cost: $475 (which includes a $75 range fee). Payment in full is required upon enrollment, and becomes non-refundable 30 days before the course date. If the course is cancelled for any reason, a full refund will be provided to you.
  • Course Format
    Course format: Lectures (approximately 5 hrs.), and live-fire exercises (approximately 18 hrs). There will be objective skills tests throughout the course.
  • Instructor
    Instructors: The Rangemaster is Peter Georgiades. Peter has 25+ years’ experience teaching firearms and defensive tactics. He has been certified to instruct by the NRA (rifle, pistol, shotgun, and personal protection), the State of Arizona (issued CCW Instructor Cert. No. 8769268), and by OSG as a contact distance defense instructor. Peter’s training as an instructor (as distinct from firearms training) includes the Gunsite Law Enforcement Carbine Instructor Cert. Course, Marksman's Enterprise 3-day instructor courses (carbine and pistol), and the LLC "Contact Weapons Defense Instructor" program. His most important training, however, has been working hundreds of hours directly under experienced, professional instructors. Other experienced range officers will assist. The instructors and staff have collectively accrued several thousand hours of formal training from experienced, professional firearms instructors.
  • Class Size
    Class size: In order to maintain a close instructor-to-student ratio, enrollment in this course is limited to 12 students.
  • Prerequisites
    Prerequisites: None. It is, however, expected students will have a basic familiarity with rifles. All participants must be 18 years of age. Proof of no criminal history is required. Holding a current Pennsylvania License to Carry Concealed or in a Motor Vehicle, or a license to practice a regulated profession which requires one not have any criminal history (such as a license to practice law or medicine, or a nursing license) will suffice.If those are not available, you can get a certificate of no criminal history from your local police department or Sheriff (the cost is under $20).The lead instructor is the final arbiter of whether the credentialing prerequisite has been satisfied.
  • Physical Requirements
    Physical Requirements: Because this course is designed to assist YOU to plan and make decisions using the resources YOU actually have; we will work with you in whatever condition you are in. The elderly or one with a physical disability may not be able to assume one or more of the shooting positions we cover, or perform one or more of the exercises. That’s okay. This course is not designed for training ninjas. Just notify the Rangemaster of any particular disabilities you may have. If you cannot do it one way, we will find another way. We expect you to refrain from attempting any exercise that is beyond your physical capability.
  • Equipment Requirements
    The only equipment specifically required for this course is an inert training guh ("red gun" or "blue gun"), a holster for your training gun of choice, and a study belt to support the holster. No live weapons (firearms or otherwise) are permitted in the training area. There is other equipment that is not required, but which we believe will enhance your experience of the course. We therefore recommend you bring the following: Soft drinks or water to drink while in the classroom. (No alcohol of any kind is to be consumed within eight hours of the start of any course session or at any time during the course.) Camera. Many people find it helpful to photograph positions or techniques, or take pictures for fun. Something with which to take notes.
  • Credentials
    Credentials: A current Pennsylvania License to Carry Concealed or in a Motor Vehicle is sufficient. A a license to practice a regulated profession which requires one not have any criminal history (such as a license to practice law or medicine, or a nursing license) will also suffice. If those are not available, you can get a certificate of no criminal history from your local police department or your County Sheriff (the cost is under $20). The Rangemaster is the final arbiter of whether the credentialing prerequisite has been satisfied.
  • Certificate
    Certificate: A certificate of completion is awarded to all who complete the course successfully. This course does satisfy the continuing education requirement for NRA law enforcement instructor certification.
  • Course Location:
    The June 28 - 30, 2024 session of this course will be held at the Greater Pittsburgh Gun CLub, 920 King Road, Bulger, PA 16109.

 

Please transport your firearm to the course  unloaded, and leave it in your vehicle until you are directed to retrieve it.

 

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 “HAVING A GUN AND THINKING YOU ARE ARMED IS LIKE BUYING A PIANO AND THINKING YOU ARE A MUSICIAN”

Col. Jeff Cooper  (U.S.M.C. Ret.) 

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