Introduction to Practical Fundamentals

Our Introduction to Practical Fundamentals program is a half-day primer for Operation Specific Training’s flagship two-day Practical Fundamentals course. This program will focus on safety, gun-handling skills, holsters, magazine pouches, reloading and improved marksmanship. The practical module will encourage the shooter to focus on the process of running the gun, and steer away from the concept of what appears on the target. Throughout, gun-handling skills and safety are monitored and steps taken to improve those basic skill sets.

nra-basic-pistol-safety-class-1This is not a basic class. It is designed to “fill the gap” for novice shooters who have completed the NRA Basic Pistol class and are interested in practical shooting competitions and/or enrolling in more advanced continuing education. Semi-automatic pistol shooters will find this class appropriate if they are interested in improving accuracy, getting experience on an open shooting line, using holsters and magazine carriers, or are looking for an excellent shooting refresher. If you are interested in getting started in IDPA or IPSC/USPSA or another practical shooting forums, this is a great place to start.

The class involves an academic component that may be held in a classroom or at an outdoor range. The practical segment of the class is held at an outdoor range, at a distance between 3 and 5 yards from a standard IDPA or IPSC/USPSA cardboard targets. Arrangements can be made to hold the class at an indoor range if the facility allows for multiple shooters drawing and holstering on an open line; in front of shooting stalls in an open area.

This four-hour class is available to those who have completed the NRA Basic Pistol class or equivalent training. This course is dedicated to semi-auto pistol shooters.

Student Testimonials

I recently took Introduction to Practical Fundamentals with you a few weeks ago in Granby. I really enjoyed the class. I’ve had my gun permit about 18 months now and this was just what I needed. I feel so much more confident and comfortable handling my pistol. The fundamentals and techniques you taught me were great. I really appreciate how these lessons will help me build good and safe habits when I handle my pistol. I’ve also practiced some of the basic handling techniques and dry firing since I’ve taken the class. Thanks so much for the professional and practical class. I hope to take some other classes in the future.

Mark D.

Course Fee

Course fees exclude applicable range fees.

  • $99 each for between two and four students. (Arrangements can be made for larger class sizes.)
  • One-on-one private training is available.

What you Need

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. If you would like to take the class and have yet to purchase a handgun, we may have a gun, magazines, holster and magazine pouches you can rent for the class.

  • A quality compact or full-size service pistol. You should be able to easily work with the gun including locking the slide back and removing/inserting magazines. We suggest 9mm only from a cost point, but you can also shoot any popular cartridge. Small pistols and back up guns are not appropriate for this class.
  • A kydex belt or paddle training holster (see below) mounted on the strong side of your belt, near 3 o’clock for right-handed shooters and 9 o’clock for lefties. The holster used in this class is a basic one used for training or practical shooting events, and not necessarily used for concealed carry.
    Cross-draw, shoulder, appendix, or SERPA-type holsters (requiring the manipulation of the retention device/lock using the index/trigger finger) are not permitted in this class.
    Holsters that us the thumb to manipulate the retention device are acceptable. (Safariland Automatic Locking System (ALS) design as an example.)
  • You should have at least two to three magazines, and two magazine pouches that will be mounted opposite from your holster (see below).
  • A decent gun belt that will properly hold your holster, gun and loaded magazines.
  • Wraparound eye protection with an ANSI rating of at least Z87+ (as marked on the eye protection).
  • Hearing protection (Electronic hearing protection is recommended)
  • About 100 rounds of ammunition. Much of this class deals with becoming familiar with a holster, grip, presentation, trigger control, sight picture and sight alignment. You’ll be doing a lot of dry firing prior to live-fire.
  • Proper gear for the weather.

Holster, Magazine Pouches & Other Gear

To supplement the information provided above, here are a two images showing holster and magazine configurations acceptable for this class. Also listed are some equipment suggestions. (These are not a paid endorsement or affiliate links.)