Advanced Pistol and Speed Development Course

 Advanced Pistol and Speed Development Course


Audience:  Pistol owners that have some shooting experience to more experienced shooters looking to improve their drawing (from holster), speed at which they can acquire and accurately engage targets, decrease their reloading times, fire while moving or in compressed/ complicated environments and increase their cognitive processing abilities! 


Scope:  This course is designed to teach pistol owners the higher skills in order to operate their handguns more efficiently while moving and decrease their times on: drawing their pistol, engaging multiple targets, reloading and positional shooting. This is aided by the use of an automated course of fire where we are able to capture target engagement times. This all occurs with seasoned and knowledgeable instructors with a low student to instructor ratio. 


This is a challenging course that will force you to think on your feet. Classroom instruction and practical exercises on two ranges will provide the student a solid skill set in shooting fundamentals and handgun manipulation skills. More experienced students will refine their current skill set in order to progress as better shooters.


Participants should be prepared to train in all weather conditions. This program can be very challenging, and participants should come to class with an open mind and a good attitude. With our personal approach to training, low student to instructor ratio, your skills will improve!  


This is an 8 hour training day 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with 30 minutes for lunch. It is highly recommend that you bring your lunch as you will have no options within 15 mins of the range. It is also recommended you have snacks if you have any allergies, we will have snacks available such as power bars, crackers and granola bars. Otherwise, please bring your own. 

Length & Price: 2 day. $420.

Areas of Instruction

  • Engagements on the move 
  • Shooting fundamentals, on the move
  • Compressed engagement times  
  • Speed reloading techniques
  • Transitioning to multiple targets
  • Timed Pneumatic Course 
  • Draw stroke refinement
  • Shot placement skills 
  • Cognitive Optimization 
  • Decreasing all mechanics

Prerequisites and Physical Requirements

  • Student should be prepared to train in all weather (Hats and warm clothing in fall/spring classes as the weather can rapidly change at the elevation of the range).
  • Student must possess the physical strength and stamina to fire their firearms in shooting drills.
  • Student should be physically able to get up and down from standing, kneeling and prone positions.

Required Equipment

  • Pistol in good working order with at least 2-3 magazines 
  • Belt mounted, dominant side holster that covers the trigger
  • Magazine Pouch (available upon request, no charge) 
  • Sturdy belt at least 1.5” wide
  • Cap with brim (baseball or boonie style) 
  • T-Shirt with crew neck collar (no V-necks or low cut shirts, this prevents hot brass from getting down your shirt) 
  • Long pants (No shorts)
  • Light hiking boots or running shoes.   NO open toed shoes allowed!
  • Hearing protection (available upon request, no charge)
  • Wrap around eye protection (available upon request, no charge) 
  • Water bottle or hydration system
  • Knee pads (highly recommended)
  • Sunscreen / Bug Spray
  • Foul weather clothing
  • Note taking materials
  • 600 rounds of range ammo 
  • 150 rounds of Frangible ammunition

** Ammo is available for purchase at BRM with advanced notice ** 


**If you do not possess any of the above gear, please contact Kevin as far out from the course date as possible**

Optional Equipment

  • Long sleeve ‘Sun’ shirt (can be button type)

Teaching Style:

At Blue Ridge Marksmanship, we help you to gain a better understanding for your firearm. We help your gun handling abilities improve and we teach you ‘a way’ to shoot. There are millions of ways to fire a gun and hit a target, we will help you find the best one for you, not hammer you into ‘the way’ to shoot.

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