Pistol Speed Development Course

Pistol Speed Development Course


Handgun owners that have some shooting experience to more experienced shooters looking to improve their drawing (from holster) and speed shooting/reloading skills.



This course is for the novice to advanced level shooters who are wanting to decrease their times on: drawing their pistol, engaging multiple targets, clearing malfunctions and reloading. 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 the safe and efficient use of a handgun under timed conditions.


This is a challenging course that will decrease the time it takes you to draw your pistol and engage multiple targets at various ranges which include up to 10 round (bullets) engagements. 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 5:00 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 Course ($420)

Areas of Instruction:

  • Handgun safety considerations
  • Shooting fundamentals
  • Handgun presentation from holster
  • Speed reloading techniques
  • Transitioning to multiple targets
  • Shooting Positions
  • Draw stroke refinement
  • Stress shooting
  • Weapons maintenance
  • Different engagement distances


Prerequisites and Physical Requirements

  1. 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).
  2. Student must possess the physical strength and stamina to fire their firearms in shooting drills.
  3. Student should be physically able to get up and down from standing prone kneeling prone positions.


Required Equipment

  • Pistol in good working order with at least 2-3 magazines or speed clips for revolvers
  • 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
  • Sunscreen / Bug Spray
  • Foul weather clothing
  • Note taking materials
  • 600-800 rounds of range ammo COPPER PLATED or LEAD ONLY bullets. NO Full Metal Jacketed rounds allowed. (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

  • Knee pads / elbow pads (highly recommended)
  • 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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