Tactical Handgun 1 Course in Eugene Oregon


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Tactical Handgun 1 Course in Eugene Oregon

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Tactical Handgun 1 (TH1) is the flagship firearms course at Defensive Firearms Instruction. During the 8-hour course our goal is to provide students with the tools and mindset necessary to properly defend one’s self and their loved ones. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, you will get something out of this class. Along with top quality instruction, you will have the opportunity to practice drills in a safe and friendly atmosphere that you aren’t able to do at most public ranges. We gear our drills towards not only making you more comfortable with firing and manipulating your firearm, but towards preparing you for a defensive encounter.

We begin the day by going over the mindset and philosophies regarding the carrying, use and ownership of a firearm. We then begin the dry fire segment of the class. This will include going over proper handling of the firearm, drawing and holstering, after action response, loading/unloading, emergency reloads, tactical reloads, clearing malfunctions, and fundamentals of marksmanship. After getting these fundamentals down we move into the live fire section of the class. This portion begins with an accuracy assessment where you will get direct 1 on 1 guidance and feedback tailored specifically to your needs from our competent instruction staff.

During the rest of the live fire portion we go over single-handed firing, controlled pairs, shooting from kneeling positions, shooting from behind cover, and close quarters un-sighted fire drills. The culmination of the course is the Oregon DPSST PQC-1 Handgun Qualification Course. This will allow you to quantify your skills and compare with what is required of your local law enforcement.

Pre-registration for this course is required. Individuals can sign up with payment, however if they sign up without payment they are required to bring cash or check with them to the course. Students will receive a certificate of completion of our Tactical Handgun 1 course, however the certification may not be used to obtain an Oregon Concealed Handgun License.

There are no pre-requisites to this course, however all students must be able to perform introductory level skills such as basic weapons manipulation (i.e. locking slide to the rear, loading magazines, etc.). This course is the pre-requisite course required to attend our Tactical Handgun 2, Tactical Carbine 1, Tactical Shotgun 1, or Low Light.

Defensive Firearms Instruction staff can sign off on the HR 218 Qualification from this course, as well as Law Enforcement continued education (F6 training). Current Law Enforcement is required to bring their F6 form with them to the course if they wish to have this training count towards their annual continued education. Contact us directly with questions regarding how to properly fill out the F6.

Required Gear*:

  • Eye Protection
  • Ear Protection
  • Semi-automatic duty sized handgun chambered in .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 Auto, .357 Sig, 10mm        (no revolvers)
  • Holster, two magazines and magazine pouch
  • 150+ rounds of handgun ammunition (Lead free for indoor range)
  • Suitable Belt
  • Clothing adequate for weather and allows for movement (pants preferred)
  • Hydration source
  • Lunch (refrigeration is unavailable. There is a market nearby for purchasing lunch)

*Rental equipment (firearm/ammunition/hearing & eye protection) is available with advanced notice.

Northwest Arsenal Ammunition Costs:

.380 ACP – $15.99/50
9mm – $15.99/50
.40 S&W – $21.49/50
.45 ACP – $24.99/50
10MM – $35.00/50

*Rental equipment (firearm/ammunition/ear & eye protection) is available with advanced notice.

Nice to have:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat with visor
  • Kneepads (if you have issues kneeling on the ground)

Note: Please ensure all firearms are unloaded and cased upon arrival for this course.

Rental Gear & Upgrades (optional)

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