Tactical Handgun 1 Course in Springfield Oregon


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Tactical Handgun 1 Course in Springfield Oregon

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The Tactical Handgun 1 Course 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 with a handgun. 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 handgun, but also preparing you for a defensive encounter.

We begin the day with a safety brief and by going over the mindset and philosophies regarding defensive use of handguns. The next segment of the course is focused on dry fire manipulations, during which time we cover the following topics:

  • proper placement of gear
  • loading/unloading and press checking
  • drawing and holstering
  • after action response
  • ready positions
  • moving with firearm in ready positions
  • emergency reloads
  • tactical reloads
  • clearing malfunctions
  • fundamentals of marksmanship

We then move into the live fire section of the course which covers the following topics:

  • 2 handed sighted slow fire (accuracy analysis)
  • single-handed firing dominant hand
  • single-handed firing non-dominant hand
  • shooting from kneeling positions
  • controlled pairs
  • close quarters un-sighted fire drills.
  • focused accuracy drills
  • shooting from behind cover

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.

Upon successful completion of this course students will receive a certificate of completion of our Tactical Handgun 1 course, however the certification does not meet the requirements under ORS 166.291 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.). If you are not confident in your abilities with basic handgun manipulation, we recommend starting with our Introduction to Handgun Course.

This course is the pre-requisite course required to attend our Tactical Handgun 2, Tactical Carbine 1, Tactical Shotgun 1, or Low Light.

* Electronic ear protection and eye protection is provided by Defensive Firearms Instruction for this course. *

Required Gear*:

  • 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 FMJ handgun ammunition (ammunition can be purchased from local gun shops or sporting goods retailers)
  • Suitable Belt and 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/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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