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8 Hour Block

RDS Defensive Handgun I picks up where RDS Defensive Handgun leaves off.  In this course, students will be required to perform in less-than-ideal shooting positions against less-than-ideal threats, fully utilizing the 3D nature of training.  This class focuses almost exclusively on movement and compromised points of aim, avoiding the more static, fundamentals-focused shooting seen in DH.  This course is moderately physically demanding and the tempo is higher than some students may have experienced before; applying as much stress as possible to hone skills on the gun under closer-to-real-world circumstances.  Marksmanship requirements under as realistic as possible conditions drive the two day course.


Instruction in this course includes:

  • Real world safety

  • Information Theory and Occam’s Razor

  • Pre-assault indicators

  • Stress inoculation

  • Threat anatomy

  • Drawing from IWB/OWB

  • Tactical and emergency reloads

  • Malfunction clearing (immediate and remedial action)

  • Austere shooting positions

  • Maximizing and recognizing adequate cover/concealment/deflection

  • Primary-hand-only weapon manipulation

  • Support-hand-only weapon manipulation

  • Movement (on the move and explosive)

  • Defense of third parties

  • introduction to fight-to-gun mechanics


  • Handgun with 3 magazines (the more the better) single stack, 5-7 magazines.

  • Holster (Cross-draw prohibited)

  • Magazine pouch

  • At least 500 Rounds handgun

  • Ear and eye protection

** Disclaimer: Many of the topics will only be touched on briefly and some may not be covered, based upon the pace of the class and the allotted time. This is meant to provide you with an insight into the instructor's teachings, however, given the limited time of only 8 hours, it will not be as thorough as a normal class would be**

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