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