Handgun Training Page

 

Our mission is to provide people of good character the information and training needed to be safe and effective in using a handgun.This training is based on the Modern Technique of the Pistol as described by Jeff Cooper (founder of GunSite Shooting Academy), which is built around the 4-Rules of safe gun handling.

 

The knowledge and skills associated with operating firearms can be broken into four levels.We should continually strive to achieve (and maintain) Skill Level 4:

 

Four Skill Levels of Firearm Operation

1

Unconscious/Incompetent

Level 1 is unaware and uneducated; you simply donít know what you donít know.TV and the movies are your main influence on gun handling and you are quite possibly a danger to yourself and others.

2

Conscious/Incompetent

Level 2 is aware but untrained; this where you become aware of the proper techniques to gun handling but, you havenít been trained to perform them.This is the level an untrained person will find themselves at the conclusion of the Safe Gun Handling Lecture, where the 4-rules are explained in detail but havenít been practiced.

3

Conscious/Competent

Level 3 is aware and trained to a point; you understand the proper techniques and can perform them but, you have to think through each process.You know the 4-rules but have to remind yourself to keep your finger off the trigger when the handgun is not indexed on target.This is the level you will be after taking Basic Handgun 1.

4

Unconscious/Competent

Level 4 is proficient; you Ďowní the skills at this level and no longer have to think about performing them, as they are automatic.The acts of safe gun handling are so ingrained that any violation of the 4-rules feels alien.You can no longer be shown a gun at a gun store or show without checking its condition and keeping the muzzle depressed until you can align the sights without covering any standers-by.You donít remember keeping your finger straight during a reload, but it is,,, every time.

 

The progression of handgun skill is analogous to learning to drive.Since Iím currently in the process of teaching my two teenage daughters to do just that, the similarities have become quite apparent (by the way, they already shoot very well).For those who have driven a while (and drive well), you no longer have to remind yourself to check the mirrors every minute or so, or glance over your shoulder before signaling to make a lane change.These actions are so ingrained that we hardly realize we do them.We want to learn to operate our firearm in the same manner, so if we are ever called upon to employ it, the actions of presenting it will be reflective and not require focused thought.

 

The courses listed below are designed to help one progress efficiently through the 4 skill levels and achieve Unconscious/Competence.Handgun Familiarization is a class that a complete novice can take with confidence and be introduced to the Modern Technique of the Pistol, the 4-Rules and multiple handgun platforms in a safe, fun environment.The students will quickly move from Skill Level 1 to Skill Level 3 after this class.

 

The Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship classes are organized in a manner to steadily build the studentís skill set and increase demands and pressure as they demonstrate capability.These courses are structured to progress the students from Skill Level 2 to 3 and ultimately Skill Level 4.

 

The other courses are more advanced and are reserved for students who have demonstrated Skill Level 4.

 

Below is the menu of courses.Class configuration is flexible and can be tailored to specific requests.Click on each for a detailed course description.

 

Class

Prerequisites

Class Size

Duration

Round Count

Cost

HHRPC Member

Non-member

Handgun Familiarization

Must be able to legally attain an Indiana LTCH permit

6

4 hrs

0, ammo provided

$50

$70

Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship 1 (BHHM 1)

Handgun Familiarization or equivalent

6

4 hrs

200

$50

$70

Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship 2 (BHHM 2)

Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship 1, posses an Indiana LTCH permit

6

4 hrs

300

$50

$70

Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship 3 (BHHM 3)

Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship 2, posses an Indiana LTCH permit

6

4 hrs

300

$50

$70

Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship 4 (BHHM 4)

(description coming soon)

Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship 3, posses an Indiana LTCH permit

4-6

4 hrs

300

$50

$70

Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship 5 (BHHM 5)

(description coming soon)

Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship 4, posses an Indiana LTCH permit

4-6

4 hrs

300

$50

$70

Flashlight Drills

Basic Handgun Handling and Marksmanship 2, posses an Indiana LTCH permit

4-6

4 hrs

300

$50

$70

 

If you are interested in these classes, please send an email to c.hetisimer@hhrp.org.We will schedule classes as soon as there is sufficient interest.

 

Once a class has been scheduled, students will be sent a confirmation and detailed description of what to bring.

 

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