(Formerly known as Intro to Defensive Pistol)

Learn the core skills needed to defend yourself with a pistol. This introductory defensive pistol class is the first step in our Defensive Pistol series.

Participants will learn:
-Safe drawing and holstering of pistol from an OWB holster
-Foundational principles of defensive shooting, including stance, grip, different sight pictures (flash, floating, focused), and more
-Defensive mindset, shooting to stop the threat, shot accountability
-Quick and efficient reloading of the pistol
-How to clear common malfunctions and quickly get back into action
-Strong-side only and support-side only shooting
-How to properly identify and shoot from cover
-Basic flashlight techniques

Note: A valid Massachusetts LTC (resident or non-resident) is required. Students should already possess basic target shooting skills, practice excellent gun safety, and be familiar with their firearm. This is not a class for people with little experience shooting pistols. If you are new to pistols or need a refresher, look into taking our Handgun Basics class or Pistol Skill Builder. Also, this course requires physical activity, including periods of rapid movement and kneeling. Please be realistic about your abilities.

Click Here for the Required Equipment List.

Upcoming Class Dates:

Monday, June 10, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (6 spots open)


Price: $180 per student ($160 for DF&GC members). After submitting your registration form (below), you will be contacted regarding payment. We accept Venmo and credit cards. Do not pay until contacted with either a credit card or Venmo invoice from us. Payment is typically due within 24 hours of invoicing in order to reserve your spot in the class.

This class is held outdoors at Danvers Fish & Game Club in Middleton, MA, and both club members and non-members may register to attend.
If you have questions about this class, contact paladingrouptraining@gmail.com.

Some articles to help you prepare for this class:
What Pistol Should I Bring to Class?
What is Training Gear?
What Do I Wear to a Firearms Class?

(Please be sure to read over the equipment requirements before registering.)

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