Live Fire & Firearms Instruction

On the Firing Line and for the Real World

Reactive Pistol Concepts

Shooting and Fighting with a Handgun In The World’s Time

Reactive Pistol Concepts is a 1-day course designed to introduce defensive shooting practitioners to a method of shooting that will allow for effective, fight-stopping hits at speeds that were previously not thought possible.

In a collaborative and supportive environment, attendees will undertake a variety of structured exercises designed to increase speed and accuracy, demonstrate individual effectiveness, and identify limitations and issues for further improvement. All shooting will take place at ranges simulating the parameters of actual violent encounters, and attendees are not required to be “expert” shooters prior to the course.

The only non-negotiable demand of students is that they:


Each attendee will leave the course with both electronic and physical copies of the targets used for the course as well as instructions for future use in individual skill-building.

Topics covered will include:

  • Universal Safe Gun Handling Rules
  • Reactive Shooting vs. Precision Shooting, and WHY
  • Target-based training methods
  • Accurate speed shooting
  • Shooting in tempo
  • Effective recoil control
  • Dominant & Support hand-only shooting, and the rationale for it
  • Firing from awkward positions
  • Firing while moving
  • Threat Discrimination
  • Tactics for dealing with multiple threats and “no-shoots” in the environment
  • Stress Inoculation … and much more.

There will be a testing period involving a relatively brief but demanding course of fire focused on meeting qualification standards and resolving scenarios based on actual incidents, all conducted with concealed-carry handguns and related support gear.

A record of student performance will be provided to add to permanent history of competence.

Gear List Requirements:

  • Willingness to learn and courage to try
  • Safe gun handling and commitment to work at one’s own safe speed
  • Pistol that works (2 is better)
  • Quality holster and sturdy belt
  • At least 4 pistol magazines (more is better)
  • Magazine carrier (we recommend single mag carriers)
  • Seasonally-appropriate clothing, including a brimmed hat
  • Shooting-rated eye protection
  • Ear protection, electronic preferred
  • Closed toe sneakers or boots
  • Sun block
  • Pen & Notepad
  • Hydration bladder or gallon of water
  • 750-1000 rounds of reliable ammunition (though you may not use it all)
  • UPLULA magazine loading tool (your thumbs will thank you!)
  • A dark colored tee shirt that will be destroyed by use on targets

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