Defensive Pistol Skills Back Up Gun (BUG)

Course Description: This course provides training in the use of back up guns (BUGs) for defensive shooting. BUGs are generally considered to be pistols or revolvers with barrels shorter than 4", typically carried in a pocket holster, ankle holster, belly band, fanny pack, or other non-belt-holster carry mode. These guns are much slower to draw and harder to shoot than a larger handgun carried in a belt holster, but in many situations, a BUG is the only viable carry option for many.

Topics: characteristics of a "typical" gunfight, review of gun safety and shooting fundamentals, ready positions, loading and reloading techniques, drawing from concealment, high speed target engagement, threat scanning, use of verbal commands, extreme close range shooting, and generally developing proficiency with the handgun under stress.

Length: three hours

For prices and upcoming course dates, check the schedule page.

Prerequisites: Completion of Defensive Pistol Skills 1, Texas CHL, Basic Pistol 2 and/or Beyond the Basics preferred but not required.

Required Equipment: A centerfire handgun with a barrel shorter than 4", pocket holster, ankle holster, fanny pack or other non-belt-holster carry method, a minimum of 2 spare magazines, speedloaders, or speed strips, eye and ear protection, a baseball cap (to deflect spent brass and keep the sun out of your eyes) and a minimum of 150 rounds of ammunition.

Optional Equipment: See the general policies page for suggestions on food, drink, clothing, etc.

Taught by: Karl Rehn

Facility: A-Zone Range

Class AARs and articles:

Is a Pocket Gun Enough (USCCA Magazine article)