Defensive Pistol Skills Small Gun

Course Description: This course provides training in the use of smaller guns for defensive shooting. Backup guns (BUG), or pocket guns, 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.

This class can also be taken with a belt holstered larger gun. We have loaner small guns for those that don't own one.

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 Basic Pistol 1, Texas LTC or other basic handgun course.

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

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)