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tactical Application of the Pistol

For Church ProtectORs


Strategos International


tactical Application of the Pistol

For Church ProtectORs

This course is for responsible and conscientious adults who serve as part of an organization's security ministry or life safety team. This is not a 'handgun 101' course. Participants must already have a basic understanding of and ability to safely handle and manipulate their pistol in a controlled manner with a calm demeanor. Tactical Application of the Pistol is a basic, skill-building course, but it is not an introductory course for a person who has never fired a handgun or who is not familiar with how to safely handle one. You do not need to be an accomplished marksman, however your behavior and actions must demonstrate that you have a keen awareness of the powerfully destructive potential of a firearm. 


This course satisfies the training requirement for those seeking to gain their legal endorsement to carry a concealable firearm in Nevada State as well as those states that recognize Nevada's training standard.



This dynamic course begins with classroom instruction covering legal and liability issues and safety with a firearm . Our discussion includes the lawful and proper use of force. We focus on the physical training for developing tactically correct motor skills for deploying with your pistol in an emergency. These skill competencies include deploying your pistol, firing and managing your gear while:


. Using a stationary position of concealment/cover.

. Moving forward and backward.

. Moving laterally and at oblique angles.

. Utilizing one or both hands from a variety of positions and fighting platforms.


We focus on principles, tactics and techniques that will lead to success in an armed encounter. Participants learn not only how to survive, but prevail in protecting their congregation from an armed threat. 


Topics Include:

. Safety at Home, on the Range, and While Carrying concealed in public.

. The Principles of Marksmanship.

. Equipment Selection and Proper Gear Placement.

. Legal and Justifiable Use of Force.

. Winning Mindset and Stress Management.

. Loading, Unloading, and Reloading.

. Developing Natural Index Points.

. Communication and Working with a Partner.

. Verbal Challenges and Commands.

. Proper Draw Stroke and proper Recovery to the Holster.

. Single and Multiple Threat Engagement.

. Shooting on the Move.

. Horizontal and Vertical Displacements.

. Immediate Action Drills and clearing Malfunctions.

. Making Proper Decisions Under Duress.

. CQB - close Quarters Battle.

. Prevailing in Low Light.


Our Training Philosophy and Practices:

We believe in treating everyone respectfully and as adult learners. Our coaches/instructors participate in the learning process and we use a building block approach to solidity skills before moving toward more advanced concepts. We believe that "capability breeds humility." In other words,k by achieving a higher level of skill you will be able to better maintain composure while under duress. Through managing fear, the capable operation will operate more confidently, more quickly, and make better decisions int he stressful environment of a true emergency.


Prerequisites/Physical Requirements:

You must understand the basics of how your firearm operates. This includes being able to lock/close the action (slide), as well as load/unload the firearm safely. You should be able to field strip your pistol according to your owner's manual for maintenance and cleaning. You must be able to operate in a safe and controlled manner. Speed is not an issue. Muzzle discipline (the direction of the barrel), and awareness is paramount. 


You must possess the physical strength and stamina to repetitively function and fire your weapon during training drills. You must be able to move forward, backward, and laterally under control while holding your firearm in front of you and pointed at the targets. You must have personal self-discipline and be able to maintain mental, physical, and emotional control at all times and not become over-excited or lose your composure. You must be willing and able to accept coaching and instruction and follow commands. You must have a keen awareness and consideration for other participants while handling firearms and conducting drills in proximity of one another. 

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