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Pistol Skills Development Clinic – Two Day (Milan, OH)

Sep 23, 2023 @ 8:00 amSep 24, 2023 @ 3:00 pm EDT

Pistol Skills Development Clinic Overview

Prerequisites: This course has no formal prerequisites, but is a fast-paced program covering a lot of instructional points. The course is designed to instill marksmanship fundamentals into attendees who’ve taken an entry-level class already and who are familiar with the safe handling and operation of a pistol. If you are totally new to firearms/pistols, you may be better served to attend our Pistol 100 (Basic Pistol) course which has a slower pace.

Estimated Ammunition Required: 500-700 rounds.

Pistol Requirements: You will need a safe semi-automatic pistol with a minimum of two (2) functioning magazines of five or more round capacity (10 round recommended), to fully participate in this course. Pistols should be of a modern, drop safe design.

Older single action pistols manufactured before the 1980s and lacking a transfer bar safety are the most common type of pistol that lack drop safe design features, as do some military surplus imports from Eastern bloc countries and Taurus PT-series pistols not fixed during an international safety recall in 2015. These pistols may discharge if dropped and pose a potential safety hazard to our volunteers and students, and are not permitted. If you have concerns about the safety features of your pistol you should have it inspected by an armorer or gunsmith before class.

Required Equipment: Plan to bring the following:

  • case for your pistol
  • at least two magazines for your pistol (5-round capacity minimum, 10-round capacity recommended)
  • a way to take notes
  • hearing protection
  • eye protection
  • plenty of your preferred method of hydration (both plain water and something to replace electrolytes you will lose via sweating is ideal)
  • clothing appropriate for the weather (loose fitting clothing, especially around the neck, is discouraged as hot brass can lodge against the skin and cause a burn)
  • lunch (there are no restaurants sufficiently close to the range)

We will not be drawing from the holster in this class and we will run a “cold range.” You will not need a holster to participate in the class activities.

Optional Equipment: The following equipment is not required but may come in handy at the event:

  • stapler (and extra staples) to attach your target to the backer board
  • hat with a brim (to deflect flying hot brass)
  • folding chair
  • snacks
  • sunscreen and/or bug spray

Loaner Firearms: loaner firearms suitable for use at this event are generally available but limited. Please contact the Event Director prior to the event if you would like to request a loaner firearm.

Overview: This course, based on traditional American service pistol fundamentals teaches “Hits Count!” This course lays a sound foundation for students to shoot groups under time pressure from a practical stance. Instruction includes classroom, drills, and range time all of which are designed to improve your abilities with a hand gun. Students learn:

  • Rules for safe gun handling & range rules
  • Pistol parts and operation & ammunition
  • Shooting fundamentals: Five steps to firing each shot
  • Proper two-hand, strong hand, and weak hand stance, grip, and trigger press
  • Natural Point of Aim
  • Shot Group Analysis
  • Clearing Common Stoppages
  • Progress check using Whittemore’s Stand Pistol Qualifier

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Hear the true story of Paul Revere’s famous ride and learn about the events that immediately precipitated the Revolutionary War. Paul Revere did not ride alone – many individuals played crucial roles in the events of April 19th, 1775.

This history presentation begins with alarm riders warning “the Regulars are out!” You’ll hear about the dramatic stand on Lexington Green and the “shots heard ’round the world” at Concord’s North Bridge. The tale concludes with harrowing life-or-death choices made along the 17 mile “battle road.”

This exciting tale will be woven throughout the day’s marksmanship events.

Additional Event Information

There will be a $10/person range fee for non-ECCL members for the weekend. Please bring cash with you to cover this fee.


Sep 23, 2023 @ 8:00 am EDT
Sep 24, 2023 @ 3:00 pm EDT
$40.00 – $100.00
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Erie County Conservation League (Milan, OH)
815 Mason Road E.
Milan, OH 44846 United States
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