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Intro to Defensive Pistol – One Day (Seelyville, IN)

Mar 23 @ 8:00 am4:00 pm EDT

Intro to Defensive Pistol Overview

Prerequisites: Suggested—Revere’s Riders Revere’s Riders Basic Pistol or similar. This is not an introductory course and participants are expected to be capable of the following:

  • handling their firearm in a safe manner
  • keeping shots within a 6″ square from approximately 7 yards

Estimated Ammunition Required: About 250 rounds/day.

Pistol Requirements: 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.

The following are a good set of guidelines for an appropriate pistol for this event:

  • bring the pistol you intend to use for concealed carry; leave the brand new pistol you bought the day before the event at home
  • a rimfire pistol can be used for practice during some of the drills with a transition to your centerfire pistol to complete the drill (see the section on Rimfire Pistols below)
  • a medium-frame pistol is often ideal for concealed carry (e.g., Glock 19 or similar); smaller pistols are difficult to shoot accurately and larger pistols are uncomfortable to carry all day long
  • make sure your pistol is in good working order; if in doubt, have it checked by a qualified gunsmith or armorer. A pistol that malfunctions constantly will get you plenty of practice addressing malfunctions but not much practice with the drills

If you have any questions concerning the suitability of your pistol for this course, please contact the Event Director.

Rimfire Pistols: Due to the current cost and lack of availability of centerfire ammunition, rimfire pistols will be allowed at this event subject to the following:

  • suitable centerfire/rimfire pistol combinations, in order of preference, are:
    • pairs of pistols such as the Glock 19 and Glock 44 that are nearly identical in size and function
    • pistols that are not as similar as the Glock 19/Glock 44 but still properly fit the same holster
    • your concealed carry centerfire pistol along with a .22LR conversion kit that is easy enough to swap in/out in a short period of time (<1 minute) without tools (e.g., a Glock 19 and the Advantage Arms .22LR Conversion Kit)
    • separate centerfire and rimfire pistols along with appropriate holsters for both (in a pinch, you will be able to get by without a proper holster for your rimfire pistol)
  • bring 250 rounds of quality rimfire ammunition (be picky about your rimfire ammunition as the cheap stuff is usually not very reliable; you can’t go wrong with CCI Mini-Mag, Fiocchi, or Federal)
  • bring THREE (or more) magazines for your rimfire pistol (this is in addition to the THREE or more magazines for your centerfire pistol)
  • appropriate holsters for both pistols (assuming your rimfire pistol does not properly fit your centerfire pistol holster)


During the course, you will use your rimfire pistol as initial practice for a given drill and then transition to your centerfire pistol to demonstrate competency.

Required Equipment: Please review our suggestions on appropriate Defensive Pistol equipment and plan to bring the following:

  • magazines or speed loaders: bring at least THREE (more is better, especially if you are using a pistol with a capacity of less than 10 rounds)
  • holster: a strong side holster that does not collapse when your pistol is drawn (no appendix, ankle, shoulder or small-of-back holsters). Either IWB (“inside the waistband”) or OWB (“outside the waistband”) are fine, but the holster you intend to use for concealed carry would be preferred. An OWB holster is often easier to use if you have never drawn from a holster before but will still allow you to participate fully in the drills we will conduct. The crucial aspect is that your holster MUST hold your firearm securely without letting it move around on your hip; this will necessitate a holster that attaches at TWO POINTS to your gun belt; there are a few holsters that attach to your gun belt at one point and still hold your firearm securely, but they generally attach over an extended length of your belt effectively simulating two points of attachment.
  • gun belt: you will have your pistol on your hip for the entire day. It will seem heavier as the day goes on and a good, sturdy gun belt will minimize that feeling. A standard belt isn’t going to cut it here; spend a couple of dollars on a quality gun belt if you don’t already have one.
  • magazine carrier (you can get by with putting spare magazines in a pocket, but a magazine carrier is much preferred)
  • 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)

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

  • case for your pistol
  • hat with a brim (to deflect flying hot brass)
  • folding chair
  • lunch
  • snacks
  • sunscreen and/or bug spray

Overview: Intro to Defensive Pistol begins with an overview of the range rules, safety procedures and quick reminder of the fundamentals from basic pistol. From there, the course focuses on the mechanics of defensive pistol shooting.  Lecture topics include: “Why do we do this?”, the physiological and psychological aspects of dynamic critical incidents for both the “good guy” and the “bad guy”, firearms and ancillary equipment for defensive use among other topics. Range exercises build on each successive evolution ending the day with a simple drill that rehearses the physical and mental issues dealt with during the class.

At the end of the course, you will have learned a simple drill that will help you internalize the basics of defensive pistol craft.

Additional Event Information

Minors (under 18 years old) must be mature enough to follow the instruction and perform the drills as well as have a parent or legal guardian present during the event.

Additional Questions?

John Viray is available at the email address below to answer questions both before and after the course.


Mar 23
8:00 am—4:00 pm EDT
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John Viray


Lost Creek Conservation Club (Seelyville, IN)
1330 North Main Street
Terre Haute, IN 47803 United States
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(812) 877-1117
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200 yards
39.482328 N , -87.267603 W

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Lost Creek Conservation Club (Seelyville, IN)


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