The Academy

Additional Handgun Programs

Basic Firearms Maintenance

The Basic Firearms Maintenance program will provide training in the required techniques to disassemble and re-assemble the pistol or rifle of students choice. Method of instruction will include:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Hands on performance

Prerequisite:

This is a class for beginners to learn how to properly clean and maintain firearms. He/she must have all necessary equipment, to included:

  • Firearm of choice (If not available, one can be provided)
  • Cleaning Tools (may be obtained at the range)
  • Solvents (may be obtained at the range)
  • 25 rounds of appropriate caliber ammunition for test fire (if desired)

Subjects covered:

  • Basic firearms safety
  • Proper levels of maintenance required for the firearm
  • Applicable solvents and lubricants
  • Rust prevention or removal
  • Specific disassembly instructions for the weapon
  • How to check for unusual wear and tear
  • Specific re-assembly
  • How to safely accomplish function checks on the weapon
  • Application of trouble shooting problems with weapon

Cost: $80.00 (2 hours)

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Defensive Handgun

A three hour classroom and range program designed as instruction to civilian defensive handgun shooting. The course emphasis is placed on safe gun handling fundamentals and includes pistol nomenclature and function, firearm safety, marksmanship, loading/unloading, malfunction clearing, speed reloads, reloading under duress and holster drawing.

Subjects Covered:

  • Safe Gun Handling
  • Basic Marksmanship, Seven Fundamentals and Assessment
  • Drawing and Presentation
  • Holster Types and Positions
  • Grip
  • Removal from Holster
  • Muzzle Position(s)
  • Various shooting platforms
  • “PUSH” to Target techniques
  • Practical Application on Range; 100 rounds

Required Equipment:

Reliable, functional handgun; 100 rounds of jacketed ammunition; 2 magazines or speed loaders.
Optional: Hearing and eye protection, Belt holster (rigid) with sturdy belt.

Prerequisites

No pre-requisite necessary for this course.

Cost: $165.00 (3 hours)

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Intermediate Handgun - Individual

This Intermediate Handguns firearms training class will take students beyond basic handgun skills.

Subjects Covered:

  • Intermediate handgun techniques
  • Clearing jams
  • Reloading quickly
  • Actual Range Shooting
  • Controlled pairs
  • In-depth ammunition knowledge

This class is designed for the people who know the basics of handgun operation and want to take the next step. This is a one on one class with a private instructor. The first hour of class is spent in the classroom discussing handgun and ammunition knowledge and new techniques. The second hour is spent on the range, doing actual shooting, learning and practicing the new techniques. After the class, the shooter will be able to handle and manipulate a handgun at a more advanced level.

Techniques Practiced:

Trigger reset, chamber indicator, press checking, speed reload, tactical reload, jam clearing (4 types), double taps, accuracy vs. speed, one hand shooting

Required Equipment:

50 rounds of ammunition. Price does not include ammunition but can be selected based on preference of student during course. Note: Can be purchased at the range for range shooting portion of the course. Two mags or speed loader for revolvers.

Prerequisites:

Intro to handguns or Women’s Basic Pistol or similar skill level

Cost: $150.00 (2 hours)

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Intermediate Handgun - Small Group

This Intermediate Handguns firearms training class will take students beyond basic handgun skills.

Subjects Covered:

  • Intermediate handgun techniques
  • Clearing jams
  • Reloading quickly
  • Actual Range Shooting
  • Controlled pairs
  • In-depth ammunition knowledge

This class is designed for the people who know the basics of handgun operation and want to take the next step. This class is taught in small groups and is not a one on one class with a private instructor (If you would like private instruction, check out “Intermediate Handgun – Individual” which is a one on one with a private instructor). The first half of class is spent in the classroom discussing handgun and ammunition knowledge and new techniques. The second half is spent on the range, doing actual shooting, learning and practicing the new techniques. After the class, the shooter will be able to handle and manipulate a handgun at a higher level.

Techniques Practiced:

Trigger reset, chamber indicator, press checking, speed reload, tactical reload, jam clearing (4 types), double taps, accuracy vs. speed, one hand shooting

Required Equipment:

100 rounds of ammunition. Price does not include ammunition but can be selected based on preference of student during course. Note: Can be purchased at the range for range shooting portion of the course. Two mags or speed loader for revolvers.

Prerequisites:

Intro to handguns or Women’s Basic Pistol or similar skill level

Cost: $135.00 (2 hours)

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Remedial Handgun for Security Officers

This Remedial Handgun training class for Security Officers will refresh the basic knowledge and fundamental skills for carrying and using a handgun on duty. An excellent course for the officer that’s preparing for state requalification that need to freshen up their skills. This course does NOT count towards Continuing Education credits.

Subjects Covered:
•Fundamentals of marksmanship reinforced
•Drawing from holster
•Actual Range Shooting
•Preparing for requalification

Prerequisite: A current or previous Level III commission with The Private Security Bureau

Required Equipment:

50 rounds of ammunition. Price does not include ammunition but can be selected based on preference of student during course. Note: Can be purchased at the range for range shooting portion of the course.

Cost: $79.00 (4 hours)

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The Castle Defense Course

THIS CLASS WILL TEACH STUDENTS THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ATTITUDE NECESSARY FOR DEFENDING THEIR FAMILY AND THEIR HOME WITH A HANDGUN. STUDENTS WILL GAIN KNOWLEDGE ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION AND LEVELS OF EFFECTIVENESS, HOW TO SAFELY STORE FIREARMS, HOW TO DEAL WITH FIREARM MALFUNCTIONS, PROPER USE OF COVER AND CONCEALMENT, RELOADING UNDER DURESS, CLOSE RANGE SHOOTING TACTICS, LOW LIGHT SHOOTING, AND THE LAWS THAT APPLY TO CITIZENS WHEN DEFENDING THEIR HOME.
  • This course is best for those who already have handgun experience, or have taken the Introduction to Handguns or a similar course.

Subjects covered:

  • Firearms safety in the home
  • Handgun types and calibers
  • Ammunition choices and availability
  • Operation and safety features
  • Gun accessories: night sights, flashlights and lasers
  • Safe storage of the weapon and ammunition
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Interactive speed reloads
  • Stress reloads, clearing jams
  • Shooting positions
  • Use of cover and concealment
  • Legal aspects and consequences of the use of deadly force and the “Castle Law”
  • Home safety strategies
  • Responding to a life-threatening encounter
  • Anatomy of injuries

Shooting:

  • Defensive accuracy
  • Close range
  • One-handed
  • Kneeling
  • From cover
  • Low-light

Required equipment:

Handgun of choice (revolver or semi-automatic) 100 rounds of range ammo, eye and ear protection.
Note: all equipment is available for rent or purchase at the range.

Cost: $165.00 (4 hours)

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Women's Basic Pistol

This 4-hour course will teach the fundamentals of safe and accurate pistol shooting from our female NRA certified firearms instructors. You do not need to own a firearm or have prior shooting experience to take this course.

Are you uncomfortable around firearms? Do you wish to expand your knowledge and skills with firearms? If so, this course is for you, even if you never intend to own one. This class is also suitable for women who have some experience with firearms, but want to review the basic fundamentals. Upon completion, students will have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to operate and carry a firearm safely.

If you own a personal firearm and wish to practice with that firearm, you may do so. Otherwise, a firearm will be provided to you as part of the class.

This class is limited to 5 people. We offer this in a small group setting so we can concentrate on each individual.

During this course, you will:

  • Learn how to safely handle firearms
  • Be able to identify different firearms and their primary parts
  • Understand the mechanics of how a firearm functions
  • Learn and practice the basics of grip, stance, sight alignment, sight picture, and trigger control
  • Understand the different methods and options to carry and store your firearm safely

Appropriate Attire for this course:

  • No open toed shoes
  • shorts, jeans, or capri pants are acceptable
  • polo style or crew neck t-shirts are acceptable(no v-neck or low cut)

Required Equipment:

50 rounds of ammunition. Price does not include ammunition, but ammunition can be selected and purchased at the range based on preference of the student during course.

*Note: If you are using our firearm, you will be required to use only our ammunition in our firearms.

We will need all individuals that participate in this class to complete a safety waiver. This can be done in store, however, for speedy check in you may fill this waiver out at this website in advance www.smartwaiver.com/v/dfwgun

Cost: $75.00 (4 hours)

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