Pistol Courses

Pistol Training Courses by Larry Vickers

Pistol Course Descriptions:

(Please note that that exact course content can and will vary depending on the skill level of the participants in the class.)

Pistol Basic: This class is an entry level course for handgun shooters and is designed specifically for those who have not had any formal instruction. Topics covered include the following: safety, stance, grip, sight alignment and trigger control. Familiarization with their service pistol includes field stripping and maintenance. In addition to this, other topics that are covered include reloads, draw, and introduction to different skill drills including dry fire and bullseye shooting. Class requirements:

  • Eye & Ear protection (electronic hearing protection is strongly recommended)
  • Serviceable handgun of at least 9mm Para caliber
  • Serviceable holster
  • Minimum 1 double magazine pouch
  • Minimum of 3 serviceable magazines (5 is better)
  • 800 rounds of ammo for two days 
  • Suitable range wear depending on the season
  • Good attitude

Pistol I – Introductory Level: This class is for shooters who have had at least a basic pistol class either from Vickers Tactical or any other accredited instructor. State concealed carry certification classes specifically do not qualify. Topics covered include basic pistol topics and the following: malfunction drills, shooting on the move as well as strong hand and weak hand shooting. Introduction to timed fire drills and evaluations based on class skill level. Concealed carry methods are also covered. Night-fire will depend on time of year and range restrictions.

  • Class equipment requirements are the same as Pistol Basic.
  • Hand held flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Ammo requirement is 800 rounds.

Pistol II – Intermediate Level: Review of topics in Pistol I with more advanced shooting on the move and skill drills. Courses of fire to be used are based on the skill level and evaluation of the shooters. The shooter will leave the course with a firm grasp on strengths and weaknesses and drills to help themselves improve.

  • Class equipment requirements are the same as Pistol I.
  • Ammo requirement is 1000 rounds.
  • No waivers from any other instructors granted.
  • Pistol I is a prerequisite for participation in Pistol II.

Pistol III – Advanced Level: Everything in Pistol II taken to a higher level. Introduction to different advanced skill drills. This is a master class level and above course; regardless of your skill level you will be challenged.

  • Class equipment requirements are the same as Pistol I & II.
  • Ammo requirement is 1000 rounds.
  • No waivers from any other instructors granted.
  • Pistol I & II are prerequisites for participation in Pistol III.

1911 Training Courses by Larry Vickers

1911 operator – 2 days - 1 day of range drills using a 1911 pistol; drills are specifically designed and tailored to highlight key features of using a 1911 pistol. The 2nd day begins with detail disassembly and assembly along with an operator level troubleshooting class to allow the end user to recognize problems that may develop – I generally do some on the spot gunsmithing on students guns that is included – the day wraps up with some range fire to highlight test fire procedures. This class has been very positively received Max class size is 16

1911 armorer – 3 days -  This class takes things to the next level beyond the operators class in terms of troubleshooting , identifying, and fixing problems that may develop with your 1911. Fit and function and replacement/tuning of various parts are discussed such as safeties, triggers, hammers and sears , mag catches, check and correct barrel fit, complete reliablility work, extractors, ejectors, sights, etc. . An individual will be able to completely maintain and do limited custom work on a 1911 pistol after this class. In addition zeroing and test fire procedures are discussed. No 1911 specific range fire beyond zeroing and test fire is planned into the schedule but an extra day can be added to do so if the class desires. Max class size is 12 – in addition a specific tool and part list (student supplied) is part of this course

1911 gunsmithing; – 6 days - This picks up where the armorers course leaves off and allows the student to build a complete custom 1911 from a box of oversize gunsmith fit parts; complete details of fitting an oversize match barrel, slide to frame fit, fitting and blending thumb and grip safeties, trigger job, complete blending of all components for a custom pistol are covered. In addition metal checkering is discussed and practiced on a limited scale. Recommended parts and sources are also covered. This is the complete package and is a great start to anyone wanting to do get into building custom 1911′s. Students of this course have had very positive comments thus far. Max class size is 7 and a specific tool and part list (student supplied) is part of this course.

All courses listed are 2 day courses unless otherwise noted.

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Please contact Vickers Tactical for specific requirements.