Intermediate Handgun A Defensive Actions

This course is designed for those who have completed AZ Armed Security Guard Training or AZCSN Basic Pistol. This course builds on the skills learned in prior courses including:

-Participants will begin to develop single-handed presentation and marksmanship skills.

-Participants will continue to develop firearm safety while integrating movement and practicing the firearms safety rules. 

-Participants will understand and demonstrate after action responses including problem solving, awareness, and potential need for self care. 

-Participants will engage threats with dominant hand only and support hand only firearms use. 

-Participants will analyze their shot groupings on the target to identify if they need to slow down or increase speed to arrive at a safe, accurate, speed to engage a threat in a defensive situation. 

-Participants will manage ammo and clearing malfunctions under pressure

Required Equipment:

Semi-automatic pistol in .38 special, 9mm, 357 Sig, .40 S&W, .45 ACP or .45 GAP
Minimum trigger pull to be no less than four pounds (more is acceptable, less is not)
Sturdy strong side holster
Sturdy belt (double thick 1.75” is recommended)
Three magazines minimum (more are better)
Magazine pouch with a minimum capacity to hold two or more magazines securely
Minimum of 200-rounds of practice ammunition that match your pistols caliber
Eye protection (safety rated sunglasses if it is sunny and clear safety rated glasses if it is not sunny)
Hearing protection (plugs and electronic muffs combined is recommended)
Brimmed hat
Long sleeve shirt that closes at the top to keep hot ejected shell casings out
Long pants (cargo style is best to keep loose ammunition in to top off magazines between stages)
Closed toe shoes
Lots of water


Handguns in calibers not listed above
Cross draw, shoulder, purse, backpack or bag holsters
Holsters that require the index finger of the shooting hand to release any retention devices (Serpa style holsters)
Holsters that require two hands to safely re-holster
Holsters worn in any manner in which they were not originally intended
Any equipment considered by the Range Instructors and/or Range Safety Officers to be dangerous
Students instructing other students unless requested to do by the Range Instructor as part of the course
An unteachable spirit

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