Who should attend this course

Pistol owners who handle their firearms safely under range conditions, and can perform  necessary manipulations of their handgun without assistance. Attendees of the class should complete one of the following:

Course Description

Real World Defensive Shooting Level 1 is an introductory course covering the technical competencies needed to safely and responsibly engage in defensive pistol training. You will learn about achieving the proper mindset for self-defense, safe and efficient gun-handling, basic defensive shooting techniques, shooting tests and standards, concealment physics and carry gear, and an introduction to the concealed carry draw stroke

What To Bring

Note: Davenport Guns has everything you need to take the class for sale or loan at the store

  • A safe, serviceable defensive handgun
  • 150 rounds of factory loaded ammunition
  • At least one spare magazine, speed loader, or speed strip. More is better.
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Safe range clothing – closed toed shoes, crew-neck shirt, ball cap with bill to deflect brass away from the eyes and face.

Course Info




Lesson Topics

Lesson 1 – Mental Preparation for self-defense, and establishing training priorities

Lesson 2 Safe gun-handling and risk mitigation

Lesson 3 Developing a high degree of confidence and competence in critical gun-handling tasks

Lesson 3 – Basic defensive handgun shooting techniques

Lesson 4 – Measuring progress – Shooting tests and standards

Lesson 5 – Concealment physics and carry gear

Lesson 6 – Introduction to the concealed carry drawstroke and safe re-holstering techniques

Lesson 7 – Dry fire training, how to do it safely and effectively



Private class can be arranged for groups of 5 or more. 

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