Sage Dynamics

Defensive Handgun

Course Length: Two days


Course Description:  Defensive Handgun is intended for anyone with little or no formal experience operating a handgun in a self defense manner.  This course teaches safe handling and efficient operation of semi-automatic and revolvers.  Students will learn correct techniques for drawing and presenting the weapon, as well as fundamental techniques for employing the handgun in defense of self or others.  As Defensive Handgun is self defense focused, students are expected to train from concealment or from their duty holster (if LE/MIL).  Defensive handgun will progress from most-to-least likely skills over the course of 16 hours to best prepare students for handgun use in a violent encounter.

*This course is not intended for anyone without a basic understanding of firearm operation, safety, draw from the holster and general marksmanship.


Blocks of instruction include:


  • Real world safety

  • Handgun selection

  • Ammunition selection

  • Equipment selection

  • Concealment clothing

  • Fundamentals of marksmanship

  • Psychological and physiological effects of stress on the body

  • Threat anatomy

  • Confronting the 3D threat

  • Drawing from IWB/OWB

  • Tactical and emergency reloads

  • Malfunction clearing (immediate and remedial action)

  • Shooting positions

  • Movement

  • On cover/off cover shooting

  • Practical and precision accuracy

  • RDS use on handguns (if used)

  • Managing compliant threats

  • Judgment shooting

  • Contact with 911/First responders  


Course cost: $400


Mandatory Equipment:


  • Handgun with 3 magazines (single stack, 5-7 magazines)

  • Holster (cross-draw prohibited)

  • Magazine pouch 

  • 1000 Rounds handgun

  • Ear and eye protection

  • Hat

  • Long sleeves recommended (pants mandatory)

Optional (recommended) gear:

  • Gloves

  • Sunblock

  • Hydration

  • Field cleaning kit

  • Basic maintenance tools

  • Additional magazines for all weapons

Class size: Minimum of 10, no more than 15

Prerequisites: None