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Sage Dynamics

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RDS Handgun Instructor

Course length: Three Days


Course Description: The optic equipped handgun is not a new concept, though in the last decade technology has improved to allow for the Miniature Red Dot Sight (MRDS) to be reliably mounted to handguns intended for duty and general self-defense carry.  With fundamental differences in techniques between the MRDS handgun and the rifle, instruction on the MRDS handgun presents unique problems for the instructor when introducing their students to proper skill development with their duty or carry MRDS handgun.

The RDS Handgun Instructor course is a culmination of years of MRDS handgun skill and technique development, made available to shortcut instructor trial/error on their own.  This course will provide the trainer with a comprehensive understanding of common MRDS operations and science, as well as concepts and principles for teaching students to best use their MRDS duty or carry handgun.  Students will be expected to meet minimum marksmanship requirements in order to complete this course.


Instruction includes:


  • Optic science

  • Optic selection and concerns

  • Administrative and SOP development for MRDS use (LE)

  • Duty carry/CCW Carry

  • Curriculum development for MRDS introduction training

  • Understanding proprioception, hand/eye coordination and engram development  

  • Firearm fundamentals applied to the MRDS

  • Stress inoculation

  • Threat anatomy

  • Drawing from IWB/OWB

  • Tactical and emergency reloads

  • Austere shooting positions

  • Maximizing and recognizing adequate cover/concealment/deflection

  • Primary-hand-only weapon manipulation

  • Basic movement

  • Optic malfunctions/handgun malfunctions


Course cost: $700.00




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

  • Holster (cross-draw holsters prohibited) Duty gear (for LE students)

  • Magazine pouch(es)

  • Minimum 1000 rounds range ammunition, 50 rounds duty/self defense ammunition

  • Ear and eye protection

  • Long sleeves recommended (pants mandatory)


Optional (recommended) gear:


  • Gloves

  • Sunblock

  • Hydration

  • Field cleaning kit

  • Basic maintenance tools

  • Knee and elbow pads

  • Additional magazines for all weapons


Class size: Minimum of 10, no more than 16


Prerequisites: Dept/Agency/Unit Instructor position.  For non LE students in open enrollment courses, proof of Instructor liability insurance may be required.

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