"Core". The name for this course was carefully chosen. You've probably heard many similar monikers like "fundamental", "level 1", "intro", "Beginner" etc. But for us none of those fit. The idea for this class is simple. Take what we see as the Core fundamental skills for any practical shooting discipline (whether that be self/home defense or competition) and give students as in-depth of an understanding as we can in 8 hours, and send you home with 6 months to a year of homework. For us those skills are as follows.
- Accuracy: If you can't hit stuff, nothing else matters.
- Speed: If you can hit stuff, but can't hit it in time, it still doesn't matter.
- Gun Handling Skills: Draws, reloads, the essentials.
- Target Transitions: Whether transitioning between multiple targets or simply driving the gun to a target when the target location was unknown, target transition mechanics are absolutely essential for the tactical or performance shooter.
- Movement: Neither gunfights or matches happen flat-footed. Movement is almost always a key factor. We'll work on entering and exiting shooting positions with efficiency, as well as shooting on the move.
With individual attention and coaching for each student, shooters with various backgrounds and levels are welcome. This should not be your very first training. This course will teach you how to load/unload your pistol etc. Students should already understand how their firearm works, understand the safety rules and be able to safely move around a range without supervision etc. With that said there is no skill-based speed or accuracy pre-requisite. Whether you are beginner level, or a long-time law enforcement officer looking to grow your skills, this course will push you to the next level.
Primary Gear List: (If you are taking this class with self-defense in mind we recommend you let that motivate your gear selection. If you do or intend to conceal carry, bring your concealed carry gear. If duty gear is more appropriate for your context that is more than acceptable as well. Competition style gear is certainly welcome as well)
- Modern semi-automatic pistol. Full-size pistols tend to be easier to shoot and have the capacity to let you complete longer drills. No micro subcompacts or revolvers. If you are bringing a single stack or compact pistol, ensure that you are bringing additional or extended magazines in order to be able to fully participate. Having 60 rounds on your person is a good rule of thumb.
- Quality and safe holster that fully covers and prevents access to the trigger guard when holstered. Kydex IWB or OWB holsters are ideal. No fabric, sticky, or belly band setups allowed.
- At least one secured reload location such as a belt-mounted mag pouch or neomag. Ideally two. Additional magazines may be carried in pockets etc.
- Eye & Ear Protection. Bring tinted and clear ballistic-rated eye protection to account for weather conditions. Electronic hearing protection that allows for you to hear instruction while shooting is HIGHLY recommended.
- 500 rounds minimum with 750 recommended. No steel-core. Steel case welcome.
- Plenty of water, sunblock, lunch, snacks, whatever else you may need.
We will begin promptly at 0900. Please arrive early to allow for gear prep.
Full gear list and exact location will be emailed upon registration.
Core classes are typically scheduled back to back, Saturday/Sunday. If you wish to take the full Core Weekend, add both courses to cart and use code COREWEEKEND to save 20%.
By entering payment information and completing an order you are certifying that you are of appropriate age for this training and that you are a U.S citizens who is legally allowed to possess a firearm.
CLASS CANCELATION POLICY - Since our founding, SpecTrain has only canceled one class (due to COVID lockdowns). If we are ever forced to cancel a class again, a full refund or credit towards a future class will be offered. No refunds will be given for class tuition due to a student being unable to attend. With at least seven calander days notice, we will extend an equal value credit towards a future class. Without prior notice, no future credit will be issued.