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“My wife and I took John’s Level I class this past Saturday. It was awesome! Angela had done very little shooting and my experience was with rifles and revolvers when I was younger. It was basically a new experience for Angela and a refresher for me. We both left learning a lot and a love for a new hobby we can share together. Again thanks John.”

— Franklin Sheldon – Greenville

Which Class Is Right For Your Needs?

Maybe this guide will be helpful to you.

  1. You have your own gun but know very little about how to shoot it accurately. You don’t have extra equipment like a holster or extra magazines. You don’t plan on carrying your gun concealed much if at all. You simply want to learn how to shoot it better and maybe pass the test for concealed carry in the future. Then the 90 minutes “Intro Level” will work fine for you. You will attend the first 90 minutes of class.
  2. You have your own gun but are a new or intermediate shooter. You want to either begin to or train to carry your gun on a regular basis. You’re not really sure how to properly grip your gun, draw from your holster or put rounds on the target quickly but want to learn. You have a holster, extra magazines and a mag holster or will get them. Then the “Level I” is the place to start. You will attend from 9am-noon.
  3. You want to improve your shooting skills and learn to add movement and defensive shooting scenarios to your practice. You want to learn how to quickly correct malfunctions, get to cover, reloading and shooting on the move. Then “Level II” is designed for you. You must complete Level I before taking Level II, or you can take the two together on the same day. If you are a Law Enforcement officer you can bypass Level I if desired. You will be there from 9-5.

Current Classes Offered

Introduction to Handgun Shooting

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Level I Handgun Instruction
Level I Instruction

Objective: Learning the fundamentals of solid pistol handling is the basis for growth skills competency. The class will concentrate on helping new or inexperienced people who want to learn the basics of shooting a handgun. If you are absolutely new to shooting, this is for you.

I will introduce you to the basics of how to handle a handgun, either semi-auto or revolver. Things I will cover:

  • How to hold your gun
  • How to use the sights correctly
  • How to quickly point your gun on the target
  • How to load your gun and rack the slide
  • Methods for weak hands to manipulate the gun
  • Which eye to use for aiming and how to keep them both open when shooting
  • Recoil control for follow up shots
  • The pluses and minuses of your handgun choices
  • How to choose a caliber of handgun
  • How to size a gun for your hand to make the right purchase choices
  • Advise on holster choices

After the class you will be more than qualified to pass the basic CHL shooting test in Texas. You will learn the basic foundational blocks to shoot well that you can build on should you desire future training. Shooting is much more enjoyable if you feel like you have a handle on how to do it right. CHL classes do not teach this.

This is a 90 minute class. Cost is $30 per student + $15 Range Fee. Limit of 5 students per class to allow for individual instruction.

What you will need:

  • Preferably your own pistol, semi-Auto or revolver. If you don’t own one yet, you can use one of ours for a cleaning fee of $10. I need to know ahead of time. I have a .380 and a 2 9mm available per class.
  • Your own ammunition: Recommended 9mm, .40 Cal., . 45 Cal, 38 Special .380. No magnum loads. 100 Rounds recommended. Optionally you can use our 9mm rounds for $20.
  • Extra magazines if you have them, if you only have 1, bring that.
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Appropriate Range Attire
  • Water and snacks
  • Portable chair recommended

This course is designed for introductory training and newer shooters. There will be no drawing from holster or defensive pistol training. This is simply a “learn how to shoot your gun” class.

What you will receive is:

  • The added enjoyment in know you are shooting correctly
  • Insights on the best gun to buy in the future for you needs and hand size

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Essential Defensive Pistol Skills Level 1

Level I Handgun Instruction
Level I Instruction

Objective: Learning the fundamentals of solid defensive pistol handling is the basis for growth skills competency. The class will concentrate on the skills everyone needs to master to draw and shoot a handgun with confidence in pressure situations. If you are absolutely new to shooting, this is for you.

Essentials: These are the ESSENTIALS needed to effectively use your handgun in a pressure situation.

Level I will cover all these basics for

  • How to hold your pistol,
  • Properly load it efficiently,
  • Smooth magazine changes,
  • Accuracy techniques,
  • Effective draw with proper mechanics
  • Recoil control.
  • We will cover many helpful insights into concealed carry questions, a Q&A time and useful handouts.

We will then take a 1 hour lunch break around 12:00 and proceed with Level II for those staying for that session.

Emphasis: We will concentrate on your physical contact with your gun: Drawing from a holster, proper grip, trigger control and body position while deploying your handgun effectively. You will learn proper “from the holster drawing” techniques, how to put your gun quickly on target, action reloading and situation awareness.
All drawing from the holster for Level 1 will by dry fire. All active shooting will be done from tactical ready position for beginner safety. Drawing and shooting from the holster will begin in Level II unless the instructor determines everyone in the class are safely doing the things necessary to allow shooting from the draw.

This class is where it all starts and will progress at the rate of the students attending. You will be a better defensive pistol shooter when you leave. You will also have the Essentials you will need to further practice correctly on your own.

This is a 3 hour class. Cost is $50 per student + $15 Range Fee.

What you will need:

  • Defensive Pistol. Semi-Auto or Revolver. If you don’t own one yet, you can use one of ours for a cleaning fee of $10. I need to know ahead of time. I have a .380 and a couple of 9mm available.
  • Your own ammunition: Recommended 9mm, .40 Cal., . 45 Cal, 38 Special .380. No magnum loads. 200 Rounds recommended
  • Holster: Belt w/Belt-Mounted Holster. No shoulder, appendix carry. Hard sided or leather only, strong side. Collapsible holsters not allowed.
  • Semi Auto Magazines: At least 2 magazines, 4 is better.
  • Revolver: Speed loader or moonclips.
  • Belt magazine holder for either semi-auto or revolver speed loaders.
  • Secure belt for carrying holster, magazine and moonclips.
  • Billed Cap, eye and ear protection
  • Appropriate Range Attire
  • Water and energy snacks
  • Portable chair recommended

This course is designed for introductory training and newer shooters. More experienced shooters are welcome and will learn some valuable insights as well.

What you will receive (other than solid training):

  • Handbook of valuable information on training, mindset, dry fire ideas, carry insurance information (I don’t sell it).
  • Written test on your knowledge of what we covered
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Evaluation/Suggestion questionnaire to help me in the future
  • The satisfaction in knowing you are doing things right

Essential Defensive Pistol Skills Level II

Level IIObjective: Learning the fundamentals of solid defensive pistol handling is the basis for growth skills competency. The class will reinforce those skills from Level 1 and build on those Essentials.

Essentials: These are the ESSENTIALS needed to effectively use your handgun in a defensive situation.

  • Fast target acquisition and shooting – the first person to shoot usually carries the day in a conflict. Be that person.
  • Getting off the X. X is where you are standing when a conflict starts. Learn to move off the X while drawing and getting into shooting position fast. Move side to side, forward and back. Also the kneeling position, how to get there.
  • The loudest sound in a gun fight is “click”. We’ll work on malfunction drills to get you back in the fight fast.
  • Faster reloads – review techniques and gain confidence. Reloading is down time. Down time is bad if it takes to long.
  • Pivot drawing and shooting. Back to the target, how to properly pivot, draw and quickly be on target.
  • 1 handed shooting, weak and strong hand. We’ll also discuss 1 handed reloading. If you are down to 1 hand in a fight, how do you do that?

Emphasis: We will concentrate on using proper technique and gun deployment: Reinforcing the techniques learned with drawing from a holster, proper grip, trigger control and body position while deploying your handgun toward a threat. You will learn techniques on how to put your gun quickly on target, action reloading and situational awareness. in incorporate more movement, malfunction clearing drills, use of cover, overcoming sympathetic muscle reaction and ready position.

You will be a better prepared defensive pistol shooter when you leave. You will also have the Essentials you will need to further practice correctly on your own.

This is a 4 hour class. Cost is $60 + $15 Range Fee.

What you will need:

  • Defensive Pistol. Semi-Auto or Revolver.
  • Your own ammunition: Recommended 9mm, .40 Cal., . 45 Cal, 38 Special. Allowed, .380 and 357. No magnum loads. 200 Rounds recommended
  • Holster: Belt w/Belt-Mounted Holster. No shoulder, appendix carry. Hard sided or leather only, strong side. Collapsible holsters not allowed.
  • Semi Auto Magazines: At least 2 magazines, 4 is better.
  • Revolver: Speed loader or moon clips.
  • Belt magazine holder for either semi-auto or revolver speed loaders.
  • Secure belt for carrying holster, magazine and moon clips.
  • Billed Cap, eye and ear protection
  • Appropriate Range Attire
  • Water and energy snacks
  • Portable chair recommended

This course is designed for introductory training and newer shooters. More experienced shooters are welcome and will learn some valuable insights as well. You need the have Level I training or the equivalent to participate.

What you will receive:

  • Written Test on the knowledge of what we covered
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Evaluation questionnaire to help me in the future
  • A huge number of things to practice at range time on your own

Essential Defensive Skills Level I&II

You can take both classes in one day. It will be a 3 hour Level I class in the morning, break for lunch and then Level II starts after lunch for 4 hours. The benefit is you can put the morning skills right into action and build on them the same day.

Open the tabs for Level I & II for details. Recommended 400 rounds for the combined class day.

The cost for both is $100 + $15 Range Fee. If you are a member at Jacob’s Plain there is no range fee.

Essential Defensive Pistol Skills Level III

Level III Instruction
Level III

Objective: Now that you have the Essentials started, we are going to start building on those with drills and exercises that will add a bit more pressure, running, action and thinking. This is be an excellent introduction to the skills needed should you want to participate in a competitive environment like USPSA or IDPA.

Essentials: You will concentrate on speeding things up and shooting under more pressure. There will be some “buzzer beater” drills, running, memory tests, pivot shooting at surprise targets and paying attention to more minute details to hon your developing skills.

Emphasis: Putting Level I & II together you will be introduced to the things that will help you prepare for competition level shooting. This will include shooting from behind barriers, non-shoot targets, timed shooting at targets from a variety of angles and distances. There will be steel targets and extra distance targets. This level of shooting will require more than a pocket gun .380 short barrel. Recommended is a 9mm, .40 or .45 caliber compact to full size.

This is a 4-5 hour class. Cost is $75 + $15 Range Fee.

What you will need:

  • Defensive Pistol. Semi-Auto or Revolver. Sub-compacts will not perform as well due to difficulty of accuracy at distance.
  • Your own ammunition: Recommended 9mm, .40 Cal., . 45 Cal, 38 Special Revolver and the like. 250 Rounds recommended, bring more if you have it.
  • Holster: Belt w/Belt-Mounted Holster. No shoulder, appendix carry. Hard sided or leather only, strong side. Collapsible holsters not allowed.
  • Semi Auto Magazines: At least 2 magazines, 4 is better.
  • Revolver: Speed loader or moon clips.
  • Belt magazine holder for either semi-auto or revolver speed loaders.
  • Secure belt for carrying holster, magazine and moon clips.
  • Billed Cap, eye and ear protection
  • Appropriate Range Attire
  • Water and energy snacks
  • Portable chair recommended

Schedule Your Own Group or Individual Instruction

Level II Grads
Level II Class

Have a private group? This can be scheduled for $40+ $15 for Level I or $50+ $15 for Level II. Do both levels for $90+ $15. Each person must be qualified to start at Level II. Absolutely no new shooters are allowed in Level II first without successfully completing I. See descriptions in the tabs above.

Individual Instruction 1 on 1 can also be scheduled as well a couples. One advantage of this is you will get considerably more shooting time. I’d recommend 300 rounds. The class can be tailored to your own needs. Cost is $200 + $15 Range Fee for non-members.

In addition individual practice sessions can be arranged to work on specific things you need help with at $75 an hour plus Range Fee.

If you are going to be shooting a lot and practicing these skills I highly recommend a membership. Membership at Jacob’s Plain is only $300 per year (prorated) and you can come out anytime and shoot routines.

Call me with the details of your requests and we can review the options together.

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