Threat-Centered Handgun

The handgun is the basic tool to defend your life. It’s the tool you can have on your person, all day long (following the laws of your jurisdiction, of course) and is always ready should you be surprised by an attacker.

It’s also the tool you can most easily have secured in your home but ready for quick access should you need it.

In short, learning how to use a handgun in self defense is key to living a secure lifestyle. My Threat-Centered Handgun course is designed to give you the skills you need to use the handgun confidently in a self-defense situation.

In this course I take my years of study and distill them down to what’s practical, what’s realistic, and what’s effective. The techniques taught in this class are designed to work with your natural, instinctive reactions to efficiently defeat an attack.

These techniques work with your reactions instead of against them, and the result is skills that are easier to remember and easier to perform under stress!

In this class you’ll learn Threat-Centered™ techniques that help you deal with the physiological stress you’ll encounter. You’ll learn how to aim your handgun and shoot to whatever level of precision you need (regardless of your vision); you’ll discover ways to make it easier to manipulate your handgun when your hands are shaking; how to control the trigger when you’re under stress; what kind of ammunition is best for self defense; how and why to carry spare ammunition; the most efficient way to reload your pistol or revolver in the face of danger; and a whole lot more.

You’ll learn how to develop these skills into automated responses so that you don’t have to think about your stance or when to use the sights. You’ll know, without conscious thought, what you need to do — and you’ll be able to do it!

Skills For The World You Live In

The skills you’ll learn in Threat-Centered™ Handgun will reflect how criminals really work. In the real world there usually isn’t any expectation that your attacker will stand still or that his accomplices will be conveniently next to him when you need to shoot. This class understands that! You’ll learn how to deal with more than one threat in your environment, the need for movement in your response, and how to recognize the level of precision you need to incapacitate your attacker.

You’ll learn how to train and practice so that you make (and implement) decisions more effectively; how to respond using the least amount of your defensive resources; how to prioritize your practice (and the important reasons why); and much, much more. When you finish this course you will be more prepared to deal with the kinds of situations you’re likely to face in your life!

Who Should Attend?

Threat-Centered™ Handgun is a two-day class for anyone who has a semiautomatic pistol or revolver for self defense. It’s especially important suited for those with concealed carry licenses/permits (CCW). It’s appropriate for both relatively new shooters and those with some experience under their belts (I’ve had students from 18 to 70 years of age!)

This class has a moderate level of physical activity, and together we can work around any physical issues you might have.


The only prerequisite is an understanding of safe gunhandling and an understanding of how your pistol or revolver functions. (If you’re not sure about things like how to load and unload your handgun, we suggest taking a very basic entry-level class from a local instructor before signing up.)

What do you need to bring?
  • Your centerfire pistol or revolver
  • A holster which does not collapse when the gun is drawn
  • 500-700 rounds of ammunition; revolvers will use less, autos more (some ranges may have specific ammunition requirements; details when you register)
  • At least (2) magazines or speedloaders (more is better)
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather (we do not cancel classes on account of rain!)
  • Beverages (water, juice, sports drinks; at least (1) quart/liter per day, more in hot weather)
  • Lunch (if the range does not have restaurants close by)
  • Note-taking items (notebook and pens/pencils)
  • Eye and ear protection (electronic hearing muffs are highly recommended)