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Shooting with Confidence!

Pistol Essentials 102: Shooting with Confidence! takes the new pistol user to the next level in accuracy, shooting, and gun familiarity.

Shooting with Confidence is a development course where students build upon existing basic pistol concepts and abilities.

Pistol Follow-through

Shooting with Confidence uses advanced Modern Gun Training Techniques which all but ensures you will know everything you need to know by the end of class. We want you to be completely trained when handling a firearm.

We use Modern Gun Training Techniques and monitoring technology to assess the students shooting skills, increase their accuracy, and grow their confidence. Students who complete this course will shoot an average of 50% more accurately and will be better prepared to take higher-level firearms courses like Concealed Carry Classes, and our Defensive Pistol 101 Class.

Why the Pistol Class Essentials 102 is Important

Attending basic pistol classes introduces you to basic concepts. Concepts are the cornerstone building blocks to learning a new skill, unfortunately, cornerstone building blocks are not designed to give you complete mastery of a new skill.

Level 1 Firearms Pistol Essentials 102 class revisits essential basic skills and focuses on building those skills. As with anything new, it’s better to have a mentor or an experienced instructor to help you along with your progression. You don’t know what you don’t know, which is why an experienced and certified firearm instructor is needed to improve your skills. The Pistol Essentials 102 class focuses on building upon the skills you learned during the Beginner Pistol 101 Class you’ll have time to dedicate to improving your shooting skills.

Improving Your Basic Pistol Fundamentals

Pistol Essentials 102: Hold Control

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

Hold Control is an extension of, and part of, aiming, sight alignment, and sight picture.

As you prepare for shooting, your sights are aligned, your breathing has paused momentarily, and your front sight is perfectly aligned with your rear sight. Nothing is moving. This is called hold control – the point when taking the shot should end up with a perfect hit.

There remain other factors to take into consideration such as a proper grip, a well-balanced stance, and a stable shooting platform that can still affect your shot placement. Level 1 Firearms Training LLC certified pistol instructors will work with these and other considerations to make sure you are ready for that perfect first shot.

Pistol Essentials 102: Consistency

Pistol Instructor Training

As with any sport, consistency while shooting is important. Minor changes in your stance can cause inconsistent results. Missing the bullseye, shots too high or too low, to the left or right can all be the results of a poor stance.

Not all stances work well for everyone. The key to an effective stance is determining which one works best for you. As you continue to train with a stance that is comfortable for you and your body type, “muscle memory” begins to develop. When fully developed, your stance and preparing for your stance, will occur quickly, naturally, and consistently each time you shoot.

Zeroing Your Sights: Aligning Sights Correctly

Back Site

Have you ever wondered if your gun sights are aligned correctly? Have you wondered if that’s why you’re missing the bullseye? No need to worry any longer. Most sights are easily adjusted for accuracy. Have you ever been told sights on a Glock cannot be adjusted? Think again. There’s an APP for that (actually a tool). During the Pistol Essentials 102 Class, we adjust sights as needed for complete, 100% accuracy.

We will teach you about windage and elevation during class. Windage and elevation are overly technical, complicated concepts that can be explained very easily. Windage is the direction the pistol is shooting left to right and elevation is the direction the pistol is shooting too high or too low. But don’t worry about any of that. We have the tools, we have the technology, and we have the knowledge to assist you with your sights and their alignments.


  • Basic Pistol 101 or Equivalent
  • A pre-qualifying assessment at the range (fees apply)

Adherence to the primary safety rules must always be followed.

  1. Keep the Firearm Pointed in a Safe Direction.
  2. Keep the Firearm Unloaded Until Ready to Use.
  3. Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready to Shoot.
  4. Know Your Target and Beyond.
  5. No Drugs, Alcohol, nor Cannabis are Allowed At The Range.

See Additional Safety Rules


  • personal revolver or pistol of any caliber, cased, secured, and free of ammunition.
  • Holster, holster purse, or other firearm devices to hold a firearm safely and securely on your person when not in use.
  • Training Cartridges: At least 5 Training Cartridges in the correct caliber are needed for this class.
  • ARKSight Dry Fire Training Cartridge (available on Amazon – order your correct caliber).
  • Pistol Case (locking preferred) for transporting your pistol.

Range Requirements:

  • Range: Check the weather report on the day of class.
  • Range Fees, if any, are the responsibility of the student and are not included with the course registration.
  • Training Cartridges: At least 5 Training Cartridges in the correct caliber are needed for this class.
  • Suitable Eye Protection. This can be wraparound eyewear, polycarbonate lenses, or non-shattering prescription glasses.
  • Suitable Ear Protection. We recommend electronic noise canceling earmuffs but earplugs are acceptable.
  • Beverages for Hydration.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the weather.
    • No V-Neck Shirts or Open-toed shoes.
  • Bug Spray for the critters.
  • Head covering if necessary.
  • Sunscreen or jackets when needed.
  • Bring snacks for breaks. Snacks – Are allowed at the range – snacks are not allowed on the firing line.


  • 100 Rounds of Quality, store-bought ammunition (no tracers, steel, or reloads allowed – ammunition to remain in your vehicle at all times)

Optional but highly recommended:

  • Small Personal Canopy during the summer season when temperatures are expected to be high.
  • Folding chair and a small folding table to create your own workstation (bench).


  • 100 rounds of factory fresh handgun ammunition.
  • No green/brown tip or armor piercing rounds are allowed.
  • Note: Use of reloaded or steel-core ammunition will be cause for immediate failure and expulsion from class.

Estimated Length: 8 Hours

Come Join the Fun!

Range Safety Briefing

Come join the fun while improving your shooting skills. Level 1 Firearms Training LLC has a class for you, from basic beginner to advanced. Be sure to check out your training opportunities listed on our events calendar.