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Date(s) - 04/22/2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SMGC Outdoor Range
22471 38th Ave.
Mattawan, MI 49071

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.

Essentials: These are the ESSENTIALS needed to effectively use your handgun.

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.

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.

What you will need:

  • Defensive pistol; semi-auto or revolver (center-fire only)
  • Ammunition; 300+ rounds recommended for both sessions
  • Holster; belt-mounted; hard-sided or leather only, strong side. Shoulder holsters, pocket holsters, collapsible holsters and appendix carry prohibited.
  • Semi-auto; at least 2 magazines, 4 is better
  • Revolver; speed loaders or moon-clips
  • Belt mounted magazine or speed loader holders
  • Eye and ear protection

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

Location: This class will take place at the Pistol Pit in the Lower Range.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT the class that is required by the State of Michigan to obtain a Concealed Pistol License.

Cost: Each class, Level I or Level II, $60 Members; $75 Non-Members ($25 applies to membership).

A nonrefundable deposit of $50 is required to attend each class. The total due at class for Members is $10, and Non-Members is $25.

To register a spot for a class, you must complete the registration form below, and click the PayPal submit link at the bottom.  You will receive a confirmation email when the process is complete.

Completion of Handgun Essentials Level I is a pre-requisite to taking Handgun Essentials Level II. Both classes can be taken on the same day.

Lunch: There will NOT be a lunch, or any other food break, provided during each class. It is advised to bring something to eat with you if you plan to take both classes, as there will be 30mins between classes. If you do bring food or beverage with you, please bring a cooler to keep them in, as we will be outside during the warmer months.

Contact Steve Brown with any questions.


This event is fully booked.