Basic Pistol Training

Basic Pistol Training 

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Basic Pistol Training will cover the academic portion of the State of Illinois Firearm Training Program. 

  The Final Exam will be taken at the range.  Make certain that the section on   Aiming, Sight Alignment, and Trigger Control are understood.

Note: Below you will notice on the payment tab there are two price selection:

Sale Price of $155.00 is based upon taking the Unarmed Program  with the Armed Program. This is for students that have not taken the Unarmed Class. You will receive the Unarmed Program for free.

Non-Sale Price of $210.00 is just taking  the Armed Program since you already have the Unarmed Class completed at another training school.



Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting Program 


Successful pistol shooting is based upon the fundamental principles of marksmanship.  These fundamentals are aiming, breath control, hold control, trigger control and follow-through.  Although these fundamentals may be applied in different ways, depending upon whether the pistol is used for plinking, hunting, formal target shooting or self-defense, they must always be observed for the most consistent results.


Hand and Eye Dominance


Shooting any firearm involves  coordination between the eyes and hands.  For the majority of people, best shooting is accomplished by firing the gun with the dominant hand and aiming with the dominant eye.  Most people have a dominant hand, making them definitely right or lift handed.  In most cases, the dominant hand is easily determined, as it is the hand that is used for most one handed tasks. 


Just as one hand tends to be dominant over the other, the brain also has a preference for one eye over the other, which is known as eye dominance.  Most often the dominant eye is on the same side as the dominant hand, but there are many individuals in whom this is not the case.  Eye dominance is important in shooting, however, as only one eye is used to aim.




There are many shooting positions which may be used for firing a pistol, some  of which are specific to certain shooting disciplines. Even before any shooting positions can be introduced, the new pistol shooter must know how to assume a proper one or two handed grip.


For most pistol shooting activities, a two handed grip will be used.  The vast majority of pistol shooters find that such a grip provides more control of the firearm, steadier aiming, better recoil absorption, and stronger gun retention.




Aiming is the  process of aligning a firearm with a target so that a bullet fired from that firearm will strike the target where desired.  Aiming is accomplished using the gun’s sights. Consisting of a flat topped front post and a square cornered rear notch.


Aiming consists of two stages:  sight alignment and sight picture.  Sight alignment refers to the proper positioning of the shooting eye, the rear sight and the front sight in relation to each other.  With the notch and post system on most pistols proper sight alignment for precise shooting occurs when the front post is centered laterally in the rear notch, with the same amount of space on either site of the post, and the tops of both the post and the notch are aligned.


Sight picture refers to the relationship between the gun’s properly aligned sights and the target.


Breath Control


Breath control is the method used to minimize gun movement due to breathing. With each breath, your ribcage expands and your shoulders rise slightly. This movement is transmitted to your arms, causing your pistol to shift position in relation to the target.


In pistol activities involving a deliberate and unhurried pace of shooting, breath control is achieved by simply taking a few normal breaths, expelling about half the air out of the lungs, and then holding the breath for the few seconds required to fire the shot.


Hold Control


Maximum is achieved when the firearm is held motionless during the process of aiming and firing.  Hold Control is the method by which both the body and the gun are held as still as possible during the period of time when the shot is fired. 


Hold Control is achieved primarily through a proper grip, and a well balanced, stable shooting position that is naturally aligned with the target, as well as extensive practice.


Trigger Control


Trigger Control is one  of the  most important shooting fundamentals.  The term refers to the technique of pulling the trigger without causing any movement of the aligned sight.


Proper trigger control is achieved by applying gradually increasing pressure to the trigger until the shot is fired.  This pressure is applied in a rearward direction, not to the side or up or down.  The  goal of this technique is to produce a surprise break in which the shooter cannot the exact moment at which the gun will fire.


Follow Through


In shooting follow through is the effort made by the shooter to integrate, maintain and continue all shooting fundamentals before, during and immediately after firing the shot.  Thus, proper follow through minimizes gun movement as the shot is fired. 




Additional Subjects


Building pistol shooting skills

Pistol maintenance, selection and use

Pistol Stoppages

Shooting Positions


Single-Action & Double Action Shooting

Many more

  The readng below is very important 

 There is a mandatory 24 hour confirmation call to confirm your schedule range date and time. If no call is received you will have to reschedule your range date and time.


If you are a NO-Show for your schedule range date there will be a $45.00 charge to your account. No Certification will be issued until this charge has been paid.



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