Training

I teach three different open-enrollment one-day classes, Core Skills, Skill Development, and Match Skills, along with offering private instruction.

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Practical Pistol Core Skills

This one-day class is for people who understand basic gun safety rules and want to learn how to shoot faster and more accurately regardless of where you plan to apply these skills (competitions, LEO quals, self-defense, etc.). The class will teach you:

  • grip, visual focus, and trigger control to shoot and transition fast and accurately
  • movement techniques and how to combine shooting and moving to increase your efficiency
  • mental practices and visualization skills to enable you to shoot your best on demand
  • how to structure your practice sessions and overall training to keep advancing your skills
  • This class emphasizes speed and learning by shooting beyond your current abilities. You won't hear "Slow down and get your hits"—this is a "Speed up and get your hits" class.

    I've designed the class so that students at different skills levels can train together and built it around drills that you can easily set up in your own practice. I'm running it as a six-person class to give everyone plenty of trigger time and individual coaching tailored toward their present abilities and shooting goals. I meet each student where they are and give them the tools to progress.

    The format involves line drills (everyone stands on a line and shoots their targets simultaneously) in the morning that focus on vision, grip, trigger control, and short transitions/moves, then pairs drills (two shooters alternate runs while the rest of the students observe, load magazines, eat, etc.) in the afternoon for shooting your way into and out of positions, throttle control, wide transitions, and shooting on the move. The class mixes dry-fire, partial-fire (only shoot some targets in a drill and dry-fire the others), and live-fire repetitions of drills to maximimize training efficiency, build honesty in dry fire, and improve understanding of the feedback loop between dry- and live-fire.

    The class starts and ends with a 10-round skill assessment that captures the core concepts. The morning run lets me see how you shoot cold and introduces the concepts you will be learning throughout the day. The afternoon run lets you see how your skills have improved.

    Equipment: You'll want a pistol on which you can get a full firing grip (Glock 19 or larger), three or more magazines, a sturdy holster that allows for one-handed reholstering, at least one magazine pouch, and the usual accessories like eye and ear protection, hat, water, lunch, snacks, etc. Duty rigs, USPSA belt systems, or IWB/OWB holsters are all fine. Bring at least 400 rounds of ammunition. There will be opportunities to shoot more if you like. You'll appreciate having an UpLULA for filling magazines. Bring any additional backstraps or grip inserts that come with your pistol.

    Prerequisites: You should have an understanding of basic gun safety (muzzle awareness, trigger discipline), loading/unloading your pistol, and basic marksmanship (hit an 8.5" x 11" paper at 7 yards).

    Practical Pistol Skill Development

    This one-day class is for people who have a grasp of practical-shooting fundamentals and want to learn how to train on their own. You will learn how to assess your strengths and weaknesses and how to use both live- and dry-fire to improve your weak areas. The class focuses on shooting scenario-style drills that put moving parts around fundamental skills. Little time will be spent on fundamental in isolation. Where Core Skills teaches you how to read a target to identify fundamentals issues, Skill Development shows you how to use split times and match and training videos of you shooting to identify weak points and target your training. The class also introduces ways to think about reducing dead time, such as blending targets and positions.

    Equipment: Same as Core Skills, but I recommend wearing performance-oriented belt rig.

    Prerequisites: This class is oriented toward shooters with a good understanding of performance-shooting fundamentals who are already training with a timer and shooting USPSA matches.

    Practical Pistol Match Skills

    This one-day class is for those who have some experience shooting USPSA stages or are LE/MIL shooters and want to learn how to execute core practical shooting skills in a match environment. Stage planning concepts and visualization will be covered in detail, and minimizing time spent not shooting (not scoring points) will be stressed. It will also cover shooting around vision barriers, from awkward positions, and while moving along with transitioning between targets that demand varying degrees of speed and precision.

    The class begins with everyone shooting a cold run on a 20-round field course to establish a performance baseline. In the morning, you'll learn to build, mentally rehearse, and execute a stage plan in three progressive levels of detail. The afternoon will cover efficieincy and risk management through shooting a stage several different ways.

    Equipment: Same as Core Skills, but I recommend wearing performance-oriented belt rig.

    Prerequisites: This class assumes a higher base level of skill than Core Skills—students should be familiar with shooting USPSA stages or experienced LE/MIL shooters. Class size is also six people to maintain the same high level of individual coaching.

    Private Instruction

    I offer both half- and full-day private instruction tailored to individual skill levels and needs. A half day, meeting at SRGC on a weekday afternoon, works out well in many cases. Pricing is the same for one or multiple students other than range fees. Contact me for details.

    Class Feedback

    USPSA competitor:

    "I've paid a lot more to learn less from worse instructors."

    Message from a competitor shooting USPSA Nationals:

    "Bro I CRUSHED it today. Target focus WINS! You rock!"

    LEO student:

    "298/300 and 300/300 on my qual.
    Thanks to you.

    I was able to shoot fast as hell, but it was good to see I can use irons now. I had to tone it back on the 25 [yard line].

    I was the first done on each stage.​"

    PSTG Summit attendee on mixing live and dry fire (you'll get all this in my one-day class):

    "I also found the block that Andreas taught hugely helpful in a variety of ways.

    I worked on his dry-fire/partial-fire/live-fire process a few times while at the summit during some free time, and I got several things out of it.

    I found that it can act as a reality/integrity check on your dry fire. Comparing partial-fire times, with a full-live fire time, gave me a very accurate way to assess if I was being realistic in the dry-fire portions.

    But I also found that it was a great diagnostic tool as well. If I found that the times were matching up well, and the full live-fire run targets were good/hits looked good - then it was time to start pushing the par time down, looking for ways to trim a little time. … Andreas's block was very much a blue print for a very effective method to practice. I dig it."

    Comment on a class announcement from a previous attendee:

    "Get to this! The class is phenomenal for anyone looking to get some coaching to improve their skillset."

    New shooter:

    "I really liked the small class size. For a student to get a solid 5 minutes of individual critique after a drill was awesome. I also liked the pace of the class - all direct instruction and drills, with minimal downtime. Excellent flexibility in accommodating and adjusting for my skill level."

    Upcoming Classes

    May 19, 2024:Practical Pistol Core Skills @ SRGC (Covington, GA)
    Jun 2, 2024:Practical Pistol Core Skills @ SRGC (Covington, GA)
    Jun 7, 2024:Private training
    Jun 9, 2024:Practical Pistol Skill Development @ SRGC (Covington, GA)

    Ben Stoeger Classes

    I've been hosting Ben Stoeger at SRGC for the past few years. Skills & Drills is run with eight students and Fundamentals with twelve. Both classes use two bays, one for a stage and another for drills. You'll be switching between the two bays repeatedly during the class. More on the classes here.

    Oct 17/18, 2024:Skills & Drills @ SRGC (Covington, GA)
    Oct 19/20, 2024:Fundamentals @ SRGC (Covington, GA)
    Oct 21/22, 2024:Skills & Drills @ SRGC (Covington, GA)

    Last edit: 9 May 2024