Learn the techniques and philosophy of what you need to improve to your full potential.
This course teaches the techniques and philosophy of what OpSpec Training believes a shooter needs to improve to their full potential. This is not a beginning handgun course.
Practical Fundamentals may be repeated several times to further one’s understanding of the concepts involved. OpSpec Training is a collaboration of custom gunsmiths, competitive shooting, and law enforcement specialists who have created a training environment and curriculum that is ‘process’ oriented rather than ‘goal’ oriented.
This is not a basic class. At minimum, students should have taken a basic handgun safety course and have experience with their firearm and gear. We expect students to have experience shooting on a line in a safe manner, including loading, reloading and shooting from the holster. Shooters with IDPA, USPSA, NRA Action Pistol, 3-Gun, law enforcement and military experience meet program prerequisites.
Students failing to meet and maintain our safety requirements and/or who cannot meet and immediately demonstrate the minimum skills required for the specific class may be removed from training. Please ensure you have read through the class description and fully understand our prerequisites before registering.
Using a building-block approach, the program encourages students to focus on the process of running the gun, tamping down the emotional desire to see results on the target. By using a variety of dry fire and live fire exercises, students are brought through the fundamentals of marksmanship with a focus on trigger control to help the shooter make fast hits on small targets, on demand.
The senior staff at OpSpec Training has more than 80 years of combined firearms experience. During this time, the team found shooters who excel at a high level – despite varied styles of trigger control, and mission goals – have one thing in common, they all have a mastery of the fundamentals and can produce them on demand.
Too many shooters today seek out gizmo sights, light trigger jobs, lasers, and other things to fix a marksmanship problem. Operation Specific Training fixes marksmanship problems at speed with marksmanship.
Practical Fundamentals will provide any shooter – at every level – with new skills and a progressive roadmap to isolate and improve on the things that matter the most in hitting targets at speed.
Objectives will be achieved with a strong emphasis on safety:
- Controlling the trigger, with all platforms and trigger types, to achieve an accurate shot
- Acquiring proper sight alignment, on a target, and allowing the shot to happen
- Recoil management and making accurate follow up shots
- Efficient grip, presentation of the gun and shooting stance
- Finding your personal sphere of dexterity
- Reloading your platform efficiently and reliably
- Transitioning between targets without wasted movement and placing accurate shots
- Make a shot that will stun you with the ability you have acquired
- Pistol in one of the following calibers: 9MM, .40S&W, .357 SIG, or .45 ACP
- Kydex belt or paddle holster
- A minimum of five to seven magazines
- Some safe means to carry magazines, on your person, to recharge your firearm four times (e.g. four magazine carriers/pouches)
- Wraparound eye protection
- Hearing protection (electronic hearing protection is recommended)
- Cleaning and maintenance supplies for daily pistol maintenance
- Appropriate clothing for the weather, with sunscreen and bug spray as needed
- Pen and notebook
Tuition includes free loan of firearms, holsters, safety glasses and hearing protection at the Epping, NH location.
- Estimated round count: 750 to 800 rounds handgun
- For Epping, NH courses, non-toxic, non-jacketed FRANGIBLE ammunition may be required
- Ammunition is available for purchase at the Epping facility only
Ensure you wear and bring clothing appropriate for the weather. Even when shooting indoors, ranges can be cold. Dress in layers so you can remove or add them as conditions change. Jeans, BDUs, or canvas type pants are recommended. Shooting outdoors? Prepare for warm sunny conditions and overcast cool conditions. Bring sunscreen, lip balm and insect repellent. Bring a baseball cap, wide-brimmed hat or stocking cap as appropriate. No sandals, tank tops, or other sleeveless shirts permitted.
You should bring water to the range. Make it easy for you to hydrate yourself during the day. It’s a good idea to pack a few protein or power bar snacks.