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Our Defensive Pistol course focuses on the close quarter applications of shooting pistol and teaches shooters how to effectively defend themselves by developing their mindset & using their sidearms in both IWB and OWB platforms.

This course covers:

- fundamentals of shooting pistol

- Everyday Carry (EDC) items

- Tourniquet (TQ) applications
- close quarter engagements
- edged weapon defense
- defensive movement
- de-escalation techniques
- secondary weapon considerations
- edged weapon techniques

- pistol manipulation

- effective engagement zones
- alternative shooting positions
- personal defense
- weapons retention and retention holsters
- development of a hard target mindset

- reloading fundamentals
- weapons of opportunity

- importance of grip and bone support

- proper utilization of sight alignment and sight picture

- draw and retention from OWB & IWB holsters

- weapons conditions

- safety conditions

- strong and support side shooting

- common pistol malfunctions

- low light and night time considerations for pistol

- Inside the waistband (IWB) vs outside the waistband (OWB) holsters

- How to properly conceal a firearm

- Concealment fundamentals and principles

- Picking a concealment firearm that best fits you

- How to draw from concealment and return to holster

- How to properly build motor-skill memory

- Reloading from concealment

- Most advantageous ways to conceal a firearm

- Safety considerations

- Proper instruction when dealing with Law Enforcement Officers

- Speed building exercises

- Importance of proper gear and clothing

- Other considerations


Minimum Requirements:- Have a valid CCW Permit, or LEO credentials

- Confident in shooting ability

- Satisfactory understanding of weapons conditions

- Satisfactory understanding of all firearms safety rules

- OWB and IWB Holster- Reliable and sturdy EDC belt

- 1 to 2 methods of retention for spare magazines

- Eye protection and Ear protection

- Appropriate clothing for concealment and weather



Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD



This is a 8hr course and requires at least 5 shooters to schedule a course date.After you purchase this course, an AHT firearms instructor will contact you to schedule a training date and notify you of the minimum gear requirements to take this course.

Defensive Pistol

    • Valid CCW Permit, or LEO credentials
    • OWB (Outside the waistband) and IWB (Inside the waistband) Holsters
    • Reliable and sturdy EDC belt
    • At least 1 magazine holder for spare magazine
    • 3 magazines
    • Reliable EDC Pistol
    • 500 rounds of ammunition
    • Ear & Eye Protection
    • Appropriate Clothing for Concealment and Weather
    • Weapons maintenance & cleaning equipment