Tactical Applications of the Pistol for Church Protectors

(2- or 4-Day options)

Please note: This description is for the four-day course. You can read the two-day description here.

This training is for responsible and conscientious adults who serve as part of a church or religious organization’s security team. All participants should be prepared to undergo a nationwide background check.

This class satisfies the training requirement for those seeking to gain their legal endorsement to carry a concealable firearm in the state of Missouri as well as those states that recognize Missouri’s training standard.

Overview
This dynamic course begins with classroom instruction covering legal and liability issues and safety with a firearm. Our discussion includes the lawful and proper use of force. 

We focus on the physical training for developing tactically correct motor skills for deploying with your pistol in an emergency. 
These skill competencies include deploying your pistol, firing, and managing your gear while:

  • Using a stationary position of concealment/cover
  • Moving forward and backward
  • Moving laterally and at oblique angles
  • Utilizing one or both hands from a variety of positions and fighting platforms

Our building-block approach to training is appropriate for the person who is new to handling a firearm as well as experienced individuals who wants to take their skills and abilities to a new level. We focus on principles, tactics and techniques that will lead to success in an armed encounter. Participants learn not only how to survive, but prevail in protecting their congregation from an armed threat. 

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  • View a complete, chronological list of all scheduled courses on our church security events page.

Topics Include:

  • Safety at Home, on the Range, and While Carrying Concealed in Public
  • The Principles of Marksmanship
  • Equipment Selection and Proper Gear Placement
  • Legal and Justifiable Use of Force
  • Winning Mindset and Stress Management
  • Loading, Unloading, and Reloading
  • Developing Natural Index Points
  • Communication and Working with a Partner
  • Verbal Challenges and Commands
  • Proper Draw Stroke and Proper Recovery to the Holster
  • Single and Multiple Threat Engagement
  • Shooting on the Move
  • Horizontal and Vertical Displacements
  • Immediate Action Drills and Clearing Malfunctions
  • Making Proper Decisions Under Duress
  • CQB – Close Quarters Battle
  • Prevailing in Low Light

Our Training Philosophy and Practices
Our training staff is composed of professional and experienced coaches and we are students ourselves.

We believe in treating everyone respectfully and as adult learners. Our coaches participate in the learning process and we use a building block approach to solidify skills before moving toward more advanced concepts. 

We believe that “capability breeds humility.” In other words, by achieving a higher level of skill you will be able to better maintain composure while under duress. Through managing fear the capable operator will operate more confidently, more quickly, and make better decisions in the stressful environment of a true emergency.

We do not believe in “check the box” training or lowest common denominator training. Individual assistance is always available.

You should not enroll in our course if you are:

  • Not safe and conscientious with firearms
  • Not willing to be open-minded
  • Not willing receive new information and try new concepts
  • Not capable of keeping your ego in check 
  • Prerequisites and physical requirements for training


You must understand the basics of how your firearm operates. This includes being able to lock open and close the action as well as load and unload the firearm safely. You should be able to field strip your pistol according to your owner’s manual for maintenance and cleaning. Bring your owner’s manual with you.

You must be able to operate in a safe and controlled manner. Speed is not an issue. Muzzle discipline (where the gun is pointed) and awareness is paramount.

You must possess the physical strength and stamina to repetitively function and fire your weapon during training drills. You must be able to move forward, backward, and laterally under control while holding your firearm in front of you and pointed at the targets.

You must have personal self-discipline and be able to maintain mental, physical, and emotional control at all times and not become over-excited or lose your composure. You must be willing and able to accept coaching and instruction and follow commands.

You must have a keen awareness and consideration for other participants while handling firearms and conducting drills in proximity of one another.

Logistics
Make sure you have the necessary equipment listed for training. Having a backup firearm, holster, magazines and ammunition is recommended in case of failure or breakdown. We cannot guarantee that a loaner will be available. Your handgun may be a revolver or a semiautomatic pistol and it should be of excellent quality and function without difficulty.  If you train with a revolver, it must be a double action model.  Ultra small pistols that only allow a three-fingered grip, Derringers, revolvers that require you to remove the cylinder pin to reload them, single action revolvers and any pistol that has a capacity of less than five rounds is prohibited.

Holster
You must use a secure and well-fitting holster that retains your primary firearm near your dominant hip. “Secure” means that your pistol will never come out of the holster accidentally. Other types of holsters such as cross-draw, shoulder, ankle, belly-band, purse or fanny pack models are valid methods of carry, but are not acceptable for this training.

Ammunition
Minimum 1,500 rounds factory ammunition for the primary handgun.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Ammunition may be hard to obtain from some suppliers. Make arrangements for gaining your ammunition well in advance.

Required Gear and Equipment

  • Four magazines or speed loaders for each firearm
  • Pouch or carry method for spare magazines or speed loaders (you must be able to carry a minimum of 24 rounds of ammunition on your person for all exercises)
  • High intensity flashlight (tail cap switch preferred) and spare batteries
  • Hearing protection
  • Wraparound eye protection – prescription glasses are acceptable
  • Ball cap or cap with brim
  • Jacket, vest or heavy shirt to conceal your pistol and work from a concealed position
  • Knee pads
  • Hydration 
  • Clothing and footwear suitable for all weather conditions
  • Range bag or duffel that allows you to bring all gear to the line with you
  • Cleaning equipment and materials in the correct caliber for your pistols