Level 1.5: Pistol Skill Builder – Fundamentals

This session is to be taken after Intro to Defensive Pistol. It is the second step in your path to becoming a Sharpshooter.


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Because we keep these classes extremely small and they usually have a wait list, Skill Builders require a minimum of forty-eight (48 hours) notice to cancel or change dates.  If you cancel after that time or no-show the class fees are forfeited.

The Pistol Skill Builder course is taught by Maddy Scholar.


  • Intro to Defensive Pistol or instructor acceptance

Equipment Provided:

  • Electronic ear protection
  • Rental firearm (Please note that if using a rental firearm for training, ammunition must be purchased from Sharpshooters USA.)

Equipment Required:

  • Eye protection
  • Notebook
  • Firearm
  • 2 magazines (minimum)
  • 150 rounds of ammunition (minimum)

Minimum Number of Students:  4

Course Description:

Pistol Skill Builder courses are three (2) hour practice sessions that were created for students to form muscle memory through repetition.  With the help of an instructor students will focus on a specific skill and preform drills which will help improve shooters consistency and ability to perform under pressure or in a stressful situation.  In the Pistol Skill Builder course students will focus on:

  • Understanding how you retain information
  • Journaling your training sessions
  • Proper loading and unloading techniques
  • Review of stance, grip, sighting and trigger mechanics
  • Cleaning up and refining the fundamentals
  • Varying uses of the sights
  • How to use the sights depending on the context
  • Understanding the relationship between our eyes and the sights
  • Environmental and mental factors
  • “Target style” shooting
  • “Defensive style” shooting
  • Understanding how the trigger works
  • Prepping the trigger to decrease movement
  • Learning how to better control the gun
  • Progression to distance