Action Shooting Fundamentals

Course Name: Action Shooting Fundamentals

 Course Length: 8 hours total (divided into a 4 hour classroom class and a separate 4 hour range class)

 Description: The course is for Tri-County Gun Club Members and their bonafied guests only.  This course is intended for those with good square range or conventional range handgun skills, who want to learn the fundamental skills needed in the handgun Action Shooting Sports. This course is open to Tri-County Gun Club members and their bona fide guests. This course covers the following topics:

  • Firearms Safety in the Action Shooting Sports
  • Action Shooting Commands, Use, and Etiquette
  • General Action Shooting Principles
  • Drawing from a Holster
  • Reloading
  • Transitioning from Target to Target
  • Movement on an Action Shooting stage
  • Shooting around Barricades
  • Strong and Weak hand only shooting
  • Practical shooting exercises on Action Shooting Stages

Student Requirements:

  • Classroom Class Equipment Required:
    • Do not bring a handgun, ammunition, magazines or speedloaders to the classroom class.
    • Do bring the following:
      • Pen or pencil and notebook.
      • Water and a light snack. Do not skip any opportunity to keep hydrated and nourished. We need you to be operating at 100% capacity.
      • Belt holster
        • OWB (outside the waistband) design
        • Must cover the trigger completely
        • The top of the holster should remain open, allowing for one-handed holstering.
        • Handgun to be carried at the 9 o’clock or 3 o’clock position, for left or right-handed shooters. No cross-draw holsters will be permitted.
        • No thigh holsters, shoulder holsters, IWB (inside the waistband) holsters, appendix carry, or other concealed holsters, all of which present safety challenges for this type of shooting.
      • Two magazine or speed loader carriers to fit your magazines or speed loaders
      • Belt sturdy and heavy enough to support the handgun, holster, magazine or speed loader carriers, and loaded magazines or speed loaders.
      • Clothing that will allow you to wear the belt, holster, and carriers – we will review your belt, holster, and carriers configuration during the classroom class.
    • Range Class Equipment Required:
      • Center-fire handgun, reliable, and in good working condition
        • Semi-auto pistols are preferred; revolvers are acceptable.
        • Preferred calibers are 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP for pistols, .38 special for revolvers.
        • We discourage the use of small subcompact-sized pistols and revolvers because they are more difficult to handle.
        • All exercises are fired assuming a minimum 5-round magazine capacity.
      • 200 rounds new commercial ammunition
        • No reloads, please.
        • Reloaders will not be able to recover brass until after the class has completed.
      • Two magazines or speed loaders to fit your handgun
      • Two magazine or speed loader carriers to fit your magazines or speed loaders
      • Belt holster
        • OWB (outside the waistband) design
        • Must cover the trigger completely
        • The top of the holster should remain open, allowing for one-handed holstering.
        • Handgun to be carried at the 9 o’clock or 3 o’clock position, for left or right-handed shooters. No cross-draw holsters will be permitted.
        • No thigh holsters, shoulder holsters, IWB (inside the waistband) holsters, appendix carry, or other concealed holsters, all of which present safety challenges for this type of shooting.
      • Belt sturdy and heavy enough to support the handgun, holster, magazine or speed loader carriers, and loaded magazines or speed loaders.
      • A case for your handgun (please bring your handgun to the range in this case)
      • A yellow TCGC chamber flag for your handgun (can be purchased at the TCGC Clubhouse)
      • Clothing appropriate for the weather
        • Closed-toe shoes. You will be walking on a gravel surface outdoors for hours.
        • Closed-neck shirt, tucked in to the waistband.
          • Loose un-tucked shirts present a safety hazard as they can interfere with the trigger as you holster your handgun, as well as interfering with the draw.
          • Buttoned-collar or crewneck shirts will prevent hot empty cartridge cases from the shooter next to you falling into the front of your shirt.
        • Cap with a visor, both to protect you from the sun as well as to keep hot brass from falling between your face and your shooting glasses.
        • Sunblock or a rain jacket, as the weather dictates.
      • Eye protection. Prescription glasses are acceptable, but please wear a pair that offers reasonable coverage for your eyes. You may wear safety glasses over your prescription glasses. If you don’t wear prescription glasses, or if you use contact lenses, a decent pair of plastic shooting glasses will cost less than $20.
      • Hearing protection. Earplugs alone will be difficult to use because you will have a problem hearing the instructors. Plain earmuffs are acceptable, but if you plan to do a lot of shooting we recommend that you invest in electronic sport earmuffs, which can be bought for less than $75 locally. These allow you to hear normal conversation while protecting you from sudden, loud noises, such as gunfire.
      • Water and a light snack. Do not skip any opportunity to keep hydrated and nourished. We need you to be operating at 100% capacity.
      • Pen or pencil and notebook.
      • A folding chair or stool is recommended but not required.
    • Student must meet Prerequisites (see below).

Prerequisites:

  • Free of criminal background and able to legally own firearms
  • Prior to coming to Action Shooting Fundamentals, students must be familiar with the general Tri-County Gun Club rules.
  • Prior to coming to Action Shooting Fundamentals, students must posses basic handgun knowledge and square range shooting skills. Specifically, a student must be able to perform the following:
    • Safely uncase and case their handgun, while keeping the muzzle pointed downrange and finger outside of the trigger guard
    • Safely load and unload their handgun, while keeping the muzzle pointed downrange and finger outside of the trigger guard
    • Safely manipulate all controls of their handgun, while keeping the muzzle pointed downrange and finger outside of the trigger guard
    • Safely handle the gun and posses the marksmanship necessary to put 5 shots, in a 5 inch circle, at a distance of 5 yards, in 10 seconds or less. All shots must be within the 10 second time limit, and within the 5 inch circle. This can be practiced at the Short-Distance Pistol Range at Tri-County Gun Club near the Action Range.
    • If the student cannot perform the above, they should look into taking an NRA Basic Pistol class, or similar beginner’s class (offered at many ranges around the area), as they will not be able to keep up in this course and may be dismissed with no refund.