Advanced Competition Pistol

The objective of the Advanced Competition Pistol program is to refine and improve the student’s gun handling and precision speed shooting skills (as presented in our Practical Fundamentals Course) via immersion in a focused, high round count program of scored standard exercises and personalized off-line coaching.

Advanced Competition Pistol

advanced-competition-pistolThe student will be conducted through an intense, progressively challenging set of 16 different timed standard exercise drills, fired in rotating relays throughout the two day training period.

Each successive cycle will be fired at progressively greater distances and/or smaller target areas each day out to 50 yards. These drills encompass the primary set of core practical pistol skills, including: time-pressure reloads, strong and support hand shooting, malfunction clearing using dummy rounds, multiple target engagements, movement to cover, barricade work and supported-position shooting.

The second day will end with a tough, fun practical scenario to test your skills and your nerve. Prerequisites: Previous Practical Fundamentals attendance, or verifiable, safe practical pistol skills with a demonstrable understanding of proper trigger management and ability to shoot accurately.

What you’ll need:

  • Rounds: 1,500
  • Equipment: A reliable and safe service pistol, and… Vertical-drop Kydex holster and multiple magazine pouches on a proper gun belt eight magazines (minimum) and magazine loading tool. Any USPSA holster/belt/magazine pouch set-up is acceptable.
  • Cleaning kit and gun grease/lubricant.
  • Electronic hearing protectors.
  • Eye protection, hat, sunscreen, hand towel.
  • Well-fitting glove for support hand knee and elbow pads.

Notes from the author of this course:

Just to be clear on the concept, the objectives for this course are in stark contrast to the process and understanding-oriented Practical Fundamentals format. By nature it’s difficult for me to let people struggle, and indeed in our Practical Fundamentals course we won’t let our students fail. However, Jerry Jones has helped me to realize that we can’t grow our skills beyond our limits unless we know what those limits are. Our goal for the Advanced Competition Pistol course is to break your skills down to the failure point and then help you build them up to a higher level. You’ll find the course to be very different in feel and much more intensely focused than the previous advanced courses we’ve developed this from.

Bruce Gray – Senior Instructor – OpSpec Training

What to Bring

First, review the general overview of What to Bring to a Pistol Class.

For this specific class, you’ll also need to bring:

  • Handgun.
  • Kydex, outside-the-waistband holster.
  • About 1,500 rounds of ammunition.
  • At least six to eight magazines for your pistol.
  • At least four magazine carriers.

Course Fees

The course fee for Advanced Competition Pistol class is $470, plus applicable range fees. Contact us for information on group rates.

Class Testimonials

The Steel Challenge plates on Sunday were are a really great way to combine presentation of concepts and practice for concepts already covered.

Colin W.
Advanced Competition Pistol
Gap, Pa. - May 2016

I learned a lot about where I’m at with my own shooting

Advanced Competition Pistol was one of the toughest classes I’ve ever taken, not only due to the round count and challenging drills and targets, but because of how much self-examination of the shooter’s ego and motivations was involved through detailed lectures and question/answer sessions. I learned a lot about where I’m at with my own shooting, what I can get better at, and more importantly, how to continue forging ahead with improvement. I’d recommend this class to any competitive shooter who’s trying to break through plateaus or keep moving up in skill level.

Annette E.
Advanced Competition Pistol
Gap, Pa. - May 2016

Take your shooting to another level

This was an excellent class for those who want to move beyond the basic fundamentals of shooting to understand how the body and mind implement the mechanical actions. Take your shooting to another level by learning how to use the subconscious part of the mind to link your training to your match performance.

Jeff. B
Advanced Competition Pistol
Gap, Pa. - May 2016

Any class with Bruce is a great class!

Any class with Bruce is a great class! He explains his thought process and philosophy of shooting in a truly engaging and approachable way.

Advanced Competition Pistol
Gap, Pa. - May 2016

The lecture portion of the class was worth the price of the class

The lecture portion of the class was worth the price of the class. I would like to see a book with this material described in detail. As a matter of fact, a split book on competition and tactical shooting by OpSpec Training would be awesome. A perfect combination. The hospitality of the range was great. I would like to see some OpSpec apparel and perhaps a manual to accompany the classes. Looking forward to more classes.

Gary J.
Advanced Competition Pistol
Gap, Pa. - May 2016

I shot more Alphas and hit the steel more consistently

I am a USPSA Master class shooter and I hit a plateau for the last six months that I have been struggling to overcome. Bruce was fantastic with his explanation of the Bump Drill and trigger manipulation. In the class, I shot more alphas and hit the steel more consistently than ever. I would definitely recommend this class to everyone I see. I also look forward to taking it again.

Jeff W.
Advanced Competition Pistol
Gap, Pa. - May 2016