Advanced Tactical Pistol

The Advanced Tactical Pistol (ATP) course is designed for anyone who carries a pistol for work or protection. The ATP course covers a gambit of real life shooting scenarios that range from extreme close quarters to distance shooting with the proper use of cover and concealment.

This course covers the following:

  • Contact distance close quarters shooting techniques.
  • Movement to maximize survivability in a lethal force scenario.
  • What to do/say after having to use deadly force.
  • Cover and concealment.
  • Unconventional shooting positions.
  • Flashlight techniques and low light shooting.
  • Single hand shooting and manipulations.
  • Shooting in and around cars (when available).

Optional Force-on-Force Module

Some classes include a third day of force-on-force training. The same material is covered, but the program is expanded to include force-on-force gear with marking cartridges.

Required equipment

  • Service pistol with a minimum of six magazines.
  • Holster suitable for concealment
  • Concealment garment
  • 1,000 rounds of pistol ammunition
  • Eye protection/Ear Protection
  • Hat with Brim
  • Kneepads
  • Flashlight (with momentary on/off tail-cap switch suggested)

For three-day programs with force-on-force training you’ll need additional equipment…

  • Clothing sufficient to cover all exposed skin (long sleeve shirt/sweatshirt and long pants)
  • Groin protection (generic outer groin protection is available)
  • Study belt at least 1.5” wide


This is not a basic class. At minimum, students should have taken a basic handgun safety course and have experience with their firearm and gear. We expect students to have experience shooting on a line in a safe manner, including loading, reloading and drawing/shooting from the holster. Shooters with IDPA, USPSA, NRA Action Pistol, 3-Gun, law enforcement and military experience meet the program prerequisites.

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.
  • Holster suitable for concealment.
  • About 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
  • At least four to six magazines for your pistol.
  • At least two magazine carriers.
  • Tail cap Flashlight or pistol mounted light.

Course Fees

The course fee for Advanced Tactical Pistol course is $450 plus applicable range fees. Contact us for information on group rates.

Some classes include a third day with a Force-on-Force Module for an additional fee. Prices vary based on location.


Student Testimonials

I enjoy the learning format

I have attended two OpSpec Training classes and will continue to attend as time and availability allow. I enjoy the learning format and the real world experience that the instructors bring to the classes. The skills I have learned have made me a better and more capable shooter.

Tony K.
Advanced Tactical Pistol
Mesa, Ariz. - Dec. 2015