Applied Fundamentals

If you’re an intermediate shooter, competitor, or law enforcement officer looking to improve your pistol skills at speed, the three-day Applied Fundamentals is the accelerated program for you. The class focuses on mental planning as a method to run your handgun at speed in a variety of conditions.

You’ll be shooting approximately 1,300 to 1,500 rounds during the intensive three-day program. This is not a course for a beginner.


Suitable for the intermediate to advanced competitive shooters or armed professionals, Applied Fundamentals does have prerequisites. At a minimum, class participants should be able to safely draw a pistol and hit a man-sized target at seven yards in roughly 1.5 seconds. Ideally, participants will have attended an OpSpec Training two or three day Practical Fundamentals class or equivalent training within the last three years.

Applied Fundamentals – Building on our flagship program

The goal of Applied Fundamentals is to take the building blocks shooters have learned in Practical Fundamentals or other trigger control-based programs and learn to apply those skills methodically to solve shooting problems.

Too often, shooters have mental knowledge and physical skill sets that they struggle to demonstrate or employ under stress, or, when presented with unfamiliar shooting scenarios, they “fail to perform.” This program addresses this issue directly.

Shooters will be exposed to an intensive, highly focused series of exercises with very specific goal sets. Applied Fundamentals’ one-on-one instructor-student structure our instructional staff to systematically address shooter’s physical (weapons handling) deficiencies and overcome the mental obstacles within their paths.

This is not a basic class. Prospective students should come in with a solid understanding of firearms safety, gun handling, and shooting skills. The course is structured and laid out in a manner that will be as mentally challenging as it is physically. Information will be chunked and repeated in a manner proven to accelerate physical and cognitive skills.

Participants will be exposed to the methods top athletes use to learn and engrain new skills. Shooters will not just see improvement, they will, more importantly, be given a language that will allow them to understand how that improvement was achieved and how it can be further enhanced. The sky is the limit. The structure of Applied Fundamentals will help remove the obstacles to your success both during and after class has wrapped.

If you are prepared for a lot of hard work and constant-one on-one feedback, come see what Applied Fundamentals has to offer.

Course Objectives

All course objectives will be achieved with a strong emphasis on safety.

  • Understanding “visual patience” and applying it to technical marksmanship
  • Cultivating the ability to drive the gun aggressively and successfully on a variety of target types
  • Understanding technical marksmanship concepts and how to apply them to the tactical/defensive and practical competition world
  • Understanding value based training drills
  • Understanding process oriented marksmanship versus results oriented

Required Equipment

  • Pistol in one of the following calibers: 9MM, .40S&W, .357 SIG, or .45 ACP
  • Kydex belt or paddle holster (no holsters that require the trigger finger to deactivate a retention device)
  • A minimum of four magazines (a few more if single stack)
  • Some safe means to carry magazines, on your person, to recharge your firearm two times (e.g. two magazine carriers/pouches)
  • Wraparound eye protection
  • Hearing protection (electronic hearing protection is recommended)
  • Notepad and pen
  • Weather and temperature appropriate attire. Jeans, BDUs, or canvas type pants are recommended
  • Gloves, socks, boots, rain coat, etc.
  • Cleaning and maintenance supplies for daily pistol maintenance


  • Estimated round count: 1,300 to 1,500 rounds

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 1,300 – 1,500 rounds of ammunition.
  • At least four magazines for your pistol.
  • At least two magazine carriers.

Course Fees

Course fees vary depending on location and are subject to change. The fees will be listed for classes when the dates are announced.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding course fees, group rates or law enforcement exclusive programs.


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