Practical Fundamentals

This course teaches the techniques and philosophy of what OpSpec Training believes a shooter needs to improve to their full potential. This is not a beginning handgun course.

Practical Fundamentals may be repeated several times to further one’s understanding of the concepts involved. OpSpec Training is a collaboration of custom gunsmiths, competitive shooting, and law enforcement specialists who have created a training environment and curriculum that is ‘process’ oriented rather than ‘goal’ oriented.

Practical Fundamentals – Our flagship two day course

Practical FundamentalsUsing a building-block approach, the program encourages students to focus on the process of running the gun, tamping down the emotional desire to see results on the target. By using a variety of dry fire and live fire exercises, students are brought through the fundamentals of marksmanship with a focus on trigger control to help the shooter make fast hits on small targets, on demand.


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.

The senior staff at OpSpec Training has more than 80 years of combined firearms experience. During this time, the team found shooters who excel at a high level – despite varied styles of trigger control, and mission goals – have one thing in common, they all have a mastery of the fundamentals and can produce them on demand.

Too many shooters today seek out gizmo sights, light trigger jobs, lasers, and other things to fix a marksmanship problem. Operation Specific Training fixes marksmanship problems at speed with marksmanship.

Practical Fundamentals will provide any shooter – at every level – with new skills and a progressive roadmap to isolate and improve on the things that matter the most in hitting targets at speed.

Course Objectives

Objectives will be achieved with a strong emphasis on safety.

  • Controlling the trigger, with all platforms and trigger types, to achieve an accurate shot
  • Acquiring proper sight alignment, on a target, and allowing the shot to happen
  • Recoil management and making accurate follow up shots
  • Efficient grip, presentation of the gun and shooting stance
  • Finding your personal sphere of dexterity
  • Reloading your platform efficiently and reliably
  • Transitioning between targets without wasted movement and placing accurate shots
  • Make a shot that will stun you with the ability you have acquired

Required Equipment

  • Pistol in one of the following calibers: 9MM, .40S&W, .357 SIG, or .45 ACP
  • Kydex belt or paddle holster
  • A minimum of five to seven magazines
  • Some safe means to carry magazines, on your person, to recharge your firearm four times (e.g. four magazine carriers/pouches)
  • Wraparound eye protection
  • Hearing protection (electronic hearing protection is recommended)
  • Cleaning and maintenance supplies for daily pistol maintenance
  • Pen and notebook


  • Estimated round count: 400 to 500 rounds handgun per day

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 900 rounds of ammunition.
  • At least four magazines for your pistol.
  • At least two magazine carriers.

Course Fees

The course fee for Practical Fundamentals is $450, plus applicable range fees. Contact us for information on group rates.


Student Testimonials

Practical Fundamentals is not a basic or introductory class. It is the base foundation for all of our programs, and is considered an advanced class by law enforcement officers and military members who have taken the class. Check out the testimonials.

The coaching aspect of this class is a valuable tool. Good to see the students take lessons and apply them as a coach to help other shooters.
Ray P. - Jan. 2015 Practical Fundamentals