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.

Prerequisites

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

Ammunition

  • 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.

Schedule

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.

Looking forward to training with you all again

I would highly recommend this class to anyone wanting to build a strong foundation on trigger control. The method of teaching these principles is “where the money is.” I’m developing new, positive habits from what I learned from this class and will continue to grow as a better gunfighter as a result. Looking forward to training with you all again real soon.

Ron J.
Practical Fundamentals
Daytona Beach, Fla. - Jan. 2018

My gun handling improved exponentially

Really fantastic. The course exceeded my expectations. My gun handling improved exponentially. The instructors were not only excellent, they were very decent, approachable, and positive people. That makes a big difference.

Brian H.
Practical Fundamentals
Daytona Beach, Fla. - Jan. 2018

So much positive information

There was so much positive information provided during this intense two day course but the two key takeaways, for me, were the trigger bump practices and keying in and seeing the front sight bob or lift as you prepare for the subsequent shot.

A pretty common experience is that so often when aiming and just prior to firing, we tense in anticipation of the shot and often dip/drop the shot – the “let it happen” statement really hit home with me and resulted in incredible shots and subsequent follow-up round placements.

Thank you OpSpec – it was a pleasure.

Nic T.
Former Military
Practical Fundamentals
Daytona Beach, Fla. - Jan. 2018

Made a noticeable difference in my shooting skills!

It’s a great, highly educational, well thought out class with just enough instruction and live fire to keep your attention and interest throughout the day. Nothing seemed to drag on, and nothing seemed to move on too quickly.

It really made a noticeable difference in my shooting skills!

Glenn W.
Practical Fundamentals
Daytona Beach, Fla. - Jan. 2018

It was an awesome class

I really wasn’t sure what to expect. It was an awesome class and I am excited to continue my training and practice. Thanks.

Rob C.
Practical Fundamentals
Daytona Beach, Fla. - Jan. 2018

I went into this training with high expectations due to the past testimonials and they were exceeded

I went into this training with high expectations due to the past testimonials and they were exceeded. Being basically self taught with the exception of basic firearm safety and handling exposure, I have a lot to unlearn.

While two days was not quite long enough to erase all my bad habits – I do see a path forward to continue to approve. The instructors were exceptional with the way they interacted with the group and individuals. My “aha moment” was the importance of dry firing and the how you can train realistically utilizing dry firing as the foundation.

Chris L.
Former Military
Practical Fundamentals
Daytona Beach, Fla. - Jan. 2018

Best course I have taken dealing with fundamentals in general and trigger management

This was my 10th training course, not including military and FLETC provided training. By far, this was the best course I have taken dealing with fundamentals in general and trigger management specifically. The level of detail in the demos and lecture explanations as to why certain techniques work better than others went far beyond any other course I have taken. This is an outstanding course to start your training year with to ensure you have the fundamental tools needed to get the most out of your shooting.

Ryan B.
Active Law Enforcement, Former Military
Practical Fundamentals
Daytona Beach, Fla. - Jan. 2018

The class was filled with professionals and the instructors topped the list

I learned a great deal in a short time… but the pace was exactly what I needed not too fast but fast enough to keep me challenged.

The class was filled with professionals and the instructors topped the list. Thanks guys.

Tom J
Former Military
Practical Fundamentals
Daytona Beach, Fla. Jan. 2018

Opened my mind to a path to excellence

Brilliant class that opened my mind to a path to excellence. Gave the student a bridge to understand what the master knows and techniques to increase their own skills.

Bob D.
Firearms Instructor
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, Sept. 2016

This was a great class

This was a great class that allowed me to tune up my fundamentals, and learn how to train in the future to continue to improve. Jerry Jones, my instructor broke down some concepts in a way that was more helpful than I was taught in the past.

John O.
Practical Fundamentals
Paducah, Ky. - June 2016

… Well worth the money and the time and the slogging through the muck and mire of San Antonio. Thanks Jerry and Bruce. Well done.

Dick C.
Practical Fundamentals
San Antonio, Texas - March 2015

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.
LEO
Practical Fundamentals
Piru, Calif. - Jan. 2015

Before this course my shooting was inconsistent at best, and sometimes just flat out terrible. The light came on during the course, and my shooting improved dramatically. I’ve made this my pledge: “I will see the sights, I will feel the trigger, I will call my shot.” Thanks for helping me put it all together.

Lee B.
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy - June 2015

I learned quite a bit from this course and have picked up many new skills that I feel confident that I can practice and develop on my own. Because of the broad range of skill sets taught in this course, I will likely re-take it again in the next year or two.

Rob L.
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy - June 2015

I could see my accuracy improving, hour by hour, as the class progressed. I didn’t expect that, to be honest. Bruce’s tips on mental attitude and thoughts on trigger prep were invaluable. Harold gave me a lot of input on the technical aspects of what I was doing. Between the two of them, I somehow improved noticeably, during the first day.

George W.
Practical Fundamentals
Richmond, Calif. - June 2016

The instructors have real world experience

The instructors have real world experience and are able to appropriately diagnose shooter issues quickly and match the shooters skill needed for that individuals job or mission.

Brad G.
Former Military, Firearms Instructor
Advanced Pistol Operator
SIG Sauer Academy - Sept. 2017

Very knowledgeable and patient

Jerry and HR are both very knowledgeable and patient. They don’t mind repeating the same point over or use a parable to illustrate the point.

I unlearned all the bad habits I’ve gotten from 22 years of being in the NYPD.

L.K.
Former LEO
Practical Fundamentals
Atlantic City, N.J. - Sept. 2017

Made me a more confident shooter.

Michael S.
Practical Fundamentals
Atlantic City, N.J. - Sept. 2017

Instructors are clear in their directions and then constantly by your side

This course offers a different way to learn the art of shooting. It focuses on the process which will ultimately lead to superior accuracy and speed. The instructors are clear in their directions and then constantly by your side to offer tips and methods to accomplish the next step. Although I have taken numerous others classes this one would be my #1 suggestion to family and friends.

Blair G. Sr.
Practical Fundamentals
Atlantic City, N.J. - Sept. 2017

I had a great time!

I really enjoyed the class and got a lot more out of it than I expected. When I first called about the class I was a little hesitant because I thought that I would be in over my head, and that I wasn’t going to be a good enough shooter to keep up. But the guy on the phone was great and convinced me that the class was just what I was looking for to try to increase my speed in drawing from the holster and getting that first shot off quickly and on target.

I feel the skills I learned pertain to all aspects of shooting, and will help me to become a better shooter overall. They made me feel very comfortable from the beginning and I had a great time! I would actually take this class again to reinforce what I just learned, and would love forth to offer some other classes to choose from to broaden my horizons … keep up the good work.

Liz
Practical Fundamentals
Atlantic City, N.J. - Sept. 2017

Felt very confident implementing everything I learned

Ok, so I waited to complete this survey until after I did my dryfire drills and then went to the range to test my skills. Major difference. Felt very confident implementing everything I learned and it did make a difference for me in how I shot. Much faster and accurate follow up shots which was the major weakness in my shooting. Looking forward to further honing my shooting skills. Thanks again for a great class Jerry and Harold!

Eric L.
Practical Fundamentals
Richmond, Calif. - June 2017

The primary focus and content were spot on

Practical Fundamentals — great class! Both Jerry and HR made for a great contrasting instructional team. The primary focus and content were spot on and I am certain that with more work and time, will allow me to advance further and faster than had I not taken this course. I have had several other courses, some with big names. This one speaks to the core of one’s ability to place your rounds as desired, and is ‘fundamental’ to the advancement as a pistol operator. My friend and I had both hit walls regarding advancement, which competition had made clear. This class is going to enable us to break through.

Those who want to really progress, owe it to themselves to take this course. I wish I had taken it earlier.

B.Y.
Practical Fundamentals
Richmond, Calif. - June 2017

This class was excellent

I’m a new shooter with less than a year’s worth of experience, and with my limited training I was concerned that I’d be out of my league when the other shooters in the class. While its true that the class had quit a few very experienced shooters, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the concepts and drills that Jerry and his team were teaching were applicable to all the students in the class no matter the skill level or experience. In no time I felt very comfortable shooting shoulder to shoulder with all my fellow students no matter the skill level as we were all learning. This class was excellent.

Chris H.
Practical Fundamentals
Richmond, Calif. - June 2017

Constructive criticism and positive feedback

Jerry and Harold were excellent instructors. You provided constructive criticism and positive feedback to individual shooters throughout the class. The techniques taught in Practical Fundamentals provide a shooter with the building blocks necessary to become a better shooter. Thanks.

Michael E.
Practical Fundamentals
Richmond, Calif. - June 2017

World class, hands-on instruction

Practical Fundamentals training in Richmond was by far the best firearms training I have ever experienced. Jerry and Harold took our class to the next level in two days. Operation Specific Training will give you practical shooting skills and will help you implement trigger control.

The personal, world class, hands on instruction sets this training apart for the rest. If you can only go to one training this year make Practical Fundamentals the one!

Paul D.
Practical Fundamentals
Richmond, Calif. - June 2017

Clearly there is something for everyone

As a new shooter, this was one of my first classes, and I was looking for a course that was basic enough for me, but advanced enough that I felt like I was getting a significant value. I couldn’t have been happier with my choice in OpsSpec Training. For two days I stood shoulder to shoulder with shooters that had dozens of years of experience and some that had taken the course multiple times, and I never felt out of place, and neither did they.

Clearly there is something for everyone, and rest assured I’ll be looking for the next OpsSpec course to take!

Chris H.
Practical Fundamentals
Richmond, Calif. - June 2017

Highly recommended

Thoroughly 100% professional, safe and very informative. After going through the class, I understand why some folks feel inclined to take it more than once. Highly recommended.

Phillip P.
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2017

Great class for even seasoned shooters

Bruce and Doug did an excellent job at the SIG Academy. As a NRA Basic Pistol, Rifle and Reloading instructor I will use my obtained knowledge to help new to shooting students progress in the shooting sports. Great class for even seasoned shooters. Competition and Tactical technique drills well received by all students.

Robert K.
Firearms Instructor
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2017

Practical Fundamentals was a fantastic class

Practical Fundamentals was a fantastic class, and Bruce, Doug and Steve were amazing instructors. Definitely interested in taking both Practical Fundamentals and other OpSpec offerings in the future. Keep up the great work.

Anonymous
Firearms Instructor
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2017

Excellent training techniques and very professional

Excellent training techniques and very professional staff at this Practical Fundamentals session! I should have done this years ago, as it provides essential building blocks and has proven techniques which demonstrate positive and satisfying results.

I would recommend this session to anyone who wants to advance their skills and move to the next level of marksmanship and performance.

The [OpSpec Training] organization has spent a great deal of time and energy in preparation for these sessions, and continues to refine the course as new techniques become available.

Doug S.
Practical Fundamentals
Wilmington, Ohio - May 2017

Practical Fundamentals is your class!

If you no longer consider yourself a beginner, you find that great gear only takes you so far, and you really want to learn to shoot well, Practical Fundamentals is your class! The focus on marksmanship [and] this class fills all the holes left by other classes that focus on defense. The instructors made us amaze ourselves!

Dan C.
Practical Fundamentals
Wilmington, Ohio - May 2017

Truly an outstanding class

Truly an outstanding class that I would recommend to anyone interested in perfecting their skills and discipline in handgun marksmanship. The instructors use real world examples and teach practical, repeatable skills that will yield dividends for may years to come.

Michael P.
Practical Fundamentals
Richmond, Calif. - Nov. 2016

I’m saving tremendous amounts of money by not wasting ammo

I have taken several pistol training classes from Operation Specific, and I learn a tremendous amount each time. Prior to this class, when practicing at the range, I was mostly burning through ammo and getting nowhere. Not only are my skills progressing well, but I am saving tremendous amounts of money by not wasting ammo with little learned.

Steve D.
Practical Fundamentals
Richmond, Calif. - Nov. 2016

An excellent class

An excellent class for learning, understanding, and practicing the fundamentals of pistol usage and control in various scenarios.

James S.
Practical Funamentals
Richmond, Calif. - Nov. 2016

Practical Fundamentals is a must do class

Great class. Can take the class several times and still gain significant amount of new information.

Practical Fundamentals is a must do class for those wishing to be more accurate, better shooters. Need to practice the bump drill daily to perfect trigger preparation.

Neil
LEO
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy - Sept. 2016

He did not disappoint

I took the class to benefit from Bruce’s teaching. He did not disappoint. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to benefit from his insights. I say that as one who has had the opportunity to learn from a number of instructors, including: Gunsite (Ed Stock), Hackathorn (Ron Avery) and briefly, Ayoob. Were I able only to get further instruction from one person, I would choose Bruce.

Anonymous
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy - Sept. 2016

This class could easily be described as life-changing

Although this was presented as a more advanced class, the fundamentals of trigger control and the reasons for it have benefited me immeasurably. I wish I’d encountered such instruction years ago as I would be a better shooter today. I know that in a year (yes, I’ll keep practicing the Bump Drill) my shooting will be markedly improved over how it was prior to my entering the class.

The view towards shooting, detaching myself from the result, resounds with other recommendations I’ve heard in life. My too brief two days in this class reinforced lessons I will take to other events and activities. Although this next statement could be described as hyperbolic, I’ll stand by my impression as, for a dedicated shooter, this class could easily be described as life-changing.

Eric
Former Military
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, Sept. 2016

Excellent experience, start to finish

Igor
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, Sept. 2016

By far the best

Of the over 100 classes, workshops, training seminars, etc, I have attended in both my personal and professional life, this has been by far the best. The amount of actual useable knowledge I obtained in this class far exceeded my expectation. I am looking forward to my next training class!

Fred M.
Former Military
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, Sept. 2016

The class was very valuable

Overall I thought the class was very valuable and the instructors, facilities, etc. were very good. The instructors took time after class to work with students and answer their questions.

Anonymous
Instructor
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy - Sept. 2016

Flawless!

I don’t think anyone can top this level of instruction it was flawless!

F.S.
Active LEO
Practical Fundamentals
Valencia, Calif. - June 2016

Take the time to refocus on the fundamentals

If you take your firearms training serious and want to take your skills to the next level, I highly recommend taking the practical fundamentals course. Far too often we rely on the newest wazoo equipment or trigger job to shoot better when in reality we need to bring it back and focus on the fundamentals. Proficiency with a firearm is a perishable skill and we all need to take the time to refocus on the fundamentals of good marksmanship. Don’t let your ego cloud get the best of you. Be safe, train hard and God bless.

Aaron J.
Active LEO, Instructor
Practical Fundamentals
Valencia, Calif. - June 2016

Excellent baseline of fundamental pistol skills

This class provided an excellent baseline of fundamental pistol skills from which to build an effective personal training regime.

David P.
Practical Fundamentals
Paducah, Ky. - June 2016

Training done right!

Training done right! Read the course information and you won’t be disappointed. Jerry Jones is as good an instructor as I have encountered during weapons training. He will provide you the roadmap and you just need to execute. He was helpful to students and did not belittle them when having troubles. I say it again you will not be disappointed!

David K.
Practical Fundamentals
Paducah, Ky. - June 2016

The building blocks needed for quick and accurate shooting

The instruction I received in this class is the building blocks needed for quick and accurate shooting. Safety is stressed as the most important thing and no rounds went down-range without a lesson attached to them.

Larry L.
Practical Fundamentals
Paducah, Ky. - June 2016

I really appreciated the personal attention and instruction

As a ‘distinguished senior’ who is relatively new to IDPA and USPSA, I came away with specific practice activities/routines which I’m confident will improve my performance. I really appreciated the personal attention and instruction that each of us received.

Mike S.
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2016

All of the instructors were professional

Practical Fundamentals was the best class for me at this stage in my development as an IDPA/USPSA shooter. All of the instructors were professional and have a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that they shared with their students. I firmly believe that if I practice their techniques and drills I will move up at least one classification.

Jim P.
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2016

I got a lot more out of it the second time around

This was my second Practical Fundamentals Class. I believe that I got a lot more out of it the second time around. I would highly recommend this class to any shooter at any level. Lots of one on one instruction. Thanks for a great experience!

Gary W.
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2016

I have gained a lot of great tools

Excellent class. I feel like I have gained a lot of great tools to help me become a better shooter. I am new to the sport and Bruce, Harold and Steve took the time to make me feel at ease and gave me a lot of great tips for improving my skills.

Karen B.
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2016

Great mix of instructors

Bruce and staff are excellent! Great mix of instructors that bring real world experience to the course.

Joe G.
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2016

The light came on during the course

Before this course my shooting was inconsistent at best, and sometimes just flat out terrible. The light came on during the course, and my shooting improved dramatically. I’ve made this my pledge: “I will see the sights, I will feel the trigger, I will call my shot.” Thanks for helping me put it all together.

Lee B.
Practical Fundmentals
Gap, Pa., June 2015

Safety was paramount

The instruction was very very good. Safety was paramount. The drills were sound and used the building block approach. The discussions caused me to change my mind about several ideas about accuracy and speed. My shooting improved in the short time spent in class and with the prescribed practice improvement showed up on the range immediately.

John
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2015

Far exceeded my expectations

This was my first OpSpec class and first time at the SIG SAUER Academy. I very much enjoyed the course and definitely went away with a whole new perspective and a new set of skills and knowledge, as well as a renewed level of confidence. The training methodology and level of expertise far exceeded my expectations.

Fred B.
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2015

New skills I feel confident I can bring home

I learned quite a bit from this course and have picked up many new skills that I feel confident that I can practice and develop on my own. Because of the broad range of skill sets taught in this course, I will likely re-take it again in the next year or two.

Rob L.
Practical Fundamentals
SIG Sauer Academy, June 2015

Questions answered quickly and thoroughly

Jerry and Randy were both great, offering feedback whenever it was needed. Each time I asked a question (a lot), it was answered quickly and very thoroughly.

Mike V.
Practical Fundamentals
Piru, Calif., Jan. 2015

Focus on the trigger was an eye opener

The instruction was great. The pace was good. I was very happy with the course. The focus of the “trigger” was an eye opener.

Paul. L
Practical Fundamentals
Piru, Calif., Jan. 2-15

Coaching aspect of this class is a valuable tool

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.
Practical Fundamentals
Piru, Calif., Jan. 2015

Safety was important

The degree to which safety was stressed was exceptional and was as important – or perhaps more so – than the instruction in shooting. It’s way too easy to get complacent the more familiar you are with something. The constant reminder by all of the instructors was an excellent reminder that safety must always be considered first.

Jon W.
Practical Fundamentals
Mesa, Ariz., Dec. 2014

I’ll take this class again

Knowing that the class was never designed to turn out a polished shooter, I think overall the instructor did a good job of delivering the material in an order that continued to emphasize the previous lesson while layering the next lesson on top. I will likely take this class again…

Tony K.
Practical Fundamentals
Mesa, Ariz., Dec. 2014

Friendly and approachable

The class was extremely well put together, the instructors were friendly and approachable, and the pace was spot on to cover the material. I learned more than I had hoped and look forward to taking more classes in the future.

Michael F.
Practical Fundamentals
Mesa, Ariz., Dec. 2014