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.

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

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 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.
Practical Fundamentals
Piru, Calif. - Jan. 2015

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

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

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