What to Bring – Pistol Classes
Although each pistol program offered by OpSpec Training may have specific requirements, we’ve put together a listing of equipment appropriate for every pistol class.
Service Pistol – Full Size or Compact Model
- 9mm, .40, .357 SIG or .45 ACP. Our advice is to bring a 9mm gun as ammo is less expensive and features less recoil. We do not suggest bringing sub-compact or micro-pistols to our courses, unless it is a specific class dedicated to running those platforms.
- For the Practical Fundamentals program: A Kydex belt or paddle training holster (see below) mounted on the strong side of your belt, near 3 o’clock for right-handed shooters and 9 o’clock for lefties. The holster used in this class is a basic one used for training or practical shooting events, and not necessarily used for concealed carry.
- For Advanced Pistol Operator and other advanced programs: Please stick with USPSA, IDPA, etc. approved holsters.
- Cross-draw, shoulder, appendix, or SERPA-type holsters (requiring the manipulation of the retention device/lock using the index/trigger finger) are not permitted in our standard training classes.
- Holsters that use the thumb to manipulate the retention device are acceptable. (Safariland Automatic Locking System (ALS) design as an example.)
- If you have a holster related question, contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss.
- You should have two to four magazine carriers that will allow you to safely carry magazines so you can recharge your firearm. The magazine carriers will be mounted opposite from your holster (see below).
- You should have at five to seven magazines, in general, the more the better. Bring more magazines if you bring a gun with a magazine capacity of 10 rounds or less.
- Every class is different, so check out the class description page for an approximate round count. If you are taking a Simunitions® class, you will not need live ammunition,.
- Standard velocity only, no +P ammunition permitted.
- If you have an ammunition related question, contact us and we’ll work with you.
Required Health and Safety Equipment
- Wraparound eye protection.
- Hearing protection (Electronic hearing protection is highly recommended).
- Some way to hydrate yourself. (Camelbak, water bottles, etc.).
- Jeans, BDUs, or canvas type pants are recommended.
- Appropriate socks, footwear, headwear and clothing appropriate for conditions we may encounter. (Including rain and snow.)
- Bring a pair of gloves as we may frequently move targets, and for range clean up.
- No sandals, tank tops or other sleeveless shirts permitted on the range.
- Lip balm
- Insect repellent
Highly Recommended General Items
- Cleaning and maintenance supplies for daily pistol maintenance.
- Folding chair.
- Elbow and knee pads. (Not needed for Practical Fundamentals)
- Bandaids for minor scrapes.
- Protein or power bars.
- Rear tail-cap type flashlight (e.g. Surefire, Pentagon, Streamlight). (Not needed for Practical Fundamentals.)
- Pen and notebook.
Holster, Magazine Pouches & Other Gear
To supplement the information provided above, we have listed some equipment suggestions that should point you in the right direction. (These are not a paid endorsement or affiliate links.)
- Ozarks Holster Company THE Range Holster
- Ozarks Holster Company Single or Double Mag Pouches
- Blade-Tech OWB Holster
- Any of the Blade-Tech Classic Pistol Mag Pouches
- Safariland 6378 ALS Holster (with the simple thumb lock, but there are many options)
- Howard Leight R-01526 Impact Sport Electronic Earmuff
- UpLULA™ Magazine Loader