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Basic Handgun #250- Group Class

Defensive Pistol Series – Basic Handgun #250 – $700

Course Syllabus

Welcome and Orientation to #250 Basic Handgun – Introduction to the TPA Training Triad

  1. Safety
  2. Gun Handling
  3. Marksmanship Under Stress (Accelerated Heart Rate)
  4. Mindset
  5. Practical Exercise (Jungle Walk/Shoot House)
  6. Graduation

Basic Handgun #250

Welcome and Orientation intro to the TPA Training Triad

Your day begins in the classroom with an orientation and introduction to the TPA Training Triad. The Training Triad is the foundation of every course taught at Texas Pistol & Rifle Academy. The Training Triad has 3 sides that together help you shoot well. On one side is “mental & visual focus” – since your mind and eyes can only focus on one thing at a time, putting them in the right place is critical for good shooting. The next side is “sending the bullet”- here, the steps of a successful firing stroke are explained to help you deliver point of – aim point of impact shots. The final side is “good equipment” – this describes what characteristics are desirable in a handgun to make it shooter friendly.


A thorough safety briefing is presented covering firearm safety rules. You will also be briefed on how to conduct yourself on the range and in the dugout area where you will store your gear and ammo.

Gun Handling

The gun handling portion of the course covers what you need to do for point of aim – point of impact shooting. This includes establishing eye dominance, proper body position, proper grip, sight picture, and trigger press. Presentation of the handgun to the target from the transition ready position and the holster are also taught in this phase that reinforces the “sending the bullet” side of the Training Triad. Three types of reloads and three types of malfunction clearing are also taught in this phase.

Marksmanship Under Stress

In this phase of training, you will be exposed to drills that create accelerated heart rate. This helps you understand how stress can degrade your shooting performance and how to compensate by using the “sending the bullet” side of the Training Triad.


A brief lecture about how to capture and maintain the proper defensive shooting mindset helps you understand that shooting is also mental. This lecture covers levels of awareness, threat levels, and examples of the use of force.

Practical Exercise (Jungle Walk/Shoot House)

Towards the end of the course, you will shoot a practical exercise in the Jungle Walk and Shoot House Ranges. Here you will experience what it’s like engaging targets outside the static square range firing line. The Jungle Walk is a heavily treed pathway with steel targets dispersed within for you to shoot.

At Shoot House Range you will be taught how to “cut the pie” and move through a structure as you engage targets inside. Cutting the pie is an important skill for defensive shooting, especially in the home.


At the end of the training day, you will participate in a graduation ceremony where you receive a certificate of completion for your training effort.