Defensive Shooting Fundamentals
When it comes to pistol shooting, proper training on the fundamentals is the key to precision and safety. At PBWY, NRA, USCCA & BCI certified instructor Jay Hermoso’s concealed carry handgun permit classes cover the basics of fundamentals of pistol shooting and provide attendees with valuable information on all aspects of owning and carrying a firearm.
Here’s a quick preview of our Defensive Shooting Fundamental Mini Class curriculum:
Proper Grip: A handgun needs to be held firmly to control the weapon, but not so tightly that it impacts accuracy. In his classes, Jay demonstrates a proper grip and how it can change depending on the type of handgun being fired. Generally, handguns need to be held high on the backstrap, and the fingers on the strong hand wrap around the grip to the front strap. The support hand then lays along and under the thumb of the strong hand, parallel to the barrel.
Sight alignment: This is the method of lining up the rear and front sights on the handgun.
For reliable aiming, the shooter needs to see how the rear sight aperture lines up with the front sight, with most of the focus on the front sight post. The target will appear blurry if done correctly as the shooter’s attention is focused on the front sight post.
Breath control: When firing a handgun breath control is important. In general, it’s good to keep a calm breathing pattern throughout preparation, aim, and fire. This helps oxygenate the blood, which sharpens vision and keeps you alert. PBWY training will teach you to breathe properly and relax to promote better results and prevent jerky movements that can lead to errant shots.
Trigger control: Trigger control is the method of moving the trigger until the firing pin of the firearm is activated. It needs to happen while maintaining proper aiming, breathing, and hold control. The idea is to engage the trigger with minimal movement. After the handgun discharges, the shooter must slowly release the trigger, so it resets.
Follow through: Follow through is the continuation of the basic pistol fundamentals after a shot is fired. To properly through on your shot, PBWY teaches students to continue aiming while maintaining breathing, hold, and trigger control. This is key to achieving consistent marksmanship.
When you enroll in our mini class, you are enrolling in our Academy which offers a 3 class series where you’ll learn the fundamentals that will make you a better marksman and a much more well-rounded handgun owner.
These classes are sold as a “bundle” for $125 and you are free to take them whenever your schedule allows. Register here and choose ‘Academy Classes’.
Location: James City Bruton Fire Department
3135 Forge Road, Toano, VA 23168
Time: All Academy classes are from 6 pm – 8 pm
Class 1: Developing a Personal and Home Protection Plan
- Why have a personal and home-protection plan?
- Conflict avoidance and why it’s so important
- Situational Awareness
- The Color Codes of Awareness
- Observing Your Environment
- Concealed Carry Permits
- Home Security and Home Defense
- Mental Exercises
Class 2: Defensive Shooting Fundamentals
- Defensive Shooting versus marksmanship
- Muscle Memory Explained
- Proper Grip
- A natural and neutral shooting platform
- Aligning the muzzle to the target
- Point/Instinctive Shooting
- Flash sight picture
- Precise sight alignment
- Trigger Control
Class 3: The Legal Use of Force
- Reasonable force
- Deadly force
- The use-of-force Continuum
- How will a prosecutor evaluate your case?
- Defense of the home
- Defense of property