4/17 Mastering the Duty Handgun – Morgan Hill, CA – 9am


Wednesday, April 17, 2019 — 9:10AM to 4:00PM


Coyote Valley Sporting Clays
1000 San Bruno Ave. Morgan Hill, CA 95037


Here the warrior scholar is forged. Pounded to perfection through discipline and dedicated study, repetition and attention to detail. Welcome to the Skill Builder series from Monarch Defense. Our topic today: Mastering the Duty Handgun

This curriculum is designed specifically to address the needs for armed security and law enforcement professionals who carry a sidearm in uniform, and need to qualify under their departments standards. Each student will leave with the skill and confidence to handle their weapon with expert proficiency, to train and practice purposefully, and to shoot a perfect score on their department’s standardized handgun qualification test.

This small group workshop is not a basic level firearms course. This is not the time for hand-holding and sweet talking, nor is it for introducing you to your gear. It is a cost effective, safe, and efficient opportunity for the developing shooter to practice and perfect good technique; To stretch his or her limits of speed and accuracy under time and peer pressure, guided by close attention from experienced professional trainers. The fast paced class offers minimal talking, and maximum trigger time.

This class focuses on perfect repetition of perfect handgun manipulation and marksmanship. Those who have seen the light understand that there is no such thing as an “advanced” technique, or an “advanced” gunfight. Simply put, the mastery of core principles, or the lack thereof, is the only thing which differentiates the professional from the amateur, the victor from the victim. In this class, you will push yourself to mental exhaustion, run your equipment to the point of failure, develop confidence in your gun-handling abilities and mental toughness, grow in discipline and moral character, and become faster, stronger, more alert, and more accurate than you previously thought possible.

We will isolate and perfect these topics:

Universal principles of gun safety

Understanding the role of the defensive handgun

The 5 fundamentals of combat marksmanship: 

     Power Stance

     High Hold

     Crush Grip

     Front Sight

     Smooth Roll

Safe and effective use of the holster

Moving safely around team members and non-combatants with the gun in hand

One handed marksmanship, handheld flashlight techniques

Principles of weapon retention, and close range gunfighting

Human anatomy, wound ballistics, and the need for surgical accuracy

The effects of combat stress upon the mind and body

Applying Ivan Pavlov’s Classical Conditioning to understand flinch and anticipation

Applying BF Skinner’s Operant Conditioning to correct flinch and anticipation

Clean, meticulous, efficient weapon manipulation

Smooth, efficient, fast presentation from ready positions

Safe, consistent use of the holster

Non-diagnostic malfunction clearing procedure

Techniques and homework for practice, goal setting, and metrics for measuring improvement

Using the Rifleman’s Meditation to master the coveted one-hole group

You will need:

1 gallon of water

Pistol or revolver (contact us to borrow one)

200 rounds of ammunition, cheap practice ammo is fine.

A stiff belt attached to your pants, if working from concealment, or duty belt with your normal work equipment.

Safe and sturdy holster (If in doubt, contact us for help)

Optional: Secondary handgun with holster

At least 2 spare magazines for handgun, 3+ magazines if single stack

3+ speed loaders with pouches if using a revolver

Pockets or pouches for your ammunition

A copy of your department’s handgun qualification table, and three department qualification targets, if possible.

Cleaning kit and lubricant

Barrel cleaning rod

Tools for mounting and adjusting your optics and accessories

Eye and ear protection

Closed-toe shoes


Dress for the weather, we shoot rain or shine

Flashlight for ease in packing up after sunset, if applicable

Bag lunch and high calorie snacks

Register early, as this class holds a maximum of 6 shooters. Bring a buddy and you can take a significant discount!


Q: I do not work in law enforcement or uniformed security, can I still take this class?

A: Yes, although our primary focus will be on addressing the needs for our law enforcement students, which may or may not be useful to you.

Q: I do not own my own handgun, can I rent one?

A: No, we do not rent firearms, but you may borrow a handgun and holster free of charge.

Q: I don’t have a holster, is that okay?

A: You need to bring one or contact us in advance to borrow one.

Q: Can I use an inside the waistband holster?

A: Yes, and we recommend you train in “street” or duty gear.

Q: Can I use appendix carry?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I wear body armor?

A: Yes.

Q: What calibers do you allow?

A: Any typical pistol caliber is acceptable, to include the less common 10mm, .44rem mag, 5.8x28mm, etc.

Q: Can I wear/shoot a backup gun?

A: Yes. You are welcome to use a second gun.

Q: My friend wants to attend, but he/she has never shot before. Can he/she come?

A: No, this class assumes that students arrive having had some prior training or experience handling firearms.

Q: What can/can’t I bring to the event?

A: Do not consume any alcohol or mind altering substances before or during the shooting. Once we have finished and packed up you are welcome to crack open a cold one if you wish.

Q: Are dogs allowed?

A: Yes, dogs are allowed on the facility, and there is shade and water where they can hang out.

Q: Can I gather brass for reloading?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I shoot steel or aluminum cased ammunition such as Wolf, Tula, etc?

A: Yes.

Q: How can I contact the organizer with my questions?

A: Brian Wang is the event organizer. He can be reached at 408-892-5460 or info@monarchdefense.org

Q: What is the refund policy?

A: Refunds are not accepted for this event. Credit can be applied toward future classes or events with 7 days advanced notice.