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Here the warrior scholar is forged. Pounded to perfection through discipline and dedicated study, repetition and attention to detail. Welcome to Skill Builder. This group format workshop is not a basic level firearms course. This is not the time for hand-holding and sweet talking, nor is it for showing you how to use your gear. It is an affordable, safe, and fast paced opportunity for the developing shooter to practice and perfect his or her technique; To stretch his or her limits of speed and accuracy under time and peer pressure, guided by as-necessary instruction from professional trainers. The fast paced class offers minimal talking, and maximum trigger time.

This class focuses on perfect repetition of perfect handgun technique. 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 metal toughness, grow in discipline and moral character, and become faster, stronger, more alert, and more accurate than you previously thought possible.


Saturday, November 16, 2019 — 12:10PM to 8:00PM PST


Lytle Creek Firing Line
Lytle Creek, CA 92358

Register today with a buddy and save $40! 

Course topics:

Universal principles of gun safety

Principles and theory of operating in reduced visibility

Slow, meticulous, efficient weapon manipulation

Perfect practice of the 4 modern flashlight and handgun techniques

Non-diagnostic clearance of simple malfunctions in the dark

Smooth, efficient, fast presentation from ready positions

Slow, consistent, safe use of the holster

Alternate crude aiming methods for shooting in the dark

One handed pistol marksmanship

You will need:

1 gallon of water

A tough, reliable handheld flashlight with momentary on-off capability

Primary pistol or revolver

One set of spare batteries for your light

200+ rounds of practice ammo

A stiff belt attached to your pants

Safe and sturdy holster (If in doubt, call 408-892-5460 to discuss)

Optional: Backup handgun with holster, secondary flashlight

At least 2 spare magazines for primary, 3 or more if single stack or speed loader

Pockets or pouches for your ammunition

Cleaning kit and lubricant

Barrel cleaning rod

Spare batteries

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. It gets cold after dark up in the mountains. at 4000 feet mean temperatures are ~15 degrees cooler than down below in the cities.

Headlamp or small flashlight for ease in cleaning up after sunset

Sounds good, now what?

Cost for the event will be $155. $40 discount for signing up together with a friend.

Check in at the range office for a waiver, then drive up to J range, at the very top, for setup and safety briefing.

Questions, comments or suggestions? Email me and let’s have a great time! Know a friend who will enjoy the challenge? Share and invite them!


Is there an age limit?

Parental discretion and supervision required. Minors high school age and up welcome. This is not a class well suited to younger children.

I don’t have a holster, is that okay? If you want to use a pistol, you need to bring one or contact me in advance to borrow one.

Should I use an inside the waistband or outside the waistband holster? The choice is yours but I recommend you use “street” gear.

Can I use appendix carry? Yes.

Should I wear body armor? If you have it at home, its not very useful is it? Train wearing what you will fight in. Body armor or bathrobe, the choice is yours.

What calibers do you allow? Any common pistol caliber is acceptable, to include the less common 10mm, .44rem mag, 5.8x28mm, etc.

Can I wear/shoot a backup gun for the drills? Yes. You are welcome to use a second gun.

My friend wants to attend, but he/she has never shot before. Can he/she come? This is not a suitable event for a first time shooter.

Wolf, Tula, and other steel cased ammunition is acceptable.

Can I pick up brass to reload? Yes, you are welcome to collect brass in this class to reload.

Notes on equipment:

Bring what you have, don’t stress about “having XYZ piece of kit”. You’ll be fine. Bring what you have. If it doesn’t work, I’ll loan you a set. If you don’t have gear, talk to me ahead of time and I’ll bring you a spare gun and gear. No extra charge. Standard capacity mags are welcome. You are responsible for understanding the law regarding transport, carry and ownership of firearms, but so long as you are safe on my range, use whatever you wish.

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

Course fees are not refundable. Full credit can be applied toward future classes or events with 7 days or more advanced notice. 50% credit can be applied towards a future class with 1 day or more advanced notice.

Additional information


Registration for One, Registration for Two