The Ranch

Tactial Training Facility in San Antonio, TX

Concealed Carry w/Low Light Skills (2 DAYS)

Prerequisite: This is NOT a beginner class; students should be able to competently manage their handgun from concealment and maintain a high level of safety awareness. Prerequisites of Green Ops Defensive Pistol 1 and 2 or Tactical Pistol (16 hours of training) are required, or a USPSA “C” Classification/IDPA Marksman or higher.
*Our Instructors reserve the right to ask students to sit out of certain iterations if the student cannot demonstrate necessary firearms safety skills.


Concealed Carry and Low Light Skills will present a defensive-focused curriculum to better equip responsible citizens with the tools they might need should they be forced to employ their concealed handguns in low-light situations. The training will begin with a refresher on foundational skills within a defensive perspective. We will refine the student’s concealed draw, discuss the balance of speed and accuracy, and offer a perspective on how that speed affords one processing power in high-stress scenarios. The class will progress through several diagnostic drills and evaluations to offer the students an honest understanding of where they are as shooters.
On the evening of the first day, we will discuss low light tools, techniques, and considerations, using the late evening to allow students to get repetitions on those techniques before we conduct several scenarios in near-dark situations to pressure test the techniques on which the students have been instructed. The scenarios will cover several facets of low light incidents that will test your equipment, your shooting, observational skills and decision-making, and mindset issues that can create legal and ethical conflicts in self-defense situations.
The second day will begin with student discussions regarding the previous night’s scenarios and how low light affects our information-gathering and decision-making paradigms. The second day of training will continue with shooting skill drills with an immediate application drill to follow up on the practical use of the skills learned.


The Ranch
10700 S. IH 35
Dilley, TX 78017

Given the timeline of the Class students must lodge on-site at The Ranch in Dilley.
Please Contact Chad at 702-682-3475 or email as soon as possible to confirm lodging availability.


Saturday & Sunday
September 28 & 29, 2024

Day 1: From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST
Then From 6:45PM to 10:00PM CST

Day 2: From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST


$575 (Range fees included)

Topics Covered

     DAY 1

  • Safety and Medical Briefs

  • Instructor and Student Introductions

  • The How and Why of defensive shooting

    o   Equipment

    o   Decision making

    o   Situational Awareness

  • Defensive vs Performance focused training, does it matter?

  • Personal Assessments and honest training

    o   Skill ownership and marksmanship accountability

  • Malfunctions

  • Reloading

  • Barricades, Strong hand and Support hand shooting

  • Verbal Commands

  • Low Light Skills and Techniques

    o   Equipment considerations: WML vs Handhelds

    • Lumens, Lux and candela

    • Throw, Spill, and target identification

    • Lenses, reflectors, LED vs Incandescent, Beam pattern

    o   Limited information decision making

    • The Human Eye and Dark adaptation: Rods, Cones, and night vision

    • Observational techniques in low light

  • Scenario-based training

    o   Photonic barriers and overcoming opposing light sources

    o   Shooting techniques and skills with both WML and Handheld lights

    DAY 2

  • Previous evening scenario breakdowns and discussions

  • Skill development and equipment assessments

    o   Mechanical skill vs Tactical awareness

    o   Gear Selection

  • Accuracy-focused shooting

    o   Shooting to your vision

    o   Timing

    o   Grip and Trigger control

    o   Patience and mental processes

  • Shooting with careful urgency

    o   Where does speed come from?

    o   Where does speed apply? Distance vs Target Size

  • Drills and Skill development

    o   Shot Calling

    o   Accountability

    o   Vision Techniques

    o   Dryfire

    o   Principle Focused Shooting

  • Class Review and Student hot wash/critiques

  • Class Conclusion 1700 hrs. on day 2

Equipment Needed (minimum)

  • Serviceable semi-automatic pistol of 9mm or larger caliber

  • 1000 round of ammunition (minimum). No Steel Core

  • Strong-side or appendix Concealment holster & Magazine pouch

  • Serpa holsters or similar holsters that use the trigger finger to deactivate a retention device are NOT allowed

  • 3-5 magazines of 10 round capacity (minimum).

  • Shaded and Clear eye protection, hearing protection (electronic recommended), and baseball cap.

  • Food, water, snacks and appropriate clothing.

  • Optional: Smart phone or Smart Pad/Tablet capable of recording video.


  • Lunch is NOT included. Please bring your own.

  • It’s highly recommended to bring a chair.

  • This is an outdoor range, so the only restrooms may be Port-A-Johns.

—This class is limited to 12 Students Only—



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