The Ranch

Tactial Training Facility in San Antonio, TX

Intro to Practical Pistol Sports ( 8 HRS)

Prerequisite: Previous pistol courses (totaling 16 hours) or USPSA “C” Classification/IDPA Marksman or higher . Our classes are NOT a prerequisite but training from a reputable company/instructor or competition experience is required.


This course is designed to increase handgun skills for self-defense or competitive shooting. The target audience of the course is the safe and competent shooter, experienced law enforcement/military operator or USPSA/IDPA competitor who is looking to improve their speed, marksmanship and gun handling skills, and to learn the rules and best practices of the shooting sports. We will stress speed and accuracy while covering handgun manipulation skills that will enable the shooter to more effectively use their pistol. We will use time-tested and proven drills to increase your skills. The main focus will be on the improvement of handgun shooting and handling skills such as speed shooting, accuracy, efficient speed draws, reloads, sight tracking, transitions between targets, etc. We will also cover the different rules and scoring methods of USPSA and IDPA, as well as strategies to be more competitive.
Students will learn self-diagnostics to continue development of their own personal performance, how to practice and track one’s own skill level.

This is a great opportunity to become more proficient with your defensive pistol skills required to advance in competition and self-defense. At the end, students will be sent a set of drills along with time standards that they need to get to the next level.


The Ranch
10700 S. IH 35
Dilley, TX 78017

Lodging is available on site. Please contact the range for more info and reservations or hotel recommendations at 702-682-3475

Date & Time:

From 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT (LOCAL TIME)


$265 (Range Fees included)

Topics Covered

  • Fundamentals of marksmanship

  • Equipment considerations

  • Mental aspect of performance shooting

  • Efficient draw and presentation

  • Speed shooting

  • Dry fire practice

  • Rules and scoring for shooting sports

  • Speed reloads

  • One handed shooting

  • Shot calling

  • Driving the pistol/target transitions

  • Entries/Exists (movement)

  • How to practice and increase performance

Equipment Needed

  • Serviceable semi-automatic pistol (9mm or larger caliber)

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

  • Competition Hostler and belt with magazine pouch

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

  • Be able to retain 2 magazines on your body

  • 500 rounds of dependable ammunition (minimum). No steel core, no armor piercing, no tracer.

  • Knee pads (optional)

  • Eye protection, hearing protection (electronic recommended) and baseball cap.


  1. Lunch is not included. Please bring your own.

  2. It’s highly recommended to bring a chair.

  3. This is an outdoor range, so the only restrooms are Port-A-Johns.



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