The Ranch

Training Facility in San Antonio, TX

Practical Red Dot Pistol Skills (8 HRS)

Note: This class is NOT for beginners. Students should be able to safely draw from the holster and shoot. Practicing the draw from the holster prior to the class is highly recommended. If you need help with this, please contact us for recommendations.


This course is designed by USPSA GrandMaster in Carry Optics and is taught by Modern Samurai Project endorsed instructors. It will provide students with the necessary skills to properly transition from using standard pistol iron sights to mini red dot sights (MRDS) for self-defense or duty use. This transitional training will include drills addressing the common concerns associated with the use of MRDS on duty pistols. Students will also improve on the skills and knowledge to successfully negotiate around obstacles and shoot on the move. This is an in-depth, comprehensive training course focusing on the fundamentals and capabilities of MRDS and to learn the proper techniques for red-dot acquisition under various conditions and circumstances.

NOTE: It’s incumbent upon the student to read and know the user’s manual of their individual optic. There are far too many optics for the instructor to give each student instructions on all of the different optic. Bottom Line, students should know how to make the appropriate adjustments to their optic before attending the class.


The Ranch
10700 S. IH 35
Dilley, TX 78017


Saturday November 23, 2024
From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST (LOCAL TIME)


$265 (Range Fees Included)

Topics Covered

  • Concepts of RDS Handgun Marksmanship

  • Equipment Selection and Maintenance

  • Metrics of Performance

  • Vision Science and the advantage of RDS equipped handguns.

  • Zeroing Theory, Application, and Diagnostic Tools

  • Stance, Body Mechanics, Building a consistent index.

  • Grip Mechanics and Individual Diagnosis

  • Trigger Control Techniques

  • The Draw

  • Modulation

  • Gross Sight Picture

  • The Bill Drill

  • Accuracy and Mental Patience

Equipment Needed

  • Serviceable semi-automatic pistol (9mm or larger caliber) and at least three magazines

  • Quality belt with strong side holster and at least 1 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

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

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

  • Knee pads (optional, but recommended – range surface is rocky gravel)

  • Water for hydration

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


  • 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 are Port-A-Johns.

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