Pistol-I(a): Introduction to Defensive Handgun

The Basic Fundamental Starts Here


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NEW Pistol-I(a)

This 1 day/8 hr course is designed to introduce the basic combat/defensive shooting concept to those who are new to TAC-1. This class is formulated to get the students prepared for further regimented training in defensive shooting.  The emphasis is on building the working knowledge of safe handling of the pistol and marksmanship fundamental.  

Participants will learn habitual chamber checks, safe loading and unloading,  drawing the firearm from the holster, elements of marksmanship, assessing and scanning and a  malfunction clearaning. 


$225 (USD)  Gun Rental Available (+$25)  Ammo available for purchase


TAC-1 SAFE START or equivalent is a must


150 Rounds (reduced due to general ammo shortage)


The objective is to provide adequate knowledge to own and operate a handgun safely for personal protection.


TAC-1 SAFE START or equivalent is highly recommended.  You must know the legal ramification of deadly force, nomenclature of the pistol and an understanding of cycle of operation of the pistol. You must be able to safely handle your pistol to begin in our Defensive Handgun series.

Class Format

This (8 hrs) one day training will be held  on the live fire range:

Lunch : 30 minutes
Live Application: 8 hours

Upcoming Pistol-1(a) Courses


January 16th, 2021

A Place to Shoot Range (APS) see map



February 13th, 2021

A Place to Shoot Range (APS)  see map



      May 1st, 2021

A Place to Shoot Range (APS) see map


From $225 - 8 hours

P1 Science of Shooting 

TAC-1 has deciphered the secrets of marksmanship to a science. Some of the information provided to make your shot accurate and fast will not hear anywhere else. We pride on our teachings of Elements of Marksmanship and you will immediately see the result!

Is this The Right class for Me?

Correct Placement

The Pistol-I(a) is an introduction to "gun fighting." It is a physically and mentally demanding 8 hour course. If you are not familiar with a basic working knowledge of the pistol and if you are not comfortable handling it, this class is NOT for you.  We have a separate class called SAFE START which is an elementary in level and much more hands.  Safe Start's teaching style is moderate and low key which gives the students an opportunity to ease into learning about shooting and home defense.

Please read the course outline carefully before selecting this class.  Generally, this class it the right way to start learning how to shoot for defensive application.  Watch the intro video below.  Otherwise please consider taking our SAFE START program. 


Introduction to Defensive Handgun

P1(a) is where you build your fundamental basic. Solid foundation will ensure strong skills to build upon.

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P-1(a) Course Subject

The following technique and concepts will be introduced.


Students are introduced to basic safety and brief overview of the CA firearms law

Quiz: 4 Basic Firearms Safety Rules

Quiz: Principles of personal defense

Quiz: Use of deadly force (law)

Quiz: Parts of the gun and nomenclature

Selecting the right weapon and basic ballistics

Weapon Operation

Students are introduced to the concept of basic weapon operation. 

Drawing and exhibiting handguns from holster

Safe loading and unloading

Trigger Control & Dry Presses

Ready positions (Low Ready and Compressed Ready)

Trigger Drills & Elements of Marksmanship

Live Fire & Combat Shooting

Students are introduced to the concept of Live Fire & Combat Shooting

Assessing and scanning - situational awareness

Recoil Management

Basic malfunction clearing

Shooting at various distances

Combined skill evaluation & qualification

Firearms Training

Prepare yourself to be successful in police academy training by the real academy instructors. 
Whether you are applying for LAPD, LASD, CHP or any other local agencies, taking TAC-1's Pre-Academy training will ensure that you will be ready and 
confident to excel in any police academy firearms training. Let TAC-1 teach you
the basic fundamental and proper LE firearms manipulation that will will be consistent with most LE programs 
and last you career long when confronted by deadly encounter. 

Needed Gear

    • Semi Auto Pistol (9mm, 40 cal., 45 cal.)
    • 150 rds Ammunition
      (Students must provide own ammo. We do not provide nor sell ammunition.)
    • Holster (Cheap nylon holsters or holsters that release the firearm with the trigger finger are not allowed)
    • Sturdy belt
    • Magazines (4 or more recommended)
    • Magazine pouch (holds to magazines)
    • Dummy Rounds (5 minimum)
    • Eye protection (Prefer clear with no color)
    • Ear protection (both outer and inner protections are recommended)
    • Cap or Hat (highly recommended)
    • Appropriate attire for weather & flying hot brass
    • Marking Pen (Sharpies)
    • Water and snacks (also available on-site for purchase)
    • Gun bag/case to store and transport firearms
    • Folding Chair for your comfort*

**Upon registration, students are provided with a Discount Code courtesy of LA Police Gear for all of their shopping need on www.lapolicegear.com!


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12/6/20 Class Location

33951 San Francisquito Canyon Rd,  Santa Clarita, CA 91390




Class info: (661) 857-7722

There is no cell service at this location.  When travelling to CTA, do not use your Google Map, Waze or any other cell based guidance.  Use GPS based car navigation. Ensure to study the map prior to travelling.