Handgun Elements Theory 1 (HET1) Description

Handgun Elements Theory 1 is designed to give the beginner, intermediate or advanced shooter the proper handgun fundamentals. Starting with mindset, the class focuses on the core foundation of accuracy, acceptable accuracy under dynamic stress, and how to effectively balance speed and accuracy with proper weapon manipulation.

Subjects Covered

  • Life Safety Brief
  • Proper gear selection and placement
  • 7 fundamentals (Accuracy Drills, Axis and Mechanics of Recoil)
  • 3 Core Fundamentals
  • Acceptable Accuracy Drills
  • Balance of Speed and Accuracy
  • Speed reloads / Tactical reloads
  • Instinctive Shooting and Mindset Drills
  • Malfunctions
  • Weapon Hand and Reaction Hand shooting
  • Movement Drills
  • Improvised shooting positions

Recommended Equipment

Students provide their own ammo: 1800rds Handgun ammo minimum.

Hardware - A functional and practical handgun chambered in 9mm, .40 cal, or .45 ACP. If available, a spare weapon system is also an excellent idea. A cleaning kit and tools that are compatible with the weapon system(s) in question is also a must. Each student should have a minimum of 5 working magazines. Single stack drivers should have double.

  • Note pad, and pen/pencil
  • Clothing suited to strenuous activity as well as being seasonally appropriate
  • Rain gear / cold weather gear (seasonal)
  • Ear pro (electronic preferred) / Eye pro
  • Baseball style hat recommended
  • Proper belt to support equipment
  • A holster and magazine pouch that will retain equipment when moving
  • Tools that work on your weapon
  • Weapons lube
  • Water hydrating device
  • Knee and elbow pads (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • An open mind

Course Dates

HET1 Garrettsville, OH
Start: Oct 09, 2017
End: Oct 11, 2017
Status: Open

Southington Hunt Club - 10321 Silicia Sand Rd Garrettsville, OH 44231

Course host will be Cheryl or Dale at 330.527.5706 or Dssouthington@aol.com

Range fee $75/class to be paid direct to the host on the first day of class.

Ammo is available for purchase at the range. Please contact the host for details.

Catered lunch will be available through the host for $14/ day to be paid direct to the host.

Recommended Lodging: Holiday Inn Express 4185 OH 5 Newton Falls, OH 44444 330.872.6000 (Approximately 8 miles from the range directly off the Ohio Turnpike.)

Niles Residence Inn 5555 Youngstown-Warren Road Niles, OH 44446 330.505.3655

Hampton Inn & Suites 5581 Youngstown Warren Road Niles, OH 44446 330.652.1277

Recommended Airport: Cleveland Hopkins or Canton Arron Airport (Each approximately 45 minutes from the range.)

HET1 Camden, TN
Start: Oct 24, 2017
End: Oct 26, 2017
Status: Open

Tactical Response - Tactical Response 116 Wood Ave Camden, TN 38320

Contact 731.676.2041 or marilyn@tacticalresponse.com

Recommended Airport: Nashville, TN.

Recommended Lodging: Best Western Home Place Inn 170 US Hwy 641 N, Camden TN 38320 731.584.2222 (Special rate for Tactical Response.)


HET1 Gainesville, TX
Start: Nov 07, 2017
End: Nov 09, 2017
Status: Open

Red River Firearms - Red River West Outdoor Firearms Training Facility 6793 County Road 411 Gainesville, TX 76240

Contact Debbie (940) 284-3200 or debbierrwest@gmail.com

Range fee of $25/day (Handgun courses) and $35/day (Carbine courses) will be collected by the host on the first day of class.

Food will be available for $10/lunch each day, contact host for details.

Please view the range website for ammo restrictions. Only approved ammo: Winchester (except Q3131 & 3131A); Remington; Federal; Lawman; Hornady; and Black Hills. Contact host for details to have ammo shipped, shipped ammo must be received 2 weeks prior to class.

Recommended Airport: Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) or Dallas Love or Gainesville Municipal Airport.

Recommended Lodging: Holiday Inn Express 320 N I-35 Gainesville, TX 76240 940.665.0505 (Special rate for Red River West $109.99/night + tax.)


HET1 Linden, CA
Start: Dec 05, 2017
End: Dec 07, 2017
Status: Open

San Joaquin Rifle & Pistol Range - 828 S. Hewitt Rd Linden, CA 95236

Contact Christine - 209.204.4294 christine@lindengunrange.com

Please contact host for any questions about the range.

Range fee $60/3-day course.

Recommended airport: Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SKC) (approximately 19 miles from range) or Sacramento International Airport (SMF) (approximately 75 miles from range).