Premier Training - Handgun Elements Theory 1 (HET1) Description

Handgun Elements Theory 1 (HET1) This course 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.

Come to Costa Ludus’ backyard for a more premium training experience. 

Get more one-on-one time with world class trainer Chris Costa via our premium classes. Lower attendee to instructor ratios are achieved by limiting class sizes in our advantageous offering. Class sizes are capped at 18 students instead of the usual 23, allowing for more individually specialized training. Get more from Costa's technical instruction and live fire time than previously attained. Each night after class, join the Costa Team for dinner in our Loft and reiminsce about the day's events, and what's to come tomorrow.

Due to the rural area, Costa Ludus has reserved cabins at Cabin Creek Inn, located in Thayne, WY, 45 minutes south of Jackson, WY (

The course will be held 40 minutes south of Thayne at Coal Canyon Shooting Sports Facility, operated by the Western Wyoming Rifelman’s Association in Lincoln County, WY ( In addition to Costa Ludus events, Wyoming provides unparalleled outdoor recreation.

A popular four season destination, Jackson Hole offers unprecedented ambiance. In the summer alone, activities include: hiking, camping, whitewater rafting, golfing, horseback riding and much more!

Jackson Hole also has a multitude of winter activities to choose from and is also well known for its extravagant ski resorts such as: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Grand Targhee Resort and Snow King Resort. The nearby valley also enables visitors to enjoy off-slope options such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding, wildlife safaris, and much more!

These activities will not only enthrall visitors, but also create memorable experiences for individuals and families alike. Contact us for more information to host a course in your area.

Costa Ludus has reserved a block of cabins at Cabin Creek Inn in Thayne, WY specifically for our courses. All Costa Ludus students are to make reservations direct with Cabin Creek Inn for accommodations (tell them you are attending one of the Costa Ludus courses). (307-883-3262 or ***PLEASE CALL CABIN CREEK IN (DIRECT) OR USE THE SPECIAL EVENTS LINK TO BOOK YOUR CABIN ONLINE. (copy and paste URL into browser)

Recommended Airports: Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Sample 3-Day Course Schedule:

Night before course:  6PM course registration check-in followed by check-in dinner at the Costa Ludus Loft (information to be sent out seperately)

Day 1: 7:15AM meet at Cabin Creek Inn Parking Lot; 8:00 Arrive at range; 4:30PM Finish class at range, begin caravan back to Thayne, WY; 6:15 Dinner at Costa Ludus Loft

Day 2: 7:15AM meet at Cabin Creek Inn Parking Lot; 8:00 Arrive at range; 4:30PM Finish class at range, begin caravan back to Thayne, WY; 6:15 Dinner at Costa Ludus Loft

Day 3: 7:15AM meet at Cabin Creek Inn Parking Lot; 8:00 Arrive at range; 4:30PM Finish class at range, begin caravan back to Thayne, WY; 6:15 Dinner & Graduation at Costa Ludus Loft

**Family members (children included) and other guests are welcome, and encouraged, to join our meal time gatherings in the Loft. Contact Costa Ludus for any additional inquiries.

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: 2000rds 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