• Handgun Elements Theory 1 (HET1)
  • Duration: 3 Days

Handgun Elements Theory 1 (HET1) Course 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.

Cost: $710. Price will be shown in cart.

Subjects Covered

  • Life Safety Brief
  • Proper gear selection and placement
  • Establishing a proper zero
  • 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
  • Movement Drills
  • Improvised shooting positions

Equipment List

Students provide their own ammo: 1400 rounds minimum. Multiple calibers may be used throughout this course. Drills can be modified to accommodate a lower round count.

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
  • Pistol magazine pouches (Optional: Battle belt, or Chest rig)
  • Tools that work on your weapon
  • A holster and magazine pouch that will retain equipment when moving
  • Weapons lube
  • Water hydrating device
  • Knee and elbow pads (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • An open mind



Blazer Brass handgun ammunition features reloadable brass cases, quality primers and clean-burning propellants. It offers reliable, accurate performance for target shooting.

  • Features reloadable brass cases, reliable primers and clean-burning propellants
  • Standard boxer-type primers and primer pockets make reloading easy
  • Affordable—great for target practice

Dates & Locations

  • Connell, WA June 3 - June 5, 2023

  • Newfoundland, PA October 17 - October 19, 2023

  • Linden, CA December 1 - December 3, 2023


Important Range Host Info

Connell Police Department  – Course will be held at Connell Police Department Range Connell, WA

Directions to range: No exact address. Take unmarked road across from Tri-State Seed (1000 N Columbia Ave. Connell, WA 99326) north towards water tower.

Contact: David Koch at 509.947.0940 Email:dkoch@connellwa.org

Range fee: $60/ 3-day class- Cash to be paid direct to the host the first day of class.

Times: 8AM-4PM. Confirmed start times will be sent out about 2 weeks before class.

Meals: Restaurants within 5 minutes of the range. Contact the host for more information.

Lodging: Various local options available. Recommendations include: M&M Motel in Connell, WA 509.234.8811; Courtyard by Marriot Pasco Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco 509.545.4011; Best Western Premier Pasco 509.543-7722

Recommended Airport
Tri-Cities Airport Pasco, WA (PSC). (Approximately 36miles from the range.)


Important Range Host Info

Hosted by Costa Ludus. Contact customerservice@costaludus.com with any course questions.
Course will be held at Double Eagle 332 RT447 Newfoundland, PA 18445

Contact: main@doubleeaglepocono.com


HET1: 8AM-4PM.

Range fee: $70/ 3-day class to be paid directly to Costa Ludus. A link will be sent out approximately 4 weeks before class. 

Meals: Contact the host for more information.

Lodging: Please contact the host to reserve lodging at the Lodge on the range property.


Recommended Airport
Philadelphia International Airport (Approximately 2 hours from the range.)


Important Range Host Info

Linden Gun Range – Course will be held at Linden Gun Range located at 828 S. Hewitt Rd. Linden, CA 95236

Contact: Christine at 209.887.3191 Email: christine@lindengunrange.com

Range fee:  to be paid direct to the host before the beginning of the course.

Range Fee links: 

December 1-3


Dec 5-7 



HET1: 8AM-4PM. Confirmed start times will be sent out about 2 weeks before class.

RVET: Each day the class will gather at the range at 3:30PM, and will end around 10PM.

Meal: Restaurants approximately 7-15 minutes from the range.

Recommended Lodging Areas:

Various options available in Ripon, Stockton, or Manteca.

(All areas are approximately 30 minutes / 25 miles from the range.)

Recommended Airports: (Each approximately 1hr to 1.5hrs from the range.)

Stockton Metropolitan Airport Stockton, CA (SCK)

Sacramento International Airport Sacramento, CA (SMF)

Oakland International Airport Oakland, CA (OAK)

Recommended gear