• Handgun Elements Theory 1 (HET1)
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Price: 695

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.

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: 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
  • 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

Dates & Locations

  • Batesville, AR September 7 - September 9, 2020

  • Nashville, IN September 11 - September 13, 2020

  • Nashville, IN September 14 - September 16, 2020

  • Garrettsville, OH September 18 - September 20, 2020

  • Fredericksburg, VA October 22 - October 24, 2020

  • Homestead, FL November 10 - November 12, 2020

  • Linden, CA December 8 - December 10, 2020

  • Olsburg, KS March 8 - March 10, 2021

  • Roy, NM March 23 - March 25, 2021


Important Range Host Info
Garth Branstetter – Course will be held at the Searcy Police Department Range located at 2009 North Main Street Searcy, AR 72143

Contact: Garth at 870-307-2997 or 870-307-3700 Email: garth.branstetter@gmail.com
Range fee: $45/3-day course (may be paid via PayPal Friends and Family to garth.branstetter@gmail.com)

Meals: It is recommended that students bring lunch to the range each day.

Recommended Lodging: Holiday Inn Ferren Trail, Searcy, AR 501.279.9991… or…. Hampton Inn Poplar Street, Searcy, AR 501.278.9922

Recommended Airport:
Batesville, AR  or Little Rock, AR


Important Range Host Info

Brett Dicks – Course will be held at Hoosier Hills Rifle and Pistol Club located at 551 Camp Moneto Road Nashville, IN 47448

Contact: Brett Dicks at 812.900.2521 Email: brett_dicks@hotmail.com

Range Fee: $50/3-day class

Recommended Airport: Indianapolis International Airport (61.7 miles from range)

Recommended Lodging:

Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center 812.375.9100 400 Brown Street Columbus, IN 47201 (Rates start around $128/night)

Holiday Inn Columbus 812.417.7200 2485 W Jonathan Moore Pike Columbus, IN 47201 (Rates start around $104/night)

Days Inn by Wyndham 812.376.9951 3445 Jonathan Moore Pike Columbus, IN 47201 (Rates start around $70/night)

Please contact the host directly for any additional questions about lodging, food, or any other details about the area.


Important Range Host Info

Southington Hunt Club – Course will be held at Southington Hunt Club located at 10321 Silicia Sand Rd Garrettsville, OH 44231

Contact: Matt Stiner: 330.207.5847 or Cheryl Tieche: 330.357.7895

Email: Info@southingtonhuntclub.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. Ammo restrictions: no tracer, no steel core, no armor piercing and black or green tip ammo.

Catered lunch will be available through the host for $14/ day (drink included)to be paid direct to the host. Contact the host directly to order 330.357.7895.

Recommended Lodging:

Holiday Inn Express 4185 State Rte 5 Newton Falls, OH 44444. 330.872.6000 (Approximately 7 miles/11 minutes from the range directly off the Ohio Turnpike.)

Hampton Inn/Suites 5581 Youngstown Warren Rd Niles, OH 44446. 330.652.1277 (Approximately 20 miles/25 minutes from the range)

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


Important Range Host Info
John Miller of SpartanCore Industries, LLC- Course will be held in Fredericksburg, VA.

Range address will be provided upon registration.

Contact: John at 540-322-7563 Email: spartancoreva@gmail.com
Range fee: $75/ 3-day class to be paid direct to the host the first day of class (includes lunch).

Meals: Lunch package is included in the range fee. Contact the host for more information.

Recommended Lodging: Please contact the host for recommendations.

Recommended Airport
Dulles International Airport



Important Range Host Info
DA1 Training – Course will be held at Homestead Training Center 11700 SW 304th Street Homestead, FL 33033

Contact: Dave at 616-308-9130  Email: dave@da1ndustries.com

Range fee: $75/3-day course

Meals: It is recommended that students bring lunch to the range each day.

Recommended Lodging: TBD.

Recommended Airport:
Miami International (MIA) (Approximately 33 miles 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: Carbine & Handgun courses: $100/class

LGR Costa Ludus Handgun Range Fee 

Linden Gun Range Adult Liability Waiver

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)

Important Range Host Info

Tallgrass Shooting Sports, LLC – Course will be held at 4150 Living Water Ranch, Olsburg, KS 66520

Contact: 785.410.5337 Email: tall grass.shooting@gmail.com

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

Range fee: $45/3-day class

Meal: Available on site, at the Living Water Ranch. Contact to set up breakfast, lunch, and dinners at least 3-days prior to the course start date.

Recommended Lodging: On site at the Living Water Ranch. 4150 Living Water Ranch, Olsburg, KS 66520 785.410.5337 Email: tall grass.shooting@gmail.com

Recommended Airports:

Manhattan Airport (MHK), Manhattan, KS (15 minutes from the range) (Host is able to offer transport to/from the Manhattan Airport to the Living Water Ranch.)

Kansas City Airport (MCI), Kansas City, KS (Approximately 2 hours from the range)

Important Range Host Info

Canyon Madness Ranch – Course will be held at 96 Famray Ln Roy, NM 87743

Contact:575.459.0295 Email: kmmgysgt@gmail.com

Range fee:  None.

Ammo: Available for purchase on site, along with gear for rental. Contact host for more details.

Meal: Lunch available on site. Dinner available in Roy, NM (10 miles from range).

Recommended Lodging: Group rate discount for multi-room rentals; Contact host for more rates, reservations and more details.

Recommended Airports:

Sante Fe, NM (156 miles, 2.5 hours from the range)