• 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.

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

  • Austin, TX February 10 - February 12, 2020

  • Godfrey, IL April 9 - April 11, 2020

  • West Pawlet, VT May 5 - May 7, 2020

  • Annville, PA May 15 - May 17, 2020

  • Batesville, AR September 7 - September 9, 2020

  • Nashville, IN September 11 - September 13, 2020

  • Garrettsville, OH September 18 - September 20, 2020

  • Fredericksburg, VA October 22 - October 24, 2020

$800 – includes range fee.

Important Range Host Info

The Range At Austin- Course will be held at The Range At Austin 8301 S. Interstate 35 Austin, TX 78744

Class will meet at the range each morning at 0745.

Contact: Jeff at 737.802.3713 Email: jeff@therangeaustin.com

**AMMO Restrictions**No steel core or bi-metal ammunition. Please contact the host with any questions.


Important Range Host Info
Joe Harris – Course will be held at The Proving Ground 15205 State Highway 67 Godfrey, IL 62035

Contact: Joe at 618-972-8274  Email: halfgodtactical@gmail.com
Range fee: $20

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

Recommended Lodging: TBD.

Recommended Airport:
Lambert Airport St. Louis, MO (Approximately 31 miles from the range).


Important Range Host Info

Slate Ridge Vermont – Course will be held at Slate Ridge Vermont located at 541 Briar Hill Road West Pawlet, Vermont 05775

Contact: Daniel Banyai at 845.476.5978 Email: daniel@slateridgevt.com

Recommended Airport: Albany International Airport (ALB) & Rutland Regional Airport (RUT)

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

Important Range Host Info
Joe Savio (GST) – Course will be held at Palmyra Sportsman Association located at 410 Sportsman Rd and Plum St, Annville, PA 17003

Contact: Joe at 732.245.7844 Email: jmsavio@gstbase.com
Range fee: $60/ 3-day class to be paid direct to the host the first day of class.

Meals: Contact the host for more information.

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


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… or…. Hampton Inn Poplar Street, Searcy, AR

Recommended Airport:
Batesville, AR  or Little Rock, AR


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: Cheryl or Dale at 330.527.5706 Email: 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. 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 at Blue Ridge Arsenal located at 14725 Flint Lee Rd Chantilly, VA 20151

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: Holiday Inn & Suites 4335 Chantilly Shopping Ctr Chantilly, VA 20151, (703) 815-6060 (1.3 miles from the range)

Recommended Airport
Dulles International Airport (Approximately 8.3 miles from the range.)