• 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: 1600 rds 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

  • Fredericksburg, VA October 22 - October 24, 2020

  • Homestead, FL November 10 - November 12, 2020

  • Linden, CA December 8 - December 10, 2020

  • Martin, GA February 16 - February 18, 2021

  • Waxahachie, TX March 2 - March 4, 2021

  • Olsburg, KS March 8 - March 10, 2021

  • Roy, NM March 23 - March 25, 2021

  • Newfoundland, PA May 14 - May 16, 2021


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- Costa Ludus will collect the range fee approximately 2 weeks before the course via payment link online that will be emailed out.

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

Recommended Lodging:

Courtyard by Marriott Miami Homestead 2905 NE 9th St. Homestead, FL 33033

LaQunita Inn & Suites by Wyndham Miami Cutler Bay, Cutler Bay 10821 Caribbean Blvd Cutler Bay, FL 33189

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
Chris Phillips – Course will be held at Red Hill Range, LLC 2238 Tom Creek Road Martin, GA 30557

Contact: Chris Phillips at 706.244.1353 Email: red.hill.range@gmail.com
Range fee: $75/ 3-day class to be paid direct to the host the first day of class.

Meals: BBQ grills available on property, 10 minutes to Wendy’s or Pizza.  Please contact the host for more details.

Recommended Airport: Atlanta, GA or Greenville, SC. (Each approximately 90 miles, or 1 hour 15 mins from the range.)

Lodging: Many options in the area. Recommendations follow:

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Commerce, GA (30539 US Hwy 441, Commerce, GA 30529 (706)336-8666

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Commerce 133 Frontage Rd, Commerce, GA 30529 (706)336-0070

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Commerce 137 Frontage Rd, Commerce, GA 30529 (706)336-0066

Hampton Inn Commerce 153 Hampton Ct. Commerce, GA 30529 (706)335-6161

Additional lodging: https://www.vrbo.com/search/keywords:lavonia-ga-usa/arrival:2021-02-10/departure:2021-02-18/filter:27?adultsCount=2&childrenCount=1&petIncluded=true

Camping: https//gastateparks.org/vicotriabryant


Important Range Host Info
Sky Killian – Course will be held at ETTS Gun Range 600 Greenhouse Road Waxahachie, TX

Contact: Sky Killian 972.268.2485 Email: extremetactics2013@gmail.com

Range fee: $66/ 3-day class to be paid direct to the host the first day of class.

Range waiver required to be completed online: www.smartwaiver.com/v/ettsgunrange

Meals: On site meals are available. Sonic Drive-in approx. 8 miles from range; Waxahachie options are approximately 15 miles from the range. Please contact the host for more details.

Recommended Lodging:

Fairfield Inn & Suites 2020 Civic Center Ln. Waxahachie, TX 75165  (972)937-8886. (Approximately 15 miles from the range.)

Recommended Airport:

Dallas/Fort Worth International (Approximately 56 miles from range.)

Dallas Love Field (Approximately 38 miles from the range.)



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: Scott 606-524-9213 Email: sjones@lawbrothersgroup.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)

Important Range Host Info
Joe Savio (GST) – Course will be held at Double Eagle 332 RT447 Newfoundland, PA 18445

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.

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.)