Class Duration
4 hours

The Pistol Red Dot course is for students who may be trying out a pistol-mounted optic sight for the first time or have attempted to make the switch to a red dot and been frustrated by it. This class provides a short cut to all the trial and error most people spend trying to learn the techniques on their own.


To ensure a safe and successful class, students must have previously taken one ofthe following courses prior to this course:

Lessons Covered

  • Firearms safety
  • Advantages and disadvantages of optics on pistols
  • Zero-ing the optic
  • Reliable and repeatable presentation of the sight
  • Practice with target transitions
  • Improving speed to first shot
  • Dealing with failures and obstructions

Required Equipment

Students are expected to bring the following equipment. Anything else will be provided by the instructor. Students are expected to provide their own firearm and ammunition.

  • Payment for outstanding class fees (if applicable)
  • A semiautomatic pistol with a red dot optic*
  • 3 or more magazines, 5 or more is recommended
  • A holster that covers the trigger guard of the pistol
  • 150 to 200 rounds of new, factory ammunition
  • Any tools and/or manuals needed to adjust your optic's zero
  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • Appropriate clothing for an outdoor class
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks and/or lunch

*A magazine-fed pistol in good working order

Optional, Helpful Items

  • A hat and sunscreen
  • Notebook and pen
  • Additional ammunition in case the class has extra time
  • Additional magazines