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Pistol Skill-Builder Intensive Clinic #1: Fundamentals of Holster Drawing & Post-Engagement Assessments (CCSSEF-NH)


This 3-hour intensive skill-builder clinic will bring the students through a ‘basics of safety’ review, then transition into training modules relating to the safe and tactical use of both external and concealment holsters, effective combat presentation from the holster, ready positions, safety circle (Sul,) and introduce the concepts of post-engagement assessment tactics.

Tuition includes instruction, all applicable range fees, and targets.

The Fundamentals of Holster Drawing & Post-Engagement Tactics Skill-Builder Intensive Clinic is taught by certified and credentialed law-enforcement tactical firearms master instructors.



At a minimum, students must be able to demonstrate their understanding of basic firearms safety and handling concepts. Completion of a basic firearms course (NRA First Steps Pistol, NRA Basic Pistol, or another basic pistol course) is preferred but not required.

This clinic is NOT suited for the novice or beginner shooter.

The training cadre reserves the right to immediately remove from the program any student who lacks sufficient understanding of basic safety practices or basic operational procedures using a semi-automatic pistol.



1. Semi-automatic Pistol chambered in one of the following calibers: .380acp, 9mm, 10mm, .40 S&W, .357SIG, .45acp or .45 GAP. It is HIGHLY recommended that students bring and train with the firearm that they plan to use or carry for defensive purposes. Pocket guns such as Ruger LCP, S&W Shield, Glock Model 43, or other sub-compact guns are highly discouraged.

2. Sturdy Waist Holster is required. It is recommended that students have both an external belt-mounted or waistband-mounted holster, as well as a good concealment-style holster (IWB or In-waistband type holster).

For safety reasons on the range, our classes will use strong-side holsters only! - (No cross draws, shoulder rigs, pocket holsters, ankle, appendix, or small of the back carry). Students will be engaging in drills designed to develop proficiency at presenting the handgun from concealment and should have a holster that does not collapse when the gun is removed. (Proper holster should permit safe one-handed reholstering.)

Don't have a quality holster? Give us a call. We have excellent and affordable options that are available for purchase.

3. Ammunition: 75 rounds.

Ammunition should be factory-manufactured. Reloads are strongly discouraged. Ammunition for class IS available at cost with prior notification.

4. Magazines: Students should bring a MINIMUM of two (2) magazines. Three (3) magazines are preferred.

5. Magazine holder or magazine pouch.  Open, friction-lock-styled single or double holders are recommended over those with velcro or snap closures.

6. Eye Protection, Ear Protection, and Baseball Style Cap: Sunglasses may be worn in conjunction with a baseball cap with the bill worn forward. Safety glasses must be of the wrap-around type or employ side panels. If wearing prescription glasses, they must be covered with safety glasses unless they meet the above requirements. Earplugs or earmuffs (preferred), and it is highly recommended that a baseball cap with a bill to deflect ejected brass be worn.

7. Appropriate Clothing: Students should bring appropriate clothing to participate in the classroom portion of the training. Students should bring appropriate clothing to participate in the range exercises consistent with prevailing weather and temperature conditions. Range exercises will be conducted in inclement weather unless a safety hazard exists. NOTE: Sandals, flip-flops, or any other form of open-toed shoes are NOT range-appropriate.

ABSOLUTELY NO: Camouflage fatigues, flak jackets, tactical vests*, bright red shirts, or bright red outerwear!

*Law enforcement officers and licensed armed private security officers are permitted to wear tactical vests if they are department or agency issued/approved.  

8. Note-Taking Material: A pen and a pocket-sized notebook for note-taking is highly recommended.

  • July 12: Jul 12th, 2022
    from 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Cheshire County Shooting Sports Education Foundation


19 Ferry Brook Road
Keene, NH 03431 Get directions

Room: Pistol Bay 3

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