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Critical Dynamics

Practical Pistol Dynamics (Level 1 Pistol) - Plainfield, CT

with Keith Hanson


Also known as Level 1 Pistol, this six-hour program provides a comprehensive training curriculum for new shooters as well as those already familiar with the semi-automatic pistol platform.

Students undergo a review of firearms safety and handling best practices, then transition into formal training on the nomenclature and features of both traditional hammer-fired as well as newer striker-fired semi-automatic pistols, in addition to basic and operational-tactical handling dynamics.

(A one-hour lunch break is provided mid-day. Meals are the responsibility of the student and are NOT provided.)

Topics to be covered include but are not limited to:

  • Nomenclature of the semi-automatic pistol;
  • Function of the hammer-fired and striker-fired semi-automatic pistol;
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship;
  • Essentials of the holster draw;
  • Dynamic combat vs. target shooting stances;
  • Emergency target acquisition;
  • Trigger reset function;
  • Administrative loading;
  • Emergency and tactical reloading;
  • Ammunition management;
  • Malfunction diagnostics;
  • Immediate action for stoppage clearances;
  • Target analysis and diagnostics;
  • Evaluation drills and more

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

The Practical Pistol Dynamics class is taught by credentialed and certified law-enforcement tactical firearms trainers.

Using the Science of Human Learning to Build Better Shooters™

This direct, hands-on training program, like all Critical Dynamics courses, presents learning modules utilizing both scaffolded and interleaved instructional methodologies.  These teaching techniques incorporate both desirable difficulties and effortful retrieval, which ultimately promotes long-term retention and enhances the long-term performance of the techniques instructed.  Critical aspects of the curriculum are primed and boosted throughout the program to reinforce and cement performance into the brain’s long-term procedural memory.  Further, this training program aids in the development of the student’s skill-set for proper dry-fire and on-range live-fire training utilizing MSR (Motor Skill Reinforcement) exercises.



At a minimum, students must be able to demonstrate their understanding of basic firearms safety and handling concepts.

Completion of a basic pistol course (NRA First Steps Pistol or Basic Pistol Course, MA LTC course) or some other basic firearms familiarization program is preferred but not required.

Any student who is incapable of demonstrating basic handling and/or safety skills may be excluded from training.



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.

Loaner firearms are available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis.

2. Sturdy Waist Holster is required. IWBs (In-waistband holsters) are permitted, provided that they support easy one-handed re-holstering.

ABSOLUTELY NO: cross-draw rigs, shoulder holsters, or drop-leg (thigh) holsters.

A limited number of loaner holsters are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

3. Ammunition: 200 rounds.

Ammunition should be factory-manufactured. Reloads are strongly discouraged. Are you having difficulty finding ammo? Give us a call. If it's a caliber we use, you can get it from us.  You pay what we pay.

4. Snap-Caps/Dummy Rounds: Students should bring a MINIMUM of two (2) snap-caps or dummy rounds PER MAGAZINE. (2 magazines = 4 snap-caps, 3 magazines = 6 snap-caps, etc.) These may be purchased from retail outlets like Bass Pro Shops or your local firearms retailer or may be purchased directly from Critical Dynamics at significant savings (approximately 50%) under retail pricing. You will be given an option to purchase directly from Critical Dynamics upon completion of your class registration.)

5. Magazines: bring a MINIMUM of two (2) magazines. Three magazines are ideal. It is recommended that students have magazine holders/pouches.

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

7. 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.

8. Appropriate Clothing: Students should bring appropriate clothing to participate in the classroom portion of the training. Students should bring appropriate clothing and footwear 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 type of open-toed shoes are NOT range-appropriate.

ABSOLUTELY NO: Camouflage fatigues, flak jackets, tactical vests*, or bright red shirts/outerwear. (Red is reserved for Trainers and Range Safety Officers.)

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

9. Note-Taking Material: Pen and a full-sized notebook for note-taking in the classroom. A jumbo permanent marker for use on the range is also highly recommended. A roll of painter's tape or masking tape is very handy as well!



Q: Is there a minimum age requirement to participate?

As a general rule, participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older.

Please note that some states statutorily establish a 'minimum age' for the carrying or possession of a firearm.  In those states, the minimum age for entry into classes held in that state shall be set at that respective state's minimum age to carry or possess a firearm.  Exceptions may be made in cases where a minor participant is under the direct participatory supervision of a parent or legal guardian.

Further, participants must not be a 'prohibited person' under applicable federal and state guidelines. 

Q: Is ID required?

A: Yes.  Participants must show valid state or federal identification.

Q: Can I update my registration information?

A: You may update your registration information directly through the registration portal.

Q: What do I need to bring to this training?

A: Please see "Equipment Requirements" above.  

Q: I do not have everything that is specified in the "Equipment Requirements" section.  What do I do?

A: Easy!  give us a call at (877) 486-8724 (877-GUN-TRAIN) and let us know what you need.  We have extras of pretty much everything (including firearms, holsters, magazine pouches, eye protection, hearing protection, etc.) available as loaners for students.

Q: If I have any questions that are not answered on this page, who can I contact?

A: Please feel free to contact the training team directly by calling (877) 486-8724 (877-GUN-TRAIN) with any questions you may have regarding this program.

  • Session 1: Dec 10th, 2022
    from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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