Handgun 1

Course description:

Magpul CORE’s Handgun Level 1 course is an introductory handgun training program designed to provide you with the fundamental skills of weapons manipulation and marksmanship.  Focusing on our principals of mindset, marksmanship, manipulation, and movement, you’ll have a solid foundation to build on as your training progresses.  By first starting with proper weapons manipulation techniques, you’ll move on into the fundamentals of marksmanship with challenging drills which will focus on accuracy and also evaluate skills and progress.

Pre Requisites:

Being an introductory handgun course, the only required skills are to possess safe weapon handling skills and a willingness to learn.

What you'll learn:

  • Handgun nomenclature, and cycle of operations.
  • Proper preventative maintenance of the handgun.  
  • Weapons manipulations to include, loading, reloading, and the reduction of common malfunctions.
  • Grip, stance and the fundamentals of marksmanship.
  • Proper placement of holsters and magazine holders.
  • Mechanics of the draw and proper presentation of the handgun.
  • Introduction to the use of cover.
  • Introduction to shooting on the move.

The gear

Gear is always of large concern with many students asking, “what is the best setup to use at a course?”  The bottom line is that the more basic your equipment is, the more effective it will be under a high-stress scenario.  Most entry-level courses turn into an equipment shake-down, with a lot of self-evaluation and tweaking to get things just right to maximize effectiveness, and minimize wasted movements.  Bring what you have, and you might be surprised at how well you run it when you leave.

Must haves

  • A functioning handgun.
  • 1,500 rounds of ammunition.
  • Required maintenance gear and plenty of lubrication.
  • A holster to be worn on a stiff belt with at least two magazine holders.
    • Being an entry level course, cross draw or appendix carry holsters will not be permitted for use.
  • 6x Magazines with the ability to carry at least two on your person.
  • Eye and ear protection.
  • Proper clothing for the weather conditions.
  • Hydration plan.
  • Lunch for each training day.