Bristlecone Shooting Academy

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This comprehensive selection of firearms courses was designed to be taken from start to finish (taking all required courses and completing 2 electives), similar to a baccalaureate program where you are working towards a degree. Upon completion of the whole program, you will be awarded the Bristlecone Master of Firearms Certificate, a custom-designed patch, and have your name placed on a plaque in our facility. Alternatively, students can choose to take only the handgun courses and earn a Bristlecone Bachelor of Handguns Certificate (these students will also receive a custom-designed patch). More advanced students have the opportunity to qualify and “waive” in to the higher level courses and take them on a stand-alone basis at the discretion of our instructors.

Pistol 101 Semi Auto (Required – Classroom/Live Fire Range)
This is the basic Semi Auto Pistol Class you should take if you are an owner or seriously thinking about owning a pistol. If you take no other class, this is the one you should take.

What you’ll learn:

  • The Universal Safety Rules
  • Range Rules
  • Nomenclature
  • Basic Manipulation
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Stance and Grip
  • Sight Alignment and Sight Picture
  • Trigger Control
  • Dry Practice Drill
  • Cleaning and Maintenance

Prerequisite:
None

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Semi Auto Pistol
  • 2 Magazines
  • Ear and Eye Protection
  • Minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Pistol 102 Revolvers Only (Elective - Classroom/Live Fire Range)
This class covers everything from Pistol 101 except you use Revolvers.

What you’ll learn:

  • The Universal Safety Rules
  • Range Rules
  • Nomenclature
  • Basic Manipulation
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Stance and Grip
  • Sight Alignment and Picture
  • Trigger Control
  • Cleaning and Maintenance

Prerequisite:
None

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Revolver
  • At least 2 speed loaders
  • Ear and Eye Protection
  • Minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Pistol 110 General Maintenance (Elective – Classroom Only)
In this class we will show you how to perform general operator maintenance and inspection for your pistol to keep it at peak performance. We ask that you have the skill and knowledge to field strip your pistol. You will also need to bring a cleaning kit to this class. You may only work on one firearm per class.

4 Hours

Pistol 111 1911 Lovers (Elective – Classroom/Live Fire Range)
In this class we will explore the unique features of the 1911-style pistol – operation and maintenance. This is one of the most popular firearms in the world today – come explore why!

4 Hours

Pistol 202 Introduction to Defensive Shooting (Required – Classroom/Live Fire Range)
In this class we will start to explore how to shoot in a Tactical Response. Other topics will include: Combat Mindset, Low Ready Position, Firing Controlled Pairs, Non-Standard Response, Tactical Re-loading and Modifications to your pistol for Home Defense.

What you’ll learn:

  • Combat Mindset
  • Pistol Modifications for Home Defense
  • Low Ready
  • Firing Pairs
  • Non-Standard Response Drills
  • Tactical Reloading
  • Home Defense Drill

Prerequisite:
Pistol 101

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Semi Auto Pistol
  • 2 Magazines
  • Ear and Eye Protection
  • Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Pistol 203 Intermediate Defensive Shooting (Required – Classroom/Live Fire Range)
Here we will continue to explore how to shoot in a Tactical Response. Topics in this course include: Ballistics Lecture, Draw and Fire, Firing Hammers, Speed Reloading and much more.

What you’ll learn:

  • Ballistics Lecture
  • Draw and Fire
  • Firing Hammers
  • Speed Reloading

Prerequisite:
Pistol 202

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Semi Auto Pistol
  • 3 Magazines
  • Strong Side Draw Holster and Mag Pouch
  • Ear and Eye Protection
  • Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Pistol 310 Advanced Defensive Shooting (Elective – Classroom/Live Fire Range)
In this class we will continue to explore how to shoot in a Tactical Response incorporating movement. Topics in this course include: Tactics Lecture, Lateral Movement, Pivots-Turns, Shooting from Cover/Concealment, Multiple Targets and much more.

What you’ll learn:

  • Tactics Lecture
  • Lateral Movement
  • Pivots and Turns
  • Shooting on the Move
  • Multiple Targets

Prerequisite:
Pistol 203

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Semi Auto Pistol
  • 3 Magazines
  • Strong Side Draw Holster and Mag Pouch
  • Ear and Eye Protection
  • Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Pistol 325 Advanced Pistol Low Light and Lasers (Elective – Classroom/Live Fire Range)
Here we explore what is needed to shoot in low light, using available light or a hand held flashlight. We will also use light mounted systems with and without lasers. We will have several different Light/Laser systems for you to try. You will need an accessory rail on your pistol for this class.

What you’ll learn:

  • Alternative Shooting Positions
  • Shooting at Distance

Prerequisite:
Pistol 310

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Semi Auto Pistol
  • 3 Magazines
  • Strong Side Draw Holster and Mag Pouch
  • Ear and Eye Protection
  • Knee Pads
  • Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Pistol 401 Master Pistol Shooting (Required – Classroom/Live Fire Range)
We will teach you how to shoot the most accurate shot you can! You will learn advanced trigger control techniques and how to separate the mind from the trigger finger. At the end of the class, you will be challenged to shoot a business card in half!

What you’ll learn:

  • Mind/Body Separation Techniques
  • Advanced Sight Picture
  • Advanced Trigger Control
  • Bullet Hole Drill
  • Cut the Card Drill

Prerequisite:
Pistol 310

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Semi Auto Pistol
  • 3 Magazines
  • Strong Side Draw Holster and Mag Pouch
  • Ear and Eye Protection
  • Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Pistol 417 Advanced GLOCK Maintenance (Elective - Classroom Only)
In this class we will explore how your Glock Pistol works and how to keep it at peak performance. We will look at some of the after-market Glock parts and accessories. All the staff instructors for this class are Certified Glock Armorers.

What you’ll learn:

  • Gen 3 vs Gen 4
  • Advanced Disassemble and Assemble
  • Parts Inspection
  • Detailed Cleaning and Lubrication
  • Spring Replacement Kits
  • “25 cent” Trigger Job
  • Round Count Documentation

Basic Tools will be provided and for sale after the class.

Prerequisite:
None

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Glock Pistol
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Rifle 123 Introduction to the AR-15 Platform (Required - Classroom Only)
In this class you will get a comprehensive look at the very popular AR-15. We will show you how you can set up your rifle for home defensive, target shooting, hunting and competition.

What you’ll learn:

  • The Universal Safety Rules
  • Nomenclature
  • Dry Practice Drill
  • Accessories
  • Cleaning and Maintenance

Prerequisite:
None

Equipment you’ll need:

  • AR Rifle
  • 2 Magazines
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Rifle 223 Tactical Rifle Shooting (Required – Classroom/Live Fire Range)
If you own an AR Rifle, you need to take this class. Here you will learn the basics of shooting, handling, loading and unloading your rifle, as well as how to zero your weapon. After this class, you will have a very strong confidence in the fundamentals of your rifle.

What you’ll learn:

  • The Universal Safety Rules
  • Range Rules
  • Nomenclature
  • Basic Manipulation
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Stance and Grip
  • Sight Alignment and Sight Picture
  • Trigger Control
  • Different Shooting Positions
  • Dry Practice Drill
  • Cleaning and Maintenance

Prerequisite:
Rifle 123

Equipment you’ll need:

  • AR Rifle
  • 2 Magazines
  • Ear and Eye Protection
  • Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Rifle 300 Intermediate Tactical Rifle Shooting (Required – Classroom/Live Fire Range)
In this class we will start to explore how to shoot in a Tactical Response with a rifle. Other topics will include: Combat Mindset, Low Ready Position, Firing Controlled Pairs, Non-Standard Response, Tactical Re-loading and Modifications to your AR Rifle for Home Defense.

What you’ll learn:

  • The Universal Safety Rules
  • Range Rules
  • Nomenclature
  • Basic Manipulation
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Stance and Grip
  • Sight Alignment and Sight Picture
  • Trigger Control
  • Alternative shooting positions
  • Dry Practice Drill
  • Cleaning and Maintenance

Prerequisite:
Rifle 223

Equipment you’ll need:

  • AR Rifle
  • 2 Magazines
  • Ear and Eye Protection
  • Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Cleaning Equipment

4 Hours

Shotgun 287 Introduction to Defensive Shotgun (Required - Classroom only)
In this class you will get a comprehensive look at the Defensive Shotgun. We will show you how you can set up your shotgun for home defensive and review some great defensive loads. We will also discuss the pros and cons of semi-auto and pump action shotguns.

4 Hours

Shotgun 387 Tactical Shotgun Shooting (Required – Classroom/Live Fire Range)
Here we will explore all aspects of defensive shooting with a tactical shotgun. We will also cover different ammunition available for shotguns as well as the modifications you should make to your home defensive shotgun to make it the most effective.

4 Hours