Pistol Series

Embark on a transformative firearms journey with Artemis Defense Institute's Pistol Series classes. Perfect for beginners and those looking to enhance their skills, our comprehensive program takes you from novice to proficient pistol handler. Led by expert instructors, you'll learn fundamental techniques, proper grip, stance, sight alignment, and more through hands-on training and interactive simulations. Build confidence, refine accuracy, and develop the mindset for effective self-defense. Whether you're a first-time shooter or seeking to elevate your abilities, our Pistol Series classes offer a supportive environment where you can master the art of pistol handling and become a confident, responsible firearm owner.

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Ladies Pistol Classes in the Lab at Artemis

Pistol 1

  • The Basics

    This is the perfect place to start for absolute beginners and anyone looking for a refresher. Using real guns retrofitted with lasers and CO2 for recoil, we'll be covering the parts of a gun, how to hold it, and a basic stance to support you.

  • The Process

    Once you've got the basics down, we'll move into the Five-Count presentation where we break down the steps for drawing from the holster.

  • The Details

    Finally, we'll work through getting the proper sight picture, work on your trigger control, your follow-through. By the end of the course you'll put it all together by going through some shooting drills!

Pistol 2

  • Review

    To start off the second class in the pistol series, you'll review all of the skills you've learned in Pistol 1.

  • Development

    Next, we'll get you off your spot with some movement drills. Throughout the course we'll have you identifying potential errors and make self-corrections along the way.

  • Reloads

    To simulate the limited capacity of our weapons in real life we'll run through administrative, speed, and tactical reloads.

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Pistol 3

  • Review

    Once again, we'll start off by reviewing the skills learned from both Pistol 1 and Pistol 2.

  • Malfunctions

    Training wouldn't be realistic without some barriers, so we'll have you clear Class 1, 2, & 3 malfunctions.

  • Accuracy

    Once again you'll bring all your skills together to execute drills while focusing on the difference between Marksmanship Accuracy vs. Defense Combat Accuracy.

  • Prep

    Once you feel comfortable all the skills you've learned in Pistol 1, 2, & 3, we'll encourage you to join the Transitions course. The name stems from the intention of transitioning you from basic fundamentals and CCW training to the combat and defensive shooting you'll learn in 4M.

  • Development

    Next, we'll get you off your spot with some movement drills. Throughout the course we'll have you identifying potential errors and make self-corrections along the way.

  • Reloads

    To simulate the limited capacity of our weapons in real life we'll run through administrative, speed, and tactical reloads.

Single handed shooting from concealment at Artemis
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4M Qualification

  • Pistol 1, 2 & 3

    In order to advance to the advanced 4M classes, you must show proficiency in all curriculum presented in Pistol 1, 2, and 3.

  • x3 Transitions

    Students are required to take at least three Transition classes prior to the assessment and qualification.

  • Assessment

    Once you feel ready to move forward, you can schedule a free assessment to get cleared for 4M.

4M: Manipulation, Marksmanship, Movement, Mindset

  • Qualification

    This is our advanced group class, and represents the foundational program here at ADI. You must get instructor clearance from the 4M qualification to take this course.

  • Defense

    In 4M you'll focus on different techniques and tactics specifically for the civilian defensive shooter.

  • Simulation

    Our Range Safety Officers (RSO)/Instructors will walk you through courses-of-fire in our reality-based and ballistically accurate ranges.

  • Situations

    Each week focuses on new courses-of-fire, incorporating new skills each week.

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4M-E: Manipulation, Marksmanship, Movement, Mindset - Extended

  • Qualification

    This is our same advanced group class, but longer! It represents the foundational program here at ADI. You must get instructor clearance from the 4M qualification to take this course.

  • Defense

    In 4M you'll focus on different techniques and tactics specifically for the civilian defensive shooter.

  • Simulation

    Our Range Safety Officers (RSO)/Instructors will walk you through courses-of-fire in our reality-based and ballistically accurate ranges.

  • Situations

    Each week focuses on new courses-of-fire, incorporating new skills each week.

The Pistol Series contains our most popular classes, which are included in the Lite, Access, and Unlimited Memberships.

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