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Intensive Handgun Skills

$900 per student

This is a "shooters" course with maximum range time. The course stresses accuracy and speed but not speed at the expense of accuracy. The course will include equal amounts of paper and steel shooting. The principles of economy of motion and economy of time will be stressed throughout. Then on the third day the student will be put under stress through the use of time constraints and man on man competition.

Also included are long-range exercises, barricade drills, movement, shooting while moving, and moving targets. This is a perfect course for the shooter who wants to maximize their use of the handgun for self-defense or the competitive shooter who could use fine-tuning of their technique. After this course you will be shooting faster and with a greater degree of accuracy than ever before.

This course is a modified and updated version of the course taught to Government and Military Special Operations Personnel and draws heavily on techniques learned from the best shooters in the world. (J. Michael Plaxco's book is highly suggested reading for the course.)

Guaranteed! You will see a giant improvement in your speed and accuracy after completing this course!

If you do not have a concealed weapons permit, here is a link to the WSP background check service. If you are not a WA resident, please find your state's equivalent service.

You may also register by calling [425] 827.2552 or by email


General Defensive Handgun or equivalent. Concealed Weapons Permit or documentation of good charactoer. AND BRING THOSE DOCUMENTS WITH YOU TO CLASS. If you do not have a concealed weapons permit, here is a link to the WSP background check service. If you are not a WA resident, please find your state's equivalent service.

Required Equipment:

Reliable, functional handgun; Belt holster (rigid) with sturdy belt; 2000 rounds of brass-cased FMJ ammunition (minimum); 3 magazines or speed loaders; Hearing and eye protection; Electronic timer (if you have one)

Dates & Locations

Bellevue, WA
April 19 - 21, 2024
Time: 8am - 6pm
Instructor: InSights Staff
October 18 - 20, 2024
Time: 8am - 6pm
Instructor: InSights Staff
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Student Testimonials

Intensive Handgun Skills: I forgot to turn in my comments after the class, so I'll do my best to reproduce them here. I was expecting a more advanced defensive class, but it seems that's to be found in Intermediate Defensive Handgun (as Greg pointed out, there's no "Defensive" in "Intensive Handgun Skills. However, I'm very very pleased I attended this class. My shooting, or rather hitting skills are higher right off the bat, but more importantly is that I learned the proper way to do things and to notice more details for improvement, and have had success in teaching that to others. And for all that, there wasn't any disinclination to discussing defense related matters, particularly during break. I really like Greg's history lessons, both for the perspective and the way he tells stories, so there certainly was not too much talking on Friday before lunch. Oh, and little quips, such as "professionals don't practice it until they get it right: they practice it right until they don't get it wrong." I also was glad for the opportunity to drag my gear through the sand and mud, as it were, when it rained in the gravel pit Saturday afternoon, to see which components, my grip and posture included, worked and which didn't. John and Derek were also very helpful in offering reinforcement and interpretations. Thanks so much for offering these courses.     ~ Tommy Duffy, Kirkland, WA
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