Current Class Descriptions
Little Big Guns (small frame revolvers and semi-auto pistols)
Many concealed carriers practice mostly with compact and full-size pistols but often carry Glock 43s, Sig 365s, and J-frame revolvers. Students who complete this clinic should see a significant improvement in their ability to make fight-stopping hits at distances well past near contact range and an increase in their speed from concealed draw to first round hit. Although concealed carriers often carry pocket pistols when either situated in a low-risk environment or on a errand to a low-risk location, the threat that they may unexpectedly face will be no less dangerous or challenging just because the concealed carrier chose to equip him or herself with a smaller handgun that holds fewer rounds and is more difficult to shoot well. Required equipment in addition to eye and ear protection:
Solo Movement in Primary Dwellings and Other Structures
This introductory class is expressly designed for a single armed individual as well as armed church security teams interested in learning some of the basics associated with moving more safely in homes and/or churches during extreme events (home intrusions, home invasions, and events in houses of worship such as an active shooter, assaults on church members, onsite robberies, and even dealing with violent emotionally disturbed persons). Students will participate in drills covering both slow and dynamic room clearing, manipulation of angles and distance so as to gain maximum tactical advantage, options for dealing with persons taken at gunpoint, and post-fight interaction with well-intentioned but armed Good Samaritans and responding law enforcement. This is not a live-fire class. Students should bring a paintball mask, CO2 cylinder or green gas-powered airsoft pistol, plastic BB pellets, and some form of throat protection (shemaghs are acceptable). This is a force-on-force class and students should expect to take a few hits.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Urban Shotgun Skills
The defensive shotgun may be the most effective tool I can use during a home invasion. In the event of a natural disaster or civil unrest and looters are targeting homes and businesses, a shotgun is likely to have a significant deterrence effect. A shotgun loaded with a buckshot is far more effective in stopping a lethal threat quickly than a handgun. A tube-fed pump shotgun that holds no more than 5 rounds with a conventional buttstock (no pistol grip) is likely legal in every state and probably one of the last firearms to be targeted by the anti-gunners due to their long-time sporting heritage.
PTG’s four-hour Urban Shotgun Skills will cover critical gunhandling and marksmanship skills unique to the defensive shotgun. Much emphasis is spent on keeping the shotgun up and running and finding the correct balance between speed and accuracy. Students will learn how their individual shotgun patterns buckshot and point-of-aim/point of impact with slugs at varying distances.
Required equipment: Pump-action or semi-automatic shotgun, eye and ear protection, clothing suitable for weather (class will be rescheduled if rainfall is such that road and range are unusable), and 75 birdshot, 15 buckshot (Federal Tactical reduced recoil 00 buck with Flite Control wad recommended), 20 foster-type slugs (reduced recoil recommended). In addition, students should have the means to carry additional shotshells on their shotgun (shotshell buttcuffs or receiver mounted Sidesaddles), belt, or in a 5.11 PUSH Pack (or its equivalent). Students who wish to bring 5 full-power hardened slugs may do so.
This class will be held at the ETRPC Range in Longview, TX
Defensive Pistol Basics
This class is expressly designed to better prepare our students to deal with potential or actual physical contact with persons whose intentions may range from suspect to overtly lethal in transitional areas such as parking lots, sidewalks, parking garages, and the exterior of malls, large shopping centers and the like where Violent Criminal Actors tend to ply their trade. Violent criminal assaults, whether armed or unarmed, tend to take place at extremely close range, and typically involve the use of ruse or ambush by the attackers in order to close distances and carry out an assault. The nature of these attacks often leaves the intended victim with very little time to process information, and even less time to respond appropriately.
The objective of our experienced instructors is to better prepare our students to deal with a deadly force threat by virtue of a reliable presentation of a handgun from a holster concealed under a real-world cover garment, enhanced ability to handle and manipulate a handgun in a high-stress situation, and achievement of better hits at a higher rate of speed.
This is not a high-round shooting class, but instead a fighting class designed for lawfully-carrying men and women who, as a last resort, wish to defend themselves and their loved ones more effectively with the handgun they have on their person.
Requirements: Brimmed cap or hat, eye protection, ear protection, reliable pistol or revolver, three magazines or speedloaders, quality kydex holster (high-end leather holsters are acceptable), magazine or speedloader pouch, robust belt, shoes and clothes suitable for weather and season, water, snacks, and lunch. 150 rounds of factory ammunition are required.
8:00 am to 12:00 pm