Practical Pistol Coach

The Practical Pistol Coach program is designed to take a shooter who has their Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) to the next level. The training criteria for a CHP in Colorado is the Basic Pistol Course. You don’t even have to go to the range to learn how to use a handgun. This is the same as putting someone through a four hour truck driving course without even stepping into the cab of a truck and turning them loose on the road with an 18 wheeler.

To bring the average CHP holder up to a level of competence there are a number of options. First is the Personal Protection Outside the Home. This involves two evenings of classroom discussion on the best ways to stay safe when you are out and about, and a day at the range practically applying what was learned in class.

The next way is to take the NRA Defensive Pistol course. This is two full days of shooting under qualified instruction to learn how to draw the gun from concealed and use it to defend yourself. This course comes very close to the concept of the Practical Pistol Coach.

The Practical Pistol Coach takes the previous two courses and fine-tunes skills to make the client more competent and confident with their everyday carry gun (EDC). This is not a set course like other NRA and USCCA offerings. Rather, it is tailored to the abilities and needs of the client.

The first step of the Practical Pistol Coach program is to interview the client to determine what are their needs and requirements. Between the client and the coach, a training plan is established. This training plan is the road map to the client’s competence. Any deviation from this road map is agreed upon by both the client and the coach.

The goal of this coaching program is to lead the client to become “unconsciously competent” with their EDC and personal protection.