We'll meet at 10am at the California Tactical Academy 6700 Holser Canyon Rd, Piru, CA 93040


The Critical Defender Pistol Course will take your fundamentals of gunfighting and push them physically and technically in different environments and scenarios. We will cover manipulations, movement, and barricade theory. You will navigate and problem solve with your equipment in and around barriers, barricades, and obstacles. This is a drill heavy day, hydrate and stretch. We will include a refresher on the fundamentals of marksmanship and a shooting standards test in the morning, which must be met by all.

This course is for intermediate shooters that understand basic marksmanship and possess safe gun-handling skills, alone and around others. This is not a beginner’s course, if the instructors consider you unsafe or unfit for the course you may be asked to leave at your expense. This is for your safety and the safety of the class. Attending our Fundamentals class or one similar prior is highly suggested.

Course includes:

  • Range Fees

  • Targets

  • Hearing Protection and Eye Protection

  • Certification


Required Equipment:

  • 100-150 Rounds of Handgun Ammunition ( Buying option at the range for $46/box (50 rds)

  • Lunch, Water, Hat, and Weather Appropriate Clothing

  • Reliable Semi-Automatic Handgun or Revolver (rental option at the range for $10)

  • Extra Magazine or Speed Loader

  • Sturdy Handgun Holster and Magazine Holder

  • Sturdy Belt

You Instructors:


Former Scout /Sniper US Army 10th Mountain Division and Operations SGT 40th ID

Worked with Dept. of State DSS and multinational Govt. PSD and Executive Protection Units

  • POST LE, CA DOJ, CCW Tactical Handgun Instructor 

  • DOJ Certified Instructor #352179

  • NRA Certified Instructor #190269946

  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer #19026996

  • TIF BSIS Instructor



Former French Marine 21st Marine Regiment.

Close Protection for fortune 500 clients.

Executive Protection CONUS & OCONUS.

  • POST LE, CA DOJ, CCW Tactical Handgun Instructor

  • Range Safety Officer

The students will be certified