Intro to Handgun or Essential Defensive CarryAge: 18 & older

Course Information

Our Handgun level 3 courses are highly dynamic and not for the faint of heart. During these courses students will be tested under physically stressful conditions. Safe gun handling is an absolute must during these courses!!! Our level 3 courses all begin with a critical skills qualification and analysis which is considered the PRE-REQUISITE.

Handgun level 3; Our most intensive pistol course. Students run and gun on our 180 degree range, utilizing many techniques to stress the shooter as much as possible, your skills will be challenged to either bend or break. Students will shoot in a 180 degree field of fire, move, and communicate with other students. Working open spaced to Vtac barriers, vehicles, cover and concealment and movement bases this training.



Must be lawfully allowed to train with firearms. Class size is a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6.


Level 3 RUN TEST, check course descriptions for other pre-requisites

What this course covers

  • Safe Gun Handling skills for Hot Range training
  • Gear selection and placement
  • Speed and accuracy drills
  • Malfunction Clearance drills (for time)
  • Reload Drills (for time)
  • CQB drills
  • Shooting while moving (run)
  • Foot work ready up drills
  • Multiple Target engagements
  • Stress drills
  • Ground Fighting
  • Vehicle Ops
  • Use of cover/concealment, planning your movement
  • Shoot, move, and communicate drills/ react to contact, break contact, etc.

Required Gear:

Note-taking material
FULL SIZE Semi-auto handgun
Strong-side holster of sturdy construction/ drop leg, Outside Waist Band highly recommended
At least 5 pistol magazines
Eye & Hearing protection
Each course description has the minimum round count
Appropriate attire for training at outdoor private AZ range
At least 3 pistol mag pouches
Lots of water, sunscreen and a bag lunch/snacks for a very full training day.

Our Instructors

A US Army 82nd Airborne Reconnaissance Infantryman, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (2008-2009), I also spend as much time as possible outside hunting and fishing. Having countless hours training with multiple weapon platforms from crew served weapons to pistols, and having trained military, law enforcement, and civilians. We are constantly updating our training curriculum, making Diamondback an ideal training environment for individuals from every walk of life.



-NRA Certifications: Refuse to be A Victim Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Pistol Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Shotgun Instructor, Inside and Outside the Home Personal Protection Instructor
-Arizona Department of Public Safety, Unarmed and Armed Security Guard Instructor
-California POST Instructor
-Sabre Red OC Spray Instructor
-ASP Baton, Handcuffing, and Flashlight Tactics Instructor
-CPR Certified

Upcoming Scheduled Courses

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