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The Gunsite Academy 250 Defensive Pistol Course is known as “The Gunsite Experience”. First presented in 1976 by Col. Jeff Cooper, 250 graduates will be well-grounded in the Modern Technique of the Pistol. Since 2013, Gunsite has been offering a Crimson Trace “laser-integrated” 250 class that covers the use of laser sights.

Gunsite Laser Course Shoothouse

The course will cover the complete 250 doctrine while adding in the practical use of laser sighting systems. The tactical applications, benefits and limitations of visible laser sights are thoroughly covered in the course. Along with learning Gunsite doctrine in the use of pistol sights, students will also earn when, where, and how to use their laser in a variety of conditions and environments. The course includes both bright and dark conditions to best demonstrate appropriate sighted fire between pistol sights and laser sights.

In response to inquiries from many attendees about the use and application of laser sights on their personal defensive handguns, Gunsite Rangemaster - and former Gunsite Training Director - Dave Starin, teamed up with Crimson Trace to offer this one-of-a-kind modern training experience.

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"Next to holsters, the most prevalent defensive handgun accessory is the laser sight but few if any firearms instructors are developing curriculum to address these sights and even fewer know how to do that," states respected gun writer and author, Richard Mann, who was integral in developing this opportunity. "If you attend, you’ll get all the respected 250 Pistol Class instruction but it will come with the addition of instruction on the application and limitations of Crimson Trace laser sights."

The laser course, as with all 250 courses, will include five solid days of range work, lectures and intensive multi-lit live fire simulation training.

Gunsite Laser Course Outdoor

Graduates must demonstrate marksmanship, gun handling, combat mindset - the elements of the Combat Triad. Through Gunsite’s systematic and dynamic methodology, students will achieve confidence, competence, new skills, and best of all…peace of mind. Clients emerge stronger, more alert, and conditioned to respond instantly to any threat. 

"The world now has a source for practical, life-saving training with regard to the use of laser sights on a defensive handgun,”  adds Mann, "and they have it from the premier firearms training academy in the world."

The course date for 2017 is November 13-17, and will be held - for the first time - at Colonial Shooting Academy in Richmond, VA. Spots are limited to to ensure maximum training benefit. The course is led by Rangemaster Dave Harris.

Course cost is $1650.00. Please contact Gunsite Academy for registration. 

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