MCS Class Information

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Our courses are appropriate for everyone from a newer shooter just getting past "beginner" status, up to dedicated competition shooters.  The overall proficiency with a handgun required to be successful at competitive shooting is based upon a CORE set of skills that must be mastered and maintained as additional elements are added to the skill platform, those basic skills must be constantly revisited and assessed in order to ensure continued success.  Master the fundamentals, and you have mastered shooting a handgun!  Whether a student intends to start shooting competitively or simply wants to achieve a higher level of proficiency in their handgun shooting, our classes will help!

As opposed to "Tactical" handgun training, which is also very valuable for anyone who uses a pistol for personal protection or professional use, our curriculum is exclusively focused on TECHNICAL shooting skills. Our classes are a great compliment to any "Tactical" training you might do, we DO NOT teach the same skills, we focus on making you a better technical shooter for ANY type of pistol shooting, from personal protection to competition. Once you're a great technical shooter you can apply that skill to any type of shooting you may choose to do.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of our program and what we want our students to achieve, we limit our program to shooting center-fire handguns .380 (9mm) caliber and above.  While rim-fire .22's are a ton of fun, and we shoot them ourselves even in some competitions, for the training content we present it's really only appropriate for handguns of full caliber with recoil to deal with.  The good news is once you can shoot a center-fire handgun proficiently, you'll be STELLAR with a rim-fire pistol!

We use live-fire training to assess and coach students on their handgun skills, as well as video analysis, group and individual feedback, and we will provide you not only with a high-level learning experience DURING the class, we will also follow up with you with an individualized training plan and practice goal for the times you have available for practice BETWEEN classes!

Handgun Video Training

MCS courses are set up specifically for students to be able to repeat a class multiple times.  YOU define your own path based upon your shooting goals, and our program will guide you to success!  We work individually with our students to define an appropriate goal for each class based upon current skill level, and over time a student who repeats a class multiple times will be given additional challenges and training goals to continue their path of improvement. 

Current Course Listing

Please note the GEAR requirements for each course, if you have any questions or need recommendations on gear to acquire we are more than happy to help.  We also have a limited supply of loaner gear available (belts and mag pouches), contact us if you need to borrow a setup for a class.

    • Beyond Basic Handgun Skills (Skill Level 0-3)
      • Developing the Core Skills for speed and accuracy in your handgun shooting (Note this has replaced our prior Core Skills class)
        • Students in this class will work on refining the foundation skills of shooting a handgun by adding speed and stressing accuracy. This includes Grip, Trigger Control and the Fundamentals of Marksmanship. This content is important for ALL levels of shooters to continually refine and practice, from beginner to seasoned competitor. Students in this class may have no prior formal handgun training outside of a CCW or NRA Basic Pistol class, and may have never tried to shoot faster. Also students who have attended "tactical" or self-defense handgun courses will get a lot from this class, learning techniques and skills drawn from competition shooting that are not taught in those classes. However, students WITH more experience, including some competition experience, will still get a lot out of the class. The skills targeted in this class are what we consider the CORE SKILLS for effective shooting at speed, and you can never be TOO good at them!
        • Gear Requirements:
          • Center-Fire handgun .380 (9mm) caliber or larger
          • Minimum 2 magazines
          • 200 rounds of ammunition (available for sale at the range if you need extra)
          • Eye and ear protection (available for rent at the range if you need it)

      • Intro To Action Pistol Competition (Skill Level 1-2)
        • Competition Primer, Safety rules, range commands, competing confidently in Action Pistol matches
          • Students in this class will get an introduction to Action Pistol competition, enabling them to confidently register for an Action Pistol match, such as USPSA or Steel Challenge.  We will cover the basics of using competition gear (drawing from a competition holster, reloading on the clock, moving quickly and safely through a stage, etc.).  The class will consist of a match introduction and then students will shoot a sample USPSA stage multiple times.  This is the class to take if you're INTERESTED in getting into action pistol competition but don't really know where to start and would like to be CONFIDENT signing up for your first match.
          • Gear Requirements
            • Center-Fire handgun .380 (9mm) caliber or larger
            • Minimum 3 magazines
            • 200 rounds of ammunition (available for sale at the range if you need extra)
            • Open-top or competition style belt-mounted holster (no top retention strap)
            • Belt with at least 1 magazine pouch
              (We have some LOANER belts and magazine pouches for students to use if you don't have your own yet, so no worries if you only have a holster!)
            • Your own eye and ear protection that you will use in competition
      • Competition Shooting Speed Skills (Skill Level 1-5)
        • Maintaining accuracy with speed & target transitions
          • Students in this class will build speed in shooting across multiple targets while maintaining accuracy, including while moving into and out of shooting positions.  Fast target transitions are required to be successful at any type of timed shooting competition from bowling pins to USPSA matches, and is the most difficult skill to master for most shooters.  Many factors are at play when transitioning across targets, including visual patience, sight tracking, and shot calling.  This class is appropriate for any shooter who is either preparing for their first competition or a current competitor who wishes to shoot faster.  Individual student goals will be set based upon current skill level.  This is not a "beginner" class specifically, if you are an experienced USPSA competitor you will be pushed to a higher level of performance.  If you are a new competitor, you will begin to build the skills needed for higher level performance as you gain more experience.
          • Gear Requirements:
            • Center-Fire handgun .380 (9mm) caliber or larger
            • Minimum 2 magazines
            • 200 rounds of ammunition (available for sale at the range if you need extra)
            • Open-top or competition style belt-mounted holster (no top retention strap) is optional
            • Your own eye and ear protection that you will use in competition
        • USPSA Skill Builder (Skill Level 2-5)
          • Shooting efficiently through a USPSA Stage to shave time and score better
            • Students in this class will work on all aspects of shooting a USPSA stage, including stage planning, starts, target transitions, moving into and out of positions, shifting trigger speeds based upon target difficulty, and much more.  This is the class for a shooter who wants to excel at USPSA competition, whether it be a new competitor who wishes to start off with a leg up, or an experienced competitor who wants to perform better.  
            • Gear Requirements:
              • Center-Fire handgun .380 (9mm) caliber or larger
              • Minimum 3 magazines
              • 200 rounds of ammunition (available for sale at the range if you need extra)
              • Open-top or competition style belt-mounted holster (no top retention strap)
              • Belt with at least 2 magazine pouches
                (We have some LOANER belts and magazine pouches for students to use if you don't have your own yet, so no worries if you only have a holster!)
              • Your own eye and ear protection that you will use in competition
        • USPSA Action Drills (Skill Level 3-5)
          • Fast-paced drill practice session for experienced USPSA competition shooters of all levels
            • This is a practice drill session and not specifically a "Class".  Instructors will provide tips and feedback but there is not a formal curriculum and the drills will be switched around every time to focus on different skills.  Participants should be current USPSA competitors confident in all gun-handling skills and fully aware of all match safety procedures.  These sessions are designed to be high round count, fast-paced practice nights for competitors who want to improve their match performance.
            • Gear Requirements:
              • Center-Fire handgun .380 (9mm) caliber or larger
              • Minimum 3 magazines
              • 300 rounds of ammunition (available for sale at the range if you need extra)
              • Open-top or competition style belt-mounted holster (no top retention strap)
              • Belt with at least 2 magazine pouches
              • Your own eye and ear protection that you will use in competition

      Skill Levels

      Use your self-defined Skill Level on the scale of 0-5 below to determine if a particular MCS course is appropriate for you.  Keep in mind these levels are just a guideline to help you make a determination of which class you want to attend, but they are purely for informational purposes and individual experience and skills may vary.  If you have any question about whether a class is appropriate for you or not, just ask, we’re happy to help determine what the best path for your handgun skill development would be!

      (Please note “action pistol” competition signifies competition requiring pistol draw from a holster and may require movement while shooting.  The most common examples of this would be USPSA and IDPA competition for sports requiring movement, or Steel Challenge which requires draw from holster for centerfire pistols but no significant movement.)

      Level 0

      • New shooter, may have just learned to shoot a handgun, generally less than 1000 rounds of handgun shooting experience, still learning how to hit a target accurately beyond close range, may have completed a CCW or basic handgun intro course or may have been taught to shoot by a friend or family member. This type of shooter is NOT YET at the level where an Advanced MCS Competition course is appropriate.  The "Beyond Basic" course series we offer is most appropriate for this shooter.

      Level 1

      • Newer or less-experienced handgun shooter with 1000+ rounds and/or 1 year minimum of handgun experience, basic marksmanship and gun handling skills are present but not at a “second nature” level yet. Shooter is capable of hitting a target with reasonable accuracy, and can do so in slow fire individual shots at close distances.  Comfortable with understanding how their handgun works, loading and unloading magazines from their handgun, little or no experience with shooting at speed for competition.  Generally, no significant time dedicated to practice other than limited range time, not normally someone who performs dry fire practice on a regular basis.

      Level 2

      • Handgun shooter with short or long-term experience in shooting but little or no action pistol competition experience. May have participated regularly in some basic non-action handgun competitions such as bowling pin, bullseye, etc.  Decent marksmanship skills in terms of hitting a target at mid distances, comfortable with all aspects of basic gun handling, knowledgeable about basic concepts of marksmanship but not proficient in shooting at speed.  Generally, no significant time dedicated to practice other than limited range time, not normally someone who performs dry fire practice on a regular basis. 

      Level 3

      • Handgun shooter with some experience in action pistol competition shooting, either short or long-term. Comfortable with drawing a pistol from a holster at speed, and all aspects of competition gun handling for action pistol competition.   May be someone who regularly participates in competitions, and may have done so for many years, but has never become proficient at a high level.  May be someone who engages in regular practice, both live and dry fire, but has not made significant improvement from practice.
        • USPSA Classification level (if any) Unclassified to Mid-C Class.

      Level 4

      • Handgun shooter with more than one year of competition shooting in an action pistol sport (USPSA, IDPA). May have started competing recently and developed a mid level of proficiency fairly rapidly (less than 2 years), or may be a long-term competitor who has slowly improved from experience over time and never made any large leaps in proficiency.  Generally, this is a competitor who practices fairly regularly, both live and dry fire and is striving to improve.
        • USPSA Classification level Upper-C to B Class

      Level 5

      • Handgun shooter with significant high level competition experience, capable of winning a club-level action pistol match in their division. Proficient in all aspects of competition shooting and competing regularly at local as well as regional/national matches.  This is a shooter whose main hobby and passion is action pistol competition.
        • USPSA Classification level A to GM Class

      Interestingly for many shooters not familiar with competition, the level of proficiency that is considered “Level 3” in our scale would be someone in the top 10-15% of ALL general shooters you might see at the range in terms of being able to hit a target accurately and at speed.  In the competition world, this shooter would be in the lower 50% of all shooters in a competition.  That’s how far the skill gap extends in the sport.  For someone with no competition experience, watching a top-level competitive shooter perform may seem like something that is impossible to achieve.  But we’re here to tell you, you CAN achieve that level of proficiency through dedicated practice and following a well-designed program. 

      Progression through skill levels is generally easier to achieve at the lower levels and gets considerably harder as you move up the scale.  Getting from Level 1 to Level 2 is generally fairly easy for most shooters to achieve with proper guidance and a little practice. Level 2 to Level 3 takes a little more focus and practice, and a commitment to acquiring the necessary gear for action pistol competition.  Level 3 to Level 4 is continuing to climb the ladder and requires even more practice commitment, and a strong desire to improve competitive performance.  Level 4 to Level 5 is only possible for the most dedicated competitors who are willing devote significant time and effort to practicing the full range of skills required to compete.