Can you operate your gun under pressure; when it really counts?  At Citadel Defense we strive to give you the mindset and skills necessary to do just that.  Our Handgun 201 class is a one day course designed to give you the path to building competent skills and the foundation for a winning fighter mindset.

This course is for both new and experienced shooters.  We improve your overall pistol ability through instruction, drills, and feedback on your performance as a shooter.  Together, we will advance your weapons handling and marksmanship ability.

Learn how to operate your gun under stress and significantly increase your confidence in carrying/operating a pistol and defending yourself through a day of learning.

Topics Covered:

  • Universal and Omnipresent Gun Safety Rules

  • A Fighting/Winning Mindset

  • Pistol Fundamentals - Stance, grip, sight alignment/picture, etc..

  • Combat accuracy

  • Post Shooting Procedures

  • Reloading under duress

  • Malfunction clearing techniques

  • Single hand techniques

  • Shooting from various positions

  • Cover vs concealment use

  • Shooting while moving

  • Intro to 2 person tactics

  • A challenging pistol qualification

What To Bring:

  • An open, teachable mind

  • Handgun 9mm-45ACP

    • G19 size or larger

    • A spare pistol if you have one available is always a good idea to bring to class

  • 700 rounds

    • A note on ammo: We HIGHLY recommend you shoot brass cased ammunition and NOT STEEL cased ammunition. We recommend functional ammunition in order to get the most from your training experience. There is nothing more frustrating than being at class and struggling with equipment issues. Click here to buy Fiocchi ammo from Ammo Supply Warehouse. Thank us later.

  • Note Taking Gear

  • Strong Gun Belt

  • Holster

    • A HARD SIDED holster is REQUIRED.

    • Leather, Kydex or kydex like plastic is acceptable.

    • No soft sided holsters will be permitted.

    • Kydex or kydex like material highly recommended.

    • IWB and AIWB permitted.

  • Magazine pouches

  • Seasonally appropriate clothing suited to dynamic activity (all shooting takes place outside)

  • Bag lunch and Water (Gallon jug reccomended)

  • Ear and Eye Protection (electronic ears will make your life easier)

  • Weapon lube and tools

  • Bug Spray and sun tan lotion

  • At least 4 working magazines (the more the better)

  • Tactical Light (if you have one, if not, no big deal)

  • Knee pads if desired (time will be spent kneeling)

  • Lawn chair (recommended, not required)

Prerequisites: None

Physical Fitness Level Required: Standing for long portions of time, some kneeling, walking and laying down required.  We can work around any preexisting injuries.


Need a Loaner?

Want to sign up but you need a loaner handgun?  Let us know, we have a limited number of pistols (first signed up, first served) available to loan you for the day of shooting.

As long as you are reading this we still have loaners available.  If we no longer are able to offer a loaner we will remove this text.  Simply let us know you need a loaner as soon as you sign up and we'll get you taken care of. 

Handgun 201

Class starts at 8:30am at Ahlman's in Morristown, MN


For those of you choosing to do your permit to carry class in conjunction with Handgun 201 the classroom teaching for the permit class with take place on the Friday evening at 6:30pm before class in the Twin Cities. The classroom portion is expected to take about 2 hours. Details emailed out after you sign up. 

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Citadel Defense Refund Policy:
All class registrations are non refundable.  With prior notice we can switch you to a different class or someone else can take the class in your place. 

All no shows will receive no refund or class switching opportunity.   

Some videos to help you get ready for Handgun 201!