Fundamentals of Using a Red Dot
Have you joined the wave of shooters transitioning to using a red dot or considered learning to use one? Red dot optics are no longer just for the competition shooters. Technology has come a long way in being accurate and dependable for many red dot brands. While they may have a bit of a learning curve, most shooters find their accuracy and speed improves considerably after just a little time shooting with a red dot. In this class, we help you decide the best type of red dot to purchase, how to mount the optic correctly and using your red dot. What is the best distance to sight in your dot, what is height over bore, how do I find it when aiming your gun and what does it mean to shoot target-focused? We answer all these questions and more in our Fundamentals of Using a Red Dot class.
Even if you don’t have a red dot, we have rental guns for you to test and see for yourself why so many shooters are making the switch to a red dot. Many concealed carry license holders feel it’s harder to conceal a red dot. We talk about those options and considerations when purchasing a gun that you may add a red dot to in the future. While our classes stress there’s no gear substitute for the proper shooting fundamentals and techniques to improve your shooting results, a red dot allows many shooters to experience improvements faster over using iron sights.
The Fundamentals of Using a Red Dot class is part of our Pistol Skills Fundamentals class series. While fundamentals may seem basic and boring when reading the title, these are the essential shooting skills to master. What separates average shooters from great shooters is their proficiency with the skills taught in our five Pistol fundamentals class series. Our fundamental classes are structured so new shooters can quickly learn the basic skills but designed in a way that seasoned shooters are challenged, allowing them to master the most essential pistol shooting skills.
Even if you have a good grasp of the skills in the class title, we suggest taking all the classes in the Pistol Skills Fundamentals class series to understand and master all the core shooting skills and concepts. The series is separated into 1 Pistol Skills Fundamentals class (4 hours & we recommend taking 1st) and 4 follow-up classes that are 3 hours each. Many instructors teach these skills over a 2-day seminar. While your shooting skills will improve in a 2-day course, we’ve found isolating skills in 1 or 2 smaller classes at a time allows students to practice and enhance the skills learned, allowing a better approach for skill retention and mastery. We offer these classes in our Level 1, 2 and 3 Pistol Self Defense Courses with a discount by taking 2 classes on the same day. While you can take our Advanced Pistol Skills Classes without going through the fundamentals series, we recommend the following classes first.
Shooting Fundamentals Class: Grip, Stance, Aiming, and Trigger Control
How to Draw & Perform Reloads: Strong Side vs Appendix Carry, Safely Drawing the Handgun, and How to Reload your Handgun
Working Through Malfunctions: Type 1, 2 & 3 Malfunctions with How to Fix Them and Strong & Weak Hand Shooting
How to Shoot Fast & Accurate: Improve Your Split and Transition Times While Still Hitting Your Target
Fundamentals of Using a Red Dot: Choosing a Red Dot, Correctly Mounting the Optic, Sighting in the Dot, How to Acquire the Dot, and Shooting with a Dot vs. Iron Sights.
Independence Firearms and Training Classroom and Range at 305 Circle Dr, Cord, AR 72524
- At least 2 magazines but 3-4 are preferred
- 100-150 Rounds of ammunition – standard class live fire
- *Optional low round count option with only 50 Rounds of ammunition
- Eye and ear protection
*If you don’t have a handgun yet we have you covered with a rental package. Our low round count rental package costs $50 and includes a pistol, magazines, 50 rounds of ammo, and safety gear if needed. The rental package with 100 rounds of ammo for the standard class live fire costs $75.
**If you need to rent a hand gun for this class request this in advance as we have a limited number of rental pistols with a red dot.
- Choosing a Red Dot
- Correctly Mounting the Optic
- Sighting in the Dot
- Height Over Bore
- Acquire the Dot
- Target Focused vs Front Sight Focused Shooting
- The Differences of Shooting a Red Dot vs Iron Sights
- Dot Sight In
- Shot Placement at Different Ranges
- Red Dot Shooting Drills
Weather and the Class:
We will have the class regardless of the weather on class day. We are inside for the classroom portion and are on the range for 1.5 hours. Dress appropriately for the weather (hot or cold), but there is a covered area to shoot from on the range if it’s rainy.
Upcoming Pistol and Self-Defense Classes