Working Through Malfunctions Class
We often hear about handgun malfunctions in self defense situations that only allowed the defender to fire one shot. We believe the number one reason the gun malfunctions during these situations is stress causing the person to operate their handgun without proper techniques. Most shooters do not train at the range like in real world scenarios where they may be moving or engaging multiple targets. Knowing the difference between a Type 1, 2, or 3 Malfunction and the most efficient way to clear it can have significant consequences in a self defense situation. The Working Through Malfunctions class dives into immediately knowing which type of malfunction the shooter is experiencing and how to clear that malfunction. We have training aides that simulate all types of malfunctions in live fire, so students have the opportunity to work through each malfunction type on the live fire range.
Another common issue is needing to use either your strong or weak hand in a self defense situation. Either of our hands or arms may be hurt or incapacitated in some way. The defender may be carrying a child or helping another person move with one of their arms. Some shooting positions from cover may require you to shoot with just one hand. While most shooters won’t train to be as good with 1 hand as shooting with both hands, a well-rounded shooter should be able to operate their gun with just their strong or weak hand. We go over the proper way to shoot both strong and weak handed and allow students to practice those skills in live fire.
The Working Through Malfunctions 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
This class is open to anyone that has completed our shooting fundamentals class or is comfortable drawing and shooting their handgun.
- Semi-auto Handgun
- 100-150 Rounds of ammunition – standard class live fire
- *Optional low round count option with only 50-100 Rounds of ammunition
- At least 2 magazines but 3-4 are preferred
- A quality holster and 1-2 mag pouches are required (no Blackhawk Serpa Holsters). If you do not have a holster or mag pouches, contact us. If we have a holster for your gun, we’ll let you borrow it. Otherwise, a holster and mag pouches are provided with all our rental packages.
- Eye and ear protection
*We have a rental plan to take care of the pistol, magazines, ammo, and safety gear if needed, call our office before the class
- What are the Types of Malfunctions
- How to Fix a Malfunction
- Why Would You Need to Shoot with Your Strong or Weak Hand Only
- How to Shoot with Your Strong and Weak Hand Only
- Working Through Type 1, 2, & 3 Malfunctions
- Strong Hand Shooting
- Weak Hand Shooting
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 there’s rain.
Pistol and Self-Defense Classes