Semi-Auto Pistol Operator 1 (SAPO1)

February 8-9, 2024

Instructor: Chris Cerino

Range Ready Studios
24362 Hwy 190 East
Robert, LA 70455

Equipment Required: 

Full size or compact semi-auto pistol w/ 3 magazines

Quality Outside the Waistband holster and 1 or 2 magazine pouches (no finger activated holsters)

Sturdy gun belt

700 rounds of ammunition

Hearing and eye protection

Closed toe shoes and pants with belt loops

Course Description:

Any human given no time to think will react as they have been trained. In a gunfight or competition, the body needs to be on auto pilot for the brain to process the problem and formulate solutions. This training has produced more real-life gunfighters than you’ll ever know. 

SAPO1 emphasizes marksmanship and weapons handling skills. Not for the completely unskilled, SAPO1 combines the essentials of marksmanship with the principles of combat shooting and places them into a hierarchy of necessity and importance. 

You must know how to use a holster, lock your gun open and keep your fingers out of the trigger guard when not firing. 

Training focuses on a mastery of the basics in a highly diagnostic fashion. Master the critical aspects of muscular-skeletal alignment for platform, pistol presentation, modern grip, and trigger management. Common misconceptions regarding shooting are addressed. 

Special Concerns: SAPO1 can be physically demanding with extensive amounts of shooting and weapon manipulation. Bending over will occur and sore hands can result. Full focus and attention to detail is necessary. On the range, shooters will be occupied loading magazines and taking notes between shooting drills. 

Topics include:

  • Mechanics of grip
  • Mechanics of stance/platform
  • Efficient draw and presentation
  • Sight alignment and sight picture 
  • Trigger management 
  • Pressure wall firing techniques
  • Emergency reloads
  • 360° Situational awareness and personal safety
  • Safe motor programs for loading and making ready
  • Safe motor programs for clearing of a weapon

This course is limited to 16 students.


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