Semi-Auto Pistol Operator 1 (SAPO1)

September 28 & 29, 2023

COURSE TITLE: Semi-Auto Pistol Operator 1 (2 Days 16 hours)

COURSE TYPE: Classroom & Live Fire          


Instructor: Chris Cerino

Range Ready Studios
24362 Hwy 190 East
Robert, LA 70455

This two-day immersion hammers 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.


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


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


Training includes:


  • Mechanics of grip
  • Mechanics of stance/platform
  • Efficient draw and presentation
  • Sight alignment and sight picture (based on target size and distance)
  • Trigger management 
  • Pressure wall firing techniques
  • Emergency reloads, Reloads w and w/o retention
  • 360° Situational awareness and personal safety
  • Safe motor programs for loading and making ready
  • Safe motor programs for clearing of a weapon
  • Weapon malfunction drills
  • Clearing a stove pipe malfunction
  • Clearing a double feed malfunction


Required Equipment: Semi-automatic pistol w/ 3 magazines, Sturdy belt, Strong side outside waistband holster and magazine pouch, eye & ear protection, cleaning kit, 800 rounds ammunition.

Limited to 16 students


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