Defensive Shooting I – Introductory Tactics

Defensive Shooting I : Introductory Tactics

Responding to an emergency with a firearm is entirely different than shooting at the range. The body doesn’t act the same way and the firearm is seldom used the same way. The time to learn this fact is long before the situation arises. In other words owning a gun is not enough to ensure a favorable outcome should you be face to face with a threat.

This course has been developed with the help of Marine Corps Combat Veterans Sean Krecko and Matthew Parente who will be conducting it almost in its entirety. Matt and Sean will be taking the lead and sharing techniques that they have personally fielded in operation Iraqi freedom in the same respectful environment that you have associated with Renaissance Firearms Instruction.

Learn the basics of defensive shooting regardless of the firearm that you have available, as well as how they apply to modern practical shooting competitions such as USPSA , IDPA and 3-Gun.Each drill can be performed with rifle, pistol or shotgun. Students can bring any style firearm to the course as each firearm style will be covered for each drill. This course will extensively cover fast paced shooting as well as efficient reloading in 100% practical lesson. You will  perform drills that will test your reaction time, how your body reacts to stress, how your marksmanship is affected by different scenarios and much more….in other words bring lots of ammo!

This course will also satisfy the Florida State AND Arizona State Concealed Carry Permit Proficiency Requirement if completed with a handgun.

Bringing your own firearm is recommended, however one can be made available to you with ammo, free of charge. Pistol permit holders will be issued a Walther Arms pistol, Non permit holders will be issues a .22lr rifle

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Whenever considering adding a firearm to your defensive strategy consult with a qualified attorney to understand the legality and possible consequences of the use of deadly force

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: This course will involve moderate exercise. Check with your doctor to ensure that you can participate without issue.

In this course we cover:

  • Firearm Safety Under Stress
  • Shooting Under Stress
  • Combat Shooting Stances
  • Combat Shooting Techniques
  • Point Shooting
  • Fast Follow Up Shots
  • Clearing Jams In Combat
  • 9 Proven Shooting Drills
  • And More!

Requirements and Restrictions

  • If bringing a firearm (see below for firearm requirements) it must be zeroed as close as possible with the ammo you will be bringing.
  • 200+ rounds of ammo if you are bringing your own firearm (any caliber, even rimfire)
  • Pen and pad
  • Ages 16+

Courses only open to U.S. Citizens or Non-U.S. citizens who are: (1) lawful permanent residents (e.g., green card holders), (2) refugees, or (3) individuals who have been granted asylum.

Visa holders (Work, Travel,  Ect.) are not eligible for any courses involving firearms.


FIRST TIME SHOOTERS: We recommend an NRA Basic Rifle, Pistol or Shotgun course or private lesson as a starting point prior to this course.

Recommended Skill Level

  • 10 hours of RECENT (within 6 months) range time is recommended for this course at a minimum.
  • Range time can be on your own, under professional instruction or a combination of the two.
  • Firearms function will NOT be covered.

A student taking this course is expected:

  • To already have safe firearms handling skills
  • To understand how to load their firearm
  • To understand how to unload their firearm
  • To understand how to load while keeping the chamber empty
  • To understand hot to use controls like slide locks, magazine releases, safeties, de-cockers ect.
  • To understand the cycling process of their firearm



Recommended Gear

  • Your own firearm that meets the specifications below
  • Magazine speed loader like the UpLULA
  • Magic Marker


  • Semi Auto
  • 2+Detachable magazines
  • Any optic with less than 4x magnification (red dot, iron sights or 1x recommended)
  • Any caliber
  • Fixed magazine rifles are not permitted.


  • Semi Auto or revolver
  • 2+ Detachable magazines or revolver speed loaders
  • Any Caliber
  • Any optic with less than 4x magnification (red dot, iron sights or 1x recommended)


  • Pump Action or Semi Auto
  • 3+ capacity
  • Must have a buttstock (No pistol grip only shotguns)
  • Any Caliber
  • Any optic with less than 4x magnification (red dot, iron sights or 1x recommended)