Pistol Immersion: Austere Conditions
Pistol Immersion is Valor Ridge’s Pistolcraft I and Pistolcraft: Austere Conditions combined. The class provides the student four consecutive days of training and maximum time under professional supervision. In short, by the end of the week, we will teach you how to use your pistol to deal with violence swiftly and with finality. The amount of material covered is staggering, and by the end of the week, you will be as prepared for violence as is possible, short of actually being involved in a gunfight.
The four-day course spans: proper marksmanship, draw and presentation of the pistol, mental aspects of fighting such as attitude and purpose, pistol manipulations with one and two hands, stoppage clearances, shooting while moving, drills in which you will negotiate obstacles while shooting, fire from unconventional positions, hitting targets at what many consider rifle distances, a confidence course designed to challenge both new and experienced shooters alike, how to finish fights despite being injured, treat life-threatening injuries, gunfight analysis, diminished motor skills, extreme close quarters shooting, physical control techniques, managing bystanders and onlookers during a gunfight, hostage shots, use of cover, low-light shooting, shooting with a loss of vision, and distance shooting under stress.
Brief classroom sessions will be interspersed throughout the course with lectures focused on martial attitude, gunfight analysis and tendencies, pre-assault signs and cues, medical and anatomical lectures given by medical professionals, marksmanship, and purpose.
This course is offered for the sole purpose of ensuring that you are as prepared for protecting yourself, your family, and loved ones as is possible. Training is only open to legal, US Citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) per ITAR (22 CFR §§120-130)
Required class equipment:
- Pistol (Bring a spare pistol if you have one.)
- Magazines to hold 50 rounds per drill. (Double stack mags=4-5. Single-stack mags=7-8)
- 1000 rounds of factory ammunition
- Quality kydex or leather holster that stays open during reholstering.
- Ballistic eye protection. Lowe's or Walmart has these. You will also need clear eye protection.
- Electronic ear protection
- Pen and paper
- Bug spray
- Rain gear
- Gun cleaning gear
- You will need to bring a lunch
- Mouth guard
There is no minimum age to take this class. However, students under 18 years of age are required to attend the class together with a participating adult.
Booking a class at Valor Ridge is a commitment to train on your given course dates. Tuition sale is final. We do not offer refunds or transfers to students who cancel or fail to show up for class. We do offer refund or credit in the highly unlikely event Valor Ridge finds it necessary to cancel a course. This policy is firm and there will be no exceptions.
As the result of numerous issues that have arisen over the years, we will no longer allow internally-modified firearms once they leave the factory in our classes, unless the work was performed by a certified, qualified gunsmith.
Examples of modifications not requiring a gunsmith are:
- Aftermarket sights
- Aftermarket rails
- Original Equipment Manufacturer replacement parts including springs, connectors, firing pins, etc…
- Mil-spec bolts and bolt carriers (Colt, BCM, Daniel Defense, CMMG, LMT, etc...)
- Retaining plates for AK trigger pins (Krebs Custom retainer plates)
- Stipling on pistols or pistol grips
- Firearms converted or rebuilt by manufacturers such as Rifle Dynamics, Krebs Custom, ETC…
- Complete factory lower receivers
- Complete factory upper receivers