Tactical Application Pistol, Red Dot Sight: Level One
Pistol-mounted red dot sights have exploded onto the shooting scene. Competitive shooters are hitting targets faster and more accurately with them than is possible with iron sights, but their application doesn’t stop there. Technology and durability have come a long way, and shooters are confiding in these systems for more than just competition—they are trusting them with their lives in high-risk environments. An increasing number of credible voices are calling for widespread adoption of this style of sight system in tactical applications.
The argument for pistol-mounted red dots is compelling, but nothing is free. Red dot technique differs from iron sight use, and transition between the two is not as intuitive as it might seem. Like any other shooting skill, use of red dots sights takes practice and carefully developed technique to achieve proficiency.
TAP-One RED is a back-to-basics pistol course that reexamines the fundamental skills of combat handgun discipline while employing a red dot sight. We will briefly review the topics of safety, weapon manipulation, and mindset covered in our standard basic pistol class, but the majority of the class will focus on the theory and practical application of red dot sights (RDS) on defensive handguns.
Course Date: July 10 2021
Course Location: SGC Training Building and Pistol Bay 11
All CFTT classes at SnowShoe Gun Club are now open to members of the public. Non-members of the Gun Club attending a course hosted by SGC will pay a $75 range use fee, which can be credited toward a same-year membership. Special thanks to the SnowShoe Gun Club board of directors, for providing us with this exciting expanded opportunity to serve the community.
What to bring:
Functional semi-automatic full-size (Glock 17 size) or compact (Glock 19 size) pistol, with at least three magazines, equipped with a red dot (reflex, holographic, etc) sight mounted directly to the slide. We strongly recommend a set of backup iron sights capable of being used with the RDS in place (co-witnessed).
*Revolvers and subcompact pistols (i.e. Glock 43, Ruger LCP) are not permitted for this course. If you have questions, please contact us.
*MINIMUM CALIBER: 380 AUTO
*NO rimfire. (22 long rifle, 22 magnum, etc.)
Kydex (rigid synthetic) or leather holster with full trigger guard coverage, made for your firearm. If purchasing a holster for your RDS, remember that it will need to have an “optic cut” to fit.
*NO: Shoulder, cross-draw, small of the back, or ankle holsters.
*For more information on holsters and magazine pouches, see our video, “Holsters and Mag Pouches”
Ear protection (electronic preferred; mandatory if you are hard of hearing)
Brimmed hat or baseball cap (to keep brass from getting behind eye protection)
Sunscreen/bug dope/layered clothing appropriate for Alaskan weather
Long pants with pockets
Closed toe shoes/boots
Folding camp chair (recommended)
Plenty of water, snacks, etc.
Estimated Ammo Count: 250 rounds minimum, FMJ or frangible recommended. Bring more if possible.
*Reloaded ammo may be fired at the operator’s own risk.
*Conventional lead core or frangible bullets only.
*ABSOLUTELY NO: armor piercing, incendiary, tracers, green tip, etc. These rounds can damage or ricochet off our AR500 targets, potentially causing injury.
In order to take this class, you must be a citizen of the United States, not legally prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition, and at least 16 years of age. Minors under 18 years of age must present a signed consent from a parent or legal guardian.