LMS Defense; Pistol I Course

The LMS Defensive Pistol One class was the third level one pistol course I’ve attended from three separate schools. I learned more than a few new things during this class and had a great time. Weather and location were great but the instructors and content really determine the quality of a course and this one was top notch. If you’ve never taken a defensive pistol class or are looking to update and add to your skills, a course from LMS is worth your time and money. You’ll spend less for a class than for a gun and it just might change how and why you shoot at the range as it did for me.

LMS Defense Pistol I course

The LMS Defense Pistol I course will teach weapon manipulation, marksmanship fundamentals, combat stress management, movement, use of cover, fighting from unusual positions, ground gunfighting, concealed weapon tactics and on going self-training tools. This fast paced, challenging course will better enable you to use the handgun as an effective part of your defense system.

Prerequisites: None
Equipment needed:

  • Handgun and 3 magazines
  • 700 rounds of pistol ammunition
  • Holster and magazine pouches
  • Cover garment if you regularly carry your weapon concealed
  • Pen and notebook
  • Hat or other head covering
  • Knee and elbow pads
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Sunscreen or rain gear (as applicable)
  • Adequate personal water supply
  • Sack lunch and snack food (We do not leave the range for lunch)

Class was held at the Gila River Indian Reservation Police Shooting Range. Like all law enforcement ranges this was off limits to the general public so the class was undisturbed by visitors. The range is about half way between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. So it’s an easy drive from either city just off the highway. The weather was beautiful cool and cloudy with a slight breeze off and on all day

The class was smaller than usual because the law enforcement students were called away at the last minute. This made for a very hands on class with plenty of time for drills and everyone could hear with only half the class using electronic hearing

Day One

Ryan Hayes of Hayes Research
attended the class as a refresher and entertained the class with some samples durring lunch each day
The course starts out quick on day one. Intros, safety, paperwork, and out to the range. Dry practice drills to begin with and live fire drill started before lunch


Shooting drills were designed to keep the shooters mind on task while their muscles did their job. Learning to operate the pistols in multiple positions, SAFELY was the number one goal

Multiple ready positions were explained and encouraged
to keep your mind open to the options available for any situation

Shooting done at the cognitive targets to help keep the mind working. Shoot two at the circles, shoot the 3 at red, hit both blue, etc.
Drills are demonstrated then students go through dry and live fire drills while instructors watch over and offer help and provide range safety

This is not a marksmanship class. No points are awarded for bullseyes. But being able to shoot accurately is important so stray shots were taped in order for the students to see when they missed the target areas
The class was not just shooting, lecture blocks between drills break up the day. These breaks in action also keep the day moving and offer some insight as to why the drills are practiced

Using multiple types of targets keeps the mind working and allows for multiple drills.
A lot of ammo is used in a class like this which means loading a lot of magazines. Loose ammo makes this task quicker, as does a mag loader

A bug out bag holding loose ammo

One on one coaching is what a class can offer over a book, DVD and typical shooting classes
The good humor and friendship between the instructors is obvious and makes the class a fun environment.

High Ready Position

John Chapman

 Director of Training
John Chapman (Chappy) is a retired police officer from Central California, where he served as a Sergeant, Field Training Officer, SWAT Operations and Training Officer and as the Chief Firearms Instructor for his department. Prior to entering the law enforcement field, John worked as a private security contractor, servicing training and physical security contracts in the public and private sector. John is also experienced in the private training field, having served as the Director of Training for a large international training firm.

John has trained under some of the most demanding instructors in the world; and has successfully completed scores of patrol, advanced, tactical and instructor level firearms training courses. John is a POST and FLETC certified Firearms Instructor, Tactical Rifle Instructor, Less Lethal Munitions Instructor, SWAT Instructor, and is a POST certified Tactical Commander.

A good draw gets the pistol ready quickly while retaining it

Yancey Harrington
Instructor
Yancey Harrington is a former U.S. Army paratrooper who served with the 82nd Airborne Division. While in the 82nd Airborne Yancey attended M60 Machinegun Leaders Course, Anti-Armor Leaders Course, Jungle Operations Training (Panama) and deployed to the isle of Grenada during Operation Urgent Fury in October 1983. He has earned parachute wings and diplomas from Canada, Israel, South Africa, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. After leaving active duty in 1985, Yancey served in the US Army reserves with 8th Battalion 40th Armor as a fire support section sergeant. In 1993, Yancey graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Russian and Soviet Studies. Currently, Yancey is self-employed with his own consulting business.

Yancey enjoys training, and has trained at Gunsite Training Center, Blackwater Training Center, Rifles Only, McMillan Sniper School as well as with Jeff Gonzales, Max Joseph, Allan Brosnan, SouthNarc, Paul Howe, and Pat Rogers. Yancey has also trained with David Scott Donelan at the Tactical Tracking Operations School; and assists Mr. Donelan with tracking classes for law enforcement and the military.

Day one of the LMS pistol course ended with movement and some interesting moving drills. Some useful drills for potential real life situations and good scenarios to practice

Day Two

To warm up and review the class started day two with a few moving and shooting drills

We also reviewed the range safety rules and identified the first aid equipment and reviewed who would be in charge in case of emergency. The substantial first aid kit in case of just about any emergency that might come up was larger than most peoples backpacks. For an outdoor course like this one it’s also important to drink water and wear sun block to prevent injury as well
Students taped their own targets. Marksmanship was not stressed for this course. Marksmanship is something to work on in addition to a defensive pistol class like thisDay two progressed into multiple targets which simulates two attackers

Shooting one handed, off handed and moving are what set a defensive pistol class aside from a marksmanship class.

At times the class was teamed up or paired off to run drills more safely and to allow movement needed in real life defensive pistol work. Most drills were demonstrated, performed then evaluated so the students would understand how to practice correctly on their own after the class
The instructors offered one on one instruction to students who required or requested it. Here Yancey demonstrates how to effectively fire from behind cover then drop to prone to fire a second time from a new position


You’ll learn skills like the Rollover Prone which offers a more stable position than the standard prone and allows for easy access to mag and allows one to roll out from behind cover.

Using cover is important for concealment and protection. So shooting from behind cover is a skill you’ll cover during this course

Tim W of Practical Tactical
was also taking the course

One aspect of shooting from behind cover is to not give away your position, so training multiple positions allows you to shoot from more locations.

Shooting drills were performed under supervision of the instructors who watched for safety issues as well as correct technique.


Off hand magazine changes are something to be aware of and a Defensive Pistol course like this one teaches how to do this safely and

The Pistol class was the third level one pistol course I’ve attended from three separate schools. I learned more than a few new things during this class and had a great time. Weather and location were great but the instructors and content really determine the quality of a course and this one was top notch. If you’ve never taken a defensive pistol class or are looking to update and add to your skills, a course from LMS is worth your time and money. You’ll spend less for a class than for a gun and it just might change how and why you shoot at the range as it did for me.

Training for Tomorrow’s Fight
LMS Defense is a full service defensive training and consulting firm specializing in providing instruction and specialized experience for citizens, law enforcement, corporations and the United States military. Our mission at LMS Defense is to provide world class defensive skills training and consulting services to our clients, while always adhering to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.

LMS stands for Last Man Standing; expressing our belief that we owe it to ourselves, our families, our partners, our peers, our friends and our nation to develop and maintain the mental and physical skills we must possess if we seek to prevail in any fight. These fights happen on the street, in the subway, in dusty third-world alleys, in corporate board-rooms and in our homes.