PFI, Inc. offers the following Defensive Handgun instruction:


TUITION:  $200.00


This ONE DAY, 8 hour course is designed to introduce students to the very basic mechanics of defensive handgun shooting. The format is geared towards students with no, or very little previous firearms training experience.

The focus of this course will be on the basic building blocks of defensive handgun shooting skills. The goal is for students to build their confidence and foundational skills to go on to PFI’s Defensive Handgun I course and beyond, if they desire.

This course is NOT RECOMMENDED for students solely wishing a proof of training certificate for a Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP). There is no training in the area of applicable laws, tactics or special techniques, etc, of concealed carry.

This course will require students to carry their handgun and reloading devices in a belt mounted holster and pouch. This is not a “stand behind the counter and shoot” course.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Classroom lecture/demonstrations
  • Basic safety rules & range procedures
  • Mind set/situational awareness
  • Firearm safety in the home
  • Proper gun handling skills
  • Elements of marksmanship
  • Drawing, reloading, & malfunction clearances
  • Firearm nomenclature
  • Firearm maintenance

TUITION:  $400.00


This TWO DAY, 16-hour course is a comprehensive, practical introductory to defensive handgun training.

Completion of this course more than qualifies the certification requirement for students desiring a Colorado state Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP). And just as important, this is also a solid foundation for any gun owner or current CHP holder to update their training and improve their skills.

This is not a “shooting” class. Though marksmanship and gun handling skills are emphasized. This course immerses a student into subjects of the needed mental and physiological aspects of defensive shooting. And reviews the post-shooting realities.

Students will experience personalized range instruction, specifically for concealed carry.

Though students attending need not perform drills from concealment if they do not wish to. But those never experiencing live fire from concealment should. Course content is the same training the instructor has given to hundreds of police officers for over twenty years. The training is relevant to private persons, law enforcement and military personnel alike. In reality, the only differences are the events placing the shooter in the incident scenario and equipment carried. The goal is the same: Use your skills to defend your life!

PFI has designed this two-day course specifically to ensure students have a high level of foundational defensive shooting skills, knowledge of state laws, the legal and moral responsibilities needed for concealed carry, and the use of force applied for self defense. A large portion of shooting is done on reactive steel targets.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Classroom lecture/demonstrations
  • Safety rules and range procedures
  • Review of CHP application/renewal process (if needed)
  • Substantial live-fire range time (from contact distance to 15 yards)
  • Proper gun handling skills
  • Marksmanship fundamentals
  • Mindset/situational awareness
  • Cover and movement
  • Necessary concealed carry techniques
  • Tactics for a proper response in self-defense situations
  • Dealing with the criminal justice system (from the 9-1-1 call to court)

TUITION:  $400.00

  • 500 ROUNDS (primary)
  • 50 ROUNDS (back-up, if carried)

This TWO DAY, 16 hour-plus course takes the student beyond the introductory skills to raise their level of competence and proficiency.

After a review of foundational safety, gun handling, and marksmanship fundamentals; students will build their skills with a increasingly challenging training format with more advanced drills and expectations.

PFI has designed this course to raise a student’s skills and advance them beyond the introductory/foundational level. These more advanced drills will require decision making and quicker response, while maintaining accurate shooting.

This course will embark the student to the “Operator” level of defensive handgun. The level of training for an individual to accurately and efficiently operate the firearm he/she is using to defend their life in any environment.

Course topics and drills are related to actual defensive shooting scenarios. Targets will be engaged from contact distance to beyond 15 yards. Substantial shooting will be done on reactive steel targets. Students will experience low-light/night shooting.

Students will receive introductory training with back-up/secondary guns, the tactical treatment of gunshot wounds (GSW), and weapon retention. Also, an introduction of post shooting trauma and the legal system.

It is strongly suggested students carry their weapons as they usually do. Be it civilian concealed carry, law enforcement on-duty/off-duty gear, or military operational equipment.

This training format is the same as given to hundreds of law enforcement personnel during the instructor’s twenty-plus years of training experience. These skills taught have been credited with successful outcomes of numerous officer-involved shootings.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Classroom lecture/demonstrations
  • Review and confirmation of: safety rules and procedures; proper gun handling skills;

    and marksmanship fundamentals

  • One hand shooting – both strong and weak hand
  • Advanced, timed shooting drills
  • Introduction to tactical treatment of gunshot wounds
  • Introduction to post-shooting trauma & the legal system
  • Introduction to weapon retention
  • Multiple target engagement
  • “Man-on-Man” shooting drills
  • Use of/shooting from cover
  • Introduction to low-light/night shooting
  • Introduction to back-up/secondary guns
  • Introduction to weapons other than firearms

TUITION:  $400.00


  • 500 ROUNDS (primary)
  • 100 ROUNDS (back-up)

This TWO DAY, 16 hour-plus course takes the student’s training experience to a very high level.

After a review and confirmation of solid defensive shooting fundamentals, students will be challenged with drills that emphasize decision making while balancing speed and accuracy to a high degree.

Students will participate in scenario-based, live-fire drills and scenarios, that demand decision-making; and quick, accurate shooting. Movement and the use of cover will be emphasized. These same drills will be performed in low-light/night shooting.

Students will be introduced to building search/clearing tactics as individuals and with a partner. And, students will experience shooting from, and around vehicles. Also, students will engage targets from contact to unknown (long) distances.

Students will receive a lecture and demonstration of the Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds (GSW) from an experienced paramedic/military medic. Drills will include treating a GSW in a shooting/tactical environment.

This course’s format has it’s foundation in LAPD’s famous training known as “Gunfighter School.” The “basic” firearms/tactics training of specialized units such as Metropolitan Division, and SIS. Students will enter the training realm of an Operator.

As in DH-II, it is strongly suggested students carry their weapons as they usually do. Be it civilian concealed carry, law enforcement on-duty/off-duty gear, or military operational equipment. And back-up/secondary guns are highly recommended.

PFI’s DH-III is a demanding course that will challenge any shooter’s skills. Though it will be more mentally and physically challenging than DH-I & DH-II, PFI will accommodate a student’s physical limitations.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Classroom lectures/demonstrations
  • Review and confirmation of: safety rules and procedures; proper gun handling skills; and marksmanship fundamentals
  • One-hand shooting – both strong and weak hand
  • Multiple target engagement
  • Shooting from cover
  • Malfunction clearances
  • Hostage taker engagement and resolution
  • Rescue of wounded person requiring medical treatment
  • Long and unknown distance shooting
  • Shooting while moving
  • Use of back-up/secondary gun (if student has one)
  • Shooting from and around vehicles
  • Low-light/night shooting
  • Modified LAPD “Metro” stress drills
  • Weapon retention/take aways
  • Using weapons other than firearms
  • Debriefing of shooting investigations & court proceedings

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Before your course, be sure to refer to the Equipment Checklist to get acquainted with required and optional equipment required for your course.


When specified above, some courses will require experience and skill sets taught in preceding PFI course modules, or other accredited organizations. Current law enforcement and military personnel and current concealed carry permit holders may be exempt.

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