This class is presented by Mike Hughes, the founder of NextLevel Training and the inventor of the SIRT Training Platforms, and Mario "Moe” Morris, who has taken the initiative to develop and put on a firearms-based class in a dojo he co-owns and operates. The curriculum is focused on fundamentals and safety. As the course title insinuates, “Introduction to Pistol Handling Fundamentals” is a hands-on, drill based course. 

Throughout this manual you will see QR codes which link to the online course where you can go from printed manual to video easily with your mobile device. The online course hosted at provides a learning management system to track your progress and provides a central resource for PDF instructional cheat sheets and other resources. We suggest you read this material and watch all the videos on the online course before scheduling your first class.

Although this course will not cover such skills as: how to load a pistol, malfunction recognition and clearance (skills more suitable in a live fire course), the Introduction to Pistol Handling course provides invaluable instruction for general safe pistol handling. All of the drills are geared toward "best practices" to put your students in a glide bath for the best pistol technique, that is, the best way to establish a grip, draw a pistol, and timing to get the finger on the trigger, just to name a few skills. 

This course heavily relies upon the simple technology of the SIRT Training Pistol. The SIRT Platforms are used in nearly all major federal law enforcement agencies and by thousands of instructors across the world. The use of the SIRT platforms extends from very basic introduction to high-level pistol manipulation training, including high-volume force on force. The SIRT Pistols strike a balance of providing comfort to a student without experience with firearms where the SIRT is safe and will not go "bang”, but the SIRT further has qualities where the new user will treat it with respect and handle the SIRT as they would a live fire pistol. xxx this sentence is slightly unclear. It is also a run-on sentence. xxx

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The sample videos below are to help you see how this instruction is actually taught. Now, this is not the only way to instruct, but it is shown to give you an example.