Oct 08 2023


1:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Cameo Shooting & Education Complex
3934 I 9/10 Rd, Palisade, CO 81526

Intro To Fighting Handgun – Cameo, CO

This Intro To Fighting Handgun will be taught by Defenders USA's Brent Hickmon at the fantastic Cameo Shooting & Educational Complex. 

This training event will be mainly held in Bay 9.

Range Fee: 
There is a $20 per day Range Fee charged by Cameo Range so please bring that in cash. It will be collected at the beginning of the course and given to the range staff.

We'll start at 1:30 pm and go till around 6:30 pm.

This Intro To Fighting Handgun is a five-hour training course for those who are already safe, proficient handgun handlers and shooters.

This is not a beginner's course and is intended for those who are ready to move beyond basic shooting to build a fast, efficient draw stroke, put one to multiple rounds on target with either acceptable or precise accuracy at speed, and ultimately be able to do so under the movements common to defensive gun uses.

Beyond helping grow each person's individual shooting skills, the primary goal of this training course is to help prepare those who might have to defend and fight for life itself quickly and efficiently when in compromised positions and situations.

This is not a course where each shooter stands static in one position with a perfect stance while shooting at immobile targets. Therefore, once it is verified that everyone can safely handle and shoot their handguns, and after some precision work, movement will be introduced, often in close quarters to others.
This is a fighting handgun course that comes directly from personal experience of being involved in multiple deadly force incidents and having witnessed multiple others.

The topics will cover areas to include, depending on how far we are able to get:
impacts in relation to height over bore and bullet trajectory at varying distances, acceptable accuracy to extreme precision shooting, learning and growing realistic and legally-defensible fight speeds with a handgun, gun handling and shooting on the move with accurate shooting, building to the explosive movements needed in fights, one-handed handgun use from an injured fighting perspective, high-stress physical exertion shooting, shooting from unconventional positions and moving up and down and at all points of the compass while safely handling a handgun, shooting in defense of others, moving, controlling and/or shielding others while using a handgun, close contact shooting, gun handling and engaging threats in close quarters with others nearby, decisional engagements, vehicle use, and more.

We will start with safety, then handling and accuracy to find the skill of the group as a whole before moving to extreme precision, then into building or refining an efficient draw stroke with accuracy and recoil management, finding and stretching each attendees' personal limits based on abilities. Movement and shooting will be introduced both at distance and up close to targets and in close quarters. Then, we'll move into involving groundwork, unconventional positional shooting, dealing with others, and more, such as listed above.

This is a moderately physical course and, using the training involved, attendees need to be able to move up and down off the ground and from varying awkward positions multiple times while safely handling a loaded firearm and working through situations that will carefully grow in complexity.

This will be a thoughtful, safe approach in training, allowing everyone attending to safely experiment and work through the entire course, and grow an understanding of how dynamic a fight really is, and how to use their bodies and firearms to best defend themselves and those they love if unfortunately ever in the worst-case scenario.

Needed items:
Handgun (or more in case the primary handgun goes down)
Reliable, quality holster & three magazines
(***Note on holsters: NO Serpa or similar holsters, NO purse holsters, NO pocket holsters, NO bra or cross draw holsters, NO ankle holsters, NO floppy or soft nylon holsters, etc. If you need an excellent, reliable holster, we highly recommend Haven Defense Co. holsters ( These HDC holsters can be customized any way you like and are one of the top brands in the world and local to Colorado's Western Slope.
At least 200 to 300 rounds of ammo but feel free to bring more.
Handgun cleaning supplies (you and your weapon will be getting dirty)
Eye & ear protection
Any wanted snacks & non-alcoholic beverages
A brimmed hat
Weather appropriate clothing for an outdoor environment
Any wanted snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
$20 range fee per day in cash

Optional Items:
A durable mat or knee/elbow pads wanted (you will be working from the ground at times on hard packed dirt and gravel so you may want such items for comfort)
A camping type chair (one that that can take a small amount of abuse)
Any sunscreen & bug spray wanted.

Those attending will also engage in decisional engagement situations, responding to complex threats and will also need to explain the physical and legal justification(s) for their actions or non-actions.

This course is considered moderately physical and will require thoughtfulness and constant mental and safety awareness; ultimately growing confidence and ability to defend life with a gun to even higher level.

This course will be taught by Brent Hickmon, Defenders USA’s lead handgun instructor in Colorado. Brent is a certified Master Instructor, and has multiple other instructor certifications.
His bio can be found on our website under the ABOUT tab.

Defenders USA YouTube channel

Feel free to contact or call with any questions.
Adam: 970-986-0774

We look forward to training with you!!