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Pistol Craft Series

GSE Pistol Craft

GSE Pistol Craft 101

Pistol Craft 101 is a course designed to take the shooter beyond the standard basic pistol class and introduce them to stress and working their pistols with a sense of urgency.  Each drill is a building block towards the next drill while still pushing the shooter to refine and master the techniques that they have previously covered.  PC 101 is also a great refresher course for shooters who have had a bit of time away from the range. 

The focus of this course is the advanced development of general handgun shooting skills such as: the draw, one-handed shooting, reloading, speed shooting, multiple targets and movement in shooting.

Eligibility Requirments

  • Must be 18 years of age unless accompanied by a legal guardian.
  • Must be United States citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.
  • Successful completion of GSE Basic Pistol or equivalent.

Topics Covered in this Course

  • Review of Fundamentals
  • Intermediate Pistol Manipulation
  • One-Handed Shooting
  • Multiple Threats
  • Speed Shooting
  • Shooting while Moving

Course Type: GSE Core

Course Cost: $200*

Course Duration: 8 hours

*There is a 4% surcharge applied to credit card payments.

Certificates provided upon completion of this class meet the training documentation requirements of Virginia Code 18.2-308 for concealed carry permit applications.

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Course Information

The course will be conducted at 230 Aviation Drive in Winchester, VA 2206.

Class begins at 8am on the day scheduled*. The door will be closed at 8:15am. It is recommended that students arrive 15 minutes early.

There is a one-hour lunch break. You may bring a lunch and use GSE’s refrigerator, microwave, and break room or you may go out for lunch. Intermittent breaks are given as scheduled by the instructor.

*Refer to your registration form for specific dates.

  • Photo ID.
  • Note taking materials.
  • Revolver or semi-automatic pistol capable of shooting at least 6 rounds before reloading.
  • Strong 1.5”-2” wide belt to secure the shooter’s holster and magazine pouches.
  • Strong side holster (preferred) with at least level one retention. Appendix or drop-rigs are also okay. No cross-draw holsters or shoulder rigs.
  • At least 3 magazines for semi-auto and 2 speed loaders for revolver.
  • Eye and ear protection.
  • 350 rounds of handgun ammo.

Students should leave firearms and ammo locked in their vehicles when checking in. Our parking lot is monitored for security purposes. The Instructor will advise students to retrieve their firearms and ammo at the appropriate time. No live ammunition is authorized inside the main building.

GSE offers the following handgun rental options for students:

  • Glock 19 (9mm)
  • Glock 22 (.40)
  • Beretta M9 (9mm)
  • Smith & Wesson (.38)

The rental fee is $30 per class.

Rental includes: Weapon holster, magazines/speed loaders, and pouches.

All rental requests should be made in advance.

Students are still required to bring the appropriate ammo when renting a firearm from GSE. If you have any questions about which type of ammo you need for your desired rental please contact us, we understand that not everyone is familiar with the various options available. Steel-cased ammo is not authorized for use with rental guns.

  • Instructors.
  • Classroom.
  • Range.
  • Targets.
  • Eye and ear protection if needed.
  • Certificate of completion.

Course attire should be presentable and appropriate to the type of course you are taking. Logos/Designs should be non-offensive and neutral in nature.

Our range is semi-enclosed but not temperature controlled. While we do have space heaters for the winter, students are advised to dress seasonally appropriate. 

Course payment is due the day of your course. You may pay with cash, check, or any major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover).

Please be advised that there is a 4% surcharge applied to credit card payments.  

No weapons are authorized to be carried during this course. If you are a sworn law enforcement officer bound by general order to carry off-duty, please identify yourself to the lead instructor upon entering the building.

If inclement weather is expected on the day of training, GSE will decide to cancel/delay class start time no later than 6am the morning of the training. For students outside the area, please pay attention to the forecast in Frederick County as it often differs from areas east of the Shenandoah Valley.

This will be an educational experience and a great time for everyone involved. If you have any further questions, please contact us. Thank you and we look forward to training with you.

Karl Dear
Director of Training
Golden Seal Enterprises, Inc.
VA DCJS Training School #88-1476

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