Golden Seal Enterprises

Pistol Craft Series

GSE Pistol Craft

GSE Pistol Craft 404

Pistol Craft 404 is designed as the culmination of the GSE Pistol Craft series and has a scenario based concept.  Students will review and practice the legal concepts for the judicious use of deadly force during practical exercises were they must decide whether or not they should shoot a particular target. It also introduces the student to the reality of a critical incident where the “bad guy” may be shooting back. 

Students and Instructors will be using Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) equipment which includes specially designed NON-LETHAL projectiles which identify if they are hit. Golden Seal Enterprises will supply all UTM equipment for this course. Due to the length of the practical exercises, this course is limited to a maximum number of ten students.

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 Pistol Craft 303 or equivalent.

Topics Covered in this Course

  • Review of Fundamentals
  • Target Identification
  • Judicious Use of Deadly Force
  • Force on Force 
  • Target Discrimination
  • React to Critical Incident

Course Type: GSE Advanced

Course Cost: $300*

Course Duration: 8 hours

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

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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* and ends at 6pm. 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.
  • Strong 1.5”-2” wide belt to secure the shooter’s holster and magazine pouches.
  • Knee & elbow pads (optional).
  • Two layers of long sleeve shirts (long sleeve t-shirt and sweatshirt for example), pants and groin protection for males.
  • Instructors.
  • Classroom.
  • Range.
  • Targets.
  • Weapons & ammunition.
  • UTM protective equipment.
  • 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.

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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