Real World Pistol Academy (3 Day Course; 6-8 hours daily)
Nielsen Training & Consulting in conjunction with Ready Gunner, are proud to announce the launch
of the “Real World Pistol Academy.” This three-day pistol Academy was developed using decades of
law enforcement, military and civilian experience and training. Based on our “Real World”
experiences in our daily “off duty” carrying of a pistol for defense, and in our professional “on duty”
lives, we have developed this academy to assist you in your preparation to use a pistol in a defensive
life threatening deadly encounter. Graduates will receive/qualify for:
– A new handgun at cost*
– 10% off Ammo purchased from Ready Gunner day of the course
– Draw from the holster certificate from Ready Gunner (a $100 value)
– Annual Membership to Ready Gunner Shooting Range (value $230)
– Prerequisite completion for all future Nielsen Training & Consulting pistol classes
DAY-1: Fundamentals, Fundaments, Fundamentals”! Our initial focus will be on core fundamental
skills building with the use of a pistol for defensive purposes. Our professional staff will help you to
become comfortable with the core fundamental skills of sight alignment, grip, stance, trigger press
and the use of a holster. We will introduce you to modern handgun defensive fighting techniques,
proper target acquisition and shot placement to effectively win an armed encounter.
DAY-2: “Set it up again!” Fast paced and physically demanding. Now that your core skills are
developed. You will be taught to draw faster, shoot more accurately, and fix common pistol
malfunctions in a safe an efficient manner. You will be doing many repetitions to build the necessary
motor skills and muscle memory necessary to achieve those goals.
Day-3: Bringing it all together. This portion of the academy is designed to teach the proper use of a
handgun specifically for “defensive” purposes during life threatening situations that occur in the “Real
World.” You will master body positioning and draw stroke so you will quickly be able to get on target
and use your pistol as a defensive weapon. You will understand using cover and concealment and
effective shooting positions, including standing, kneeling, seated and prone. We will discuss proper
gear selection and a survivor’s mindset in-depth. Knowing how YOU will react using YOUR gear is a
direct response of your level of training.
The “Real World Pistol Academy” concludes with a shooting qualification test that must be
successfully passed in order to receive your “Drawing from the holster” certificate from Ready
Gunner” AND certification from Nielsen Training & Consulting. Graduation from the Real World Pistol
Academy will qualify the graduate for all Nielsen Training & Consulting pistol pre-requisites.
– 1200 rounds of training ammunition
– A reliable semi-automatic pistol and/or revolver
– A quality holster, magazine carrier and pant belt
– A minimum of two magazines (three or more preferred)
– Eye and Ear protection
*some handguns may not apply
About the Instructor:
Todd retired as a full time police officer in August 2015. He started his law enforcement career in 1990 with the San Jose Police Department. During his tenure, Todd has served in many Special Operations units which consisted of a convert and plain clothed Narcotic Enforcement, Critical Incident Teams, Rapid Containment Teams, Crowd Control and also doing High-Risk Warrant Service with his department and in conjunction with other local SWAT teams. He has been a Field Training Officer (FTO) for over 10 years and AR-15 Operator (Specialist) for over 17 years. This has given him an opportunity to train many new and veteran officers. This has also allowed him to be a team leader most of his career. Todd has served as part of the Secret Service Dignitary Protection Operations for Presidents Clinton and Bush. As part of being a full time instructor for his department, Todd developed and implemented a low-light tactical training program for his department along with training all in-service officers in Active Shooter Tactics, Use of Force, Dynamic and Slow Search Tactics, First Aid and CPR. Todd has worked as a Lead Instructor for a large domestic tactical training firm and has trained law enforcement officers from across the country, military contractors, as well as military personnel with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) on numerous occasions prior to their deployments overseas. He has also been awarded an Outstanding Police Duty Award, for his actions in June 2011 for hearing the sounds of gunfire, setting up a rapid response team, and arresting the still armed shooter within minutes of him doing the shooting.
Todd is a POST certified firearms instructor, a NRA firearms instructor as well as a certified force on force instructor and a certified AR-15 armorer. He has successfully completed many patrol, advanced, tactical and instructor level firearms training courses as well as CPR and Defensive Medicine (TCCC) certifications. He has been a tactical and firearms consultant and actor for video and commercial projects. He has also trained with many of the top instructors in the private firearms industry in addition to some of the leading military instructors in the world today.
Along with firearms and shooting, Todd’s hobbies include scuba diving where he was awarded the William Poelle Life Saving Medal for pulling a drowning diver out of the heavy surf and performing CPR on her and saving her life in 2005. He is a Merit Badge Counselor and Assistant Leader with the Boy Scout Troops in his area. He is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and a proud Life Member of the NRA. He is also a proud supporter of Operation Care and Comfort, the Seal-Naval Special Warfare Foundation, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the COPS foundation.
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