Tier 4 Handgun - Module 1

DSI’s Tier 4 - Module 1 Handgun Basics is the first module of four in the Tier 4 Combative Handgun Program. Tier 4 - Module 1 (Handgun Basics) is the first of the series and it is a comprehensive combative handgun course designed for serious students of personal protection for themselves, their families, businesses, churches, schools, and communities.

New gun owners can walk away from this series with extreme confidence in their newfound skills, and veteran gun owners will appreciate the challenge, refresh skills, and learn plenty along the way.

The series of courses will gain you the experience needed to safely handle and effectively shoot a handgun, as well as give you a base understanding of the combative skills needed to confidently dominate a lethal force confrontation.

WHAT you will learn:

New gun owners will learn to safely and effectively handle and shoot a handgun under realistic conditions (close ranges, short times, low light, safely moving with your handgun, taking cover appropriately, etc), apply the combative skills needed to dominate a lethal force confrontation, and appreciate the legal ramifications of fighting to save innocent life. Veteran shooters can refresh existing skills, learn new techniques and concepts, and fill any gaps in their prior training, as well as enjoy the multiple training opportunities to advance their skill set under more realistic conditions such as being able to safely maneuver to cover in a 360 degree low/no light environment.

The course starts with the fundamentals of wearing your equipment correctly, showing you the proper grip you need to control your handgun. We will give you a practical stance that allows you to move in any direction at any time. You will learn how to know the “condition” (whether your gun is loaded or not) of your handgun. You will learn the various positions you can use out of the holster to fit your tactical need, and you will learn how to use the simple tool of “combat breathing” to help you continue to operate with your thinking (cognitive) forebrain instead of sliding into your survival midbrain where no cognitive thought can occur… which unfortunately happens all too often for those who don’t know about this important Sympathetic Nervous System management tool. You will learn how to safely, quickly, and effectively present (draw) your handgun, as well as how to safely get your handgun back into your holster. You will learn how to achieve fast hits with practical combat accuracy using intuitive fire while you lay the building blocks or extremely accurate combative sighted fire. You will begin to master the most common type of reloads and malfunction clearance you need “right now” to get back in the fight and win, you will learn to maneuver (moving with purpose) off the line of attack, to cover and - just as importantly - use your cover appropriately (yes - there are appropriate and inappropriate ways to use cover). And most importantly, you will learn how to use the tool of dry practice to sharpen your skills while you are between courses, off the range, at home, and at your leisure, according to YOUR schedule. And that’s just the highlights.

HOW you will be trained:

Our Combative Handgun Program goes well beyond typical, administrative state licensing courses and basic NRA-type training. We do this with a unique training experience and support system which is presented by DSI Certified Distributed Security Advisors (DSAs) who give you personal attention and help you reach your full potential - before, during, and after your initial range training.

Why after your initial training? Because DSI knows what it takes to win a fight for life and what it takes to stay proficient - we don’t believe in nor do we offer “one and your done” type training. Instead, DSI’s DSAs will ensure you have multiple training opportunities available to you as often as possible, and they will ALWAYS be there to answer your questions and support your training efforts.

Our training methodology is delivered in three phases: pre-course information and guidance, intensive on-range gun-handling skills and drills, and a post-course support system delivered by your DSAs.


WE are in this WITH YOU. Your DSAs and CFIs will show you how to use your fully customizable and self-paced Daily Training Plan to immediately gain a grasp of the materials you will need to know and be familiar with in order to better prepare you for your range time. You will be introduced to key concepts and techniques in a logical manner and issued pre-course materials, including curricula, equipment lists, instructional drills and videos, manuals, photos, customizable training plans, and supporting references so you can get to understand why you are doing what you are doing and be able to more fully participate in your range training. Most importantly, your DSA and DSI HQ DSAs will be available during our local weekly Live Pre-Course Q&A as well as the official DSI HQ supplemental weekly Live Pre-Course Q&A, where you can get your questions answered directly by an instructor - before ever even stepping foot on the range.

Range Training:

Your Range Training is realistic, fast-paced, dynamic, hands-on, intensive, and safe. You will learn both practical gun-handling skills and life-saving tactical medicine by practicing them under our watchful eyes and guidance. Because all of the "book learning" was done prior to your course inside the Defense Academy (DA), and because we walk you through everything step by step, and with no less than 4 online Q&As every week to answer your question, there is NO classroom time filled with PowerPoint presentations and long droning lectures during your range training. Therefore these 4 hours (16-hrs across 4 mods) of precious range training are devoted entirely to learning and practicing physical skills and techniques.

Because you are getting all of your questions answered before your training, you will step confidently onto the range ready to put practice those skills you have been introduced to, then learn those skills by first practicing them by the numbers, and then you will be afforded with multiple opportunities to practice and get better throughout the course. This is important because when you leave the range and go home to train in the following days/weeks, you will know exactly what you need to practice before you come back for your next module.

My team and I are respectful, professional, and friendly locals with decades and decades of global real-world experience in the military and law enforcement, and each of us is dedicated to helping you achieve your firearms and tactics training goals and gaining you the skills you need to confidently operate safely in the real world by being dangerous only to your adversaries.


Because your skills can and should get better and sharper with time, and because we don’t believe in the standard “one and your done” training programs, we offer you post-course training that is second to none.

YOU’RE NEVER ALONE. Through your continued enrollment in the DA you will have access to our regularly updated training materials, including; curricula, equipment lists, instructional drills and videos, manuals, and photos. You will be tied into our shared local Distributed Security Network via your own Private Training Group(s) where you will have direct contact with your fellow classmates, instructors, friends, and community members. You will be the first to receive our ongoing challenging training opportunities, information on group and team training as well as general get-togethers. Additionally, we host thrice-weekly 30-minute Online Dry Practice Sessions where we will answer all of your self-training questions while helping you sharpen your skills by refining your at-home practice and achieve your training goals between classes or courses by using your fully customizable Daily Training Plan and your DSI Training Notebook.

Completing the Tier 4 program (or having demonstrated acceptable equivalent competencies) allows you to take the DSI Tier 4 Handgun Skills Test (T4-HST).

Students who pass the T4-HST with 80% or better, will earn a Certificate of Completion and when used in conjunction with the Certificate of Completion from their Online curricula students will earn the DSI Graduate Certificate.

Registration is easy: Just select the course and the date you would like to attend from the Training Calendar and email us at sapper834(at)gmail.com with the desired course name, date, and time.

Alternatively, call us at (563) 940-2836 to schedule your course. Please leave a message if there is no answer.

The primary instructor for this course is Jacob Pries a DSI Certified Distributed Security Advisor (https://www.distributedsecurity.com/about-pulse-o2da/certified-training-instructors.html) and he is the owner/operator of Distributed Security Quad Cities.

Visit our Tier 4 - Combative Handgun page (https://www.distributedsecurity.com/offerings/training-home/handgun-skill-mastery-modules.html) to learn more our unique approach to firearms training.

Event Properties

Event Date 12-07-2021 6:00 pm
Event End Date 12-07-2021 10:00 pm
Registration Start Date 05-09-2021
Capacity 6
Registered 0
Available place 6
Cut off date 11-30-2021
Individual Price Pay instructors directly! - The Tier 4 Module 1 price of $800 covers ALL Modules (1-4).
Location Shooting Sports Quad Cities