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Intro to the Red Dot – 1-day Class

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Red Dot Class

This class is being taught by Brian Hill from The Complete Combatant and being hosted by SAFE Firearms Training, LLC @ Seitzland Rifle Club.

Registration for this class is done directly with The Complete Combatant on their EventBrite website: Pennsylvania Intro to The Red Dot.

Below is the description from Brian’s website:

Our 1 day Intro to the Red Dot is for “Red Dot Sighting System/Pistol Optics beginners” and the newer shooter.  If we could sum this classes focus & goals up into one paragraph it would be “This 8 hour class is designed to introduce you to Pistol Optics, Pro & Cons of this style sighting system, and “find the dot” with efficiency in a repeatable draw.”.

FUNDAMENTALS are the key to everything! Our 1 day Intro to the Red Dot  is designed to introduce you to the Red Dot sighting System, defensive shooting and help improve your skills. In this class you will learn the importance of stance, grip, Red Dot sights, follow through and trigger through dry practice and live fire. We will introduce “presenting from a holster” and practice drawing during dry fire/ live fire.
The ability to present your firearm and make accurate hits sooner is the focus for this 1 day class.  The fundamentals will be explored in a series diagnostic drills focused around the process of drawing the firearm efficiently. These drills will help create essential skills and solid fundamentals for the continued improvement of your Red Dot shooting competency.

The way we aim our firearm is an area that sees constant improvement. Over a decade ago rifle optics went through significant changes with the introduction of red dot sights. These sights offered a tremendous advantage in speed, accuracy, and application. Unfortunately, back then, optics for pistols were not as easy to set up or robust enough for every day use.

Times have changed and now most companies offer pistols ready to accept red dot sights straight from the factory. We now have a wide selection of red dot sights that are ready for every day carry.
Red dot sights offer a number of advantages for the pistol shooter.

  • The most important is “target focus” which allows the shooter to clearly see the target with a red dot superimposed on it.
  • Secondly, the red dot is simpler to understand. With the red dot you are only “placing a dot” on the target. With iron sights you have three planes of focus which is obviously not as simple when compared.
  • Next, you have the ease when dealing with certain vision issues during shooting and it is found to be easier when dealing with difficult positions.
  • Last, is the ability to “track” in recoil and transitions. That bright red paintbrush of the red dot optic is hard to miss.

All of these factors are significant advantages for the shooter but IT WILL require an understanding of the red dot sighting system.
The following subjects above and below will be covered:

  • Finding the dot during the draw
  • Repeatable draws and reference points
  • Target focus and using stereoscopic vision
  • Ammo makes a difference
  • Proper settings for the brightness of the red dot sight
  • Wet optics and downed optic drills


  • Red Dot Sights/Pistol Optics ONLY
  • Pistol w/holster (strong side, inside, outside waistband or appendix is fine)
  • You can RENT a H&K VP9 with a Holosun pistol optic aka a Red Dot. We have red and green available. 
  • Holsters that collapse (leather, soft, etc.) when drawn will NOT be allowed on our range. NO SERPA HOLSTERS will be allowed on our range. Please make note that if you show up with any of the above, we will ask you to CHANGE so you can comply with our range rules.
  • Duty belt/rig is APPROVED
  • Concealment garment is NOT required but strongly encouraged. Please make note, there is NO concealment with DUTY RIG.
  • 1 day course: 200 rounds of factory loaded ammunition
  • ALWAYS bring an additional 100 round to ANY course you attend. You never know when you will need it
  • Magazine pouch (if none don’t worry pockets work well)
  • A sturdy belt for the holster and magazine pouches (try your gear on prior to class)
  • Extra magazines: Double Stack x 3 mags and Single stack x 4 or more mags
  • Eye & ear protection (foam inserts or muffs – electronic muffs recommended)
  • “Back up” gun if you got it
  • $20 CASH range fee per person, per day
  • Proper OUTDOOR weather attire
  • Hat with bill…. this is WHY!
  • Sunblock and bug spray (as needed)
  • 1 Gallon of hydration and a sack lunch (30 minute lunch)
Skill Level:
  • This class will require you to have safe gun handling skills
  • You need to be able to follow directions from our coaches
  • You need to have a basic understanding of your firearms and have used it during practice sessions.​
Register directly on The Complete Combantant’s EventBrite site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pennsylvania-intro-to-the-red-dot-tickets-248448174177
Cancellation Policy: We offer no refunds. If you have to cancel, we invite you to attend another class within a 12 month period of that class.


SAFE Firearms Training, LLC
(443) 491-8266
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Seitzland Rifle Club
3938 Bowser Rd
New Freedom, PA 17349 United States
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(443) 491-8266
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