Handgun Mastery - Overview

This is our premier program/course.  It is designed for those desiring to dramatically improve their shooting performance, whether as defenders, armed professionals, firearms instructors, or competitive shooters.

It is the path to being the best shooter you can be, to being the best shooter on your range or on your department. It is the path to mastery.

You can take initial course once and see amazing benefits. At your choice you can return as we help you progress thru measured skill levels ending, potentially, at among the best in the world.

We focus not just on shooting skill but also on the knowledge and mindset to improve and gain consistent performance.  This program grounds the students solidly in Reactive Shooting Science(tm) with an emphasis building consistently high performance with a handgun.

Class Size

Class sizes vary but we strive to maintain a 1 to 5 instructor to student ratio.  A typical line is 8 to 10 people and 2 instructors to 3 instructors (for earlier classes).   Level 2 and higher students get much more personalized attention and usually work in very small groups focused on similar skills/issues.


This is more about desire. Are you willing to measure yourself objectively?  Try new things.  Work back at fundamentals.

In terms of experience, none is required.  Contact us if you have never shot a handgun, we may route you thru a free 1/2 day preparatory course with an assistant instructor prior to attendance.  Contact also if you have special health or physical needs.

Each day requires approximately 500 to 600 rounds of ammunition.


We typically offer mastery track training twice a month, although that can vary.  We offer it at our St. George (southern Utah north of Las Vegas, NV) campus, as well as satellite locations all over the world.

We can also schedule a course at your home range. Contact us to discuss. We've done Handgun Mastery all over the world.  We typically need 12 students or more.

Purchase below. Buying 2 receives 10%, and 3 or more 15% off the entire purchase.

Once purchased (or if you are a VIP Student) schedule on the calendar.

Handgun Mastery - Details

The Mastery Track focuses on the triad of shooting skill, doctrinal knowledge to drive self-improvement, and mental skill for performance. It is designed to be a program you advance through with higher skills and challenges at each level.   It is for those very interested in maximizing their self-defense ability, their teaching ability, or their competetive performances.

Put in a nutshell...  be the best shooter on your range, in your department or amongst your group of buddies.

This track is for those wishing to master the handgun so that they can perform or teach.  This can be for defense, duty, competition or all of the above.


Level 1 -  High Detail Fundamentals, a platform for future excellence

Level I is your introduction to system-based handgun training as well as the concepts of Reactive Shooting.

System Based Training

We don’t simply teach techniques. Techniques are the last part of a system and without a way to blend techniques with physical principles, you will struggle to accomplish purpose. We back up from the purposes of a given fundamental, outline the physical principles that must be commanded and then build techniques to command the principles. This approach builds the student’s system up and enables them to improve their own system with techniques that give the optimum outcome accounting for their own physical attributes and cognitive processing style.

Fundamental, Not Basic

The Level I course material covers the fundamentals of handgun shooting to a very high level of detail. These aren’t “basics” that you move past to get into the fun stuff; these fundamentals are always applied when firing a handgun and to expect success in more complicated marksmanship tasks, you deserve a very strong fundamental grounding. If you don’t have a very high amount of control over the gun, everything else is useless.

Course Material:

Fire Control

A stance that manages recoil, promotes rapid movement and allows you to align your body with targets for optimal shooting performance. A grip that minimizes movement of the muzzle, returns automatically to sight alignment and enables a gross level of aiming to be done kinesthetically (minimizing the amount of correction that needs to be done on visual confirmation).

Reactive Shooting Cycle

The process of firing a shot with maximum certainty of hit in minimum time. By breaking the shot down into six sequential elements we can achieve greater definition in troubleshooting failures (either to hit, or to take too much time to hit). We spend a great deal of time working on:

  • Target Acquisition/Presentation of Firearm
  • Visual Confirmation of Sight Alignment
  • Isolation of the action of the Trigger Finger
  • Acceptance of Recoil
  • Shot Calling
  • Preparation for follow-up shots and/or target transition.

Visual Acceptability

There can be great gains made by understanding exactly how much aiming a target requires. By accepting less visual confirmation and relying on kinesthetic awareness, we can break shots earlier and therefore faster. We will also work on theory and techniques to use physical focus in order to recognize acceptable sight alignment earlier even on very low-percentage shots. Our instructor cadre is very aware of advantages of handgun red dot sights and will discuss theory and techniques to maximize performance with optical sights as well.


While the Level I course does not focus on rapid manipulations (such as reloads or malfunction clearance), we do make sure that students have an efficient draw that results in a perfect grip and an early first shot, every time.

On the completion of this Level, our goal is for you to have a grounding in theory and demonstrate command of the principles behind the marksmanship fundamentals.

Level 1 Graduation

The Level I test requires multiple hits be made at high speed (gunfight speed) on targets at both close and distant ranges.


Level II  - Dynamic Application of Skill

By graduating Level I you demonstrated effective  fire control techniques in static situations and a working knowledge of Reactive Shooting Science.

Now, in Level II, we add in dynamic situations where you move, arrive, and face stress and degraded capability.

Level II focuses on gaining solutions to get you back shooting as soon as possible. Solutions to get the gun reloaded and on target fast, efficiently move from position to position and achieve sight alignment early, engage targets while moving, deal with having to shoot using only one hand, clear malfunctions and keep them from happening again.

Once you’ve solved the problem, we make sure that you can recover and apply the fundamentals to a high degree, even with the higher cognitive load of problem/solution/marksmanship.

Course Material

Reloads - Fast, failure-free reloads from slidelock, proactively on loaded guns, and using a single hand.

Movement - Efficient entry of shooting positions while having the gun pause in alignment as early as possible. Safe and fast running with the handgun between positions.

Shooting On The Move - Cover ground efficiently while making effective hits on target.

Single Hand Shooting - Maximizing biomechanical efficiency for the most effective result with either strong or weak hands.

Malfunction Clearance - How to remediate common malfunctions AND the mechanical cause of common malfunctions to allow for end-user level handgun maintenance.

Level II Graduation

To graduate the Level II course, a battery of tests including manipulation, movement skills, shooting on the move and strong/weak hand shooting must be passed.  Additionally, students must demonstrate knowledge of common malfunction causes in order to keep a service handgun in proper working order.

When you complete Level II you are a very competent shooter at speed and in dynamic, difficult situations. 


Level III - Mastery & Consistent Performance

Level III introduces true mastery-level shooting.

Here students learn to build a training regime that will make them among the best in the world.

We introduce the mental side of shooting performance, and measure skill on field courses rather than simple line drills.

Graduation from Level III requires that the student compete in a practical-style competition to be measured against TPC Cadre.

The courses are deliberately non-standard and there are no re-runs.

One test means one shot. Prove that you can perform on-demand.

Congratulations... if you pass LIII you are among the best shooters in the country.


Level IV - Among the best

Level IV is a custom program where you work with our top coaches on your goals in very small groups or individual training.

At this point, you are among the best shooters or instructors in the world.

It is typically for those working on top competition performance or for those who wish to be master instructors in Reactive Shooting for their agency or unit.

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    5 star review  Best firearms training I have ever received. If you wanna shoot faster and more accurately, come here and learn.

    thumb Jared Michael

    5 star review  I had no idea what TPC was or what any type of firearms training would offer a potential student. The TPC Handgun Bootcamp course was simply amazing and it completely changed my life. I learned that shooting isn't just pointing at a target and pulling the trigger. I learned shooting is more a mental sport than a physical one. And I only understood this through the concept of "the reactive shooting cycle" that Ron Avery developed though his experiences as a world class competitive shooter, police officer, and a teacher. It was easy to understand and apply to shooting and I instantly saw results in accuracy and muzzle control. I was shocked to see how much of these concepts still retained with me even after the classes. Ultimately the difference is: when i go to the shooting range, I can call my shots. My paper shows my groupings are on target and not sprayed all over the paper like everyone else in the range.

    thumb Alexander Ahn

    5 star review  Best Firearms training I've ever had! TPCs classed WILL Make you a better shooter, and for us armed professionals will greatly increase our ability to win a gun fight or even de-esculate the threat to the point of the bad guy choosing to not enter the gun fight. Definitely World Class Training!

    thumb Tg George

    5 star review  Practice Makes Permanent, so do yourself a favor and learn how to practice the right way ASAP. I'm a 3 gunner and I was fortunate be able to make the trip to the Tactical Performance Center recently and I had the best time ever. If you compete in 3 Gun, USPSA or something similar and you want to improve your performance, you need to take a class from TPC. One of their students/instructors became the youngest ever female grandmaster in USPSA. That alone should tell you something about the level of quality of their training. If you can’t make the trip to Utah, they do travel to your range. Get some buddies together at your local range to help shoulder the costs. Ken sells the way he wishes he could buy. If you need cancel, you can cancel the day before the class and still get a refund. If you sign up for a class and you're somehow the only person signed up, they'll still hold the class. Everyone who works at TPC are great people. My trip out to TPC was to take Handgun Mastery. It is a 3 day class designed to give you the tools to take your handgun game to another level. I was in a group of 12, and we never had less than 3 instructors at any point during the day. I believe we typically had 4 instructors with us. It sounds like this is the norm for TPC, they want to make sure that you are getting your moneys worth of instruction. Having a good instructor to student ratio is part of this. Many of the instructors are high level competitors in their own rights, some examples include Tim Yackley, Brian Nelson, Max Leograndis, and Jalise & Justine Williams. The instructors are there to help make sure you get the most out of the experience. They were willing to spend extra time with me to answer questions and make sure I fully understood everything. The class goes over everything that you would expect of something called handgun mastery. Stance, grip, recoil management, drawing from the holster, sight picture, accuracy, speed, etc. All the shooting I did was stationary and the drills were designed to help me bring everything together by the end of the class. They will break down each element, explain a little bit about the theory and how it all works, and then help you put it all together so that you can work on it when you get home. To get the full benefits of the class, you’re going to have to take what you’ve learned and practice at home. As I said, practice makes permanent. If you don’t take the tools they give you and drill it into your subconscious, you will revert to your old mistakes under pressure. Of my group of 12, I’d say 10 of them were already pretty decent to high level pistol shooters. I was not one of those 10, which is why I was so excited to take a 3 day pistol class. However, all 12 of us improved greatly over the course of the 3 day class. One of my group members remarked to the instructors something to the effect of “I’m working on reprogramming myself to use what I’m learning but I keep reverting to my old programming”. Everyone in our group had a good time and everyone found a way to elevate their pistol game. You’re going to get a lot of stuff thrown at you over the course of 3 days, so pay attention and take notes so that you can work on things when you get home. Your hands will probably get sore, so you may want bring some athletic tape for your hands. A cooler to store sandwiches for lunch will also be helpful. The course description says 1700 rounds, but I think i shot closer to 2200 rounds. This class is 100% worth it and I recommend it to anyone and everyone. The sooner you can take a class from TPC, the sooner you can reap the benefits and start building off what you learn. Practice makes permanent, and the sooner you can break the bad habits or the less than ideal habits, the better off you will be in the long term for your competitive shooting career. I wish I had been able to take this class sooner. I’m sure many of you have been frustrated after a stage, and I firmly believe that many of those frustrations would not have happened if I had taken this class at the start of my 3 gun career. Like I mentioned, if you can’t go to TPC you can always try to bring TPC to you. 3 takeaways: 1: I’m glad I didn’t have my 2011 yet. I feel like using my glock 19 made it harder to hide any potential issues I had. In my opinion, the 2011 weight and trigger would have masked flaws in my skills. All the skills I learned will transfer over to my future 2011 2: regardless of skill level, you will learn something. The sooner you take a class of this level, the better to speed up your learning curve 3: Be ready to practice once you get back, you need to be able to get rid of your old bad habits so you don't revert to them under stress

    thumb Pathum Karunaratne

    5 star review  Took the Competition Handgun Mastery Class. Ron, Ken and the rest of the staff are World Class instructors! Thoroughly enjoyed the class and can't wait to come back to take another class!

    thumb Cory Goff