Pistol | Rifle 1 leverages the Level 1 foundations of Pistol and Rifle marksmanship by underscoring the use of environment, movement and mindset to achieve an elevated level of quick thinking, judgement and execution. 

During this 2-day period of instruction, Loudoun Tactical will emphasize the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship in order to leverage the student’s abilities to efficiently manipulate their rifle system. Leaving no stone unturned, students will graduate the course with a comprehensive understanding of the “why” behind the fundamentals of marksmanship and be able to confidently operate their weapon systems not only safely, but effectively.

Level 1 courses through Loudoun Tactical are not the typical "entry level" offerings that may come to mind when comparing them to the rest of the industry. As previous students will attest, our Level 1 courses not only provide high intensity instruction, but also serve as an assessment for the the cadre to determine who may be suited for future Level 2 periods of instruction.

Instruction Overview:

  • Mindset
  • Fundamentals of Marksmanship Review
  • Gear Setup & Wearability
  • Reloading & Basic Malfunctions
  • Rifle / Pistol Transition Drills
  • Shoot / No Shoot Judgment Drills
  • Strong Side / Weak Side Shooting Techniques
  • Balancing Speed & Accuracy
  • Linear Engagement of Multiple Targets
  • Target Acquisition Speed Drills
  • Steel Target Confidence Drills
  • 180 degree Shooting Enviroment

Required Equipment:

  • Semi-Automatic Pistol
  • Semi-Automatic Rifle (AR/AK Platform)
  • Serviceable Plate Carrier
  • Serviceable Magazines
    • 3 Pistol / 5 Rifle Minimum
  • Serviceable Magazine Pouches
    • 2 Pistol / 4 Rifle Minimum
  • Outside the Waistband Holster (Kydex or Leather)
    • Drop Leg or Belt Worn (No Serpa)
  • Functional Sling (2-Point VTAC Style Recommended)
  • 500-600 Rifle / 300-400 Pistol Rounds
    • No Steel Core, Armor Piercing or Tracers 
  • Medical Kit (Belt or Vest Worn)
  • Weapon Lubrication & Cleaning Kit
  • Climate Appropriate Range Attire
  • Proper Ear & Eye Protection
  • Positive Mental Attitude


This course is recommended for those who have previously received formal instruction and or have a thorough understanding of firearm fundamentals and can demonstrate safe firearm handling skills. If you are uncertain or have any questions, email or message us.