Defensive Handgun I

A three-hour course designed to take basic pistol shooters and introduce them to the practical shooting principals that will allow them to more effectively engage targets during high-threat situations. This course is for the average person who wishes to develop the real-world shooting skills necessary to survive life-threatening situations. Classes are taught in the traditional OTS relaxed and friendly atmosphere with the majority of the class (90%) taught on the range.

The cost is $125 and includes targets, eye protection/ear protection, classroom and range time. Space is limited to eight students for this dynamic class.

You will need to bring:

  • A pistol or revolver suitable for carry on the street
  • A strong-side holster (no appendix or shoulder holsters or waist packs)
  • Spare magazines or speed-loaders
  • 200 rounds of OTS-approved ammunition
  • Street attire appropriate for the class (no open-toed or hard-soled footwear, please).

Please give us at least 48-hour notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your class. Either send an email to or call OTS at 904-301-0700.

Topics for the class include:

  • Review of range, firearms safety, and basic fundamentals of shooting
  • Tactical drawing, shooting, and reloading
  • Emergency reloading
  • Malfunction clearance
  • One-handed (strong side and weak side) shooting

About the Instructor – Dan Kelly After serving eight years in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Force Specialist, Dan worked for the U.S. Marshals Service for 24 years as a specialist in Witness and Dignitary Protection. For over 23 years Dan has been training in the art of Aikido, a gentle yet powerful martial art and is the primary instructor for Amelia Island Aikido School, in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Dan has been teaching Aikido and self-defense techniques to law enforcement officers, corporate employees, school teachers and local residents for over 10 years.

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