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Handgun Malfunction Clearance Skills

Credit to John Lovell shooting the Malfunction Mayhem Drill, created by Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch.

Semi Auto Handgun Malfunction Clearance Skills
(CO-ED, 5 hours) - $150

A dynamic, fast-paced, action-filled course focusing on quickly clearing type I, type II, type III malfunctions and building speed in clearance skills.  If you carry a semi automatic handgun, knowing how to clear various malfunctions is likely the most important aspects of keeping you gun running during a critical incident defensive shooting. 

This class focuses on methods, techniques, and options for clearing any type of handgun malfunction of "feedway stoppage".  Designed for the shooter with minimal training in defensive carry.  You must have taken our Beginning Handgun class or its equivalent, and be able to demonstrate solid handgun safety fundamentals.  Open to men and women 14 and older.  No concealed handgun license is required for this course.  This course, along with Defense Carry Fundamentals course, are both ethical requirements for the sport or defensive carry student.  Either course can be taken before or after the other.  Malfunction Clearance Skills course will take the sport/competitive shooter or defensive shooter's skill to the next safe level.  Combining speed and precision technique, this 5-hour, all-range-time, live-fire course will promote muscle memory and competency by repetition.

Certificates of course completion will be awarded. Completion certificates satisfy ORS 166.291 for Oregon Concealed Carry. 

At Stoneridge Tactical, we provide you with case study to describe the issues, then move into the concepts behind it all. As a last step, we describe to you the tactic or the technique you will be using as a means to win in a Critical Incident and to neutralize a Lethal Threat, should you ever be confronted by one.

Course Contents:

Safety Briefing
Review of 5 Fundamentals of Shooting
Review of 5-Point Drawing Techniques

Malfunction Types

Dummy Rounds in Practice Drills

Semi Automatic Handgun Function

Why a Backup is Advised

"Time Is Life" Principle 

Building Speed While Clearing

"Drag The Bag" Principle

Target Recognition Drills

Speed Clearance Drills
Competency By Repetition
Reloads Vs. Malfunctions
Building Advanced Malfunction Clearance techniques

Combat Follow-through

What to Bring:
  • Hat (brimmed, baseball, boonie, etc.)

  • At least 100 - 150 rounds of quality ammunition

  • At least 2 extra magazines or speed loaders

  • Firearm (Your own is preferred - .380 cal or larger)

  • Concealed holster or concealed carry purse

  • Weather-dependent clothing (jacket, sweatshirt, etc)

  • Snacks, lunch and drinks

  • Eye and ear protection (Electronic is preferred)

  • Long pants

  • Closed toed shoes

INSTRUCTORS - David Cunningham and Elizabeth Cunningham

Deposit of $75.00 required to reserve your seat 
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Some ranges we use require payment of park entry fees for non-member shooters.  You are responsible for park entry fees.  We recommend purchasing memberships at the range if you plan on being an avid shooter.


All handgun classes taught through Stoneridge Tactical have been designed, built, and developed in accordance with the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association, the NRA, and NRA Law Enforcement Division Instructor training practices and guidelines by Stoneridge Tactical, David Cunningham, and Liz Cunningham, NLEFIA Advanced Firearms Instructor, NRA Instructors, NRA LE Division "Handgun" and  "Patrol Rifle" instructors, and satisfy Oregon's requirement for "Concealed Handgun Certification" per ORS 166.291.

Prepayment is required to enroll and participate in this class.  If you are committed and have the time, this shouldn't be a problem for you.  Click the PayPal button below and pay for the class.  You don't even have to have a PayPal account.  You may pay with credit or debit!  Your card will be charged real-time and you will receive a payment receipt at the email address you provide during checkout.  By making your payment for the class, you understand and are agreeing to our REFUND POLICY.  You should be committed to attending as prepayments are nonrefundable and non transferable to another class.  Live fire classes are not available to those women who are pregnant.  If you prepay for these courses and cannot attend due to pregnancy, there are no refunds or transfers of any kind.  If you or a person in your party cancels for any reason, they forfeit their deposit.  Forfeited deposits cannot be used to bring in another student in their place.  Check the class schedule for our upcoming classes.

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