Firearm Self-Defense Classes

QSI provides a broad spectrum of firearm classes across all platforms.  We pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive training experience for every skill level. 

You can check our Course Schedule for the latest class dates.  If you don’t see the class you are looking for, please contact us and let us know what you are interested in.


Designed for new handgun users, this course starts with the basics of selecting, manipulating and shooting the handgun.

Topics covered include:

  • Firearm Safety
  • Handgun design and features
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Grip, Sights and Trigger Control
  • Fundamentals of Handgun Marksmanship


Click here to see Introduction to Handgun course dates


Our premier handgun course, this program

provides instruction in the use of a handgun for self-defense, integrating not just shooting the handgun but other self defense considerations such as disengagement and de-escalation.  This course is specifically

designed to develop and maintain practical skills for Permit to Carry holders.

Topics covered include:

  • Firearm Safety
  • Concepts of Self-Defense
  • Handgun Ballistics
  • Fundamentals of Handgun Marksmanship
  • Administrative and Tactical Reloading
  • Clearing Basic and Complex Stoppages
  • Managing Contacts, De-Escalation and Disengaging
  • Verbal Challenges
  • Post-Incident Procedures
  • Movement


Click here to see Defensive Handgun course dates


This course builds on the Defensive Handgun program with additional skills.

Topics covered include:

  • Firearm Safety
  • Comprehensive Defensive Handgun Skills Review
  • Reactive Shooting Drills
  • Shooting One-Handed
  • Off-Hand Shooting
  • Reloading and Clearing Stoppages One-Handed
  • Precision Handgun Shooting
  • Using Cover and Concealment
  • Alternate Shooting Positions
  • Advanced Movement Techniques


Click here to see Advanced Handgun course dates


For our more advanced students, this course provides instruction on using a handgun in close quarters.

Topics covered include:

  • Close-Quarter Combatives
  • Weapon Retention and Disarming
  • Shooting Through Clothing
  • Contact Shooting
  • Close Range Shooting
  • Alternative Sighting Methods
  • Defending Against Close-Quarter Attacks
  • Integrating the Empty Hand, Knife, and Gun


Click here to see Advanced Close-Quarter Defensive Handgun course dates


This class is designed to teach rifle fundamentals to new shooters, and help more experienced shooters improve and sharpen their skills.  The primary focus of this course is Defensive Rifle use for a citizen acting alone in a self-defense situation.

This class includes dry-practice, shooting at steel and paper targets, including multiple target drills.

Topics will include:

  • Firearms Safety
  • Considerations and conditions for deploying a rifle for self-defense
  • Rifle features and design
  • Optics – features, design, and use
  • Muzzle devices – features and design
  • Slings – features, design and use
  • Load carrying equipment – selecting and setting up
  • Administrative loading and unloading
  • Press & systems check
  • Rifle carry positions
  • Mounting the rifle
  • Proper grip, stance, trigger control and sight picture
  • Zeroing iron sights
  • Zeroing optical sights
  • Reloading
  • Spare magazine management
  • Clearing basic stoppages
  • Clearing complex stoppages
  • Engaging multiple targets
  • Movement with the Rifle
  • Post-shooting procedures


Click here to see Defensive Rifle course dates


We spend a lot of time in our vehicles, so it only makes sense to learn to fight in and around them.  This course will focus on the handgun and other EDC (Every Day Carry) weapons.  Students will conduct dry practice and live fire using vehicles on the range.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Self-defense inside the vehicle
  • Bailing out under fire
  • Shooting from inside the vehicle and behind the wheel
  • Using a vehicle as cover
  • Shooting through glass
  • Vehicle firearm storage options


Click here to see Vehicle Defense course dates