Tactical Pistol Courses

Realistic. Well Thought Out. Up to Date. Easy to Understand.

Handguns are an important part of any defensive plan that involves firearms. What handguns lack in effectiveness and stopping power, they make up for in versatility and concealment. They are the go to platform for those who wish to everyday carry. Handguns are almost always a perfect backup weapon if you are running a long gun.

At Dark Earth Tactical, we strive to ensure that our students leave us as better handgun operators. We understand the need to start with foundational skills before running students ragged through advanced drills and exercises, and we always aim to conduct our training in the most progressive and effective manner. We take an incremental approach to making great handgun shooters, one student at at time.




Our Pistol 1 course lays the foundation for all future pistol training.

Safety, range etiquette, clearing, loading, equipment, fundamentals of fire, drawstroke, clearing malfunctions [or stoppages], common mistakes, and a defensive mindset are the main subjects tackled in this essential course. We will also discuss the laws revolving around owning, carrying and operating firearms.

Though this training is designed for beginners, the subject matter and technique allows students to build realistic skills that can survive the test of stress and small time constraints; this is your starting tool.

Pistol 2


4-6 Hours

Our Pistol 2 course begins with a review of safety protocols and and shooting fundamentals taught during Pistol 1.

Students will then progress to learn various close combat/defensive skills which include use of cover/concealment, concealed and overt carry considerations, fighter mindset & shot placement techniques, moving drills, and fighting from vehicles [if and when requested]. This course will include close distance engagement drills and multiple target engagement sequencing which increase the likelihood of rapid to instant incapacitation when facing violent threats.

Please note that prior training is required to be eligible to attend this course.

Pistol 3


4-6 Hours

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Close Quarters Battle: the unforgiving game of angles; a course where pistol/rifle skills graduate into something far more important: advanced tactics.

In defensive scenarios, it’s likely you’ll have to run your pistol indoors and in other close-quarters environments.

The focus of this class is to become familiar with appropriate techniques to be able to effectively run both yourself and your pistol through “tight” spaces while utilising angles and clearance methods to your advantage.

The course will include numerous live-fire drills, dealing with split-second decisions, methods of room clearing, and which firearm accessories best suit the CQB environment. *This course often relies on venue availability.




This advanced course provides instruction and techniques to armed professionals who are looking to become more proficient in no-light/low-light operations.

Students will participate in a variety of evolutions which include (but are not limited to) individual movement drills, weapons manipulation, use of cover/concealment and live fire drills – all under the cloak of darkness.

All techniques taught are adapted to compensate for the loss of dexterity and natural awareness during low light conditions.

Kit Requirements

  • Licensed pistol
  • Ammunition [enquire on quantity per course]
  • Suitable holster
  • Additional pistol magazines with suitable mag pouches
  • Eyes & ears (and other relevant protection)
  • *Weapon mounted light (Night Fighter courses only)
  • Hydration pack/water and snacks
  • Hat or cap & sunscreen
  • Suitable outdoor shooting attire
  • Sturdy belt
  • Suitable shoes/ boots

Kit Recommendations

  • Shooting gloves
  • Battle belt (if already owned)
  • Pistol cleaning kit

Damage Report

One-on-One [Exclusive Booking]R800/hour
2 to 3 ParticipantsR450pp/hour
4 to 8 ParticipantsR300pp/hour

Interested? Please complete the expression of interest form below or get in touch through our contacts page. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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