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ALTUS Intro to Pistol Course

Altus Shooting Solutions

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  • ALTUS Intro to Pistol Course

PREREQUISITES: All students attending must have basic weapons handling skills, able to safely load and unload a weapon, and put it into operation effectively.


Serviceable pistol of at least 9mm caliber

Minimum of 3 serviceable magazines

Minimum of 1 double magazine pouch

Eye and Ear protection

Serviceable holster (Kydex preferred. NO LEATHER HOLSTERS)

500 rounds of ammunition

Any equipment the individual cannot provide must be communicated to ALTUS prior to the beginning of training. ALTUS will fill the shortages on a case-by-case basis.



Key Course Topics

  • Overview of the pistol, uses, limitations, and safety
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • Immediate and remedial action pistol
  • Draw stroke
  • Aimed quick fire
  • Rapid aimed fire
  • Threat identification
  • Multiple target indexing
  • Shooting while moving in all directions
  • Shooting while using cover
  • 5
    Great place to learn how to shoot

    Posted by You Feng Ou on Sep 25th 2019

    Rodney is great! I learned a lot in a day and shoot much better!

  • 5
    Great Instructor, Great Facility

    Posted by Terel on Feb 15th 2018

    Ok, I think it’s well established Matty is a great instructor and that this class is beneficial. It’s true plus he’s smart and entertaining especially for an army guy. I had a hard time deciding wether I should take the intro class since I had a lot of experience but decided to go ahead with the intro to make sure I had good fundamentals. It was the right choice. I also brought my wife along and Matty might have saved my marriage!
    I learned Better techniques for:
    Aiming/not giving up on front sight
    Recoil management
    Grip technique

    My wife got a lot from the course but mostly for her it was improvements in slow fire accuracy.

    By the end of the course everyone was faster and more accurate.

    Only thing I would change would be to allow some consolations due to weather especially when women or children are involved. I got lucky and the weather was surprisingly good for the day. If it had rained I probably would have either wasted a lot of money or slept on the couch for a while.

    Matty, thanks again for the help breaking bad habits forced upon my by the AF. I look forward to taking other courses you teach.

  • 5
    Great Class

    Posted by Jeff Cain on Feb 11th 2018

    Matty was entertaining and a great teacher! Covered a lot of ground and got in a lot of trigger time. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to up their pistol game.

  • 5
    Intro to pistol 2/10/2018

    Posted by Bryan Newton on Feb 10th 2018

    While I had shot pistols a small amount, I had never had any formal training. If you want to learn the "right" way to build good habits this is the class to do it. Matty Nelson is duly qualified and is able to not only diagnose issues but put you on a path to correct them. This course was a fun filled day with loads of skills and training that you can definitely build upon to become the marksman you want to be. I will definitely be recommending CORE to all my friends and anyone who asks. Thanks again Matty!

  • 5
    Intro to Pistol and Carbine

    Posted by David Cook on Nov 19th 2017

    I have been shooting for almost 50 years but had never had any type of training before. I took the Intro to Pistol class with Matty Nelson on 9/23/2017 and learned so much. He has a gift for training that makes things stick with you whether on the range or things that you can do away from the range to build muscle memory and continue with drills to practice what he teaches you. He stressed safety first all day and was vigilant in watching us and didn’t mind taking time to explain something. His sense of humor kept the training fun and interesting. I highly recommend Core Shooting and Matt for your training needs, you won’t regret the decision. I also took the Intro to Carbine training 3 weeks later with Matty and again learned valuable skills and tips.

  • 5
    Great Investment

    Posted by Sam Coons on Apr 4th 2017

    Can not say enough positive things about this class with Matt Nelson. Extremely knowledgeable in teaching fundamentals as well as getting the class to think about the use of a firearm in a defensive scenario. I took so many things away to work on, was the best training investment I've ever made. I will echo all the great comments about Matt's style, just a true professional and fun to be around for a day.

    Thanks Matt! For your service to this great nation as well as a superb day at the range.

  • 5
    4 Decades of Shooting - Best Class Yet!

    Posted by AL BYRNE on Apr 3rd 2017

    I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Intro to Pistol class with Instructor Matt Nelson at the CORE shooting facility in Baker, FL. Our class was composed of many varied levels of shooting proficiency from novice to near competition level. As an Instructor, Matt has the uncanny ability to assess the individual needs of each student and to tweak his instruction to challenge each shooter to become more proficient and to exceed their individual goals for the class. His training style is light hearted and entertaining when appropriate, yet serious when it comes to the safety of his students and weapons operation. Matt’s sense of humor is woven through his instruction and makes learning about the safe and proficient use of a handgun a pleasure.
    Although I have participated in the shooting sports for more than four decades and have been fortunate enough to have trained with many well-known shooting instructors, I can honestly say that I have never learned as much in a single day as I did with Matt. Regardless of your personal skill level or experience, I would highly recommend this course and Matt as an Instructor.
    I can’t wait to train with him again!

  • 5
    Intro to Pistol Course

    Posted by Dave Cummins on Apr 2nd 2017

    Outstanding class with an outstanding instructor. Schedule a class with Matt Nelson and you will not be disappointed. Knowledgeable and intuitive instructor that makes the hard things easy and explains them with humor and confidence. Guy is top shelf. Class is without a doubt the best pistol class I have ever taken.

  • 5

    Posted by Aaron Cordle on Apr 2nd 2017

    It's your right to own a firearm, but it's your responsibility to train how to use it properly. In a time when money and time for training may be at a premium, you can do no better than train at CORE with Matty Nelson. His enthusiasm for training is contagious. The training is fast-paced in a methodical sort of way so that anyone will feel comfortable regardless of experience. Ladies, youth, and the most experienced shooter will be comfortable in his course and will learn plenty of techniques and training tips to take home to master. I can't recommend this course enough. You won't be disappointed.

  • 5
    Learn from the best

    Posted by Jeff B on Jan 29th 2017

    A review of the 7th Special Forces Group's history quickly highlights the priority placed on training indigenous forces. These soldiers aren't just fighters; they're highly effective teachers. That was obvious from the start in our class with 7th SFG alumnus Matt Nelson. He quickly & without intimidation assessed the range of skills and abilities in our group and adjusted his instruction to each student's individual needs without slowing the group's overall progress through the course outline. Safety was paramount throughout the day and was reinforced by Matt's unique ability to weave his past experiences into the curriculum in a relevant and entertaining way. I especially valued Matt's use of simple, but effective drills that students could use to progress on their own after class. Then there was Matt's infectious sense of humor. Throughout the class, we were either shooting, listening, asking questions or laughing. The day flew by. I looked at my watch when we started -- the next time I checked it, 3-1/2 hours had passed. I had no idea ... I've taken a number of shooting courses and spent countless hours online researching others. I think you'd have a tough time finding another class that offers a value like this one does. Remember too, when you take a class from a skilled veteran like Matt, it's a win-win situation. You get to thank a Vet for their service with your money as well as your words. And, in return; you get some of the best instruction available anywhere.