Defensive Handgun 3 Instructor

The goal of the SAFTEA’s Defensive Handgun 3 Course is to provide the instructor candidate the ability to understand the fundementials and advanced movements of this disipline.


Defensive Handgun 3 consists of a full day of intense classroom & range training and instruction covering a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Movement-barricade-slicing the pie-45,9,45
  • Low light
  • Team Tactics
  • Civilian Vehicle Counter Ambush
  • Presentation from alternate holsters (bags, ankle, appendix etc.
  • Advanced Malfunctions (One handed manipulations)
  • Close Quarters
  • Transition handgun to long gun

Required Gear:

  • A modern, serviceable, center-fire handgun (Semi-Automatic Pistol or Double Action Revolver .38 special or 9mm or above.)
  • Ear and Eye protection (electronic muffs preferred).
  • Strong Side Holster – For safety reasons on the range our classes will use Strong Side Holsters only! - (No cross draws, shoulder rigs, pocket holsters, ankle, appendix or small of the back carry). Blackhawk Serpa and similar holsters which require the use of the index finger to deactivate a retention device will not be used in SAFTD classes. The ONLY exception is for Law Enforcement & Military who are issued these types of holsters for duty use.
  • No pocket guns such as Ruger LCP etc. You will be presenting the gun from concealment and re-holstering repeatedly. You need to be proficient at this task and have a holster that does not collapse when the gun is removed.
  • 175 rounds of Ammunition: Factory fresh ammo only. NO RELOADS, specialty or novelty ammo such as RIP ammo etc.
  • Two extra functional magazines (semi-autos - 3 total) or speed-loaders (revolvers)
  • Dual Magazine carrier optional but HIGHLY recommended.
  • Hydration system or Bottled water.
  • Shoes – comfortable with sufficient support to permit a full range of motion. No sandals or flip-flops.
  • Long Pants, Shirt With Higher Collar
  • Sturdy Belt
  • Baseball Cap

The Defensive Handgun 3 Instructor course length is a full day, typically taking 8 – 10 hours including a 1-hour scheduled lunch break. A short break is given after each hour of instruction (approximately).

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