Before the first round is fired in the Dynamic Handgun class, the Magpul Dynamics team sets the stage for what they aim to teach and what the students should expect from the course. Unlike other courses of instruction, Magpul insists on not being absolute in their methods. Travis Haley and Chris Costa have developed their techniques from both combat experience and competitive shooting, so rather than forcing an institutional regimen, they build upon the basics of movement and the body’s natural reactions to stress. “Reality, Efficiency, Consistency” is both a theme of their training and a fundamental tenet to which they return when problem-solving in new scenarios and individual instruction.

The course covers the fundamentals of handgun operation, including problem solving and leading up to complex real-life scenarios.

Consistency of movement and proper technique are stressed, both as the most direct means to improvement and a defense against fatigue. Haley and Costa are about well-reasoned and deliberate habits that shooters can safely build upon at their respective experience and proficiency level. Failure and “Failure Points” are a critical element to the Magpul Dynamics process, as students are expected to safely push themselves to improve in both speed and accuracy, oftentimes under instructor or scenario-induced stress.

From a class demographics standpoint, it is worth noting that the Dynamic Handgun attendees was a generally balanced group of mostly civilians and a small number of military and law enforcement professionals. Experience ranged from seasoned operators to recreational shooters and those transitioning from tactical carbine or hunting firearms experience.

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