Applied Intelligently

What is the missing piece from your current shooting performance?

Not Just How But WHY

Riley believes learning the way of the gun happens best when it is applied contextually. He places emphasis on the “why” behind everything we do. The “how” is important as well, but rather than a dogmatic approach with specific techniques, Riley prefers to focus on principles of shooting a pistol and helping shooters discover for themselves the techniques and methods that work for them. Finally, we learn together how to think about and analyze our shooting performance and apply it intelligently. Hence, Riley's core philosophy is “Context-based, Principle-focused, Applied Intelligently.”

Pistol Intelligence

This unique course is a result of my own journey as a shooter, intended to streamline each student’s development to shooting enlightenment by distilling shooting down to its simplest principles and forms. I had to learn a lot of things the hard way, and it’s now time to pass along those lessons learned to help you establish a pathway forward that bypasses the common pitfalls most shooters spend YEARS struggling to get past…

What's YOUR Pistol IQ score?


Featured Upcoming Events

Pistol Intelligence 2-Day

San Antonio, TX

  • January 29-30, 2022
  • Bandera Gun Club


Riley Bowman Teaching Sheriff Deputy

Pistol Intelligence 2-Day

Huntsville, AL

  • February 5-6, 2022
  • Hobbs Island Shooting Range


Riley Bowman Listens to Pistol Intelligence Student

Pistol Intelligence 2-Day

Youngstown, OH

  • March 5-6, 2022
  • The Training Range LLC


Full Schedule


Christopher Bean Shooting the MSP 3&2 Drill

“I am a professional instructor who seeks out the highest quality performance-based pistol training I can. Riley’s Pistol Intelligence class should be on any serious shooter’s shortlist. I unlocked more understanding in this class than several others combined. Mind Blowing…No exaggeration!”

Christopher Bean

Tactical Advantage

“Riley is a thorough but yet very personal instructor who took the time to answer questions that to seasoned gun users might find common knowledge but not for less experienced shooters like myself and that is the type of instructor needed!”


“Riley is high caliber, top-shelf, super instructor! He is an amazing person and made his class a truly incredible place to be. I would recommend this class to everyone. I have decades of experience with firearms and I would take it again.”


1-on-1 Sessions & Virtual Coaching

Want the ultimate 1-on-1 training experience to maximize your growth? Or looking for virtual coaching and video reviews? Reasonable pricing and flexible scheduling available!


“Slow is not smooth, neither is fast. Speed does not dictate quality.”

Riley T. Bowman is a life-long student of the pistol. Having a desire to carry a pistol for defense since an early age, he went right out and bought his first handgun when he was 21-years-old and got a CCW permit to carry it. Riley soon learned there was a lot more to it than just strapping on a gun.

Riley was inspired to seek out greater knowledge and training when he was given the opportunity to become an instructor for the law enforcement agency he spent 8 years with. Riley discovered his passion for teaching others how to excel at shooting and developing skills that can be the difference…READ MORE

Riley Bowman Shooting Under Vehicle

In the Media

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Concealed Carry Podcast

Riley has hosted the podcast since its inception in 2016 through nearly 500 episodes and over 5 million episode downloads. This ever-popular podcast continues to grow month-over-month.

Riley Bowman on Active Self Protection Extra with Neil Weidner
Other Media Appearances

Riley has made appearances on other YouTube channels and podcasts such as: Active Self Protection Extra, American Warrior Show, Firearms Nation, On Duty Off Duty Podcast, Firearm Trainer's Podcast, and more…

Authored Articles

Riley has written numerous articles covering gear reviews, training, tips and tricks, concealed carry best practices, and more…

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