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2-Day Match Performance Skills – Conroe, TX

July 20 @ 8:30 am July 21 @ 5:30 pm

Riley Bowman Shooting at Carry Optics Nationals 2021-Reduced

This 2-day course covers both the “hard” and “soft” skills necessary for consistent success at practical shooting matches including mental management, stage planning, and match strategy, with lots of practice at shooting and breaking down stages together with direct, personalized feedback for each participant. Class size is limited to 12 people to ensure quality time is spent with individual students.

Day 1 of the course will start by shooting a practical shooting stage right out of the gate to establish a performance baseline. We will then work on “hard skills” that apply to shooting a stage including:

  • Transitions
  • Throttle Control
  • Movement
  • Positioning
  • Position Entries and Exits
  • Shooting on the Move

Portions of the example stage will be broken down and shot with emphasis on the above skills. We will end Day 1 with a final run again through the same stage we started with to measure and compare to our first run through the stage.

Riley Bowman Running a Student Through a Stage

Day 2 will focus more on the “soft skills” of mental game, strategy and stage planning. How we squeeze out all of our potential while still turning in consistent match scores and even when conditions are less than ideal. We will go over my 5-step process for breaking down, analyzing, and putting together efficient stage plans for any given stage that will ensure you never forget or run past another target again.

Class After Shooting a Stage

We will also spend some time discussing match strategy that plays to our own individual strengths and minimizes personal weaknesses. We will even go over the importance of pre-match preparation and pre-stage warmups and make ready routines.

Students will spend the day shooting stage variations to gain practice in learning and applying the stage planning and mental game concepts to start building the routine they will take into their future match performance.

Course requirements:

This should not be the first formal pistol training course you have taken. You should already have a classification in USPSA or IDPA competition, Steel Challenge, or have a history shooting outlaw or multigun matches. You will gain the most from this class if you already have a sound footing in the fundamentals of shooting. You will also need to bring:

  • 500 rounds minimum of reliable ammunition
  • Quality pistol (or PCC’s are also welcome)
  • Your typical match gear as far as belt, holster, and mag pouches–if it’s legal for your particular sport, then you should be able to use it in this class
  • Quality holster – No Serpas – No soft/collapsible holsters, no cross-draw or shoulder holster
  • Eye protection (safety-rated)
  • Electronic hearing protection STRONGLY encouraged
  • Clothing appropriate for the range and weather
  • Note-taking materials (notepad/pen or phone)
  • Good attitude and an open mind

*Course tuition does not include any range-use fees that are payable to the range or course host.


BTO Range

BTO Range

13748 Hwy 105 W
Conroe, Texas 77304 United States
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