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The place for the combative and competitive application of firearms training and technology

What is Practical Performance Training all about?  It’s pretty simple actually.  We are trying to put the best information we can into combative and competitive shooting, techniques, guns, gear, classes, and whatever else may interest you!  We take away all the self-absorbed, biased fluff you see out there in the shooting and training world and tell you what we think about a broad variety of topics related to shooting in both a combative and competitive aspect.  You won’t see the ego trip or the “Well, 20 years ago I was …” crowd here.  We value more what you can do RIGHT NOW because that is all you can rely on!

Here’s what you will see from us:  the best in what makes you and your equipment faster, more accurate, more reliable, and overall better prepared for whatever your purpose may be, whether it’s combative or competitive.

OCTOBER 15-16, 2022


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About AJ Zito

Founder/Gunsmith/Lead Shooting Instructor

A.J. is the founder, gunsmith, and lead instructor for Practical Performance. He is a former member of the U.S. Army, Certified Protection Specialist and Personal Security Detail (PSD) Instructor, and formerly the Primary and Lead Firearms Instructor for multiple companies. A.J.’s focus after leaving the security and protection world has been on the concealed/covert carrying and deployment of firearms. He is a USPSA Master in Single Stack Division, as well as a multi-division Master in IDPA. He also holds several Expert and Master ratings in multiple firearms disciplines including pistol, carbine, and precision rifle through various entities.  In 2017 A.J. completed a full-time, three-year gunsmithing education in general to advanced gunsmithing, custom competition, carry, and guild quality firearms. A.J. brings a vast knowledge of ballistics, instruction, competition, and real-world employment of firearms to the table.  He has often been considered the “pro’s pro” among the groups he has worked with.

Performance Handgun

2 Day Format: 

800 rounds minimum

Performance Handgun is rooted in the fundamentals of the practical application of the handgun. Whether that be for combative or competitive use. This course is designed for students who have a general understanding of shooting concepts but may want to refine their abilities and really learn how to shoot the handgun efficiently. While it is not required, it is HIGHLY suggested that this course be run with your normal carry/duty/competition equipment.

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Topics Covered

  • Safety

  • Breaking down the fundamentals of Performance shooting

  • How to grip the gun effectively

  • Embracing and managing recoil

  • Trigger press relates to performance

  • Efficient presentation of the handgun (Draws)

  • Tracking sights/Shot calling

  • Efficient methods of reloading the handgun

  • How to let vision drive shooting

  • Shooting while moving vs. moving to shoot

  • Target/Area transitions

  • “How to Practice” primer

COST: $450

Required Equipment

  • An open mind with a desire to learn!

  • Handgun suitable for carry/duty/competition use. (If you have questions about whether your gun is suitable or not, please do not hesitate to contact us!)

  • At least 3 magazines/speed loaders, more for single stack or revolver running less than 8 rounds

  • Holster suitable for carry or duty use (No Serpa or cross draw please)

  • Way to carry at least 2 magazines/speed loaders on your person. (A belt-mounted magazine pouch/speedloader carrier is HIGHLY suggested)

  • Reliable ammunition for your handgun ( 2 days: 800rds. These are minimum requirements. The more ammo the better!)

  • A belt suitable to carry your handgun and ammunition

  • Eye protection (ANSI rated)

  • Hearing protection

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