VALIDUS Handgun Courses - Mastery Training Program (VHC-MTP)

If you are serious about personal protection and want to master the handgun  – this is the program for you. VALIDUS Handgun Courses - Mastery Training Program (VHC-MTP) was developed by our founder Ron Gasper, retired U.S. Navy SEAL, as an alternative to one-and-done shooting courses being casually offered – too often by inexperienced instructors. 

Real-world experience, and thousands of hours of providing firearms instruction, has taught Ron that it’s impossible to learn the skills needed to become proficient with a firearm in just one or two courses. This includes the basic CCW course most people attend, which WILL NOT prepare you to be competent or confident with shooting, concealed carry or personal protection. So, he developed a comprehensive, multi-course program with a training methodology that is process oriented and results driven. 

This program spans the course of approximately one year and trains students on what it takes to safely and efficiently master a handgun for self defense. Our teaching methods break down each shooting technique into easy-to-learn steps and coach you through the entire process, so you learn quickly and efficiently as you develop, improve, retain and master your shooting skills

Here’s how the program works and why it is so successful…

Once you complete our Handgun Fundamentals Course (HFC) or an equivalent Executive Team-building Event (ETE), you become eligible to join the VALIDUS Handgun Courses - Mastery Training Program (VHC-MTP).  We look for members who are serious about mastering their shooting skills and who will commit to the entire program. We also want members who are safe, responsible and enjoy group camaraderie.

VALIDUS Handgun Courses - Mastery Training Program (VHC-MTP) includes 3 Phases: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Beginner Phase consists of our Handgun Fundamentals Course (HFC) and Essential Shooting Skills (ESS) Course.  Intermediate Phase includes VALIDUS Handgun Course (VHC) – Level 1 and Level 2. Advanced Phase includes the VALIDUS Handgun Course – Level 3 (VHC-L3) and our Conflict Simulation Course (CSC).

Each one of these Main Courses is scheduled approximately 6-8 weeks apart. You will have 2-3 dates to choose from for each. It is in these Main Courses where you learn a “New Set” of essential shooting skills. However, what makes this program so successful are the many 3-Hour Retention Courses (RC’s) we offer each month in between Main Courses. RC’s help you further develop, improve, retain and master the skills you learned in the Main Course to prepare you for the next level.

Retention Courses (RC’s) are offered up to 6 times per month on different days/times. We have found this provides our “busy members” with plenty of options to attend training. For best results, we recommend 2 RC’s between each Main Course, or 1 per month. Attend as your schedule allows. 

Phase 1 Beginner: Firearms Safety and Fundamentals of Marksmanship

Phase 1 establishes the foundation necessary to master the handgun. Upon successful completion of this phase you will be able to demonstrate safe and professional handling procedures utilizing proper technique with the fundamentals of shooting. You will also learn…

✔️ Steps to achieve and maintain proper grip

✔️ Components of aiming for accuracy

✔️ Methods to develop speed while maintaining accuracy

✔️ Effective presentation and multiple threat acquisition

✔️ Essential shooting skills using efficiency of motion

✔️ Techniques that will help you prevail under stress

Phase 1 Courses Include:

  • Handgun Fundamentals Course (HFC)
  • Essential Shooting Skills (ESS) Course
  • 3-Hour Retention Courses (RC's)
  • Duration of Phase 1: Approximately 2-3 months

Phase 2 Intermediate: Development of Real-World Skills

Phase 2 builds on the fundamentals of marksmanship and safe handling and propels your skill and knowledge to the next level with advanced handling techniques and concepts that prepare you for realistic self-defense scenarios. Instruction includes:

✔️ Critical Incident holster draw and reloading

✔️ Solving malfunctions/stoppages

✔️ Situational awareness, mindset and active threat assessment 

✔️ Decisive decision-making shoot/no-shoot concepts and drills

✔️ Shooting on the move with accuracy/speed

✔️ Effective use of cover/concealment

✔️ Strong and support hand only shooting

✔️ Tactical reloads and press checks

✔️ Mixed distance/multiple threat engagement

✔️ Combined skill drills and scenarios

Phase 2 Courses Include:

  • Validus Handgun Course – Level 1 (VCC-L1)
  • Validus Handgun Course – Level 2 (VCC-L2)
  • 3-Hour Retention Courses (RC's)
  • Duration of Phase 2: Approximately 3-4 months

Phase 3 Advanced: Validation Through Application and Conflict Simulation 

Phase 3 reinforces and expands upon techniques learned in Phase 2. This phase will also audit and validate your shooting skills through the application of advanced tactics, techniques and procedures during dynamic drills, scenarios and realistic conflict simulations. In addition, you will become proficient with...

✔️ Advanced handling and decision making 

✔️ Unconventional shooting positions and techniques

✔️ Wounded hand reloading techniques

✔️ Shooting from and around vehicles, structures and obstacles

✔️ Establishing thresholds and procedures for de-escalation and proper use of force 

✔️ Experiencing the stress and speed of a lethal force encounter through the use of simulated ammunition and role players during realistic scenarios

Phase 3 Courses Include:

  • Validus Handgun Course – Level 3 (VHC-L3)
  • Validus - Conflict Simulation Course (V-CSC)
  • Validus 3-Hour Retention Courses (RC's)
  • Duration of Phase 3: Approximately 3-4 months

Upon successful completion of all 3 Phases you will graduate and become part of an elite group of VALIDUS Handgun Courses - Mastery Training Graduates. There are many benefits to becoming a Master graduate beyond your coveted skill level and heightened confidence with shooting and personal protection. However, upon graduating you will also receive: 

  • VALIDUS Handgun Courses - Mastery Training Program, Graduate Certificate
  • Custom crafted Class Plaque with a steel Validus Logo plate on a finished wood frame
  • VALIDUS VHC -Master shirt with class year (one of a kind) 
  • VALIDUS Swag Patch 

This is a members only training program for law-abiding citizens. Terms and Conditions of training and membership apply. Once registered, you will receive a course syllabus, details for membership, scheduling options and gear requirements. We are happy to answer any questions.

Rates vary depending upon prerequisite Validus training you may or may not have completed, as well as the Retention Courses (RC) package you select (mandatory for membership). However, the standard cost of the required 6 Main Courses are listed here in pricing. 



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