Welcome to Hnatiuk’s Specialty Firearms courses!
All of the firearms courses in this section have been specifically designed by our in-house Chief Firearms Instructor to meet the needs of the pistol shooting community. Here at Hnatiuk’s we have courses that will benefit both the novice and the experienced shooter alike. If you have any questions about the courses offered here at Hnatiuk’s please do not hesitate to contact us.
Hnatiuk’s Chief Instructor, Mr. Peter Eliot, is responsible for the safe use of firearms, both as it relates to the Federal Firearms training courses and Hnatiuk’s specialty courses. The Firearm courses offered by Hnatiuk’s have all been developed by Peter and are based on internationally recognized marksmanship principles.
Mr. Eliot has amassed considerable experience during his lengthy and varied career as an instructor around the world and as a member of the Armed Forces of Great Britain. His career has included:
- 15 yrs in the British military, sniper, operational in several conflicts around the world. Eight years in British Special Forces;
- 5 years as a police officer and a “sharpshooter” in a “Tactical Firearms Team”;
Hnatiuk’s chief DNR hunter education instructor; National instructor in the UK, South Africa and Zimbabwe for Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun in IPSC competitions; IPSC Range Officer in Canada; Developed The National training curriculum for Canada’s “NFA” for both Range Safety Officers and the use of a Holstered, loaded handgun in competition; Professional Ballistician and has taught reloading ammunition, both for hunting and target shooting; Written four books and dozens of magazine articles relating to ballistics and the tactical use of firearms; and Expert witness for the Crown specializing in “Exterior and terminal ballistics”.
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Hnatiuk’s chief DNR hunter education instructor;
National instructor in the UK, South Africa and Zimbabwe for Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun in IPSC competitions;
IPSC Range Officer in Canada;
Developed The National training curriculum for Canada’s “NFA” for both Range Safety Officers and the use of a
Holstered, loaded handgun in competition;
Professional Ballistician and has taught reloading ammunition, both for hunting and target shooting;
Written four books and dozens of magazine articles relating to ballistics and the tactical use of firearms; and
Expert witness for the Crown specializing in “Exterior and terminal ballistics”.
Introduction to Pistol Course (formerly – Precision Pistol):
This course can increase the marksmanship of ANY shooter, but is primarily aimed at novices and any shooter with no previous formal training. The course will familiarize the student with both semi-auto handguns and revolvers, includes live firing on Hnatiuk’s indoor range under the guidance of top-notch instructors.
This course is unique and different from the Level l & Level ll handgun courses we offer. Unlike the Level l & ll handgun courses which prepares the student for combat type shooting that is expected in IPSC competitions and law enforcement usage, the Introduction to Pistol course introduces and prepares the student for a more recreational style shooting, this includes techniques used in Olympics competitions, one handed shooting and includes the lower .22 caliber handguns. A course everyone in your family may enjoy.
Origin & History
Precision Shooting Today
Conscious & Subconscious Mind
One Handed Grip – Trigger Finger Control
Off Hand/Weak Hand
Sight Picture – Target Acquisition
The Lift – Stance
Live Firing (Range Time)
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LEVEL 1: Advanced Pistol
This course teaches the techniques and principles required to operate a handgun safely and efficiently. The old saying “He couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn” is absolutely true of any shooter who doesn’t fully understand these principles!
The course has proven to be very useful for both novices and experienced students. We have trained many individuals who had previous knowledge and ALL of them said that they learned skills which they had previously not known, or were not aware of their importance.
The course (on average) reduces a shooter grouping by up to 50%!
Maximum 8 Students – 7 Hours – $125.00 + HST
- Sighting Techniques
- Body Posture
- Load – Unload
- Surprise Break
- Know Your Handgun
- Sight Picture
- Target Placement
- Basic Cleaning
- Grip (One & Two hands)
- DA, SA, Safe Action DA/SA
- Revolver vs Auto
Thank you to Peter and Michel for a great course (Level 1 Advanced Pistol). Had a lot of fun and learned a great deal from two very experienced instructors. Highly recommend this course! Joe Richards I would never use a handgun until I took this course. Invaluable! I will tell everyone to take this course!” Shelley Touesnard I now know how to pick up and use my gun and not afraid to come to the range!” Keri LaViolette
LEVEL 2: Advanced Pistol Course
(Can only be taken after Level One Pistol and the Holster course)
This course takes all of the knowledge learned in previous courses and refines it as a “Martial Art”! The use of a handgun is NOT an instinctive muscular skill. The reflexes and muscular tension used have to become a “Trained Reflex”.
This course trains the student how to use the subconscious mind and reflexive muscular actions to shoot a handgun quickly and accurately in “fire with movement” scenarios. This form of shooting is common in modern pistol competition.
You will be trained how to safely shoot while moving, shooting weak handed, shooting around cover and in low or no light conditions!
Maximum 8 Students – 7 Hours – $195.00 + HST
- Compressed Surprise Break
- Weak Hand Techniques
- Double Taps
- Cadence Fire, Bullet Placement
- Target Acquisition (Swing vs Thrust)
- Tactical Reloads
- Moving Targets
- Speed Reload, Moving Reload
- Night & Low Light Firings
This is a nationally recognized firearms course, underwritten by the National Firearms Association (NFA), for the safe and legal use of a “loaded” handgun from the holster.
The course allows you to use a loaded, holstered firearm on any range insured via the NFA.
A large percentage of modern pistol competitions use holsters and there are only two possible qualifications, which are the NFA and the IPSC Black Badge course. The Black Badge course requires considerable previous holster knowledge before taking.
Maximum 8 Students – 6 Hours – $125.00 + HST
- NFA certified course
- Live shooting from holster
- Live drawing & holstering tech.
- Cadence firing & target acquisition
- DA, SA and safe action tech
- 40% Classroom – 60% Range
- 250 rounds of ammunition is required (must be center fire)
- Must have 3 magazines
- If you do not have a firearm, we will provide you with one
National certification requires a membership with NFARegister for a Course
Designed to YOUR needs – contact us for a quote. At Hnatiuk’s we will design a firearms course to accommodate your special needs. Security Guards – Militia – Enforcement, etc, You tell us what to include and we’ll design the curriculum to meet your requirements.
- Familiarization of various types of handguns & long guns
- Proper lubrication
- Clearing Jams
- Stripping, cleaning, reassembling and firing the make of the firearm unique to your work
- Proper door entry
Maximum 8 Students – 3 Hours – $125.00 + HST
- Loading of Center fire rifle and pistol ammunition
- Types “RN, SP, HP, Conical, BT, and FB, etc
- Difference between loading for hunting or target rounds
- Different loading presses and dies
- How to get the most accuracy
- Powder types and burn
- Primer types and uses
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Range Safety Officers (RSO) Course
Maximum 8 Students – Cost $150 – Time: 8 Hours Course Covers
- Range Inspections
- Range Commands
- RSO Equipment
- Immediate Actions
- Range Construction
- Action Range Layouts
Graduates attain the National Firearms Association RSO CertificationRegister for a Course
Maximum 5 Students – 3 Hours – $50.00 + HST
- Introduction to archery
- History of the bow and arrows
- Types of archery equipment
- Eye dominance
- Shooting technique
- Archery terms
- Proper Form
- One-on-one instruction on proper shooting technique and safety
- Opportunity to do lots of shooting!!!
Firearms Maintenance & Cleaning
Maximum 6 students – 3 Hours – $75 + HST All firearm types
- Cleaning &: Storage
- Pre-Shooting preparation
- Post-Shooting care
- Strip & Assembly
- Solvents & Oils
- Lead vs jacketed
- Stainless vs Blued oil types
VIP Emergency First Aid and Firearm Related Injuries Course
- Certified Instructor
- Infection control
- legalities involved when assisting
- 911 system
- How to approach an emergency
- Airway emergencies
- Breathing and circulation emergencies
- First aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest
- Wound care
- Firearms related injuries
- CPR manual provided as part of the course
- Red Cross certification card for successful candidates
- 3-year certification in Emergency First Aid, CPR level C with AED
- 100% attendance required, must demonstrate required skills and 75% minimum passing grade on written exam
VIP Non-Restricted Course
Maximum 8 Students – 8 Hours – $150.00 + HST This is the Federal rifle & shotgun course that’s required to obtain your “Non-Restricted” PAL certification, however with many VIP extras, i.e
Live Firings of a rifle & shotgun
One on One instruction to properly load, aim, fire and unload files and shotguns
VIP Restricted Course
Maximum 8 Students – 8 Hours – $150.00 + HST This is the Federal handgun course that’s required to obtain your ‘Restricted’ PAL certification, however with many VIP extras, i.e.
Live firing of various makes and caliber hand guns
One on one instruction to properly load, aim, fire and unload all types of hand guns.