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Monderno Hosts Fortress Defense Consultants for Defensive Pistol I

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting Frank Sharpe Jr. and Fortress Defense Consultants here in the Houston area for Defensive Pistol I. Defensive Pistol I is a two day, 20 hour course that will be run January 19-20, 2013 at The Impact Zone Range in Hempstead, TX.

We’re announcing this course early for a couple reasons. First, people are busy, and scheduling a weekend for training is hard for some people. This much notice gives you plenty of opportunity to make time. Second, training isn’t free, so this gives you a chance to budget for the expense. And no, this will not interfere with SHOT Show 2013 (both Fortress Defense and Monderno are planning on attending).

Course Details

[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”3073″ title=”Frank Sharpe Jr.” align=”right” size=”medium” autoHeight=”true”] Defensive Pistol I takes the student from novice to competent gunman, capable of drawing a concealed pistol and consistently hitting moving targets in a defensive situation. If requested, a female instructor will be available to assist any female students.

The course will have a maximum of 16 students in order to assure the proper student to instructor ratio.

Equipment Requirements

  • Functional handgun, .380 caliber or larger
  • Minimum of 3 magazines or speedloaders
  • Proper holster
  • Magazine holster or speedloader carrier
  • Flashlight

Ammunition Requirements

800 rounds factory ammunition

Topics Covered

  • Gun handling and range safety
  • Equipment selection and carry
  • Avoidance and disengagement techniques
  • Levels of force
  • Sight alignment and trigger control
  • Draw-stroke
  • Movement
  • Cover and concealment
  • Human physiology and the relationship of shot placement
  • Psychological aspects of a shooting involvement
  • Hitting moving targets
  • Reloading
  • Stoppage reduction
  • Hostage drills
  • Flashlight techniques


The cost for the two day course is $425 – $400 for the course and $25 for the range fees.

Travel Information

The range is located about 45 minutes West of Houston, so if you live in or near Houston, you will likely not need to get a hotel.


The Impact Zone
10878 Kerr Rd.
Hempstead, TX 77445


In addition to the many options on the west side of Houston, there are a bunch of motels and hotels located near The Impact Zone. Anyone traveling to the course will have plenty of options in just about any price range.


Registration is all handled through the Fortress Defense Consultants website. Even though we are announcing this class very early, there are a limited number of spots, and they are first come, first served. So register now and save your spot.

4 Responses to Monderno Hosts Fortress Defense Consultants for Defensive Pistol I

  1. Dr. L. June 20, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Great idea for a road trip and meet up! But 2 ten hour days??? I’ll have to start training now!

    • Brandon June 20, 2012 at 10:36 am #

      I’m sure you’ll be fine! Part of the course is “classroom” based, and we’ll be breaking for lunch of course. Looking forward to it!

  2. Frank Sharpe December 3, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    It’s more like one 12-hour day and one 8-hour day.

  3. Frank Sharpe January 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Do to the present circumstances, we’re revisiting our “no reloads” policy at courses.

    Till further notice, reloads will be allowed with a single rule: NO ONE may pick up a live round off the ground and stuff it in any gun.

    You’re welcome to blow your own gun up. You may not blow up someone else’s.

    So, expect to sacrifice 20, or so, live rounds during the weekend.