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Basic Handgun Training Classes

Experience a comprehensive firearm training session covering safety, handgun mechanics, grip, and loading techniques. Develop skills for confident handling and consistent progress.

Classes begin Thursday, July 11th - Register Below

Retired OPD tactics team trainer, Dave Haddock teaches basic handgun classes at Decision Tactical

Join our exclusive basic handgun training course led by retired Orlando Police Department veteran, Dave Haddock.

Classes begin Thursday, July 11th and will run in segments of 1 hour (30 min in class room & 30 min at the D-TAC range). The first time slot will be 5:30 – 6:30 PM and the next will be 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

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We are currently offering the first 2 out of the 4 basic classes.

Class #1 – 

Discover essential firearm safety rules, master the nomenclature of a semi-automatic handgun, identify your dominant eye, perfect your handgun grip, and learn efficient loading and unloading techniques. Engage in a comprehensive familiarization course of fire, ensuring consistent progress with each session

Class #2 – 

This instruction block will review Class #1 material. It will explain the cycle of operation of a semi-automatic handgun. You’ll understand sight alignment and sight picture. You’ll also learn about stance and trigger control.

Class #3 –

This block of instruction will review Class #2 material, practice muzzle control, practice drawing from a holster, and practice follow-up shots.


This block of instruction will review Class #3 material, practice reloads, failure to fire malfunction clearing, and lateral movement.

A little more about Dave:

Dave, a seasoned member of the City of Orlando Police Department for 30 years, brings a wealth of expertise to his current role. His last nine years were dedicated to the Professional Standards Division. Throughout his tenure, Dave:

  1. Served as the Department’s subject matter expert: With 16 years of experience, Dave was the go-to authority on Police Practices and Use of Force.
  2. Developed cutting-edge training programs: He created comprehensive training modules for electronic weapons usage and response tactics for active shooter incidents, widely adopted by the Department.
  3. Authored crucial Department policies: Dave’s expertise extended to policy formulation. He focused particularly on areas concerning the use of electronic weapons, force application, and vehicle pursuit protocols.
  4. Provided expert testimony and consultation: He lent his insights and expertise in numerous State and Federal legal proceedings, offering invaluable insights on law enforcement use of force, defensive tactics, and police practices.
  5. Led the Accountability, Standards, and Compliance Unit: As the head of this critical unit, Dave spearheaded the review of use of force incidents and police practices, ensuring adherence to the highest standards of accountability and compliance.

Dave retired from the Orlando Police Department in 2022. Now, he channels his vast knowledge into consulting and teaching. He specializes in instructing on use of force, police practices, firearms, and situational awareness.