Critical Handgun Employment

September 15th & 16th, 2018  $500

1000 Rounds of Ammunition

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Steve Fisher

We are excited to host Steve "Yeti" Fisher again for 2018.  Our course with Steve in June, 2016, was very well received by students and staff and it offered a lot of learning in three days.  Building off of the previous year's carbine courses, we are switching gears and running the handgun.

Critical Handgun Employment covers enhanced skill sets to maintain a level of control mentally and physically while processing information and making decisions on the move.  Low light techniques  and other skills including timed and graded drills and performance based task will show you where your training is breaking down. This break down will allow you to determine what essential courses you may want to re-take as well as provide guidance for individual practice. The class will thoroughly cover:

Steve has a solid background and reputation in the training and firearms industry and brings a lot to his courses.  Being this course is available for registration so early we are offering a discount for students anxious to lock in 2017 training plans.  

A mid-level course where students are familiarized with their rifles. The class will thoroughly cover:

•Safety brief & Medical plan

•Proper gear selection and placement

•Accuracy Drills, recoil control techniques

•How and why of speed/retention/emergency loading

•Accuracy and Timed drills

•Shooting from retention

•Weapon Hand / alternate Hand Malfunctions

•Weapon Hand / alternate hand Shooting Drills

•Movement when to shoot and how

•Shooting from downed positions

•Multiple target tracking

•Low light (when and where applicable)

•and more…

Sentinel Concepts course Refund Policy:

Refunds are only issued for canceled classes only no exceptions.  A credit can be applied to future Sentinel Concepts courses.


Potential students absolutely must have prior vetted training to attend this course, students will be required to shoot a standards test at beginning of the class on demand. The level of activity is moderate to demanding, students who do not show proficient safe weapons handling will not dictate the class tempo.  Training opportunities prior to this course will be available to meet prerequisite requirements.  You should have sound experience with your handgun and training from reputable instructors prior to attending this course.  If you have any questions if you would be a good fit in this course, please contact us prior to registration.  We would be happy to go over your background and experience to determine your best options for training.

This course SHOULD NOT be your first handgun course.  

Required gear and equipment:

-A functional and practical handgun chambered in 9mm, .40 cal, or .45 ACP.  Weapon mounted light/handheld lights system for low light portion.  A spare handgun is also recomended in case of equipment failure.

-Ammunition requirement is a minimum of 1000 rounds

-Minimum of 5 Magazines, extra magazines are highly recommended - single stack shooters should have more.  It is recommended to pre-load your magazines ahead of time.

-First Line Gear: Sturdy Belt designed and capable of supporting pistol, magazines, gear, etc.  Quality holster for pistol with solid retention, no cheap nylon or generic fit holsters permitted.  Holster must cover trigger guard and retain pistol during movement.  Holsters that use the trigger finger in line with the trigger to release are not preferred.  Magazine Pouches/Carriers for pistol and Rifle, Dump Pouch highly recommended, Multi-Tool recommended.


-Eye and Ear Protection

-Adequate clothing and footwear for weather, rain gear, jacket, etc.  We recommend dressing in layers.

-Personal equipment: Gloves, Elbow pads, knee pads.  The neoprene type work great, you will be on the ground, kneeling, prone etc. and the pads can greatly aid in comfort.

-Baseball style cap highly recommended

-Personal items such as sunscreen, bug repellant, favorite snacks, etc.

-Gun cleaning/maintenance kit, lubricant of choice, rags or old t-shirts

About Steve and Sentinel Concepts:

Sentinel Concepts is committed to bringing our students the most current and relevant firearms training based on their personal needs.

No two classes will have the same curriculum, as each class will be based on the students and their training goals in each class.  

Individual students’ goals, abilities and skills will be the basis for each class’ instruction.  Each drill and exercise will build a solid surface for each student to develop a plan for their personal practice sessions and will enable them to diagnose their own mistakes and to empower them to be better, more efficient shooters, and effective weapon manipulator after the class and for years to come, by using proven and current techniques.


Previously Steve served as one of the primary Instructors for Magpul Dynamics.  Steve currently serves as a reserve officer with an agency in the southern United States as a firearms trainer for SWAT and patrol divisions.

Steve’s career as a trainer started in the 90’s, first at NTFT and then later as the owner and lead trainer of MDFI, both Michigan based companies. He was responsible for the development of new programs and tactics for several local departments and new training curriculum’s based on low light, home defense and the use of the carbine, handgun and shotgun in various roles.

Steve is active in 2-Gun and 3-Gun competition on the local level, as well as in other competitive disciplines.  Steve has been featured in SWAT Magazine and has written for both SWAT Magazine and Surefire Combat Tactics.

Over the years Steve has participated in numerous training programs from notable instructors in the industry as well as many local level schools, and stays active on both sides of the training industry. He is also an avid hunter and has a history in the outdoor/hunting television community as both a hunter and cameraman.