Course Descriptions

Open Enrollment and Private Group Curriculum

Below you'll find a complete list of the courses VATA offers in open enrollment and private settings. Click on the link below any course to view the full course outline. All course dates currently scheduled can be found on the calendar page. If you are interested in a course that is not currently on the schedule, it can be arranged in a private setting. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a private individual or group session, please contact us.

*Please note that if you attend two one-day courses in a single weekend, we offer a discounted rate of $375 for both days. Force on force courses that incorporate Simunitions have a higher price tag than live fire courses, but we provide the rounds, so there are no ammunition costs for those courses.



Intro to Tactical Pistol

Prerequisite: None | One Full Day | $200*

Develop the foundation of combative shooting skills needed in a tactical setting by exercising these skills in a variety of shooting situations.

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Tactical Pistol Level I

Prerequisite: Intro to Tactical Pistol | One Full Day | $200*

Advance to skills that will reduce your reaction time, allow you to shoot faster with a higher degree of accuracy, and increase your confidence with your handgun.

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Tactical Pistol Level II

Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol I | Two Full Days | $400

Dive into advanced shooting drills simulating realistic situations, utilizing unconventional platforms and close quarters and contact shooting.

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Advanced Concealed Carry

Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol II | Two Full Days | $400

Learn to work around a concealment garment through advanced drills, blind shooting situations, and a low-light shoot.

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INTRO TO FORCE ON FORCE PISTOL

Prerequisite: None | Two Full Days | $550*

Engage in realistic shooting scenarios against real life aggressors to test your skills using Simunition FX marking cartridges to see what it’s really like to be in a gunfight.

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ADVANCED FORCE ON FORCE PISTOL

Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol I | Two Full Days | $550*

We increase the intensity of the scenarios, incorporating Simunition FX marking cartridges, with multiple aggressors in and around buildings, vehicles, and other everyday environs.

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CRITICAL INCIDENT FORCE ON FORCE

Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol I AND Tactical Carbine I
Two Full Days | $550*

Work with both pistols and rifles converted for Simunition FX rounds in realistic critical incident scenarios against seasoned/multiple aggressors to test your skills.

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LOW LIGHT PISTOL

Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol I | One Full Day | $200

Focus strictly on shooting in a low- to no-light environment and cover choice of sights, handheld versus weapon-mounted white light selection, and the proper techniques on how to use them.

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PISTOL WORKSHOP

Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol I | One Full Day | $200

Practice and hone the skills you’ve learned thus far in an action packed day of drills, drills, and more drills.

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WOMEN'S DEFENSIVE PISTOL

Prerequisite: None | One Full Day | $200

Ladies only! Starts with safety and the basics, then slowly builds the new shooter’s confidence in manipulating and firing your weapon.

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PISTOL TUNEUP

Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol I | One Half Day | $100

Four hours of DRILLS! No excuses. Get out on the range for a quickie practice!

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CARBINE TUNEUP

Prerequisite: Tactical Carbine I | One Half Day | $100

Four hours of DRILLS! No excuses. Get out on the range for a quickie practice!

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INTRO TO TACTICAL CARBINE

Prerequisite: None | One Full Day | $200*

Develop understanding and proficiency with a tactical carbine, progressing from basic handling and marksmanship skills to advanced shooting drills.

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TACTICAL CARBINE LEVEL I

Prerequisite: Intro to Tactical Carbine | One Full Day | $200*

Advance your skills to reduce reaction time and shoot faster with a higher degree of accuracy and increase your confidence with your carbine.

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TACTICAL CARBINE LEVEL II

Prerequisite: Tactical Carbine I | Two Full Days | $400

Refine your skills by diving into advanced shooting drills in realistic shooting situations utilizing unconventional platforms and close quarters and contact shooting.

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LOW LIGHT CARBINE

Prerequisite: Tactical Carbine I | One Full Day | $200

Focus strictly on shooting in a low- to no-light environment and cover choice of sights, handheld versus weapon-mounted white light selection, and the proper techniques on how to use them.

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CARBINE WORKSHOP

Prerequisite: Tactical Carbine I | One Full Day | $200

Practice and hone the skills you’ve learned thus far in an action packed day of drills, drills, and more drills.

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INTRO TO TACTICAL SHOTGUN

Prerequisite: None | One Full Day | $200

Progress from basic handling and marksmanship skills to advanced shooting drills focusing on techniques used in an urban environment.

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VEHICLE CQB

Prerequisite: Tactical Pistol II | Two Full Days | $500

Learn tactics for fighting around and inside a vehicle and the realities of what vehicles can and can not provide you in a gunfight, plus engage in Simunition scenarios on day two!

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INTRO TO HOME DEFENSE

Prerequisite: None | Two Full Days | $550

Enter the world of Close Quarters Battle through classroom discussion and real world scenarios using Simunition FX cartridges in the shoot house to learn the safest and most effective ways to defend yourself and your family in your home.

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BASIC PRECISION MARKSMAN

Prerequisite: None | Three Full Days

Bring your long range accuracy to the next level over three days focusing on setting up your rifle, range estimation, marksmanship, target discrimination, cover and concealment, and much more.

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INTRO TO TACTICAL COMBATIVES

Prerequisite: None | One Full Day | $200*

Take a real world look at street defense, focusing on the methods of violent attacks and how to protect, attack, and escape through practical exercises where you will physically strike and grapple with instructors and classmates.

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TACTICAL COMBATIVES LEVEL I

Prerequisite: Intro Combatives or Womens Combatives
One Full Day | $200*

Learn more advanced techniques for winning a close quarters fight, including utilization of improvised striking tools, weapon take-aways, reversals, and bettering a bad position.

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WOMEN'S OFFENSIVE COMBATIVES

Prerequisite: None | One Full Day | $200

Ladies only! Focus on methods of attacks specifically against women and how to protect, attack, and escape through practical exercise where you will physically strike and grapple with instructors and classmates.

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INTRODUCTION TO TACTICAL MEDICINE

Prerequisite: None | Two Full Days | $450

Learn the basic principles of care under fire and the essentials of combat trauma care through classroom curriculum and practical exercises based on the military’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC).

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PRACTICAL TO TACTICAL

Prerequisite: Pistol I AND Carbine I | Three Full Days | $800

We team up with world-champion Max Michel for three days of speed shooting, advanced firing positions, transitions, movements, shooting on the move and much more.

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