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Handgun Optic Instructor Skills & Tactics – Certification (HOIST-C) – Williston, ND


September 14 - September 15



Course Overview


Course Details

With the advent of miniature red dot sights for handguns, training, and operational deployment is undergoing a radical and rapid evolution. Unfortunately, the MRDS is far less intuitive than its bigger brother on the carbine. A sound and solid foundation within an agency/organization is a must for the logical, progressive, and safe rollout of these innovative systems. Handgun Optic Instructor Skills and Tactics Certification or HOIST-C aims to equip law-enforcement handgun firearms instructors with the knowledge, tools, tactics, techniques, and procedures to competently and confidently bring your agency into this modern, albeit more biologically conducive, domain. Adopting this technology cannot end simply with the purchase and the “owner’s manual.” In short, HOIST-C sets your fellow officers up to win.

Topics covered include:

  • Pragmatic safety and the risk analysis tool
  • Advanced instructor development
  • The 5-point information delivery model
  • Optic selection (pros, cons & options)
  • Support equipment & maintenance
  • Five varieties of dot acquisition
  • Shooter-related problems & associated remediation
  • Optic-related problems/malfunction
  • Weapon re-function-related problems
  • Low light operations
  • Student led-teach backs
  • Written examination and live fire skills test


Enrollment: Open to the Department of Defense, law enforcement, government agencies, and eligible government contractors.

Pre Requisites: Prior handgun training experience



Venue Details

Williston Police Department Gun Range
Location: 200 E. Riverside Drive
Williston,ND58801United States

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Upon registration complete the following form(s) and submit prior to day one of training: Student Information and Release of Liability

Student Equipment

Duty firearm (minimum 1) with mounted optic, associated tools & additional batteries
Three magazines (minimum)
Duty belt/holster/associated kit. Blackhawk Serpa Holsters are prohibited.
500 rounds of ammunition (minimum)
Eye protection (sun & clear)
Electronic ear protection
High output tactical flashlights (minimum 2) one must be handheld, the other may be weapon mounted
Comprehensive note-taking material


Students should bring lunch and suitable snacks for each day of training.