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1911 Operator

Date: 10/8/2012-10/10/2012
TTPOA Member Tuition: $300.00
Non-TTPOA Member Tuition: $350.00
Location: Garland, Region 7 Instructor(s): Jason Burton
Contact Info: Dan Colasanto, 972 205 - 2024
Course Details:

The TTPOA will be hosting a 1911 Operator Class taught by Jason Burton of Heirloom Precision. Jason Burton is an owner-operator of Heirloom Precision where he builds the finest quality 1911 pattern pistols. Jason constructs pistols for elite military and law enforcement personnel as well as private citizens alike and is a very sought-after master craftsman.

 Jason has always had a passion for fine weapons and related equipment and their practical application for everyday use by civilians and law enforcement personnel. This passion extends to his lifelong pursuit of firearms training and seeking out the best possible tactics for firearms-related scenarios. Jason has participated in a number of handgun competitions and has incorporated the skills necessary for competition into the discipline of practical and sound application for real-world use.

 As a result, Jason has had the opportunity to train with and perfect these skills from some of the most respected individuals and schools in the nation. These include Thunder Ranch, International Training Consultants, Trident Concepts, Rob Leatham, Vickers Tactical, EAG Tactical, and Viking Tactics. He has built a network of training partners who are like-minded in their ideas on how to prepare for and survive armed confrontations.

Because of his dedication to this field and his passion for teaching, Jason was invited to be a current adjunct instructor for Thunder Ranch Inc and has taught at both the Oregon and Texas facilities. In 2010, Jason became involved with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office where he is assigned to teach handgun and rifle techniques to various personnel in MCSO on a quarterly basis.

Course Topics:

1911 Class Overview

Classroom Portion:

The classroom portion will focus on the basic operation of the 1911, the proper fit of parts, common issues, parts breakages, and general maintenance. Topics covered will include:

  • Complete disassembly of pistol
  • Detail discussion of each part with explanation of proper fit and function
  • Firing cycle of 1911
  • Safety checks
  • Common parts breakages and what to look for
  • Proper spring weights for various calibers and sizes
  • Firing pin safeties pros and cons
  • Function differences between Government Model / Commander Model / O-ACP and the effect frame length and caliber may have
  • Magazines – what works and why
  • Reassembly of pistol
  • Proper maintenance and lubrication


Range Portion:

The range portion will focus on basic gun fighting skills as well as 1911 specific drills. Topics covered will include:

  • Basic firearms safety
  • Basic manual of arms for the 1911
  • Properly zeroing the pistol
  • Sight alignment
  • Trigger control
  • Shooting stance
  • Effective engagement zones
  • Proper draw stroke
  • Ammunition management
  • Pistol manipulations – loading / un-loading / re-loading / malfunction clearance
  •  Movement
  • Communication
  • Equipment discussion – good gear vs. bad gear
Students must be certified peace officers or active military personnel, in good standing with their agency. Students must be able to  provide agency ID on the first day of class.
Required Equipment

1911 Class Equipment List

Classroom Portion:

  • 1911 pistol
  • Pin punch for removing MSH pin (Brownells P/N: 080-850-000 works well)
  • Screwdriver or Allen-wrench for stock screws
  • Screwdriver or Allen-wrench for mag-catch lock
  • Bushing wrench (if required)
  • Cleaning matt or towel (Brownells P/N: 084-280-001)
  • Basic cleaning tools – rod, bore brush, patches, cleaning brush, etc
  • Pen/Pencil & notebook


Range Portion:

  • 1911 pistol – or more to the point a FUNCTIONAL 1911 pistol. An identical spare handgun is a good idea but not required.
  • 6-8 magazines
  • A quality holster, magazines carriers, and sturdy belt. It is recommended that the holster NOT be a paddle holster and that the belt thread through the loops of the holster and magazine carriers.  Cross-draw and shoulder holsters are not allowed
  • At least 600-800 rounds of ammunition for 2-day range format.
  • A handheld flashlight (bringing a spare is recommended) and spare batteries.
  • Ear protection.
  • Eye protection – both clear and tinted for day and dark.
  • Water or other hydration and snacks.
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather.
  • Hat, neck scarf, and sunscreen.
  • A small first aid kit including band-aids, aspirin, medical tape, etc. is recommended but not required.
  • A small weapons maintenance kit including quality lubrication is recommended but not required.
  • Knee and elbow protection is recommended but not required.


Payment Instructions/Host Hotel Information:

The fee for the course is $300 for TTPOA members and $350 for non-members. All fees are due by June15, 2012. There will be no refunds for cancellations after June 15th, 2012. Class size is limited to 20. Make checks payable to the TTPOA. Mail registration forms and checks to - Garland Police Department 1891 Forest Lane, Garland,TX 75042 Attn: Lt. Dan Colasanto. To register, contact TTPOA Region 7 Director Dan Colasanto 972-205-2024 or e-mail at colasant@garlandtx.gov.  Register online at www.ttpoa.org.

Host Hotel:
Hyatt Place Dallas/Garland

5101 North President George Bush Highway
Garland, TX 75040, USA
Phone: +1 972 414 3500 Fax: +1 972 414 3550

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