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ADTA Live-Fire Participant Readiness – Revised August 2016


  •  Eye protection – shooting-grade glasses with top and side coverage.
  •  Ear protection – appropriate noise reduction rating (NRR) electronic, passive, and/or inserts.
  •  Cap with visor – able to be worn with eye and ear protection, visor extending over glasses.
  •  Semiautomatic pistol – one you’ve shot before, and are comfortable operating and shooting.
  •  Two pistol magazines – at least two, for the pistol you’ll be using.
  •  Pistol case – closeable; soft- or hard-sided; one per pistol.
  •  Pistol belt – appropriate weight, width, and thickness to stay in place and support gear.
  •  Holster – must stay in place at waist; strong-side, muzzle-down; able to reholster one-handed.
  •  Magazine belt pouch – advised, on belt, weak-side; two pouches recommended.
  •  Ammunition – typically 100 to 200 rounds for your pistol, full-metal-jacket (FMJ/TMJ).
  •  Flashlight – 4” to 6” long, easy to hold in a fist, metal body, tail-cap button switch
  •  Small First Aid items – for minor scrapes, nicks, or cuts.
  •  Range bag – any bag or case able to safely carry all of the above items.
  •  Shirt -- well-fitting with close neckline advised – medium-weight tee-shirts work well.
  •  Pants or medium shorts – belt-loops help hold gear in place; pockets (at least in back) advised.
  •  Shoes – closed-toe, comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes advised

Procedures and Expectations for ADTA Live-Fire Events

  •  Explain why ADTA requires pistols to stay unloaded and holstered at events, until instructed.
  •  Explain why ADTA allows you to load rounds into magazines at any time, but not in the gun.
  •  Explain the steps of ADTA’s “Unload and Show Clear” procedure, and why it’s used.
  •  Demonstrate, as a Safety: (1) what to watch and do, (2) how to guide Unload and Show Clear
  •  Understand how to arrive, check-in, be cleared, and carry your firearm at an ADTA event.

Pistol Handling and Basic Skills Demonstration at the Range

  •  Safety must be demonstrated throughout: always treat as loaded, index, muzzle, backstop.
  •  This is an untimed exercise. Conduct the steps when instructed, at a safe and accurate pace.
  •  The target for this exercise is one standard letter-sized piece of paper, with a black dot in the approximate center, and set approximately twenty feet distant from the shooter.
  •  Begin with your pistol unloaded and holstered, and one empty magazine in your belt pouch.
  •  Shooter, prepare a magazine with only one round, then place the magazine in your belt pouch.
  •  Shooter, present to low ready.
  •  Shooter, load and make ready.
  •  Shooter, at your own pace, place one shot into the paper, then return to low ready.
  •  Shooter, unload and show clear, ending with your firearm in the holster.
  •  (REPEAT ALL COMMANDS) with only two rounds in the magazine, and two shots into the paper
  •  (REPEAT ALL COMMANDS) with only five rounds in the magazine, and five shots into the paper

Instructor Builder Series - from workshop 7/23/2016

As ADTA, we are a community – of people wanting to develop practical self-defense skills, of people who accept and pursue the responsibility of firearm skills, and of friends who readily share their knowledge and enthusiasm with others, that everyone benefits.

At heart, the best ADTA Instructors want to enable people to learn. They invest in themselves and their skills, and so understand how to effectively guide development in eager learners of all levels.


1. Identify, encourage, and equip ADTA members (our ADTA Instructors) who truly want to help other ADTA members build their skills.

2. Design and operate curriculum advancing the objectives of ADTA.

3. Maintain and develop our consistent ADTA presentation structure to make it easier for each Instructor to convey content, for each participant to understand and develop their skills with ADTA, and to benefit everyone’s safety.



 Establish the objectives of ADTA.

 Recognize, appoint, and logistically support ADTA Chapters, ADTA Members, ADTA Range Safety Officers, ADTA Mentors, and ADTA Instructors.

 Establish and promote policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures supporting the success of ADTA Chapters.


 Organize and conduct regular learning opportunities for ADTA members.

 Promote and grow ADTA membership.

 Encourage and support ADTA members, their participation, and their growth.

 Organize and conduct regular content review, refinement, and development.


 Safety.

 As an ADTA volunteer, positively represent the organization and its objectives.

 Follow and contribute to the improvement of the organization’s policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures.

 As an ADTA Instructor:

 Fairly assess yourself, and actively grow your hard and soft skills.

 Guide participants in developing their skills in ADTA events.

 Participate in the development of ADTA content.

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