Introduction into Competition Pistol Shooting


Taught by: Marc Santos

Sunday,May 15th, 2022

6801 County Road 14
Mount Gilead, OH 43338


Introduction into Competition Pistol Shooting By: Marc Santos

Purpose: The purpose of this class is to familiarize shooters in the basics of competitive shooting. A new shooter’s first match can be overwhelming and stressful which can compromise safety. Sports discussed are United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA), and International Defensive Pistol Shooting Association (IDPA). Students will learn how to shoot safely with a shot timer and learn the basic rules, safety rules, and etiquette to ensure them success for their first match. The shooting portion of the course students will compete against each other and more importantly themselves in a mini match! Materials Needed: Safe firearm, Holster (No cross-draw holsters and any holster deemed unsafe by instructors), belt, minimum of 2 magazine pouches, hearing protection, eye protection, proper range attire, and a notebook and pen is recommended. 50 rounds of Ammunition.

Marc Santos is an active-duty Navy Supply Corps Officer, sponsored competitive shooter and NRA certified Pistol Instructor. He is currently a member of the Navy Marksmanship Team as an Action Shooter and has represented the Navy at several world, national, state, and local level matches earning several titles. Marc’s primary focus in competition are pistol divisions in United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), Steel Challenge Shooting Association (SCSA), and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA).


  • FireRidge Defense 
  • Black Dot Ammunition
  • Dark Star Gear

Shooting Accomplishments

  • 2017 EOD Warrior Foundation Pistol Match: High Military/High Carry Optics/ 2nd Overall
  • 2018 Delaware State Championship High Military( IDPA)
  • 2019 All Navy East Coast Top Pistol Action Shooter
  • 2020 World Speed Shooting Championship 2nd B Class Carry Optics 
  • 2020 World Speed Shooting Championship High Military Main Match (Centerfire Pistol)
  • 2021 All Navy East Coast Top Navy Action Pistol Shooter
  • 2021 Area 5 Steel Challenge Championship Carry Optics A Champion 2021/ 2nd Overall
  • 2021 Ohio Classic Carry Optics A Champion
  • 2021 Ohio Classic High Military

Firearms Instruction Completed

  • Performance Pistol (Frank Proctor) 2016
  • Modern Samurai Project Red Dot Pistol Course (Scott Jedlinski) 2018
  • Critical Handgun Employment Sentinel Concepts (Steve Fisher) 2018
  • Critical Carbine Employment (Steve Fisher) 2020
  • Tavor Level 1 IWI July 2021
  • AK Employment Sentinel Concepts 2021
  • PCC Employment Sentinel Concepts 2021
  • Peak Performance (Brandon Powers) 2021
  • PSTG (Ben Stoeger) 2021
  • Mental Management Seminar (Steve Anderson) 2022