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Advanced Recoil Management (Sharp/Aprill)

June 8 @ 8:45 am - 7:00 pm


Guest Instructors:
Paul Sharp (Sharp Defense / Straight Blast Gym)
William April (Aprill Risk Consulting)

Pistol Intensive Weekend: 
Day One: Advanced Recoil Management
(TD2 is sold separately; please see our website or Eventbrite page to register for TD2)

The Pistol Intensive Weekend is designed for individuals who are interested in dramatically increasing their pistol skills and performance a brief, concentrated time frame. PIW is appropriate for student shooters in any chosen context: private-citizen concealed carry, home defense, law-enforcement/duty purposes, and the shooting sports. The emphasis of the instruction is on increasing applied speed and accuracy with carry guns rather than on tactical or scenario-based exercises. We believe that “running the gun” faster than one thought possible while maintaining life-saving accuracy is achievable for the motivated student and that confidence with one’s pistol comes from the competence this demanding coursework will instill. The program of instruction is comprised of two one-day courses which may be taken individually (8+ hours each) or back-to-back (totaling 16+ hours).

Part of our method is that PIW courses are necessarily high round-count training (+/-1250 per day, +/-2500 for both days) in order to ingrain the new technical components, to reveal and highlight performance areas in need of remediation, and to cover the amount of essential material. Please note that this is not a “spray and pray” environment, but rather one of intensive scrutiny and accountability for every round fired, just as is the case in the larger world.

There are no formal prerequisites to attendance other than willingness to learn and absolute commitment to safe gun-handling. Please contact either instructor with any questions about individual readiness for the courses. We will challenge you and make you a better shooter.


  • Establishing the optimal grip
  • Leverage and traction
  • Defining the combative drawstroke
  • Building a consistent and repeatable index
  • Establishing a shooting position at “The 3”
  • Shooting through the process of extension
  • Shooting while moving
  • Addressing multiple targets and opponents
  • Recoil management in alternate shooting positions
  • Individual skills assessment
  • Future practice planning for continuing development

Equipment List:

  • A high-quality fighting pistol that works, in a service caliber; a second one just as good is an excellent idea
  • 1250 rounds of quality ammunition per day of training you will attend
  • A roll of masking tape
  • A high-quality holster
  • Wrap-around eye protection
  • Electronic hearing protection
  • Seasonally appropriate clothing
  • A sturdy gun belt
  • Lots of magazines that work; 6 would seem like a good minimum
  • Belt pouches for 2 magazines
  • Rain gear (we will shoot rain or shine)
  • Sunblock as needed
  • Knee pads and shooting gloves, if you like them
  • Insect repellent
  • A brimmed hat or cap
  • Note-taking materials
  • Firearms cleaning and lubrication equipment

And last, but not least: an UPLULA Magazine Loader appropriate to your pistol(s). You will regret not bringing this item… trust us.

Paul Sharp is the owner and head coach of the Straight Blast Gym Illinois, a Combat Base BJJ Blackbelt, and 1/6 of the ShivWorks Collective. He is also a retired police officer with nearly 20 years of experience. Current and past assignments have included patrol, SWAT, officer training, resident officer, undercover narcotics detective, and neighborhood response officer. Paul holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and instructor ratings in Filipino Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do concepts, and Mixed Martial Arts. Having competed at a professional level in Mixed Martial Arts and boxing, Paul is uniquely positioned to coach others from knowledge and experience. He now teaches, blogs, and publishes training videos through his company, Sharp Defense.

  • https://www.sbgillinois.com/
  • https://sharpdefense.blog/

William Aprill is a licensed mental health professional with over 15 years experience across the continuum of care. He presently maintains a private practice and consultancy specializing in post-traumatic interventions and other disciplines.

William is a former deputy sheriff (Orleans Parish, LA, Criminal Sheriff’s Office) and Special Deputy US Marshal (Eastern District of Louisiana). He is a decorated competitive shooter and has taught civilian, law enforcement, and military personnel in various fighting skills since 1990.

William maintains an active schedule both as student and teacher, having been instructor-rated by several top-tier trainers and studying under many of the most influential members of the combative arts community.

Under the auspices of Aprill Risk Consulting, William has presented his material on violent criminals and their decision-making, defensive incident aftermath, mindset development and defensive preparedness locally and nationally, including at the Annual Conference  of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), Rangemaster Tactical Conference, Tactical Response Alumni Weekend, and at Paul-E-Palooza, the memorial conference and fundraiser for the family of the late Paul Gomez.


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June 8
8:45 am - 7:00 pm
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