Red Dot Sight Pistol - User Transition Course
Red Dot Sight Pistol - User Transition Course
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2 Days


The User Transition class is a two-day introductory course combining classroom lectures with live-fire range sessions, providing hands-on experience using the RDS system on-duty pistols.

The live-fire segment includes

  • draw and presentation techniques
  • acquiring the red dot
  • target focus versus front sight focus
  • distance shooting with the RDS.

Topics of instruction encompass vital concepts such as

  • structure versus strength
  • the principle that less effort equals higher efficiency
  • a thorough examination of the pros, cons, and limitations of optics available in the marketplace. 

The course delves into the proper use of RDS in adverse weather conditions, strategies for overcoming those challenges, navigating close-quarter environments, and handling extended-distance situations.

Additionally, participants will be taught the proper use of RDS with damage or glass obstruction.

The class concludes with detailed information and data to consider before purchasing, emphasizing that Red Dot Sights are the future.

Topics of Instruction Include

  • The course covers an individual officer wanting to enhance his ability with the RDS or start gaining knowledge of the RDS.
  • The fundamentals redefined: structure vs. strength, less effort = better efficiency.
  • Pros, cons, and limitations of optics available in the marketplace will be discussed at length.
  • Proper use of RDS in inclement weather and how to overcome those conditions through technique.
  • Proper use of RDS in CQB environments and at extended distances.
  • Proper use of RDS with damage and or obstruction of the glass.
  • It allows an agency or team to acquire more information on the RDS pistol before purchasing it.
  • It will allow the officer to provide in-service instruction to officers.
  • Each officer will gain the knowledge necessary to self-diagnose their performance. 
  • Individual attention will be given to each officer to ensure they comprehend all material presented.
  • Mounted and Dismounted movement, when and why to use these techniques.
  • The whys will be explained, discussed, and answered with every course taught within the curriculum.

Student requirements

  • Ballcap
  • Eye/ear protection
  • Inclement weather gear (wet/cold)
  • 750 rounds of quality/factory ammunition - NO RELOADS (9mm if you are using OTOA-owned loaner Glock pistols)
  • Notepad/pen/pencil
  • Range snacks/water/hydration

Class starts at 8:00 AM, and the training days are eight hours long.


0800 – 0930 Course Orientation – Introductions
Pros and Cons of optics
Closed and Open Emitters
0900 – 1200 Common causes for not finding the dot
Zeroing your RDS pistol
Stance, Grip, and Draw
Presentation of one-shot drill/berm drills
1200 – 1230 LUNCH
1230 – 1630 Trigger-pin, slap, prep
Draw Sequence
Vision/Gross sight picture
Three and two drills (80/20, 90/10, 95/5)
Student hot wash/takeaways


0800 – 1200 Accuracy Drills
Bill Drill
Cover/occluded optic
1200 – 1230 LUNCH
1230 – 1630 One-handed shooting (Delta, Stretched, Bent, Hybrid)
Distance drills-25yds or what range allows
Movement- forward, mounted, dismounted
Walk back, drill-emphasizing accuracy
Student hot wash/takeaways

No RDS-equipped pistol? No Problem:

The OTOA can provide a loaner Glock RDS pistol with optic and holster for *$100 per student.  

Email to reserve the following supplies:

  • Glock RDS pistol
  • Right-handed or left-handed holster
  • Preferred or requested red dot optic - Holosun or Trijicon

Note: $100 will be added to each student registration requesting the Glock RDS loaner pistol

Lodging, Travel and Food:

The course cost does not include ammunition, lodging, transportation, and food.

  • Attendees are responsible for their ammunition, lodging, transportation, and food.

Any tactic, technique, or technology covered at any OTOA advanced training or annual training conference MUST be applied in compliance with the United States Constitution, the Ohio Revised Code, and the rules and regulations of an attendee’s employing law enforcement agency.

There are currently no upcoming Red Dot Sight Pistol - User Transition Course courses available.