RDS Handgun Instructor with Sage Dynamics

The optic equipped handgun is not a new concept, though in the last decade technology has improved to allow for the Miniature Red Dot Sight (MRDS) to be reliably mounted to handguns intended for duty and general self-defense carry.  With fundamental differences in techniques between the MRDS handgun and the rifle, instruction on the MRDS handgun presents unique problems for the instructor when introducing their students to proper skill development with their duty or carry MRDS handgun.

The RDS Handgun Instructor course is a culmination of years of MRDS handgun skill and technique development, made available to shortcut instructor trial/error on their own.  This course will provide the trainer with a comprehensive understanding of common MRDS operations and science, as well as concepts and principles for teaching students to best use their MRDS duty or carry handgun.  Students will be expected to meet minimum marksmanship requirements in order to complete this course.

Instruction includes:

  • Optic science

  • Optic selection and concerns

  • Administrative and SOP development for MRDS use (LE)

  • Duty carry/CCW Carry

  • Curriculum development for MRDS introduction training

  • Understanding proprioception, hand/eye coordination and engram development  

  • Firearm fundamentals applied to the MRDS

  • Stress inoculation

  • Threat anatomy

  • Drawing from IWB/OWB

  • Tactical and emergency reloads

  • Austere shooting positions

  • Maximizing and recognizing adequate cover/concealment/deflection

  • Primary-hand-only weapon manipulation

  • Basic movement

  • Optic malfunctions/handgun malfunctions

Course cost: $600.00

Prerequisites: Dept/Agency/Unit Instructor position.  For non LE students in open enrollment courses, proof of Instructor liability insurance may be required.


Instructor Bio:

Aaron began his career in the United States Army (11M) in 1999, serving seven years in the infantry. During his time in the military he served as a rifleman, squad automatic rifleman and designated marksman; receiving training in small unit tactics, close quarters combat and ballistic and mechanical breaching.

After leaving active duty, Aaron worked as a private security contractor both CONUS and OCONUS; conducting convoy security, close protection details, static security and relief security during natural disasters.

Aaron served over ten years in law enforcement, both Federal and state, working both uniform and plain clothed assignments.  Aaron served as a SWAT/SRT member, Sniper section member, deputy SRT commander, Field Training officer and training coordinator.

In 2011, Aaron formed Sage Dynamics with the goal of maximizing training realism and developing more efficient problem solvers.  Aaron has trained thousands of students since Sage Dynamics taught its first course; every day citizens, law enforcement and military.  Sage has aided in the development of policies and training practices in use by state and federal law enforcement, and private security companies.  Aaron has also been instrumental in driving the adoption of red dot sights on handguns for duty use; He authored the first white paper on the subject and since its publication, it has been used in whole or in part by over 300 police departments world wide to justify the adoption of RDS sights for duty handguns.

Aaron holds multiple certifications including:

  • National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Handgun Instructor

  • National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Shotgun Instructor

  • National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Patrol Rifle Instructor

  • National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Precision Rifle Instructor

  • Advanced law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Active Shooter Response Instructor

  • General Dynamics Simunition Scenario Instructor with Safety Officer Certification

  • Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal FN-303 Less Lethal Launcher Instructor

  • California POST certified academy instructor

Aaron continues to serve in law enforcement in addition to being an instructor with Sage Dynamics.


  • MRDS equipped Handgun with 3 magazines (single stack, 5-7 magazines)

  • Holster (cross-draw holsters prohibited) Duty gear (for LE students)

  • Magazine pouch(es)

  • Minimum 1000 rounds range ammunition, 50 rounds duty/self defense ammunition

  • Ear and eye protection

  • Long sleeves recommended (pants mandatory)

Optional (recommended) gear:

  • Gloves

  • Sunblock

  • Hydration

  • Field cleaning kit

  • Basic maintenance tools

  • Knee and elbow pads

  • Additional magazines for all weapons