SIG Sauer Academy continues to expand their instructional opportunities with the addition of a pistol mounted optics instructor course coming in 2019. Over the last several years, the addition of red dot/reflex optics to pistols has seen an enormous expansion. This growth perhaps saw its biggest growth in the competitive shooting fields highlighted by the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), but has in recent years expanded well into the civilian defensive pistol market.
This expansion in red dot/reflex optic popularity is not a simple trend either. Just as red dot/reflex optics provide rifle shooters incredible advantages over traditional iron sights or magnified optics, the same benefits can be found when using a red dot/reflex optic on a pistol. In fact, some say the benefit of a red dot/reflex optic is experienced more when using a pistol over a rifle or shotgun. These optics can provide incredibly faster and more accurate shooting, designed to draw the shooter’s eye to a specific and lit aiming point rather than pairing up a front and rear sight.
The SIG Sauer Academy began operation in 1990 as the SIGARMS Academy. The Academy is dedicated to instructing shooters, armorers, and firearms instructors on SIG Sauer firearms, but also general firearms skills with the shooter’s chosen firearm as well. Though many have believed the Academy will only teach shooting on SIG Sauer firearms, one of the Academy mottos is, “No matter what firearm you shoot, we’ll make you a better shooter, guaranteed.” The Academy provides courses in handguns, shotguns, rifles, precision rifles, and even enhanced tactics.