Pistol Diagnostics

8 Hours – Pistol Diagnostic – Russ LYONS

Pistol Diagnostics will give the student the ability and knowledge necessary to recognize and self-diagnose issues he or she may be having and to fix those issues through a better understanding of the fundamentals of marksmanship as they relate to the pistol. We will break down each of the fundamentals in terms that make sense to you, that you’ll be able to take back with you to increase your confidence and competence with your pistol. If you’ve been frustrated with your pistol marksmanship or would simply like to tune things up, this is the class for you.


  • Pistol with at least 3 magazines
  • Holster and Mag pouch
  • 300 Rounds of ammunition
  • Eyes and Ear Pro
  • Ball Cap, Bug Spray, Sun Screen, water
  • an open mind
  • Body armor is recommended and highly encouraged


Russ Lyons is a Cleveland Police Officer with over twenty years of experience. Russ was previously assigned to the Ordnance Unit as a lead firearms trainer for ten years and was instrumental in the implementation and development of the Division's patrol rifle program. He also served on the Division's Weapons Committee and was responsible for the selection of weapons and equipment. In addition, Russ was responsible for the basic training of over eight hundred recruits and the development of the yearly in-service firearms training curriculum for the fifteen hundred officer department. Russ is currently assigned to the Cleveland Division of Police S.W.A.T. Unit where he serves as an operator, firearms trainer and scoped rifle operator. Russ is an OPOTA certified instructor for: Semi-Auto Pistol, Shotgun, AR-15, Revolver, and Scoped Rifle. Russ is also an adjunct instructor for Center Mass Inc. and the Ohio Tactical Officer’s Association Red Team.