Announcing the Vickers & Hackathorn 1911 Pistol Centennial Class

Announcing the Vickers & Hackathorn 1911 Pistol Centennial Class

Vickers & Hackathorn 1911 Pistol Centennial Class
Vickers & Hackathorn 1911 Pistol Centennial Class

Marietta Ohio –-( Announcing a once in a life time opportunity to spend three days celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1911 handgun with some of the foremost 1911 experts in the world.

Ken Hackathorn & Larry Vickers Special 1911 Centennial Celebration Class

Aug 6-8, 2011 – Marietta, Ohio

Sponsored by Wilson Combat

This class will fill quickly! Click here to sign up NOW.


Ken Hackathorn has served as a US Army Special Forces Small Arms Instructor, Gunsite Instructor, and NRA Police Firearms Instructor. He is currently an FBI Certified Firearms Instructor, Certified Deputy Sheriff with Washington County SO, Ohio, and a SRT member and Special Response Team trainer. Ken has trained US Military Special Operations forces, Marine FAST and SOTG units and is a contract small arms trainer to FBI SWAT and HRT.

Larry Vickers is a decorated US Army Special Forces veteran and national pistol champion. Mr. Vickers has nearly two decades of special operations experience with over fifteen spent in 1 SFOD-Delta, with a significant portion as it’s primary firearms instructor. In addition to his special operations accomplishments, his competitive shooting has yielded a 10th and 9th place finish in the 1993 and 1994 USPSA Limited Nationals as well as a 1st place finish in CDP class at the 2001 IDPA Mid-Winter Nationals at Smith & Wesson. Mr. Vickers is a founding member of IDPA. In addition to being a highly experienced operator and national pistol champion, Mr. Vickers is also one of the premier 1911 pistolsmiths in the country and his work has been featured in several firearms publications and on the cover of American Handgunner. In addition to all this, Mr. Vickers has served as a consultant and technical expert to the firearms industry. Mr. Vickers is featured on two new firearms, tactics, and accessories focused T.V. shows called Tactical Impact and Tactical Arms.

Guest Speakers

John Miller: former US Army Marksmanship unit armorer famous for 1911 and M14 work.

Wayne Novak: Owner of Novak Designs Inc, world famous for his custom gunsmith work and as the designer of the world renowned Novak low-mount rear sight.

Wilson Combat: Representatives from Wilson Combat will be on hand and will be supplying products and prizes for the entire class.


Day One
The 1st day of the class will be spent entirely on the range shooting 1911 specific range drills that highlight the differences of shooting a 1911 vs other handguns and other various handgun drills. Larry and Ken will be alternating the primary instructor position between strings.

Day Two
The 2nd day of the class will be split between the flat range and the Fort Harmar shoot house. Ken will be handling the shoot house portion working single man movement & approaches, hallways and T intersections, room entry, target discrimination, low light encounters, surgical shooting exercises, etc. Larry will be working the other half of the class on a flat range. At the mid point of the day lunch break the class will swap instructors.

After a full day on the range the class will travel to the Holiday Inn Conference Center for a catered dinner and 1911 seminar.

Ken, Larry, and guest speakers John Miller (U.S. Army Marksmanhip Unit) and Wayne Novak of (Novak’s Inc.) will be hand to discuss the history of the 1911, modern 1911, suggested modifications, upgrades, accessories, etc.

***There will also be many extremely rare & interesting 1911’s on display from personal collections.***

Day Three
The third day of the class will be spent in the classroom. In this section Ken/Larry will teach detailed disassembly, troubleshooting, recommended and not recommended modifications, and a detailed inspection of each students 1911. If a problem is detected it will be fixed on the spot (if possible). This will give students the knowledge and skills needed to identify and diagnose problems.

Cost: $850

Range facilities:
Fort Harmar Rifle Club
P.O. Box 475
Marietta Ohio, 45750

Range website:

Weapon & Gear Class Requirements

  • – Serviceable 1911 handgun of at least 9mm Para caliber
  • – Serviceable holster
  • – Minimum 1 double magazine pouch (Ability to carry two spare mags – at a minimum) on body.
  • – Minimum of 3 serviceable magazines (5-8 is better)
  • – 800 rounds of ammo
  • – Weapon cleaning & lubrication supplies
  • – Electronic hearing protection
  • – Eye Protection
  • – Suitable range wear depending on the season
  • – Weapon cleaning & lubrication supplies
  • – Good attitude

Special Thanks to Wilson Combat:


Larry Vickers
Vickers Tactical, Inc

Larry Vickers is a retired career special operations soldier with 20-plus years of service to our country. A longtime 1st SFOD- Delta operational member, he was a key player in the small arms marksmanship expertise and weapons selection of that Unit. He brings a very unique set of skills to the market, and has a wide and varied background in the firearms industry.