The Pistol Offense was designed in 2004 by Chris Ault, the head coach of the University of Nevada. The offense combines the shotgun and single back offenses into a hybrid system. In the Pistol Offense, the QB aligns tighter to the LOS than in a traditional shotgun and the running back aligns directly behind him. The offense has evolved to include multiple backs and Pistol formations have found their way into many college offenses and into the NFL. It was used extensively throughout the 2012 NFL Season by the Washington Redskins with RGIII and the San Francisco 49ers with Colin Kaepernick who ran the offense in college at Nevada.

Useful Pistol Offense Links:

Pistol Offense – Wikipedia – Basic Information about the Pistol Offense

Deconstructing Nevada’s Pistol Offense – Article by Chris Brown of www.smartfootball.com

Pistol Offense Books & DVD’s

 

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5-Step Passing Game in the Pistol Offense – James Vint

PowerPoint Presentation from James Vint when he was with the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers about the 5-step passing game in the Pistol Offense.   Pistol Offense Books & DVD's The…

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DC Wing-T Pistol Offense

This is the very popular youth football DC Wing-T offense, heavily modified to work out of the Pistol Offense.   Pistol Offense Books & DVD's The Pistol Spread Option…

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Installing a Fast Break Pistol Offense Run Game – James Vint

PowerPoint Presentation by James Vint when he was with the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers detailing the installation of a dynamic, up-tempo Pistol Offense run game.   Pistol Offense Books &…

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Pistol Offense Concepts – James Vint

Very detailed PowerPoint presentation that breaks down formations, alignments and terminology from James Vint from Iowa Wesleyan Tigers. The presentation also teaches rules for the run game and…

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Pistol Offense Pass Game

Pistol Offense pass game from Bakersfield High School in California.   Pistol Offense Books & DVD's The Pistol Spread Option Offense by Anthony "Pistol" Pratley The…

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Pistol Offense Playbook

Very basic Pistol Offense playbook that would be good for youth football or as a simple package at the high school level.   Pistol Offense Books & DVD's The Pistol Spread…

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Pistol Offense Quick Pass Game – James Vint

PowerPoint presentation from James Vint when he was with the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers about the Pistol Offense Quick Passing Game.   Pistol Offense Books & DVD's The Pistol…

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Pistol Offense: Basics and Terminology

Formations, Backfield Sets, Terminology for the Pistol Offense from Bakersfield High School in California.   Pistol Offense Books & DVD's The Pistol Spread Option…

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