Welcome to the Pistol Chamber
This page is dedicated to the Pistol Offense, created by Nevada alum and Hall of Fame head coach Chris Ault, and the place to mention and discuss all things relating to the Wolf Pack invention.
This forum is dedicated to documenting the great stories surrounding the Nevada football program’s Pistol Offense, plus the many other programs in pro, college and high schools that are learning to use the same system. Feel free to ask questions, share information, link stories and talk about the Pistol Offense in detail.
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The Pistol Formation
How was the Pistol offense created?
Chris Ault created the Pistol Offense in order to give the Nevada football program an exclusive offensive identification unlike any created before in the history of college football.
“I came up with the name because a pistol fires straight ahead; it’s one bullet straight ahead,” Coach Ault said. “We still want to run the ball north-south.”
After having previously built one of the greatest air attack offenses in college football, the main objective behind Coach Ault’s new offensive design was to enhance the running game.
There were four major criteria in the concept;
1) To give the Nevada football program an exclusive offensive identification unlike any created before with the main objective to enhance the running game.
2) To get the football back to the running back deeper than traditional offenses, allowing the rusher to have more time to increase his speed towards the line of scrimmage and creating a downhill effect.
3) To give the quarterback more space in the pocket, and thus allow him to be more involved as a moving part of the offense as either a passer or rusher.
4) To create mass deception and misdirection for defensive units and to routinely obscure the view of the running back from defenders.