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DEFENSIVE SHOTGUN

Simply put, the shotgun is awesome – especially for home defense.

This course provides the student with the opportunity to learn and practice a number of exercises and drills to build confidence and competence in basic and advanced operation and use of an awesome defensive tool.

This course is about 1 ½ days long; about 4 hours in the classroom and a full day

(8 hours) on the range.

Topics covered include:

  • Operation/Cleaning/Maintenance
  • Proper loading / unloading
  • Patterning / Grouping\
  • Malfunction / Stoppage Resolution
  • Reloading
  • Target Acquisition & Engagement
  • Multiple Targets
  • Verbal Challenges
  • Cover & Concealment
  • Shooting Positions

Each student must supply

A quality pump-action or semi-auto defensive (combat/tactical) shotgun is required for this course.  A 12 gauge is preferred but a 20 gauge will suffice.  Read the owner’s manual for the shotgun and be familiar with the operation and parts of your shotgun before the class.

  • The shotgun MUST have a sling. Some type of extra ammunition carrier/device, either gun or shooter mounted, is recommended.
  • 50 rounds of birdshot shotgun ammo, 200 rounds of buckshot ammo and 20 rounds of shotgun slug ammo for their shotgun.
  • Eye & ear protection and a hat with a bill/brim
  • Comfortable clothing (shorts, sleeveless shirts, bare midriffs,
  • jewelry, unsecured long hair, long fingernails, are strongly discouraged)
  •  Plenty of water / hydration; cooler/ice
  • Dummy or “snap-cap” rounds for your gun

*Absolutely NO red shirts, tops or hats; NO baggy pants/clothing, skirts or dresses; NO open toes shoes*

RECOMMENDED / OPTIONAL GEAR:

Folding chair or seat; light lunch or snacks; sunscreen; bug spray; sunglasses; towel/wipes; hand cleaner/sanitizer; “snap-caps” or dummy rounds for your gun; note taking materials; raincoat or rain gear; gun cleaning/maintenance kit

DEFENSIVE HANDGUN 2

DEFENSIVE HANDGUN 2

Expanding and advancing on the lessons presented in Defensive Handgun 1 the student will have the opportunity to learn and participate in exercises and drills to further sharpen overall knowledge, skill and ability with a handgun.

  • Close Distance Shooting
  • Shove & Shoot
  • Introduction to Point Shooting
  • Shooting from the Ground & Other Positions
  • Team Shooting, Partnered Tactical Exercises
  • Off-Hand & One Hand Shooting
  • Off-Hand & One Hand Malfunction / Stoppage Resolution
  • Turning/Pivoting
  • Shooting on the Move, Diagonally / Combination
  • Non-Stationary Target Engagement
  • Movements,
  • Retreats,
  • Tactical Considerations
  • Night / Low Light,
  • Flashlights, Lasers

DEFENSIVE HANDGUN 1

In this course the student has the opportunity to participate in a number of exercises and drills to build and enhance skill, knowledge and overall ability with a handgun, including

  •  Presentation from the Holster (grip, draw, stance)
  • Re-holstering
  • Reloading Techniques & Methods
  • Stress Management
  • Malfunction / Stoppage Resolution
  • Accuracy & Speed Building
  • Target Acquisition & Engagement
  • Multiple Targets
  • Shooting While Moving, Laterally
  • Cover & Concealment
  • Verbal Challenges
  • Holding at Gunpoint

Concealed Carry License Training (CCLT)

Concealed Carry License Training (CCLT)

The State of Florida requires only that applicants applying for a Concealed Weapon or Firearm License document they have training in how to safely handle a firearm.

One may obtain such a license with no additional training.  Some instructors provide this kind of “training” in as little as an hour; or less.  How nice…

Our CCLT course is designed for those who have had some basic and safety training but want more than the (very) minimum and ill-defined requirements of the state.  For beginners we strongly recommend more thorough initial training in firearm safety and shooting basics, such as we provide.

Our CCLT course provides an overview of firearm safety and shooting fundamentals, far in excess of the minimum state requirements.  The course then continues with a review of the license application and how to complete it.  A discussion of some of the Florida Statutes pertaining to carrying a firearm and using deadly force completes the course.

Remember that being issued a Concealed Carry License authorizes you only to carry (lawfully) a concealed weapon or firearm… it does not authorize you to use your firearm.    It is your responsibility to know the law(s) regarding use of force, especially if you carry a concealed weapon or firearm.

Our CCLT course about 4 ½ hours in duration.  Two locations are available for the shooting/gun handling portion of the, one indoors, one outdoors; there are different fees for each location.  Students may use their own firearm or we will provide firearms for use, as well as targets and the 10 rounds of ammunition needed to complete the course.

In Our Opinion

In Our Opinion

A few words about handguns

Not all handguns are equal; not by a long shot.

Bursa, Hi-Point, Jennings, Jimenez, Lorcin, Raven, RG, and other similar low-cost handguns are in our experience, poorly designed and/or manufacturedThus they are not safe!  They are also generally: unreliable and unable to endure sustained use or the type of use required by military or law enforcement personnel, or the type of training and practice we provide and encourage. Such firearms generally have very poor triggers and/or safeties and other features, making the guns difficult to use, making shooting accurately and effectively very difficult, even impossible for many shooters. Low-cost guns such as these are NOT permitted in our training.

Too often we have seen students using such low-cost handguns struggle with the guns and endure unnecessary and preventable difficulties during the course. These situations often lead to the entire class having to be delayed while the student and/or the instructor(s) devote precious time and effort dealing with a poorly made, unreliable, unsafe, difficult to use and overly bothersome low-cost handgun.  Low-cost guns such as these are NOT permitted in our training.

It is certainly true that many cannot afford a quality handgun, and sometimes must rely on low-cost guns for personal protection.  A low-cost gun is likely better than no gun at all when a gun is needed to defend life and limb. However, to train and practice seriously a quality gun is required.     If you want the training we provide but do not have a suitable handgun, let us know.  We can usually provide (rent) a suitable handgun for the duration of the training. We suggest that if you value your life – the only life you have – and want to learn to use a handgun to help preserve that life, that you save as much as you can as quickly as you can and purchase a quality handgun.

A few words about handgun calibers

Not all handgun calibers are equal.   The smallest gun/caliber we will permit in our training is the .380 ACP.   We strongly recommend .38 Special / 9mm as a minimum caliber, but if you insist, you may complete our courses with a .380.

Smaller caliber guns, even from quality makes, while better than no firearm at all in a real defensive situation, simply are not hardy enough to withstand the amount and type of training in our courses.

.22, .25 and .32 calibers are attractive to many as they are easy to shoot, inexpensive, smaller than most other handguns, lightweight and, I have heard some people call them cute.  How nice.  Still such guns are not serious defensive calibers and will not withstand a day or our training.  These calibers are better suited for recreational shooting or plinking.

Calibers larger more powerful than .45 ACP are also generally not acceptable in defensive handgun, or for use in our type of training.  Larger, powerful calibers can be difficult to shoot for a number of reasons and are best used for hunting or other recreational shooting, not personal defense.

 

 

The use of reloaded ammunition is DISCOURAGED during our training. Use of reloaded ammunition can, and in our experience usually does result in similar mishaps and delays to those of using low-cost handguns, and more serious safety mishaps. Commercially manufactured ammunition, made by licensed, insured, regulated, professional companies, following strict, recognized, professional standards and using hi-tech, automated processes and equipment are in the strongest possible terms encouraged and recommended.

IF you use reloaded ammunition you are not only voiding the factory warranty for your gun, but you are increasing exponentially the chance of an ammunition mishap of some kind. The safety, reliability and overall performance of reloaded ammunition – “professionally” reloaded, “expertly” reloaded, “experienced” reloaded, “amateur” reloaded, or any other reloaded – is dependent entirely on the skill and ability, and sometimes the distractions and other negative factors present during the reloading process.

Full metal jacket ammunition is REQUIRED.  Lead bullets do not perform as well, make a dirty mess of your gun quickly and will adversely affect how your gun functions during this type of training.