At some point during the check-in process, or during class discussion, our instructor will ask you to present your firearm. They will
personally inspect the firearm, look for wear and tear, and will ask if the firearm has ever been fired by you, the owner (regardless
of its age). Generally, during core-level class instruction, they will demonstrate how to clean your firearm and request new firearms
be cleaned prior to an initial shooting of live ammunition at the range.
Some students are confused by these questions. To clarify, an older gun may, or may not, have been properly cared for by its
previous owner, therefore, a complete cleaning is in order. New firearms have been prepared with a protective oil residue that is
not conducive to firearm use (although you can use it, we don't recommend that you do), we suggest starting off on the right path.
If you don't know how to properly clean your firearm, how do you know it's ready for action?
We have limitations on firearms you can use during class instruction
If you have a "Pocket Pistol", we cannot train you properly. Pocket pistols have more recoil, are not conducive to holster
exercises, and cannot be held to the same standards as a compact or full-sized pistol. Pocket pistols are considered "backup"
pistols, second in the line of defense, and less reliable than "primary" carry and concealed weapons. If you need a compact or
full-size pistol to complete our class, please let us know beforehand and we will do our best to rent you an appropriately sized
Blackhawk Serpa Holsters
Blackhawk Serpa and similar holsters which have a trigger guard retention device. There have been several reports of these
devices causing injury during practice draws and holstering, therefore, we ask that you invest in a quality, concealed carry holster.
Ammunition with steel jacket or steel core, unplaited lead bullets (copper washed), reloads, or remanufactured ammo.
Slings on rifles and shotguns are mandatory
or can be rented from Level 1 Safety and Firearms for the day.
. Prescription glasses are acceptable, but we ask
you to call your optometrist to ensure they can be used.
If you don’t have a firearm you can rent one from Level 1 Safety and Firearms for the day. You will also be able to try different
caliber guns and sizes to see which fits you the best.