Defensive Handgun


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You have a handgun, a holster, magazines, and maybe your concealed carry license. All set to go right?

Wait a minute—what about mindset, awareness, and skills to defend against deadly threats?

State concealed carry classes are important for understanding the legal aspects, but this class covers what the concealed carry class left out: practical “know-how.”

Our “Defensive Handgun Skills” class will teach you primary skills you need to know now to help you prevail in an armed, self-defense encounter. You’ll develop confidence in your gun handling and shooting, and have the opportunity to learn about, and immediately put into practice, the following:

  • Basic firearms safety
  • Draw from holster
  • Shooting and reloading
  • Working through malfunctions
  • Shooting on the move
  • Concealment vs cover
  • Shooting from cover
  • Alternate shooting positions

Prerequisites: You should already be familiar with safe operation of your handgun and have had practice in shooting it. If not, we encourage that you sign up for our class: Introduction to Handguns and Intermediate handgun course. If you have had previous experience and would like to verify it please inquire before signing up for class:

Materials needed: You will need to bring the following:

1) a handgun

2) a holster that is made for your model handgun (leather or kydex—no nylon) of sufficient quality to be able to repeatedly draw and re-holster with one hand. No holsters permitted where the firearm muzzle faces rearward, or if your draw would sweep other participants—Safety First!

3) a single or double magazine pouch or speedloader pouch, or available pockets for quick, extra-magazine access

4) a quality gun belt that firmly supports your holstered gun and magazines

5) a minimum of two, double-stack magazines, more if you have them. Single-stack magazine-fed pistols will require at least three magazines. Revolvers will require at least three speedloaders.

6) personal eye and ear protection; electronic ear protection works better for this class

7) pen and paper for notetaking

8) 300 rounds of range ammunition in the proper caliber for your handgun; available for purchase at our range counter

Class Duration: Four hours—all on the range!

Cost: $99

Customer Reviews:

“This is an excellent class for anyone who wants to learn how to effectively use a handgun in a real-world situation.  Participants are not only taught how to operate their weapon but are also taught how to think and act in the event of an armed encounter.  I would highly recommend this class to anyone who owns a firearm and especially those who carry a firearm on a daily basis. The class is very safe and Zach takes the well being of the class very seriously.  I would definitely take the class again in the future.” –Kyle T.

The class at Buds seems like a great way to get into taking them without feeling intimidated by bigger ones hosted by others with people with a lot more experience in taking them. When it comes to the drills itself they were great and I learned new things and things I need to work on…”  –Adam L.

“Zach demonstrated drawing technique again while incorporating shooting and reloading, i.e. admin vs tac; we went over F.A.S.T.: Fight, Assess, Scan, Top-off, and during the discussion we even touched on one-handed reloading, clearing concealment along with indexing and retaining magazines. We slowly moved into increasing speed while maintaining accuracy and reloading the pistol from empty, all the while making sure to scan. 
My mind was blown on his scan method and to the extent of detail we perceived during scanning. 
I would take it every month for a year if I could afford it…In short I believe Zach is an amazing instructor and a real asset.”  –David T.

“I’ll do it again; very good!”  –Craig T.

“Learned where I need to improve in both skills and gear.  Zach was excellent and made sure everyone understood.”  –Ryan B.

“Excellent–would do it again.  [Zach was] 100% excellent–very knowledgeable.”  –Dan B.

“Fantastic.  Loved the amount of one-on-one.  Even in group drills there was good direction; very helpful.”  —Wesley M.

“Very good, good intensity.  [Zach was] excellent.”  –Leonard C.

“Great!  Laid back, hit the right subjects.  [Daniel was] excellent & well-spoken.”  –Bill N.

“Fantastic; [Daniel was] very knowledgeable, very safe!”  –Lynda N.

“It was great!  Daniel Mays was terrific!  –Morgan N.

“Excellent.  Valuable information and great presentation.  Daniel is an excellent instructor; fantastic.”  –Michael P.

“It was wonderful.  I’ll more than likely take it again.  [John was] excellent; would recommend 10/10.”  –Aaron O.

“Very positive.  [John was] very knowledgeable and informed; coached all members very well.”  — Griffin P.

“Excellent class, I learned a lot.  Instructor [John] was excellent, very good knowledge of subject matter.”  — Roger A.

“Very good, practicing basics help with better understanding of my firearm.  Very detailed [instruction], instructor [John] was very clear.”  — Joseph P.


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11/16/19 10am – 2pm

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