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Essential Pistol

Basic - Carry - Defend - Protect

Duration: 9 hours



Clay Howell

Instructor Bio

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This class is designed to get you familiar with your handgun and give you some essential skills and tactics.

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Topics Covered

Pistol safety
Shooting positions and variations
Multiple shots
Multiple targets
Shooting & moving
There will also be a skills evaluation

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Basic, Intermediate, CCW

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Under 18 welcome, must be accompanied by participating parent / legal guardian.

Required materials:
* your handgun (we will have a limited number of rentals available)
* holster that will not collapse when drawn.
* No Leather holsters that will collapse.
* Sturdy belt for carry.
* 2 or more mags
* 200 rounds of ammo
* notepad & pen
* eye protection & ear protection.
* Duty belt / rig is approved.

Suggested materials:
* Concealment garment.
* Spare mag pouch (if you don't have one, don't worry - a pocket will be fine).
* creature comforts. We will be outside much of the day. Sunscreen, bug spray, lawn chairs, food, WATER!

Notes on Participation
Under 18 welcome with participating parent / guardian.
Participation is only open to legal, US Citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) per ITAR (22 CFR §§120-130)
Participation by "prohibited persons" (ie convicted felons) is not permitted.

Notes on Ammunition -
AR15 shooters - AVOID Steel cased ammunition.
AK shooters - USE Steel cased ammunition.
Hand loaded ammunition is best left at home.

Notes on gear
* If your rifle/handgun has an "el-cheapo" optic (MSRP of $100 or less), expect that optic to not survive the class. If you do not have backup sights - you will need to bring a spare. Rentals may be available.
* If your rifle/handgun is experiencing mechanical issues (other than feeding issues on steel cased or hand loaded ammo) or other safety issues - your rifle/handgun will be removed from the line. You will need a spare. Rentals may be available.

* If you need to rent a handgun for this class, they are available.
* Please contact us immediately if you need to rent a gun. You will need to make that purchase using the link below and you will need to pass a background check to ensure that you are not a prohibited person.
* If you purchase a ticket + rental and do not submit to a background check, you will not be allowed to shoot and you will NOT receive a refund.
* If you do not pass the background check, there will NOT be a refund.
* If your handgun or rifle goes down or is removed from the line for safety reasons and you do not have a spare, you may rent a handgun or rifle for the remainder of the day. Full day rental fee applies.
* Hand loads are not permitted with rentals. Steel cased ammo is not permitted with rentals.

Refunds & exchanges:
* Tuition sale is final and is a commitment to train with Patriot Training at the date and time scheduled.
* In the unlikely event we have to cancel a class, refunds and exchanges will be offered.
* We do not offer refunds or transfers to students who cancel or fail to show up for class.
* This policy is firm and there will be no exceptions.