Thursday, March 19, 2015

What do you need for most gun classes?

Outside of a basic pistol or CCW class, where many instructors loan or rent firearms, most classes will require you bring your own firearms and gear. Before you "lol", you would be surprised how many people think everything is included in a shooting course.

So what we recommend is
·         Firearm for the class, and good idea to bring a back up if you own one, and be serious about your training, don't take a 10/22 to a tactical carbine class. Also recommend  that you do not take a brand new gun to class, take your new gun to the range and shoot it before class. Some instructors may have a loaner gun if your's goes down, but they likely do not have one for every student, and after you have paid for the class, and travel, no sense sitting on the side lines, because your gun broke.

·         Minimum of 3 magazines if running  a high capacity gun, 5 if running a single stack. or 2 speed loaders for revolvers, you really can't bring enough magazines to a class.

·        If a pistol class Strong side hip holster inside or outside the waist band, holster should be for that specific  model firearm, and stay open for re-holstering . For long guns a sling is a good idea. Also check with your trainer to be sure your holster is allowed in the class.

·         Double magazine pouch (we also highly recommend a proper belt)

·         Hearing and eye protection, Electronic recommended, and a brimmed hat is recommended.

·         Ammunition, can't hurt to bring a bit extra, if the class is small the Instructor may run some extra drills.   

·         Comfortable clothing for the weather (We recommend ladies avoid low cut tops, due to hot brass) When we say proper it should be sturdy and protective of the elements.

·        Additional Recommended Equipment:

 Spare gun         
 Sun screen
 Bug repellent 
First Aid Kit
Hand towel 
Antiseptic wipes
Folding chair 
Rain Gear
Bottled water, Gatorade, and snacks
Advil, Tylenol, etc.
Comfortable Footwear 

If you plan according, you will stay mostly comfortable, hydrated and alert to learn what  the Instructor has to teach you.  Training is an investment, make the most of it, and keep an open mind to what they have to teach you, just because it is not how you do it, they might actually show you a better way.

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