Over the last decade of teaching firearms full-time, we have honed our offerings of classes and events for anyone who wants to learn the necessary attitudes, concepts and skills needed to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Defensive Handgun Skill Builder class

In Skill Builder classes, we introduce and discuss pertinent self defense topics and the gunfighting skills that apply to it. Since we train on a dynamic range, allowing us to draw from the holster, shoot from different positions, move while shooting and so on, we are able to provide a space for students to practice and train in a meaningful way.

We developed these classes to maximize the amount of knowledge and training that the student takes home with them. We want to set our students up for success in learning concepts and skills so everything about the Skill Builder class, from the topics to the length of class, is specifically chosen to serve that purpose.

Each Skill Builder class is different

We have handgun, shotgun and rifle skill builders. The focus varies from class to class to introduce concepts that are applicable to real world self defense scenarios. For example, in the winter months, we hold low light/no light Skill Builder classes as it gets dark earlier in the day. We cover topics such as close range shooting, drawing and shooting from seated positions, shooting from cover and so on.

We can’t possible teach everything you need to know in one day, nor could you absorb all of that information all at once. That’s why we break it up into different classes, each with their own focus.

Come to class as often as you can

We hold Skill Builder classes in each region at least every other month. For Nor Cal, where we’re based, it is more often, about once a month. We want to make sure classes are as accessible to students as possible. If you aren’t able to make a class because of life (weddings, birthdays, funerals, anniversaries, etc), sign up for the next one when you can.

We start classes in the morning and end in the afternoon. We finish up in time for students to have the rest of the day for important things like family dinners and date night. The class length is structured to be just the right amount of time for student to learn new skills, practice them and not feel burned out.

Fighting Shotgun Skill Builder

We are budget friendly

We want to keep our prices low so that students can come to class as often as their schedule allows. Gunfighting is a perishable skill that should be practiced as much as possible. While dry-handling at home and practicing marksmanship at an indoor square range helps keep your skills tuned up, there are some skills that can only be practiced on a dynamic range.

To help sweeten the pot, we also offer really good discounts. You can get up to a $60 discount if you sign up early and with a buddy!

Improvement is a continual cycle.

During class, we teach skills and build up on them as the day progresses. For students who are relatively new, they will learn things throughout the day and for students who have more experience, the beginning part of the day is a good opportunity to hone and perfect skill they already know.

These classes are about continual improvement. You may have read in our class descriptions that there is no such thing as an “advanced” gun skills, but rather a mastery of a core set of skills. Whether you are just starting out or have been around the block, Skill Builder class is where you can practice and pick up new skills. Then you attend the next Skill Builder class and the cycle continues!

We hope this post about Skill Builder helps you guys understand our philosophy behind how we teach at Monarch Defense. If you have any questions about the class, please leave us a comment or get in touch with us via email or Facebook messenger.