Custom individual or small group instruction for 6 or fewer shooters is $495 per day during the week (Monday-Friday), plus range fees. Range fees vary from $15 per person to $350 per day depending on the type of range we need to rent, and your location.
For custom classes of more than 6 shooters, and for anything on Saturday-Sunday, we charge $995 per day, plus range fees.
On a case by case basis, and for returning students only, we offer 1-on-1 skills maintenance coaching and refresher training at $195 for one person for a half day, subject to scheduling and range availability.
Half day is defined as approximately 3 hours of training, plus set up time, totaling 4 hours. Full day is approximately 6 hours of instruction plus setup, lunch break, and cleanup time, totaling 7-8 hours.
Scheduling, pricing, location, catered lunch, equipment and ammunition are all open for discussion. If you have a special need or circumstance, please do not hesitate to call or email email@example.com.
All firearms and accessory equipment can be provided to you free of charge. This includes modern service handguns such as the Glock 17 in 9mm, common rifles such as the AR15, and common defensive use shotguns such as the 12 gauge and 20 gauge Remington 870. If you are looking to purchase a firearm, we recommend you train first with what we have, to gain experience before making an investment.
We purchase and stock common calibers of ammunition in bulk quantities. If you would like to include ammunition at a pass through cost along with your class, please contact us to make arrangements ahead of time. Lead time for ordering ammunition is roughly 2 weeks to be on the safe side.
Typically weekends are reserved for open enrollment classes, whereas weekdays Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are open to private classes. Scheduling lead time for private 1 on 1 classes is typically 1-2 weeks. Lead time for a weekend private group may be 1-2 months. Open enrollment weekend classes vary, but the most popular programs tend to sell out several weeks in advance, so plan on booking early and committing to the date.
Classes typically start at 9:10am and finish before 5pm, although hours of operation vary greatly from facility to facility. In the summer time we often hold daylight classes later in the afternoon/evening to avoid the hottest part of the day, and in the wintertime we frequently will train low light defensive shooting after nightfall.
In the bay area, private live fire training is typically conducted on a wonderful private outdoor live fire range in Morgan Hill called Coyote Valley Sporting Clays. It is easy to find, only 30 minutes south from downtown San Jose, and has many amenities for your comfort. In southern California we most frequently use Lytle Creek Firing Line. In Arizona we use Rio Salado Sportsmans Club or Cowtown Range. In the Houston area, most classes are taught at The Impactzone Range on the western outskirts of town. In Florida we use a variety of ranges depending on what type of training you need. In general, facilities can be a logistical concern when arranging custom training, but in most regions we are able to accommodate your desired type of training.
Unless there are specific safety hazards due to lightning, flooding, or other extreme weather conditions, we train rain or shine.
- Firearm safety and basic operation (pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun)
- Self-defense psychology, victim selection process, situational awareness
- Oleoresin Capsicum “pepper spray” and improvised self defense weapons
- Role of the firearm in society and in the household
- Teaching kids about guns
- Safe storage habits
- Understanding burglaries, home invasions, and other crimes.
- Deadly force rules and laws regarding when it is legal to shoot someone
- Choosing an appropriate firearm for your needs
- Shooting range etiquette
- Basics of shooting technique
- Firearm maintenance, accessory selection
- Ammunition selection and ballistic theory
- Drawing from the holster
- Shooting fast on the move
- Shooting from inside a car and other improvised positions
- Training in realistic self defense scenarios
- Practicing shooting exercises as a team
- Long gun to handgun transitions
- Zeroing rifles and calibrating optical sights
- Patterning buckshot with your shotgun
- Tactical reloads and speed reloads for pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun
- Non diagnostic malfunction clearing drills.
- Handgun anatomy, nomenclature and function
- Marksmanship under stress
- Rapid fire recoil management
- Low light considerations and flashlight techniques
- One handed pistol marksmanship
- Emergency one handed weapon manipulations (reload/malfunction)
- Stress inoculation and tactical decision making
- Psychology of combat stress
- Instinctive point shooting
- Utilizing cover, concealment, and angles
- Shooting while moving
- Grappling in the weapon environment
- Shooting and weapon retention at contact distance
- Engaging multiple threats simultaneously
- Using the handgun as a “cold” impact weapon”
- Repetition and review with increased speed and stress
- Col. John Boyd’s OODA Loop and the speed of decision processing.
- Force-on-Force training (sparring with non lethal bullets)
- The Tueller drill aka 21 foot principle
- Dynamic movement and sprinting to live
- Evading and counter-attacking assailants armed with guns and knife
- Self-coaching in the face of Fear
- The Hunter’s mindset
- Navigating in dark, dangerous environments
- Negotiating corners and angles
- Room clearing and building search techniques
- Force-on-force training in a confined spaces and vehicles
- Flashlight and handgun techniques
- Night time live fire
- Legalities of carrying a firearm for self defense
- Overview of US legal and court system
- The six options for self-defense: Fight, flight, freeze, parlay, posture, submit
- Self-Defense case studies
- Considerations regarding law enforcement and witnesses
- Recommendations for books, classes, and self study
- What is a shotgun and why choose it for home defense?
- Shotgun action types, loading and unloading procedures
- High and low ready positions
- Basic stance, aiming, firing
- Pellets, patterns, and chokes
- Proper loading for safe and ready storage
- Shotgun rapid fire and recoil control
- Combat reload/port load
- High tuck position and point shooting
- Slings, safeties, and shotgun setup
- What is a rifle, its advantages and limitations, and its place in society
- Loading and unloading procedures
- Standards for rifle accuracy
- Clearing malfunctions under stress
- Trading speed for precision and visa versa
- Instinctive rifle snap shooting
- Positions of cover
- Moving and shooting on the move
- Slings, optics, and weapon setup.
- Precision Rifle Private Instruction
- Precision marksmanship fundamentals
- Perfecting technique through consistent practice with a .22
- Internal and external ballistics theory
- Minutes of angle, Mils, and Clicks
- Calculating distance and holdover
- Judging wind direction, velocity, and effects on bullet trajectory
- Rifle setup, ergonomics, accessories
- Choosing magnified optics for your purpose
- Using slings and bipods to aid in shooting
- Gathering DOPE (data on prior engagements) at various distances
- Efficient spotter communication
- 4 Conventional shooting positions
- Shooting from unconventional positions
- Making a field expedient tripod
- Camouflage, stalking, creating hides to shoot from
- Choosing or making your own ammunition for utmost precision
- Unknown distance target ranging and engagement