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Description

This is a combination of both Firearm Safety and Self Defense, and a live fire orientation on all of the common firearms: Pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun.

If you are brand new to firearms, and you are interested in learning the right way, the safe way, from the beginning, this is the appropriate class for you.

If you have some experience handling firearms, but never had a comprehensive overview of Use of Force doctrine, and are looking to build a broad and varied foundation in self defense and gun knowledge, in order to succeed in our more advanced programs, then this is the prerequisite for you.

If you are aspiring to be a successful firearm or self-defense trainer, and you wish to gather ideas for curriculum, learn about teaching methodology, and watch an experienced and skilled orator present before students, this is the class for you.

Topics
The role of the personal firearm in modern society
Defining the legal and moral framework of self-defense
What is conflict, what is crime, and how do you prevent or avoid it?
Introduction to the modern pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun
Universal principles of gun safety
Safe procedures for loading, unloading, and storage
Choosing an appropriate gun for your needs
The process of purchasing or building your first firearm explained
How to hold, aim, and shoot a pistol, rifle, and shotgun
Shooting range etiquette and live fire experience

Location

Due to Covid 19 restrictions at our normal classroom and ranges, we have moved many of our programs to a private ranch located in the Diablo mountain range near Mt Hamilton and San Antonio Valley. It is one and a half hours east of downtown San Jose, or one hour and twenty minutes south from Livermore. We will email detailed driving instructions as the class date nears to those who register. It is 2wd accessible by paved county road.

Overview

Held in an open air classroom and private outdoor shooting range, we limit class sizes to around 16 students, which allows for excellent hands on attention and supervision.

In general, ask detailed questions, learn, explore, and play with all the show and tell things we’re preparing for you. You don’t need any special equipment or clothing.

We will train all day, taking breaks to rest and eat as necessary. We have lots of material to cover, and everyone learns at a different pace. Plan for a long,  full and tiring day. We finish when you finish. The class goes at the student’s pace. Typical classes run about 10 hours from start to finish.

All firearms, equipment, ammunition, and hearing protection are provided.

Prerequisites
None

Required Equipment
Note taking material, pen and paper
Water, snacks and bag lunch
Dress comfortably for outdoor activity, especially a hat and sunscreen and sturdy shoes.

Bring a pair of glasses. Any kind is fine as long as they cover your eyes.

We will provide the necessary firearms for you to train with, but if you own your own pistol, revolver, rifle, or shotgun, and you wish to learn more about it, you are welcome to bring it. Please bring your own ammo if you want to shoot your own gun at the end of class.

Notes:

As we do not rent space to teach this class, you will not need to pay any additional facility fees. This saves you $10 per person.

Ammo prices are extremely volatile and high right now. That cost is reflected in the price. Sorry.

This class was formerly known as “Interim Introduction to Armed Self Defense”.

If you have 2 people, choose ticket quantity 2. This sounds obvious, but clearly some folks aren’t that bright.

We will attempt to offer the FSSD program 3 times per month, or as often as feasible, for the foreseeable future, to meet the recent demand.

During the wet season, when the days are shorter, we conduct live fire at night. It is a good idea to bring clear safety glasses.

We are at 2500 feet above sea level. In the winter months, it can be cold up here, so bring warm clothes and be a big boy/girl/non binary child about it.

More questions? Call Brian at 408-892-5460 or email info@monarchdefense.org.

Additional information

Date

Saturday November 28th 9am, Saturday December 19th 9am, Saturday December 26th 9am, Sunday Janurary 24th 9am, Saturday Febuary 13th 9am, Saturday March 27th 9am