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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 you need to fill gaps in your foundation of knowledge regarding firearms, conflict, and self defense in order to succeed in more advanced training, then this is the class for you.

If you are aspiring to teach others how to use firearms, and you wish to learn about teaching methodology and watch an experienced orator present before students, this is the class for you.

Ask detailed questions, learn, explore, and play with all the show and tell things we’re preparing for you. You don’t need any equipment.

***Change as of November 1st, 2023***

Firearm Safety Class will now be offered in two parts, each 6 hours long, from 9am to 3pm. In the winter months, the sun sets at 5pm, and in my experience students don’t learn very well when cold, wet, and tired. Instead, our class will end with enough time for you to drive home while there is still daylight, since over the past several years this has been a consistent request from beginner students who may not be very experienced at driving mountain roads. This format gives you plenty of time to learn and digest the material, and we will meet on a different day to finish part 2 of your class, which includes the bulk of the live fire practice.

Current options for Part 2 of your Firearm Safety Class are:

11/24 9am to 3pm
11/26 9am to 3pm
12/3 9am to 3pm

You agree that if you shoot, you will stay to clean up.

The class ends when we debrief, not when you you decide you want to go home. If you do not plan to attend the entirety of the class, don’t sign up. If you choose to leave prior to the completion of class, you do so on your own volition, and are neither offered nor owed a refund.

Firearms and ammunition are provided. Students will typically learn about and handle a huge variety of different weapons, such as:

Glock 17
Smith and Wesson Shield
Walther PPK
Snub nose revolver
.357 magnum revolver
12 gauge shotgun
20 gauge shotgun
Semi automatic shotgun
Bolt action rifle


The role of weapons in society
Why do good people have “weapons of war”
Defining the legal and moral framework for self-defense
What is crime, and how do you prevent or avoid it?
Self defense shooting case studies
Introduction to pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun
Safe firearm handling
Choosing the right gun for your needs
How to hold, aim, and shoot the 4 main types of weapons
Shooting range etiquette
Live fire shooting experience


Our facility is in the mountains 1 hour east from San Jose, or 1 hour south from Livermore. If you are an unskilled or inexperienced driver, give yourself 2 hours to make the drive. We will email detailed driving instructions to you when you sign up.



Required Equipment: 

Notebook and pencil
Dress for the weather
Prescription glasses, safety glasses, or sunglasses
Earplugs or ear muffs
Optional: your own firearms and ammunition


Our checkout system is set to take only one order at a time. If you have 2 people to register, you will need to checkout twice.

Each participant should register using his or her own unique name and email address.

We offer the Firearm Safety program as often as feasible to meet anticipated demand. Currently we offer the class roughly every month. Typical class sizes are about 20 students.

During the winter months it can be very cold, so bring warm clothes. In the summer months it is very hot, so stay in the shade and drink water. During spring and fall the weather is perfect.

Cancellations: We do not offer refunds for discretionary cancellations. If you wish to reschedule a class, you must email info@monarchdefense.org no later than 1 hour prior to class start, and you will then be credited with the value of your course, which you can gift to someone else or use for any future class within 1 year.

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

Additional information


Saturday January 21st, 2023 at 9am, Saturday March 11th, 2023 at 9am, Saturday April 15th, 2023 at 9am, Saturday May 27th, 2023 at 9am, Saturday July 1st, 2023 at 9am, Saturday August 5th, 2023 at 9am, Saturday September 9th, 2023 at 9am, Saturday October 14th, 2023 at 9am, Saturday November 18th, 2023 at 9am, Saturday December 23rd, 2023 at 9am

Ticket Type:

Tuition and Ammunition, Third Party Voucher and Ammunition