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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 are looking to build a broad and varied foundation in self defense and gun knowledge in order to succeed in more advanced programs, 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.

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 9am to 6pm.

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
Defining the legal and moral framework for self-defense
What is crime, and how do you prevent or avoid it?
Introduction to pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun
Safe firearm handling
Choosing the right gun
How to hold, aim, and shoot
Shooting range etiquette
Live fire shooting experience


Our facility is 1 hour east of San Jose. 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.

Read the course description carefully.

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.

In winter, when it gets dark earlier, it is a good idea to bring clear safety glasses.

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.

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