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Defensive Firearms Training FAQs
What kind of defensive pistol training do you offer?We teach the Intuitive Defensive Shooting Pistol courses based on the curriculum developed by Rob Pincus.
What are the prerequisites for your defensive pistol training?Only the Intuitive Defensive Shooting Advanced Pistol Handing course has a prerequisite of a minimum of the Fundamentals of Intuitive Defensive Pistol Shooting Course.
What is the best gun to use for a defensive pistol course?We have seen all types and kinds of firearms in the years we have been instructing from hundreds and hundreds of students. What works best is a modern striker fired handgun which fits your hand properly and does not have any manually operated external safeties that require actions that are not already inherent in the process of defending yourself with the firearm.
What do I need to bring to a defensive pistol class?You will need to bring a firearm, a holster that has a top that remains open after the gun has been drawn (kydex holsters or kydex/leather combinations work best), the requisite amount of ammunition based on the course you are taking, 5 single stack or 3 double stack magazines, eye and ear protection, weather appropriate clothing for the range we will be operating at, snacks and drinks as you wish, and an attitude geared towards safety and a mind open to learning.
What kind of defensive rifle or carbine training do you offer?We teach the Intuitive Defensive Shooting Carbine courses based on the curriculum developed by Rob Pincus.
What are the prerequisites for your defensive rifle or carbine training?Only the Intuitive Defensive Shooting Carbine two day course has a prerequisite of a minimum of the Fundamentals of Intuitive Defensive Pistol Shooting Course. The reason being is the two day course covers carbine to pistol transitions and it's important for you to understand the pistol shooting methodology before we get complex with running both.
What do I need to bring to a defensive rifle or defensive carbine class?For a one day class:
You will need to bring a carbine, a quality sling for the carbine, the requisite amount of ammunition for your rifle based on the course you are taking, 3-5 magazines, eye and ear protection, weather appropriate clothing for the range we will be operating at, snacks and drinks as you wish.
For a two day class:
In addition to the above, you will need to bring a handgun, a holster that has a top that remains open after the gun has been drawn (kydex holsters or kydex/leather combinations work best), the requisite amount of hand gun ammunition based on the course you are taking, 5 single stack or 3 double stack magazines, eye and ear protection, weather appropriate clothing for the range we will be operating at, snacks and drinks as you wish.
For any class:
An attitude geared towards safety and a mind open to learning.
Are your defensive pistol and rifle or defensive carbine shooting courses safe?We take safety very seriously. We do our best to have the optimal number of instructors in place during shooting drills, live fire training or range activities of any type. We communicate clearly, we expect trust and while we cannot safeguard against every possible scenario, our training is extensive, and we are generally able to handle situations as they arise.
We subscribe to the idea that class safety is the responsibility of the instructor(s). Our job is to ensure that the exercises we run are safe, and we promise that the benefits of our training far outweigh any real or perceived risks to the student.
As part of our training material, we teach that comfort is a shared responsibility. We want you to perform all the drills and exercises we ask you to do in all of our courses. However, if there is a physical disability that precludes you from being able to participate in a particular drill, we can work around it. That is our part of the shared responsibility. Your part is to communicate with us any misunderstanding, insecurities, physical issues, or gear related problems you might have. Don’t hesitate to communicate: the solution may be as simple as our staff explain the drill or maneuver in a different way to showcase the expectations and outcomes more effectively.
It is exceptionally important that all students understand that this is not a competitive event. You are there for you. We are there for you. We want you to be better when you are finished with the class, that you were when you first arrived. That is our goal.
Finally, we emphasize a “Big Picture” rule. Everyone is in control of a firearm firing real rounds in a live environment on a hot range that if used negligently can hurt, harm, or kill you or someone else. Each student or Instructor Candidate is responsible for their own actions physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and legally.
Our curriculum should never make you feel unsafe. As instructors, we are all attentive and situationally aware at all times and we will handle safety concerns immediately, even in the middle of class. We ask that also remain aware and attentive to alert us to conditions you see in class. This will ensure the best possible outcome.
I’m a casual shooter. Will this defensive shooting class be too much for me?It certainly could. If you are particularly sedentary during most of the week/day, it may cause you to be winded as we do particular drills, but this is based on a class by class basis. Each class has a different threshold of physicality. We invite you to ask us before you book your class spot, to determine if you are up to the challenge.
I have some physical limitations. Can I still take one of your defensive shooting courses?We can make accommodations for those with disabilities, or those who cannot move well, or who do not desire to learn the movement shooting aspects of our classes, but we would prefer to determine if it will be a problem first before we make a recommendation for which class to take. Many of our classes don’t require a lot of movement while shooting defensively, so it may not even be an issue.
I am a former special forces “operator”; law enforcement or have some extensive training already – can I gain value from your courses?We should all be continual learners. We are also contracted often to teach military and law enforcement groups the style of training we engage in. It's not so much about can you learn something from us, but rather how can we help you to round out your overall skill set and get you to a personal best. Many of the fundamentals may be pre-existing if you have a lot of hardcore training and experience shooting.
Many programs taught just a few years ago in Special forces, elite law enforcement agencies, and the civilian market have shifted and been refined. If you have been out of touch with the pulse of the training market, it will be easy to find some way to optimize your training, experience or skill refinement. We are proud to say that we have helped hundreds of competitive shooters, law enforcement from local, state and federal agencies and operators of all types as well as others, reach beyond their personal limitations through thoughtful, well-structured training that builds upon fundamentals that they already know.
Keep in mind that we are working on a subjectively based physical skillset that if not used regularly, deteriorates.
Being a good target shooter and a good defensive shooter are two very different skills.
Your patience with us and explanation of tasks was the best part.
~ Lisa K
Contextual, scenario-based training is always my favorite.
~ Travis M
This training helped me be more prepared in the event of a shooting situation.
~ Tristan K
The reinforcement of knowledge I had already gained from previous GTBR classes.
~ Dirk W