Where Should I Start My Training?
We have starting point classes for Handgun, Rifle, and Shotgun which can be found on our Current Class Offerings page marked Staring Point.
For more info and gear related questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions and Advice to New Students articles.
For the beginning student the best choice is to start at Level 1: Intro to Handguns followed by the Handgun Fundamentals and Familiarization or Concealed Carry 101, depending on the student's training goals. Our Intro to Handguns class is a mandatory pre-requisite for these classes and is frequently paired up with them on the same weekend to give the student the opportunity to turn Intro to Handguns into a 2-day class with either an extra day of live fire from the bench or a day of live fire from the holster. Please check the individual class pages for more information and available dates.
Our starting point classes for rifle and shotgun training are Level 1 Rifle and Defensive Shotgun.
Intermediate to advanced students may start at Level 2: Defensive Handgun, Weeklong Handgun, or Tactical Rifle if they have previous experience and/or training relevant to the class. A Concealed Pistol License is required for any Level 2 and higher class.
Prerequisites apply for Guest Instructors which can be found on their individual registration pages or on the instructor's websites.
If you are looking to start with a non-shooting class, our Handgun Retention or Mini Baton/Pepper Spray classes would be good options.
If you have taken previous training from another school, please contact us if you have a question about where to start.