Class Descriptions

The following handgun, shotgun and rifle classes are available to the general public:

Basic Handgun
Basic Handgun-Two
Intermediate Handgun
Advanced Handgun
Situation Tactics Handgun
Concealed Drawing Handgun
Low-Light Shooting Handgun
Basic Shotgun
Advanced Shotgun
Scenarios
Basic Rifle
Advanced Rifle


If you have been approved for further processing by the Orange County Sheriff's Department
(OCSD) for a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW), please contact Greg Block at (714) 893-8676 or greg@firearmstraining.com. CCW Classes are held once a week at an indoor range in central Orange County. Please note, the class information and schedule specific to the OCSD CCW Permit is not listed on this website.

Reservations are Required for All Classes

Private individual, group and corporate self-defense training is available. Mr. Block travels throughout the country teaching law enforcement and military groups. Provided there is a sufficient number of people in the group, traveling to you is the most convenient way to achieve the special private training you desire. For more information, please contact us.

Classes are available for law enforcement and military agencies. For information, please contact us.

 

Basic Handgun Class

This practical self-defense handgun course introduces the participant to the Fundamentals of Firearms Safety, along with the skills necessary to properly handle a revolver and semi-automatic pistol. You will learn what a handgun will do, what it won't do, and why it works the way it works. The hands-on training will start with Proper Stance and Grip, Sight Alignment, Sight Picture and Trigger Control.

Class will progress to rapid fire/combat shooting and multi-target drills with life-size paper silhouette targets. The student will fire 250 rounds, and receive the same basic training that a police officer receives at the Academy, except focused on self-defense.

The 1.5 hour lecture portion includes the legal aspects of owning, transporting and using a firearm in self-defense situations, along with tactics of self-defense. This class is certified by the State of California, Department of Justice for the Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC). This certificate is required in order to purchase a handgun in California. You can take a short test, pay the state filing fee and receive your HSC at the end of the class.

Tuition: $70.00 Ammunition is not included. The required 250 rounds can be purchased at the range. Please see the chart at the end of this section for cost information.

Hours: 7 hours (includes one hour for lunch)


What You Need to Bring to the Basic Handgun Class

Gun: Any caliber double-action revolver or single action/double-action semi-auto pistol. Your gun must be in good working order. If you do not own a gun, a Smith & Wesson 38 special (revolver) with a four-inch barrel will be provided at no charge (equipment reservation is required).

Protection: Prescription glasses, sun or shooting glasses are required, along with hearing protection. Eye and ear protection will be provided at no charge if needed.

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Basic Handgun Class - Two

After completing the Basic Handgun Class, you can progress to the Basic Handgun Class - Two or the intermediate handgun class. This course is strongly recommended before taking the intermediate handgun class where speed and accuracy is important. This is a great class if you have the basics and want to improve your accuracy and confidence to shoot well in a pressure situation; or, you haven't been practicing on a regular basis; or you want to practice double and triple taps, which are not allowed at most ranges.

Emphasis is placed on improving the shooter's ability to make rapid multiple shots on both single and multiple targets at varying distances. Many of these practical and varied exercises can be practiced at any range, so you can add variety and fun to your own practice sessions.

Tuition: $50.00 Ammunition is not included. The required 200 rounds can be purchased at the range. Please see the chart at the end of this section for cost information.

Hours: 3 hours


What You Need to Bring to the Basic Handgun Class

Gun: Any caliber double-action revolver or single action/double-action semi-auto pistol. Your gun must be in good working order. If you do not own a gun, a Smith & Wesson 38 special (revolver) with a four-inch barrel will be provided at no charge (equipment reservation is required).

Protection: Prescription glasses, sun or shooting glasses are required, along with hearing protection. Eye and ear protection will be provided at no charge if needed.

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Intermediate Handgun Class

After completing the Basic Handgun Class, you can progress to the Intermediate level of instruction.

Why take this class? So you can respond to the most common self-defense situations and problems that occur at home. This class allows you the opportunity to understand, develop and practice the necessary skills. For example:

What if you awake and are looking down the barrel of a loaded gun? What do you do?
How close should you be to the target before you shoot?
What if you are being pursued as you run to get your gun out of a dresser drawer?
What if your gun jams? What if you have to reload quickly?

Who should take this class? All gun owners who believe that a gun at home is a valuable tool to have when a life-threatening situation arises, or when there is no reasonable expectation of law enforcement for an extended period of time. That could be when you are in the wilderness; it could be when you are in your home and the neighborhood is devastated by an earthquake, flood, fire, tornado, or hurricane.

What will you learn? You will learn the answers to the above questions along with these shooting techniques: rapid reloading, one-arm shooting (left arm and right arm), malfunction drills, half-turns and full turns, and close quarter battle (CQB). You will shoot 300 rounds at life-size silhouettes.

Tuition: $90.00 Ammunition is not included. It can be purchased at the range. Please see the chart at the end of this section for cost information.

Hours: 7 hours (includes one hour for lunch)


What You Need to Bring to the Intermediate Handgun Class

Gun: Your own double-action revolver or single action/double-action semi-auto pistol, any caliber. It must be in good working order.

For Reloading: For a revolver, you will need three speed loaders with a belt pouch. For a semi-automatic, you will need two additional magazines with a belt pouch.

Holster: A "strongside only" hip holster, No Thigh Rigs (Galco: Speed Master, Combat Master, or Avenger; Bianchi: Askins' Avenger or 4L. Kydex is allowed). No Serpa Holster by Blackhawk, gun pouch, clip-on, shoulder, ankle, or cross-draw holster is allowed. Why do you need a holster? See Frequently Asked Questions.

Belt: You will need a good quality belt on which to hold the holster and speed loaders/magazines. Tip: Be sure to wear shorts or pants that have belt loops that the belt fits.

Protection: Prescription glasses, sun or shooting glasses are required, along with hearing protection. Eye and ear protection will be provided at no charge if needed.

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Advanced Handgun Class

After completing the Intermediate Handgun Class, you can progress to the Advanced level of instruction. You will review the tactics and techniques previously learned, and add new firing positions such as kneeling, sitting and prone. You will learn how to think as you fire from cover, think as you fire while moving, shoot-move-shoot, fire at moving targets, and you will be challenged with problem solving situations, such as firing from left and right barricades. Targets include, but are not limited to, life-size silhouettes, falling metal plates, duelling trees, and bowling pins.

Tuition: $110.00 Ammunition is not included. The required 400 rounds can be purchased at the range. Please see the chart at the end of this section for cost information.

Hours: 8 hours (includes one hour for lunch)


What You Need to Bring to the Advanced Handgun Class

Gun: The equipment required for this class is the same as that listed for the Intermediate Class: gun, holster, speed loaders/magazines with belt pouch, and belt.

Protection: Prescription glasses, sun or shooting glasses are required, along with hearing protection. Eye and ear protection will be provided at no charge if needed.

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Situation Tactics Handgun Class

After completing the Advanced Handgun Class, you can progress to this specialized level of instruction. This course emphasizes state-of-the-art tactical responses to self-defense situations at home, at work, in your automobile, in a hotel, and in other public areas. Taught are tactical principles, offensive and defensive plans, environmental awareness and tactical prevention, establishment of safe zones, communication techniques, searching techniques and crisis management. You will become aware of how street crimes and terrorist acts are committed, so you can hopefully spot and avoid some common crimes. Shooting drills require decision making, including shoot/no shoot decisions. The student's mental and mechanical skills are challenged in this class. You will have multiple opportunities to practice a variety of tactical responses under the stress of simulated encounters.

Tuition: $70.00 Ammunition is not included. The required 200 rounds can be purchased at the range. Please see the chart at the end of this section for cost information.

Hours: 3 hours


What You Need to Bring to the Situation Tactics Handgun Class

Gun: The equipment required for this class is the same as that listed for the Intermediate Class: gun, holster, speed loaders/magazines with belt pouch, and belt.

Protection: Prescription glasses, sun or shooting glasses are required, along with hearing protection. Eye and ear protection will be provided at no charge if needed.

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Concealed Drawing Handgun Class

If you have been approved for further processing by the Orange County Sheriff's Department
(OCSD) for a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW), please contact Greg Block at (714) 893-8676 or greg@firearmstraining.com. CCW Classes are held once a week at an indoor range in central Orange County. Please note, the class information and schedule specific to the OCSD CCW Permit is not listed on this website.

After completing the Advanced Handgun Class, you can progress to this specialized level of instruction. Basic drawing from a hip holster will be reviewed and practiced; then the student will be introduced to new skills. Emphasis will be placed on the skill to safely draw a gun that is concealed. Students are encouraged to bring a variety of outer clothing: light jacket, heavy jacket, sweatshirt and blousy shirt.

Students who have the desire to compete in matches sanctioned by the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) will learn the skills necessary to shoot the concealed drawing courses of fire.

This class satisfies the CCW (carry concealed weapon) training requirements of all California counties, and many local law enforcement agencies within the counties. While this is one of the few recognized private firearms training course of its type in California, completion does not guarantee CCW issuance. Many people take this course for the experience and training with no thought of applying for a permit.

Tuition: $70.00 Ammunition is not included. The required 200 rounds can be purchased at the range. Please see the chart at the end of this section for cost information.

Hours: 3 hours


What You Need to Bring to the Concealed Drawing Handgun Class

Gun: The equipment required for this class is the same as that listed for the Intermediate Class: gun, holster, speed loaders/magazines with belt pouch, and belt.

Protection: Prescription glasses, sun or shooting glasses are required, along with hearing protection. Eye and ear protection will be provided at no charge if needed.

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Low-Light Shooting Handgun Class

After completing the Advanced Handgun Class, you can progress to this specialized level of instruction. This course emphasizes state-of-the-art techniques in the deployment of your handgun in low-light situations, including shooting while holding a flashlight in one hand (Harris, Chapman, and Rodgers) techniques.

You will practice ready positions, drawing your gun while holding a flashlight in one hand, coping with malfunctions, and reloading. Use of cover and concealment while using a flashlight and other light sources, including available light, will be taught.

Tuition: $70.00 Ammunition is not included. The required 200 rounds can be purchased at the range. Please see the chart at the end of this section for cost information.

Hours: 3 hours


What You Need to Bring to the Low-Light Shooting Handgun Class

Gun: You need to bring a flashlight. The suggested type is Streamlight, Maglight or Surefire. The other equipment required for this class is the same as that listed for the Intermediate Class: gun, holster, speed loaders/magazines with belt pouch, and belt.

Protection: Prescription glasses, sun or shooting glasses are required, along with hearing protection. Eye and ear protection will be provided at no charge if needed.

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Basic Shotgun Class

This class has no prerequisites. This is not a trap or skeet class, it is a self-defense class. You will be taught how to use a shotgun in self-defense situations. Targets are a variety of metal targets. Shooting techniques will include:

Mounting and Shooting from the Shoulder and Underarm
Tactical, Combat and Speed Reloading for Self-Defense Situations

Tuition: $90.00 Ammunition is not included. The required 200 rounds of #7.5 or #8 bird shot can be purchased at the range by prior arrangement. Please see the chart at the end of this section for cost information.

Hours: 7 hours (includes one hour for lunch)


What You Need to Bring to the Basic Shotgun Class

Long barrels on guns are acceptable, but we prefer 18-inch to 22-inch barrels. No short pistol grip shotguns are allowed, you must have a shoulder stock for this class. (Pistol grip with a shoulder stock is fine)

If the student does not have a pump or semi-auto shotgun, we can supply a Remington 870 in 12 gauge or 20 gauge, the latter for recoil sensitive people. Shoulder recoil pads and eye and ear protection will be provided, if required, at no additional charge.


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Advanced Shotgun Class

After completing the Basic Shotgun Class, you can progress to the Advanced level of instruction. Shooting techniques previously learned will be reinforced and will be applied to moving targets. You will be challenged with problem solving situations relevant to real world encounters. You will be taught tactical and survival shooting skills utilizing extensive movement drills at 50 and 100 yards.

Tuition: $110.00 Ammunition is not included. The ammunition required is 175 rounds of #7.5 or #8 bird shot, 20 rounds of 'OO' buck, 15 rounds of rifled slug. Please see the chart at the end of this section for cost information.

Hours: 8 hours (includes one hour for lunch)


What You Need to Bring to the Advanced Shotgun Class

The equipment required is your shotgun, recoil pad, eye and ear protection. If the student does not have a pump or semi-auto shotgun, we can supply a Remington 870 in 12 gauge or 20 gauge, the latter for recoil sensitive people. Shoulder recoil pads and eye and ear protection will be provided, if required, at no additional charge.


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Scenarios - Handgun and Shotgun Combination

After completing Advanced Handgun and Basic Shotgun Classes, you can progress to this Advanced level of instruction. Accuracy under stressful conditions and control of the tactical situation is emphasized. Tactical deployment of your firearms at 50 and 100 yards will be practiced.

Tuition: $100.00 Ammunition is not included. The required 200 rounds for your handgun and 50 rounds for the shotgun (25 bird shot, 15 "OO" buck, 10 slugs) can be purchased at the range. Please see the chart at the end of this section for cost information.

Hours: 8 hours (includes one hour for lunch)


What You Need to Bring to Scenarios

Your guns (handgun and shotgun), speed loaders with pouch, holster, belt, eye and ear protection and ammunition. If the student does not have a pump or semi-auto shotgun, we can supply a Remington 870 in 12 gauge or 20 gauge, the latter for recoil sensitive people. Shoulder recoil pads and eye and ear protection will be provided, if required, at no additional charge.


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Basic Rifle or Carbine Class

This class has no prerequisites. Techniques taught will include: shooting positions, sighting in, target identification and firing from cover. Targets will be life-size paper silhouettes and a variety of metal targets.

Tuition: $90.00 Ammunition is not included. Required is 150 rounds.

Hours: 7 hours (includes one hour for lunch)


What You Need to Bring to the Basic Rifle Class

Bring your rifle, ammunition, hearing and sight protection. The ammunition required is 150 rounds.

If you do not own a rifle or carbine, one can be provided at no additional charge. This is also the case for hearing and sight protection (equipment reservation is required).


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Advanced Rifle Or Urban Sporting Class

After completing the Basic Rifle Class, you can progress to the Advanced level of training.

Techniques taught will include: observation and techniques used for observation, effects of weather, range estimation and proper deployment. Training will be conducted under stressful conditions, emphasizing situations you may realistically encounter.

Tuition: $110.00 Ammunition is not included. Required is 150 rounds.

Hours: 8 hours (includes one hour for lunch)


What You Need to Bring to the Advanced Rifle Class

The same equipment and ammunition you used at the Basic Rifle Class.

If you do not own a rifle or carbine, one can be provided. This is also the case for eye and ear protection. (equipment reservation is required).


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Reservations are Required for All Classes

Please see Class Schedules for Dates of Classes


Cost of Ammunition Available at the Range

No steel core, steel jacketed or tracer ammunition is allowed in class.
Copper washed or full metal jackets are acceptable.

Ammunition can be purchased for class at time of registration.
Sales tax is included.

Ammunition 50 Rounds 200 Rounds 250 Rounds 300 Rounds 400 Rounds 10 Rounds 15 Rounds 20 Rounds
22 LR $4.00 $16.00 $20.00 $24.00 $32.00      
38 Special $16.00 $64.00 $80.00 $96.00 $128.00      
380 Caliber $19.00 $76.00 $95.00 $114.00 $152.00      
9 MM $17.00 $68.00 $85.00 $102.00 $136.00      
40 Caliber $20.00 $80.00 $100.00 $120.00 $160.00      
45 ACP $22.00 $88.00 $110.00 $132.00 $176.00      
12 or 20 Gauge Bird Shot   $70.00            
12 or 20 Gauge "00" Buck             $21.00 $28.00
12 or 20 Gauge Rifled Slug           $10.00 $15.00