Yes, we do require that you take them in order for your protection and ours. We run a very tight ship on the range. The levels of safety that we maintain are mandatory. We need you to understand some of the principles of personal protection, why we do things how we do them, and how we expect all students to handle firearms on our facilities. We have made exceptions in the past, and we end up regretting it (so does the student). The levels aren’t as much a skill level as they are a philosophy and exposure level.
DC1 (Defensive Carbine I) is a one day class. DC2 (Defensive Carbine 2) is a 2-day class. The second day of DC2 is spent at a private ranch in the foothills mastering what you learned on day 1. Plus the fun of a walk & stalk course in the woods, and a little bit of blowin’ stuff up on the hillside, and a tasty lunch on us.
Firing more bullets does not make you a better shooter. We are not interested in wasting your time or your money. Our goal is that you have the tools (mental and physical) to defend youself when faced with a potentially deadly threat. Some of that comes into play in the Combat Triad (also part of our logo) that represents Mindset, Marksmanship, and Gun handling. Learning how to get your firearm from you holster to the target in the quickest and safest manner does not require a single bullet. Discussing the moral/ethical values and the legality of a shoot (further protecting your family) is a huge part of deciding to defend yourself with a firearm…that too, requires zero bullets. We are not at the range to just blow stuff up (okay, sometimes). We are there to train for a skill set.
We confidently say, “ Yes”. That’s because we know that we put all of our hearts and souls into preparing you for…well, basically, for the unknown. But we are pretty modest, and don’t want to toot our own horn. The best suggestion I can give you is to speak with our alumni. You can even read their testimonials on our website, Yelp!, or on Facebook. I’d rather you heard it from other people like yourself.