Be sure to bring quality equipment. A cheap holster, belt or magazine carrier will just leave you frustrated and negatively effect your performance, or worse, become a safety issue.
It is recommended that you check the weather before you travel for more accurate weather forecast.
Pistol - Any magazine-fed full-size semi-automatic service pistol with a minimal barrel length of 3.5 inches or greater is mandatory. Please don’t bring your sub-compact short-barrel semi-autos such as Glock 43, S&W M&P Shield, etc., for training as these will not be allowed on the firing line. At least 3 magazines, 5 would be better. Revolvers are of course permitted but bring plenty of speed loaders. However, the same goes for revolvers as semi-autos in that a barrel length of 3.5" (8.89cm) or greater is mandatory. Snub-nose revolvers such as the Colt Cobra, S&W Model 10, etc., will not be permitted on the firing line.
Ammunition is the number one cause of weapons malfunctions. Please select a quality round. Reloads or remanufactured ammunition is not recommended but are not prohibited. A minimum of 100 rounds should be sufficient for the Intro to Pistol and Ladies Pistol. A minimum of 250 round should be sufficient for Defensive Pistol, Carbine, and Home defense carbine.
Protection – Bring sunscreen and a ball cap (required). Protective eyewear is mandatory. Hearing protection (soft or hard or both) is also mandatory. Electronic hearing protection will enhance your learning experience and is highly recommended.
Cleaning Kit - For two day or longer courses, you will need a cleaning kit for your weapon system(s) which should minimally include bore brushes, patches, bore jags, cleaning rods, cleaning fluid and lubricant (gun oil or grease) a couple of shop rags and any tools required for maintenance, disassembly and reassembly of your firearms is also recommended.
First Aid Kit – Although each range is equipped w/ a major trauma kit, it is strongly recommended that you bring your own personal snivel kit to include, sunscreen, band aids, new-skin, athletic tape, lip balm, aspirin, whatever medications you may need, reading glasses, etc.
Holster/Magazine pouches/Gun Belt:
Too often students arrive with holsters/magazine pouches/ Belts that are not suitable for serious training. There are quit a number of quality products available. The following links are examples of suitable equipment. Select any product of comparable quality and you will be fine.
Holsters and Accessories
Milt Sparks Holsters - http://www.miltsparks.com/
Blade Tech- http://www.blade-tech.com/
NOTE: Blackhawk Serpa holsters, or holsters with similar retention device, are not allowed. In addition, Inside the Waistband (IWB) or appendix carry holsters are NOT suitable for my classes and are not allowed. A shooter needs to develop safe handling and holstering procedures before a more challenging holster is brought into the mix.
If you need assistance finding or acquiring the proper gear, please give me a call and I’ll try to help. If you need clarification or have questions, please let us know.