Preparedness Training (Level 2)

Course Description: Topics related to firearms, self-defense and preparedness. This class will include range time and drills as well as lecture.

This course counts as an elective in our 40 hour Defensive Pistol Skills Program.


What guns and gear do I need? - overview of practical choices (action types, calibers, and other features)

Minimum standards for pistol, rifle and shotgun (drills) - Definition of a basic level of competence with each firearm type. Includes range time developing and verifying particpants have those skills

How to supervise, assist and coach others - Specifically how to handle situations where untrained family/friends that may have their own guns (or want you to provide them) may need or want to be armed during an emergency. You may have to select gear for them (or purchase spare/extra gear to have on hand for them), quickly teach them enough that their gun handling is safe and they are not a danger or a liability in a defensive incident.

How to coordinate untrained/undertrained, armed people - The same family members, neighbors and friends that won't come to classes with you, and won't make time to join you at the range, may be the same ones you have to "manage" in an emergency. This module will teach some team tactics basics.

Familiarization with manually operated firearms (lever action rifle, pump shotgun, double action revolver). Bring your own, or bring ammo in calibers we will identify in the pre-class email. If your preferred gear is lost or inaccessible you may have to make do with whatever you can find.

Storage and access: how many guns, how much ammo, how and where to store it?

This list is tentative and may be revised before class.

Length: 10 AM – 3 PM

For prices and upcoming course dates, check the schedule page.

Prerequisites: Able to safely handle, load, unload, and shoot the firearms brought to class. With both the handgun and long gun, ability to hit a 12" circular target from a standing, unsupported position at 15 yards (no time limit) is required.

Preferred: Texas License to Carry. Completion of the Basic Preparedness course, Defensive Pistol Skills 1 or other course or match in which drawing a loaded pistol from a holster was trained or tested. Pistols and/or pistol caliber carbines in 9mm or larger caliber. Rifles in .223/5.56. Shotguns in 20 or 12 gauge.

Required Equipment: Handgun, quality belt holster (kydex or leather, must cover trigger guard, must be possible to reholster one handed), 2 or more magazines. Long gun with sling (carbine or shotgun). 150 rounds of handgun ammunition, 50 rounds of rifle ammunition OR 25 buckshot loads for shotgun. Eye and ear protection.

See the general policies page for suggestions on food, drink, clothing, etc.

Taught by:  Karl Rehn and Paul Martin

Facility: A-Zone Range

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