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Fighting in the Dark

Fighting in the Dark

Prevailing in Low-Light Encounters

Harries Lighting TechniqueIt is dark for 50% of your life. Therefore, it stands to reason that the potential for violent encounters to occur at night is very high. Do you know how to utilize your firearm in conjunction with a flashlight or weapon mounted light? Have you ever fired your firearm at night? Do you know how the human eye adapts to be able to see better in low-light environments? Do you know how to use your light as a force-multiplier and control your attacker's visual horizon? 

After this course, you will!

Low-Light, Home Defense, Force-on-Force

Low Light Firearm TrainingNAME: Low-Light, Home Defense, Force-on-Force Training

SHORT DESCRIPTION: Students will learn how to manipulate their firearm at night, one-handed, on the move, and how to deal with corners and clearing within a residential structure. A specific emphasis will be placed on lighting techniques and fighting in low-light environments. Course will run approximately 8 hours.

PRICE: $200

LONG DESCRIPTION: Coordinated attacks, home invasions, and home burglary seems to be a trend that is moving in the wrong direction. After having received numerous requests for more aggressive home defense training, we have decided to put together a very inclusive course focused specifically on fighting in a home with an emphasis on low-light conditions. This course is a minimum 8 hour training course, with a 1 hour break. The pre-requisite requirement for this course is a successful completion of either our Handgun Manipulation & Personal Protection course, Fighting in the Dark course, or NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home.

This course will have some physical requirements of being able to stand up from a ground seated position, shoot from positions of disadvantage, and light physical exertion (equivalent of jogging). This course will have you working a firearm with an increased heart rate, under pressure, in low-light conditions. It will be mentally challenging, and fun as hell. As always, safety will be our primary concern, followed by effective learning and a fun learning environment. 

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Private Instruction

Private Instruction Available!If you are interested in private lessons for you as an individual or if you and a partner would like to get together, please contact us. We certainly recommend that you supplement your training with additional private instruction to ensure that the skills you have learned are being developed and repetitively trained the right way. This level of private instruction is available both to Law Enforcement Officers as well as private citizens.

We strongly encourage that two people who can train together on a regular basis both be present at the private instruction because they will be able to assist each other during their regular training routines using familiar vocabulary, topics, and concepts that they learned together at the private training.

Make an investment in yourself and reinforce the skills that you have already learned, as well as learn additional skills that will take your abilities to the next level.

The rates for private instruction are as follows:

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Tactical Rifle Training

Tactical Rifle (AR-15) Training

We can show you why the AR-15 is the most popular rifle in American history.

This is an 8 hour course of hands-on instruction conducted entirely at the range. This course was designed to give students the knowledge and skills required to effectively carry, maintain, and deploy a rifle for defense.

The course content will include but is not limited to:

  • Parts and Operation of the rifle
  • Care and Maintenance of the rifle
  • Sights, Optics, and Accessory discussion
  • Zeroing the rifle
  • Diagnosing and clearing malfunctions
  • Shooting exercises from 7 - 100 Yards
  • Improvised shooting positions, use of cover, and shooting on the move
  • Transitioning to a secondary weapon system

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NRA Basic Pistol Course

Due to changes in the curriculum from the NRA, we will no longer be offiering this course. We do not agree with the idea of having new shooters learning on the internet instead of with a competent, qualified instructor, and as such we will no longer provide this course as an option in our training catalog.

Course: NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

Price: $200 ($50 deposit required to reserve your spot) ($25 per hour for a course that might change your life)

Instructor: Richard Whirley (Instructor Number 189648847)

Short Description: Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.

More Details: This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, course completion wallet certificate, and course completion certificate.

Student will also receive personal one-on-one instruction with certified instructor to demonstrate their abilities in safely and proficiently operating a handgun. Video of personalized instruction is available upon request, additional instructor-specific resources, range time, ammunition, and use of firearm is all included in the price of the course.

Pizza will be provided for the students for lunch, or each participant may bring their own lunch.

Class Limit: Strict Limit of slots available. This is to ensure that each student can spend ample time with the instructor in a one-on-one basis as well provide sufficient time for questions and answers. We want you to retain what you learn, not be one of a dozen students.

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NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home

NRA Certified Courses in GeorgiaName : NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course

Short Description : Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.
 
InstructorRichard Whirley (Instructor Number 189648847)
 
Price: $200 ($50 deposit required to reserve your spot) ($25 per hour for a course that might change your life)
 
More Details: This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.

NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.

Upcoming Course Dates:

Make an investment in yourself by registering for this class. This will be a fun class where you will increase your level of confidence and understanding regarding the operations of a handgun.

If you have any questions regarding this course, please feel free to Contact Richard directly.

Two Person - Home Defense / Residential Structures (CQB)

As citizens, we are in or around buildings or vehicles for the vast majority of our lives. Since both vehicles and structures/dwellings offer different problems and opportunities, it stands to reason that we should learn how to defend ourselves and loved-ones in these environments. In this course, we are going to work on how to solve problems within residential structures such as homes and apartments. This course will provide an entry-level understanding of how to navigate indoors in such a way that they can most effectively negotiate any and all problems that arise within a home. Make no mistake- this is not a course for the brand-new shooter. This course covers more of the concepts related to fighting with a firearm than it does manipulating and shooting a firearm.

Everything is easier with two people, and this is especially true when it comes to defending and navigating a structure. Two sets of eyes, two guns, two people fulfilling roles, and two people properly communicating can solve many more problems with greater speed and efficiency than an individual person can.

Covered Topics will include:

  • Weapon/Gear Selection
    • Considerations of Over-Penetration, Ammo Preferences, Cover vs. Concealment
    • Advantages/Disadvantages of Long Guns and Handguns
  • Thorough Explanation of Doors and Doorways
  • Thorough Explanation of Common Room Layouts (Center-Fed vs. Corner-Fed; Read vs. No-Read Rooms)
  • Scenario Based Problems and Solutions (Hunting vs. Being Hunted)
  • Barricading and Hiding
  • Communication between multiple people
  • Geometric Problem-Solving of Corners
  • Limited Penetration Room Entry Techniques
  • Dynamic Entries (aka Direct to Threat)
  • Dealing with Hallways (L-Shaped, T-Shaped, X-Shaped)
  • Dealing with Multiple Rooms
  • Developing a Plan
  • Dealing with the Aftermath (what you should and should not say to the Police and Dispatchers)

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Single Person - Home Defense / Residential Structures (CQB)

As citizens, we are in or around buildings or vehicles for the vast majority of our lives. Since both vehicles and structures/dwellings offer different problems and opportunities, it stands to reason that we should learn how to defend ourselves and loved-ones in these environments. In this course, we are going to work on how to solve problems within residential structures such as homes and apartments. This course will provide an entry-level understanding of how to navigate indoors in such a way that they can most effectively negotiate any and all problems that arise within a home. Make no mistake- this is not a course for the brand-new shooter. This course covers more of the concepts related to fighting with a firearm than it does manipulating and shooting a firearm. 

Covered Topics will include:

  • Weapon/Gear Selection
    • Considerations of Over-Penetration, Ammo Preferences, Cover vs. Concealment
    • Advantages/Disadvantages of Long Guns and Handguns
  • Thorough Explanation of Doors and Doorways
  • Thorough Explanation of Common Room Layouts (Center-Fed vs. Corner-Fed; Read vs. No-Read Rooms)
  • Scenario Based Problems and Solutions (Hunting vs. Being Hunted)
  • Barricading and Hiding
  • Geometric Problem-Solving of Corners
  • Limited Penetration Room Entry Techniques
  • Dynamic Entries (aka Direct to Threat)
  • Dealing with Hallways (L-Shaped, T-Shaped, X-Shaped)
  • Dealing with Multiple Rooms
  • Developing a Plan
  • Dealing with the Aftermath (what you should and should not say to the Police and Dispatchers)

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Handgun Fundamentals & Safety

This course is four hours long, consisting of three hours of lecture time and one hour of live fire exercises. The "lectures" will consist of open dialog, question/answers, discussions, interactive demonstrations, videos, and more. This is a FUN and SAFE way to be introduced to handguns. This course aims to effectively teach firearm safety, range safety, and the 7 fundamentals of effective shooting.

*Note* - There is a strict limit of participants in this course to ensure that each student has adequate one-on-one time with the instructor.

Handgun Fundamentals & Safety

The following topics will be covered:

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Handgun Manipulation & Personal Protection

This course is four hours long, consisting of two hours of lecture time and two hours of live fire exercises. The "lectures" will consist of open dialog, question/answers, discussions, interactive demonstrations, videos, and more. This course continues where Handgun Fundamentals & Safety Course leaves off. While Level 1 teaches safety and the 7 fundamentals of effective shooting, this course goes further into economy of motion and firearm manipulation.

*Note* - There is a strict limit of participants in this course to ensure that each student has adequate one-on-one time with the instructor.

Prerequisite:

Student must have completed one of the following courses prior to registering for Level 2:

Handgun Manipulation

The following topics will be covered:

  • Refinement of proper basics covered in Level 1
  • Drawing from a holster
  • Moving with a handgun
  • Re-holstering
  • Identify and clear all four types of semi-automatic handgun malfunctions
  • After Action Assessment drills
  • Tactical reloads (with and without retention)
  • Reloading from slide lock
  • Selecting a firearm, holster, and ammunition

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Armed Citizen (Concealed Carry)

This course is designed to get graduates of our Handgun Manipulation & Personal Protection Course course ready for concealed carry. We will work against the clock with our shooting, reloading, and clearing of malfunctions. This course is six hours long, consisting of a combination of lecture time and live fire exercises. The "lectures" will consist of open dialog, question/answers, discussions, interactive demonstrations, videos, and more. This course continues where Handgun Manipulation & Personal Protection Course leaves off.

*Note* - There is a strict limit of participants in this course to ensure that each student has adequate one-on-one time with the instructor.

Prerequisite:

Student must have completed one of the following courses prior to registering for Level 2:

Armed Citizen - Concealed Carry

The following topics will be covered:

  • Refinement of techniques covered in Handgun Manipulation & Personal Protection
  • Ammunition Selection
  • Moving and Shooting
  • Drawing from Concealment
  • Shooting against the clock (timed exercises)
  • Cornering and basic structure clearing
  • Shooting one-handed (both strong and weak hand)
  • Shooting from behind cover
  • Cover vs. Concealment
  • Clearing malfunctions under pressure
  • One-handed reloading
  • One-handed malfunction correction
  • Shooting from Prone, Urban Prone, Kneeling, Various Positions
  • Concealed Carry Laws for the state of Georgia
    • HB 60 - the "Guns Everywhere" law of Georgia
  • Concealed Carry Methods and Gear Selection
  • Tactical Priority of Engagements

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