Equipment Requirements - Please Read Carefully!

Please see class listings below for equipment suggestions. Having the correct equipment is essential to successful training. It is the student's responsibility to insure they have all necessary equipment and that it is functioning properly. If you use specific equipment as a requirement for your occupation it is suggested you train with your issue gear. If you have any questions concerning equipment please don't hesitate to contact us. All courses require eye and ear protection. Ammo requirements are minimums so please bring some extra. Private classes normally use more ammo.

Defensive Handgun
Concealed Carry

Firearm
Holster
4-6 magazines
Magazine pouch
(Cover Garment For CC)
800 rds
Handgun Tactics
Firearm/Holster
6 magazines
Magazine pouch
Elbow/Knee Pads
Combative Flashlight
1400 rds
Combative Handgun
Firearm/Holster
6 magazines and pouch
Elbow/Knee Pads
Combative Flashlight
Long Sleeve Shirt
Thin Gloves
1400 rds
Revolver
Firearm
Holster
4 speedloaders
Loader pouch
600 rds

Defensive Carbine
AR rifle
Sling
4 magazines
Magazine pouch
Elbow/Knee Pads
800 rds
Defensive Carbine
AR rifle
Sling
4 magazines
Magazine pouch
Elbow/Knee Pads
800 rds
Combative Carbine
AR rifle/Sling
4 magazines/Mag pouch
Elbow/Knee Pads
Combative Flashlight
Long Sleeve Shirt
Thin Gloves
1400 rds

Vehicle Defense
Firearm
Holster
4 magazines
Magazine pouch
300 rds
Handgun/Carbine
Combine The Equipment
For Both Def HG
And Def Car.
800 rds each weapon
Precision Rifle Classes
Rifle/Sling
Bipod or shooting bag
Elbow/Knee Pads
Cleaning Kit
Flashlight For Low-Light Classes
See Course Page For Rd Count

NRA First Steps
Firearm
Instruction Manual
Cleaning Kit
50 rds
NRA Basic Class
Firearm
Holster or Sling
Knee Pads
300 rds
NRA Personal Protection
Firearm/Holster
3 magazines
Magazine pouch
Knee Pads
300 rds

Please read section below for specific recommendations on equipment.
Pistols must be functioning properly and safely. The weapon should fit your hand and you must be able to manipulate all actions. Nothing smaller than a .38 special or 9mm is recommended. If you are planning to purchase a pistol please call us for recommendations. There are a lot of pistols that simply are not suitable for fighting due to function, design, or size.

Holsters must be held in position with belt, and allow you to holster without having to open up the holster with your support hand. No clip on or "floppy" holsters allowed. Leather or kydex is good. Holster must hold weapon securely while running or moving. If you carry a holster for your work that is what you should train with. The same requirements should be applied to mag pouches. For AR magazines the thigh rigs work well, you can use a belt pouch and or pants pockets.

Carbines with 16 inch barrels are best. Iron sights or optics are acceptable. A simple carry sling is recommended for general purpose. Please call with any questions concerning carbine configuration.

Precision Rifles in .308 caliber are most common. For optics something with a 3-10 power magnification is best. Rifle should be outfitted with a shooting sling. Lightweight rifles are the best; long heavy barreled rifles get heavy during the class. Harris bipods are best, or a backpack that can serve as a shooting rest can be used. A rear pad on stock may be required to obtain proper cheek weld; this is essential to shooting accurately.

Ammunition must be commercial brand - no home reloads allowed! No exceptions! You must test fire ammunition with your weapon to insure it will function properly. Ammunition for your class can be shipped to Shootrite. Your ammo must be clearly marked with your name and date of class.

Magazines should also be tested for compatibility with your weapon. Don't buy cheap or aftermarket magazines since they may not function with your weapon.

Flashlights should be operated by rear cap push button. Streamlight and Surefire are the most common. Light output should be at least 60 lumens or more. It is recommended you bring spare batteries and bulbs or an extra light.

Elbow and knee pads can be purchased at hardware stores, where they sell skateboard accessories, and from tactical suppliers. Our range is very rocky so these items are required.

Clothing must be appropriate for weather. We do not stop for rain or cold weather! Long sleeve shirts with collars are best. Without a collar or bandana around your neck you will get hot brass down your shirt. Hats or caps are recommended. Don't wear clothes you are afraid to damage. Loose clothes are best since they allow freedom of movement. Sweat pants, slacks, and shorts are not recommended! Hiking or tactical boots are best. For carbine classes you are on the ground a lot so a pair of shooting gloves is recommended.

Miscellaneous items that are useful are a range bag for gear, sunscreen, band aids and athletic tape. For classes requiring gloves a thin pair that will allow you to operate weapon is best. A notepad and pen are recommended. You should bring water, sports drinks, or snacks. There is a restaurant 2 miles from range for breakfast and lunches.

"Tactical Gear" - If you wear specific gear for your job it is recommended that you train with that equipment. If you are training for self defense you should train with the equipment you are likely to have on you. For example it doesn't make sense to train with a tac vest if you'll probably only have time to shove a couple of magazines and a flashlight into your pants' pocket. In other words you should train like you will fight, nothing more, and sometimes less, just to prepare for worst case scenarios.

If you are attending a class for the first time don't spend a lot of money on gear that may not work well. Part of training is learning about equipment and what works best. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us. There is nothing worse than attending a class and not getting full benefit of the instruction due to equipment issues.