Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are the instructors active police officers? Yes, we are all full time police officers and firearms instructors. We work at a large Denver metropolitan police department. We were full time instructors at our academy and range for many years.
  2. What sets your company aside from the competition? There is plenty of competition in the firearms training business, yet almost all are civilians, and most do not include actual shooting. We have by far the most in depth shooting course, and our police experience puts us head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to the legal portion of the course. Additionally, there are instructors that label themselves as “law enforcement” who are actually detention officers. While they may or may not be good firearms instructors, they do not have experience to speak to use of force and contacts with the police.
  3. How long has your company been in business? Since 2002.
  4. Does every shooter need a gun? Yes. We have by far the most in depth shooting curriculum. We generally run two relays of shooters; one relay is reloading mags while the other is shooting. If two people were sharing a gun, everyone would have to wait for them to reload their mags, which would slow down the entire group. Additionally, there are safety concerns of handing a loaded weapon back and forth between shooters.
  5. What is included in a rental? We have five Glock 9mms and two .38 cal revolvers for rent. Each comes with a holster. Renters need to wear a belt and bring 50 rounds of cheap ammo for the gun. Rentals are $20 each. The fee covers our cleaning time, gun depreciation, and occasionally replacing parts.
  6. Where is your facility? We are located in Bennett Colorado. (Bennett is right off I-70: roughly 20 minutes east of I-225/I-70, roughly 30 minutes from Parker, roughly 40 minutes from I-25/I-70.) We have an outdoor range, the classroom is indoors. Once you register we will send the address and directions. It is private land, and therefore out of respect for the owner, the address is not on our site.
  7. How much of the course is shooting, and how much is lecture? Roughly 50/50%. While the round count is roughly 50 rounds per shooter, those rounds are shot within marksmanship drills, reload drills, malfunction drills, immediate threat response and close quarters contact drills. Anyone can blast off hundreds of rounds, but to what purpose without a training plan? Quality training, not quantity.
  8. What courses fulfill requirements to apply for a concealed weapons permit in CO? All of our shooting courses meet requirements to apply for a CO concealed weapons permit.
  9. Is there a number I can call? Because we are full time police officers, and with family commitments, we prefer to keep the phone calls to a minimum and handle business by e-mail. If it is a question that cannot be handled adequately by e-mail, send us a phone number and we will call you.
  10. What are the costs for the basic handgun/CCW class? Posted on the CCW/basic handgun class page.
  11. Do you do private lessons? Yes, $60 per hour for two people. We generally go to your residence to give any lecture, and then meet at the range at a later date.
  12. How do I get a concealed weapons permit? Take the certificate we issue you to the county in which you reside. There is a $150 fee, they have 90 days to issue the permit, but lately they have been running around two months. Some counties requires you to make an appointment first. Many of the local governments are listed under our links tab.
  13. Can I be a total beginner? Absolutely, we have total beginners in every course. Our course is low stress; we take it slow and have fun.
  14. I’m an experienced shooter; will I get anything out of it? We have had countless comments from experienced shooters stating how much they learned. Generally we hear “I didn’t know how much I didn’t know.”
  15. I’m an experienced shooter; can I just skip your basic class and take the advanced course? Unfortunately we have found that the vast majority of those who believe they are advanced, (including some former police and military), are not. A simple test would be this: can you perform both tactical and combat reloads? Can you clear failure to fires, stove pipe, and double feed malfunctions? If the answer is not a quick “yes”, then we would recommend you take our basic course first.
  16. I’m pregnant, can I shoot? While most Dr.’s say an outdoor shooting range is ok for the fetus up to around 5-6 months, for liability purposes we do not allow pregnant women to shoot past 3 months. That said, the state does not require actual shooting to complete the course to apply for a permit. Therefore, if you complete the lecture we will issue the certificate.
  17. Can I bring my significant other to watch? We have had beginners who are very nervous, who would like to bring a loved one with them for support, and we understand that. Yet that person is attending our course for free, which is unfair to our paying students. So everyone who attends must pay.
  18. I bought a voucher through an internet site and it’s about to expire, will you still honor it?  Yes, we don’t care about voucher expiration dates, as far as we’re concerned you paid.
  19. How do I pay? When you register for a course, you will receive class and payment info. Unfortunately we have been burned by students over the years and therefore require full payment prior to the course. We will refund cancellations up to 3 days out, after that a credit. See our payment page.