(Near LAS VEGAS), Las Vegas, NV
Great training course for beginners, or for those who would like a review of the basics.
This course is 2 full days (8 hours training each), near Las Vegas.
It is the best such course that I know of.
==> DOZENS of people will be taking this course, in addition to MeetUp members, so EVEN IF you are the only member of this MeetUp group who attends, you will be in VERY GOOD company at this course, with probably about 30 fellow students and 4 instructors (and a couple hundred other people taking other courses on adjacent ranges).
This is a BEGINNER course.
The REAL FUN starts in the ADVANCED COURSES…
* Precision Rifle
* Tactical Scenarios
* Advanced Integrated Weapons
* Handgun Combat Master
… but you must start with the Beginner courses (then Advanced Beginner, then Intermediate, THEN Advanced). YES, even if you have trained before. (If you were Navy SEAL Scout Sniper for 3 tours in Iraq, they might make an exception for you. If anything less, then probably not.)
(If you are very enthusiastic, there are also 4-day Beginner / Advanced Beginner courses for Handgun, Rifle, and Shotgun. On Day 4 they will test you for Intermediate level. It is a challenging test: 90% of people fail their first try and stay at Advanced Beginner level. Ask me if you would like the 4-day course. Click where it says my name, “Cal”, and message me about it.)
"Upon completion of this course you will have a fundamental understanding of the defensive use of the handgun. Among the many skills you acquire will be the ability to safely and easily present your weapon from the holster and fire two, sighted shots to the center of a target 5 yards away – all under 1.5 seconds! This course more than satisfies gun handling and marksmanship criteria for a Concealed Weapons Permit.
Lecture Topics Include: Moral and Ethical Decisions on the Use of Deadly Force; Color Code of Mental Awareness; Criminal and Civil Liability; and more.
Firing Range Drills Include: Loading and Unloading; Grip, Stance, Sight Picture, Sight Alignment, and Trigger Control; Presentation from the Ready, the Holster, and Concealment; Target Engagement from Arms Length to 15 yards under Time Pressure; Malfunction Clearing; Speed and Tactical Reloading; Live-Fire Tactical Simulator Introduction; and more."
Course itself: $89.
Background check (no felonies, etc.) : $45 (Do this first, additional to the course itself. I will send you a form to fill out for your background check which you can fax into their office.)
(You need this background check only once per calendar year, so if you do more than one of these courses, you don't need to do another background check through Dec 31st.)
Minimum Age: 21+ to purchase.
Travel To/From & Accommodations In Las Vegas: up to you (I'd suggest using Vegas.com, Hotels.com, or AirBNB.com to find yourself a place on the South or West side of the Las Vegas Strip. Other options exist too.) Not included in course itself, up to you to arrange. (Obviously, if MeetUp group people want to share accommodations/suites/adjoining rooms/etc. there, that's your business, and "up to you to arrange for yourself".)
Transportation: You will need a vehicle for the ride out to the training facility from Las Vegas each day. Too far for bicycling (even if you've done the Tour de France) or for a taxi and probably too far for Uber/Lyft/etc. (If you can afford your own Limo for the day, go for it!) Most people will need either to drive their own car/truck/motorcycle, rent one in Vegas (if you fly or take bus to Vegas), or plan to carpool with someone else training (we can help arrange that via MeetUp, but ultimately it's up to you).
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you plan to stay the night before (arriving before midnight; preferably well before), the night between the two days of the course, and the night after this course, i.e. a minimum of 3 nights in Vegas for a 2-day course-- and no partying until after the course-- because the training is intensive and makes for a long day. A great day, but a long day. Driving to/from LA on the same day as training is highly unadvised, so for your safety and the safety of others, please plan accordingly.
Ammo: 200 rounds, buy there or bring your own (factory ammo only, no reloads allowed; must be "range" ammo, i.e. full metal jacket, not steel-tipped, etc.). Cost varies depending on what you're shooting and where you purchase it. 200 rounds might cost approx $60.
Gun: Rent there (Glock 9mm or similar; cost involved for renting) or Bring your own (must be larger than a "pocket pistol").
Gear: Bring or rent there (cost involved): Belt, appropriate holster, extra magazines (for gun, not for reading), electronic hearing protection, wrap-around impact-resistant eye protection (empty cartridge casings will be ejected in your direction by your fellow students many times each day), sun protection, hat with visor (cowboy or baseball style), etc.
I think that covers it...
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.