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Orientation Document

Classroom Location
My commercial meeting space is located in the Centennial Hills Executive Suites in Northwest Centennial Hills. I do not have an office at that location. That location is only for groups of at least 3 people, otherwise, for up to two people I can do classes in my home or yours. I can come to you!

Classroom Start & End Times
Class starts promptly at 9am, please arrive at 8:45am. This gives you time to get a cup of coffee, find out where the bathrooms are, etc.

Account for traffic and do your best not to be too late. We can’t wait too long after 9am to start the class.
There is so much information and we will be tight for time all throughout the day.
The range qualification is only done outdoors in the BLM public shooting area of the Northwest.

Breakfast / Lunch / Snacks
Eating in the conference room is just fine, please bring anything you like.
We do a working lunch, you can either bring a lunch (I typically do) or go get one to-go. There is a refrigerator onsite.
There is a pizza/sandwich/salad joint (real good) within walking distance and other fast foods close by including and In and Out.
If you go out to get a lunch, please get it to-go and eat it in the classroom. We will be tight for time and if you’re not back within 30 minutes, I’ll start the next module without you.
Coffee and bottled water are provided free during the day.

Guns & Ammo
DO bring your gun(s) into the class! If you have a holster (we won’t be drawing from a holster at the range) bring that along as well!
If you bring ammo into the classroom, I have a lockbox to secure it. In a training environment, all ammo must be secured.

You don’t need to bring a cleaning kit. We won’t have enough time to clean guns but I will point out the most important parts of gun cleaning.
You will receive a 90-minute DVD in class with yours truly cleaning a couple of guns and all aspects of it.

Payment of Class Fee’s
Cash or check is preferred. I typically do not have change.
I can also take a debit/credit card through Square. There is a 3% fee for using a card.

I sell Sabre Defense Spray in class; they are $10 ($5 less than stores). You will learn in class a less-lethal tool is good to carry since not every problem is a gun problem. You may want to have extra cash for at least one of these if you don’t already carry one. I never strap my gun on without having a less-lethal option available. I should have plenty if you would like to buy a canister for a loved one too.

Written Exam
The written exam has 50 questions and only new applicants have to take it. The exam is quite simple and you’ll receive all the information necessary in class to pass the test with flying colors! You can miss 12 questions on the exam and still pass. Most people miss between 2 and 4 questions. No one has ever failed the written exam in my class!

Range Shooting
We qualify outdoors in the Northwest at the public desert areas of BLM land past the high desert prison. It’s a 25 mile hike but due to Covid, it’s our best option.

For the ladies and really everyone, no open-toe shoes. It’s also a good idea to have on a full-coverage shirt, meaning no halter or tank tops. If an ejected shell hits your skin, it will burn you.

You will need 30 rounds of range ammo for the qualification. If you don’t have ammo, you can get it at the range.

Live Fire Qualification
A perfect score on the CCW Live Fire Qualification is 300 points. That’s 30 shots all in the X or 10 ring on a B-27 Silhouette humanoid target.

Shooting a perfect score eludes most people, they’ll drop one or two points which takes them out of the top shot club. Less than 1% of all my students have shot a perfect score.

Please note you MUST have TWO Magazines for your handgun! The State of Nevada qualification requires the safe and efficient swapping out of magazines during the live fire exercise.

Handguns Suitable for Qualification
Any handgun that fires a live cartridge. You can qualify with a .22 caliber semi-automatic (I have two) but a true self-defense caliber is going to be minimum, a .38 or 9mm. Most people shoot 9mm’s

3 yards (9 feet)
Hold Control: ONE HAND ONLY
Right or left, Operators Choice.
6 rounds total
The target is literally right in front of you. Although not required in my class, I recommend qualifying with your ‘off’ or non-dominant hand. If you do, you’ll need an additional 6 rounds for the support hand live fire.

5 yards (15 feet)
Hold Control: Operators Choice, One or Two Hands. Most people will use two hands from this point forward.
12 rounds total – 6 rounds in one magazine, 6 rounds in a second magazine.
Course of fire: Shoot 6 rounds, come to slide-lock, perform a magazine change safely and efficiently, fire the remaining 6 rounds.
No Time Limit

7 yards (21) feet
Hold Control: Operators Choice, One or Two Hands.
Course of fire: Shoot 6 rounds, perform a reload safely, and then shoot the remaining 6 rounds.
No Time Limit

If you don’t know why we qualify out to 21 feet, you’ll learn a lot about it in class. It’s the reactionary gap distance where someone that far away, 21 feet, can rush and hurt you. Typical time is within 1.5 seconds. You’ll learn all about it in class.

From a self-defense standpoint, my recommendation for range qualification is –
1) A defensive handgun in at least 9mm, and;
2) Shooting continuously at least once per second.

I would also recommend shooting the defensive ammo you have for the gun, not range ammo. We’ll discuss more of ‘true incident’ qualification in class.
One-handed will come into play a lot in regards to self-defense.

Rick Cross
Be Safe Firearms Instruction
Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mobile: (702) 275-1625

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