What you need to bring and further instructions (READ THESE CAREFULLY):
You must supply your own equipment—we have none to borrow.
• Mass. LTC Class A permit (must be with you during class). If you are not a Massachusetts resident, you must have a Non-Resident LTC to train with us.
• Eye and ear protection designed for shooting (electronic ear pro is recommended—easier for you to hear range commands). Noise cancelling headsets (Bose, Sony, etc.) are not ear protection.
• Baseball hat; clothes suitable for training; footwear appropriate for rapid movement (no sandals or open-toe shoes). This class is conducted outdoors rain or shine—wear clothing appropriate for the weather.
• Quality thick gun belt at least 1.5 inches wide capable of supporting the weight of a loaded pistol and extra magazines.
• Quality strong-side, outside-the-waist-band (OWB), belt-mounted, kydex/polymer holster. Absolutely NO inside-the-waist holsters. NO SERPA holsters or other trigger-finger operated holsters. NO clip-on holsters. NO fabric/nylon holsters. NO thumb-strap holsters of any kind. Leather holsters are not ideal but may be acceptable, granted yours is broken in and it does not have a thumbstrap and must not require a support hand to hold it open during re-holster. There are quality, inexpensive kydex/polymer holsters out there that will serve you well for training, whether with us or other instructors (many will have similar requirements to ours).
• If you don’t have a proper gun belt or OWB belt-mounted holster, please purchase it well ahead of time and try it on.
• A semi-auto pistol: full-size, mid-size, and larger compact pistols are fine—ABSOLUTELY NO sub-compact or micro/pocket pistols. Your class firearm should be at least as big as a SIG P320 Compact or Glock 19 for reference. Smaller guns are not easy to train with; you’ll find bigger guns are better for training. The skills you learn on a mid-size/full-size gun can be transferred with practice to a smaller carry gun. Also, larger guns offer more capacity. Sorry, no revolvers—this is a semi-auto pistol class.
• At least three magazines (more is usually better). 10-round mags are ideal. If your pistol only accepts mags with less than 10-round capacity, please bring at least four mags to class.
• Belt-mounted magazine pouches (kydex/polymer preferred) to hold at least two magazines. You must have mag pouches on your belt.
• Bring dummy ammunition appropriate for your firearm (10 rounds recommended). We may be able to provide some dummy ammo for most popular calibers.
• 250 rounds of live ammunition appropriate for your firearm. We strongly recommend purchasing it well in advance. Ammunition can be hard to come by these days.
• Tactical flashlight (tail cap switch recommended): No weapon-mounted lights.
• Water or sports drinks to stay hydrated and snacks. We’ll break for lunch at some point–we recommend brown bagging it but there are a few places local to grab a quick bite.
• A pen and pad are recommended if you wish to take notes.
• Feel free to contact us for advice on choosing any equipment for this class. And try on and test all of your equipment ahead of time to be sure of fit and function.
• Get some range time in ahead of the class date, especially if you haven’t shot in a while.
• IMPORTANT: You must be very familiar with the firearm you bring to class and how it operates and have experience shooting it—THIS CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH. For example: If your gun has an external safety or a decocker mechanism, you will be expected to know how to use it. This is not a class for new shooters nor is it the venue to try out a new gun.
You are responsible for bringing the correct gear to class. Students who arrive for
class lacking equipment or with inappropriate gear may not participate. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.