Firearms Training FAQs

Thank you for choosing Redleg Tactical for your firearms training. This page will provide some of the “do’s and don’ts” of our policies and procedures specifically for firearms training classes. Safety is first, last, and always when it comes to firearms. The vast majority of our policies and procedures revolve around the four rules of firearm safety. If you take away nothing else from our training, please commit to memory the four rules of firearm safety:

1.  Treat every firearm as if it is loaded, always.

Many gun owners can be far too lax in their handling of guns. It is readily evident in gun shops where patrons and employees relax their safe handling etiquette because they presume the firearm is unloaded. All firearms are always loaded; at least, always treat them like they are and don’t be this fellow: https://youtu.be/KUonA66btgI 


2.  Never let your muzzle cover anything you don’t want to destroy.

Muzzle control and discipline is absolutely mandatory. Consider a scenario in which every other rule of firearms safety is broken and the firearm negligently discharged; as long as the muzzle wasn’t pointed at anyone, no one would be severely hurt. For this reason muzzle control is especially important during live-fire training, even if the firearm is unloaded (see rule #1). https://youtu.be/nKxukcqPGQA


3. Keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to fire.

Among the most common negligent discharges are when holstering and unholstering a handgun with a finger on the trigger. We only want the firearm to fire when and where we intend it to fire. For that reason, our finger is our primary safety. On the target, on the trigger. Off the target, off the trigger. 

4. Know your target and what is beyond.

This is especially important off of the shooting range. In your home, you must positively identify your target and be aware of the penetration capabilities of the cartridge you are shooting. The last thing you’d want is to miss your target and your bullet go through your house and into the next house(s).

 

Now that you know the rules, always follow them. Let’s talk about what we do not allow on our range.

The following are not allowed:

  • Some holsters are of such a design that they require you break firearms safety rules in order to used them. Because of that we do not allow cross-draw, shoulder, ankle, small of the back, or Serpa holsters. We run a custom holster shop (shameless plug) and our holsters are designed with safety in mind. Strong side hip carry and appendix carry are allowed for all our classes. We would be delighted to assist you in selecting a safe holster for your firearm if necessary.
  • Do not show up to class waving your pistol around. Keep it in a bag or holstered until after the range safety brief is completed. We’ll explain the safe areas and methods for loading and unloading.

 

 

 Recommendations

We love to teach students. Part of the learning process that every one of us goes through is understanding what works and what doesn't. There are many firearm manufactures out there that are simply trying to make a buck and their products may not be reliable enough for us to recommend. Certain handguns have inherent challenges that make them unsuitable for defensive use. Rather than go into the vast explanation of why certain firearms aren't recommended, I'll simply tell you the brands that we recommend you bring to class. If you're bringing one of these firearms to class, I think you'll be far more prepared.

  • A semi-automatic in .380 or better and one of the following brands:
  • Glock
  • H&K
  • Ruger
  • Sig Sauer
  • Smith and Wesson
  • Springfield Armory

Where are the classes held?

Our classroom portion classes are held at Redleg Tactical's store. Each of our live fire classes is hosted at Dragon Man's. We utilize Dragon Man's instructor ranges which are separate from the rest of Dragon Man's public ranges. At the start of each class students and instructors rendezvous at Dragon Man's main shop, at the designated time, pay the range fee, sign in, and then proceed to our private range.

 

When are the classes?

Class frequency and times can be found on each particular class's page. Nearly all of our classes occur during the weekends. We understand that there are folks who are unable to take classes on the weekends and for that, we're happy to arrange private classes. Still, groups of students make for a wonderful learning environment. If you're able to take a class with peers, do it! 

 

What happens if I miss class or if the class is canceled?

To date we have had only one class ever cancel. We don't intend on canceling any either. Rain, sleet, snow, or drought we never expect to be attacked only when the weather is nice for us, so we train no matter the weather. If for whatever reason you miss class a $20 rescheduling fee will be administered. Our policy excludes refunds. You assume the responsibility for your purchase and no refunds will be issued. In the unlikely event that a class ever does cancel we'll reschedule at the earliest convenience for free. On a side note, today (4/7/18) it was 18ºF outside with heavy fog and rhyme ice on everything. It was cold and the class proceeded as usual. Please dress accordingly!

 

I need to reschedule my class.

Our class sizes are first-come first-serve and are limited to a specific number of students. Rescheduling can inconvenience other students and therefore, we charge a $20 rescheduling fee. Please make sure you will be able to attend the class on the dates selected before purchasing.

 

I don't see any rifle classes. Will there be any?

Rifles, shotguns, and other firearms are awesome! We love all items that expel a projectile by the action of an explosion! That said, handguns are arguably the most difficult firearms to wield safely and accurately. Handguns are also easily carried and concealed. Because of that our classes that deal with the defensive use of firearms are almost entirely dedicated to handguns. Rifles are our bread and butter too... so keep checking back to see when the next rifle class is! Short answer: Handguns are our focus, but rifles are so much fun! 

 

I don't see my question covered here. Who should I contact?

Feel free to email training specific questions to: training@redlegtactical.com