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Date(s) - May 25, 2019 - May 26, 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm

Richmond Rod and Gun Club


The Home Defense Skills & Scenarios class is designed for people who are looking to improve their practical shooting ability with a handgun, and who are new to force on force training.

Day 1 will consist of live-fire training on a 180 degree range where you will work on fundamentals, and will practice shooting at multiple targets from behind cover positions and during simulated room entries.

Day 2 will be run in our nearby shoothouse and will place you in four real-world scenarios while armed with a UTM converted Glock 17 handgun.

We provide a safe learning environment in which an instructor will guide you through the strategies, techniques, and legal considerations of a dangerous encounter in your home. Over the two day course you will:

* Learn tactical concepts such as slicing the pie, communication, and concealment vs. cover.
* Engage targets from a number of shooting positions with your home defense handgun.
* Improve your shooting platform, including recoil management, transitions, and target ID.
* Discuss the mental elements of a hostile encounter, including executing a plan under stress.
* Evaluate decisions made in the heat of the moment in a group environment.
* Participate in four real-world scenarios with our roleplayers which will involve you either carrying or having access to a firearm.

Our scenarios are not simply “shoot/no-shoot” exercises, and our dedicated roleplayers are not just living targets. They are characters, all of whom have different priorities and motivations. Some will run, some will fight, some will negotiate. All will react to you, including how you carry yourself and when and if you decide to present your weapon and shoot. There are multiple paths to choose, and each choice will be discussed at length in a group setting with students and staff.

In this class, our roleplayers and participants will be armed with the same UTM converted Glock 17 handguns used in law enforcement training and will be shooting UTM Man Marker Rounds. Roleplayers will react realistically when hit.

This class is suitable for beginner and intermediate level shooters. While we are more interested in testing your decision-making, participants should be confident in their ability to safely operate a firearm. Please view our FAQ for more information.


Ability to safely manipulate a handgun under stress.
Ability to safely draw and shoot from the holster. (Draws are not the focus of the class, but holsters are required.)
Ability to consistently shoot an 8″ group at 10 yards.
Ability to safely and healthfully navigate a shoothouse and a live-fire course under stress.

What to Bring:

Day 1:

Gear: Ear protection/eye protection (wrap around glasses or glasses with some form of side protection preferred). Bring athletic shoes, boots, or cleats. It’s an outdoor range so check the weather and dress accordingly. We run rain or shine.

Firearm: Reliable semi-automatic handgun in 9mm or above with four or more magazines. Bring a holster, and at least two magazine pouches. Holsters must be worn on the hip or thigh on the strong side. (If you have a Serpa style holster, please remove the button.)

Ammo: At least 350 rounds.

Personal: Bring your own lunch (there will be a 45 minute break). We are short driving distance from several restaurants. Snacks and water will be provided.

Day 2:

Gear:  Long sleeve shirt and pants. Athletic shoes and long socks. You can bring your own gloves if you want. All other protective equipment (helmet, mask, groin protector, gloves, and choice of a full jumpsuit or a sweatshirt) will be provided.

Personal:  Bring your own lunch (there will be a 45 minute break).  Snacks and water will be provided.


Where to Go:

Day 1:

We will be using the Richmond Rod and Gun Club’s action range bays. We will start at 9am sharp and continue to around 5pm. Please try to arrive 15 minutes before the class starts.

Day 2:

Our Shoothouse is located in  Novoto, CA near the US-101 & CA-37 intersection (location will be disclosed to those attending the class). We will start at 9am sharp and continue to around 5pm. Please try to arrive 15 minutes before the class starts.



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