“Proper training is like paying your taxes, if you want to sleep through the night – be like Nike “just do it”.  Take it seriously and do it right.  If you are not an expert its best to consult a professional.”
    C. Powell

Class types 


Personal Defense Classes

We are committed to providing members and associates with basic and advanced personal defense skills that will enable them to feel safer in their homes and surroundings while instilling confidence in their abilities to protect themselves and their families from sudden and unexpected dangers.  We offer classes designed to aid in one’s ability to defend themselves and enhance their overall firearm knowledge.  Instruction will consist of classroom education, demonstration, and student application in practical walkthrough drills and live-fire evaluation. 


Handgun Instruction is offered in four training classes that will be delivered in modules I, II, III, and IV.  The modules start with basic skills and advance in difficulty as students pass one module and advance to the next.  All four modules combined will incorporate handgun training in the following categories.

Statutes governing the use of deadly force by private citizens
Combative Mindset/Grizzly Bears
Multiple weapon platforms (revolver and semi-automatic pistol)
Weapon Control and Muzzle Discipline
Weapon Retention
Multiple stances and firing positions
Function Testing
Weapon Operability and Practicality/Selection
Determining eye dominance
Basic Firearms Handling
Accuracy Drills (enhanced by the student learning; proper grip and stance, sight alignment, proper sight picture, trigger, and breath control, shooting rhythm, recoil management, trigger manipulation, and trigger reset)
Shooting Drills (designed to improve personal defense)
Movement Exercises
Firing From Cover/No Cover
Creating/Reducing Shooting Angles
Target Selection/Acquisition
Night Fire (firing in low light/no light)
Reloading Exercises
Weak hand firing
Tactical Considerations
Deadly Force Alternatives

  • Submission
  • Physical Resistance
  • Defensive Strikes
  • Chemical Sprays


Tactical Rifle or Tactical Shotgun Training:

        The training criteria for these two classes will cover or consist of many of the same topics and principles offered in the Pistol Modules I, II, III, and IV.

        Other instruction is available in tactical rifle and tactical shotgun.  Students wishing to participate in tactical rifle training should have a rifle equipped with a one or two-point sling, a minimum of a front and rear sight, electronic holographic or aim point style sights are preferred or a low powered magnification conventional rifle scope, a minimum of (4) 20 round magazines, and approximately 400 rounds of ammunition.  Targets will consist of reactive steel (AR500) and paper or cardboard targets at distances of 15-300 plus yards.  This class will last a minimum of three hours or 400 rounds, whichever occurs first.

        The Tactical Shotgun Class will consist of exercises that allow the student to learn how to effectively operate a break action, pump-action, or semi-automatic shotgun as a weapon for home defense.  Students will learn how to rapidly deploy their shotgun for home defense as well as learning the patterning tendencies of their shotgun and a variety of ammunition as well as the flight and penetration characteristics of their selected ammunition.  Students will need approximately 150 rounds of birdshot consisting of shot sizes of 7, 8, or 9.  Demonstrations by the instructors will show students the effectiveness of buckshot and rifled slugs.  Students may purchase these types of shells and bring them to the class, but buckshot and rifled slugs are not required for this class.  Students will engage reactive steel (AR500) cardboard and paper targets at ranges of 5-25 yards.  The class will last a minimum of three hours or 150 rounds of ammunition, whichever occurs first.

        All class times are guaranteed and typically run over so that questions can be answered by the instructors and to ensure that students receive the level of instruction and attention they deserve.  Your instructors enjoy teaching and want to make certain that you value your experience.


Group class times will be limited to a minimum of three hours and the instruction will be based on the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s ability, shooting experience, and needs of the overall class.  We anticipate a basic, intermediate, and advanced level of capabilities and will attempt to direct students of the same skill levels into each class based on their interests and abilities.  Class size will be maintained at a ratio of (1-2) instructor(s) to (3-6) students unless the students request to increase the group size.  An increase in group size will not reduce the level of safety for the class but may affect the number of firearm drills and firing that the class can complete during the scheduled class time.

Requirements: (In addition to a brimmed baseball style hat, eye, and ear protection):
Students must be legally entitled to possess a firearm and it is desirable but not mandatory to have successfully completed a certified course for Concealed Carry and provide documentation of certification.  All enrollments will be at the discretion of the instructor and management of the 1776 Shooting Club.  Students will be required to utilize revolvers in .32 caliber or greater or a semi-automatic handgun chambered in .380 or greater.  All firearms are expected to be in safe working order and all ammunition should be from a reputable manufacturer (no reloads and or hand loads).  Firearms and ammunition may be provided by 1776 Sporting Club pro shop at the expense of the student.  Rental fees will be at the discretion of pro-shop.  Students should be prepared to fire 150-300 rounds of ammunition during these training classes.  This is determined by group size and shooting abilities.