Classes for 2018

Classes are held in Niagara, Erie, Orleans and Genesee Counties.

Pre-registration required.

Private classes and coaching are also available. Call Jim Carr at (716) 778-9431 for information or to schedule your own private class.

Upcoming Classes

May

Class: New York State Pistol Permit
Date: May 3 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Lockport Conservation Club
4112 Lake Ave., Lockport, NY 14094
Hosted by: Johnson's Country Store
Pre-register with: Johnson's Country Store
(716) 434-9411

June

Class: New York State Pistol Permit
Date: June 7 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Lockport Conservation Club
4112 Lake Ave., Lockport, NY 14094
Hosted by: Johnson's Country Store
Pre-register with: Johnson's Country Store
(716) 434-9411

July

Class: New York State Pistol Permit
Date: July 5 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Lockport Conservation Club
4112 Lake Ave., Lockport, NY 14094
Hosted by: Johnson's Country Store
Pre-register with: Johnson's Country Store
(716) 434-9411

 

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NYS Pistol Permit Class / Handgun Safety 

Class recognized by: Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties.

Class length: 3½ to 4 hours

Cost: $60.00

Bring with you:

  1. New York State Drivers License
  2. Pen with black ink
  3. Cash or check for $60.00

Class Description:

If you will be using your handgun for hunting or lawful personal protection, I know you’ll find this class to be outstanding. In 2011 it was upgraded and became the first Pistol Permit class in Western New York to utilize a handgun training model developed by a major U.S. law enforcement agency.

The agency in question developed this model expressly for training private citizens in concealed carry for lawful personal protection. Due to this fact, a number of issues are addressed which normal “Pistol Permit classes” completely miss including:

  1. Mindset for defensive handgun carry and how to develop this edge
  2. How handgun grip and finger index can prevent an unintentional discharge
  3. The role arm position & shooting stance have on safety and performance
  4. Holster selection, safe draw-stroke / re-holstering techniques
  5. How adrenalin impacts our perception of gun function
  6. Defensive vs. hunting ammunition selection
  7. Handgun & caliber selection issues for defensive vs. hunting use
  8. Handgun deployment and carry in high stress environments
  9. Concealed carry issues
  10. Advantages and disadvantages of different handgun designs
  11. Malfunction / “failure to fire” clearance techniques.

Photos, videos and CCTV footage of actual incidents are used throughout the class to help illustrate the difference between good technique and high risk or dangerous practices. You’ll learn how to deploy the handgun properly, as well as learn principles of good shooting technique.

You’ll learn about how the human body reacts to common stress such as the match day jitters and “buck fever” all the way to the catastrophic effects of stress experienced in critical incidents such as a robbery. Once you understand what to expect in the real world it will be much easier to integrate those important gun safety skills into your own skill set. Remember, trying to memorize a bunch of rules rarely works, but understanding the principles behind the “rules” helps immensely.

Class Philosophy:

In 1997 I began to teach County Approved Handgun Safety classes, also known as “Pistol Permit classes” throughout Western New York. My own experiences as a handgun hunter, student of Threat Management and the defensive handgun heavily influenced my approach to teaching the class.

As a rule, Pistol Permit classes use a very basic and generic approach to safety training. The assumption is that the student will later take more specialized training necessary for deploying handguns in defensive or hunting situations. This is unrealistic thinking because it assumes the student will:

  1. Take the time to get the necessary extra training at a later date, and 
  2. Be able to successfully “unlearn” potentially dangerous techniques and habits that were introduced via the very basic and generic Handgun Safety class.

From day one I took the safety training standards that I had learned as a student of Lethal Force Institute and combined them with other deployment and safety training skills. Two independent sources reviewed the class and confirmed my beliefs:

  1. Peer review showed that the new training model was very detailed and got the job done. It was deemed to be neither confusing nor overwhelming to the beginners. Also, it did not insult the intelligence of the more experienced hunters and former military people.
  2. Student response was fantastic. Beginners could appreciate the reasoning and progression of technique. Even pistol permit holders who were sitting in as observers would comment that the class was superior to classes they had taken from other instructors.