FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the age group for classes?
Youth classes begin at 7 and are capped at 16. Standard classes begin at 15.
What should bring?
Ear and eye protection unless you are taking the Women's Weapon fundamentals course. Extreme weather gear season appropriate. If we are going to the outdoor range a folding chair is suggested. Closed toe shoes. Water at a minimum and snacks if the class is beyond 6 hours long.
Military, LE, and First Responder discount?
Yes, we give a discount you must contact us for the discount code and have proof of service.
How much ammo should I bring?
Most our classes have the round count listed but to be safe at a minimum it's suggest to have at least 100 rounds for our entry level classes. Always bring more just in case.
What are your restrictions?
No green tip or armor piercing rounds! No nylon holsters.
Are AK-47's welcome in the rifle classes?
Do I have to have a weapon?
For all level one classes rentals are available. For the advanced classes you must have your own weapon.
new gun owner faq
1.) Why do I need a Permit?
In the state of Georgia and some surrounding states a permit is required to carry a gun and for Ga residents a “weapon” (open & concealed) outside of your home and vehicle. You are allowed to purchase and transport your firearm without a permit, but it is strongly recommended to obtain your permit along with your new firearm purchase.
2.) Where do I go to apply for my carry permit?
You can usually visit your counties probate court to apply for your carry permit. During Covid-19 many of them made the appointment application available online so be sure to check their website first.
3.) What kind of gun should I buy?
Choosing your firearm is such a huge topic for anyone. When shopping you should consider the following; is this for home protection only or will it be your everyday carry? Are you comfortable holding and operating that firearm? Are you able to at a minimum hold the firearm with one arm? We do understand that many times you aren’t able to go and test out a firearm before making a purchase but you should go and hold it in your hand at a minimum. People will give you a thousand recommendations on a firearm based on their experience or endorsements by certain brands just remember at the end of the night it’s just you and the weapon you choose, the people behind the counter aren’t coming to help you.
4.) What kind of ammo do I need?
For personal defense we suggest purchasing a quality brand hollow point, a hollow point ammunition is an expanding bullet that has a pit or hollowed out tip. This ammunition is mostly preferred by hunters and those in defensive situations because it expands upon impact.
Shooting & Rang Practice: Full Metal Jacket ammo is good for shooting & rang practice. As full metal jacket ammo is cleaner and stronger than hollow point. So there is no risk of unintended impact further down the range.
FMJ ammo is not often used in self-defense situations due to the risk of the bullet striking an unintended target. It is a small-arms projectile, it can be used in concealed carry guns. Hollow point bullets are better for shoot to kill and self-defense situations. So always go with Hollow Point ammo for self-defense.
5.) What does the grain mean?
Within each caliber, you will notice that there are certain bullet weights you see more often than others. For example, you’ll find Federal American Eagle 9mm ammo in, 115 gr., 124 gr., and 147 gr. These are the weights most commonly offered by manufacturers, though you may occasionally come across a less common weight that is usually made for specialty purposes.
Lighter bullets must travel faster than heavier bullets to reach the same power factor and therefore require more gunpowder. This means that the lighter bullet will spend less time in the barrel than the slower moving heavy bullet, causing a difference in perceived recoil. Many shooters say that the light, fast bullet seems “snappier” while the heavy bullet’s recoil is more of a flat push.
6.) What type of holster do you recommend?
Kydex! This is hard plastic material most durable holsters are made from. You may need multiple holsters for your firearm as one may not be suitable for every outfit you wear. As the season changes so does your clothing and your holster should follow suit as well. Remember the goal is to conceal your weapon not show the world that you have a gun.
7.) Should I purchase Spare magazines?
Yes, you should most definitely look into purchasing spare magazines I’d say have at least 5 of them on hand. 2 at home one goes with you and the weapon and one stays behind in the car. The goal is to set yourself up in case things get really bad you know that your equipped to defend yourself sufficiently.
8.) What’s the best home defense weapon or caliber?
A good home defense firearm/ caliber is one that will cause little to no collateral damage to your home or surrounding area at all. You want to have firearm that can be stored securely and easily accessed at the same time in your home if needed. Larger calibers aren’t always suitable for home defense as they are more likely to cause more collateral damage over smaller calibers in smaller dwellings such as an apartment or condominium.
9.) How should I secure my Firearm/ Ammunition?
Safes are a great way to store both your firearm and ammunition. Biometric and electronic code safes provide easy and quick access to your firearm while taking up minimal space depending on the safe you choose to purchase. Gun locks are also a cost effective way of securing your firearm and all guns purchased from an FFL must be sold with a gun lock. Depending on the number of firearms you have we suggest looking into having a safe placed inside your home. They have a wide number of options for you to choose from as well.
Ideally, your ammunition should be stored at room temperature with low humidity. You should be extra vigilant in the winter and summer months because temperatures can become extreme. This could affect the nitrocellulose in your gun powder and if the temperature rises too high, your ammo can begin to sweat as the nitrocellulose inside starts to take a gas form. When it comes to proper storage there’s no better place than the original container you bought it in. Keeping your ammo in their original box ensures less movement. With less movement, the smaller the chance your cartridges becoming scratched, dented, or dinged up. However, keeping it in its original container isn’t always an option. Instead you can purchase an ammo container to keep your cartridges safe and unexposed.
10.) IFAKs (Individual First Aid Kit)
Today’s IFAK is more of a trauma kit than a first aid kit, and rarely contains band-aids. Instead, it is designed to address immediate life-threats such as exsanguination (bleeding out), airway and breathing issues, hypothermia etc.
Why Do You Need One?
When a life-threatening emergency occurs whether from an automobile accident, an active shooter event or an industrial mishap, the most likely person to be the first on-scene is a civilian. Exsanguination can occur in just a few minutes and the ability of civilians to respond effectively to major bleeds is critical to saving lives. Even an EMT or paramedic with advanced training is likely to carry a simple IFAK on their person or in their vehicle, as major medical bags are too large to keep close at hand.
Most IFAKs are contained in small sewn pouches that have room for the addition of band-aids and other traditional first aid items, but their main purpose is to treat severe trauma at the point of injury. Making your IFAK heavier or bulkier by adding minor first aid treatments is therefore not commonly recommended. When it comes to IFAK, the simpler the contents, the faster and they can be accessed and effectively applied. With that in mind, there is almost certainly a short list of contents that can make you an effective life-saving responder in an emergency.