Training Information

Classes will be held when the minimum number of students have registered.   If we do not receive enough students for that particular date, we will reschedule that class.  As the date of your class approaches, please call ahead to confirm your class.  We will also keep class information updated on Facebook.  Thank you.

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* Payment in full is required at the time of registration.

INTRODUCTION TO HANDGUN

  1. 10 Student maximum
  2. $125 for novice or new shooters
  3. No firearms experience, firearms, or equipment is required

Students must be 21 unless accompanied by an adult for the entire course. This is not a course for CCW. The 4-hour Introduction to Shooting Course is limited to 10 students and is geared toward the novice or new shooter that has little or no firearms experience at all. The class is recommended for people who are interested in beginning shooting or thinking about purchasing a firearm but are not sure of what type of firearm they want. The class begins with the nomenclature of different types of pistols and ammunition. Safe firearm handling is introduced and stressed from the beginning of the class. After handgun familiarization the class reinforces fundamental firearm safety and the fundamentals of good marksmanship. On the range each member of the class is given the opportunity to fire rounds from a revolver and a semi-auto of different calibers to get a feel for the different types of handguns and calibers. Covered under the $125 registration fee are all materials, firearms, and ammunition used in this class. In addition, graduates receive a coupon for $20.00 off of their next new handgun purchase.

  • No refunds.
  • If rescheduling, students have 72 hours to reschedule without incurring additional costs.
  • Classes may be changed up to 3 times or 90 days.

GROUP INTRODUCTION TO DEFENSIVE PISTOL

  1. 8 Student maximum
  2. $150 for shooters with some shooting experience or who have completed the Introduction to Handgun course
  3. This course has equipment requirements and restrictions. See info below.

Students must be 21 unless accompanied by an adult for the entire course. This four hour Introduction to Defensive Pistol course is limited to 6 students and will introduce shooters to defensive and competitive styles of shooting. This class is recommended for students looking to continue their firearms education after having taken the Introduction to Handgun course. Course material will focus on how to efficiently draw and shoot from a holster with topics on defensive theory, ammunition choices, reloading, and stoppages with a heavy emphasis on safety throughout. The course will end with live fire practice and a qualification designed to prepare students for the qualification course required by Blue Ridge Arsenal’s CCW course. This course does not qualify students to receive a Concealed Carry Permit. Students must supply the following equipment:

  • Firearm with a minimum of three magazines
  • .25 and .32 caliber firearms are not permitted
  • Strong Side Holster (outside the waistband holsters only)
  • Magazine Pouch capable of holding two magazines
  • 400 rounds of quality ammunition (steel cased ammunition is prohibited)
  • Please bring garment
  • Pants or shorts with belt loops
  • A sturdy belt
  • Good attitude!

ABSOLUTELY NO LIVE AMMUNITION IS PERMITTED IN THE CLASSROOM!

Students purchasing ammunition at Blue Ridge Arsenal will be offered a 10% discount on ammunition for the quantity of ammunition required for the class only. Ammunition may be stored either in the student’s vehicle or in the training office. Any ammunition stored on site must be stored in a bag or container with the students name clearly marked on it. Students are responsible for ensuring that they bring the appropriate amount of ammunition to class. Please check with a Blue Ridge Arsenal Staff Member to ensure that we have the appropriate ammunition in stock before purchasing ammunition prior to the class. For any questions, please consult any Blue Ridge Arsenal Staff Member.

  • No refunds.
  • If rescheduling, students have 72 hours to reschedule without incurring additional costs.
  • Classes may be changed up to 3 times or 90 days.

PREP FOR CCW
(Mandatory Class for Students Taking CCW*)

*MUST BE AN EXPERIENCED SHOOTER.

Required Equipment:

  • Your own Firearm
  • Leather belt
  • Strong side holster
  • Magazine pouch or speed loader pouch
  • Speed loaders or 2 magazines to hold 18 rounds or 3 magazines to hold at least 6 rounds each*
  • Eye and ear protection (must rent if you do not own)
  • 120 rounds of ammunition

*Preferred
Note: 5 shot revolvers are acceptable but 50 points will automatically be forfeited from your qualification score.

This course is designed to reinforce good safety habits dealing with drawing from the holster, kneeling shooting, barricade shooting, and weak hand shooting under timed events.

It will consist of approximately 45-60 minutes of classroom instruction and 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours of range instruction with practice exercises, i.e. practice qualification.

There will be a 20-30 minute Question & Answer session after the range time.

  • No refunds.
  • If rescheduling, students have 72 hours to reschedule without incurring additional costs.
  • Classes may be changed up to 3 times or 90 days.
  • There will be a $25.00 fee for additional copies of certificate.

* NOTE: If student is unable to attend regularly scheduled Prep Class, there will be an additional charge of $60 to schedule time with Instructor.


CCW – “Lecture Only” Portion of Class – Only $75.00
For those who already have a Concealed Carry Permit recognized in Virginia, but are unfamiliar with current Virginia law.
• If you are thinking about getting a Concealed Carry Permit but want to understand more regarding your Criminal and Civil liabilities before making that decision.

You may attend the lecture portion of our Concealed Carry class for just $75.
(If you wish to get your CCW permit, you pay $175 and attend the required prep class – see details on this page.)

Blue Ridge Arsenal’s 12-hour Concealed Firearm Course was developed around the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Course for Armed Security Officers and with input from the Fairfax County Police Department. The course covers the Virginia Concealed Weapons Law; federal, state and local restrictions; the Virginia law concerning the use of deadly force; firearm maintenance and safe storage; equipment and ammunition selection; proper loading and shooting techniques.

Our course is taught by a licensed, experienced, professional – Jack Smalley.

Jack is a retired Special Agent, licensed private investigator, and instructor who has conducted firearms training for over 30 years. As a member of both his agency pistol team and a service shooting team member, he competed at the local, state and national level. He created, implemented, directed and served on personal security details in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East for United States and foreign dignitaries. He is certified as an instructor by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) for Private Investigators, Personal Protection Specialists, Armed and Unarmed security officers.

• Authorized by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services to qualify retired police officers from Virginia police departments or retired police officers living in Virginia, under HR 218 (Police Officer Safety Act of 2004).
• Authorized by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Security Officers Management Branch to qualify retired MPD officers and retired police officers who reside in the District of Columbia, under HR 218 (Police Officer Safety Act of 2004).
• Commonwealth of Virginia DCJS certified handgun, shotgun and advanced firearms instructor
• State of Maryland certified handgun instructor; District of Columbia Certified Firearms Instructor
• NRA Law Enforcement Instructor (Handgun, Shotgun, Select Fire)
• NRA Training Counselor Instructor (Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle, Chief Range Safety Officer

For any questions, please consult any Blue Ridge Arsenal Staff Member. As with our training policy:

• No refunds.
• If rescheduling, students have 72 hours to reschedule without incurring additional costs.
• Classes may be changed up to 3 times or 90 days.


CCW
(There is a Mandatory Prep Class for Students Taking CCW*)

*SHOOTER MUST BE EXPERIENCED FROM THE HOLSTER.

Required Equipment:

  • Your own Firearm
  • Leather belt
  • Strong side holster
  • Magazine pouch or speed loader pouch
  • Speed loaders or 2 magazines to hold 18 rounds or 3 magazines to hold at least 6 rounds each*
  • Eye and ear protection (must rent if you do not own)
  • 120 rounds of ammunition

*Preferred
Note: 5 shot revolvers are acceptable but 50 points will automatically be forfeited from your qualification score.

Cost $175. The 12-hour Concealed Firearm Course was developed around the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Course for Armed Security Officers and with input from the Fairfax County Police Department. The course covers the Virginia Concealed Weapons Law; federal, state and local restrictions; the Virginia law concerning the use of deadly force; firearm maintenance and safe storage; equipment and ammunition selection; proper loading and shooting techniques; and, concludes with a written exam. The firearm proficiency portion of the course if a 60-round, 300 point modified PPC Course designed to give the student practice and experience in drawing and firing at a stationary target under pressure. The course is fired at three distances: 3 yards, 7 yards and 15 yards.

Passing for both the written and proficiency tests is 70%. Within 5 days of successful completion of the course a certificate and training completion form will be issued to the student. The training completion form provides all of the information required by the courts to receive your permit and the certificate is suitable for hanging.

  • No refunds.
  • If rescheduling, students have 72 hours to reschedule without incurring additional costs.
  • Classes may be changed up to 3 times or 90 days.
  • There will be a $25.00 fee for additional copies of certificate.

* NOTE: If student is unable to attend regularly scheduled Prep Class, there will be an additional charge of $60 to schedule time with Instructor.


IDPA

  • Must prepay in full $20 to shoot.
  • Timeslots:

6:00 – 7:00 pm
7:00 – 8:00 pm
8:00 – 9:00 pm
9:00 – 10:00 pm
Each person shoots for 1 hour, 8 people maximum per slot.

  • Equipment needed:
    • Your own pistol
    • Your own holster
    • Concealment garment required
    • 3 Magazines or 2 Speed loaders
    • Magazine pouch
    • Ear/Eye protection
    • 100 rounds of ammunition

Designed as a match where the shooter will engage multiple targets, multiple shots per targets at varying distances, from barricades, shooting while moving and reloading. IDPA shooters are not required to be IDPA members but are encouraged to do so.

For more information, rules and regulations go to http://www.idpa.com/

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