Frequently Asked Questions: What things do I need to bring-What information do I need.
The general information below covers most shooting experiences. Be aware of the season and have the right clothing for the day.
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Class Supply List: What You Need to Bring to Your Class
Congratulations for taking the initiative to become better trained. So now you’re going to take a handgun or carbine course. You are already ahead of 95% of your fellow shooters. To get the most out of your training, you need to bring the proper gear to your session. Having the right gear with you will make your experience better, and make your training most effective.
I’ll break things down into three categories: Clothing, Gun Gear, and Accessories.
Bring enough ammo each day for at least what you are told you will shoot. All ammunition should be factory new. Avoid reloads, which are often not permitted by schools. You do not need the high priced personal defense ammo for class. The least expensive good quality jacketed (FM J-style) ammo will suit you fine. Magazines will be critical for your class. As a rule, you should have at least three magazines with you.
A weak side double magazine pouch is helpful. If you don’t have that, those cargo pants will come in handy. If you are shooting a revolver, you should have at least two strong side mounted speed loaders.
If your class will cover any low-light shooting, a good quality tactical flashlight will be important. Knee and elbow pads may be appropriate for practical classes that include taking a knee and laying prone. Battle belt or vests are also recommended for practical training classes.
Holsters are a very personal item. For most classes, a shooting side outside the waistband holster is preferred. A sturdy holster that was made specifically for your gun is preferred, but there are many more generic holsters that offer a reasonable fit. It is important that your holster be sturdy and fit your gun well. Cross draw or shoulder holsters are not allowed, as the muzzle will cross either your body or someone else on the line.
Eye protection is critical when shooting anything. It’s even more critical when on the line with many people. Wrap-around glasses are preferred, as they will also lessen the opportunity for hot brass to get stuck against your face. If you are shooting outside, pay attention to the light conditions that you will face and wear appropriate eye wear.
Ear protection is also a personal choice. The best way to block sound for shooting is with earmuffs that go over your ears. Some people prefer to wear earplugs. Electronic earmuffs will help you to hear instructions and verbal communication while still blocking the sound of fire. They are on the expensive side, but if your shoot often are a worthwhile investment.
You should plan to bring everything that you will want or need to eat or drink each day. If it’s warm weather, sports drinks are helpful along with plenty of plain water. If you drink alcohol the night before, limit your intake to half of what you would normally drink. Get up early and have a good breakfast. You will need all of your energy to focus and shoot your best.
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