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Date(s) - 07/08/2023 - 07/09/2023
12:00 am

St Joseph County Conservation Club

Fortress is offering our Firearm Instructor Development Course, July 8/9, 2023 (Includes night shoot)

This class focuses on teaching the basics to new students, as well as the presentation of advanced lessons for accomplished shooters. You’ll learn the tips, tricks, and diagnostic methods you need to correct shooting issues, as well as illustrate, explain, and demonstrate the applications to students.

We are ALL Instructors – whether we want to be, or not. As practitioners of our Art, there will always be someone who requires our assistance with purchasing, handling, or deploying their firearm(s), and we, ready or not, will be called upon to help. This class is for anyone who appreciates that reality.

If you’re an NRA Instructor, a gun shop/range employee, a CCW Instructor, run your own shooting school, or simply a firearm owner who wants to be able to help their own friends and family avoid accidents and hit their intended targets, you’re ALL invited to attend!

– Effective instruction of female students
– Diagnosing shooting problems
– Teaching sight alignment and trigger control.
– Range safety
– Working with co-instructors
– Lesson plans
– Difficult students
– Emergency range plans
– Presenting information/adult learning
– Communication skills/public speaking
– Running a firing line/range commands
– Planning and executing a night shoot
…and MUCH more!

The main focus of this course will be defensive pistol oriented, but we will touch on defensive rifle and shotgun, as well.

Class includes a night shoot on Saturday. 20 class hours, total.

Cost is $425 per student

Easy two-step sign-up:

#1 – Submit Tuition (separate payment of $425 for each attendee)

Click HERE for payment link for credit or debit card

There is a NON-REFUNDABLE 3.5% processing fee when paying with credit or debit card. If you would like to avoid that possibility in case of cancellation, a check or money order may be mailed directly, along with a completed Student Sign Up Sheet, to our mailing address:

Fortress Defense
905 Joliet Street #162
Dyer, IN 46311

Checks must be received 10-days before class time. If this is a last minute sign up and you’d like to pay by check, please contact us for instructions on how to do so. 708-522-8060

#2 – Fill out a Student Sign-up Sheet.

Click HERE to submit a student sign up sheet.

Ages 18. and up.

If this will be your first time training with us, we ask that you take a moment to review our Terms and Conditions for Training with Fortress page before you sign up.

What you will need:

– Modern, reliable, functioning handgun, with a proper holster (Holster must be specifically for your make and model. Nylon/one-size-fits-all holsters are not allowed. Holster must be worn on your belt, either inside or outside the waistband. Shoulder, ankle, cross draw, and small of back holsters are NOT allowed in this class. Neither is “off body” carry.) Contact us with holster questions.
– 350 rounds of ammunition for your primary handgun.
– Long pants with proper belt loops (Jeans or “tactical”-style pants like 5.11 brand)
– A proper belt which can hold up the weight of your holstered pistol.
– At least one carrier for your spare magazine or speedloader.
– At least on spare magazine (for auto-loading pistols), or one spare speed loader (for revolvers.) Multiple spares are highly recommended (3, or more.)
– Eye protection with side protection.
– Hearing protection (full coverage or foam ear plugs – bring both if you have it)
– A hat with a brim ( like a baseball cap)
– Sturdy footwear. (gym shoes are fine. Hiking-style boots are recommended.) NO open-toe footwear!
– A cover garment, like a vest, jacket, suit coat, or button-up shirt. We draw from concealment in this class.
– Note taking materials.
– A folding/lawn chair.
– Your lunch, snacks and beverages for both days. We will NOT be leaving the range for lunch either day, or for dinner before the night shoot.
– Anything else you need to survive the day.

A complete list of class details will be emailed to you upon sign up.

Recommended hotel:

Holiday Inn Express
45 750 N
Howe, IN 46746
(260) 562-3660

There is also a Hampton Inn in Howe, as well as lodging in Three Rivers, MI – all are within 15-minutes of the range.

St. Joseph County C.C. is on EASTERN time! We start class at 9am EASTERN! Please be 15-min early.