Fortress requires you to bring the following with to all shooting courses:

  • Sturdy footwear with closed toe. No sandals, flip-flops or open toed footwear is allowed. You can expect to be on your feet on uneven ground. Hiking-type boots are highly recommended.
  • Long pants with strong belt loops. Jeans or BDU-type pants are preferred by the majority of our clients. They offer the best functionality and protection from the elements.
  • Long sleeve shirt with closed neck. Open-necked, v-neck or low cut shirts, especially for women, are prone for allowing hot brass to fall in them, causing severe burns. Short sleeves are allowed, but not recommended.
  • A brimmed hat, like a baseball-type cap, is mandatory for every student.
  • A covering concealment garment, like a vest, sports jacket, or light weight coat is required for all concealed carry pistol courses.
  • Leather belt, or nylon pistol belt which fits through the belt loops of the students pants. Fiber and light-weight dress belts are not designed to hold the weight of a pistol and holster and are unusable for our purposes.
  • Hearing protection in the form of foam ear plugs or full-ear-coverage muff-type. Many prefer some type of electronic hearing protection, and they are highly recommended.
  • Eye protection. Safety rated glasses are mandatory, and they must wrap around the side of the head to protect the entire eye socket.
  • Holster designed for your specific pistol and caliber.
  • [Click here for our holster recommendations]

Students should come prepared to work in all forecast weather conditions.


  • Sun screen/sun block
  • Band aids
  • Rain gear
  • Extra water and snacks
  • Bug spray
  • Women with long hair should remember hair bands/ties
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Gloves [especially for courses teaching disarms]
  • Pen/pencil and notebook
  • Any needed medications