In-Gauge of Polk County is offering FREE concealed carry / firearm classes for teachers during the month of June.
As a community service and in the interest of promoting firearm safety, In-Gauge of Polk County, a private, non-profit, NRA affiliated club specializing in firearm training is offering, FREE for teachers, 5-hour concealed carry/handgun safety training classes.
Provide a valid Florida picture ID
Provide a current employment ID
Be currently employed in either a public or private school
Be currently employed in a instructional position
Be accompanied by at least one paying student at our regular course fee of $50
* Other restrictions and conditions may apply and are at the sole discretion ofIn-Gauge of Polk County.
Training participants will be responsible for:
providing his or her own modern firearm (in safe operating condition)
* Loaner guns and ammunition are available for a small fee
providing his or her own ammunition (minimum of 50 rounds)
hearing and eye protection
Training classes will be conducted throughout the month of June.
An official certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion of the course good for applying for a State of Florida concealed carry weapons license.
When considering enrolling in a firearm are concealed carry training class, you may want to ask about the instructor’s/provider’s facility and classroom. Our classes are conducted in a dedicated, air conditioned, brick and mortar classroom with comfortable seating and tables. Our classes are not conducted under an oak tree in a cow pasture or under a canopy in a dead orange grove.
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In-Gauge of Polk County is offering School Guardian Eligibility Training as described by the Polk County School Board.
Successful completion of this training qualifies the participant to apply for Florida’s concealed carry weapons license, fulfilling the eligibility requirement for the Polk County School Board’s “Safety Guardian” position. This is true firearms training, not merely a quickie, gun show or gun shop concealed carry class. The successful completion of this training qualifies the participant for the NRA’s advanced pistol training course.
Upon the successful completion of In-Gauge of Polk County’s basic concealed carry class (CCW 101) the participant will be eligible to enroll and participate in the NRA’s officialadvanced, handgun training course DEFENSIVE PISTOL.
The DEFENSIVE PISTOL course is a true concealed carry training course that teaches:
Concealed firearm proficiency
Drawing from a concealed carry holster
Confronting and dealing with the single assailant
Confronting a dealing with multiple assailants
Utilization of cover and concealment
The DEFENSIVE PISTOL course includes 5 hours of intense, live-fire range training, whereby the participant will be expected to fire a minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition, using a defensive caliber handgun.
A nationally recognized, official NRA certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion.
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NRA Concealed Carry Handgun Training For Elected Officials and Candidates
In-Gauge of Polk County providing official NRA concealed carry firearm training for elected officials and political candidates.
As a community service and in the interest of promoting firearm safety, In-Gauge of Polk County, a private, non-profit, NRA affiliated club specializing in firearm training will be conducting, specialized concealed carry/handgun safety training for elected officials and political candidates.
Training description and duration:
The concealed carry firearm training will consist of two interactive, hands-on classes:
Basic – CCW 101 – NRA Basic Pistol – Single pistol type
Advanced – NRA Defensive Pistol
Basic – CCW 101
This is a 5 hour basic handgun concealed carry qualification course consisting of 4 hours of hands-on, interactive classroom training and a minimum of 1 hour live-fire range training. Each participant will fire a minimum of 50 rounds using a defensive caliber handgun, either a revolver or semi-automatic.
The classroom session will consist of handgun safety training, choosing the correct handgun and ammunition for self-defense, the proper handling, storage and care of a handgun.
Advanced – NRA Defensive Pistol
The NRA’s Defensive Pistol course is a nationally recognized, true concealed carry training course. The course is 10 hours in duration, consisting of 5 hours or classroom learning and 5 hours of live-fire range training.
The classroom instruction consists of training in recognizing potentially life-threatening situations, avoiding life-threatening situations, dealing with life-threatening situations and the use of lethal force as a last resort. Also, included is the mental preparation for the use of lethal force and the psychological and legal aftermath of a defensive shooting.
During the live-fire range training, each participant will fire a minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition, using a defensive caliber handgun, while learning the proper method of drawing from a holster. The live-fire training consists of exercises involving multiple assailants, choosing and firing from behind cover and concealment.
Classes can be taken separately (Basic – CCW 101 only) or in combination. The Basic – CCW 101 class is a prerequisite for the Defensive Pistol Course.
Participants must be a sitting elected official or an officially announced political candidate for local, state or federal office.
Second, all official NRA and In-Gauge of Polk County’s firearms training courses exceedFlorida’s CCW firearms training requirement and is recognized by the State of Florida under SS 790.06(1.h.2). Our 4 – 5 hour Basic Handgun / CCW 101 course is the shortest firearms training course that fulfills Florida’s CCW firearms training requirement. * The Basic Handgun / CCW 101 course is NOT an official NRA firearm course.
Does In-Gauge of Polk County’s Basic Handgun / CCW 101 course meet the training requirements for the Florida Concealed Carry Weapons permit training?
Yes. All of In-Gauge of Polk County’s firearms training courses exceed the training requirement for applying for Florida’s concealed carry weapons permit. * The Basic Handgun / CCW 101 course is NOT an official NRA firearm course.
What is the difference between a “concealed carry weapons (CCW) course” and an NRA firearms course?
In the state of Florida, a “concealed carry weapons (CCW) course” can be developed and taught by any current or retired law enforcement officer or licensed security guard instructor. Each individual course-of-instruction is/can be developed by its instructor. There is no standard nor is the certificate of completion recognized by any other state outside of Florida.
# 2 – All official NRA firearms training is standardized and recognized nationally. The NRA training you receive in Florida is the same NRA training you would receive in Virginia, Wisconsin, Texas or Oregon.
# 3 – Upon successful completion of a NRA firearms training course you are presented with an official, nationally recognized NRA training certificate.
What is In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course?
In-Gauge of Polk County’sBasic Handgun / CCW 101 course is a handgun orientation course designed to teach the beginning pistol/handgun shooter the basic fundamentals of pistol/handgun safety, handling and shooting.
What is the difference between the In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course and the NRA Defensive Pistol Course?
That is a good question. In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course is a handgun orientation course designed to teach the beginning pistol/handgun shooter the basic fundamentals of pistol/handgun safety, handling and shooting. Instruction is focused on one type of handgun, i.e., revolver, semi-auto, single action, double action. The primary handgun the user/student will use. The length of the course is 4 ½ – 5 hours. (4 1/2 hours classroom, 1/2 hour live-fire range time – – The student will fire 50-100 rounds of ammunition)
The NRA Defensive Course encompasses everything taught in the Handgun / CCW 101 course, adding the defensive use of the handgun. The participant will be presented with: the levels of mental awareness, the defensive mindset for using lethal force, the selection of the proper defensive caliber handgun and holster. The participant will also be put through on-range, live-fire exercises of selecting and firing from behind cover, confronting multiple assailants, on-range loading and reloading and safely moving with a loaded firearm. The length of the NRA Defensive Pistol Course is 8 – 10 hours, depending upon the number of students and range conditions. (Participants will fire up to 200 rounds of ammunition on the range.)
If I complete the In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101, will I have to take another concealed carry weapons course in order to apply for a Florida CCW permit?
No. Successful completion of the Handgun / CCW 101course is all the training that is required to apply for the State of Florida CCW permit.
Is the In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course honored outside the state of Florida?
That would have to be determined by the state in which you are attempting licensing. There is no way of knowing the CCW permitting laws in all 50 states. Some states have stricter training requirements. If the Florida CCW permit is recognized (reciprocity) in another state, then your training received to acquire your Florida CCW permit is valid also.
9. What is the minimum age requirement for the In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course?
That is another good question. There is no minimum age requirement to take either the Handgun / CCW 101 course or any NRA firearms training courses. However, participation is at the discretion of the instructor. The participant /student must be mentally and physically mature enough to comprehend the course material and be able to safely handle the firearm.
10. Do I need my own handgun to take the Handgun / CCW 101 training course?
It is preferred, but not required. Please see the answer to Question 3. If you do not own a handgun, one can be provided for you, at an additional charge.
The Handgun / CCW 101 course is an orientation course. It is STRONGLY recommended that you do not buy a gun in order to take the course. Most people who purchase a gun prior to taking the Handgun / CCW 101 course regrettably discover they made a wrong purchase. Do NOT make a $350 – $700 mistake. Take the course, then buy your first handgun.
What equipment do I need for the Handgun / CCW 101 course?
Your own personal handgun is preferred. If not, see the answer to the question above.
Ammunition for your handgun. 50 – 100 rounds (1 – 2 boxes)
Personal hearing protection. Price range: $1.50 – $75
How much will it cost me to take the Handgun / CCW 101 course?
The basic cost of the course, plus:
• Hearing protection
• Eye protection
What documentation do I receive after completing the Handgun / CCW 101 course?
After successful completion of the Handgun / CCW 101 course you will receive an official training certificate (suitable for framing) that can be submitted, along with your completed application, for your Florida CCW permit.
What do I get for my money when I take the Handgun / CCW 101 course?
When you take the Handgun / CCW 101 course you receive the highest quality firearms training available locally.
The Handgun / CCW 101 course includes personalized, hands-on, live-fire range training.
Upon successful completion of your training, you receive an official certificate of training.
Successful completion of the Handgun / CCW 101 course qualifies you for the advanced NRA pistol training offered by In-Gauge of Polk County, to include: Defensive Pistol, Personal Protection Outside The Home, and Personal Protection In The Home.
Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector, announces the Tax Collector’s Office is now providing Concealed Weapon License application and renewal services on an appointment only basis at its Lakeland and Lake Wales Service Centers. Appointments are made at the Tax Collector’s Office official website, PolkTaxes.com.
Upon announcing the new service offerings, Tedder stated, “I am grateful for all that Commissioner Putnam and his staff have done to help our office bring these state services to the citizens of Polk County. Previously, our constituents had to travel outside Polk County to get these services.”
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam partnered with Tedder and tax collectors throughout Florida to pass legislation allowing selected tax collector offices to accept concealed weapon license applications and renewals.
Tedder continued, “We are fortunate Commissioner Putnam and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recognized Polk’s unique geography and population when approving our office to provide application and renewal services at two locations.”
Citizens of Florida who are interested in obtaining or renewing a concealed weapons license in Polk County should visit PolkTaxes.com to get the information they need to complete a license application, conduct a renewal transaction, and make an appointment.
If you are new to firearms, it is understood that acquiring training information may be overwhelming. Further, you may not know what questions to ask when searching for concealed carry training or how to use your firearm.
To assist you in doing your research we have provided a list of questions to ask when inquiring about concealed carry firearm training. We atIn-Gauge of Polk County encourage you to inquire elsewhere before committing to a concealed carry or firearm training class. When doing so, do not hesitate to ask the questions provided. You may be surprised at the answers you receive.
Does the training qualify for the State’s concealed carry license application process?
Will you receive a nationally recognized certificate of training or is the training certificate a proprietary certificate or letter of training issued by the individual, company or agency providing the training?
Is the training an official NRA firearms training course or is the training only taught by a NRA firearms instructor? There is a difference.
Is the course curriculum official NRA or something the instructor personally put together?
Will you receive an official NRA firearms training textbook as part of the course?
Will you receive an official NRA student packet as part of the course?
Will you receive a minimum of 4 hours of class room training?
Will you receive a minimum of 1/2 hour of live-fire range training?
Will your range training be on a live-fire range or just firing one round into a steel can?
As part of your live-fire range training, will you fire a minimum of 50 rounds of ammunition?
Is the training conducted by a private for profit individual or company or a non-profit, official NRA training organization?
Is the training 100% satisfaction guaranteed with a full refund offered if not satisfied?
Does the company, agency or organization offer advanced handgun training beyond the minimum required by the state for concealed carry licensing?
Does the company, agency or organization offer firearms training other than handgun/concealed carry training?
Is fingerprinting required for your participation a class?
Does the company, agency or organization require in-depth personal information (an application) before participation in a class?
Where will the class be conducted, in a dedicated classroom, sales area lobby, employee break room, rented hotel room or private home?
Is the company, agency, organization or individual insured and licensed to conduct business?
A printable check list has been provided for your convenience. Feel free to use it when making inquiries and then decide what is important to you.
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Spend enough time in the shooting sports community, and you’ll discover that there are seemingly endless disciplines and kinds of competitive shooting. From traditional Olympic-style shooting to shotgun sports, high-power rifle to precision long-range rifle matches, there’s a sport for every type of gun and gun owner.
Many of these events are scored based solely on accuracy – think the pinpoint precision of the NCAA’s student-athletes like West Virginia University’s Ginny Thrasher who shoot air rifle and smallbore rifle with amazing skill.
However, there’s a wide-ranging subset of the shooting sports that combines the need for accuracy with speed, with dynamic courses that make the shooter apply as much of their defensive shooting skill as their marksmanship ability.
Enter practical shooting, where participants bring together precision, power and speed. Unlike events where the shooters stand shoulder to shoulder in a line and aim at fixed targets, practical shooting introduces real-world shooting and self-defense techniques into sport shooting.
While accurate marksmanship is still a necessity in practical shooting, the sport is more a test of expertise in the use of practical firearms and equipment – in other words, how accurately and rapidly can you draw a pistol from a holster and engage targets downrange?
With increasing numbers of Americans investing in firearms as a means of self-defense, practical shooting events provide the perfect opportunity for gun owners to move outside plinking at the range and put their training to use in a fun, competitive arena. This helps build mental dexterity, muscle memory, and shooting skills in an environment closer to what they might encounter in a defensive situation.
Most practical shooting events employ centerfire pistols firing full-power ammo as the primary firearm, and require competitors to draw from holsters – like they would in a real-life defensive scenario. Many competitors choose to use the same firearm they carry, further lending to the ethos of the sport.
Participants will engage any combination of paper and steel targets, and may often be required to shoot targets and varying distances while moving through a stage while avoiding certain “no-hit” targets. Shooting a no-hit target results in a penalty. Targets are considered practical if they reflect the typical size and shape that a firearm could reasonably be used to engage in a defensive situation, such as a silhouette target.
Depending on the design of the match, competitors may be required to shoot freestyle, prone, strong hand, off hand or some other form of shooting. The shooter needs to accurately engage all the targets in the stage as quickly as possible to accrue more points. Gone are the rows of shooters aiming at fixed targets – practical shooting forces the competitor to navigate a course riddled with barriers, doors and windows, walls, barrels, vehicles and other assorted props to simulate what they might encounter in a defensive shooting scenario.
While the course of fire should be challenging and force the shooter to employ physical and mental guile, they should be realistic, and mimic as much of a real-world potential scenario as possible.
Practical shooting sports have their roots in the “Leatherslap” matches in southern California in the 1950s. As the sport was growing in popularity but largely non-standardized, the International Practical Shooting Confederation, or IPSC, stood up in 1976 in Columbia, Missouri. Representatives from nine countries attended, and legendary firearms instructor Jeff Cooper, Marine Corps officer and founder of Gunsite Academy, was named the first president due to his esteemed work and expertise in defensive pistol shooting. Today, Cooper is considered the “father of practical shooting.”
Today’s practical shooting competitions come in a wide variety of formats, employing different skillsets, firearms and course design. Among the most popular is 3-Gun, where shooters use AR-style rifle, centerfire pistol and shotguns across a dynamic course of fire shooting at clay pigeons, paper and steel in multiple positions.
IPSC matches adhere to the origins of the sport, where competitors use a centerfire handgun to try and hit 15-centiment A-Zone targets while running through the course. Many of these matches are held internationally. In the U.S., the USPSA divides the country into eight areas, where shooters can participate in one of six divisions ranging from stock, off-the-shelf guns to customized “race guns,” competing against others using the same gear.
IDPA matches are designed to force competitors to solve “real-world” problems in the match, simulating a defensive engagement as closely as possible through the use of everyday carry gear and stage design. Steel challenge competitions involve less moving around on the shooter’s end, but focus more on how quickly they can shoot multiple targets accurately.
Cowboy Action shooting is also considered a practical shooting discipline, wherein shooters – dressed in period-appropriate attire – use a variety of Old West-era firearms, typically single-action revolvers, lever-action rifles and Coach guns to navigate a course featuring multiple targets.
The NRA has long been invested in practical shooting with their discipline of NRA Action Pistol, hosting the annual NRA Bianchi Cup Action Pistol National Championship, which began in 1979. The NRA Bianchi Cup, part of practical shooting’s “Triple Crown” alongside the IPSC U.S. Nationals and SCSA’s Steel Challenge, features four stages – Practical, Barricade, Falling Plate and Moving Target – where competitors shoot holster-drawn pistols from both standing and prone positions using both strong and weak hands depending on the stage.
The NRA Bianchi Cup is held every May at the Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club in Hallsville, Missouri, just outside of Columbia. This year’s competition is scheduled for May 24-27, 2017, and registration is open now for competitors!
For more information about NRA Action Pistol and the Bianchi Cup, click here, or register for the 2017 event here. You may also email questions to email@example.com, or call (703) 267-1478.