You took a class. But, are you qualified?

Active Shooter Defense Training

Our ‘Active Shooter Defense Training‘ is an advanced level tactical training class.

Our ‘Active Shooter Defense Training‘ course is 10 hours in duration (5 hours classroom instruction and 5 hours live-fire range training).

This course exceeds the State of Florida’s training requirements for concealed carry license application. 

This is an advanced level class that requires the completion of our 5-hour basic concealed carry training class or any official NRA pistol training course for participation. The possession of a concealed carry license is NOT a recognized prerequisite.

This course addresses and teaches:

  – Situational awareness

  – Mental preparedness

  – Threat assessment

  – Threat mitigation

  – Legal considerations in the use of lethal force

  – Concealed carry techniques

  – Selection of the proper firearm self-defense

  – Types of concealed carry holsters and selection

  – Ammunition for defensive purposes

  – Drawing from a holster and re-holstering

  – Utilization of cover and concealment

  – Engaging single and multiple assailants

  – Dealing with and correcting firearm malfunctions

This is not a beginner level course.  The participant must have a basic and working knowledge of handguns.

Although the tactical, live-fire range training is aggressive, it is conducted at the participant’s level of ability.

Each participant will be provided with an official NRA student packet and training manual.

An official, nationally recognized NRA certificate of completion is issued upon successful completion that can be used for applying for a Florida concealed carry license.

There is no other training of this caliber taught anywhere locally.

We do not mind if you shop around. Please do. But, keep in mind if you want incomparable handgun training, come back to us. There is no substitute for official NRA firearms training.

The NRA set the standard that others attempt to imitate.

The registration deadline for this course is Friday, Sept. 20th.  The basic prerequisite class can be taken any time prior to the Sept. 20th registration closing date.

To obtain the prerequisite, eligibility training required, by enrolling in any of our basic concealed carry classes, call us or visit our website and register online at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

Then click on “Register For A Class”.

Further information and reservations can be obtained by sending an email to: info.ingauge@gmail.com or by calling: 206-1996.

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An Unarmed Citizenry

An example of when an unarmed citizenry is unable to defend itself . . . .

The following is an example of when an unarmed citizenry is unable to defend itself . . . .

4 dead, 2 wounded in California stabbing spree that lasted hours

August 8, 2019

(CNN) – A man killed four people during a stabbing rampage in Southern California before officers found his car parked outside a 7-Eleven convenience store and arrested him, authorities said. In addition to the people killed, the attacker left two wounded in multiple crime scenes in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, police said.
The victims killed included two people at the suspect’s apartment complex, a 7-Eleven security guard and one more person at a Subway restaurant.

4 dead, 2 wounded in Southern California stabbings
By ROBERT JABLON – August 8, 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who was “full of anger” went on a two-hour stabbing and robbery rampage in Southern California, killing four people and wounding two others, authorities said Wednesday.he people killed, the attacker left two wounded in multiple crime scenes in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, police said.

The knife wielding assailant killed more people with a knife than the Garlic Festival shooter did with a semi-automatic rifle.

September 17, 2016 – ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA

St. Cloud mall stabbings – St. Cloud, Minnesota

Ten people injured in stabbing melee

On September 17, 2016, a terrorist mass stabbing occurred at the Crossroads Center shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

At about 8:15 on the evening of September 17, an individual began stabbing patrons at the Crossroads Center shopping mall. He was armed with two steak knives, one 10 inches and the other 9 inches. The stabbings first began outside the mall, at a nutrition store, before the attacker entered the building, stabbed an electronics store employee, and ran past a couple of other stores towards the Target and Macy’s anchor stores.

Before the spree ended 10 people were injured in the stabbing, three of whom were hospitalized for non-life-threatening wounds. They were all stabbed or punched in the back, shoulder, head, neck, or face. The victims were of ages 15 to 53.

We are now accepting registrations for our fall 2019 training classes.

ENOUGH – Sitting Duck No More

Refuse To Be A Sitting Duck : Get trained- Get licensed – Be prepared

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  • El Paso, Texas : Walmart – August 3, 2019
  • Dayton, Ohio : Oregon Historic District – August 4, 2019
  • Gilroy, California : Garlic Festival – July 28, 2019
  • Aurora, Illinois : Henry Pratt Company – Feb. 15, 2019
  • ‎Virginia Beach, VA : Municipal Building – May 31, 2019
  • Sebring, Florida : SunTrust Bank – January 23, 2019
  • Parkland, Florida : Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ‎- February 14, 2018
  • Jacksonville, Florida : Gaming Tournament – August 26, 2018
  • Orlando, Florida : Pulse Nightclub – June 12, 2016

Our Active Shooter Training is a 15-hour intense, tactical firearms training course. No prior firearms training is required to participate in this training. We take the individual participant from basic handgun training to advanced tactical.

A nationally recognized official NRA firearms certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion of the course. This training fulfills and exceeds the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons license. Upon successful completion, no further training will be required to apply for a Florida concealed carry weapons licence. Florida concealed carry licenses are recognized in 36 other states.

We are currently accepting registrations for our fall classes.

Call for additional information or visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

STOP THE BLEED emergency blood loss control and tourniquet training included with all our advanced level firearms training classes.

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Church Guardian Training – Fall 2019

“. . . we prayed to our God and posted a guard . . .”

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In January 2018, In-Gauge of Polk County, of Winter Haven, Florida initiated its Church Guardian Training program.

In-Gauge of Polk County’s Church Guardian Training program is a 15-hour firearm training program for faith based organizations.  The Guardian training specifically focuses on situational awareness, plans of action and the use of a firearm in crowded, close-quarter conditions. Our Guardian Training trains the participant how to assess and recognize a potential threat, mitigate a potential threat before it becomes an actual threat, engage and survive an actual threat while minimizing the threat to others.

Our Guardian training is composed of two distinct classes:

  • Phase One – Basic handgun/concealed carry qualification training (5 hours)
    • Classroom:   4 hours
    • Live-fire range training:   1 hour
  • Phase Two – Advanced concealed carry training  (10 hours)
    • Classroom:   5 hours
    • Live-fire range training:   5 hours 

During the Phase Two live-fire range session, each participant is expected to fire a minimum of 250 rounds, while performing a series of progressive, live-fire drills, using a defensive caliber handgun. Each participant will learn and demonstrate:

  • the correct method of drawing from a concealment holster
  • the use of cover and concealment
  • the correct and safe method of moving between cover and concealment, while actively engaging and armed assailant
  • the correct procedure for engaging multiple assailants
  • the correct procedure for loading, shooting and reloading while engaging an armed assailant or assailants
  • the correct procedure for clearing firearm malfunctions while engaging an armed assailant

In May of 2019 we added Stop The Bleed – emergency blood loss control and tourniquet training to our Guardian Training Program. This training is now part of our Guardian Training Program and will be provided to all participants.

A nationally recognized, official NRA certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion of the course.   Training exceeds requirements for Florida’s concealed carry weapons license application.

Training will be ongoing throughout the year.  Training can be taken as an individual or a group.  Convenient lodging is available for out-of-town participants.

Pre-registration is required.  Group discounts are available.  Call or email for pricing information.

For complete training information, visit In-Gauge of Polk County’s webpage at:  Church Guardian Training  or send an email inquiry to:  info.ingauge@gmail.com 

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd explains the importance of having trained guardians on location when the wolf attacks and before law enforcement arrives  . . . . 

Something to consider . . .

In-Gauge of Polk County is one of a very few entities that provides official NRA firearms training and the only organization in Central Florida that conducts official NRA, advanced firearms training.

If you or any member of your congregation takes firearms training that does not provide an official NRA certificate of training, displaying the official NRA name and emblem, your training will likely not be recognized outside the state of Florida and not be recognized by liability insurance carriers.

Firearms training classes (concealed carry classes) conducted by retired law enforcement officers or instructors claiming to certified NRA instructors that do not issue official NRA certificates of training, are NOT official NRA firearms training classes.

Before enrolling in any concealed carry class or advanced firearms tactical training course, ask if you be receiving an official NRA certificate of training upon completion. Not merely receiving a training certificate designed by the instructor or a letter stating you completed a class.

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Florida Lawmakers View Christian Lives As Less Valuable

Christian lives and the lives of children who attend private schools have been viewed as less valuable by the 2019 Florida Legislature.

If you attend services at a church, worship center, ministry or synagogue that has a licensed school on its property or your child attends any private school in the state of Florida, the Florida legislature as twice determined that your life and the lives of your children are less valuable than the lives of children who attend public schools.

During the Florida 2019 legislation session there were two bills submitted by legislators for consideration the would allow those who attend services at churches, synagogues and other houses of worship to protect themselves against an armed assailant. Those bills were Senate Bill 1238 (SB 1238), introduced by Senator Debbie Mayfield and House Bill 403 (HB 403) introduced by Erin Grall and Cord Byrd titled: Safety of Religious Institutions.

Both bills passed through their respective committees with little to no opposition, receiving bipartisan support. However, in the Senate, after receiving 4-Yeas and 2-Nays, on March 25th the bill was sent to Criminal Justice Committee, on April 8th, SB 1238 was “Temporarily Postponed”. I the Criminal Justice Committee, on May 5th, SB 1238 was “Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration“.

On April 25th, House Bill 403 passed its third reading with a vote of 79 – Yeas and 35 – Nays. HB 403 was then sent to the Senate Judiciary Rules Committee where it sat without action. With the close of the 2019 Florida Legislative Session HB 403 was “Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration” on May 3, 2019. The Safety of Religious Institutions bill is dead.

It can only be concluded that the Florida Legislature views the lives of those who attend worship services and private schools as less valuable than those who attend and work at public schools, as this has been the second year in a row the Florida Legislature has neglected the safety of students who attend private schools and those who worship on the grounds that share a Florida licensed educational institution.

Those who attend worship services on the grounds that share a Florida licensed educational institution or attend private schools are left to the mercy of the wolves, without a means of self-defense by Florida lawmakers.

In Florida, when licensed, one can legally carry a concealed firearm . . .

  • when going to the country club
  • when going to watch a movie in a public theater
  • when attending a play or other performance
  • when going to a city park
  • when going to the beach
  • when grocery shopping
  • when going to the mall
  • when banking
  • when dinning at your favorite restaurant

But, not when attending your church, ministry, synagogue or other place of worship, if there is a school located on the property.

In recent months, weeks and even days, agencies responsible for public safety are issuing warnings to increase security at places of worship.


Is there not a mixed message here?

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May – National Stop The Bleed Month

Rapid control of bleeding at the scene of the event can be life-saving.

May is National Stop The Bleed Month and In-Gauge of Polk County will be conducting free Stop The Bleed training seminars during the month of May.

Seminars are 1 1/2 hour in duration and award the participant with a nationally recognized certificate of training issued by BleedingControl.org, in partnership with the Dept.Homeland Security , upon successful.

Blood loss is the leading cause of preventable death in multiple casualty events, like vehicular accidents, shootings, terrorist attacks, industrial accidents.  Significant external bleeding can also result from everyday events such as a motorcycle crash, or a home accidents. Rapid control of bleeding at the scene of the event can be life-saving.

That’s why the American College of Surgeons, FEMA, and the US Department of Homeland Security have partnered together to ensure that:

  • Bystanders have skills &knowledge to provide immediate bleeding control in an emergency.
  • People know what to do in an emergency involving traumatic blood
  • Bleeding control education is incorporated into our schools and workplace.
  • Bleeding control supplies are located in all public gathering locations.

To host or have a free Stop The Bleed seminar conducted at your church, community group or civic organization contact In-Gauge of Polk County at   info.ingauge@gmail.com  or to register for a free seminar go to:  https://ingaugeofpolkcounty.com/register-for-a-class/stop-the-bleed-seminar.


May 23rd is National Stop The Bleed Day.  Contact In-Gauge of Polk County to host a Stop the Bleed seminar at your place of business, church or community organization on May 23rd.

2019 FBI Report on Active Shootings

“In 2018, citizens risked their lives to safely and successfully end the shootings in five of the 27 active shooter incidents. They saved many lives.”

Summary of the 2019 FBI report on 2018 ‘Active Shootings’   

As in past years, citizens were faced with split-second, life-and-death decisions. In 2018, citizens risked their lives to safely and successfully end the shootings in five of the 27 active shooter incidents. They saved many lives. Given this reality, it is vital that citizens be afforded training so they understand the risks they face and the options they have available when active shooter incidents are unfolding.

Summary

The findings in this report are based on publicly available resources, FBI reporting and, when available, official law enforcement investigative data. Though limited in scope, this report was undertaken to provide clarity and data of value to federal, state, tribal, and campus law enforcement as well as other first responders, corporations, educators, and the general public as they seek to neutralize threats posed by active shooters and save lives during such incidents.

  • 27 incidents in 16 states
  • 213  casualties – excluding the shooters
  • 85  killed
Citizen Engagement and Casualties

In five incidents, citizens confronted the shooter.
In three incidents, unarmed citizens confronted the shooter, thereby ending the shooting.

■ In one incident, a citizen wrestled the gun away from the shooter. The shooter fled the scene and was apprehended approximately 34 hours later at another location.

■ In one incident, citizens confronted the shooter (including one who was pistol-whipped by the shooter), allowing others to flee the scene. The shooter committed suicide at the scene before law enforcement arrived.

■ In one incident, a teacher wrestled the shooter to the ground and restrained him until law enforcement arrived and apprehended him.

■ In two incidents, armed citizens possessing valid firearms permits exchanged gunfire with the shooter.

■ In one incident, two citizens retrieved their guns from their respective vehicles, then shot and killed the shooter.

■ In one incident, a citizen armed with a gun confronted the shooter, but no gunfire was exchanged. A second citizen exchanged gunfire with the shooter, but neither was struck. The shooter fled the scene and was apprehended by law enforcement a short time later at another location.

The Shooters

Twenty-three shooters were male; three shooters were female; the gender of one shooter is unknown. Twenty-six shooters acted alone; one shooter may have acted alone.

The shooters ranged in age from 13 years to 64 years. Five shooters were in their teens, seven were in their 20s, seven were in their 30s, three were in their 40s, two were in their 50s, and two were in their 60s. The age of one shooter is unknown.

Eleven shooters were apprehended by law enforcement, six at the scene, and five at another location. Two of the 11 shooters initially fled the scene after being confronted by citizens, and one was restrained by a citizen.

Five shooters were killed. Four were killed by law enforcement at the scene, and one shooter was killed by citizens possessing valid firearms permits at the scene.

Ten shooters committed suicide: four at the scene before law enforcement arrived, three at the scene after law enforcement arrived, and three at another location. One of the shooters committed suicide after being confronted by citizens  

Conclusion
  • A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun
  • Civilians need to train for active shooter incidents
  • Armed, trained civilians save lives
  • Early intervention and prompt engagement with the active shooter saves lives
  • Shooters may be male or female
  • In 2018 the shooters ranged from age 13 to 64.

Engaging the active shooter – Beyond ALICE

Our “Active Shooter” training is real firearms training intended to prepare the participant for an active shooter encounter.

Our “Active Shooter” training is above and beyond any ALICE training you may have heard of or participated in.   Our “Active Shooter” training is real firearms training intended to prepare the participant for an active shooter encounter in the workplace, place of worship, shopping mall and everyday life. 

Our “Active Shooter” training teaches more than throwing books, papers and pens at an armed assailant. Our “Active Shooter” training trains the participant in the safe and proficient use of a firearm for the defense of one’s life, the lives of his or her loved ones, members of a congregation or co-workers.

Our “Active Shooter” training was NOT created by retired law enforcement officers or military personnel, with time on their hands, sitting around a conference table, looking for a way to keep busy.

Our “Active Shooter” training is a nationally recognized, official NRA, advanced firearms training course.  Training includes basic through advanced training.  No prerequisite is required.  The complete course of training is required regardless of prior training, certification or licensing.  Safety is paramount and it must be assured that all participants have the same instruction when engaging in the live-fire range training. 

Successful completion of our “Active Shooter” training provides the participant with a nationally recognized, official NRA certificate of training that can be used for the applying for a State of Florida concealed carry weapons license. Our “Active Shooter” training exceeds the the State of Florida’s training requirement for concealed carry weapons license application.

Our “Active Shooter” training is an intense, 15-hour, training course that will require a minimum of 250 rounds fired on the range using a defensive caliber handgun, incorporating drawing from a concealment holster, firing after drawing from a holster, engaging multiple assailants, while utilizing cover and concealment.

Training includes:
Environment risk assessment
• Situational awareness
• Mental preparedness
• Psychological consequences
• Defensive firearm familiarization and selection
• Concealed carry techniques
• Drawing and firing from a concealed carry holster
• Selecting and utilizing cover and concealment
• Confronting and dealing with single and multiple armed assailants
• Extensive live-fire range training

Contact us for complete course information or to register for a class. Simply fill out the convenient information form and we will promptly respond to your inquiry at: CONTACT US

Group rates are available.

Customized, private training dates can be scheduled for groups of 6 or more.

Join us Tuesday, January 22nd for a presentation by Pastor Terry Howell on his experience surviving an active shooter encounter.

On December 14th, 2014 Pastor Terry Howell survived an active shooter incident that occurred in the office of his ministry.  Looking down the barrel of a .45 caliber semi-automatic, pointed at him at point blank range, Pastor Howell survived the attack, receiving only powder burns to his face and neck.