Florida Sheriff – Concealed Carry License Holders Should Carry Everywhere Possible

Sheriff Wayne Ivey wants people with valid concealed carry permits to be ready at all times.

WE CAN’T AFFORD TO SIT BACK AND WAIT FOR THE NEXT ACT OF TERRORISM

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey wants people with valid concealed carry permits to be ready at all times.

Contact In-Gauge of Polk County for all your firearms training.  In-Gauge of Polk County conducts only NRA firearms training.

In-Gauge of Polk County conducts the exact firearm training described in Sheriff Ivey’s video.

 

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FAQ – Conceal carry training

Concealed carry licensing –
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Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. I want to apply for a Florida concealed weapons carry permit.  What  training do I need and does In-Gauge’s firearms training courses meet the  requirement for the Florida CCW application?
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  • Every official NRA (National Rifle Association) firearms training course is standardized and recognized in all 50 states.  All official NRA firearms courses are taught only by certified NRA instructors, to the standards established by the National Rifle Association.
  • Just because a “concealed carry weapons (CCW) course” is conducted by a “certified” NRA instructor does NOT make the course an official NRA firearms training course.
  1. Why should I take a NRA firearms training class rather than a “concealed weapons” class to apply for my Florida concealed carry  weapons permit?
  • # 1 – All official NRA firearms training classes are taught by NRA certified firearms instructors.
  • # 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.
  1. What is In-Gauge of Polk County’s Handgun / CCW 101 course?
  • In-Gauge of Polk County’s Basic 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.
  1. 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.)
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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
  • Personal eye protection.  Eye glasses, sunglasses, safety glasses. Price range:  $3.50 – $12.00
  1. How much will it cost me to take the Handgun / CCW 101 course?

The basic cost of the course, plus:

•  Ammunition

•  Hearing protection

•  Eye protection

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
Before you enroll in any firearm training or concealed carry weapons class you are encourage to inquire as to the training promised.  Although, other providers may claim to be NRA instructors, they may not be conducting official NRA training.

Please see the other pages on our web site that will help you make a decision as to your training:

Polk County Tax Collector’s Office to begin processing CCW license applications

On Monday, May 22nd the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office will begin processing concealed carry license applications and renewals.

TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE OFFERING CONCEALED WEAPONS LICENSE SERVICES

BARTOW, Florida – May 19, 2017

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.

To obtain training to qualify for your Florida concealed weapon license contact In-Gauge of Polk County.   In-Gauge of Polk County is Polk County’s only non-profit, NRA affiliated firearm training organization.   In-Gauge of Polk County provides a full line of firearms training including basic handgun/concealed carry training, advanced NRA Defensive Pistol training, shotgun and rifle training.

 

 

 

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Basic Shotgun Training

Why we teach shotgun handling  –  They walk among us . . . .

Contact us for all your firearm training needs . . .

Training  and  Course Descriptions

Former Vice President Joe Biden once said:  “Buy a shotgun.”

That may be all well and good.  But, learn how to use it . . . . .

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Unfortunately, these folks didn’t . . . 

Learn to do it right . . . .

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Training  and  Course Descriptions

How do you know if the firearm training you are about to take is an official NRA firearm training class?  Check out two of our web pages:   Questions To Ask   /  Official NRA Training Class?  and  FAQ

 

 

 

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New to firearms & searching concealed carry training? Questions you may have …

FAQ – Concealed Carry Training

 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.

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To assist you in doing your research we have provided a list of questions to ask when inquiring about concealed carry firearm training.  We at In-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.
Things to consider when looking for firearm and concealed carry license training:
  • 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.

CLICK ON   QUESTIONS TO ASK   BELOW FOR A PRINTABLE CHECK LIST

Questions To Ask – Printable CHECK LIST

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Taking The Lead – In-Gauge of Polk County

The National Rifle Association Training Department re-launches its basic pistol shooting course under a new title:  “Basics of Pistol Shooting – ILT”.

Background

In February of 2016 the NRA Training Department announced the discontinuation of its traditional, instructor led, classroom presentation of its well known basic pistol shooting course and replaced it with a newer version titled “Basics of Pistol Shooting – Blended Learning”.  And, established a deadline for discontinuation.

I will neither attempt to explain how the Basics of Pistol Shooting – Blended Learning works or the pros and cons of it.  Rather, I will leave it up to you to pursue the matter if you wish to learn more.  Just click on the links provided above to pursue your interest.

That is not to say that Basics of Pistol Shooting – Blended Learning does not still exist.  Rather, it is now an optional method of learning.

Where to from here?

As of today, April 4, 2017 NRA, certified, pistol instructors are authorized to once again conduct interactive, classroom instruction, in conjunction with live-fire range training.

What does that mean for the perspective student?

The course:  Basics of Pistol Shooting – ILT

  • Is 8 hours in duration
  • Consists of both interactive hands-on classroom instruction and live-fire range training
  • Familiarization with both the revolver and semi-automatic pistol
  • Introduction to the various types of ammunition and its uses
  • Introduction to range safety procedures
  • Introduction to proper safe handgun handling, storage and use
  • Introduction to proper handgun cleaning and maintenance
  • Instruction in the fundamentals of shooting
  • Instruction in proper shooting techniques
  • Evaluation of shooting skills and techniques
  • Evaluation of the participants retention of presented course material

The participant will receive an official NRA student packet and Basics of Pistol Shooting hardcover book.

Basics of Pistol Shooting Book

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be provided with a nationally recognized National Rifle Association certificate of training.  * The certificate of training exceeds the State of Florida’s training requirement for its concealed weapon permit application process. 

Class information:  Basics of Pistol Shooting – ILT 

  • The classes are conducted at In-Gauge of Polk County, Winter Haven, Florida.
  • The minimum age for participation is 16 – Accompanied by an adult.
  • The cost is $75Additional charges if a firearm and ammunition must be provided.
  • Participants are encouraged to provide his/her own firearm.

For more information visit our website at:  www.inguageofpolkcounty.com   or to enroll in a class email us at:   info.ingauge@gmail.com

 

 

Pleased To Announce: The return of the NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting

The Return of the NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting Course – Instructor Led

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If your training certificate does not say “NRA” you did not take an official NRA training course.

In-Gauge of Polk County is happy to announce the return of the NRA’s Basics of Pistol Shooting Course.  It became official today.  Straight from the NRA Training Headquarters.

And, In-Gauge of Polk County is not wasting any time in conducting its first class.

This is the old, classroom method of conducting firearm safety and handling training which most people are familiar.

The course:

  • Is 8 hours in duration
  • Consists of both interactive hands-on classroom instruction and live-fire range training
  • Familiarization with both the revolver and semi-automatic pistol
  • Introduction to the various types of ammunition and its uses
  • Introduction to range safety procedures
  • Introduction to proper safe handgun handling, storage and use
  • Introduction to proper handgun cleaning and maintenance
  • Instruction in the fundamentals of shooting
  • Instruction in proper shooting techniques
  • Evaluation of shooting skills and techniques
  • Evaluation of the participants retention of presented course material

The participant will receive an official NRA student packet and Basics of Pistol Shooting hardcover book.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be provided with a nationally recognized National Rifle Association certificate of training.   * The certificate of training exceeds the State of Florida’s training requirement for its concealed weapon permit application process.

Class information:

The first course is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th starting at 9:00 am, at In-Gauge of Polk County, Winter Haven, Florida.

The minimum age for participation is 16 – Accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $75   * Additional charges if a firearm and ammunition must be provided.

Participants are encouraged to provide his/her own firearm.

For more information or to enroll, contact In-Gauge of Polk County at:  info.ingauge@gmail.com

The Basics of Practical Shooting

I came across this article a couple of days ago and thought you might find it of interest.  Regrettably I cannot take credit for the content, but it contains a lot of useful information.

The Basics of Practical Shooting

https://www.nrablog.com/articles/2017/3/the-basics-of-practical-shooting/

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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.”

As practical shooting continued to grow in popularity, other organizations were established to serve as governing organizations, including the United States Practical Shooting Association, the IPSC sanctioning body for national championships in the U.S. Other groups today include the Steel Challenge Shooting Association, International Defensive Pistol Association, NRA Action Pistol and Single Action Shooting Society.

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 bianchicup@nrahq.org, or call (703) 267-1478.

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