Considering taking a concealed carry class? You may want to consider this . . .

We don’t want to train everyone who wants a concealed carry license.  We only want to train those who are serious about learning how to defend their life and the lives of their loved ones.

Not all concealed carry classes are alike.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, “concealed carry classes” do NOT teach how to handle and use a handgun.

They do NOT teach:

  • the handling of a handgun
  • the firing of a handgun
  • the loading, unloading and reloading of a handgun
  • how manage handgun malfunfunctions

To learn the techniques listed above, you have to take a handgun/pistol training class.

Maybe you or someone you know already took a concealed carry class. Did it look like this . . .

or like this?

If the “concealed carry” class you took did not include a trip the the range and the firing of a real handgun, using live ammunition, firing a minimum of 50 rounds, you attended a certificate mill class, that in all likelyhood, was more of an insurance sales seminar, not a handgun training class.

There is more to owning and using a gun than just knowing how to pull a trigger.

Others conduct classes to qualify people to apply for a concealed carry license. We conduct classes to not only to qualify people to apply for a concealed carrry license, we train people to carry a firearm in public.

We don’t want to train everyone who wants a concealed carry license.  We only want to train those who are serious about learning how to defend their life and the lives of their loved ones.

If your concealed carry class did not look like the photos above, you may want to contact us for real, concealed carry, handgun training. Training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Not all concealed carry classes are alike.


FLORIDA RESIDENTS – A concealed carry license is NOT required

Why do we inform you of this?

What those who conduct ‘concealed carry’ classes do not want you to know:
In Florida . . .

  • NO license is required to purchase or own a firearm.
  • NO license is required to transport a loaded firearm in your vehicle. (However, one must know how to do so legally.)
  • NO license is required to use a firearm to defend your life and home.
  • NO license is required to take a firearms training course to learn how to use a firearm.

Why do we inform you of this?

We are not in the ‘concealed carry class’ business.  Rather, we are in the self-defense, firearms training business.   We want you to be trained in the safe handling, use and storage of your firearm.

Unless specifically stated that firearm/handgun training is included, NO firearm/handgun training is conducted in a ‘concealed carry‘ class. Basically, NO ‘concealed carry‘ class includes any significant handgun training.

Possessing a concealed carry license does not mean you are trained to carry a deadly weapon in public.  Rather, it only demonstrates that you paid the State of Florida $97 and passed a background check.

We want you to be trained in the handling, use and firing of a firearm for the defense of your life and the lives of your loved ones.

All our firearms training classes exceed the training requirements for applying for a Florida concealed carry license.  Upon successful completion of any of our firearms training classes, an official certificate of training is issued good for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons license.  No other class or training is required for applying for a Florida license recognized in 37 states.

Even if you do not possess a concealed carry license or you never intend to apply for one, allow us to train you in the purchasing, handling, use, firing and storage of your firearm.

FREE CONCEALED CARRY CLASS OFFER – For those who registered for a ‘hotel conducted’ CCW class.

We will honor all registration receipts from those enrolled in a concealed carry class being conducted at a local hotel.

Did you or someone you know register for one of those concealed carry classes conducted at a local hotel?

  • Are you questioning how a concealed carry class conducted in a rented hotel room can be legitimate?
  • Are you questioning how a concealed carry class that does not involve or include any hands-on gun training can qualify you for a Florida concealed carry license?
  • Are you questioning how a firing ONE paint cartridge at a paper target taped to a hotel room wall can qualify you for a license to carry a deadly weapon in public?
  • Are you now experiencing buyer’s remorse?

In-Gauge of Polk County will recognize and accept a paid receipt for a ‘hotel conducted’ concealed carry class for FREE, complimentary, admission to our 3-hour, REAL concealed carry class Sunday, July 17th.

Without a paid receipt, the cost of our Sunday, July 17th class is $35, total. There are no hidden costs. All materials and equipment will be provided.

You will leave this class with printed materials containing information on:

  • the Florida State Statutes pertaining to firearms and carrying a concealed weapon,
  • Florida law pertaining to the use of a firearm for defense of your life and the lives of your loved ones
  • the transportation of a firearm with and without a license
  • complete information on how and where to apply for a Florida concealed carry license

This is a real concealed carry licensing class. It is NOT an insurance sales seminar. No content has be cut or abbreviated.

This offer is for our Concealed Carry Minimum Standards License Qualification Class – CCW 100. Sunday, July 17th only. Times: 2:00 PM or 5:30 PM

There are no strings attached. This offer is exactly what you see.

We are routinely asked why we offer FREE concealed carry classes and why should a person take our concealed carry class opposed to one conducted elsewhere. The answer is a simple:

  • Not all concealed carry classes are alike. Regrettably, there is no State standard for concealed carry weapons license training.
  • Most concealed carry classes are merely ‘certificate mills’.
  • In-Gauge of Polk County is an official NRA chartered and registered non-profit organization.
  • In-Gauge of Polk County is dedicated to firearms safety and firearms training.
  • In-Gauge of Polk County’s mission is to train and prepare you to save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
  • All of In-Gauge of Polk County’s firearms training classes meet and exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry weapons’ license.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Date: Sunday, July 17th only.
  • Provide a printed receipt issued by the organization conducting a ‘hotel’ concealed carry class being conducted July 17th, at time of registration.
  • Offer good for classes conducted in Winter Haven and Lakeland only.
  • The printed receipt must be for the July 17, 2022 class only.
  • Offer is good while available seating remains.
  • Online registration only.
  • A $35 fee will be charged until a printed receipt is provided. A full refund will be issued upon presentation of receipt.

When taking advantage of this offer, please have a digital (pdf or jpg) copy of your receipt available for submission. If you are unable to submit a digital copy, you will be charged a $35 registration fee until you submit a hard copy the day of the class.

It should to be understood, not all concealed carry classes are alike.

  • Most are ‘certificate mills’.
  • Very few provide any handgun training.

Those classes conducted in rented hotel rooms and at gun shows are the greatest examples.

Educate yourself, ask questions, know what you are spending your money and time on before you commit to a class.

In-Gauge of Polk County’s only business is conducting firearms and concealed carry training. Training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones

  • We do NOT sell guns. 
  • We do NOT sell ammunition. 
  • We do NOT sell firearm accessories. 
  • We so NOT sell insurance.

In-Gauge of Polk County is a local, non-profit organization that conducts training that prepares you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

In-Gauge of Polk County is the only Polk County concealed carry class provider that provides official NRA firearms training and advanced concealed carry weapons classes.

For a complete class schedule, class descriptions and registration information, visit our website at: Class Schedule & Registration

No other firearms training (concealed carry class) provider is represented at more sporting goods dealer locations in Polk County.

In-Gauge of Polk County is proudly partnered with:

  • National Rifle Association
  • Central Florida Ridge Friends of NRA
  • Florida Sports Shooting Association
  • Civilian Marksmanship Program
  • Polk Senior Games

If you are looking for unequaled firearms training, for either personal development or to qualify for a Florida concealed carry weapons license, visit our website at: www.ingaugeofpolkcounty.com

You can call us at: 863-206-1996

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Firing A Warning Shoot – Never a good idea!

Firing a warning shot cost man over $10,000 in attorney fees.

Noted criminal defense attorney Tom Grieve in a recent interview with Kevin Michalowski, the executive editor of Concealed Carry Magazine . . .

“Every single time — not sometimes, not usually, not maybe, or most, or nearly all — every time I’ve had a client fire a warning shot, they have been arrested, they have gone to jail, and they have been criminally charged. Not 99% of the time — 100% of the time.”

If you carry a gun or keep one at home, that’s important to know.

In fact, in the case Tom and Kevin were discussing, the man who fired a warning shot spent $10,000+ on attorneys and still had to take a plea deal.

But why does it work that way?

It’s pretty simple.

When you fire a warning shot, that’s typically considered using deadly force.

Here’s the catch:

You’re only allowed to use deadly force when you’re in fear of death or great bodily harm.

So the question becomes…

If you were in fear of death or great bodily harm, why did you fire a warning shot instead of shooting at the threat?”

Now, you’re trapped.

This is why it’s so important that you get training on the justified use of deadly force.

Either you can pay an attorney $10,000+ to tell you what you should have done…

How A Warning Shot Cost This Man Over $10,000 . . . .

Contact In-Gauge of Polk County for complete firearms training. Learn how to correctly handle, carry and use a firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones. Visit our website for class dates and registration.

You Took A Concealed Carry Class, Now What?

There is more to owning and using a gun than just knowing how to pull a trigger.

If you took a concealed carry class did it look like this . . . .

If it didn’t, may be you should consider a class that does. A class that trains you how to use a firearm to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

There is more to owning and using a gun than just knowing how to pull a trigger.

Yesterday we graduated another class of advanced, concealed carry guardians.  They did not complete just another “concealed carry’ class, like those conducted at gun shows, gun shops or in rented hotel rooms. They completed over 15 hours of advanced, tactical, handgun training.  You read that correctly, over 15 hours.

These advanced, trained graduates will have your back while you are shopping, fueling your vehicle or attending church services.Rest assured, there are trained people out there carrying concealed firearms among you.  They may be far and few between, but they are there. 

We make every effort to train as many people as possible.  But, we can only train those who register to be qualified to carry a deadly weapon in public.

We don’t want to train everyone who wants a concealed carry license.  We only want to train those who are serious about learning how to defend their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

Others conduct classes to qualify people to apply for a concealed carry license. We conduct classes to not only to qualify people to apply for a concealed carrry license, we qualify people to carry a deadly weapon in public.

If your concealed carry class did not look like the photos above, you may want to contact us for real, concealed carry, firearms training.

Not all concealed carry classes are alike.


ARMED ASSAILANT DEFENSE TRAINING

We train you to defend your life against an armed assailant and survive.

In-Gauge of Polk County conducting armed assailant defense training classes.

These are not your ordinary concealed carry classes.

These classes train you to defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

There is more to owning and using a gun than just knowing how to pull a trigger.

We train you to defend your life against an armed assailant or assailants. Yes, we train you how to engage multiple assailants and survive. Survive to live your life with family and friends.

All classes meet and exceed the State of Florida’s training requirement for applying for a Florida concealed carry license recognized in 37 states.

Visit our website or contact us for training opportunities.

Train-A-Teacher Day – FREE Training Clinics for Public & Private School Teachers

5th Annual National Train-A-Teacher Day, Saturday, June 18th

Participating in the National Train-A-Teacher Day, In-Gauge of Polk County, Winter Haven, Florida, will be conducting FREE, 2-hour, STOP THE BLEED, emergency blood loss control, training clinics Saturday, June 18th.

There will be two clinics conducted Saturday, June 18th . . .

  • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Pre-registration is required, as participation is limited.

To register for either of the two clinics, click on the button below . . .

or go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-train-a-teacher-stop-the-bleed-emergency-blood-loss-control-clinic-tickets-307371956797

An official, nationally recognized certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion.

An official, nationally recognized certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion.

Victims Don’t Need to Die Waiting for Help to Arrive

Push to get citizens trained to ‘Stop the Bleed’ to save lives of severely injured.

Push to get citizens trained to ‘Stop the Bleed’ to save lives of severely injured

By: Rebecca Petit – ABC Action News-Tampa Bay May 19, 2022

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — On the heels of yet another mass shooting, this time in Buffalo, N.Y., there’s a nationwide push to teach people how to “Stop the Bleed.”

Training courses took place all day Thursday as part of National Stop the Bleed Day.

You don’t have to be an EMT or a medical professional to save someone’s life who is bleeding severely. The “Stop the Bleed” course teaches how to recognize a life-threatening bleed and intervene effectively.

“A lot of craziness is going on in the world and I just like to be prepared for my family and friends,” Aaron Travers said.

After many shootings and crashes witnesses are on the scene before first responders get there. A bystander may be the one who’s most likely to save a bleeding victims their life.

Travers drove from Osceola County to Polk County to take the lifesaving course.

“Everybody should know because the more people that do know the less opportunity for loss of life,” he said.

Robert Dummett hosts these free “Stop the Bleed” training classes. He’s the chief training officer and executive director at In-Gauge of Polk County, a non-profit organization focused on firearms safety.

“An individual can bleed to death in less than three minutes,” Dummett said.

Data shows the average emergency response time for the arrival of EMS personnel to an emergency scene is seven minutes.

Dummett said learning simple techniques can improve a bleeding victims’ chances of survival.

“Packing the wound and direct pressure on the wound and if that’s not sufficient to stop the blood loss, then we want to apply a tourniquet,” Dummett said. “We’re going to tighten this until all blood flow stops. I equate it to turning off a faucet for a garden hose.”

The goal is to get more people trained in the “Stop the Bleed” program, similar to the popularity of CPR training.

“The American college of surgeons created this stop the bleed course in the wake of the sandy hook tragedy years ago,” Lakeland Regional Health trauma surgeon Dr. Andrew Gaugler said. “However, it’s not just these national tragedies that make the news where people have the opportunities to save lives.”

Dr. Gaugler said Lakeland Regional Health has trained 506 people this year using “Stop the Bleed” kits. He said there’s also a federal push to make the kits more widely available.

“If you walk through any public building, an airport, a post office, a shopping mall, you’ll see along the walls there are signs for AED’s which are a life saving device used for cardiac arrest and CPR,” Gaugler said. “I think the perfect location for a bleeding control kit would be in the location of any of those devices.”

Empowering everyday people to provide life-saving care, until emergency personnel arrives.

You can order a your own “Stop the Bleed” kit online. Stop the Bleed Month is held each May. To find more information, including where to find a ‘Stop the Bleed’ course near you, click here.

Polk County safety advocates push for availability of ‘STOP THE BLEED’ kits

STOP THE BLEED skills assessment clinics can be attended locally all day Thursday, May 19th – National STOP THE BLEED Day , at In-Gauge of Polk County, in Winter Haven, Florida.

by: Staci DaSilva : WFLA News Channel 8 – May 17, 2022

https://www.wfla.com/news/polk-county/polk-safety-advocates-push-for-availability-of-stop-the-bleed-kits/

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – In the wake of another rash of school shootings, and in the middle of National “Stop the Bleed Month,” advocates are spreading the word about blood loss.

In-Gauge and WFLA News 8 – STOP THE BLEED

“A person can bleed to death in less than two minutes,” said Dr. Andrew Gaugler, a trauma surgeon at Lakeland Regional Health.

He says, with a little bit of awareness and education, people may not have to die that way.

“Once the ‘Stop The Bleed’ course came out, that’s how we decided that we could get the community and the everyday citizen involved to help save lives,” said Dr. Gaugler.

The “Stop The Bleed” initiative came to be in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, as part of a collaborative effort led by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.

“Tourniquets and bleeding kits should be pretty much standard anywhere you go in a public place,” said Dr. Gaugler.

“We have gloves, we have tourniquets, we have scissors, we have roll gauze,” said Robert Dummett.

Dummett is chief training officer and executive director at In-Gauge of Polk County, a non-profit organization focused on firearms safety. Dummett, and the organization, also host “Stop the Bleed” training courses.

He says the goal is to get the “Stop the Bleed” kits everywhere there is an automated external defibrillator (AED) machine.

“The goal is to have these kits mounted next to them, readily available, for anybody to use anytime there’s blood loss, just like a person would pull a fire extinguisher off the wall,” said Dummett.

This week, he donated a kit to the Saddle Creek Gun Range in Polk County. The steps to save life and limb, he says, are clear cut.

“Wound packing is number one – wound packing and applying direct pressure to the wound and, if that’s not sufficient to stop the blood loss, then it’s application and tourniquet.”

You can order a mounted kit or a portable one online. You can also go online to find a “Stop the Bleed” course near you.

Classes Locally

STOP THE BLEED skills assessment clinics can be attended locally all day Thursday, May 19thNational STOP THE BLEED Day , at In-Gauge of Polk County, in Winter Haven, Florida. Register for a clinic at Eventbrite – StopTheBleed.

Trauma Kit Donated to Saddle Creek Gun Range

In recognition of National STOP THE BLEED Month

https://www.polk-county.net/news/news-details/2022/05/16/trauma-kit-donated-to-saddle-creek-gun-range

Bartow, Fla. (May 16, 2022) — If an unfortunate accident happens at the Saddle Creek Gun Range, Polk County’s Parks and Recreation staff will be ready thanks to the donation of a trauma kit from In-Gauge of Polk County.

In a small ceremony Monday, Polk County Commissioners Bill Braswell and Rick Wilson accepted the donation from the local group. The kit includes bandages and supplies to treat gunshot wounds until more advanced medical help arrives.

“I’d like to think in the back of my mind it’s never going to be used but it’s a great thing to have if you do need it,” Braswell said during the ceremony.

The donation from In-Gauge is in recognition of National Stop-the-Bleed Month. National Stop-the-Bleed Month aims to educate the public on the basic skills needed to control bleeding from accidents to save lives.

Robert Dummett, instructor with In-Gauge, says, “An individual can bleed to death in less than three minutes.” Dummett says anybody can use the techniques and supplies in this trauma kit to help stop bleeding and possibly save someone’s life.

For more information about Stop-the-Bleed Month visit www.stopthebleed.org.

Saddle Creek Gun Range is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For more information about Polk County Parks & Recreation’s gun range, call Daniel Gornoski at (863) 499-2613, or visit www.polk-county.net.