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CCW/CPL Class Schedule

October 1st, 11th, 15th, 29th
November 8th, 12th, 26th
December 10th & 13th
December 23rd

Renewal classes:
September 11th
October 2nd
November 6th
December 4th

All classes run from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Includes all training materials and test, breakfast and lunch! $149 per person. $75 deposit required. Please stop by or call 269.968.4229 to reserve your spot! Renewal class cost is $60.

Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program

“STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.”
NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has been hailed for its effectiveness since the program’s inception in 1988. Eddie Eagle teaches children in pre-K through the third grades that, if they find a gun, they should: “STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.” Fatal firearms accident among children have dropped 91 percent since 1975, according to the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Safety Council. Eddie Eagle and other gun safety programs are widely considered to be one major reason for the decline. Further, the program has been evaluated by a number of organizations devoted to safety issues. In 1999, the Department of Justice called it an “outstanding education initiative” in a study of dozens of violence prevention programs. In 2001, a study published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing Online found it to be the most effective of 80 such programs examined. In March 2002, the program was formally endorsed by the National Sheriff’s Association. The National Safety Council has also honored the program, and 24 governors have passed resolutions recommending that Eddie Eagle be taught in their states. Moreover, Ohio just became the first state to appropriate funds specifically for the program to be taught in their public schools. Perhaps the best evidence of all is the many letters NRA receives from parents describing circumstances in which children encountered unattended firearms. Because of what the children learned in Eddie Eagle, they did not touch the guns, left the area and found an adult. Recent studies claiming that gun accident prevention programs are ineffective demean the dedication of 22,000 law enforcement officers, schoolteachers and child safety activist who have delivered the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to more than 17 million children across the country. NRA also questions whether the “young test subjects” in these studies were exposed to the complete Eddie Eagle program and whether someone knowledgeable with the program’s content and purpose administered it. Gun safety programs, of course, need to be reinforced by responsible parents who show concern for all safety issues surrounding their children. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program includes a brochure entitled “A Parent’s Guide to Gun Safety,” which helps parents understand their responsibilities. A major point in the Parent’s Guide is the fundamental NRA rule of safe gun storage: “Store your guns so they are inaccessible to unauthorized users, especially children.” For more information on Eddie Eagle, call (800) 231-0752, or visit www.nrahq.org/safety/eddie.

CCW (MI)

Our concealed carry weapon classes are tailored to be in compliance with the laws of each state in which we teach. We have regularly scheduled CCW classes in our home State of Michigan. Our conceal carry weapon classes are based on the NRA Personal Protection in the home courses.
In Michigan, all classes include three hours of range time, the NRA Guide to Personal Protection in the home student textbook, and a passport quality photograph. We will also provide coffee and donuts in the morning as well as pizza for lunch. All class dates listed are for the six hours of instructional time which takes place on Saturdays from 8:00a.m. To 3:30p.m. The range time is logged at your convenience during our normal business hours.
If you would like to arrange for a special CCW class other than the dates listed here, please contact us to find out if special arrangements can be made. If we can form a class on a weekday, we will try to accommodate those special scheduling needs. Depending on your CCW class size and the distance, we can also travel to your location and conduct a class. You may contact us by filling out our Contact Form or by phone at (269) 968-4229.
The price for the class is $149.00. For a list of current class dates, please contact us.

CCW Renewal (MI)

RENEWAL TRAINING FOR CONCEALED PISTOL LICENSEES IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN
This class meets the requirements for the CCW renewal training required by law in the state of Michigan*. It is a four hour course which includes one hour of live fire range time to be done on the day of class (you will need to bring your firearm, an extra magazine or speed loader, and at least 100 rounds of ammunition which may be purchased on site). This class also includes your passport quality photograph that you will need when you go to put your renewal application in at your county clerk’s office. The county gun boards of all 83 counties in Michigan have been notified of this class. At the conclusion of the class, you will receive a certificate of completion and an opportunity to purchase a copy of the textbook The Right to Carry: An Awesome Responsibility. The cost of this class is only $60. Check Calendar of Events for available dates.
* Please note that the State of Michigan law does NOT require you to take a class for your renewal training. The law simply states that you must sign a statement under penalty of law verifying that you have done three hours of review of your original training and that you have done one hour of live fire range time in the six months immediately preceding the date of your renewal application. This class is being provided as a convenience to those who wish to have documentation that they have met these requirements. There have also been many changes to Michigan’s CCW law which this class will also cover. Many individuals have also expressed that they believe that documented proof of continuing education in concealed carry would aid them in a court of law should they ever have to defend themselves with lethal force.

NRA Instructor Training

The Southside Sportsman Club is one of the most recognized Concealed Carry Weapons training facilities in the Southwest Michigan area. Joel and Jared Fulton are both experienced Instructors and now NRA Training Counselors who are prepared to give you the training you need so that you can provide Concealed Carry Weapons Training to law-abiding citizens in your area.
We are currently committed to providing NRA Instructor Workshops in states who have recently passed, or are about to pass, their “shall issue” concealed carry weapon legislation. Specifically, those states are Colorado, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, and New Mexico.
Trainer canidates should be safe, competent, and experienced shooters before attending NRA trainer courses.
To become an NRA Certified Instructor
Demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills through satisfactory completion of an NRA Basic Firearm Training Course and experience in shooting sports activities, target shooting, experience in hunting, or other firearm-related activities.
Meet the age requirement: certified instructor, 21 years of age or older; assistant instructor, 18 years of age or older; apprentice instructor, 13 to 17 years of age.
Certified and assistant instructors must satisfactorily complete an NRA instructor training course in the area of specialization they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting) and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor in charge.
Complete the appropriate NRA instructor examination with a score of 90 percent or higher for certified instructors and 85 percent or higher for assistant and apprentice instructors.
Submit the application with the appropriate processing fees.
If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities that this training can provide to you, please contact us.

Individual Instruction Training

If you are looking for a more personalized individual approach to firearms training, please contact us for an appointment. Whether you are a first time shooter or an experienced shooter wanting to hone your skills, our experienced instructors will coach you to the level of excellence you desire. The price for the individual training service will vary based on your needs. A few general pricing structures are listed below:
For one hour of range time and instruction for a first-time shooter: $25.00. This service includes the use of our .22 caliber pistol and ammunition.
For coaching services for shooters with basic firearms knowledge: add $5.00 to the hourly cost of regular range time.

NRA Hunter Safety Program

You must take hunter safety if you were born after January 1, 1960.
A hunter safety certificate or previous hunting license is required to purchase any Michigan Hunting License.
Hunters anticipating an out-of-state hunting trip need to obtain a certificate prior to their trip, most states require hunters to carry their certificate when hunting and need it to purchase a license.
For more information visit http://www.michigandnr.com/hunting/recnsrch.asp or visit our calendar of events for any currently scheduled classes at our facility.
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