We get a lot of email at Firearms And Safety Training Orange County. These are some of the most common question we receive, so hopefully this can save you some time:
Q. I have no experience and have never fired a gun can I still come to you?
A. Absolutely. In fact, it's easier for us to teach a person the correct way to shoot a gun than it is to teach someone who has developed bad habits already. We teach from the ground up although people can dive in at a level appropriate to the experience they have already.
Q. I don't own a gun and I'm not sure which gun to buy - can you help me choose?
A. We don't teach people then forget about them, we will happily help you figure out what first gun is most suitable for you. We understand that to people new to firearms it can be bewildering and there is a lot of contradicting information out there. The bottom line is it is a very personal choice based on want you want from it.
Q. I am not comfortable with guns is this normal for a new student?
A. Yes, it is normal. The reason most people are afraid of guns is because they do not know much about them. Knowledge and experience are the key components in developing confidence in anything we do. We will help you bring about a healthy respect for firearms along with attitude, knowledge and skills necessary to have one in your life responsibly and safely. Firearms are by nature very dangerous if you do not know how to properly handle them.
Q. Do you do private or family/group lessons/classes?
A. Absolutely. Drop us an email or give us a call so we can arrange something for you, whether it's a class we already run or if you would like something specifically tailored for your group or family.
We can also arrange for one on one or two on one tuition by the hour for those wanting to improve and/or refine skills.
Q. I have been shooting guns most of my life, do you have anything for me?
A. Absolutely. We can help you tune your skill set and help maintain that. Shooting is a perishable skill and we are very much of the attitude of a student for life. We have staff members that have shot from a young age and developed recognized excellence in their fields, and now train people of all levels - all of them are still students of the gun.
We also encourage people - our instructors included - to constantly train with different people and companies.
Q. Can you help me learn how to protect myself and my family against a violent intruder?
A. Yes, our NRA Personal Protection Inside The Home is the perfect starting point. We have a Deputy Sheriff or an Attorney at each class to cover the legal side and our instruction team to cover the practical side of defensive shooting. We also have developed a follow up course to get into advanced aspects of protecting your home. On top of that we will soon be running range sessions to help hone and maintain skills developed.
Q. Will I be the only woman in the class?
A. It's unlikely, female students account for a good percentage of our students.
Q. Do you have any women only classes?
A. No. The lessons and techniques we teach apply across the board.
Q. What is the minimum age requirement?
A. A parent or guardian is required to take the class along with a child under the age of 18. We ask you, the parent, "Do you feel comfortable with the child next to you with a loaded gun?" If you have any doubts, wait a couple of years. Children are actually easier to teach than adults, because they tend to absorb new knowledge and haven't been exposed to a lot of the fallacy surrounding firearms in popular culture.
Q. How long will it take me to go from having never shot a gun to being a good shot?
A. Everybody is different, that is something we very much recognize and work with. We make sure everyone develops at their pace to develop confidence to accurately and consistently fire a gun. That is very much key to how we approach instruction.
Q. How do I dress?
A. If the location for the practical part of a class or course is an outdoor range wear comfortable flat shoes, shorts or pants, short-sleeve or tee shirts. Wear or bring layers as the weather can change from morning to afternoon. Ladies, please avoid low cut tops as flying brass can bounce of walls and be hot enough to make people jump. We also strongly recommend avoiding open toed footwear.
Q. What do I need to bring with me?
A. For outdoor shooting a hat and sunblock is recommended during warm weather. If you have sunglasses or prescription glasses, bring them - we also recommend bringing a baseball cap as well in this case. If you have ear protection, bring it. If not, eye and ear protection will be provided at no additional charge. You should bring a lunch. The lunch break is one hour, and may be up for discussion to be eliminated if your class is small and finishes sooner than a large class would.
Q. Will I be certified after I receive lessons from you?
A. All of our NRA courses are NRA certified and you will receive the certificate for each course completed and passed.
Q. How much does it cost for F.A.S.T O.C courses?
A. We pride ourselves on being affordable for a very high level of instruction. Each class is priced accordingly.
Q. What happens if I sign up for a class, mail in my deposit, but can't make it?
A. We will apply your deposit to a class that suits your schedule. No refunds are given.
Q. Can I borrow a handgun for the other classes (Intermediate, Advanced & Scenarios)?
A. No, because you need other equipment in addition to your handgun for these classes. The training is specialized to make you and your gun a team. Some people do not want to buy a holster because they think they will never use it again. If you are out in the wilderness or a natural disaster occurs, you will be carrying a gun on your hip because law enforcement may not be available for an extended period of time. This applies even more so if you become a Concealed Weapon Holder.
Q. I would like to purchase a firearm, how do I buy one?
A. Before you can purchase a handgun in the State of California you must obtain a handgun safety certificate. To help you find the information and follow the proper steps necessary; please refer to this following website:
Also, here is a list of California DOJ approved handguns:
If we did not answer the question you have please feel free to email us.