Answers to the most commonly
asked questions regarding equipment requirements
- Q - Why can't I use my Hi-Point, Lorcin, Bursa, or similar low
A - For the same reason that you shouldn't rely on it for your personal protection. These firearms are not reliable, and
often are so poorly designed and constructed as to be unsafe. Typically, the safeties are difficult to use and the trigger
pulls are so bad as to make accurate fire impossible.
Classes often were held up by a student who was struggling to
make one of these firearms function consistently. Their only attribute is that they are cheap. So how much is your life worth?
It is the only one you have, after all! If this is the only firearm you own, rent a suitable firearm for the class, and save up for the purchase later.
- Q - Why can't I use my "Fanny Pack" or purse
holster when I'm planning to actually carry my firearm in one.
A - Because one of the most important things that you will learn in the class is the defensive drawstroke of the pistol, i.e.
the rapid and accurate presentation of the firearm to the target from the holster using different techniques at different distances.
These techniques are easier, and much safer, to learn from a sturdy, dominate side, belt holster, that is designed for the specific
Once mastered, the drawstroke technique can be modified for other holster
designs. The low-cost, nylon "Bagmaster" type holsters, while acceptable for hunting and field use, are not suitable for the rapid presentations that
you will be learning in the class. This is the same reason that a sturdy, 1½" belt
and trousers with belt loops are required. The holster must be securely held
in position in order for you to be able to draw and reholster properly.
- Q - Why can't I use the reloaded ammo that my
friend at work loads for me?
A - For safety and reliability reasons. Factory and commercially reloaded
ammunition is made by licensed and insured companies, using automated equipment.
The reliability and safety of "amateur" reloads are entirely dependant upon
the skill of the reloader.