Basic Firearms Training Equipment List: You’ll Need These

The best way to guarantee you’ll get the most out of our classes is to bring all the items listed here.

Arriving to your firearms training class with this basic equipment will maximize your ability to receive everything the class has to offer.

This list is specifically for the handgun classes we offer. Like the Shooting Tactics-Defensive Handgun Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. If you do not own a firearm and are unable to obtain one for your class, you may rent a handgun training package from Defensive Firearms Training of Colorado. The package includes either a Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm or A Walther PPQ 9mm. Plus the holster, extra magazines and spare magazine pouch.

All Defensive Handgun classes are designed around the use of a semi-auto handgun for many reasons. You my use a revolver if you choose. However, you will be at a huge disadvantage when practicing reloads.
Please bring:

  • ONE FIGHTING PISTOL Preferably in 9mm, .40 or .45 semi-auto.
  • EXTRA MAGAZINES 3 Magazines would be optimal but 2 will suffice.
  • STRONG SIDE HOLSTER Kydex or plastic works best but there are some well made all leather holsters out there that work well too. If you have a retention device (Thumb Break, etc…), you must use it, so choose your holster wisely. I am happy to help guide you in this area, if you wish.  (720-231-6149)
  • SPARE MAGAZINE POUCH, preferably a double magazine pouch or two singles.
  • A VERY STURDY BELT along with pants or shorts that have an easily accessible “non-dominant hand” front pocket.
  • HEARING PROTECTION Foam earplugs will work, but you may want to bring more than one pair as you may be removing them frequently to interact between shooting drills. Some of them don’t last long when you’re constantly removing them. Electronic earmuffs are the best option but obviously are not required.
  • EYE PROTECTION. Wrap around eye protection would be best to prevent being struck by brass ejecting from your handgun or someone else’s.
  • A BALL CAP OR VISOR to prevent ejected brass from hitting you in the face or head. This is not required but you’ll thank me for mentioning it.
  • FOOD Since we will likely be on the range over the lunch hour we will break briefly to eat.
  • WATER…PLENTY OF IT Especially during the warmer months. People who don’t drink the proper amount of water tend to tire more quickly and don’t get as much from the course towards the last few hours.
  • AN OPEN MIND My first intensive course had this listed as a requirement. I thought it beared repeating. Show up ready to learn but be willing to share your own experience as well, especially if it helps someone else in the course.
  • AMMUNITION A minimum of 150 rounds of quality ammunition is required. However, we encourage you to bring an ample supply, as the more you have, the more you will be able to practice the skills you will be learning.

After you have enjoyed your Level 1 Firearms Training Class, and you look ahead to the other levels:

Please be sure to purchase a third magazine. Other items that will be helpful for life-long firearms training will be snap caps and an airsoft gun that either mimics or closely resembles your primary firearm. Snap caps provide protection for your firearm when your not practicing with live ammunition. Airsoft guns are extremely useful when practicing techniques in your own home or when participating in “force on force” training.