Pistol Craft: Austere Conditions
BEFORE YOU REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE, YOU MUST HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR AND/OR COMPLETED PISTOLCRAFT I. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Amateurs practice until they get it right, professionals practice until they can no longer get it wrong, and masters never stop practicing. Good training emphasizes fundamentals and practical skills, and excellent training exposes students to the worst scenarios possible. In Pistolcraft: Austere Conditions, we will put you through just that. Many fights begin initiated by the enemy, but nonetheless, they must be ended by you. In this class, you will be in a constant state of deprivation. This is some of the most realistic training you can get, and after you complete this class, your mental conditioning for defending yourself and your loved ones will be one step ahead when the time comes. If you have not been in a physical fight before this class, you will by the end of this class.
You will be tested in this class mentally and physically. Be warned, you will be trained to a point of failure, and then guided through the process of success. This class will challenge what you already know, and also challenge many perceptions of fighting. Truth comes from trial, and the goal of this class is to steel you mentally and physically for when you will be required to fight for your life. You will gain confidence, bar none.
During this class you will cover: how to finish fights despite being injured, treat life-threatening injuries, gunfight analysis, medical and anatomical lectures, diminished motor skills, extreme close quarters shooting, physical control techniques, managing bystanders and onlookers during a gunfight, hostage shots, use of cover, low-light shooting, shooting with a loss of vision, and distance shooting under stress. Training is only open to legal, US Citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) per ITAR (22 CFR §§120-130)
Equipment required for this class:
- Mouth guard
- Pistol (spare pistol is a good idea)
- Magazines to hold 50 rounds per drill. (Double stack mags=4-5. Single-stack mags=7-8)
- Quality kydex or leather holster that stays open during reholstering.
- Ballistic eye protection
- Electronic ear protection
- 800 rounds of factory ammunition
- Sunscreen/Bug spray
- Gun cleaning gear
- Pen and paper
There is no minimum age to take this class. However, students under 18 years of age are required to attend the class together with a participating adult.
Booking a class at Valor Ridge is a commitment to train on your given course dates. Tuition sale is final. We do not offer refunds or transfers to students who cancel or fail to show up for class. We do offer refund or credit in the highly unlikely event Valor Ridge finds it necessary to cancel a course. This policy is firm and there will be no exceptions.
As the result of numerous issues that have arisen over the years, we will no longer allow internally-modified firearms once they leave the factory in our classes. Additionally, we do not allow the use of reloaded ammunition in our courses. Our safety record is one of the best in the industry and we pledge to keep it that way – our students deserve no less.
Internally-modified firearms with non-OEM parts (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and reloaded ammunition pose a serious and demonstrable risk to those present in class. When an internally-modified firearm explodes during a drill, or fires more than one round per trigger press, it poses a clear and undeniable threat to every person present. While this scenario may seem unlikely to some, it has been our professional experience that the catastrophic failure rate of home-built/internally-modified guns is significantly higher than standard, factory assembled firearms. In fact, an internally-modified firearm that works is as uncommon as a factory gun that does not.
During our classes, we have witnessed internally-modified/home-built firearms explode and/or go full-auto. We have also witnessed reloaded ammunition blow up guns and/or render them inoperable. Our sample size includes thousands of students, thousands of guns, and millions of rounds of ammunition fired during classes. There have only been two instances of factory firearms functioning improperly while we have observed home-built/internally-modified firearms completely and catastrophically fail by the dozens.
Our policy change has not come about due to a knee-jerk reaction to any one incident, but it is the culmination of repeated, observable, and predictable events. We implemented this change because our students are real people with real families. When our students step up to the Valor Ridge firing line, they expect us to guide them in a safe and professional manner. It is our job, indeed our duty, to facilitate a learning environment that is conducted on a secure, controlled range with properly functioning firearms and engaged people.
As our students, you expect us to conduct your training responsibly based on our professional experience and expertise. Because we value your trust in us, we will not jeopardize your safety by permitting haphazardly assembled weapons from uncontrolled environments. Neither will we allow your training experience to become someone else's proving ground for equipment. Weapons are not lab experiments—the situation demands that firearms be rugged, reliable, and robust. They need to work both on and off the range without exception-- every single time.
To make our policy clear, the following modifications are allowed in our courses:
- Aftermarket sights
- Aftermarket rails
- Original Equipment Manufacturer replacement parts including springs, connectors, firing pins, etc…
- Mil-spec bolts and bolt carriers (Colt, BCM, Daniel Defense, CMMG, LMT, etc...)
- Retaining plates for AK trigger pins (Krebs Custom retainer plates)
- Stipling on pistols or pistol grips
- Aftermarket triggers that are installed AT THE FACTORY and at least 5 lbs in pull.
- Firearms converted or rebuilt by manufacturers such as Rifle Dynamics, Krebs Custom, ETC…
- Complete factory lower receivers
- Complete factory upper receivers
The following modifications are NOT allowed in our courses:
- Aftermarket triggers installed outside the factory
- Home-built rifles or pistols
- Aftermarket barrels installed after leaving the factory
- Non-OEM replacement parts
- Aftermarket gas blocks installed outside the factory
- Any lightened, competition style bolts or bolt carriers, firing pins, or triggers
If you choose to ignore our policy and it is discovered that your firearm has been internally modified, or it is discovered that you are using reloaded/hand-loaded ammunition, then you you will be removed from class without refund. In addition, you alone will be responsible for any damages that occur due to the catastrophic failure of the internally modified gun or hand-loaded ammunition. This is not the time to skimp on quality firearms or ammunition.