Small Arms Course
The Small Arms Course is just the course for those who own a pistol and a rifle and want to be able to defend themselves, loved ones, and family with either. The Small Arms Course combines Valor Ridge’s Pistolcraft I and Rifleman I into four straight days, providing you with an opportunity to become proficient with your pistol and rifle in one training class. Americans in record numbers are purchasing firearms for a variety of reasons, and getting training for them is a necessary step in protecting what you hold dear. You will experience two days of training on each type of gun, becoming well-rounded with each weapon.
During the four-day course, pistol material covered includes: proper marksmanship, draw and presentation of the pistol, mental aspects of fighting such as attitude and purpose, pistol manipulations with one and two hands, stoppage clearances, and shooting while moving.
You will also experience several drills in which you will negotiate obstacles while shooting, fire from unconventional positions, shoot and hit targets at what many consider rifle distances, and shoot a confidence course designed to challenge both new and experienced shooters alike.
Brief classroom sessions will be interspersed throughout the course with lectures focused on martial attitude, gunfight analysis and tendencies, pre-assault signs and cues, marksmanship, and purpose.
Rifle material covered includes: shooting fundamentals, firing from the muzzle out to 300 meters, presentation of the rifle from various positions, (traditional and improvised) manipulation of the rifle under stress, marksmanship, properly zeroing your rifle, holdovers, compressed application of marksmanship, one and two handed manipulations of the rifle, low-light shooting, close quarters shooting, transitions to pistol, shooting on the move, stoppage clearance, positional shooting, (conventional and improvised) proper use of/presentation of the rifle from the sling, and team tactics. Training is only open to legal, US Citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) per ITAR (22 CFR §§120-130)
- Pistol (spare pistol is a good idea)
- Magazine-fed rifle in an intermediate or battle rifle cartridge (5.56, 7.62x39, 5.45x39, .308, .30-06, etc…)
- White light (attached to rifle)
- Sling—two point sling is recommended.
- Pistol magazines to hold 50 rounds per drill. (Double stack mags=4-5, Single-stack mags=7)
- 4 rifle magazines
- 800 rounds of factory pistol ammunition
- 900 rounds of factory loaded rifle ammunition. M855 (Green tip) or 7n6 is fine for most drills, but we will be shooting steel on some drills so bring other non-green tip (xm193 or similar variant) and commercial 5.45 ammunition as well.
- Eye/ear protection. You will also need clear eye protection for night shooting.
- Pen and paper
- Bug spray
- Rain gear
- Gun cleaning gear
- You will need to bring a lunch
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.
Cancellation/ Refund/ Exchange Policy:
Booking a class at Valor Ridge is a commitment to train. If you cancel your training 60 days or more from your class date, you will forfeit 50% of your tuition . If you cancel sooner than 60 days from your class date, you forfeit 100% of your tuition. No transfers between classes or dates are permitted. This policy is firm and there will be no exceptions. We fill up far in advance--in some cases over one year before classes are scheduled to be taught. In addition, you are filling a slot that could have gone to someone else. We cannot accommodate cancellations that cost other students spots in our classes. With the demand for our classes, we need to the keep the cancellations to a minimum.
Disclaimer: Valor Ridge does NOT recommend internal modifications to guns. Leave the internals of the gun the way they came from the factory. If you choose to modify your guns, you assume the liability of the weapon operating incorrectly. As such, you alone will be responsible in the event of catastrophic failure of the gun, including damage to the weapon and resulting property damage.