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 (Bring a spare pistol if you have one.)
- Magazine-fed rifle ZEROED FOR 100 YARDS in an intermediate or battle rifle cartridge (5.56, 7.62x39, 5.45x39, .308, .30-06, etc…) Bring a spare rifle also zeroed for 100 yards if you have one.
- 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.
- Quality kydex or leather holster that stays open during reholstering. Soft holsters are not allowed in our courses.
- Ballistic eye protection. Lowe's or Walmart has these. You will also need clear eye protection.
- Electronic ear protection
- 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 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.