This course is designed to help new shooters obtain the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe and proficient use of the various handgun systems they might encounter. The class will cover handgun safety, shooting fundamentals, and maintenance.  A final shooting test will be administered, shooting from both the isosceles and benchrest position.

Duration: 5 Hours, 1 Day

Ammo Requirements: 200 rounds

Prerequisites: Must have completed Phase 1 Basic Pistol online NRA course ($60)

Practical Carry I is a course for beginners and experienced shooters alike. This course teaches the necessary skills of concealed carry, as well as cultivates an attitude of responsibility. This course is also an accredited State of Montana course that qualifies each individual for a Montana Concealed Weapons Permit. The classroom coursework includes firearms safety, equipment selection, and lethal force encounter aftermath. Montana and Federal firearms law will also be covered. While on the live fire range, fundamentals such as proper grip, sight alignment, and trigger manipulation are combined with holster work to impart the practical carry skills that every lawfully armed citizen should possess.

Duration: 8 Hours

Ammo Requirements: 100 Rounds

Prerequisites: None

Practical Carry 2 is an advanced concealed carry class for people that are interested in their skill progression and safety. The classroom coursework focuses heavily on mental preparation for a high-stress incident and the bodies response to stress, then using this knowledge to create response shortcuts. As an extension of Practical Carry 1 the range work will all be performed with daily carry equipment. The live fire training incorporates critical weapon manipulations such as single handed target engagement, malfunction clearances, and an introduction to shooting on the move.

Duration: 8+ Hours

Ammo Requirements: 300 Rounds

Prerequisites: Practical Carry I, valid concealed weapons permit, or outside approved training course

Practical Force is a scenario based training course designed to improve responses to real life situations. Students will be asked to react accordingly to different stimuli while working against a role player with a marking cartridge pistol. This class will test your skills with a handgun, but also tests the verbal and decision makings skills you may need to defend yourself.

Duration: 5 Hours, 1 Day

Ammo Requirements: None

Prerequisites: Practical Carry I, valid concealed weapons permit, or outside approved training course

Meet Your AR-15 is an introductory course for the AR-15 pattern rifle. This course is designed to develop skills and knowledge with the semi-automatic AR platform. The classroom coursework covers the function, maintenance, and cleaning of the firearm. The live fire portion of the class teaches practical skills including defensive use, sporting use, different shooting positions, and proper setup of optics and zero.

Duration: 5 Hours, 1 Day

Ammo Requirements: 100 rounds

Prerequisites: None

The tune up course is a structured practice session designed to keep concealed carry skills sharp. Under the eye of an experienced instructor, you will hone your concealed carry skills including drawing from concealment and proper shooting technique. This student driven range session gives every student the opportunity to work on his or her own needs.

Duration: 4 Hours, 1 Day

Ammo Requirements: 150 rounds

Prerequisites: Practical Carry 1, concealed weapons permit, or approved prior training

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events


In the past two decades, horrific mass shootings have been thrust into public consciousness. Mitigating the effects of these events is the responsibility of those who serve in our communities' public safety organizations. The public expects an effective and swift response to these threats. Research has shown, however, that many of the mass attacks, or active attack events, are over before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene.

Civilians who find themselves embroiled in such an event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The average response time for police response to an active attack event is three minutes. Without effective, preplanned response options for civilians at the scene of the attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed during these three minutes.

This course is a classroom lecture on how your team can respond to a worst case scenario. It is designed to change hiding and hoping into an attitude of action. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

Safety Consulting

Variable Cost

55 Defense offers small business, house of worship and home consulting for individuals and groups. Consultation includes identifications of issues with planning, equipment selection and employment, and suggestions for further action and training. 

Consulting is performed on request, and can be done on your schedule and at your pace. Follow up assessments can also be performed.

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