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55 Defenses curriculum meets the requirements for both the Montana Concealed Weapons Permit, as well as the Montana ENHANCED Concealed Weapons Permit. Though House Bill 102 (2020) negates the need for a concealed weapons permit to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Montana, the permit will still be honored in many states outside of Montana, as well as exemption from the FBI NICS background check when purchasing a firearm from an FFL. (See MCA 45-8-330)

Remember, the rights we choose to exercise come with a commensurate responsibility to do so safely and correctly. 



Practical Carry 1.1

Concealed Carry Classroom

The Practical Carry 1 classroom is the basis for safe, responsible firearms ownership. While it centers around concealed carry, it is also a good resource for any armed citizen. Combined with Practical Carry 1.2 Range, this course qualifies each individual to apply for a Montana Concealed Weapons Permit or Montana Enhanced Permit.


The classroom coursework is broken into three sections: Safety, Fundamentals and Responsibility. The curriculum includes firearms safety, equipment selection, and lethal force encounter aftermath. Montana and Federal firearms law will also be covered.


Duration: 4 hours (online)

Ammo Requirements: None

Prerequisites: None

Practical Carry 1.2

Concealed Carry Range

The Practical Carry 1 Range work is set up to teach beginners and experienced shooters to use the handgun more effectively in a defensive encounter. Combined with Practical Carry 1.1 Digital Classroom, this course qualifies each individual to apply for a Montana Concealed Weapons Permit or Montana Enhanced Concealed Permit.


This course teaches the necessary skills of concealed carry, as well as cultivates an attitude of responsibility. Shooting fundamentals such as proper grip, sight alignment, and trigger manipulation are combined with holster work and rapid engagement to impart the practical carry skills that every lawfully armed citizen should possess.


Duration: 5 Hours (1 Day)

Ammo Requirements: 100 rounds

Prerequisites: None


Practical Carry 2.1

Mindset and Problem Solving

The first module of Practical Carry 2 is focused on creating a thinking shooter that can solve problems. The class will include working with and fixing the gun as problems occur, as well as creating a script to deal with threats verbally.


Skills will include rapid engagement and transitions, single hand shooting, and working the gun from contact distance to 25 yards. The class is focused on attaining a deep familiarity with the gun and our skills, allowing us to use more mental bandwidth to process the deadly threat.


This module also has an online classroom component that emphasizes mindset and how to shortcut the mental delay caused by the stress of a critical incident.


Duration: 5+ Hours

Ammo Requirements: 200 Rounds

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

Practical Carry 2.2

Cover and Movement

The second module of Practical Carry 2 is spent working on using cover and movement to dictate the course of a defensive encounter.


Shooting on the move, working around non-threats and using cover to create an advantage are skills stressed in this course. Lateral movement, retreating and advancing movement are all taught in this course. This course is heavy on accountability, even while shooting on the move.


The attached classroom portion is an online primer to shooting while moving as well as shooting moving targets.

Duration: 5+ Hours

Ammo Requirements: 250 Rounds

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


Practical RDS

Effective Pistol Red Dot Techniques

Practical RDS is a foundation course in the selection, care, use and employment of the pistol mounted optical sight. This course is for those people who have adopted red dots on handguns, or those considering it.


In this course students will be offered the opportunity to shoot multiple guns with different red dot styles, giving experience with a variety of options. Students will learn about the benefits and the issues with an electronic sight on a handgun.


Skills will include finding the dot, tracking targets with the dot, close and distant shooting, and using the red dot as a diagnostic tool.

Duration: 5+ hours

Ammo Requirements: 200 rounds

Prerequisites: Understanding of safe firearms handling in a class setting

NRA Basic Pistol

NRA Marksmanship and Safety

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)

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Practical Carbine 1.1

AR-15 Fundamentals

Practical Carbine 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. Also included is a introduction to accessories and the vetting process for such equipment. The live fire portion of the class teaches practical skills including shooting positions, offset, and proper setup of optics and zero.

Duration: 5 Hours, 1 Day

Ammo Requirements: 100 rounds

Prerequisites: None

ALERRT Civilian Response to the Active Shooter

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


Private Training / Consulting

If you prefer one on one training, 55 Defense is happy to help. We offer individual and small group firearms training on any platform you choose. In order to better serve your needs, we try to get a good baseline ahead of time to ensure that we have a direction, clear communication, and attainable goals. Our private training is truly personalized to your needs.


55 Defense also 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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