Basic Tactical Rifle and Shotgun Courses

The Basic Tactical Rifle and Basic Tactical Shotgun courses are essentially the same with the exception of weapon used and shooting distances for training.Basic Defensive Shotgun Instruction

We often hear people talk about defending their homes with a rifle, often an AR type of defensive rifle, or a shotgun. While these weapons can be viable choices, they come with challenges that need to be addressed.

  1. How do you go through a door with a long gun without giving away your position?
  2. How do you maintain the advantage against an adversary while maneuvering the extra length of a barrel?
  3. How do you prevent collateral damage due to the extra power of your chosen long gun?

Shotgun DemoBasic Defensive Shotgun Instruction

In these courses the student learns to handle the rifle or shotgun from a defensive perspective.

The Basic Tactical Rifle and Basic Tactical Shotgun classes are scheduled for two, one-day sessions, all on the range. The first day is devoted to the basics involving extensive dry practice and live fire. The second day the students put the basics to the test using timed drills. Typically each day will go for about seven to eight hours including a lunch break.

One of the more fun things we do the second day is run all students through a one-at-a-time situation scenario with the instructor. In addition to being fun this can be a challenge, forcing the student to make shoot-don’t shoot decisions.

Starting Scenario Shotgun Instruction

What these courses are not:

  1. Skeet or trap shooting
  2. Long range marksmanship course (the maximum range for the rifle course is 100 yards, maximum range for the shotgun course is 50 yards)
  3. The intended outcome of these courses is to provide you with a solid foundational knowledge of the operation and manipulation of your rifle or shotgun. It is NOT the intent of these courses to teach tactics to be used in defensive situations. While some tactics hints are presented, this is not within the scope of the Basic Tactical Rifle or Shotgun Courses.

Minimum Ammunition Requirements

  • Shotgun:
    • 150 rounds of #7 or #8 birdshot
    • 75 rounds of #00 buckshot
    • 25 rounds of slugs

Additional Equipment/Supplies Needed (course appropriate)

  • Shotgun – semiautomatic or pump
  • Rifle – Optimum is the AR, AK, or M1A platform but additional platforms can be accommodated. Check with us when registering.
  • Hearing and eye protection (required)
  • Season appropriate clothing (the range is out doors)
  • Shooting jacket or recoil pad (optional)
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Lunch
  • Water (minimum one quart per day)


  • The cost for each of these courses is $325. This fee covers all costs except ammunition.
  • Private lessons can be arranged for a slightly higher fee.

Sign Up!

If you’re interested in the Basic Defensive Rifle or Shotgun Course, request a reservation by sending us an email or giving us a call. There are also regularly scheduled classes on the “Schedule” page.

Church Security Team Training

Incidents of violence against worship and ministry centers have increased in the past several years. photo placeholderThe explanations for this upswing are varied; differences in ideology, and culture, retribution and other criminal activity, to name a few, have been cited for the violence. Whatever the reason, it must be dealt with in such a way as to not discredit the mission of the church.

We must deal with incidents of violence

Carrying out the mission of the Security Team can be a difficult balance because of the mission of the church as a whole. As a general rule bodies of faith welcome and encourage any who wish to come, making churches vulnerable “soft targets.”  Reinforcing this perception of vulnerability is that churches are benevolent institutions which do not actively employ security measures.

Also on the rise is the incidence of churches establishing their own security teams often integrated with safety teams. For this reason Falcon Personal Security has developed a church security team training curriculum. This course delves into such topics as developing the Security Plan, the Church Security Mindset, and Security Strategies. If your church decides to use a strategy of armed volunteer members we can help team members develop the requisite skills to seamlessly blend into the church setting. We can assist in Firearms/Ammunition Selection, and Defensive Shooting Skills. Extensive range drills, many of which will be tailored to the individual church security requirements and problem sets, can be included in the course.

Security and Safety Teams often combined

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We have included an excellent section on the legal requirements and ramifications of operating a security team. In today’s litigious society the temptation is to view everything from a liability standpoint. However, as important as that is, we place an emphasis on the necessity of the team to safeguard the church and all who come to worship.

We have developed this course to assist in the development and training of church security teams to mesh with the overall goal of churches to minister to God’s people. Our philosophy is that a church’s security team is focused on ensuring that the church is a friendly and welcoming venue for the study and worship of God. The length and cost of this course will be determined by the church’s training requirements.

Additionally we can assist your church with establishing qualification standards for your team members, as well as administrating standards testing and keeping the training and certification records for your team.

Questions about this course or any other service that we offer may be asked using the contact page.

NRA Refuse To Be A Victim


Protect yourself and your family from today’s criminal. Attend the Refuse To Be A Victim® crime prevention and personal safety seminar, a program of the National Rifle Association. In this four hour presentation you will get the tools you need to develop your own personal safety strategy, including information on:

  • The Psychology of the Criminal Mind
  • Home & Phone Security
  • Automobile & Travel Security
  • Personal & Technological Security
  • Self-Defense Tools & Training Options
  • And more!

Refuse To Be A Victim® seminars are given on a regular basis.

Seminars are scheduled as desired. This is a perfect opportunity for churches and civic groups to offer valuable crime prevention  to their members.

The next scheduled seminar is a two session seminar. The first session will be held from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, 9 June. The second session will be held from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, 16 June. This seminar will be an all lady class. To register, go to the “Schedule” page and click on the “Register” button next to the class.


Refuse To Be A Victim Course: $30 per participant

Call Dan at (719) 661-1318 or use the “Contact Us” page to schedule a seminar.

NRA Instructors’ Courses


For those who want to take their skills to the next level, Falcon Personal Security offers training and certification of NRA instructors in:Dan teaches basic pistol

  • Basic Pistol
  • Rifle
  • Shotgun
  • Home Firearm Safety
  • Personal Protection In the Home
  • Personal Protection Outside the Home
  • Range Safety Officer

All instructors’ courses use proven NRA instructional methods. A wise man once said, “The best way to learn something is to teach it.” In over 30 years of teaching, we have realized the truth of those words many times over. Not only do instructors impart knowledge on the students but every student brings their own knowledge and experience to the table. Combining this acquired knowledge and experience with the knowledge and experience provided by the NRA makes a powerful combination.

Instructor students should plan on the course taking 1-1/2 to 2 days. We have to have at least four instructor students to schedule a class.

Prerequisites for Instructors’ Courses

  • Must have satisfactorily completed the course for which they are applying to teach
  • If the applied-for course was taken more than six months prior to the Instructors’ Course, a skills evaluation may be required
  • Must be an NRA member

At Falcon Personal Security we are dedicated to training professional instructors to the shooting public.

Contact us for your instructional requirements.


All Instructors’ Courses are $325.

NRA Metallic Cartridge Reloading

Course Introduction

With the rising cost of ammunition,photo placeholderreloading your own ammunition can significantly reduce the cost of shooting. The NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course is designed to expose those who are new to reloading to the fundamentals in order that they may develop the knowledge, skill, and attitude to safely develop consistent and accurate reloaded ammunition.

Course Description

The NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course teaches the shooter who is new to photo placeholderreloading the fundamental concepts of reloading metallic cartridges.

This course covers:

  1. Using reloading manuals
  2. Selecting the proper powder
  3. Selecting the proper primer
  4. Selecting the proper bullet
  5. Preparing cartridge cases
  6. Using various types of reloading equipment

As with all other courses, safety is paramount at Falcon Personal Security.

To schedule a class contact us through the “Contact Us” page.


The cost of this course is $150.

Defensive Pistol

The Defensive Pistol course is designed to take shooters beyond the basics of shooting a handgun. This course is two days of shooting, concentrating on drawing the gun from the concealed holster, engaging the target (or targets) and stopping the threat. This course includes about an hour presentation called “Handgun Terminal Ballistics.” This presentation goes into the different popular everyday carry calibers and what kind of performance you can expect from your ammunition.

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In addition to lessons learned in the PPITH and the PPOTH courses the Defensive Pistol Module goes deeper into all considerations of carrying a concealed handgun.

There is more range work and therefore is objective based. There are numerous drills with the student’s defensive handgun from various ranges. Maximum use of instructor mentorship is provided for each student.defensive pistol instructionTherefore, the classes will, by necessity, be small, ideally no more than five students per instructor.NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor Certificate

This course will teach the   student how to most effectively conceal a defensive handgun for their needs and body style. Different types of holsters and concealment garments are presented to the students. Since no two people are alike, no “one size fits all” approach is used for concealed carry.

The typical class is two days in length but additional time can be added to suit the student’s requirements.

The cost for this module is $325 per student

Personal Protection Outside The Home

Course Introduction

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The Personal Protection Outside the Home course continues where the Personal Protection Inside the Home course leaves off. The prerequisite for participating in this course is the Basic Pistol course. While not a required prerequisite for the Outside course, the Inside course presents valuable principals used in this course.

The Outside course goes into new techniques of shooting, but avoidance rather than confrontation is emphasized. The techniques taught in the Outside course are not meant to be absolutes, for no two individuals approach any given problem in the same way.

Each student will be challenged to explore their abilities. While they will be taught specific techniques, they will be encouraged to begin exploring slight variations to suit their particular experience level and physical condition.

The Outside course uses numerous dry-fire and live-fire exercises to practice and hone shooting skills.

Course Description

This course covers:

  1. Introduction to Concealed Carry Safety and the Defensive Mindset
  2. Introduction to Self-Defense and Concealed Carry
  3. Legal Aspects of Concealed Carry and Self-Defense
  4. Carry Modes and Concealment
  5. Presenting the Handgun from Concealment
  6. Presentation, Position, and Movement
  7. Special Shooting Techniques
  8. Sport Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities

Course Requirements

Students taking this course must be at least 21 years old, experienced shooters, and able to demonstrate safe gun handling and competency in its use.  Students must not have been convicted of a felony. This is a concealed carry course. It is recommended that students already have their Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP).

Students must have their own handgun, holster/s, and magazines and magazine pouches for this course.

Course Eligibility (per NRA requirements):

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“The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as applicable under federal or Colorado state law and of good repute. It is much more than just a routine shooting course, however, because it prepares individuals for the responsibility of carrying a personal protection firearm in public. It is important that participants have sufficient maturity and life experiences to be able to assess various situations and make mature, appropriate decisions about those situations.”


The cost of this course is $325. (Includes all student materials and range fees. Cost of ammunition is not included)

Personal Protection In The Home

NRA Certified Course

Course Introduction

Reports on home invasions and break-ins have become routine news fare. Home IntruderWho among us has thought out what we would do in case of a home invasion or how we should respond should we come home and discover a burglar in the house? Unfortunately, today’s world has become a place where “when seconds count, the police are minutes away.”

The NRA Basics of Personal Protection In the Home course continues where the Basic Pistol course leaves off. This course discusses the mindset and various possible methods of protecting the home. The course is not intended to give students a specific plan for all scenarios but rather to explore a variety of options, not all of which will involve the use of weapons. Each situation is different and must be judged in its own context. However, if the use of a firearm is warranted, this course will teach various techniques to give the students a flexible range of options. These options will include investigating the appropriate technique for the individual.

Personal Protection In the Home is taught in a home setting, and if desired, taught in the student’s home. We have found that the client’s personal residence provides the ideal situation in which to brainstorm and enact various scenarios for safety and feasibility. A week or so after completion of the course we will come to your home with a Home Security Plan Questionnaire to assist with the development of your personal security plan. We do not develop your plan for you but rather we give you areas to consider in the development of the plan.

The In the Home course uses numerous dry-fire and live-fire exercises to practice and hone shooting skills.  The additional required range work is designed to be as realistic as possible.

Course Description

This course covers:Home protection

  1. Introduction to Defensive Shooting
  2. Basic Defensive Handgun Skills
  3. Firearms and the Law: Possession, Ownership, and the Use of Deadly Force
  4. Strategies for Home Safety and Responding to a Violent Confrontation
  5. Selecting a Handgun for Self-Defense
  6. Sporting Shooting Activities and Training Opportunities

Course Requirements

Students taking this course must be at least 18 years old, experienced shooters, and able to demonstrate safe gun handling and competency in its use.  Students must not have been convicted of a felony.

Students must have their own handgun/s for this course.

Course Eligibility (per NRA requirements):

Per NRA requirements: “The NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult citizens as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law.  It is much more than just a routine shooting course. It is important that participants have sufficient maturity and life experiences to be able to assess various situations and make mature, appropriate decisions about those situations.”


The cost of this course is $325 (Includes all student materials and range fees. Cost of ammunition is not included)

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

NRA Certified Course

Course Introduction

There is more to shooting a pistol or revolver than just picking up the gun and pulling the trigger. The Basics of Pistol Shooting course prepares students to own and/or use a pistol or revolver safely by introducing the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Dan teaching basic pistol
Dan Teaching Basic Pistol

Course Description

The course is taught over two sessions, a classroom session and a range session.

Topics covered in the classroom session are:

  1. Safety aspects of using and handling a handgun
  2. Parts of a pistol and a revolver
  3. Different types of handguns
  4. Components of a cartridge
  5. Malfunctions
  6. Fundamentals of handgun shooting
  7. Range commands
  8. Shooting positions
  9. Cleaning and care of a pistol
  10. What to consider when purchasing a gun

During this session, Attorney Ric Morgan supplements the curriculum with an in-depth explanation of the current local, state, and federal firearms laws. The legal information is not part of the course exam.

Ric Teaching Gun Laws
Ric Teaching Gun Laws

The course wrap-up is a range session which requires a one to two hour time commitment and is completed at a safe, established shooting range. Using live-fire exercises, students will practice the basic shooting fundamentals they learned during the classroom session.

Course Requirements

Students must be legally eligible to own and use firearms. Minor students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Certification Requirements

Passing score on written exam (multiple choice and TF) and demonstration of safe gun handling practices.

Certification in this course satisfies the training requirements for a Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit.


The cost of this course is $150 (Includes all student materials and range fees but does not cover the cost of ammunition.)