I prefer to conduct training classes of small or very small size, typically only three to four students. I believe that direct and personal attention when learning techniques with firearms is the best way for the teacher to help the student. This is another advantage in training with Clement Weather: you are getting a private training class, while paying what others charge for a class with twenty or more other students. Some examples of classes I offer:
Aware – Alert – Avoid
Not all potential threatening situations require a firearm, and most situations can be handled best, if avoided before anything bad happens. If you are aware of your situation, and alert to your surroundings, you can very often prevent a bad situation from occurring. We talk about what to look for, how to improve your awareness in everyday situations, and how these skills can protect you from being harmed or getting into a bad situation in the first place. PLEASE NOTE: for public service groups, women’s organizations, and many other similar audiences, these safety and security presentations may be available at no cost. Contact us if you have any questions.
Familiarization/Introduction to Firearms
Worried and want to get a gun for self-defense? If you are afraid or guns, or don’t know much about guns or what is available – I’m here to help. We’ll go over various types and models of pistols, revolvers (and rifles if desired), in a relaxed environment. You will learn how to handle firearms safely, and determine which models are best suited for your needs and desires.
At the range, we’ll start small, with easy to shoot firearms, then move to those more suited for your self-defense or personal protection needs. You’ll shoot a variety of firearms (I’ll supply the guns and the ammunition), and by the time we finish, you will feel more confident and know what to look for at the gun store. This is a perfect way to decide what you should purchase, and help get you prepared for attending your Concealed Carry Class
Concealed Carry Classes NOTE: if the classes we have scheduled don’t meet your needs, please contact me to schedule a private class: info@ClementWeather.com
To receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon, the State of Nevada mandates you to participate in a course at least eight hours in length that covers specific topics and requires certain information be presented. I of course offer a one day class, but I also offer an option that is very popular – two classes taught over two separate days. Each class must run four to five hours to meet requirements, and although both classes must be completed within two weeks, this gives students more scheduling options.
There are a lot of instructors that can provide the training certificate you need to receive your permit. For many people, doing only the minimum is enough, and for these students, any instructor will do.
For others, those who are genuinely passionate about the skills needed to protect themselves and those they care about, they want more. If you insist on working with someone who can bring the combination of real world, actual hands-on firearms knowledge, depth of firearms training capabilities, and hands on street proven skills that will make the most of the training experience. This is what I offer.
As part of each CCW class I teach, I bring with me the hard learned lessons I gained during my thirty plus years of law enforcement, safety, and security experience. I have carried a concealed weapon almost every day for more than thirty years, and I work to share that knowledge with every one of my students.
When I talk about what happens when you point a gun at someone – It’s based on actually having done so many times. When I tell you how you may react when you are really, really, scared, I again speak from personal experience. At the range, I teach techniques that must work every time – knowing that any one of my students may need to use these skills to defend their life – because past students of mine have actually had to do so.
If you have no firearms knowledge or experience, that won’t be a problem. We’ll start slow, and cover everything you’ll need to know. You don’t even need to own a firearm, I can provide several of the most popular handguns used for CCW for you to try, I’ll supply the ammunition, and let you see which pistol might be best type for your needs – should you decide to purchase one later.
Whether you take a class from me or someone else, you owe it to yourself to make sure you get the most effective training you can find. If you train with me, I promise to give you my complete attention and best effort.
Concealed Carry – PLUS
The standard CCW class is required to be a minimum of eight hours in length, including the live-fire range qualification portion. I have found that this amount of time, while meeting the minimum standards, covers less material than most students desire. In the CCW PLUS Class we won’t stop at the eight hour minimum, we’ll stay longer and spend extra time in the classroom, cover some additional important topics and information.
We’ll also spend additional time at the range, more than just the qualification course of fire, we’ll shoot enough ammunition so you feel more comfortable in carrying your firearm for protection. If your intention is to use your CCW permit – actually carrying a concealed firearm to protect yourself and those you care about – adding a few more hours to your initial training with the CCW PLUS Class should be considered.
Let’s Go and Buy a Gun
For someone who is new to the world of guns and shooting firearms, walking into a gun store where everyone seems to know more than you do, can be a frightening experience. If this might be your concern, I can go with you and help guide you through the process. A gun store employee is looking out for the best interests of the gun store – I can be there to look out for your interests.
Concealed Carry – the Basics
Carrying a firearm concealed on your person is something that is quite a different experience than most people are used to. Many have passed the CCW class and obtained a permit – but don’t feel comfortable enough to carry a firearm. We can start with options you have for the gun you would carry, move through a variety of holster types and carry locations. We’ll spend some time with different carry methods, learning about how to conceal a firearm. And finally, we’ll spend time at the range, learning how to draw a firearm from a concealed location, and engaging targets doing live fire drills.
As a retired Peace Officer who needs to go through this process too, I understand the requirement that to retain your LEOSA (Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act) credentials you need to qualify annually. Get in contact with me, and we’ll make the process as easy as possible.
Beyond The Concealed Carry Class
Most Concealed Carry Classes have you fire a limited number of rounds into a stationary target – enough to meet the mandated training standards, but few if any more. While many students have met the required minimums, most feel that they are not prepared as well as they need to be to protect themselves against those who may try and harm them.
We’ll begin where your CCW class ended. We’ll focus on improving those specific skills that you are most likely to need in an actual shooting situation. We’ll practice drawing your firearm from a concealed holster. We’ll not only shoot multiple rounds, we’ll pick up the speed. We’ll shoot multiple targets, putting several rounds in each. Shooting multiple rounds, you’ll soon run out of ammunition and need to reload, so we’ll practice reloading drills as well.
Shooting situations are dynamic, as a result, we won’t just stand in one place – we’ll move and shoot. We’ll get you to manipulate your pistol faster, and with realistic techniques that will work for you when you are scared and need to keep your gun operating to save your life. Basically, we’ll bring your handgun operating performance up to a level where you feel comfortable and competent in carrying a gun for self-defense.
This is also a great class for those of you who have a new gun and want to learn how to shoot and operate it at a high level. By the time we finish, both you and your new gun will be well broken in and both ready to defend yourself.
Girls Night Out – Shooting Range Experience for Women Only
Sometimes having your significant other nearby or looking over your shoulder can bring additional pressure that prevents you from having a great time shooting. Get yourself and few girlfriends together and we’ll go out to the range and do some shooting. You don’t need to have a gun, or even know a lot about guns or shooting. We’ll take the time to make you feel comfortable and make sure you and your friends have a safe and fun time learning about firearms and shooting.
Family Firearms Training Experience
If Mom and Dad are considering getting a firearm for personal protection, it only makes sense for their mature teen children to addend a training class with them. Since firearms won’t solve all your problems, we start focusing on being aware, alert, and avoiding problems that might be encountered out and about. A lesson of firearms safety, handling and manipulation, and then to the range for live fire drills. You can feel comfortable that the entire family has the knowledge and training to deal with firearms safely, and to protect themselves in a worst case scenario.
A popular option has been to combine a family experience with a CCW class. Those in the family who are 21 years old get their CCW permit, those younger family members get the understanding of the legal requirements when using firearms, and can become comfortable with operating the guns that will be in the home.
Vehicle Safety & Self Defense Techniques and Tactics
You probably spend a large portion of your day in your vehicle, even so, most of us rarely consider learning how to protect ourselves and our families while driving. What would you do if suddenly confronted by a threat while heading home from work or when getting gas before you head out on a road trip? Should you drive away, stand your ground, defend yourself from inside the vehicle, or get out of the vehicle? While each situation will be different, we can give you some background on the pros and cons of each option, so you will be ready to make the best decision possible.
If you are concerned about an incident occurring while you are driving and what to do, this course may also emphasize those advanced acceleration, braking, and turning techniques that professional drivers use to maintain control of their vehicles in emergency situations; driving habits and maneuvers to avoid crashes; and methods on how to get away from potential “road rage” conflicts quickly while protecting those in the vehicle from threats.
Self-Defense in the Home
Physically securing your home from threats is the priority, but if that fails, methods of defending yourself and your family from a threat inside your home. Firearm selection, bullet penetration through walls, over-penetration issues inside a structure, movement through your home, and if there is no other option – basic searching techniques you may need to use to protect your family.
AR-15 Carbine/Rifle Introduction
Ease of operation, low recoil, and availability of attachments to adapt the rifle to special purposes, all combine to make the AR-15 rifle platform is currently the most popular across the country. We’ll explore weapon options, configurations, and the most common accessories to equip your AR-15 and set it up to best meet your specific needs.
At the range, we’ll focus on movement, use of cover and concealment, shooting at short and medium distances, multiple rounds, multiple targets, conducting live fire drills that explore and highlight the AR-15’s capabilities and effectiveness as a home defense firearm, as well as transitions between the pistol and the AR-15.
Not everyone will tell you this, but most advanced techniques are only the application of basic techniques in new and more complicated circumstances. At the range we’ll have more speed, smoother draws, additional rounds, faster reloads, increased movement, more complicated drills – all designed to challenge the shooter and improve their skills even further.
Off the range we can also share techniques to use in low light situations and conditions of darkness. Building and room search basics applied to the home, working as a team with other armed family members, shooting around, over and through items of cover and concealment, as well as firearms techniques used in and around vehicles.
Customized Training Courses
Rarely do structured classes meet the requirements of every student. While the above courses will meet many training needs, they are just a starting point. I often work with students in developing training that helps them address their unique concerns, improve their confidence, or provide specific training to tackle those situations they encounter regularly or that pose the greatest risk to their safety – be it at home, at their business, traveling in a vehicle, etc.