Jun
15
to Jun 17

Comprehensive Skills Course

Instructors

Tom Givens, Jim Higginbotham & John Hearne

Training

John Hearne will deliver a total of approximately six hours of cutting edge information on human performance under stressful conditions. This information will center on how to best train for application of physical skills under duress; the physiology and psychology of training and application of fighting skills; correcting myths and misinformation about performance under stress; and how to maximize our training resources so we can prevail in the field.

Tom Givens will conduct some limited classroom training building upon John’s material and providing a framework for the live fire portion of the training. This will be followed by a full day of handgun training on the outdoor range. Students will be challenged with increasingly difficult drills, designed to hone their pistol skills, while enhancing their ability to process information and control stress while operating the handgun at a high skill level. Students will need about 400 rounds of pistol ammunition.

Jim Higginbotham will conduct a full day of training on the carbine in its self defense application. Effective, efficient gun handling techniques will be stressed, along with accuracy at speed. Drills will include fast response at close range, and precision at mid-ranges, with firing from 5 to 50 yards. This course is centered around the AR platform, but students may use any magazine fed semi-auto carbine, such as the AK-47, Mini-14, M-1 Carbine, etc. Each student will need approximately 200 rounds of rifle ammunition.

When

June 15-17, 2016 Wednesday through Friday, 9am-6pm

Where

Knob Creek Gun Range
690 Ritchey Lane
West Point, KY 40177

Tuition & Registration

$750 per student, for three full days of training. Sign up online or mail a check to Tom:

Tom Givens
Chief Firearms Instructor
Rangemaster Firearms Training Services, LLC
PMB 303
1016 W Poplar, Suite 106
Collierville, TN 38017

Instructors

Tom Givens completed a 25 year career in law enforcement and specialized security work before becoming a full-time trainer in 1996. He has conducted professional firearms training for over 40 years and has trained thousands of law enforcement, military and private citizens. He has written five published firearms training textbooks and well over 100 magazine articles in Combat Handguns, SWAT Magazine, Soldier of Fortune, American Handgunner and other publications. Givens has won several state and regional championships in IDPA and IPSC competition and served for two years on the IDPA BoD. He holds a Master rating in CDP, ESP, and SSP IDPA Divisions. Tom serves as an expert witness in both state and federal courts all over the US in matters pertaining to firearms and firearms training. Holds firearms instructor certifications from the NRA LEAD, the FBI, and several states.

Jim Higginbotham has been involved in firearms training for 40 years, including serving as an instructor at Gunsite and at his own facility, A.I.M. in Kentucky. Jim has been a sworn law enforcement officer for many years, serving as the firearms instructor for his agency. He also spent several years running the weaponcraft program for the Kentucky National Guard. An FBI certified firearms instructor, Higginbotham regularly trains several LE agencies and other personnel. He is an accomplished competitive shooter and a published author. Jim has also served as an expert witness in firearms related legal matters.

John Hearne is a federal law enforcement officer with over 15 years experience and a firearms and use of force instructor for his agency. He has trained extensively at most of the better firearms schools in the US, including Gunsite and Thunder Ranch, and with traveling trainers including Southnarc, John Farnam, Scott Reitz, Ken Hackathorn, and many others. John has been a staff instructor with Rangemaster for almost 15 years. Hearne holds an advanced degree in research, which he has put to use extensively researching training methodology and performance under stress.

Accommodations

Shepherdsville

  • Best Western I-65 exit 117 Tel: 502-543-7097
  • Country Inn Suites I-65 exit 117 Tel: 502-543-8400
  • The Garden Inn & Extended Stay I-65 exit 117 Tel: 502-543-3011
  • Super 8 Motel I-65 exit 117 Tel: 502-543-8870
  • KOA CampgroundI-65 Exit 117 Tel: 502-543-2041
  • Sleep Inn SuitesHwy. 44 Exit 117 Tel: 502-921-1001

Brooks

  • Baymount Inn & Suites I-65, Exit 121 Tel: 502-957-6900
  • Econo Lodge I-65, Exit 121 Tel: 502-955-1501
  • Comfort Inn & Pirates Bay Indoor Water ParkI-65, Exit 121 Tel: 502-955-5566
  • Holiday Inn Express I-65, Exit 121 Tel: 502-955-4984
  • Fairfield Inn I-65, Exit 121 Tel: 502-955-5533
  • Hampton InnI-65, Exit 121 Tel: 502-957-5050
  • Quality Inn & SuitesI-65, Exit 121 Tel: 502-955-6272

Radcliff (Ft. Knox area)

  • Super 8 Motel 31-W Tel: 270-352-1888 Tel: 800-800-8000
  • Gold Vault Inn 1225 N. Dixie Hwy Tel: 270-351-1141
  • Econo Lodge261 N. Dixie Hwy Tel: 270-351-4488
  • Holiday Inn Express 200 Endeavour Way Tel:270-352-4329
  • Candlewood Suites 100 Endeavour Way Tel: 270-351-3333
  • Hampton Inn 150 Jounson Road Tel: 270-351-5777
  • Fort Knox Inn 1400 Dixie Blvd Tel: 270-351-3199
  • Gateway Villa Motel 1402 Dixie Blvd Tel: 270-351-3449
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May
14
to May 15

Surviving Lethal Encounters Workshop

  • Bullitt County Rod and Gun Club (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Surviving Lethal Encounters Workshop

Our SLEW class is back in a new 2 day format for 2016!

Day one is our usual day of presentations and discussion of the many facets of legitimate self-defense with handguns to include:

  • Dynamics of Lethal Encounters: What to Expect

  • Fire For Effect: Effective Response to the Extreme Lethal Attack

  • The Problem – Review of Several “Close Encounters of the Worst Kind”.

  • Countering Attack – Mechanisms of Collapse Ballistics

  • Training for the Fight of Your Life!

  • The Survival Chain: Four Critical “Links” by Which Your Survival Hangs.

  • Legal Issues of Lethal Force Justification

Day two is a full day of applying these discussions into practical defense scenarios and drills.

Presented by:

Jim Higginbotham - Peace Officer; Kentucky State Weaponscraft Specialist KYNG (trained over 15,000 deploying soldiers); Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor; Author; NRA Certified Instructor
Walter A. Sholar - Practicing Attorney (33 years); Retired Prosecutor (24 + years); Peace Officer; Adjunct Instructor @ LMPD Academy, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office; NRA Certified Instructor – Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, PPITH, PPOH, CRSO.

What to Bring

  • Self-defense handgun in 9mm/.38 Spl. or larger
  • Holster to draw from
  • 2 spare magazines or speed loaders
  • 250 rounds of ammo
  • Hearing protection and eye protection
  • Snacks of your choice

Cost

$100 to attend just Day 1 or $150 for both days. Class is limited to 50 slots (Tuition refundable in the event of a class cancellation.)

Cash or check will be accepted on event day, but all credit card orders must go through our web store.

Time & Location

Saturday May 14, 2016 - Sunday May 15, 2016 from 9am to 5pm Eastern

Bullitt County Rod and Gun Club
1849 Old Boston Rd.
Lebanon Junction, KY 40150

Contact

Call Sholar & Associates at (502) 955-1500 or email.

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Apr
16
12:00 PM12:00

Ministry of Defense

  • 7285 Rhodelia Road Payneville, KY, 40157 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come and shoot informally with us, practicing our self-defense skills as a group with our founder, Jim Higginbotham.

We are now setup to shoot MOD again at our new location, thanks to Dalton Jantzen. Look for a sign with his name on it when arriving at the new address.

Note that we are still on for 12pm, but we will now be in Eastern Time Zone (1 hour ahead of Central).

More information on M.O.D.

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Dec
19
12:00 PM12:00

Ministry of Defense

  • 7285 Rhodelia Road Payneville, KY, 40157 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come and shoot informally with us, practicing our self-defense skills as a group with our founder, Jim Higginbotham.

We are now setup to shoot MOD again at our new location, thanks to Dalton Jantzen. Look for a sign with his name on it when arriving at the new address.

Note that we are still on for 12pm, but we will now be in Eastern Time Zone (1 hour ahead of Central).

More information on M.O.D.

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Oct
27
to Oct 29

Advanced Personal Protection with the Handgun

  • Rockcastle Shooting Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The focus of this course will be surviving realistic life-threatening situations when armed with handguns meant for every day carry rather than competition, police or military missions. This course is intended for the average armed citizen who wishes to be better prepared to prevail in a lethal attack on his person while at the same time becoming less dangerous to innocent bystanders. Appropriate for those who hold a concealed carry permit, off-duty Law Enforcement or non-uniformed security personnel.

Program of Instruction to cover:

  • Firearms Safety
  • Dynamics of Lethal Encounters
  • Survival Mindset
  • Handgun Effectiveness
  • Reflexive Weapon Handling
  • Marksmanship for Self Defense
  • Dynamic Marksmanship
  • Legal Issues in Use of Lethal Force
  • Low Light and No Light Shooting
  • Threat Discrimination
  • Experience Based Simulators:
    • Outdoor Reactive Range
    • Indoor Home Invasions
    • Carjacking and other realistic, everyday scenarios.

Course Includes

  • 3 Full Days of Instruction
  • Expert Instructors
  • Lodging – 2 Nights, all meals included
  • Dinner with Instructors

Total Cost

$850/person

Where

Hosted at both Rockcastle Shooting Center and American Institute of Marksmanship

To sign up or for more information, please contact Rockcastle Shooting Center at (270) 749-4101.

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Project Appleseed
Apr
12
to Apr 13

Project Appleseed

  • The American Institute of Marksmanship (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills.  Our volunteer instructors travel across the country teaching those who attend about the difficult choices, the heroic actions, and the sacrifices that the Founders made on behalf of modern Americans, all of whom are their posterity.

Our heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord with the kind of care and immediacy that is absent from most formal schooling. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19th, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.

Marksmanship Clinic

Our rifle marksmanship program complements our history and heritage.  We teach the traditional American marksmanship skills.  There are, however, several aspects of our marksmanship program that deserve special mention. We are particularly proud of our younger attendees. In accordance with applicable local laws, young people with sufficient maturity are welcome to the Appleseed line and can, with parental permission, join the cadre.  The RWVA recognizes the importance of introducing a wide cross section of Americans to their marksmanship heritage. Finally, an important aspect of our marksmanship program is called “Adaptive Appleseed.” Project Appleseed is serious about bringing our heritage and marksmanship instruction to everyone so we’ve committed ourselves to adapting Appleseed to the special needs of those who have certain physical challenges.

Why teach marksmanship?  Because good shooting requires learning positive traits such as patience, determination, focus, attention to detail, and persistence.   Since these skills are likewise key elements of mature participation in civic activities, we urge our students to take what they have learned about themselves as marksmen and apply it to their participation in their communities and in the wider American society in accordance with their own choices about how Americans should govern themselves.

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Mar
22
to Mar 23

Self-Defense Handgun Class - DH4

This 2-day course starts out with our instructors walking you through our standards drills to ensure everyone is quickly, confidently and accurately shooting your handgun while managing your reloads, malfunction clearances, etc. Day two will have you moving and shooting through a few standardized drills that mimick real-world defensive encounters using a combination of dynamic targets.

You may attend a DH-4 after graduating DH-2 or DH-3 from The American Institute of Marksmanship or from another approved training company i.e. Gunsite, Rangemaster, Thunder Ranch or others prior to scheduling the course.

Requirements

  • Handgun
  • Holster
  • 2 or more magazines
  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • 250 rounds of ammo

Suggestions

  • Magazine Holders
  • Appropriate clothing (we shoot rain or shine)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Cost

$199 per person

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Mar
8
to Mar 9

Self-Defense Handgun Class - DH3

This 2-day course starts out with our instructors walking you through learning to quickly, confidently and accurately aim and shoot your handgun, manage your reloads, malfunction clearances and other drills. Also learn what you can expect from different calibers and a very professional legal brief according to state laws.

Day two will see more instruction to further develop the skills of the self-defense pistol. Additionally, the Color Codes of Awareness are given with a frank discussion of their importance. There are no prerequisites for DH3.

Requirements

  • Handgun
  • Holster
  • 2 or more magazines
  • Eye protection
  • Hearing protection
  • 200 rounds of ammo

Suggestions

  • Magazine Holders
  • Appropriate clothing (we shoot rain or shine)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Cost

$199 per person

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Feb
21
to Feb 23

2014 Rangemaster Tactical Conference

The Rangemaster Tactical Conference, held this year at the Rangemaster facilities in Memphis, TN.

The event is heavy on both education and shooting with classroom instruction on each of the three days. The list of instructors includes our own Jim Higginbotham, Tom Givens, John Farnam, Kathy Jackson, John Hearne, Marty Hayes, Chuck Haggard and many more. Head over to Tom's conference page for more history and information on registration. Seating is limited, so check it out today.

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Surviving Lethal Encounters Workshop
Feb
1
9:00 AM09:00

Surviving Lethal Encounters Workshop

Join us for a day of presentations and discussion of the many facets of legitimate self-defense with handguns to include:

  • Dynamics of Lethal Encounters: What to Expect

  • Fire For Effect: Effective Response to the Extreme Lethal Attack

  • The Problem – Review of Several “Close Encounters of the Worst Kind”.

  • Countering Attack – Mechanisms of Collapse Ballistics

  • Training for the Fight of Your Life!

  • The Survival Chain: Four Critical “Links” by Which Your Survival Hangs.

  • Legal Issues of Lethal Force Justification

Presentations and discussion facilitation by Jim Higginbotham, Weaponcraft Specialist and Walter Sholar, Attorney at Law.

Cost

$100 - $50 non-refundable deposit required to reserve a slot and class will be limited to 25 slots (Tuition refundable in the event of a class cancellation.)

Go to our online store to reserve a slot.

Contact

Call Eric Dean at 270-544-7220 or email.

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