Personal Defense/Firearms

In early-July of 2020 our team began looking into ways to expand our educational/informational offerings into the realm of firearms & personal defense programs.  One portion of this is offering the SC Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) classes.  Our team held our first such program in August of this year.

We also know that there is far more to Personal Safety than just this one program.  In addition to CWP courses, we are also going to be offering several excellent programs from the United States Concealed Carry Association.  While some of these will only be available in traditional “classroom/range” setting, we are in the process of compiling others to be offered partly or completely online via our virtual learning management system. 

USCCA Courses

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In this class, you’ll review an analysis of data gathered from 48 mass shootings that have occurred since Columbine, to determine what can be learned from these tragedies, including whether a reduction in magazine capacity or the banning of any class of firearm would have changed the outcome. You'll also learn whether “gun-free” zones figure into the planning of these mass murderers; whether victim response at any mass shooting has made a difference; and whether “universal background checks” or other proposals by gun control advocates stand a chance of stemming the current trajectory of these shootings. This course summarizes this data with a comprehensive plan designed to eliminate the scourge of these shooters once and for all.

 

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Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals is a comprehensive course for anyone considering owning or carrying a firearm for self-defense. The course is a complete guide to understanding conflict avoidance and situational awareness; home security and home defense; handgun, shotgun and AR-15 basics; shooting fundamentals; the physiology of violent encounters; the legal aspects of using deadly force (including knowing what to do in the aftermath); and a complete guide on gear, gadgets, and ongoing training.

 

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South Carolina

CWP Courses

We began offering SCCWP courses in August of 2020.  We began this by offering the classroom portion at our training facility, and the shooting/qualification at a local outdoor shooting facility.  While we had success with this model, the cooler/WETTER weather has complicated this significantly.  In response to this we have made arrangements with a local indoor shooting range to allow our instructors to bring our students to their facility for qualification purposes.

 

To facilitate this, we will continue holding the classroom portion (roughly 5hrs) of the program at our training facility, and then arrange to meet with students at the shooting range to conduct the live fire portion of the program.  Currently we have made arrangements with "The Gun Shop" in Simpsonville for this, however we are open to using other facilities as well.

Although we DO NOT REQUIRE it, we strongly recommend individuals who are not familiar with basic firearms handling and operation participate in one of our "Basics of Firearms/Guns-101" workshops (see below) prior to attending this class.  If you wish to sign up for both of these programs contact us directly and we will arrange a special discount for you.  

The cost for the course is $75, which includes the course and the range fees, but does NOT include ammunition or use of loaner firearm.   

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For more information about this class, please email: mike@valormed.net

 

                        

South Carolina CWP Classes

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Introduction to Firearms Workshop

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Online Workshops

In January of 2021  we began offering several "virtual" workshops via our online learning management system.  Several of these are based on the USCCA programs listed above, while others have been developed by our instructors to help people expand their knowledge base regarding firearms and personal safety issues.  All of our online workshops are conducted by our SCCWP instructors.

For more information about our online programs click here to access our schedule of online training workshops.

Basics of Firearms - Guns 101

This lesson will introduce you to a wealth of information on different types of self-defense firearms including handguns, home defense shotguns, and the AR-15 platform. Our instructors provide easy to understand explanations of the common terms used so frequently. The goal of this lesson is to de-mystify what can sometimes feel like a topic reserved for experts.  This is a great chance tor individuals who are new to firearms to begin learning the basics in a low-stress setting.

This program is typically 2.5-3 hours in length. 

Developing Your Personal & Home Defense Plan

Developing a personal & home protection plan is a key component of not only preparing for how we should (or might) react if confronted by a violent crime, but also how we might avoid violent crime in the first place. Within this lesson, Michael Martin explains that developing a protection plan is about much more than becoming proficient with a firearm or writing up a home invasion plan. It’s a plan that must encompass awareness, avoidance, and preparation, so that we’re less likely to find ourselves in a situation where we have no other option than to use our firearm, rather than more likely.

This program typically takes 1.5-2 hours.  

Lessons Learned from Mass Shootings

Countering the Mass Shooter Threat Online, opens with a look at the data in a way that has never been explored before. Part One begins with a high level summary of many of those data points, including key definitions, data trends of these events, a breakdown on where these events are occurring, and even a detailed look at police response time to these shootings. Part One also analyzes what factors affected the outcome at mass shootings. For example, after every mass shooting and in particular, after the Newtown shooting at Sandy Hook elementary, there was a deafening cry by gun control advocates to ban certain classes of firearms and to reduce the number of rounds that could be stored in magazines, driven by the belief that those changes would reduce the number of dead at mass shootings, or even eliminate them all together. In addition to understanding whether those arguments were right or wrong, Part One also analyzes whether these shooters really do gravitate toward gun-free zones; and, how the response of potential victims affected the outcome. Part One closes with a detailed analysis of the solutions being proposed by gun control advocates to determine whether the data indicated that those solutions would work, or not work. 

This program is typically 2.5 to 3hours in length.

Violent Encounters and the Aftermath

This workshop explains what physical and mental reactions may occur when a human undergoes extreme stress, such as during an incident involving deadly force. It also explains what you should do immediately after using force to defend yourself. Also, when law enforcement arrives, it is crucial that you conduct yourself in the correct manner and prepare yourself for the consequences, even when you are in the right. This program is typically about 90 minutes in length.