Frequently asked questions
WHERE DO I GET A PERMIT?
HOW LARGE ARE THE GENERAL CLASSES?
Our instructors prefer smaller sized classes, to guarantee each student the opportunity of personal one-on-one instruction during live-fire exercises. In the classroom lessons, our instructors routinely alternate teaching the different stages of gun safety lessons. On average, one instructor directly teaches no more than 5 students on the firing line, for basic courses.
WHAT WILL PROHIBIT ME FROM ATTENDING A CLASS WITH YOU?
DO YOU OFFER TRAINING COURSES FOR AR STYLE RIFLES?
No, at this time we do not offer this type of training course for the AR platform. This is in the plans for later this year.
MUST I PRE-PAY FOR YOUR HANDGUN COURSES?
Yes, to guarantee a spot in any Handgun course you must pre-pay by either credit card, or mailing in a check (prior to the day of the class). You can pay in full or pay a $40.00 non- refundable deposit. This can be transferred to another class if you can’t make the one you are scheduled for
I HAVE A GIFT CERTIFICATE. HOW DO I SCHEDULE A CLASS?
Gift certificates and vouchers classes can be scheduled easily online. It is our policy that Gift certificates and vouchers are transferable, and may be transferred to somebody else, provided that the certificate or voucher is signed by the original certificate holder. All Female vouchers can be scheduled for a co-ed class, or the co-ed vouchers can be scheduled for an All Female Class.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A COURSE WHICH I HAVE ALREADY PAID FOR?
WILL I RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE AFTER THE COURSE?
Yes, all courses are certified. These certifications need to be kept in a safe place. Should you ever have to defend yourself and wind up in court, the certifications will be very valuable in your defense.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT IFP TACTICAL WITH FURTHER QUESTIONS?
The best way to reach us is via email. I do not answer calls during a classroom instruction, or while we are at the range. I work very long hours, and find it easier to email (often late at night) rather than call. However, if you need to call us, please feel free to do so. You may have to leave a message but I will return your call as soon as possible.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING WITH ME FOR ANY OF THE COURSES?
Yes. You will need to bring a chair, sunscreen, and water. Be sure to wear comfortable and appropriate clothing for the flying brass at the range (and the temperature at the range is usually pretty cool in the winter and hot during the summer). Dress for the weather elements. Bring a ball cap if you like (it is highly recommended). Avoid wearing low cut shirts.
ARE THERE BREAKS AND LUNCH BREAKS?
During the classroom instruction, there is a 10 minute break about every hour. Lunch breaks are usually 30-45 minutes long, and there are restaurants and fast food very close to the training facilities. Meals are not included with the training course.
I DO NOT HAVE MY CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT. IS IT REQUIRED TO HAVE ONE BEFORE CLASS?
No. You can take the class without this. When you go to the MHP office you after you take the class you can get your permit and your IC sticker all at the same time.
CAN I SIGN UP FOR A PRIVATE LESSON?
Private lessons generally are not available. If you have a group and wish to request a private class at our training facility, send an email with as much information as possible. We will let you know if we are able to accommodate the request.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?
For the Basic Pistol/Shotgun/Rifle courses, there is no minimum age requirement, provided that the student is mature and responsible, (commonly 16-18+ but varies with the individual), has the required positive attitude when handling firearms, and is able to follow along with the lessons and course materials. The student must successfully demonstrate the knowledge which they have gained with safe gun handling skills, before moving on to the next stages of lessons. If a child will be attending the course, be sure to specify the age of the child in the “comments field” upon enrollment. A parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver, accompany the child in the classroom and at the range, and provide transportation to and from the range
For courses which do not contain “live-fire” shooting exercises, there is no minimum age requirement.
You must be 21 years old to receive a concealed carry permit from the state.
HOW DO I ENROLL IN A COURSE?
The easiest way to enroll is here on our website. Be sure to include your telephone number, and the best time to call. We will follow-up with you after you enter your information. If you do not receive the email confirmation within a few hours, it is possible that you have not entered your email incorrectly. If this is the case, you will not receive a confirmation, and your course may not be scheduled. Please call us if you do not receive a confirmation.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FOR A COURSE?
Please click on the appropriate link for the class you are interested in taking. The course dues, requirements or pre-requisites will be under that link. Please feel free to email or call with any further questions.
HOW DO I PAY FOR A COURSE?
We offer several methods of payment. You can pay online, by clicking on the PAYPAL button at the left or by entering your credit card information in the comments box.
WHAT DAYS AND TIMES ARE COURSES OFFERED?
We generally offer courses 3-4 days per month. The schedule is posted on the calendar. Once a course is booked full, the date disappears from the calendar. The online calendar is generally posted on or about the 15th of each month (for the following month). You will not see dates far in advance. If you are looking for a date in the future, please check back within 30-45 days of your anticipated time frame.
CAN I BRING MY OWN FIREARM TO THE COURSE?
In some classes, it is required for you to bring your own firearm and ammunition. In all cases, there is absolutely no ammunition allowed in the classroom. If you bring a firearm or ammunition, you must leave the firearm in your vehicle until instructed to bring it in. Email or call with any questions.
I HAVE ALREADY ATTENDED AN ENHANCED CARRY COURSE WITH ANOTHER FACILITY. WILL THIS COUNT TOWARDS TAKING CLASSES WITH IFP TACTICAL?
Absolutely! Certificates from another training institution will be honored. Certificates must be presented to IFP Tactical prior to attending the class. Enter in the comments section that you have already taken other classes.
CAN PREGNANT WOMEN OR NURSING MOTHERS ATTEND A CLASS?
We are not a doctor, and will not provide medical advice. Pregnant women must discuss their participation in firearms courses with their physicians prior to taking the course. You should discuss the effects of loud sounds and airborne lead particulate. If any students are pregnant or nursing an infant, they should not handle any chemicals, lubricants or solvents unless they have discussed doing so with their physician.
AM I ABLE TO TAKE A COURSE IF I HAVE A PHYSICAL LIMITATION OR DISABILITY?
We will make every effort possible to work with each student at their level. Some students will not be able to assume certain shooting positions (such as standing, kneeling or squatting shooting positions) because of physical limitations or disabilities. The presence of a physical limitation or disability does not by itself affect a student’s eligibility to attend the course or receive a certificate of completion. Most exercises may be adapted to work within each student’s range of motion/function. Regardless of the disability, all students must demonstrate safety, the necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and understanding of the laws of the State pertaining to firearms use to receive a certificate of completion. Also, safety will not be compromised in any modified technique. It is important to notify the Instructor, prior to enrolling in a course, if you have any concerns which may need to be addressed. This may include (but is not limited to) sore or bad knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, hips, artificial joints, deformities, or anything which may hinder or alter your abilities to perform certain shooting tasks in a safe manner, or the ability to perform safety demonstrations. This course is offered to persons in accordance and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but due to the nature of the overall safety of all surrounding students and instructors, as well as the general public, and compliance of the courses, each case will be evaluated on an individual basis.