The Southern California Defense League is our solution for an affordable advanced CCW and tactical defense training program. Often times, the only advanced classes available for those recently obtaining their CCW permits are expensive classes that span several days long. While we also offer such classes, we've found that most people don't have the finances to spend thousands of dollars at once or take that much time off of work. Those who've taken our CCW courses know that we stress the importance of perpetual training. Handgun defense techniques are perishable skills. Should the need ever arise to use your gun in self-defense, you owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and the general public to be the safest, most responsible, and effective as you possibly can. Using the analogy we often cite in class, "As sheepdogs who have taken on the duty to help provide for your own safety and well-being, you don't have the luxury of forewarning to know when the wolf will appear. Preparedness happens yesterday."
How long are the classes?
With Defense League, you're joining in on the exact same quality and variety of drill practice as you would at police academy or civilian courses lasting multiple days. In contrast however, we focus on just two to three skills at a time taught over one to two-hour sessions. This helps facilitate memory retention and keeps the classes extremely affordable.
What's the cost and how often are classes held?
Instead of spending thousands of dollars for a several day course, we aim to keep the rates between $25-$35 per class. League classes take place once (sometimes twice) a month, depending on the level of interest. That’s dirt cheap! Most range fees alone are $15-$20, but we’ll almost always include your range fee in the price because we want to see as many people as possible receive advanced training. Although we call this a “league” or “club”, there are no membership fees. You’re welcome to attend any or all classes you find interesting and useful. Due to range and classroom rental overhead, we only ask that you preregister so we can track minimum and maximum class sizes.
Are there any prerequisites?
Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you’ve been a previous student of Hansen Firearms Training or not. There are prerequisites for some classes however. We’ll be learning highly advanced techniques that will require each league member demonstrate a level of competence through participation in previous classes for certain courses such as live fire drawing from the holster, hip shooting, move and shoot, etc. Some of the classes are also quite physical. We won’t be doing intense circuit training, but you’ll need to know your own physical limitations and ask questions beforehand if you have concerns about a certain class. Please contact us if you have questions about demonstrating levels of proficiency or if you're concerned about the intensity level of any particular class.
Where are the classes held and what skills do we practice?
On some evenings we work out of a martial arts studio in Huntington Beach, practicing such things as weapon disarmament, arrest techniques, and room clearing. On other evenings, we use an indoor range in Orange, an outdoor range in Corona for our live fire courses, and an indoor warehouse for Simunition scenario training.
One of our primary focuses is scenario-based training. We want league members to feel that the skills we practice are directly applicable to realistic scenarios that they're most likely to encounter. As best we can, we simulate stress and some conditions of a real encounter while maintaining a safe training environment. Take a look at some of the topics and scenarios we instruct and contact us with any questions!
Friday, November 25th
6:00 PM-8:00 PM (SOLD OUT)
"Unorthodox Shooting Skills"
Evans Gunsmithing Shooters World
1637 N Brian St.
Orange, CA 92867
Prerequisites: Completion of a CCW course or similar basic handgun course is highly recommended. As with our other live-fire courses, we'll be drawing a lot from the holster. In this class we'll be drawing from sitting and kneeling so it's crucial that each participant also has sufficient experience dry firing or drawing with a training gun with hundreds of repetitions from the holster.
Fitness Level: Average to moderate. The shooting drills will be done from unorthodox shooting positions, including over and under tables, while kneeling or laying down, and while ducking and moving. If you have knee problems, you may want to bring knee pads.
Materials Needed: Your favorite concealed carry gun, a quality strong side hip holster with a sturdy belt, and an extra magazine if it's a semi-automatic or a speedloader for revolvers. Levis or shorts are fine. No open-toed shoes. Bring at least 100 rounds of ammunition.
Goals: Real gun fights often play out with defenders in non-textbook shooting positions, but most people never practice anything other than standard drills. We'll be shooting from unorthodox positions in which you may find yourself. We'll shoot over and under tables, while flinching and ducking, and with the gun in physical contact of the target, and demonstrate skipping bullets. We'll focus a lot on point shooting and instinctive shooting techniques.
Cost: $35 (range fee is included)
Max Class Size: 10 (sign-up below)
Saturday, December 3rd
9:00 AM-12:30 PM (7 spots left)
"Home Invasion Simunition"
2430 Artesia Ave
Fullerton, CA 92833
Prerequisites: None. While having taken a CCW class or tactical handgun course is preferred, no experience is necessary. We highly encourage you to bring a spouse, partner, or roommate... even if they're not really into guns because we'll be working in teams. It's beneficial for your partner to know and participate in your home emergency plan.
Fitness Level: Average to moderate. The class will begin with learning room and hall clearing techniques using inert training guns, but then we'll progress to a force-on-force scenario with actors and Simunition guns that fire soap-dyed bullets. There is some crouching involved and quick turns into doorways.
Materials Needed: Bring your orange-handled training guns. If you haven't taken a CCW class from us where training guns were issued, we'll have extras on hand you can use. A flashlight is also recommended.
Goals: We'll begin with a classroom segment, discussing home invasion defense options and when staying in a barricaded room is advised versus engaging with suspects. We'll then learn and practice cornering techniques, room clearing, dynamic room entries, moving in unison down hallways and stairways, and working with a teammate using areas of responsibility (AORs). The culmination of class will then take place in a Simunition force-on-force scenario with bad guy actors who will shoot back, reinforcing the importance of using good techniques.
Max Class Size: 16 (sign-up below)
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