USCCA & MCRGO CPL, Handgun, Pistol Safety Training Classes – Kalamazoo

ATTENTION: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Family 1st Defense has suspended classes until further notice.

Should you add a pistol or revolver to your personal or family protection plan? Is a concealed pistol license (CPL) right for you and others in your close circle? 

While statistics show violent crime is at a near 30 year low, we are still 45 times more likely to be assaulted than to be injured by a house fire. Most people will tell you that it’s just plain “common sense” to make smoke detectors part a family protection plan. Yet many of those same individuals question the necessity of a firearm for self-defense.

Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs

Most people in our society are kind, gentle and decent – incapable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are the sheep.

Then there are the wolves which feed upon the sheep without mercy. Like the wolves, there are evil men in this world, capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget this fact or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

Then there are sheepdogs – those who live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.

Condensed and paraphrased from an essay by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman

At Family 1st Defense, we don’t encourage people to be paranoid. However, we do not shy away from the truth either – the wolves are among us. It’s our mission to educate you about the importance of situational awareness and the dangers of becoming a sheep. We provide the information necessary to make your own informed decisions about handguns. Our offerings include basic firearms safety classes, as well as the training required by the State of Michigan to qualify for a CPL.

Why Choose Family 1st Defense?

  • We hold classes where they best suit your learning style and budget – in the privacy of your own home, or in a traditional classroom environment. Take a look at our Training and Pricing pages to determine which is best for you.
  • We offer a class that meets and exceeds Michigan requirements for CPL training, covering important topics like firearm selection, gun law specific to our state, situational awareness, safe firearm storage, holstering, and preparation for the aftermath of a violent encounter.
  • We deliver plain-spoken training, without the intimidating acronyms and jargon. Our classes present straightforward instruction to demystify firearms and encourage questions. We want you to leave our classes feeling confident, empowered, and ready to take your training to the next level.
  • We are a Michigan-owned small business, local to southwest Michigan. We live and work here, and support other local businesses.

In Defense of the 2nd Amendment

Jerah Hutchins is owner of Texas-based Clearing the Chamber, a firearms training company in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. On Thursday, October 10, Ms. Hutchins was invited to testify at the DFW Gun Rights Hearing – a forum hosted by Texas state legislature, allowing citizens to express their views on firearms legislation and the 2nd Amendment.

Here is a video of Jerah’s amazing testimony:

While her words should encourage everyone to hold our elected officials accountable for standing up for our Constitutional rights, they are especially impactful to women. 

CBD – A Real Alternative to Prescription and OtC Medications

The legal form of cannabidiol (CBD) is not marijuana. It’s extracted from hemp, a plant in the cannabis family, that contains less than 0.3 percent THC – not near enough to get you high. Numerous studies show hemp and its CBD component offer many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties that rival ibuprofen, cardiovascular and immune system support (due to omega-rich fatty acids), as well as sleep and mood enhancement.

My latest contribution to Coffee or Die magazine tells the story of former Army Ranger, Coby Cochran. Coby’s early struggles with PTSD and its associated complications led to the birth of his company UnCanna, which makes some of the best CBD product in the industry. UnCanna is leading the charge to convince Congress and the DOD to lift restrictions on CBD use for active military personnel. A link to the story appears below.

How UnCanna is Destigmatizing CBD for the Veteran Community

Coby Cochran, owner of Colorado-based , is a former U.S. Army Ranger with 10 years of active duty under his belt. He was also a member of Team 8 in the 2012 Best Ranger Competition. To most, his outward appearance indicated a young, physically active guy who had everything going for him.