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

Sheepdogs Wanted

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 are the only firearms training provider in Kalamazoo County to be certified by both the Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners (MCRGO) and the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). Family 1st Defense is authorized to offer classes developed around MCRGO- and USCCA-branded curricula for customers in Kalamazoo and surrounding communities, including Portage, Mattawan, Vicksburg and Schoolcraft.
  • 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 Fees 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. Custom Foam Inserts for Your Firearm Cases

Whether you’re driving across town to the shooting range, or flying across the country with your firearm, a rugged and lockable case is a must. Companies like Pelican and SKB make generic cases that work very well for guns. Most come with a foam pad, perforated with a grid of small cubes that can be removed to create cavities for the contents. While the “pick and pluck” pads work nicely for objects that fit square and rectangular cavities, they leave something to be desired for items that have an irregular shapes, such firearms.

Custom-Cut Foam Insert
Pelican Case with Firearm & Magazines can turn that generic case into one specifically made for your handgun or rifle. This company uses CNC technology to make custom-cut foam inserts for any case. The MCB website provides an intuitive design utility that allows you to select your case from a comprehensive list of known brands and models. If it’s not listed, simply choose the “create your own custom-sized foam” option and enter the dimensions. You can even purchase a case from MCB and bundle it with your foam order.

After specifying the case, you’ll see a blank canvas matching its interior dimensions. You’re now ready to design the insert. Again, the Web-based utility allows you to peruse an extensive collection of predesigned “stencils” uploaded by other users — many popular guns and magazines are listed there.

Drag the stencil to the desired location on your canvas and tweak the options as necessary. Among other things, you can change dimensions, clone shapes to duplicate them, and add finger notches to make it easier to grab the item(s). When you’ve finished the design, click the 3D button to view and rotate a three-dimensional preview. Design Utility
3D Preview

Don’t see your firearm? No problem. Simply upload a photo – one that you’ve taken, or a stock photo from the manufacturer’s website – and use the provided tracing utility to outline the image. You’re then prompted to specify a few dimensions (which, again, should be available on the manufacturer’s website or the owner’s manual).

If you’re nervous about getting something wrong, you can pay a nominal fee at check-out to add “fail-safe design protection,” which gives you the opportunity to re-do the order at no additional cost if your foam doesn’t fit.

MCB keeps you posted about the progress of your order, via email notifications. Most orders take a week or two to turn around.