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.

Thinking About Applying for a CPL? Read This First!

Before you start thinking about the firearm and gear, there are more important things to consider. Tom McHale explains the commitment required for the concealed carry lifestyle, some of the trade-offs you’ll need to accept, and the potential ramifications of defending yourself and others with a handgun.

What You Need to Know Before You Carry Concealed – USCCA

There are some big decisions to ponder before you decide to carry a concealed firearm. Perhaps surprisingly, most of those considerations have nothing at all to do with which gun, holster or ammunition you choose. So, let’s talk about what you need to know before you carry concealed.