Private, In-Home CPL, CCW Training Classes – Kalamazoo

Family 1st Defense is your best choice for private group Concealed Pistol License (CPL) classes in Kalamazoo, Portage, Mattawan, Schoolcraft, Vicksburg, and the surrounding area.

We Come to You!

USCCA Certified

If you are concerned about COVID exposure or intimidated by the thought of training with strangers, you’ve come to the right place. Family 1st Defense is unique because we come to you with our private, in-home class. The shooting portion of the 8-hour course can be conducted on your property (if local ordinances allow) or at a nearby shooting range.

Our CPL class is based upon curriculum developed by the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), and recognized by the State of Michigan as meeting all training requirements for CPL applicants. All classroom materials are provided, including books and targets. We also bring our own presentation equipment.


  • Our group rate covers up to 6 people – there is an up-charge for each student over and above 6.
  • Per state of Michigan requirements, CPL applicants must be 21 years of age or older. Due to liability concerns, Family 1st Defense is unable to conduct CPL training unless all students in the room meet this age requirement.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to train with their own firearms. If you bring your own pistol, you are responsible for bringing at least  100 rounds of full metal jacket (FMJ) target ammunition to the shooting range. Don’t yet own a handgun? Not sure what to buy? No problem! You can rent one of ours for a nominal fee, and we will provide the ammo (up to 100 rounds). Rentals require advance notice and payment.
  • Shooting range safety rules require all students to bring and wear approved eye and ear protection. This equipment is not optional.
  • Family 1st Defense has a zero tolerance policy for reckless and careless behavior at the shooting range. We reserve the right to remove anyone from training who threatens the safety of others. Students removed due to safety concerns will not receive a refund.
  • Students who are unable to meet minimum skills for target accuracy may be required to repeat the live-fire portion of the class. An additional, nominal range fee may apply.

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