What gun should I bring for training?
Please click on "Course Descriptions" above and select your class of interest for equipment details.
Aside from my firearm, ammo, and magazines, what else should I bring to training?
Please see your course description for course-specific gear which may include items such as a holster and magazine pouches, gun belt, flashlight or weapon-mounted light, etc.
Eye protection. Shooting glasses or ANSI-rated impact-resistant safety glasses are acceptable. Harbor Freight usually has a couple of different styles for about $4. For a few dollars more, you can buy eye protection kits with several interchangeable lenses so that you're ready for all lighting conditions--day or night.
Electronic ear protection. In-ear or over-ear (muffs) are acceptable. Electronic hearing protection safeguards your hearing and also enables you to hear range commands and communication--both very important to safety on the firing line. If you don't have electronic ear pro, no problem: our Shop has several pairs available for RENT, and once you try them, you'll see the benefits of owing a pair.
A pen, a highlighter, and a notebook. You may wish to take notes, and if we provide printed material, you may wish to highlight it.
Sustenance: For classes that begin at our Meridian classroom location, you will typically have hourly breaks, plus a lunch break of approximately one hour. You may use your lunch break to visit any of at least a dozen nearby restaurant options, or to sit in our classroom and eat a lunch you bring from home. Coffee and water are in the classroom, and there are vending machines down the hall and a convenience store next door. Classes that are hosted entirely at an outdoor range are not near any services, so you will need to bring all essentials for the day, including lunch, snacks, water, medications, and other items listed in this FAQ answer.
First aid/personal care: aspirin or ibuprofen, band-aids, sun screen, moleskin, athletic- or first aid tape, hand lotion, moist towelettes, fingernail clippers. Nail clippers are a range-bag staple of mine after four straight days of drawing from a concealed holster--trust me! And especially for AR-15 courses, we recommend comfortable shooting gloves. The nitrile-and-fabric work gloves available in multi-packs of 3-10 pairs from home improvement stores provide nice control of your firearm and good protection for your hands. Make sure your gloves fit; a lot of extra, loose material can be a safety concern.
Clothing: layers appropriate for the season, ball cap. (Full-brim hats do not work with muffs.)
Enough gas in the tank to get to the range and back.
Can I take the advanced classes (higher numbers) without taking the prerequisites??
Remember your grade-school days, when you learned to count, then learned to add single digits, then learned to add double-digits, and eventually the concepts of multiplication and exponents were accessible to your well-primed young mind? Ministry of Defense firearms training material is sequential in much the same way. It's pretty difficult to, say, clear a Type 3 malfunction, support-hand only, in the dark if you are unfamiliar with loading a magazine and racking the slide.
I don't own a gun yet. Can I still train?
Yes! Assuming you are legally eligible to own or possess a firearm (see FAQ on "Ineligible Persons") your options include:
Do you have gift cards? I would like to contribute to a friend or family member's training!
Yes! Click HERE for gift cards!
Does Ministry of Defense offer hunting classes?
The short answer is "No." In our home state of Idaho, Hunter Education for purposes of obtaining a hunting license is handled by the Department of Fish & Game. And while there is some methodological and equipment overlap between hunting, competition, and defensive use of firearms, our primary instructional objective is to help our students protect themselves and their loved ones with tools designed specifically for that purpose.
I want to train but ammo is difficult to find. What do you suggest?
If you're persistent and a little bit clever, you can still find ammo amidst the 2020-2021 craziness. Here are some tips.
What are "Ineligible Persons"? How do I know whether I am eligible?
"Ineligible Persons" are individuals who are barred, for legal reasons, from certain kinds of involvement with firearms. On this website, the term has two discrete meanings--one set forth by the State of Idaho, and one by Ministry of Defense. Please take a moment to read carefully and make sure you are eligible to train BEFORE signing up.
What class should I take?
First, decide what kind of firearm you would like to learn about and navigate to the offerings on the Course Descriptions page. Then select the lowest-numbered class you have not yet taken and passed with Ministry of Defense, within the past two years.