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  • What class should I take?
    Our original classes are titled to indicate what type of firearm will be studied, and the order in which classes are available for students. For example, if you want to learn about handguns, you would start with MoD.Handgun.1. On successful completion of that class, you would be eligible to enroll in MoD.Handgun.2, or to repeat MoD.Handgun.1 if you wish. If you want an AR-15 class, (which we intend to offer someday) you would begin with MoD.AR-15.1, then graduate to MoD.AR-15.2, and so on. We plan to use this consistent framework throughout our original class offerings. There are, however, two other types of training we offer that don't conform to this framework: Private Training and NRA classes. Private Training is available for you or your group by request. If you prefer the individualized pace and solitude of this approach, or you wish to train your whole family, church security team, or other cadre, Private Training can be a great option. We can most likely work with any common, safe, modern firearm/s you wish to learn. Or for a modest fee, you can try some from our collection to help inform your future buying decisions. NRA classes have their own titles and progressions. We embrace both.
  • 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 the basics of inserting a magazine and racking the slide. ​ MoD courses are numbered to guide you through training that is thorough and methodical. Perhaps in the future we will devise some assessment for students with previous training, but for now, we require everybody to start at a class beginning with ".1" or ".PT".
  • Does Ministry of Defense offer hunting classes?
    The short answer is "No." In our home state of Idaho, all Hunter Education is administered by the Department of Fish & Game, HERE. And while there is some methodological and equipment overlap between hunting, defensive use of firearms, and even competition shooting, our primary instructional objective is to help our students protect themselves and their loved ones with tools and techniques designed specifically for that purpose. That said, we are a firearms academy, and we are driven by our passion to help any lawful owner or user of firearms learn to use their guns safely and effectively. We have helped students take their first steps toward learning to hunt with a firearm, and helped Hunter Education graduates improve their techniques. If you would like training but anticipate coming at it from a hunting perspective, please contact us to discuss options.
  • What gun should I bring for training?
    Each course description (accessible through Training in the menu above) includes firearm recommendations.
  • 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: (1) Borrow. Perhaps you have a friend or relative who has been nudging you to go shooting or buy a gun for yourself. A friend like that may be delighted to hear that you are training and just might be willing to loan you a firearm to use for the day. (2) Ministry of Defense offers rentals for in-class and range use. If you rent our firearms, you are required to buy ammunition from us and use only that ammo in the firearm you rent.
  • I want to train but ammo is difficult to find.  What do you suggest?
    If you are persistent and a little bit clever, you can still find ammo amidst the 2020-2021 craziness. Here are some tips. (1) Vigilance. Check your favorite stores and online retailers often. (2) Readiness. You need to pounce when you find what you are looking for. Have funds at-hand. (3) Networking. Ask your friends and relatives to check shelves for you while they are out shopping. (4) Immediacy. Start looking now! Most Boise-area retailers are limiting ammo purchases to one or two boxes per customer per day, so it may take you a month or more to gather even a couple hundred rounds, depending on what you're looking for. Try building those into your approach. If you still need help and are signed up for a Ministry of Defense course, reach out to us. We routinely scout for ammo and may be able to help supplement or accelerate your acquisition. In a pinch, we may even have a small ammo reserve available as an add-on to your course fees.
  • 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. Please note: for safety reasons Blackhawk SERPA holsters are NOT PERMITTED for use in our handgun training! Also, please make sure you can identify all of your equipment—especially your firearms. There may be others who bring the same gear that you bring, so be sure to mark your equipment in such a way as to uniquely identify it. In addition to any course-specific gear, we require the following: Eye protection. Acceptable examples include shooting glasses or ANSI-rated impact-resistant safety glasses. You can find these at any gun store or hardware store, and they typically cost about $5-$15. For a few dollars more, you can buy eye protection kits with several interchangeable lenses so that you're ready for all lighting conditions. Electronic ear protection. In-ear or over-ear (muffs) are acceptable. Electronic hearing protection safeguards your hearing and also enables you to communicate on the range, both of which are very important to safety on the firing line. If you don't have electronic ear pro, no problem: borrow a set from us at no extra charge! Yeah, we're just cool like that! A cap that provides a brim above your eyes, such as a baseball cap. Yes, required. This helps to keep scalding brass from your neighbor's firearm from lodging between your glasses and your eyes! Keep in mind that most full-brimmed hats won't work with muff-style ear protection. Shoes. Footwear must provide full coverage and protection of the feet. The prospect of nails, glass, bees or biting insects, hot brass, and sunburn at the range make it really important to wear proper shoes. Portable chair; folding/camp/lawn-style. All of our classes include at least two hours at the range, and you will need a place to sit comfortably under our shade tents while you reload, rehydrate, and recuperate. A refillable water container. Useful in the classroom and absolutely essential on the range! (We provide a 5-gallon Igloo full of ice water on the range for you to refill from.) In addition to any course-specific gear, we recommend the following: A pen, a highlighter, and a notebook. You may wish to take notes. Food and beverages. Please feel free to bring snacks, drinks, or meals to the classroom or range. If your class overlaps the lunch hour, a lunch break will be provided and will typically allow enough time for you to run to a nearby drive-through or "brown-bag it" in your car or in the classroom. First aid/personal care. Please bring any non-impairing prescription medications you require, as well as aspirin or ibuprofen, band-aids, sun screen, moleskin, athletic- or first aid tape, hand lotion, moist towelettes, fingernail clippers, etc. 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, such as those available at 5.11 Tactical in Meridian. Make sure gloves fit properly—snug but not restrictive; excessive loose material can be a safety concern. Adjustable clothing. We recommend layers appropriate for the season. Plan on inclement weather and pack accordingly. Enough gas in the tank to get to the range and back. If we host courses away from Meridian, we will try to choose classroom venues that are comfortable, reasonably provisioned (water, coffee, vending machines, etc.) and where restrooms are readily available. Remote ranges can vary widely—some having a full array of amenities and some having none. Please plan appropriately.
  • 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. ALL students seeking firearms instruction from Ministry of Defense must be able to truthfully answer "no" to each of the following questions: (If you cannot, you are an "Ineligible Person" and are not allowed to train.) -Are you under 10 years of age? (If over 10 and under 18, you must have a parent or authorized guardian attending your class and present with you at all times on the range.) -Are you currently charged with, or have you ever been convicted of a crime punishable by more than a year in prison? -Are you a fugitive from justice? -Are you addicted to, or a user of, any unlawful substance? -Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective? -Have you ever been dishonorably discharged from the US Military? -Are you subject to any restraining order for domestic violence, or have you ever been found guilty of any crime of domestic violence? -Are you an illegal alien? -Have you ever renounced your United States citizenship? -Are you legally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under Idaho or federal law? In addition, the State of Idaho will regard you as an Ineligible Person if you are wishing to obtain an Idaho Enhanced Concealed Weapons License (IECWL) but are unable to provide certain truthful answers to each question on the application shown HERE.
  • Do you have gift cards?  I would like to contribute to a friend or family member's training!
    Yes! Click HERE for gift cards!
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