This is concealed-carry training: how to conceal, retain and access your firearm in any situation.
In general terms, you can think of it as firearms training, defensive pistol, self defense or personal defense. Whatever you call it, the core of our program involves using a concealed firearm for personal protection in the everyday citizen context.
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What we bring is the IDS APEX approach to our classes, which is grounded in the idea that your best chance of surviving a defensive encounter is to train appropriately for YOUR context, using the principles of deep and accelerated learning.
This means that even though we spend a lot of time on firearms safety, and specific considerations for concealed carry, overall we provide for anyone who wants to train in effective self defense – armed or unarmed – in their own context.
Do You Carry?
If you are a law-abiding gun owner and carry your firearm concealed for protection, the truth is you need this training. If you have a sub-one-second draw to bullseye at 20 yards, you still need this training. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees our natural right to keep and bear arms. Take that right seriously and take responsibility for being as “well-regulated” as you can be. Look at your context, your daily protection needs, and prioritize your training for the benefit of yourself and those you protect.
Do You Have a Concealed Carry Permit?
You don’t need one in South Dakota, but it’s a good idea to have one anyway for several reasons. That being said, our weekly training course is not eligible for a South Dakota concealed-carry permit. It is for you to learn integrative, effective self defense skills while carrying a concealed firearm.
So if you’ve gone through a SD Concealed-Carry course, our personal defense training is the next logical step to keep your knowledge and skill fresh and accessible. If you haven’t, don’t worry – we also regularly cover the important things from those classes like firearms safety, fundamentals and SD use-of-force law.
Those Who Don’t Carry
We know gun ownership isn’t for everyone, much less concealed-carry for personal protection. One of our main goals is to create a safer community. So we want to train as many good citizens as possible in personal defense. This means if you are an unarmed or lightly-armed citizen, but still wish to learn and practice, you can still enroll in our self defense training course.