MN Permit to Carry Certification Course

Presented by Jennifer McDowell Astrid Defense - $100

Every 3rd Saturday

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This Minnesota permit to carry class entails all of the safety, handling, tactics, and education that you will need for the Minnesota Personal Protection Act. This class includes 3+ hours of classroom discussion, hands-on examination of firearms, holsters and other carry equipment, plus a shooting qualification. We provide safe and accurate .22 pistols and ammunition, targets, and personal protective gear.

Progressive Pistol

Progressive Pistol I: This course will provide the foundation and principles upon which all more advanced course's are based. In this course we will cover things such as: Weapon safety, range safety, range etiquette, basic marksmanship, methods of loading, methods of clearing, equipment, fundamentals of fire, draw-stroke, clearing stoppages, common mistakes, and mindset.

Progressive Pistol II: This course will begin with a review of safety measures/priorities, a review of each individual’s shooting fundamentals and abilities such as draw stroke, reload methods, and basic weapon handling skills. During this course, students will learn use of cover/concealment, concealed carry considerations, mindset, and moving and shooting.

Progressive Pistol III: Topics covered include (but are not limited to): fighting from concealment, one-handed operation, movement, use of cover, integrating empty hand combat skills, and integrating resources, tactics and mindset in order to win the battle.

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Complete Personal Preservation Intensive Course

This course is an intensive and is grounded in a “Whole Person Concept” – essentially focusing on the traits that will provide you the ability to triumph in tense and or violent situations. Through this course we want to establish and build on a solid defensive foundation in the areas of firearms, physical tactics, medical skills, response tactics, situational awareness and other associated disciplines. This course will be conducive to the beginner and the experienced person alike.

Self Defense Pistol Training

Presented by Jennifer McDowell, Astrid Defense

Course Fee: $105

This Self-Defense Pistol Program provides 4 hours of combined classroom, simulation, and live fire training. Students build on their marksmanship fundamentals, developing simple defensive tactical skills and situational awareness needed to safely operate a pistol for self- and home defense. Instruction covers firearm storage and transport, insurance and legal considerations, strategies for skill development, and the MN permitting process.

Advanced Carry - Tactics & Mindset

Presented by Jennifer McDowell, Astrid Defense

Course Fee: $250

Participants will work through realistic situations that call for clear thinking, judgment, and effective defensive tactics:

  • home invasion

  • defense on the street

  • defense around a vehicle

  • active shooter

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Intro To Handguns

Presented by Jennifer McDowell, Astrid Defense

Course Fee: $125

This course is designed to provide a hands-on experience in firearms safety for people who are new gun owners or are thinking of purchasing a firearm for personal safety and/or recreational shooting.

Krav Maga 101

Krav Maga is an Israeli system of self-defense and tactics.  It is not a sport and gears its students to face situations with multiple, armed attackers.  We build on basic skill sets and train under "controlled stress" environments to simulate real life situations.  Krav Maga was developed for special forces, but is the best self-defense system for civilians, women, and children.

Beginner - Wednesdays - 6 PM and Saturdays 9 AM

Expert - Wednesdays - 7 PM and Saturdays 10 AM

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