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Indoor Gun Safety Education and Shooting Training

Bristlecone Shooting, Training & Retail Center has made gun safety education a core offering. We believe gun safety, firearms familiarity, and skills improvement are paramount for every shooting sports enthusiast. Bristlecone has created a non-intimidating environment and invites all levels of sportsmen and sportswomen to participate in our scheduled indoor firearms shooting training programs. At our Lakewood shooting range facility you will find two training classrooms that include a state-of-the-art virtual training simulator and enough seating to comfortably accommodate up to 70 students.
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Our top-rate certified instructors are not only excellent teachers with a passion for the shooting sports, but most are also former law enforcement and/or military members. At Bristlecone, you will learn from enthusiastic instructors who have real life experience to impart. From group classes to private training, our calendar is packed full of gun orientation, gun safety education, and shooting training designed for all-levels and a variety of interests (look for classes specifically for women, youth, public safety professionals, and others).

Below you’ll find detailed class descriptions, but you may also contact us to learn more.

Pre-Opening Class
We believe you want the best for you and your family. You can start by taking a Certified USCCA Concealed Handgun and Home Defense Course. After completing this course, you will exceed all of the State of Colorado’s requirements to apply for a CCW Permit. Since the material utilized in this unique USCCA course is so robust, the curriculum is not only appropriate for students that are new to firearms, but also for students who already have their CCW Permit and are looking to refresh or improve their knowledge. Some of the topics that will be covered include: Developing a personal and home protection plan, self-defense firearms basics, shooting fundamentals, the legal use of force, violent encounters and their aftermath, gear and gadgets, and basic and advanced skills/next steps. This USCCA course is taught on a state-of-the-art, high-definition virtual shooting simulator. Typically only available for military and law enforcement training, our virtual simulator gives students an exclusive and comprehensive learning opportunity not found elsewhere in the region. By participating in the course, students will receive a certificate and a copy of the 245 page Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals reference book used in the curriculum.
Price: $165
Special Pre-opening Offering: $115, catering provided for evening and lunchtime courses
Space is limited, so please sign up now!

Pre-requisites: None
Cancellation Policy: Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration in order to reserve a spot. Students may reschedule or cancel in writing (info@bristleconeshooting.com) up to 72 hours in advance. Any cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the scheduled class will not receive a refund, but will receive the opportunity to reschedule for a class within a 12 month period (class credit). No shows will not receive a refund or a class credit.

Handgun Familiarity & Safety
This four-hour course is designed for those new to the shooting sports. However, it is highly recommended for handgun owners who want to learn more about their particular handgun or the responsibilities of handgun ownership. The course begins with the fundamentals of gun safety, shooting range rules, nomenclature of firearms and ammunition, general maintenance, storage, and transportation of a firearm. Handgun Familiarity & Safety also provides the new sport shooter with an overview of handgun types, calibers, and ammunition. On the range each member of the class is given the opportunity to fire several revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.
NRA Basic Pistol
Offered in co-ed and women-only formats. This is an eight-hour course that meets the State of Colorado Concealed Carry Permit requirement. It includes classroom and range time to teach inexperienced sport shooters how to operate revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts, operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, shooting from the bench rest position and two handed standing positions, cleaning the pistol, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students take an examination upon completion of the course and receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and a course completion certificate.
Multi-State Concealed Carry
Offered in co-ed and women-only formats. This is a five-hour course that includes a review of handgun safety and concealed carry law, while stressing the responsibility associated with carrying a concealed weapon. It includes classroom and range time to ensure that beginners receive live-fire shooting training. Upon completion, students receive the certificate needed to apply for a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit.
Intermediate Pistol Course/Concealed Carry II
This intermediate course is an eight-hour class geared to the student who wants to refine their shooting techniques. The prerequisite is our Basic Pistol Course, CCW course, or a recommendation by one of our staff instructors. Intermediate Pistol Course/Concealed Carry II begins with a review of firearm safety, range rules, and nomenclature. During the classroom portion of the course, the instructor demonstrates handgun presentation methods, shooting on-the-move, firing from cover, and refinement of the shooting technique. On the range, the instructor combines classroom drills and live fire exercises covering firing from different positions, proper handgun presentation from the holster, and an introduction into timed shooting sequences. Students also have independent time to work on individual technique challenges.
Virtual Simulator Training
One of the most exciting training features in our new facility! Are you looking to take your marksmanship skills to the next level? Or are you curious about the shooting sports and want to experience shooting a real gun, but in a non live-fire setting? Our system can accommodate a wide variety of scenarios and sport shooting levels.
Defensive Shotgun Skills
Offered in co-ed and women-only formats. This eight-hour class clears up misconceptions about the ability and deployment of the combat shotgun. Students learn to effectively operate and fire a shotgun under no-stress and high-stress situations. Topics of instruction include shotgun safety and responsibility, recoil control, marksmanship skill development, shooting positions, speed and tactical reloading, malfunction drills, target engagements, threat assessment, and shotgun modifications/accessories. A combination of lecture, demonstrations, and live fire exercises are used to teach the proper deployment of the shotgun from point blank to distances up to 25 yards.
Hunter Safety Classes
These classes are offered as a public service in conjunction with Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Refuse to Be a Victim
The Refuse to Be a Victim course was developed by the NRA in 1993 in response to a nationwide request by woman for crime prevention and personal safety information. Recognizing the relevance to men and women, this course was made co-ed in 1997. The course covers the psychology of criminal predators, mental preparedness, home security, physical security, automobile security, out-of-town travel security, technological security, self-defense physical security training, and personal protection devices. Additional modules addressing security in the workplace, parents and children from pre-school to college, senior citizens, and domestic violence/stalking can be added at the student’s request. ***PROCEEDS FROM THIS COURSE ARE DONATED TO A LOCAL WOMEN’S SHELTER/CHARITY***
Non-Lethal Force Courses
We plan to offer a variety of classes that address self-defense options other than firearms. Classes will address the following topics – Pepper Spray, Mini Baton, Flashlight and Hand-to-Hand techniques.
Private Instruction
Hourly instruction is available to the patrons of Bristlecone Shooting, Training & Retail Center. Hourly rates are determined based on the level of the instructor and the type of training requested.
First Shots is a program developed by the National Sports Shooting Foundation that has introduced thousands of people to shooting and firearm safety through local ranges. The program provides participants with a comprehensive introduction to shooting by qualified range operators and instructors that includes firearm safety, local ownership requirements, shooting fundamentals, hands-on instruction, and how and where to continue with training.

Additional Courses Coming Soon

AR15 Introductory and Intermediate Courses
Personal Protection in the Home
Basic Tactical Pistol
Low Light – No Light – Flashlight
Instructor Training
Women-only C2 Taser Course
CPR and Family Emergency Preparedness Courses
Various other self defense classes for a variety of age groups