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Firearms Training and Gun Safety Classes in Colorado and the Denver Metro Area

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Bristlecone Shooting, Training & Retail Center has made gun education a core offering. We believe 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 gun safety classes and firearms training for personal defense programs in Denver. Here 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.

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 sessions, our calendar is packed full of gun orientation, safety education, and firearms training designed for all-levels and a variety of interests (look for classes specifically for women, youth and others).

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

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing (info@bristleconeshooting.com) or by phone at 303.985.0989.

Student substitutions can be made at any time.

Cancellations received more than 72 hours prior to the class –  students will be eligible for a full refund or may transfer (moving the participant(s) to another class within a three-month period).

Cancellations received within the 24 to 72-hour window prior to the class – students will not be eligible for a refund, but will be eligible for a one-time class transfer (moving the participant(s) to another class within a three-month period), for $25 rescheduling fee.

Cancellations received less than 24 hours prior to the class or failure to attend the class -students will not receive a refund, nor will they be eligible for a class transfer.  This includes weather-related, last minute cancellations.

Students should understand that instructors and range time are reserved predicated upon class participation. Bristlecone reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes at any time.  If classes are canceled or rescheduled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, you are entitled to a full refund.  If a class is canceled you will be notified via the email address you provided during registration. Please make sure we have up to date contact information prior to attending the course.  Bristlecone is not responsible for any travel fees or expenses incurred related to your registration if a class is cancelled.

Intro to USPSA Competitive Shooting

INSTRUCTOR BRYAN CLARK. Intro to USPSA competition. 4 Hours, $50. This course is designed to educate shooters with the knowledge and mindset to begin participating in USPSA matches. Topics are centered around USPSA competition, including basic match structure and rules, safety protocols for both indoor and outdoor matches, official range commands, targets, scoring, power factor, equipment, USPSA divisions and classifications. Participants will be evaluated for safe, competition-level gun handling skills and will run through several drills on our Ti Training Virtual Simulator. Upon successful demonstration of the required safe gun handling skills, including holster proficiency, participants will receive a USPSA safety card, enabling them to shoot their first match. Participants must demonstrate proficiency with a holster before receiving their safety card. Equipment Requirements: Sturdy Belt, Strong side holster, Magazine holder (at least one belt mounted), 2 Magazines, UNLOADED handgun (no loaded guns allowed in the classroom at any time). THIS IS NOT A LIVE FIRE CLASS. Participants must arrive at least 15 minutes early to report to a Range Officer and clear their gun. The RO will provide you with a “cleared” flag.

Intro to USPSA Competitive Shooting

 


USPSA Practice Course

INSTRUCTOR JIM ROCKWOOD – Pre-requisite: Must have your USPSA Safety Card and have shot at least one USPSA match before registering for this class. You understand the rules for USPSA matches and have had some experience. Now, you’re ready to learn some higher level strategy and how to improve. Come spend some time with Jim Rockwood, a Certified USPSA RO and currently an “A” Classification Shooter, and get some real world tips, strategies and practice recommendations that will help you improve. 3 hours classroom, 2 hours live fire range. Equipment Requirements: Match pistol and gear 200 rounds ammunition

USPSA Practice Course

 


Intro to Bowling Pin Shooting

INSTRUCTOR JIM ROCKWOOD Curious as to why our Monday Night Pin Shoots are so popular? Come see for yourself and learn everything you need to know to be able to compete and have a great time! Topics covered will include: Range safety and competition rules, Range commands, Setting up, Drawing, How to practice, Range time and live fire practice, Match etiquette

Intro to Bowling Pin Shooting

Introduction to 3-Gun
 

This class is taught at Pawnee Sportsmen’s Center in Briggsdale, CO

You must have basic knowledge of all 3 platforms (handgun, modern sporting rifle, shotgun) used in this type of competitive shooting before registering for this class. This 6+ hour course will give you a great introduction to the exciting sport of 3-Gun, one of the fastest growing types of competitive shooting. You will learn about safety, gear selection, efficient stage plans and execution, firearm platform transitions, and basic marksmanship and manipulation, as well as match etiquette . This will be taught in the classroom as well as on the range. Once complete you will have gained the confidence and knowledge to attend your first and/or future matches.

Recommended equipment:

  • Semi-automatic magazine-fed rifle ( .223 /5.56 )
    Semi-Automatic Handgun* ( 9 / 40/45 preferred )
    Semi-automatic or pump action shotgun* ( 12 gauge preferred )
    (2) each Handgun / Rifle magazines
    Sturdy belt (Preferable for competition, available in store for purchase )
    (1-2) Magazine pouches for each handgun and rifle
    1 Shotgun Shell Caddy ( loaners available )
    Layers for Colorado weather
    Sunscreen
    Water
    Eye Protection
    Ear Protection
    Hat suggested
    Water / snacks and sack lunch
    Paper / pen for notes
  • Ammo ( No steel core / cased ammo allowed) this is minimum suggested count
  • Rifle – 200 Rounds (55 grain)
    50 Rounds ( 65 grain or higher )
  • Handgun 200 rounds
  • Shotgun 100 rounds ( 2 ¾ , 1 1/8 oz max, 3 ¼ dram max #9 – #6 only )
    5 slugs ( lead only , low recoil preferred )

*If you need to rent one or more firearms, please contact instructor Cindy Coker at least 1 week prior to the class date
If you have any questions about equipment or the class please contact Cindy at any time ccoker@bristleconeshooting.com

8 hours $150

Intro to Pistol (Women Only and Co-ed)

This Comprehensive Safety Course is designed to give you a solid foundation on which to build as you explore the practical side of handguns. Whether  you have never held a gun before, or have done some shooting and want to refine your basic skills, this class will help you start strong and gain confidence in your ability to handle a firearm safely.  You will learn: Firearms Safety Rules, Pistol Actions, Ammunition Nomenclature, How to Load and Clear a Pistol, How to Select and Store your Pistol and much more.  Classroom and Live Fire Range.

Pre-requisites: None

Recommended equipment:

  • Handgun
  • 50 Rounds of ammunition
  • Hearing and Eye protection

If you don’t have the recommended equipment, we offer equipment rental onsite.  Ammunition must be purchased separately.  Minimum number of students (3) required to run the class or it may be canceled/ rescheduled.

4 Hours $125

 


Bristlecone Fundamentals of Home Defense Handgun

The Fundamentals of Home Defense Handgun Course is designed to educate the student about the handguns that are best for personal defense and how to use them efficiently in the context of a home defense scenario. Although this class was designed with those new to firearms in mind, anyone with handgun experience who wants more specific information on handguns in home defense scenarios is welcome to attend. During this 6 hour course, students will be introduced to various home defense handgun options and learn the fundamentals of defensive shooting through classroom and live fire range time.  Home defense tactics, safe storage and staging, as well as appropriate law enforcement response and incident aftermath will be covered.  Students will have the opportunity to test their skills in the context of a staged home defense scenario on the range at the end of class.

Pre-requisites: None

Recommended equipment:

  • Defensive Handgun (modern striker fire preferred)
  • 100 Rounds of ammunition
  • Hearing and Eye protection
  • Range appropriate clothing (No shorts or open toed shoes). Equipment rental package available for $10.  This includes a handgun and magazines. Minimum number of students (3) required to run the class or it may be canceled / rescheduled.

If you don’t have the recommended equipment, we offer equipment rental onsite.  Ammunition must be purchased separately.  Minimum number of students (3) required to run the class or it may be canceled/ rescheduled.

6-7 Hours $150

 


Bristlecone Concealed Carry

After completing this course, you will exceed all of the State of Colorado’s requirements to apply for a CCW Permit.  This course is designed to educate students about the firearms best for concealed carry, how to carry them safely and securely, and how to use them efficiently in the context of a dynamic critical incident. This six hour course introduces new shooters to some of the core basics of the Defensive Focus® Shooting program, as well as aspects of handgun ownership and other basic information geared towards the new handgun owner.  Firearm safety, holster selection,  and reloading are also addressed, as well as alternate force options, interacting with law enforcement and the aftermath of an incident. 3 hours classroom, 3 hours on the range – including drill and scenario based training in the live fire environment.

Pre-requisites: None
Required equipment:

  • Medium size semi auto pistol (pistols can be rented from Bristlecone, or students may bring their own)
  • Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Pen and paper for notes.

If you don’t have the recommended equipment, we offer equipment rental onsite.  Ammunition must be purchased separately.  Minimum number of students (3) required to run the class or it may be canceled/ rescheduled.

5 or 6 Hours $125

 



CCW Recertification Course

This 3-hour course exceeds Colorado’s requirements for a concealed handgun permit. This course is designed to refamiliarize students with the essentials of concealed carry, defensive mindset, and current applicable Colorado statutes.
This course focuses on safety and the defensive mindset, as well as explores methodology on managing conflict and resolution. Based on science, logic and reasoning, this class will cover pistol handling, alternative force options, interactions with law enforcement, and the aftermath of an incident. Skills learned in the classroom will be reinforced in the live fire range.

Prerequisite: The students must provide a Concealed Handgun Permit (expired or out of state OK) to attend this class.

Required Equipment:

  • Defensive Handgun (modern striker fire preferred)
  • 2 magazines, 100-150 Rounds of ammunition
  • Hearing and Eye protection
  • Range appropriate clothing (No shorts or open toed shoes).

3 Hours $99


 


Bristlecone Shoot House Classes

Tired of training on a static range?  Check out what Bristlecone is doing to incorporate cutting edge Scenario Based Training techniques to bring you the best possible training opportunities in the Denver Metro area.

Bristlecone Scenario Based Training and the Bristlecone Shoot House – ReACT Training Sessions

What is Scenario Based Training?

Scenario Based Training is the latest firearms training technique available at the civilian level.  Emotionally charged and realistic scenarios are used to test and evaluate how students deal with rapid information processing and decision making with a firearm under stress.   At Bristlecone, we use Simunitions (need trademark symbol)-converted live firearms and corresponding ammunition, protective gear, holsters and other environment specific aids to give students a safe and realistic experience.  Students will get a practical sense of their response to concealed carry situations when their adrenalin is high and they are required to call upon their previous training to respond.

What is a Shoot House?

The Bristlecone Shoot House is a 360 (degree sign) environment designed specifically for Scenario Based Training with realistic live Simunition firearms and ammunition.  It gives students an opportunity to  hone their skills in a venue that approaches real world conditions.  The Bristlecone Shoot House has moveable walls, furniture and appliances that can be arranged to create a number of scenarios for students to participate in.

In addition to the Shoot House environment, our Scenario Based Training also incorporates our Ti Virtual Simulator.  The Ti Virtual Simulator is a state of the art training tool in which realistic scenarios are presented to the student to test and evaluate their responses and reactions in a digital environment.

With the Scenario Based Training in the Shoot House and in the Ti Virtual Simulator, the students are debriefed directly following each scenario, giving them an opportunity to discuss their responses and reactions with the instructor while the experience is still top of mind.

We are incorporating Scenario Based Training and the Shoot House in to some of our CCW classes, as well as offering scenario only classes.  Take a look at training our calendar here for upcoming training opportunities.

What our students say:

“I was part of the reality based training scenario day in early February, 2017 and can honestly say that anyone who carries a gun for personal protection NEEDS to take this class.  The class is exactly what is says, you are placed in any number of situations where you need to react as you would in a real world situation.  The situations we were placed in definitely got the pulse beating a bit quicker and the adrenaline pumping and you are guaranteed to forget you are in a training scenario.  Everything needed to find out how you react when push comes to shove.”

“I originally signed up for the Women’s Only CCW class but was offered the opportunity to sign up for the pilot class for the CCW Reality-Based training. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this class, however it exceeded any expectations I had. Not only was it educational, but it was fun and taught by a great team of instructors.

The class was great for shooters with all levels of experience. Being a novice shooter, I was apprehensive at first. However, the class was far from intimidating, and the instructors ensured that everyone was comfortable. The Reality-Based training allowed for me to help reinforce the theories learned in class.

I encourage women who are looking for a great class to learn how to shoot and want to obtain their CCW to sign up for this class. I took Women’s Intro to Pistol before this class and I recommend that class too. Thank you Bristlecone for your awesome instructors!”

 

 


Concealed Carry II

So you’ve got your CCW permit. What now? This course is a great next step that will teach you practical skills that every permit holder should have. Learn different practice philosophies, what you can expect from different common malfunctions, cleaning and maintenance schedules, gear considerations and more in the classroom, and then spend some time on the range learning and practicing practical drills that you can take with you beyond this course. These are all perishable skills. Make sure that you are equipped with the knowledge of how to continue your practice and be a safe, responsible and effective CCW holder.

Required equipment: Handgun (semi-automatic preferred), strong side outside the waistband holster, sturdy belt, 150 rounds ammunition, range appropriate clothing.

Pre-requisites: None
Recommended Equipment:
    • Defensive handgun
    • 150 rounds of ammunition
  • Eye/ear protection
If you don’t have the recommended equipment, we offer equipment rental onsite.  Ammunition must be purchased separately.  Minimum number of students (3) required to run the class or it may be canceled/ rescheduled.
4 hours $135
 


Utah Non-Resident CCW

 

A Utah Concealed Firearm Permit gives you 36 states of reciprocity compared to Colorado’s 33. This class adheres to the minimum training curriculum set forth by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification to qualify you to apply for a Non-Resident Concealed Firearm Permit. This course will only cover the Utah minimum curriculum and does not cover any other states.

The following MUST be brought to this class (no exceptions): A valid Colorado Drivers License with your current address printed on the front, a valid Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit Card, a current passport photo, a FD-258 fingerprint card with your fingerprints printed on them (one resource for this is Colorado Fingerprinting for a fee of $15) and $63.25 in the form of credit/debit card or check made payable to Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification. All of the above listed prerequisites must be brought to class. The instructor will submit your application to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification as long as all course requirements and prerequisites are met.

No range time, classroom only.

3 hours $80

 

Basic Pistol Cleaning

Comprehensive cleaning kit included in the price of the class. Taking your handgun apart and cleaning it can be an intimidating process. Do you know the best materials to use during your cleaning session and how often your modern defensive handgun should be cleaned? Join Drew Serna, Bristlecone’s Head Gunsmith, as he gives you expert advise on how to care for and maintain your firearm to ensure optimal performance.

This class will cover the following:
• How to field strip and clean your modern defensive handgun (we define “modern” as manufactured in the last 20 years)
• How to re-assemble your defensive handgun
• Tricks of the trade for easy manipulation
• How to perform function checks
• Appropriate cleaning products
• Maintenance schedule

What you need to bring:
• Your modern defensive handgun that’s ready to be cleaned (limit 2/person)
• If you have your own comprehensive cleaning kit and would like to use it during the class, you’ll receive a $25 discount upon registration

After the class, you’ll have a useful new skill set and a clean gun! Please note: There is no ammunition of any kind allowed in the classroom during this course. All participants must visit the Bristlecone range counter, before going to the classroom and prior to the class start time, to have their handguns cleared by a member of the Bristlecone staff.

 



Introduction to Low Light

INTRO TO PISTOL PREREQUISITE. Most gun encounters happen at night.  This course explores what is needed to shoot in low light/no light situations, using available light or a hand held flashlight. You will have the opportunity to experience shooting with a light system mounted on your weapon during the class if you come prepared with an accessory rail.  You will also learn alternative shooting positions, shooting at a distance, how to use a flashlight/ cover of darkness to optimal advantage, and various types of flashlight holds.

Pre-requisites: CCW Class

Equipment Requirements:

  • Semi-automatic pistol
  • 3 magazines
  • 100 rounds of ammunition
  • Strong side holster
  • Hand held flashlight
  • Eye/ear protection
  • Knee pads are highly recommended. Minimum number of students (3) required to run the class or it may be canceled/rescheduled.
If you don’t have the recommended equipment, we offer equipment rental onsite.  Ammunition must be purchased separately.  Minimum number of students (3) required to run the class or it may be canceled/ rescheduled.
4 hours $135

Tac Pistol 1, 2, 3 and 4

This is a series of down range handgun classes meant for intermediate students.  The class will progress from basic holster dray and move-and-shoot drills through low light training during the series of 4 classes.  Each class is 3-4 hours long and takes place 100% in the range.

Pre-requisities:

Bristlecone Intro to Pistol or Concealed Carry class completed.

Equipment Requirements:

  • Semi-automatic Handgun
  • Holster (inside or outside waistband, appendix or strong side)
  • Magazine, ammunition and light requirments vary in the later courses.  See our training calendar for specific details and registration.

3-4 hours, starting at $150

Youth Pistol Level 1 and 2

When kids start asking questions, it is the time to start teaching them about firearm safety. By allowing them to learn in a fun and safe environment, kids will learn to appreciate safety, care, and explore the fun aspects of shooting. This series of 2 hour classes teaches the fundamentals of pistol shooting and allows young shooters to gain confidence in themselves and their abilities!

Prerequisites:
• All shooters welcome!
• Shooters under 10 years of age need to contact the Instructors prior to class.

Equipment:
• Rimfire Pistol Rental and Ammo Included!
• Eye and Ear Protection Included!
• Please wear appropriate range clothing (No shorts, low-cut shirts, or open-toed shoes)
• A positive attitude, ready to make some noise!

2 hours, $65

 

Free Firearms Safety Seminar

This is a 1 hour Free seminar on general firearms safety, handling, storage and range etiquette. If you are a new firearm owner, need a brief refresher, or even if you don’t own any firearms, this will be an hour that will benefit you and your family. Preregistration requested
1 hour FREE
 
Family Intro to Firearms - with range time

This is a general firearms course during which students will be learning about how to safely handle Pistols, Rifles, Shotguns, and Muzzleloaders. This class is geared towards beginner shooters of all ages (10 and up) with limited to no experience with firearms handling. Skills learned in the classroom will be reinforced in the live fire range time session that is included in the class. You will gain a fundamental understanding of the different types of firearms, as well as respect for safety, operations of various actions, safe storage options, and basics of ballistics.

Pre-requisites:

None

Recommended equipment:

  • Eye and Hearing protection
  • Range appopriate clothing
  • .22 lr rifle, 100 rounds of 22 Long Rifle ammunition. If you don’t have the recommended equipment, we offer rental equipment onsite. Ammunition must be purchased at our facility for any firearm rentals. 

3-4 hours $80 for the 1st adult in the family, $30 for each youth, senior and any additional adults attending

Intro to AR Platform

This comprehensive course is designed to lay the groundwork for basic rifle handling, ammunition, selecting and storing a rifle and most importantly, rifle safety. Skills learned in the classroom will be reinforced in the live fire range time session included in this class. Whether you have never held a rifle before or have experience and want to refine your basic skills, this class will help you start and gain confidence in your ability to handle them safely.

Pre-requisites: None

Required equipment:

  • Rifle
  • 50 Rounds of ammunition
  • Hearing and Eye protection

4 hours $135

Tac Rifle 1,2,3 and 4

These classes are an appropriate next step after a student has taken the Intro to AR Platform at Bristlecone. Students need to have a basic understanding of the AR or AK platform (any semi-automatic, magazine-fed rifle) before registering for these intermediate classes, as the fundamental nomenclature and general operation will not be addressed. These classes are taught mostly in the live-fire range and are focused on down range drills. 

Pre-requisite: 

Intro to AR

Recommended equipment:

  • Semi-automatic magazine-fed rifle (rental package available for $15)
  • Ammo and additional equipment requirement vary by session.  Please see our training calendar for details and registration.

3-4 hours $125

Intro to Shotgun

This is a comprehensive course that is designed to lay the groundwork on basic shotgun handling, ammunition, selecting and storing a shotgun, various shotgun sports, and most importantly, shotgun safety. Skills learned in the classroom will be reinforced in the live-fire range time session included in this class. Whether you have never held a gun before or have experience and want to refine your basic skills, this class will help you start and gain confidence in your ability to handle firearms safely.

Pre-requisite:

None

Recommended equipment:

  • Shotguns and Ammunition are included in the class price.
  • Bring Hearing and Eye protection. If you don’t have the recommended equipment, we offer equipment rental on site.
  • Please wear range appropriate attire – no low-cut shirts or open-toed shoes are allowed.

4 hours $135

 

Defensive Shotgun

 

This course is designed to educate students on which shotguns are best suited for home defense, as well as how to choose proper ammunition, store securely, and make considerations for storage versus staging. This class focuses on home defense and both intermediate and more experienced shooters will benefit from the information. Skills learned in the classroom will be reinforced in the live-fire range time session that is included in this class.

Prerequisite:

Students must have taken an Intro to Shotgun Class or must speak directly to Filipp prior to registering.

Required equipment:

  • Semi-Automatic or Pump/ Slide Action shotgun
  • 50 rounds of #8 or #7.5 birdshot, 20 rounds of Buckshot, 10 rounds of slugs
  • Method of Shotshell Carry (Side Saddle, Jacket pockets are acceptable for this class.)
  • Please wear range appropriate attire – no low-cut shirts or open-toed shoes are allowed. 

4 hours $135

Private Instruction

Our very knowledgeable and certified instructors can take you anywhere you want to go. From basic marksmanship, gun handling and maintenance to extreme drills or even building your own AR. Our Private Instruction is completely customizable.

1 person, 1 hour $100  2 people, 1 hour $125  3 people, 1 hour $150

 

Casualty Care

Casualty Care is based on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) that has been in use for over a decade. This course is designed for anyone who shoots, from Law Enforcement to weekend recreational shooters. No medical certification, experience or licensure required.

Topics:

  • TCCC History
  • Preventable Combat Death
  • Tourniquets
  • Hemostatic Agents
  • Chest Seals
  • Equipment for your IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit)
  • Hands On with Simulators

4 hours $80

 



Virtual Training Simulator

One of the most exciting training features in our 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.

Hunter Safety Classes

These classes are offered as a public service in conjunction with Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Please visit their website for more details and a list of scheduled classes.  http://cpw.state.co.us/

Go to our Training Calendar for Schedules and Registration