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Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range

Michael Kennedy

Lead Firearms Instructor

Michael underwent around 6 years of training and certification in multiple shooting disciplines prior to joining the team at The Gun Range.

He states that classes are fun, geared to everyone’s needs, and are particularly safety oriented. While at The Gun Range, he’s taught young kids who are already relatively adept at shooting, right on up to people in their 80’s who are just getting started in developing their passion.

His main goal is to see his students progress through learning and then witness how they can then apply what they’ve learned.

The key requirement for his students is that they come to class with a buoyant attitude. That way, everyone learns more rapidly and the class atmosphere is always positive and exuberant.

Debbie MacDonald - Instructor - The Gun Range

Debbie MacDonald

Instructor

Debbie’s background is in education so she finds her work as an instructor at The Gun Range comes naturally to her. However, her key principle prior to any class is that personal safety is of the utmost importance.

Debbie pursued her own personal training in how to handle handguns safely and effectively, after which, she progressed to gaining NRA certifications which allowed her to become an instructor.

Her key focus is centered upon Self Defense in the Home, Basic Pistol/ Revolver Marksmanship, Concealed Carry relating to Sacramento County regulations, and she also undertakes women-only classes.

Furthermore, she offers one-to-one coaching sessions to those who have the requirement for further tutoring.

Firearms Classes

CCW Classes in Sacramento

Californa CCW Course (Sacramento County)

Instructors

Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range Debbie MacDonald - Instructor - The Gun Range

Course Description:

The CCW Course, which is taught by Michael Kennedy and Debbie MacDonald, is held over a two-day period. On the first day, students will learn about the 'self-defense platform' including handgun choice, proper ammunition, holster use, and developing the proper defensive mindset with respect to personal protection.

On the second day, the course will highlight appropriate aspects of California self-defense law and how it relates to the use of firearms, with further instruction on shooting technique, malfunction clearance, and firearms storage.

The course will conclude with a written exam and a live-fire handgun qualification.

Upon meeting the requisite standards set by The Gun Range, the student will be awarded a Certificate of Qualification to meet the requirements of the Sheriff's Office.

Throughout the course, the following will be covered:

  • Handgun safety and storage
  • Transportation of firearms
  • Current political climate and gun rights
  • CCW holder responsibilities
  • California State CCW laws
  • Legal use of deadly force
  • Defensive shooting techniques
  • Live fire instruction

The price of the class includes the range fee. The first firearm is included free of charge, and each additional firearm (maximum of three) is $10.00 each.

California CCW Modification

Instructors

Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range Debbie MacDonald - Instructor - The Gun Range

Course Description:

The California CCW Modification course consists of a single module and is designed in such a way as to assist you in achieving a qualification with respect to additional firearms that may then be added to your concealed carry weapons permit.

The class is taught by Michael Kennedy and Debbie MacDonald and range fee is included. The first firearm for range use is included with the course fee, while each additional firearm is charged at $10.00 with a maximum of three permitted.

California CCW Re-Qualification Course

Instructors

Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range Debbie MacDonald - Instructor - The Gun Range

Course Description:

The California four hour CCW Re-qualification course which is also run by Michael Kennedy and Debbie MacDonald, has been designed to provide you with the education and skills that will then empower you to renew your concealed carry weapons permit.

The course material has been approved by a number of other jurisdictions. The class makes up the final four hours of the 16 hour course.

All range fees are included in the original price and the first firearm is included. For each additional firearm, the price is $10.00 with a maximum set at three.

Tactical Rifle Classes

Basic Introduction to AR Platform

Instructors

Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range

Course Description:

The AR-15 was designed based upon the 7.62mm AR-10, the original design of which was created by Eugene Stoner from the Fairchild ArmaLite Corporation. It was conceived as a lighter, 5.56mm caliber version of the AR-10. Although it’s commonly believed that “AR” stands for assault rifle, in actual fact, the name comes from Corporation.

During this course, you will learn about the history, basic design, features, and also the functions of the AR-15. You’ll find out about the basic tools and resources that are required to build and repair the AR- platform.

The class also involves safety instruction which is pertinent to cleaning, handling, storing, and also shooting the rifle. The course will finish in the range where you’ll have the chance to use the rifle and apply what you have learned.

Although the range fee is inclusive in the price of the course, ammunition is additional and may be purchased during the class. Should you be unable to bring your own firearm, you can rent one at the range.

Pistol Classes

Basic Pistol/Revolver Marksmanship

Instructors

Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range Debbie MacDonald - Instructor - The Gun Range

Course Description:

The Basic Pistol / Marksmanship Shooting Course emphasizes the general knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. The session includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn rules for safe gun handling, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, shooting fundamentals, range rules, two-handed standing shooting positions, and continued opportunities for skill development. Slow fire and Bull’s-eye shooting techniques will be employed, with the focus on target acquisition and accuracy. The range fee is included with the price of the class. Please bring your own firearm or you can rent one here at the range. Ammo is available for purchase as well.

Students who join the course will learn about the following aspects:

  • rules for safe gun handling
  • pistol parts and operation
  • ammunition
  • shooting fundamentals
  • range rules
  • shooting from a bench rest position
  • shooting from two-handed standing positions
  • cleaning the pistol
  • continued opportunities for skill development

While the main focus will be on target acquisition and accuracy, two shooting techniques will be employed, namely slow fire and bull’s eye shooting.

The class fee includes usage of the range, and you can either bring your own firearm or you may rent one from our range. Ammo is available for purchase.

Welcome to Intermediate Pistol

Instructors

Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range Debbie MacDonald - Instructor - The Gun Range

Course Description:

This intermediate level three hour course follows and builds upon the Basic Pistol course and is taught by Michael Kennedy and Debbie MacDonald.

The course focuses on enhancing the following skills:

  • How to build upon the six handgun fundamentals which include: improving stance, proper sight picture, correct grip, breath control, trigger control, and follow through..
  • Learning 'emergency' and 'tactical' reloading techniques, coping with a variety of handgun malfunctions, and developing both Bullseye and 'defensive' accuracy when shooting.
  • Correct presentation from holster, and shooting with a two handed grip in a supported position as well as a one handed unsupported grip.

Requirements to take the Intermediate Pistol course:

  • Either completion of the Basic Pistol course or proof of equivalent training.
  • A strong side holster which is either IWB or OWB. Cross draw, ankle, small of back, or Blackhawk Serpa holsters are unacceptable.
  • At least two magazines per gun (or speed loaders for revolvers).
  • Eye and ear protection.
  • Minimum of 200 rounds of ammunition per handgun which can be obtained at the range.

Miscellaneous Classes

Multi-State 4 Hour CCW

Instructors

Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range

Course Description:

In this course, which is taught by Michael, you will be provided with all the required knowledge and training to acquire the Utah Concealed Carry Weapon Permit as set by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification, of the Utah Department of Public Safety.

The permit will allow you to carry a concealed firearm in 34 states.

The class will also facilitate your applications for both the Florida CCW and the Arizona CCW, which will allow you to carry a concealed firearm in a total of 40 states.

Please bring a credit card or check book to pay for the $51 to expedite the mailing of your application to Utah Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Identification.

Self Defense in the Home

Instructors

Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range Debbie MacDonald - Instructor - The Gun Range

Course Description:

Focusing on the use of a defensive pistol in the home, this four hour course covers such issues as legality, mindset, decision-making when under pressure, and planning for the worst case scenario.

During the course, you will develop basic skills, knowledge, and aptitude which are essential with respect to safe and efficient use of a handgun when protecting self and family. Further, you will learn about the right to self-defense of any law-abiding citizen.

The course is taught by Michael Kennedy and Debbie MacDonald and includes range shooting. It is recommended that you have access to 200 rounds of ammunition.

Carry with Confidence

Instructors

Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range

Course Description:

Rather than merely being a hobby, carrying a gun is a lifestyle choice. Should you choose to carry a gun, you must possess the necessary skills required to retrieve your gun from concealment, accurately hit your target, and quickly reload and solve any malfunction issues.

You will learn how to:

  • draw your gun
  • fire and hit the target twice in less than 1.5 seconds
  • survive a violent confrontation
  • conceal your gun

Types of concealment will also be discussed: inside the parts, hip-holster, cross draw, small of the back, fanny packs, shoulder holster, ankle holster, and women’s purses.

The course is run by our leading instructor, Michael Kennedy. It is recommended you have access to 300 rounds of ammo per class. Eye and ear protection are a class requirement. Three magazines with belt holder are also a requirement. The class fee includes both range time and targets.

Defense Shotgun Training Class

Instructors

Michael Kennedy - Lead Firearms Instructor - The Gun Range

Course Description:

The Defense Shotgun Training Class is focused on those who own either semi-automatic or pump action shotguns. The drills practiced and skills learned will be highly specific to your firearm.

During the class, which is taught by Michael, you will need:

  • techniques of shotgun presentation
  • determining terminal effectiveness
  • combat and speed reloading
  • defensive accuracy
  • movement and use of cover & barricades
  • use of a shotgun in home defense
  • alternate shooting positions
  • alternate aiming techniques

During the class, which is taught by Michael, you will learn:

  • 50 to 100 rounds of target shotgun shells
  • 10 to 25 rounds of buckshot (00) shotgun shells
  • 5 to 15 rounds of slugs

Should you have a means to hold spare shells, either on the gun or off, please remember to bring it along, and don’t forget to bring your eye and ear protection gear. Course Rates: Defensive Shotgun Class fee is $80.00 and includes range fees.

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