Q: Is there any prerequisite or prior experience required to take this course?
A: No, there is not a course prerequisite to take the Carbine Course. We have trained students from all disciplines and skill levels. It is recommended that you know how to operate your firearm and holster prior to attending an ERT Course. For those completely unfamiliar with defensive firearms, ERT offers the Introduction to Defensive Handguns course.
Q: What kind of holster/gear should I bring?
A: We recommend that students bring a good, durable, high quality Kydex holster that is of sufficient quality to withstand rigorous training. For Law Enforcement and Military personnel, we recommend that you train with your duty gear. If you currently carry concealed for personal defense, it is recommended that you bring your actual carry gear. You will also need 3 magazines (5 if using a single stack firearm.)
Q: Is this a course that civilians can take, or is it restricted to Law Enforcement and Military personnel only?
A: The course can be taken by Civilians, Military, Law Enforcement and Private Security personnel who are interested in improving their ability to efficiently use their handgun or carbine in a defensive situation.
Q: I am over 50, is this a course that I will be able to take?
A: Yes. There is no upper limit as far as age.
Q: Do I have to be in excellent physical condition to take the course?
A: You do not have to be a world-class athlete to take this course. We have had students with a variety of physical skill levels in our courses, including students with disabilities.
Q: How many women take the course?
A: Specific numbers in classes vary, but the majority of Courses have at least one female student.
Q: What kind of gun should I bring to the course?
A: The most important trait of a defensive firearm is reliability. After that, efficiency and fit are the most important things. If you currently carry a specific firearm and have found it be reliable, that is what you should bring.
Q: Can I bring a snub nosed revolver to the course?
A: If your primary defensive firearm is a snub nosed revolver, that is what you should train with.
Q: Will This course help me in competitive shooting?
A: The concepts and principles are designed to help you be more efficient in the context of a defensive shooting situation, not achieve better scores in competition.
Q: I am a Law Enforcement/Military member, what can you teach me that I don’t already know?
A: The concepts contained within ERT program are designed to help you understand some of what happens to you physically during times of critical stress and how to work with those responses to develop an efficient armed response to a threat. Empirical evidence shows overwhelmingly that, even though a person may be highly trained as a shooter, they do not necessarily use their traditional range techniques in their defensive shooting situation. ERT is designed to help develop skills that are more congruent with real fights. Many LE Agencies and Military Units have adopted or integrated ERT training approaches.
Q: How much classroom time is there, and should I bring note-taking materials?
A: There is no classroom training involved in the ERT program as a rule, but if inclement weather dictates, we have done some lecture time indoors on concepts and principles. Feel free to bring materials, and if time allows, definitely take notes.