Courses

LMS Defense offers a range of courses for the complete beginner to the seasoned operations team member. These courses are offered at different locations and facilities by a number of our instructors. Regardless of which course you attend, all courses have the following general requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen or ITAR approved person
  • Open Mind
  • Positive Attitude
  • Personal Protective Equipment (course appropriate: eye pro, ear pro, knee pads, elbow pads, body armor, helmet, etc.)
  • Notetaking Materials
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing / Sunscreen
  • Food and water
  • No open toed shoes allowed
Additional specific requirements are listed with each course below.

Special Events

Customer Appreciation Weekend!!

2 Days

Customer Appreciation Weekend is our opportunity to recognize you for being a valued part of the LMS Defense family. This 2 day training event is exclusive to those who have taken an LMS Defense class within the previous calendar year. Teaming up with our industry partners to bring our customers training opportunities that are unique and varied from normal LMS Defense courses we endeavor to make Customer Appreciation Weekend an event you don’t want to miss.

The format has changed from previous years with regard to the length of the training blocks as well as the types of training that will be available. By limiting the total number of people in attendance and requiring recent course attendance we are able to provide a higher level of training than in previous years. We are also excited to be able to provide training opportunities that were not previously possible. Partnering with other members of the firearms industry allows us to bring the latest in firearms, equipment and technology and make it available to our customers.

Examples of training blocks will include:

  • Live Fire CQB
  • Low Light/No Light CQB
  • Force on Force
  • No Light Precision Rifle
  • Plus many of our previously offered course blocks

Prerequisites: To register you MUST have taken an LMS Defense Course within the previous year prior to the event.

Equipment List: Equipment list and round count will be provided one month prior to the event. Specialty equipment will be available for attendees to use at event.

Cost: $200

CCW & Related Courses

Our CCW courses are designed to prepare those seeking a concealed carry weapon license by ensuring safe and proficient weapon handling, marksmanship, and mindset. We also offer several CCW related courses which offer complementary skills to CCW holders.

Idaho Enhanced CCW

1 Day

The Idaho Enhanced CCW Course is specifically designed to combine our world class handgun fundamentals curriculum with all of the necessary elements outlined in the new Idaho State Enhanced CCW law. This course is compliant with the updated Idaho Statute 18-3302K, making the successful student qualified to apply for the new "Enhanced" Idaho CCW beginning July 1, 2013, allowing for carry in close to 40 states, including Nevada and Utah. This course includes instruction in Idaho law relating to firearms and the use of deadly force, responsible firearms use and safety, self-defense principals, moral and ethical issues related to the use of force, daily handgun carry principals, gunfighting fundamentals and dynamics, weapons handling, effective close quarters engagement techniques, and concealment holster use. Pistols available for rent. We recommend this before you buy for first time shooters.

Prerequisites: No prohibitions from possessing firearms

Equipment List:

  • Handgun
  • Holster
  • 2 magazines or speed loaders
  • Magazine pouches

Round count: 200

Self Defense for Concealed Carry

1 Day

Carrying a firearm often gives us peace of mind but the unfortunate reality is that most situations we may find ourselves confronted with will not be resolved with a firearm. This one day course will provide the concealed carry permit holder, plain clothes or off duty law enforcement officer with critical skills to maintain control of your firearm during a physical altercation. Topics covered will include weapon retention both in the holster and outside of the holster, weapon takeaways, strikes, blocks, holds. This is a hands on practical application class that will require physical exertion.

Prerequisites: Basic gun handling skills

Equipment List:

  • Inert training gun if you have one (loaners are available)
  • Holster and clothing that matches your preferred concealed carry method

Round count: 0

Introductory Courses

Our introductory courses are designed for the new or novice shooter. Courses are typically one day only with minimal gear requirements and round count.

Pistol Fundamentals

1 Day

This fun and informative course is designed for novice and regular shooters. LMS Defense’s professional and comfortable learning environment will enable you to quickly learn handgun safety, core fundamentals and shooting dynamics, weapons handling, effective handgun engagement techniques, and holster use. You will also take home techniques and skills to train correctly on your own. This is a great course for new gun owners and recreational shooters to take the plunge into getting professional instruction without a large financial and time commitment. We strive to teach these low stress courses locally and often. Rent pistol, 3 magazines, holster & magazine pouches for $20/per day.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • Handgun
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders
  • Magazine pouches

Round count: 250

Carbine Fundamentals

1 Day

This low stress but challenging course is designed for new carbine owners, weekend shooters and professional gun handlers who want a fundamentals refresher. Our comfortable, professional learning environment allows students of this course to learn safety, carbine setup and deployment, rifle marksmanship fundamentals and core defensive carbine skills. You will also take home techniques and skills to train correctly on your own. This one day course also sets the student up to get the full learning potential out of a two day Carbine One or similar course. At a minimum, you will leave with a zeroed carbine that you will know how to safely handle and employ. We strive to teach these courses locally and often.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • Carbine (.22LR is acceptable)
  • Sling
  • 3 magazines
  • Magazine pouches

Round count: 300

Precision Rifle Fundamentals

1 Day

The Precision Rifle Fundamentals course is designed to be the starting point for a precision rifle shooter. This 1 day course will guide you through proper equipment selection and set up, fitting the rifle to the shooter, care and maintenance and zeroing procedures. Building the foundation for our other precision rifle courses this class will allow students to better understand their rifles and optics as well as shoot to 200 yards and begin solid data collection. Techniques in this course will benefit tactical shooters, hunters and competition shooters.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • Rifle with bipod and adjustable non-elastic sling or leather or nylon
  • Spotting scope/stand
  • Cleaning rod
  • Bore guide
  • Powder and copper solvents
  • Light gun oil with silicone
  • Jags and bore brushes (caliber appropriate)
  • Cleaning brush / stiff bristle brush
  • Chamber brush or .45 cal pistol brush
  • Cleaning patches (100 min)
  • Hand towel / cloth
  • 12" ruler or measuring tape
  • Pocket calculator
  • Sand sock or rear bag
  • Kestrel or other wind meter (recommended)
  • Shooting matt, knee/elbow pads (recommended
  • Lens cleaning kit
  • Tool kit with screwdriver tips, allen or torx bits for scope rings and base screws
  • Daypack

Round count: 60-80 rounds of the same match or premium grade factory ammunition (hand loads must be pre-approved and load data supplied). When purchasing match grade ammunition we recommend that you purchase a case (generally 200 rounds) of the same lot number for consistency.

Knife Defense Fundamentals

1 Day

Edged weapons are highly accessible, easily concealable and are a growing threat on today’s streets. Reality based self defense training cannot be complete without a basic understanding of how to defend yourself and your loved ones if faced with this potentially deadly threat. This clinic will focus on basic combatives, instinctive defenses, and defending against dynamic attacks from any angle (over hand, under hand and straight thrust stabs and slashes). The course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to begin rudimentary hand-to-hand combatives and self-defense training against an attacker armed with a knife or similar edged weapon. Age Requirement: Must be 18 years of age or older. NOTE: STUDENTS SHOULD BE OF GOOD HEALTH AND PREPARED FOR MODERATE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. There are a limited number of participants accepted for this clinic, so please pre-register early in order to ensure placement

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • White t-shirt (in addition to regular clothing)
  • Comfortable pants or workout pants
  • Eye protection

Round count: 0

Ladies Beginner Pistol Fundamentals

1 Day

This low stress course focuses on teaching the ladies in our lives the basic fundamentals of shooting a pistol. Topics covered include weapons familiarity and breakdown, core skills of shooting and marksmanship, draw techniques, holsters and where to carry on your body, mindset, and much more. This class has a 2-3 hour classroom presentation and a 3-4 hour range portion.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • Handgun
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders
  • Magazine pouches

Round count: 250

Ladies Beginner Carbine Fundamentals

1 Day

This low stress course focuses on teaching the ladies basic fundamentals of shooting a carbine; also know as an M4 or assault rifle. Topics covered include weapon familiarity, core skills of shooting and marksmanship, zeroing, positions, malfunctions, mindset, and much more. If you want to try a carbine before you buy we have complete setups available for $35 day; comes with carbine, 3 magazines & optic in 223 or 22 caliber.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • Carbine (.22LR is acceptable)
  • Sling
  • 3 magazines
  • Magazine pouches

Round count: 250

Shotgun Fundamentals

1 Day

The LMS Defense Shotgun Fundamentals course is designed for both beginner and experienced shotgunners. As a defensive weapon the shotgun is unrivaled in both lethality and versatility. During this one day course we will discuss equipment set up, ammunition selection and limitations, patterning, effective employment of the shotgun for self-defense, situational selection of a different ammunition type, reloading the shotgun, and positional shooting.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • Shotgun
  • Sling

Round count: 150-200 birdshot, 50 '00' buckshot, 20 slugs

AK Fundamentals

1 Day

An Introduction to the Combative Kalashnikov. The LMS Defense AK course will teach marksmanship fundamentals, combat stress management, rifle zero, rifle manipulation, ground gun fighting, gear selection, and ongoing self-training tools. All while using the AK platform. This class will also explore the design and history of this legendary battle rifle found throughout the world. This fast paced, challenging course will enable you to intelligently integrate the Avtomat Kalishnikova into your arsenal of options; helping you to remain the Last Man Standing.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • AK pattern rifle
  • Sling
  • 3 magazines
  • Magazine pouches

Round count: 400

Basic Courses

Pistol 1

2 Days

The Pistol 1 course will teach weapon manipulation, marksmanship fundamentals, combat stress management, movement, use of cover, fighting from unusual positions, ground gun fighting, concealed weapon tactics and continuing self training tools. This fast paced, challenging course will better enable you to use the handgun as an effective part of your defense system.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • Handgun
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders
  • Magazine pouches
  • Cover garment if you regularly carry concealed

Round count: 600

Carbine 1

2 Days

The Carbine 1 course will teach marksmanship fundamentals, combat stress management, rifle zero, rifle manipulation, movement, use of cover, fighting from unusual positions, ground gun fighting, an introduction to team tactics, gear selection and ongoing self-training tools. This fast paced, challenging course will enable you to intelligently integrate the rifle into your arsenal of options; helping you remain the Last Man Standing. Converted or dedicated 22LR AR pattern carbines are acceptable.

Carbine 1 courses taught at the Hollister location will include lodging in a house with beds and showers and dinner on Saturday. Students will be responsible for other meals while at the course. The ranch house has a full kitchen. Hollister courses will also have a low light block added as the course venue allows for low light shooting. As such, a weapon mounted light and hand held flashlight are required at this location.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • Carbine (.22LR is acceptable)
  • Sling
  • 3 magazines (carbine)
  • Magazine pouches (carbine)
  • Handgun
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders (handgun)
  • Magazine pouches (handgun)
  • For course at Hollister location:
    • Weapon mounted light
    • Handheld light

Round count: 800-1000 (carbine), 50-100 (handgun)

Precision Rifle 1

2 Days

Precision Rifle 1 is the second phase of our precision rifle shooting curriculum. This 2 day course will build on the concepts learned in Precision Rifle Fundamentals. Topics covered will include equipment selection, fundamentals of marksmanship, scope mechanics and operation, minute of angle and MIL relation math, cold and hot bore zeroing, internal and external ballistics, ballistics data collection methods / recording, correcting for environmental effects, wind reading and adjustment, spotting, rifle diagnostics and maintenance. Students will have the opportunity to shoot from 200 to 1000 yards on a known distance range.

In an effort to ensure that all participants get ample one on one instruction this course is limited to 12 students.

Prerequisites: Precision Rifle Fundamentals in the last year or a similar precision rifle course from a reputable training provider and a statistical zero on your rifle in the week previous to class.

Equipment List:

  • Rifle with bipod and adjustable non-elastic sling or leather or nylon
  • Spotting scope/stand
  • Cleaning rod
  • Bore guide
  • Powder and copper solvents
  • Light gun oil with silicone
  • Jags and bore brushes (caliber appropriate)
  • Cleaning brush / stiff bristle brush
  • Chamber brush or .45 cal pistol brush
  • Cleaning patches (100 min)
  • Hand towel / cloth
  • 12" ruler or measuring tape
  • Pocket calculator
  • Sand sock or rear bag
  • Kestrel or other wind meter (recommended)
  • Shooting matt, knee/elbow pads (recommended
  • PDA or smart phone ballistics program of your choice
  • Lens cleaning kit
  • Tool kit with screwdriver tips, allen or torx bits for scope rings and base screws
  • Daypack

Round count: 160 rounds of the same match or premium grade factory ammunition (handloads must be pre-approved and load data supplied). When purchasing match grade ammunition we recommend that you purchase a case (generally 200 rounds) of the same lot number for consistency.

Intermediate Courses

Intermediate Pistol Clinic

1 Day

This one day course will focus on the fundamentals and mindset of a Combat Pistol. It will focus on multiple target engagements, taking a precision pistol shots and the use of cover and concealment. We will be shooting from multiple positions so knee and elbow pads are highly recommended for this course.

Prerequisites: Pistol 1 or similar course from another training provider

Equipment List:

  • Handgun
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders
  • Magazine pouches
  • Cover garment if you regularly carry concealed

Round count: 300-500

Low Light Pistol Fundamentals

1 Day : 1400-2200 hrs

The Low Light Pistol Fundamentals Course is an intensive techniques-based course focusing on the use white light illumination tools. Students will gain knowledge and experience in the management of low light pistol fundamentals.

Prerequisites: Pistol 1 or similar course from another training provider

Equipment List:

  • Handgun
    • Handgun mounted light optional but recommended
  • Handheld light
  • Holster
  • 4 magazines or speed loaders
  • Magazine pouches

Round count: 300-500

Pistol CQB Fundamentals

1 Day

Pistol CQB Fundamentals is an intensive techniques-based course which will give the armed citizen or professional the searching techniques needed to survive a violent encounter, be it in your home, office or during your daily activities. The techniques are learned through an intensive range session stressing the needed movement and shooting skills. After completion of the range session, students will move to live fire shoot house scenarios, which will allow them to practice these needed lifesaving skills. While in the live fire shoot house students will gain knowledge and experience with the use of a Pistol in CQB situations as an individual and in two man teams.

Prerequisites: Pistol 1 or similar course from another training provider

Equipment List:

  • Handgun
    • Handgun mounted light (required)
  • Handheld light
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders
  • Magazine pouches
  • Plate carrier with armor (optional but recommended)
  • Ballisic Helmet (optional but recommended)

Round count: 300-500

Intermediate Carbine Clinic

1 Day

This class will focus on longer range engagements (50-150 yards), unconventional shooting positions, shooting on the move, rifle to handgun transitions, combat stress management, and multiple target engagement. You may use whatever carbine platform you will use in a fight (AR, AK, M1A etc.). Due to ammo shortage we have noted a minimum & maximum ammo count. 22LR are welcome.

Prerequisites: Carbine 1 or similar course from another training provider

Equipment List:

  • Carbine (.22LR is acceptable)
  • Sling
  • 4 magazines (carbine)
  • Magazine pouches (carbine)
  • Handgun
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speedloaders (handgun)
  • Magazine pouches (handgun)

Round count: 300-500 (carbine), 50-100 (handgun)

Low Light Carbine Fundamentals

1 Day : 1400-2200 hrs

The Low Light Carbine Fundamentals Course is an intensive techniques-based course focusing on the use of white light illumination tools. Students will gain knowledge and experience in the management of low light carbine fundamentals.

Prerequisites: Carbine 1 or similar course from another training provider

Equipment List:

  • M4-M16 pattern 5.56mm carbine or other carbine with ZEROED optics and/or iron sights
    • Carbine mounted light (required)
  • Handheld light (optional)
  • Sling
  • 4 carbine magazines
  • Carbine magazine pouches
  • Handgun
    • Handgun mounted light optional but recommended
  • Holster
  • 4 handgun magazines or speed loaders
  • Handgun magazine pouches
  • Plate Carrier with armor (optional)
  • Helmet (optional)

Round count: 300-500 (carbine), 100 (handgun)

Carbine CQB Fundamentals

1 Day

Carbine CQB Fundamentals is an intensive techniques-based course which will give the armed citizen or professional the searching techniques needed to survive a violent encounter, be it in your home, office or during your daily activities. The techniques are learned through an intensive range session stressing the needed movement and shooting skills. After completion of the range session, students will move to live fire shoot house scenarios which will allow them to practice these needed lifesaving skills. While in the live fire shoot house students will gain knowledge and experience with the use of a carbine in CQB situations as an individual and in two man teams.

Prerequisites: Carbine 1 or similar course from another training provider

Equipment List:

  • M4-M16 pattern 5.56mm carbine or other carbine with ZEROED optics and/or iron sights
    • Carbine mounted light (required)
  • Handheld light (required)
  • Sling
  • 4 carbine magazines
  • Carbine magazine pouches
  • Handgun
    • Handgun mounted light optional but recommended
  • Holster
  • 4 handgun magazines or speed loaders
  • Handgun magazine pouches
  • Plate Carrier with armor (optional but recommended)
  • Basllistic Helmet (optional but recommended)

Round count: 300-500 (carbine), 100 (handgun)

Home Defense

2 Days

If ever there is a fight where you MUST be the Last Man Standing, it is a fight within your own home. Your family depends on you prevailing. This 2 day, non-live fire, Home Defense course will teach you the skills necessary to build a strong, multi-layered defense plan for your home. You will learn how to develop concentric rings of security, home hardening, safe room set-up, lanes of fire, family member rescues, CQB weapons manipulation, room clearing, low light encounters, police interaction and stress management. If you use a weapon to defend your home, this course should be on your short-list as an inexpensive method of training.

Prerequisites: Pistol 1 or equivalent course from respected training provider.

Equipment List:

  • Force on Force weapons and face mask will be provided
  • Personally owned airsoft guns with holsters, bbs and face masks are optional and will be inspected prior to use
  • Gloves
  • Long sleeve shirt and pants
  • Hat or other head/neck covering
  • Protective cup (men & women)
  • Cover garment if you regularly carry concealed

Round count: NA (airsoft)

Urban Defense

1 Day

Urban Defense will teach you how to manage life threatening situations on the street. This course is designed for the student who has a firm grasp of the fundamentals of pistol shooting. It will challenge your existing skill sets and give you new ones to take home. Topics include concealed draw techniques, alternative sighting methods, dynamic movement and shooting, fighting from the ground, dominant/non-dominant malfunction clearances, shooting from awkward positions, intermediate/long range handgun shooting, shooting in and around vehicles, mindset, and much more.

Prerequisites: Pistol Fundamentals, Pistol 1, or any pistol class from an approved training firm.

Equipment List:

  • Handgun, ideally one that you carry concealed daily
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders
  • Cover garment

Round count: 300

Ladies Defensive Pistol

1 Day

Designed to be the “next step” for ladies who want to move on with their training, the LMS Defense Ladies Defensive Pistol course focuses on ingraining fundamental skills and principals necessary for successful defense. Topics include close engagement skills, intermediate range shooting, open and concealed draw techniques, and an introduction to realistic shooting positions.

Prerequisites: Pistol Fundamentals, or live fire CCW course.

Equipment List:

  • Handgun, ideally one that you carry concealed daily
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders
  • Cover garment (if appropriate)

Round count: 200-300

Pistol 2

2 Days

The LMS Defense Pistol 2 will take your handgun training to the next level. Topics covered include Alternative Carry Methods, Single-Handed Weapons Manipulations, Alternative Aiming Methods, Fighting from Disadvantaged Positions, and much more.

Prerequisites: Pistol 1 or equivalent training from a respected training provider.

Equipment List:

  • Handgun
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders
  • Magazine pouches
  • Cover garment if you regularly carry concealed

Round count: 750

Carbine 2

2 Days

If you intend to be the Last Man Standing in the fight of your life, you must teach yourself to effectively deal with threats throughout the engagement window of the weapons system. This means being able to deliver accurate fire out to 400 yards. LMS Defense's Carbine 2 course will reenforce marksmanship fundamentals, combat stress management, rifle zero, rifle manipulation, movement, use of cover, fighting from unusual positions, accurate fire from between 25 and 400 yards, team tactics and on going self-training tools.

Prerequisites: Carbine 1, Battle rifle 1 or equivalent course from respected training provider.

Equipment List:

  • Carbine
  • 4 magazines (carbine)
  • Sling
  • Magazine pouches (carbine)
  • Handgun
  • 3 magazines (handgun)
  • Magazine pouches (handgun)
  • Holster
  • Please bring the gear you will have with your rifle in a fight ie tactical vest; duty belt; bug out rig; patrol rifle bag; etc.

Round count: 400-800 (carbine), 50-100 (handgun)

Urban Defense 2

1 Day

Urban Defense 2 is the follow on course to our popular concealed carry based Urban Defense course. Urban Defense 2 is team taught by our firearms instructors in conjunction with martial arts and combatives instructors form Academy of Defense and Fitness to take the skills learned in Urban Defense and integrate time proven hand to hand combat and self-defense techniques with firearms skills. Reality tells us that lethal encounters often occur and incredibly close range and immediate access to your firearm may not be possible or practical. This course will teach straightforward techniques to defend against an attack and then integrate a deadly force option as needed. Law enforcement and security professionals will also find the material in this course beneficial. Students taking this class should be prepared for a highly physically active day and be able to repeatedly move from the ground to a standing position. Students will also be engaged in hand to hand and defensive tactics skills.

Prerequisites: Urban Defense, or be a sworn peace officer or verified security professional

Equipment List:

  • Handgun, ideally one that you carry concealed daily
  • Holster
  • 3 magazines or speed loaders
  • Cover garment

Round count: 300

Bad Breath Pistol

1 Day

LMS Defense would like to introduce “Bad Breath Pistol” as the next evolution in gunfighting. Though it is important to train at distances of 15 yards and greater, statistics bring gunfighting occurrences at a much closer distance. Approximately 90% of gunfights occur from contact to 15 feet where approximately 40% of those were from contact to just 3 feet. This course focuses on rapidly clearing your holster and effectively delivering rounds utilizing alternate sighting methods at those close distances.

Prerequisites: Pistol 1 or equivalent course from a reputable training provider.

Equipment List:

  • Handgun
  • 3 magazines
  • Magazine pouches
  • Holster

Round count: 400

Vehicle Tactics

1 Day

How much of your life do you spend in a vehicle? If you are a commuting citizen, quite a bit. If you are an active law enforcement officer, about 3/4 of your career is spent in a vehicle. The Vehicle Defense Course is designed to train the student in life saving skills and tactics in, on and around vehicles. This course focuses on defensive shooting from and around the vehicle and an extensive vehicle ballistics lab. Also covered will be best practices for deploying your weapon, using a vehicle as cover or concealment, and extensive use of unconventional firing positions. When possible a ballistics lab will be conducted depending on range regulations.

Prerequisites: Pistol 1 or equivalent course from a reputable training provider.

Equipment List:

  • Handgun
  • 3 magazines
  • Magazine pouches
  • Holster

Round count: 300-500

Team Tactics

2 Days

Team Tactics is a challenging and fun course incorporating team movement safety, two and four person team movement, security overwatch, team based engagements, team communication, and forward, rearward and lateral team movement.

Prerequisites: Pistol 1, Carbine 1, or equivalent courses from a reputable training provider.

Equipment List:

  • Carbine
  • 4 magazines (carbine)
  • Sling
  • Magazine pouches (carbine)
  • Handgun
  • 3 magazines (handgun)
  • Magazine pouches (handgun)
  • Holster
  • Please bring the gear you will have with your rifle in a fight ie tactical vest; duty belt; bug out rig; patrol rifle bag; etc.

Round count: 700 (carbine), 100 (handgun)

Practical Scoped Rifle

2 Days

This intermediate range course covers the key skill sets required for rapid, accurate engagement of targets from 25-800 yards in a challenging field environment. The course is designed around the application of hunting rifles, enhanced battle rifles, and shorter-barreled precision rifles in standard calibers. Emphasis is on practical methods for spotting, ranging and putting effective rounds on target in a compressed timeframe, in realistic hunting or tactical scenarios.

The facility also has lodging on site for our students which is included in the course cost.

Topics:

  • Target detection
  • Spotting and dialogue
  • Ballistics data
  • Terrain effects on wind and wind reading
  • Rapid engagement using holds for drop and wind
  • Slope shooting
  • Alternate position marksmanship
  • Shooting from improvised rests and concealed positions

Prerequisites:

  • LMS Precision Rifle 1, or Practical Carbine; or other equivalent instruction or experience
  • No physical limitations that would preclude traveling in rugged terrain carrying a light backpack and rifle during day or night for distances up to 2 miles

Equipment List:

  • See list for Precision Rifle 1
  • Scoped rifle with ZEROED optics with sling and bipod or bag
  • Binoculars with strap or chest harness (spotting scope is optional)
  • Notebook or logbook
  • 10 feet of 550 paracord
  • Personal First-aid-kit with ACE bandage and TQ
  • Shooting sticks (optional, but recommended)
  • Laser rangefinder (optional, but recommended)
  • Backpack for daily support gear
  • Rain gear
  • Appropriate hiking boots / footwear
  • Personal water supply to cover 2 full days of heavy activity
  • Food (breakfast/lunch on Sunday)
  • Sleeping bag / pillow
  • You should be packing for two intensive days in the outdoors and be prepared for a variety of weather as it can change rapidly.

Round count: 200 rounds of the same match or premium grade factory ammunition (handloads must be pre-approved and load data supplied). When purchasing match grade ammunition we recommend that you purchase a case (generally 200 rounds) of the same lot number for consistency.

Evolution of Mindset 1

2 Days

The Level 1 course in the Evolution of Mindset Series is an intense experience that is fast-paced and designed to elevate your skill sets to the next level of performance. The Mindset Weapons System Formulas (Dynamic Autogenics©) go beyond helping you achieve a high score in your chosen shooting activity but is the ultimate weapons and tactics administrator that may be a determining factor in your survivability. The Evolution of Mindset Weapons System Course at LMS Defense may be the most mentally and physically intense two-day course you will ever experience but acquiring the ability to use the Mindset Weapons System Formulas may be the difference between basic competency and becoming a skilled weapons manipulator and decision maker. The course is designed to teach you methods for reducing and eliminating the adverse effects of the Combat Stress Paradigm (auditory exclusion, fine motor skills deterioration and cognitive dysfunction). Typically, in most courses, the topic of mindset is only a brief presentation or afterthought with little or no application. The Mindset Weapons System Course at LMS Defense brings the mindset component to the forefront of training. . Each day specially designed scenarios will test and refine your ability to apply The Mindset Weapons System Formulas© to the Challenge Scenarios. During the scenario challenges each participant will be wearing a heart rate device that will provide real-time heart rate data to the instructors. This data stream will enable immediate feedback and enhance the development of an individual Mindset Effectiveness Zone (MEZ) for each student. The Evolution of Mindset Course, Level One, has been designed to place you in (controlled) high stress/failure/fear situations where you will have the opportunity to utilize and practice the Mindset Weapons System Formulas to maximize your performance.

Prerequisites: Carbine or Pistol fundamental training from a reputable company. Prior to the course, you will receive an audio CD or electronic audio file which will allow for course customization.

Equipment List:

  • Force on Force weapons and face mask will be provided
  • Personally owned airsoft guns with holsters/bb's and face masks are optional and will be inspected prior to use
  • Gloves
  • Long sleeve shirt and pants
  • Hat or other head/neck covering
  • Protective cup (men & women)
  • Cover garment if you regularly carry concealed

Round count: NA (airsoft)

Advanced Courses

Our advanced courses build on and combine skillsets taught in a variety of our basic and intermediate courses. These classes require shooters to already have their gear sorted, weapons zeroed, and be in good physical shape for rigorous activity.

Practical Carbine

2 Days

The Practical Carbine course is designed to take the skills that students have learned in our Carbine 1 course and carbine clinics and apply them under realistic field conditions. Through a partnership with a landowner in south San Benito County we have been able to secure a large ranch with varying terrain and field conditions to provide our students with a training environment full of endless possibilities. Shooting from distances of contact to 400 yards students will be faced with multiple target scenarios and movement problems as well as positional and varied angle shooting. This training venue also allows our instructors to touch on other important skill areas such as realistic low light engagements, land navigation, movement and equipment selection for life beyond the flat range. The facility also has lodging on site for our students which is included in the course cost. LMS Defense will provide dinner on Saturday night. These courses will begin at 10 AM on Saturday and will end between 4 PM and 5 PM on Sunday. The late start on Saturday is due to the low light/ no light component. This course is in an austere environment and requires substantial physical activity, students should be in suitable physical condition to handle hikes in varied terrain with their loadout.

Prerequisites: Carbine 1 or similar 2 day (16 Hr) carbine course from a respected training provider.

Equipment List:

  • Carbine with ZEROED optics and/or iron sights and sling
  • 4 magazines (carbine)
  • Magazine pouches
  • Chest Rig or Plate Carrier (recommended)
  • Handgun (optional, include necessary magazines)
  • Handheld flashlight
  • Carbine mounted light (recommended)
  • Backpack for daily support gear
  • Rain gear
  • Appropriate hiking boots / footwear
  • Personal water supply to cover 2 full days of heavy activity
  • Food (breakfast/lunch on Sunday)
  • Sleeping bag / pillow
  • You should be packing for two intensive days in the outdoors and be prepared for a variety of weather as it can change rapidly.

Round count: 400 (rifle)

CQB Operations

3 Days

The CQB Operations Course is a 3 day program focusing on modern CQB operational techniques, tactics, procedures and equipment. Reality based training projectiles will be used in this course. Firearms and tactics instructors, SWAT trainers and operators, military combat arms instructors, security contractors, legally armed citizens and professional warriors are encouraged to attend. Tuition includes use of UTM M4 Kit, protective mask, and all necessary ammunition.

Prerequisites: Active duty or former US Military, US Law Enforcement (active & retired), CAC holding security professionals, and US Citizens with an acceptable CV of previous firearms training.

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense
  • M4-M16 pattern 5.56mm carbine with ZEROED optics and/or iron sights and sling. (Gas impingement is preferred to allow for easier integration with our UTM systems.) Loaner carbines are available.
  • Carbine mounted light
  • Handheld light (recommended)
  • 4 magazines (carbine)
  • Magazine pouches
  • Plate Carrier with body armor (plates required!)
  • NFDD pouch on back of vest
  • Ballistic helmet
  • Electronic hearing protection which fits inside your helmet
  • Glock 17 Handgun (optional, include necessary magazines)
  • Water and snack food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Athletic supporter with groin protection
  • Balaclava hood
  • Pen and small notepad
  • Digital camera and laptop are recommended

Round count: (provided)

NVG Instructor Course

4 Days

This course is intended to serve as an instructor certification and qualification for tactical officers, instructors and leaders. Successful candidates will be able to perform the following to an instructor standard: Laser Eye Safety procedures, Night vision and Laser system theory, night vision and Laser system application, operational use assessment and considerations, liability reduction, physical agility under night vision, weapons use skills under night vision, exterior high risk search, observation post / overwatch operations, breach point operations, deliberate stealth interior searches and stealth movement to crisis sites. Students will gain experience and demonstrate performance to standards through the use of interactive lecture, live fire drills, team movement and student teach back assignments.

Prerequisites: Law Enforcement officer, CAC card holder or ITAR approved FFM/P AND Basic SWAT School, EAG SH/CQB Package, or another combination of verifiable training and experience.

Equipment List:

  • Basic SWAT load out PLUS:
  • NVG with mount
  • MFAL (IR Laser and Illuminator / vis laser)
  • UTM, SIMS or Force on Force Bolt and 300 rds of ammo (available for rental)
  • SIMS PPE
  • Gas Mask
  • Laptop
  • Note pad and pen, recommend a full size note pad

Round count: 400 (rifle), 100 (pistol)

Low Light CQB

2 Days

The Low Light CQB Course is an intensive techniques-based course focusing on the use of visible illumination and lasers inside structures against live targets. Students will gain knowledge and experience in the management of low light CQB situations in two, four and 8 person teams. This course is 100% force on force, and materials fees cover all conversion kits, basic SIMS PPE and ammunition.

Prerequisites: US Citizen or ITAR approved person, and graduate of a reputable carbine operators course.

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense
  • M4-M16 pattern 5.56mm carbine with ZEROED optics and/or iron sights and sling. (Gas impingement is preferred to allow for easier integration with our UTM systems.) Loaner carbines are available.
  • Carbine mounted light
  • Carbine mounted visible laser is highly recommended
  • Handheld light (recommended)
  • 4 magazines (carbine)
  • Magazine pouches
  • Plate Carrier with body armor
  • Helmet
  • Electronic hearing protection which fits inside your helmet
  • Glock 17 Handgun (optional, include necessary magazines)
  • Water and snack food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Athletic supporter with groin protection
  • Balaclava hood
  • Pen and small notepad
  • Digital camera and laptop are recommended

Round count: (provided)

Gunfighting Instructor Development Course

3 Days

There are fewer positions in life more important than being entrusted with teaching others to defend their lives and the lives of those they love. Are you an active firearms instructor who wants to update your skills; or an accomplished student who thinks you are ready to begin teaching others? This 40 hour course will cover principals based training, range safety, adult learning, course design, training plans development, training and combat mindset, shooting diagnosis, case law and liability, force on force training concepts, combat shooting principals, cognitive combat skills and low light fighting principals. This course is heavy on the teach-backs, so come prepared to teach.

Prerequisites: US Citizen or ITAR approved person, and graduate of a reputable pistol and carbine operators courses.

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense
  • Carbine with ZEROED optics and/or iron sights and sling.
  • Carbine mounted light
  • Handheld light (recommended)
  • 4 magazines (carbine)
  • Handgun with magazines
  • Magazine pouches
  • Shotgun with sling
  • 500 rounds carbine, 400 rounds pistol, and 150 rounds (bird) shotgun
  • Electronic hearing protection which fits inside your helmet
  • Water and snack food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Pen and notebook
  • Easel pad, self stick
  • Digital camera and laptop

Round count: 400 (rifle), 100 (pistol)

Patrol Counter Ambush

3 Days (30 hours)

Limited tuition grants may be available

Today's law enforcement officers operate in a chaotic, dangerous and overanalyzed environment. The focus of the Patrol Counter Ambush course is to enable officers to prevail during a rapid, unexpected attack. Breaking contact, movement for advantage, fighting from the ground up, fighting from and around vehicles, and making rapid, smart decisions while maintaining the will to win are the objectives of this course.

Prerequisites: Current full, part time or reserve law enforcement officers

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense
  • Duty handgun and gear with 3 magazines
  • Duty rifle with sling
  • SIMS, UTM or FOF handgun and rifle conversion kits
  • 200 rounds handgun and 200 rounds rifle of appropriate SIMS, UTM or FOF ammunition
  • Force on Force training PPE (mask, eye pro, cup)
  • SIMS equipment and ammo available on site for rent ($200)
  • Eye and ear pro
  • Water and snack food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Pen and notebook

Round count: 200 (rifle, live rounds), 300 (pistol, live rounds)

Nighttime Precision Engagement

2 Days

Limited loaner equipment available

This is an advanced skills course that expands the sniper’s capabilities to include operations in no-light conditions. Precision riflemen will confirm data and engage targets to at least 800 yards during daylight operations, then transfer these skills to night operations to the maximum distance of their platform’s capability.

Procedures specific to no-light sniper operations are taught including observation, target identification and spotting, judging effects of weather, sniper team communication and applying shot corrections. Familiarization with equipment to support no-light sniper operations and conduct of sustainment training is emphasized. The opportunity for the student to evaluate new equipment offerings will be available as a result of industry support.

Prerequisites: Mil or SWAT Sniper, Advanced Precision Rifle or equivalent at LMS's discretion

Equipment List:

  • Common Sense
  • Precision rifle and day optic
    • Bolt or semi-auto with integral rail or EFR for use with CNVD
    • .338LM maximum caliber
    • No AP or steel core ammo
    • Projectiles must be non-destructive for use on AR500 steel targets
  • Appropriate clip-on night vision device (CNVD)
  • Standard precision shooting equipment that you use:
    • Ballistic calculator (recommended)
    • Kestrel (recommended)
    • Blank range cards (recommended)
  • Bipod
  • Rear bag
  • Sling
  • Chemlites or battery powered personal identification device
  • Hand held light
  • Appropriate rifle maintenance equipment
  • Eye and ear pro
  • Water and snack food
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Pen and notebook

Round count: 185 rounds match grade

Practical Long Range Scoped Rifle

2 Days

The Practical Long Range Scoped Rifle course provides instruction on the most challenging aspects of long-range field marksmanship and will test the limitations of both equipment and shooters. The majority of target engagements will be from 600-1500+ yards, over terrain features which create unique and challenging wind conditions and effects. This course is meant to accommodate more experienced shooters seeking to hone their abilities and discover the full potential of their rifles and calibers. The course is designed around the application of dedicated long-range precision rifles with quality optics, in highly-capable calibers. Minimum ballistic capability for this course is a rifle firing a .495 G1 BC bullet at 2700 fps or higher. Emphasis is on equipment diagnostics, technical methodology for zero and data collection, advanced ballistics and predicting wind and environmental effects.

The facility also has lodging on site for our students which is included in the course cost.

Topics:

  • Optic tracking test
  • Statistical processes in zeroing, data collection and interpolation
  • Internal ballistics, ammunition variables, and bore condition effects
  • External ballistics, using software
  • Identifying transonic range
  • Spin drift and coriolis effect
  • Light and mirage effects
  • Reading visible winds
  • Terrain-based wind study, predicting non-visible winds
  • Dispersion and effect on corrections

Prerequisites:

  • LMS Precision Rifle 1, or Practical Scoped Rifle; or other equivalent instruction or experience approved by LMS
  • No physical limitations that would preclude traveling in rugged terrain carrying a light backpack and rifle during day or night for distances up to 1/2 mile

Equipment List:

  • See list for Precision Rifle 1 and Practical Scoped Rifle
  • Scoped rifle with ZEROED optics (capable of 1 MOA or greater accuracy with minimum ballistic capability as outlined in description) with bipod and sling
  • Scope requirements: at least 14x magnification capability, adjustable for parallax, finger-adjustable knobs, 45 MOA or 13 Mils usable elevation adjustment above 100 yard zero, mil-dots, mil-scale, or MOA scale reticle system
  • Spotting scope
  • Laser rangefinder
  • Commercial ballistics software on phone or PDA
  • Notebook or logbook
  • Sand sock or rear rest
  • Full cleaning and tool kit
  • Personal First-aid-kit with ACE bandage and TQ
  • Backpack for daily support gear
  • Rain gear
  • Appropriate hiking boots / footwear
  • Personal water supply to cover 2 full days of heavy activity
  • Food (breakfast/lunch on Sunday)
  • Sleeping bag / pillow
  • You should be packing for two intensive days in the outdoors and be prepared for a variety of weather as it can change rapidly.

Round count: 160 rounds of the same match or premium grade factory ammunition (handloads must be pre-approved and load data supplied). When purchasing match grade ammunition we recommend that you purchase a case (generally 200 rounds) of the same lot number for consistency.

Fieldcraft

2 Days

The fieldcraft course will teach a core set of skills that support a wide range of activities from hunting to survival in a hostile environment. The 2 day course will be conducted in a rural / wilderness area and will build competency and confidence to plan, navigate, move, hide, and shoot from concealment in the field.

The facility also has lodging on site for our students which is included in the course cost.

Topics:

  • Reading topographical and aerial maps, using compass, GPS and map protractor
  • Route planning using key terrain and avoidance of detection by game or people
  • Stand or hide selection
  • Safe movement techniques in day or low-light
  • Quiet movement and stalking
  • Camouflage and concealment
  • Back-trail, sign, and odor mitigation
  • Scouting, Game alert and warning devices
  • Game / Target spotting and detection
  • Shooting from field positions and improvised rests
  • Shooting from concealed positions

Prerequisites:

  • LMS Precision Rifle 1, Practical Carbine, or Practical Scoped Rifle plus endorsement by an LMS instructor
  • No physical limitations that would preclude traveling in rugged terrain carrying a light backpack and rifle during day or night for distances up to 1/2 mile

Equipment List:

  • See list for Practical Scoped Rifle
  • Camouflage clothing, sturdy, broken-in boots
  • Camouflage or drab colored backpack
  • Water bottles/bladders for 2 quts
  • Scoped rifle with ZEROED optics with sling and bipod or bag
  • Ballistics dope out to 500 yards
  • Quality military lensatic compass or Silva Ranger compass
  • Map protractor with 1:24,000 scale
  • Camo veil material
  • Camo spray paint
  • Camo rifle/equipment wrap
  • Camo face paint stick or kit (tan, green, black)
  • 50 feet of camo, tan, or green 550 paracord
  • 1 roll of camo duct tape
  • Folding knife
  • Small bypass-type pruning shears
  • Small folding saw
  • Bag, small black zip/cable ties 4-6"
  • Flashlight with red lens filter and extra batteries
  • 2 glow sticks/chem lights (blue or green)
  • Personal First-aid-kit with ACE bandage and TQ
  • Rain gear
  • Appropriate hiking boots / footwear
  • Personal water supply to cover 2 full days of heavy activity
  • Food (breakfast/lunch on Sunday)
  • Sleeping bag / pillow
  • You should be packing for two intensive days in the outdoors and be prepared for a variety of weather as it can change rapidly.
Optional but Recommended
  • Load-bearing multi-pocket vest or harness
  • Night vision (if owned)
  • GPS unit
  • Bright weapon-mounted light
  • Elbow/knee pads
  • Shooting sticks
  • Laser Rangefinder, Kestrel
  • FRS radio with ear bud
  • Poncho or ground mat

Round count: 50 rounds of the same match or premium grade factory ammunition (handloads must be pre-approved and load data supplied). When purchasing match grade ammunition we recommend that you purchase a case (generally 200 rounds) of the same lot number for consistency.

Medical Courses

Our medical courses range from basic CPR and AED certification all the up to TCCC and emergency austere medicine. We encourage all of our students to not just learn about firearms, but also how to treat firearms related injuries.

Tactical Wound Care

1 Day

Based on proven practice and taught by instructors with real-world tactical and medical experience, this course covers such topics as: Introduction to tactical medical operations, tactical Risk assessment, phases of tactical care & scene management, tactical medical equipment, tactical patient assessment, tactical trauma care, tactical triage & evacuation techniques, integrating with emergency services, and medical threat assessments. Successful completion of this course will include American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment List:

  • Personal IFAK only if you want us to review its contents with you.

Round count: 0

Care Under Fire

1 Day

Care under fire is the care rendered by the first responder at the scene of an injury while he and the casualty are still under effective hostile fire. Available medical equipment is limited to that carried by the individual or by the medical provider in his or her aid bag. This course covers such topics as: When to render aid, what to do with firearm(s), injury treatment, and all of these considerations while dealing with a deadly threat under attack. Employ your skills learned in “Tactical Wound Care” while learning the proper ways to evacuate an injured party quickly and easily. Students completing Tactical wound Care and Care Under Fire will receive TCCC certification.

Prerequisites: Tactical Wound Care

Equipment List:

  • Personal IFAK only if you want us to review its contents with you.

Round count: 0