Self-Defense, Training & Educational Courses

All students who are taking Wisconsin Conceal Carry classes, firearm classes, personal defense classes or educational classes or courses are REQUIRED to have a WAIVER on file at Bear Arms. 

COVID-19 UPDATE: The maximum number of students per class can now vary depending upon the classroom size. We will continue to work within the social distancing guidelines to ensure your protection. Thank you.  

Concealed Carry & Personal Defense (CCW)

Class Dates
Sold out through July 18 
Saturday, August 1, 2020―SOLD OUT!
Saturday, August 15, 2020―SOLD OUT!
Saturday, August 29, 2020―SOLD OUT!
Saturday, September 12, 2020―SOLD OUT!
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Time: 10:00 am—2:30 pm
Approximately 4+ hours
Prerequisites: None
Ages:
21+
Fee: $75 
Maximum: 9 Students
WAIVER REQUIRED

 

Class Description

This 4+ hour class is taught by an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and exceeds the Wisconsin Department of Justice requirements for training for issuance of a state concealed carry license (CCW). Wisconsin does not require a live-fire shooting qualification for successful completion of this course.

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Instructors: This course is taught by NRA-certified firearms instructors.

Focus areas within this Wisconsin conceal carry course include:

• Basic rules for firearms
• Gun types, function, loading and clearing of firearms
• Concealed carry concepts and methods
• Ammunition types
• Legal possession, transport and reciprocity
• Legal implications of Deadly Force
• Principles of situational awareness
• Deadly force incident response

Equipment and supplies required: 

No personal firearms or ammunition are necessary to participate in this course.
Course materials will be provided courtesy of Bear Arms. Please bring your own notepad and
pen. Due to the course duration, you are also encouraged to bring your own snacks and
refreshments.

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Florida Concealed Weapon License (CWL) 

CLASS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY — NOW OPEN
(Call 262.478.9111 to schedule your training session or provide informtion when visiting Bear Arms.)

Prerequisite: Active CCW license from Wisconsin or current state of residence.
Class Time: 3 hours plus 30 minutes of Range time for qualification.
Fee: $90 (Includes instruction, range time and qualification targets.)
WAIVER REQUIRED

Class Description

Planning to visit Florida this winter? Maybe Texas? South Carolina? How about New Mexico? On a business trip? Would you like to bring your handgun(s) with you? Bear Arms can help! Register for our Florida CWL (Concealed Weapons License). Time is of the essence. ACT NOW!

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In addition to the states recognizing Wisconsin’s CCW, obtaining a Florida CWL will give you privileges in the following states*:

FL Non-Resident Permit/License is Valid in: AK, AL, AR, AZ, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NV, NM, OH, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, WY.

*Regardless of how you intend to travel with or transport your firearm(s) — possession of firearms across state lines as a non-resident can be confusing and complicated…but it is NOT impossible! Regulations, rights, restrictions and privileges vary widely from state to state.

Focus areas include:

  • Information on travelling with firearms and ammunition
  • In-depth discussion of reciprocity and non-resident legal status
  • Your role in investigating regulations
  • General summary of Florida’s state firearms statutes
  • Links to important reference materials to complete your study at-home
  • Focused emphasis on critical Florida statute sections
  • Application procedures, fees and timing
  • Mandatory Florida Shooting Proficiency Requirements and Course of Fire

NOTE: Bear Arms instructors are available to assist you in passing your shooting qualification. Student-supplied equipment required for this class:

  • A fully functional handgun with all factory installed safety devices intact
    If you prefer, rental firearms are available at a flat rate of $20 per range session
  • In-depth discussion of reciprocity and non-resident legal status
  • Minimum two functional magazines for the handgun being used in the course
  • Minimum of 50 rounds of factory loaded FMJ target ammunition of your handgun’s caliber
  • Protective eyewear (safety glasses); prescription glasses are acceptable
  • A mag carrier that is compatible with your magazines is strongly recommended
  • Hearing and Eye Protection

NOTE: Hearing and Eye protection is required during the conduct of required live fire qualification. Hearing and eye protection are available for purchase or rent in the Pro Shop at Bear Arms.

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Handgun Fundamentals (formerly Beginner Handgun)
Saturdays & Thursdays

Thursday, July 9, 2020―SOLD OUT!, 1:00 pm—4:00 pm
Saturday, July 11, 2020―SOLD OUT!, 10:00 am—1:00 pm
Saturday, July 25, 2020―SOLD OUT!, 10:00 am—1:00 pm
Saturday, August 8, 2020―SOLD OUT!, 10:00 am—1:00 pm
Thursday, August 20, 2020―SOLD OUT!, 1:00 pm—4:00 pm
Saturday, August 22, 2020―SOLD OUT!, 10:00 am—1:00 pm
Saturday, September 5, 2020―SOLD OUT!, 10:00 am—1:00 pm
Thursday, September 17, 2020―SOLD OUT!, 1:00 pm—4:00 pm
Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10:00 am—1:00 pm
Ages: 21+ / minors 12+ must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the course. 

See rules regarding children age 12+

Individuals must be 12 years of age or older to attend this class. Children ages 12 through 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No tag alongs. Legal guardians or parents must also sign up for the class and be present on the range to supervise their underage children during live fire exercises. Legal guardians and parents who have previously taken the course are exempt from course fees.

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Maximum:
6 Students
Prerequisite:
None
Fee:
$75  (targets, ammunition, equipment rental is included)
WAIVER REQUIRED

Class Description

This course is designed around the fundamental skills behind shooting handguns both safely and accurately. This handgun marksmanship fundamentals course is about 3 hours with a low student to Instructor ratio, allowing for close, personal hands-on attention while still being in a relaxed classroom environment. Course instruction includes classroom work, hands on dry-fire practice using a SIRT LASER TRAINING PISTOL (classroom) and also Instructor led live-fire practice on the range.

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Instructors: This course is taught by NRA-certified firearms instructors.

Focus areas within this course include:

  • Excellent for beginners to intermediate shooters
  • Learn and review universal firearm safety
  • Key fundamental features include grip, proper operation of your firearm, stance, sight alignment and trigger control
  • Practice one of the hardest to master skills – Trigger Control
  • Excellent for seasoned shooters that have not been shooting for a while. They can hone their shooting fundamentals while reviewing safe gun handling skills

Equipment and supplies required:
Eye and Ear Protection: Complimentary eye and ear protection is provided for the course. Students may bring their own eye and ear equipment if they wish. Please bring your own notepad and pen. Bear Arms does not provide paper and pen for note taking.
Firearms: Bear Arms will provide firearms appropriate for use in this course. Students are permitted to use their own handguns if they so choose. Student’s guns should be cleaned and function checked prior to attendance. Small frame guns, i.e.  Ruger LC9s are discouraged in this class.
Ammunition | Targets | Range Time: Provided courtesy of Bear Arms
Proper range attire: For safety reasons, low-cut tops or open toed shoes are discouraged. Ball caps are encouraged, but not required.

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Self-Defense & Violence Prevention Co-Ed Workshop

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 1:30 pm—4:30 pm
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 1:00 pm—4:00 pm
Saturday, August 22, 2020, 1:30 pm—4:30 pm
Prerequisite: None
Ages: 12 – Adult
Fee: $65 | Free Pepper Spray ($12 Value)
Free self-defense flashlight for students 12-16
Maximum: 24 Students

Class Description

Participants will learn information about the psychology of attackers, awareness and avoidance strategies, verbal de-escalation strategies, pre-contact cues and physical strategies. Experience SAFE attack scenarios with instructor wearing protective gear!

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Focus areas within this course include:

  • How to use verbal strategies to avoid violence
  • Four golden rules of verbal de-escalation
  • Why yelling at an attacker might be the worst strategy
  • How to physically get home safely to your family
  • Simple, easy to remember physical self- defense concepts
  • Basic striking
  • How to handle the most common attacks
  • SAFE simulated attack scenarios
  • How attackers choose their victims
  • Safety in the car and in your home
  • How being too polite can be dangerous
  • How your intuition can save you

Approximately 3+ Hour Class Time (Students are encouraged to wear athletic wear and shoes. You can bring your own bottled water or water will be provided for you.)

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Defensive Pistol

BY APPOINTMENT — Contact Bear Arms (262-478-9111) to schedule your session
Course Duration:
This course of education and training is taught using an individual, private lesson / independent study format. Course duration is based on individual student progress and proficiency. Sessions typically run 90 minutes
Ages:
21+
Prerequisites: Proficiency evaluation is required for this course
Fee:
$75/hr (targets, ammunition, equipment rental extra)
WAIVER REQUIRED

Class Description

This is a semi-auto ONLY pistol class (.380, 9mm, .40, or .45 caliber), designed for students intending to carry concealed. Participants will be taught fundamental defensive pistol tactics and techniques essential for effective response in high-stress situations.

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Most importantly, students will be taught drills and practice techniques which can be done safely at home, to accelerate the rate of learning and proficiency even beyond the classroom.

Class content includes concept discussion and demonstration, with considerable time spent receiving hands-on defensive pistol instruction, as well as guided practice to develop muscle memory and smooth, efficient execution. Students will participate in dry-practice (“dummy” rounds) training with their pistol and carry method prior to live-fire drills. Students will also experience deadly force decision-making and response training utilizing Bear Arms’ exclusive 180° MILO three-screen simulator environment.

Focus areas include:

  • Firearm responsibility and safety
  • Draw stroke training from concealment
  • Target acquisition and isolation using iron sights
  • Type I, II and III malfunction clearance
  • Dry practice procedures and techniques for safe, at-home skills development
  • Shooting from cover
  • Tactical and Emergency reloading skills
  • The development of both speed and accuracy in the defensive use of the pistol
  • Deadly force decision-making

Please Note: NO subcompact handguns, smaller than a Glock 26/27 will be allowed.

If your gun fits into a 4” x 6” box it is too small for use in this course. (See handgun size below)

Handgun Size Print Sheet

Student-supplied equipment required for this class:

  • A fully functional handgun with all factory-installed safety devices intact.
  • Minimum two functional magazines for the handgun being used in the course
  • 100 rounds of factory loaded FMJ target ammunition of your handgun’s caliber
  • Protective eyewear (safety glasses); prescription glasses are acceptable
  • A belt and outside the waistband (OWB) holster, which completely covers the trigger guard, and is designed for the firearm being used. Holster must be worn on your strong side. No cross-draw holsters
  • A two-cavity (min) magazine carrier for the belt that is compatible with the caliber of your magazines.
  • A light jacket, button-down shirt, or sweatshirt which covers your holstered gun to serve as a concealment garment
  • Metallic “dummy” rounds (Snap Caps) corresponding to the caliber of your firearm– .380, 9mm, .40, or .45 caliber only

Chamber disabling devices (.380, 9mm, .40, or .45 caliber only) will be provided for use in course dry practice exercises, and for at-home dry practice skills training.

NOTE: Hearing and eye protection are available for purchase or rent in the Pro Shop at Bear Arms.

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Advanced Defensive Pistol

BY APPOINTMENT ― Contact Bear Arms (262.478.9111) to schedule your session
Course Duration:
This course of education and training is taught using an individual, private lesson / independent study format. Course duration is based on individual student progress and proficiency. Sessions typically run 90 minutes.
Ages: 21+
Prerequisites: Bear Arms’ Defensive Pistol course, or completion of Bear Arms live-fire proficiency exam
Fee: $75.00/hr. Targets, ammo and accessories are additional
WAIVER REQUIRED

Class Description

Put your knowledge and skills to the test! This is a semi-auto ONLY pistol class (.380, 9mm, .40, or .45 caliber), designed for training students experienced with live fire exercise training. Subject matter and firing exercises for this course are challenging. Students must display safe and responsible use of their firearm at all times.

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Participants will be performing advanced defensive pistol tactics and techniques in a series of live fire training drills. This course will test speed, proficiency, accuracy at distance, mental focus, physical endurance and performance under stress from the demands of time and distance.

Focus areas include:

  • Firearm responsibility and safety (always!)
  • Fundamentals proficiency and execution under stress
  • Target acquisition and isolation; situational assessment
  • Use of precision rapid fire techniques to stop a threat
  • Shooting on the move
  • Engaging multiple opponents
  • Live fire with precision from OWB holster
  • FBI Pistol Qualification Course of Fire (modified for indoor range environment)

Please Note: NO subcompact handguns smaller than a Glock 26/27 will be allowed.

If your gun fits into the 4” x 6” box, it is too small for use in this course. (See handgun size below)

Handgun Size Print Sheet

Student-supplied equipment required for this class:

  • A fully functional handgun with all factory installed safety devices intact.
  • Minimum two functional magazines for the handgun being used in the course
  • 150 rounds per session of factory loaded FMJ target ammunition of your handgun’s caliber
  • Protective eyewear (safety glasses); prescription glasses are acceptable.
  • A belt and outside the waistband (OWB) holster, which completely covers the trigger guard, and is designed for the firearm being used. Holster must be worn on your strong side. No cross-draw holsters.
  • A magazine carrier for the belt that is compatible with your magazines.
  • A light jacket, button-down shirt, or sweatshirt which covers your holstered gun to serve as a concealment garment. Targets used in this course are provided courtesy of Bear Arms

NOTE: Hearing and eye protection are available for purchase in the Pro Shop at Bear Arms.

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Partner Violence—A Best Kept Secret & Martial Arts Class

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm—8:00 pm
Ages:
Women 16+
Dress:
Casual
Instructors:
Barb Pollock & Mark Gierl
Fee:
Free
Maximum:
10 Students 
WAIVER REQUIRED

Class Description

This is a two-part class combining an educational class on alternatives to violence — and a mini martial arts lesson. Are you — or do you know someone who is in a volatile relationship? Maybe you’re just curious about Partner Violence and you want to become more educated about the subject.

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This class offers insights on how to break the cycle of violence. You’ll learn about power and control tactics, why women stay, situational and emotional factors. This is a powerful 1-hour + session where women who feel threatened by partner violence — or who simply want to know more can benefit from.

Following Partner Violence is a short Martial Arts lesson. When your only defense is self defense this 45 minute course teaches you 4-6 simple but effective moves to defend yourself against assault — and how to incapacitate an attacker. In addition, you’ll learn proper blocking techniques, how to escape choke holds — and how to strike and kick with power and accuracy. Join us for this free — but highly informative public safety course.

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Simulator Use of Force I

Level: Novice
Ages:
21+
Prerequisites: None
Fee:
$175

Class Description

TBD

Simulator Use of Force II

Level: Novice
Ages:
21+
Prerequisites: None
Fee:
$175

Class Description

TBD

Boy Scouts of America Rifle Shooting Merit Badge

Level: Beginner
Ages:
All
Prerequisites:
None
Fee:
TBD

Class Description

TBD

Private Lesson

By appointment only; first come-first served. 262.478.9111
Ages: 21+ / minors 12+ must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the lesson(s).
Prerequisite:
Basic Handgun Fundamentals course is recommended prior to scheduling private instruction. 
Maximum:
Class size is limited. Reserve your seat NOW!
Fee:
$75/hr.  |   $40 for Safety Orientation lesson only
WAIVER REQUIRED

Class Description

Everyone IS different! Bear Arms understands this. Learn and train at your own pace in a one-on-one, low stress environment. Private firearm classes and training allow lessons to be tailored

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to each student’s experience level, needs and interests. A broad scope of lesson topics are available. Examples include:

  • Working through your anxiety around guns; leaning how to be safe
  • Learning procedures to field strip, clean and maintain your firearm
  • Honing your shooting skills through safe, progressive drills and training under the watchful eye of an NRA instructor
  • If you already have your CCW permit, taking the next step by acquiring necessary practical skills and techniques to prepare yourself for safe, responsible concealed carry and personal defense
  • Learning Dry Practice training techniques to tighten groups through improved fundamentals
  • Becoming familiar with a new firearm, including the AR platform

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION BY APPOINTMENT ONLY—FIRST COME/FIRST SERVED.

Contact Bear Arms to schedule an appointment. Call 262-478-9111

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Family Firearm Safety / NRA Eddie Eagle Program

September 13, 2020 
Register at Range Line School or through M/T Fall Rec Guide
Ages:
5 – 9
Level:
Kindergarten to 4th Grade
Fee:
Free
Maximum: 12 Students

WAIVER REQUIRED

Class Description: 

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe program is a gun accident prevention program. The mission of the Eddie Eagle class is to teach young children what to do if they see a gun.

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The program makes no value judgments about firearms, no firearms are ever used, and it covers an important topic that needs to be addressed with kids. Parents play a key role in developing safe practices and are ultimately responsible for the behavior and safety of their children. Isolated parental lessons can quickly be forgotten but with repetition, and age-appropriate materials, children can remember standard safety procedures.

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