We have answered some of our more frequently asked questions below. Read on for a lot of good info!
CLIENT REQUIREMENTS: Who can attend an HTG Class?
- Must be a United States citizen, legally able to posses / own a firearm in accordance with BATF-E form 4473.
- Must be informed about laws and regulations regarding firearm ownership, use and transportation in the location of the HTG class and any states / counties / cities, etc. you may travel through to attend an HTG class.
- Must be knowledgable about range safety and firearm safety and demonstrate safe practices at ALL times during an HTG class. Any client deemed unsafe shall be asked to leave class immediately, and no refund shall be issued.
- Must be able to pass the HTG Qualification Course, if required by the specific HTG Level Course (101, 202, 303) with your pistol. All clients shoot the HTG Qualification Course upon arrival. If client does not pass, they will not be allowed to participate and no refund shall be issued.
- To register for the HTG Initiation – 101, client must be familiar, safe and proficient with their pistol, have knowledge of range safety and firing line operations, and understand and demonstrate universal firearm safety rules regarding muzzle direction and finger position at all times. Client must be practiced and proficient in drawing from a holster and reholstering, i.e., able to safely draw firearm from holster and safely reholster firearm with the finger completely and visibly outside of the trigger guard during these processes. At no time during drawing or reholstering your pistol, should the muzzle point at any part of your support hand / arm. To register for the HTG Initiation – 101, client must be able to safely and successfully shoot Bill Wilson’s 5 by 5 Handgun Skill Drill in under 45 seconds.
- To register for the HTG Intensive – 202, client must be able to safely and successfully shoot Bill Wilson’s 5 by 5 Handgun Skill Drill in under 30 seconds.
- To register for the HTG Tutorial – 303, client must be able to safely and successfully shoot Bill Wilson’s 5 by 5 Handgun Skill Drill in under 25 seconds.
What does an HTG Class expect of me?
In all of our classes, SAFETY is priority one. When we are all safe, aware and in control, the entire class benefits. Participating on a common firing line with multiple shooters DEMANDS that we all pay attention at all times and that we follow all safety rules. There are no exceptions when it comes to safety – you will be DISQUALIFIED and sent home for any safety infraction, without refund.
For more information on our specific safety expectations, read on.
MUZZLE – Keep muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times – straight downrange, toward targets, parallel to the ground. Never point the muzzle at any part of your own body. Be aware of your support hand during the drawing and holstering processes – keep it away from and behind the muzzle!
FINGER – Practice proper finger placement – finger should be visibly outside of the trigger guard at all times, until you are pointed at a target and ready to shoot.
COLD RANGE – HTG runs a cold range. You may load and unload your gun ONLY on the firing line and ONLY upon the LOAD & MAKE READY / UNLOAD commands from your instructors / RSOs. Clients are only allowed to have one (1) gun ONLY on body during classes.
SAFETY AREA – HTG will establish a safety area for handling your unloaded gun unsupervised. You should arrive to class with an unloaded gun. You will put your UNLOADED gun in the holster and remove your UNLOADED gun from the holster ONLY in the safety area. Once your unloaded gun is holstered, it may NOT be handled unless you are:
1) on the firing line and under the command of the instructor / RSO or
2) in the safety area
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS: What equipment is needed for an HTG Class?
- PISTOL – 9mm or larger – We encourage you to bring a pistol that you are familiar with, that properly fits you, and that you can easily manipulate and shoot. A medium or full-sized, hammer or striker-fired, single action pistol is highly recommended. A compact pistol is acceptable if you are already proficient with it, but sub-compacts are flat out discouraged. We want you to improve and succeed in class, and a low-capacity, sub-compact, DAO pistol in .45 caliber is a recipe for disaster. You get our point.
3 high capacity magazines minimum – or –
5 standard-capacity magazines minimum
(must have 30 rounds on body at any given time)
- BELT – must be rigid enough to securely hold magazine pouches and holster securely in place.
- HOLSTER – Holster must be sturdy and remain in place on belt. Holster should be firmly attached to your belt somewhere on your strong side. Holster must completely cover the trigger, preventing access to or activation of the trigger while the gun is holstered.
- HOLSTERS NOT ALLOWED AT HTG CLASSES:
-Holsters that utilize a trigger finger to manipulate any retention device, i.e. Blackhawk Serpa, ARE NOT ALLOWED.
–Appendix holsters are not allowed.
–Nylon holsters are not allowed.
–Cross-draw holsters are not allowed.
-Shoulder / back holsters are not allowed.
-Ankle holsters are not allowed.
–Fanny pack holsters are not allowed.
- MAG POUCHES – 2 magazine pouches (minimum) mounted to belt on support side.
- RANGE PACK – Eye protection, ELECTRONIC ear protection and backup batteries, hat & sun screen, if outdoor range.
- INERT GUN – Blue/ Red inert training hand-gun and corresponding holster.
- FACTORY AMMUNITION – round count: 800 rounds minimum.
Are HTG Courses competition shooting classes?
HTG is NOT a competition handgun course, but the live-fire portion is taught by world-champion competition shooter Rob Leatham. However, any real-world operator will tell you that the fundamentals of shooting fast and accurate are what make you effective, and we’ve got that covered.
What is the HTG cancellation policy?
- More than 45 days before start of class: If you cancel more than 45 days prior to the class start date, notify us promptly to receive a 100% payment refund (less the processing fees).
- Between 15 and 45 days before start of class – Cancelation notifications that occur between 45 days and 15 days prior to the class start date shall receive a 50% payment credit that may be applied to a future class. All class credits expire one year from issue.
- 0 to 14 days before start of class – Class cancelations within 2 weeks of the class start date are 100% non-refundable.