Okay right off the bat I’m going to clarify this; I am a gun owner. The people in my household own guns. We have now all taken gun safety classes and we have all taken the Idaho Enhanced Concealed Weapons Class. Another thing I’ll clarify right here and now is this…”Just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should.” This basically means that just because you have taken the class, hauled your bad self over to the sheriff’s office and gotten your permit, doesn’t mean that you should carry a weapon where ever you go. It just gives you the opportunity to carry your weapon. It also means that if you are carrying concealed, keep it concealed. Dress appropriately and keep it under wraps.
Now all that being said, I took the class that is offered by Idaho Combat Systems and spent one of the best days of my life. I got to spend time with my son, (my favorite number one thing to do), and I got to learn how to use my weapon effectively and safely, and how to carry it correctly. The class runs on a Saturday from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. The morning session is classroom learning. Be prepared to learn the basics of a weapon, how it functions and how to keep yourself and others safe when around firearms. You’ll also learn the laws of concealed carry and where and in which states of the United States your permit is valid. The Idaho Enhanced Concealed Weapons permit is good in 37 states, and that is ever increasing.
The afternoon session of the class is the actual firing of your weapon. You will shoot 100 rounds through your weapon, on an indoor range. Any caliber of Handgun is allowed during this portion of the test. I was so nervous during this part of the class that I had to re-learn how to breathe, but Sam Clark and Camille Cowger are amazing at helping a novice learn the ropes. I settled in and began to enjoy the experience of shooting my weapon. I began to gain confidence and to apply what I had learned.
Apparently the hardest part of this experience is learning how to follow directions. If your range master tells to to load one round, then that is what you load. He is going to then tell you to make your weapon ready. Making your weapon ready means that you will load the magazine or cylinder with the round. He will then ask you if you are ready, if you are you must verbally tell him that you are “ready”. He’ll blow his whistle and you will fire the appropriate number of rounds he has instructed you to load. Your Range Master will be giving you the specific instructions on what will be required and if you have questions don’t be afraid to ask them. Sam will give you the answers.
You will be firing at a target with the the distance between you and the target of 3 yards, 5 yards and 7 yards (this represents the lethal reactionary distance and the percentage of most encounters should you choose to use a weapon to protect yourself from harm; this will be covered in the classroom portion). You’ll be getting paper plates to write your name on, I also recommend decorating it for fun. These plates will be your targets. You’ll tape them up on a larger target and you will be asked to fire at either side. You don’t necessarily have to hit your target in a cluster, but Sam is amazingly good at helping you learn to hit the target.
Both parts of the class are astonishingly informative. I learned so much during both parts of the class. Firing my weapon was just as informative as the classroom part. It gave me a sense of how close a person that was threatening me would be. How fast, or in my case how slow my reactions are and that practice can only help.
I took the class offered by Idaho Combat Systems for several reasons. One of them is that I know Sam Clark and Camille Cowger (owner/operators of the company) and have taken a previous class from them. I know that their pricing is reasonable, the staff is knowledgeable, they will help you to understand the concepts of weapons, what it means to be a responsible weapon owner, and how to accomplish that goal.
Once you complete the requirements of the course, you will take yourself down to the Sheriff’s Department, pay the $72.00 fee for the background check, and to get yourself finger printed so that you will be eligible to get your permit. If you pass the background check you get your permit! You do have one year in which to apply for your permit from the date of the class if you want to put it off for a bit; however, if you don’t complete the process in that year, you will then be required to take the class again.
Idaho Combat Systems was formed in 2006, essentially to meet the needs of civilians that wanted self defense training, but at reasonable prices. Sam Clark says, “ We pride ourselves at giving quality training at affordable prices” so that everyone can afford them. They offer numerous armed and unarmed training courses and classes as well as life saving classes. In addition to the Idaho Enhanced Permit Class that I took, the also provide classes for Florida, Utah, Arizona and Oregon. The also offer the NRA classes in basic pistol, personal protection inside of the home, personal protection outside of the home, range safety officer and refuse to be a victim seminars. Sam Clark and his wife, Camille Cowger are the owner/operators of Idaho Combat Systems.
You’ll also find that they can teach proprietorial firearm defense classes, both Fundamentals (basic) and Essentials (intermediate), for both handguns and carbine weapons. The self defense of Krav Maga, the Israeli martial arts are also taught, along with Kubuton defense (the use of a small baton and your key chain for personal defense). You’ll also find that classes in CPR and First Aid are offered as well as Wilderness and remote medical responder and Emergency Medical Responder, and disaster preparedness classes.And while they also sell guns, ammunition, and shooting accessories, the also supply outdoor gear for camping, hiking and other activities.
To sign up for the Idaho Enhanced Concealed Weapons Class or other classes offered, or even to purchase weapons, ammo, and equipment you can contact Sam Clark, who maintains his FFL (Federal Firearms License), by these methods: Text: firstname.lastname@example.org, or (208) 220-3866, or you can find Idaho Combat Systems on Facebook and send them a private message.