Listed below are the classes I am providing at the time. Check back for times and dates. If you would like to book a class, please contact me at or call 641-751-8147.

National Classes

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Handgun 201 & 202

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Common Questions

What Kind of Belt Should I Wear?

Any rigid belt will do provided it can take the weight of a firearm and fits your holster loops securely.

What Gun Should I Bring To Class?

“I don’t have a gun.”

If you do not already own a firearm and aren’t sure what to purchase please contact the host of your class about potentially renting a firearm. Your instructor, Melody Lauer, also has firearms available for rentals. Submit rental requests through the “Contact Us” link.

“I want to purchase a firearm before class but don’t know what to buy.”

Defensive pistol classes are focused on the effectual use of handguns against violent criminals. The firearms best suited for this task are mid-sized service pistols in 9mm.

Mid-size firearms provide a better platform on which to learn and practice new skill. They absorb more recoil and have better sights and controls for the new shooter.

Some recommended Makes and Models:

  • Glock 19 or 17
  • S&W M&P9 or M&P9c
  • Walther PPQ
  • SIG 228, M11, 225 or 239
  • HK P30, VP9 or P2000

“I already have a gun but I’m not sure if it’s a good one.”

If you’re not sure about the quality of your gun, contact your instructor through the Contact Us link. Let her know the make and model of your firearm and which class you are hoping to attend.

If you have more than one firearm please consider bringing at least two to class in case of failures with the primary firearm.

What Kind of Holster Should I Bring to Class?

“I don’t carry my gun on my person. I just want to learn how to use it defensively in the home. Why do I need a holster?”

The techniques you will learn in the classes requiring holsters will directly apply to home defense. While on the range we will be working with guns, moving, shooting, reloading and also taking turns. In order to remain safe we all need to have a place to put our firearm during those administrative moments and for the consistency of the class, we all need quality holsters in which to put our firearms.

It’s important, then to define what a holster is and what it is not.

A holster is a device that is molded to a firearm and holds the firearm securely to the body in a consistent, accessible and safe manner. Proper fitting holsters cover the entire trigger guard and protect the trigger from any/all manipulation while the gun is in said holster.

“I don’t have a holster. What should I look for?”

Most classes offered require a strong-side, belt-mounted, open-mouth holster. To help participants understand what this means we will examine the terms more closely.

bodyclockStrong-side means that the holster is primarily carried on the dominant side of the wearer. This means that if the student is right handed his or her holster would be mounted somewhere on the right-side of her body. If the students body where a clock, with the belly-button being 12 o’clock and the spine being 6 o’clock, the holster should be mounted somewhere between 12:30 and 5 o’clock. Firearms, and therefore holsters, should never be worn directly over the spine. For the purposes of safety, no cross draw is allowed.

Belt-mounted means that the holster is primarily supported by a belt worn around a student’s waist. This keeps the firearm secure on the waste and in a safe, stable location.

The mouth of a holster is considered the top portion of the holster where the firearm enters the holster. An open-mouthed holster is one which remains open even when a firearm is not in it. Holsters with collapsible mouths are popular for concealed carry but provide safety concerns while on a range where multiple repetitions of drawing and holstering are required. Popular open-mouth holsters are typically made out of some sort of kydex or reinforced leather.

The mouth of collapsible holsters closes when the gun is drawn but remains open and rigid with open-mouthed holsters.

The mouth of collapsible holsters closes when the gun is drawn but remains open and rigid with open-mouthed holsters.

Holster recommendations:

  • LAG Tactical

“The only holster I have is a soft-sided, collapsible holster. What should I do?”

Buy an open-mouth, rigid holster before class. You may bring your collapsible holster to class for pointers on how to use it safely but you will be asked to use the rigid, open-mouth holster for the class. There are no exceptions to this rule!

Holstering a firearm is one of the more dangerous things we do with firearms. When people injure themselves it’s commonly while holstering. Many people are also unaware of the safety concerns until they come to class. Those safety concerns are primarily centered around allowing the muzzle of the firearm to point at vital parts of the body when attempting to holster including legs, hands and internal organs. These risks are significantly mitigated with a rigid holster and with proper instruction in holstering techniques.

Once you have learned these techniques you may take them home and practice drawing/holstering in your soft-sided, collapsible holster with a dummy gun.

“My holster has a strap or retention device. Is it a good holster?”

Any retention holster that require deactivation of the retention device with the trigger finger will not be allowed in class. An example would be the Blackhawk SERPA holster. This holster design encourages improper trigger finger manipulation.

Retention straps and devices should work with the natural draw stroke. If you are unsure whether or not your retention holster does this, please contact your instructor through the Contact Us link.

If your holster has a retention device you will be required to use it throughout the entirety of the class. You will only get the requisite repetitions to learn how to disengage it in a moment of need if you are using it consistently.