Modified Date: October 15, 2007

 

Requirements and Recommendations

 

 

Welcome! We look forward to seeing you at Front Sight Nevada for your course.  To make your experience at Front Sight smooth and enjoyable, please thoroughly read the information below.  In addition, we urge you to visit our website at www.FrontSight.com and review the "Front Sight Experience A-Z."  If you still have questions, please contact us:


Administrative Office
7975 Cameron Drive, #900
Windsor, CA 95492
Phone (800) 987-7719
Fax (831) 684-2137
Website: frontsight.com
Email: info@frontsight.com

Pro Shop
#1 Front Sight Road
Pahrump, NV 89061
Phone (702) 897-9107
Fax (702) 897-1040
Email: fsproshop@starband.net

 

Arrival and Departure:  On the first day of your course, arrive promptly by 7:00 a.m.  PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.  On the final day of the course, all activities are completed by 6:45 p.m.  Give yourself at least two hours to travel to the airport, return your rental car, check your baggage, declare your unloaded firearm, and walk to the gate of your departing flight.

Hours of Operation:  Front Sight courses start each day at 8:00 a.m.  Please arrive at Front Sight in plenty of time to be ready to start at 8:00 a.m.  In other words, if you arrive at 8:00 a.m., you are late.  The training day generally ends at 6:30 p.m.  Additionally, many of our courses have a night shoot which lasts about two hours after it gets dark.  The exact start time of the night shoot obviously depends on the time of year.

 

Courses WITH a Night Shoot Courses WITHOUT a Night Shoot

Handgun

4-Day Defensive Handgun
2-Day Advanced Tactical Handgun
2-Day Tactical Scenarios
4-Day Advanced Integrated Handgun

Shotgun

4-Day Tactical Shotgun
4-Day Advanced Tactical Shotgun
2-Day Tactical Scenarios

Rifle

4-Day Practical Rifle
4-Day Advanced Practical Rifle
4-Day Precision Rifle 1
4-Day Precision Rifle 2
2-Day Tactical Scenarios

Submachine Gun

4-Day Uzi Submachine Gun

M-16

4-Day M-16 Select Fire

Other

4-Day Four Weapon Tactical
All Instructor Development Courses

Handgun

2-Day Defensive Handgun
2-Day Handgun Skill Builder
2 and 4-Day Handgun Combat Master Prep
1-Day CCW

Shotgun

2-Day Tactical Shotgun
2-Day Shotgun Skill Builder

Rifle

2-Day Practical Rifle
2-Day Rifle Skill Builder

Submachine Gun

2-Day Uzi Submachine Gun

M-16

2-Day M-16 Select Fire

Other

4-Day Four Weapon Combat Master Prep
Armorer’s Courses
Children and Youth Courses
Martial Arts Courses
2-Day Empty Hand Defense
2-Day Edged Weapons
Rope, Rappel, and Climb

 

 

Summer Night Courses:  Please arrive at Front Sight by 6:00 p.m. on the first evening of your course.  The courses run from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.  The course will finish by approximately 1:15 a.m. on the final day of the course.  All long guns must be equipped with an attached, dedicated flashlight.  Attached flashlights are optional for handguns.

Camping:  Front Sight has no designated camping area and no utility hook-ups.

Renting Equipment from the Front Sight Pro Shop:  You may rent just about everything you need for your course from the Front Sight Pro Shop.  Complete handgun, shotgun, and rifle packages are available which include the weapon and all ancillary equipment.  Ammunition is not included in these packages but may be purchased from the Pro Shop.  You should reserve rental equipment at least seven days prior to your course.

Purchasing Equipment from the Front Sight Pro Shop:  The Front Sight Pro Shop only stocks equipment we know will work.  We rigorously test and evaluate every item we sell to determine it is of the highest quality and that it will work when you need it to.  Please contact the Pro Shop well in advance of your course to guarantee availability of the items you need.  If you are not completely satisfied with any purchase you make from the Front Sight Pro Shop, simply return it for a no-questions-asked refund.  However, the Pro Shop cannot accept returned ammunition for a refund.  We will only accept unopened boxes of ammunition (which you purchased from us) for store credit.  We are not able to store your unused ammunition at Front Sight nor can we ship it to you.  Please make the appropriate travel and shipping arrangements.

Equipment:  Front Sight strongly recommends complying with all Federal, State, County, and City Laws regarding transportation of weapons and ammunition.  Each student is required to bring a legally-owned weapon in safe operating condition.  A spare weapon is highly recommended in the event that your primary weapon breaks during the course.  It is not uncommon during the course of four days of training to have 15% of the weapons fail to function for a variety of reasons.  These failures often require replacement parts and a competent gunsmith to correct the problems, therefore it is best to be prepared with a back-up weapon.  At this time, Front Sight does not provide gunsmithing services.  Each student must wear ear and eye protection while on or about the firing range and tactical training simulators.  A hat and sunscreen are strongly recommended.  Knee and elbow pads are mandatory for all long gun (shotgun, rifle, submachine gun, M-16, etc.) courses and are optional for handgun courses.  Slings are also mandatory for long guns.  A flashlight (Sure Fire or similar model with pressure on/off button) is required for all courses which have a night shoot.  Knee pads, elbow pads, slings, and flashlights are available in Front Sight’s Pro Shop.  A notepad and pen are recommended for the classroom lectures.

Handguns:  must be .380/.38 caliber or larger with trigger guard intact.  The holster must secure the weapon, cover the trigger guard and be worn on a waist belt.  ABSOLUTELY NO THIGH HOLSTERS, even for advanced handgun students or long gun students.  Top straps and thumb breaks are not required.  Inside the belt and open top holsters are fine as long as the weapon is held securely when the shooter is running and moving.  Two spare magazines for auto-loading pistols with magazine holders worn on the waist belt or two speed loaders for revolvers with appropriate holders are required.  A light jacket, sweater, or shirt is required in the 4-Day Defensive Handgun, 2-Day Handgun Skill Builder, 2-Day Advanced Tactical Handgun, and 4-Day Advanced Integrated Handgun courses as there is training from concealed carry.

Shotguns:  must be pump-action or auto-loading in 12, 16, or 20 gauge with trigger guard intact and have an attached sling.  An ammunition carrier or pouch is recommended.  Large vest pockets or trouser cargo pockets will suffice.  Knee and elbow pads are mandatory.  Attached (dedicated) flashlights are mandatory for the summer night courses and the specialized advanced-level courses.

Rifles:  must be bolt-action, pump-action, lever-action, or auto loading in .223 caliber or larger and have an attached sling.  Ammunition and magazine pouches are recommended.  Large vest pockets or trouser cargo pockets will suffice.  Knee and elbow pads are mandatory.  Attached (dedicated) flashlights are mandatory for the summer night courses and the specialized advanced-level courses.

Full-Auto Weapons:  Front Sight provides the weapons (including magazines, slings, and attached flashlights) for all M-16 and Uzi submachine gun courses.  However, ammunition is not provided by Front Sight.  You must purchase ammunition at Front Sight’s Pro Shop for these weapons.  This policy ensures your safety and proper function of the weapon.  Please contact Front Sight’s Pro Shop at the numbers listed above for current pricing.

Tactical Scenarios Courses:  All Tactical Scenarios courses require the purchase of Simunitions® ammunition and protective equipment.  For your safety, all Simunitions® ammunition must be purchased from the Front Sight Pro Sight.  For your convenience, we also offer protective equipment for sale at Front Sight.  The minimum protective equipment required is:

Please contact Front Sight’s Pro Shop at the numbers listed above for current pricing.

Approved Ammunition:  Due to the potential liability and hazards of using reloaded or remanufactured ammunition, all ammunition used at Front Sight must be new, factory-made ammunition.  We require the use of jacketed bullets.  The bullet design may be full metal jacket (FMJ), total metal jacket (TMJ), jacketed soft point, or jacketed hollow point.

Prohibited Ammunition:  Do not bring the following types of ammunition or bullets:

 

 

Ammunition Quantity:  Bring the following quantities of new, factory-made ammunition for your specific course:

 

Handgun

2-Day Defensive Handgun
4-Day Defensive Handgun
2-Day Handgun Skill Builder
2-Day Advanced Tactical Handgun
2-Day Tactical Scenarios (if shooting handgun)
2-Day Handgun Combat Master Prep
4-Day Handgun Combat Master Prep
4-Day Advanced Integrated Handgun
1-Day CCW
4-Day Handgun Instructor Development

Shotgun (2 ¾” recommended)

2-Day Tactical Shotgun
4-Day Tactical Shotgun
2-Day Shotgun Skill Builder
4-Day Advanced Tactical Shotgun
2-Day Tactical Scenarios (if shooting shotgun)

4-Day Shotgun Instructor Development

Rifle

2-Day Practical Rifle
4-Day Practical Rifle
2-Day Rifle Skill Builder
4-Day Advanced Practical Rifle
4-Day Precision Rifle 1
4-Day Precision Rifle 2
2-Day Tactical Scenarios (if shooting rifle)
4-Day Rifle Instructor Development

Ammunition Required

300
800
500
600
100 live rounds and 100 Simunitions® (must be purchased at Front Sight)
700
1,000
1,500
150 primary weapon, 100 rounds secondary weapon (if applicable)
200

Ammunition Required

Birdshot 100, OO Buckshot 100, Slugs 25
Birdshot 300, OO Buckshot 250, Slugs 75
Birdshot 250, OO Buckshot 200, Slugs 75
Birdshot 750, OO Buckshot 250, Slugs 300, Handgun 250
Birdshot 100, OO Buckshot 100, Slugs 50, and 100 Simunitions®
  (must be purchased at Front Sight)
Birdshot 200, OO Buckshot 150, Slugs 50

Ammunition Required

200
500
400
1,000, Handgun 250
300
600
400 live rounds and 100 Simunitions® (must be purchased at Front Sight)
500

Submachine Gun (ammunition must be purchased from the Front Sight Pro Shop)


2-Day Uzi Submachine Gun (9mm)
4-Day Uzi Submachine Gun (9mm)


1,000 for new students, 1,200 for returning students
2,000 for new students, 2,400 for returning students

M-16 (ammunition must be purchased from the Front Sight Pro Shop)


2-Day M-16 Select Fire (.223)
4-Day M-16 Select Fire (.223)


1,000 for new students, 1,200 for returning students
2,000 for new students, 2,400 for returning students

Four Weapons

4-Day Four Weapon Tactical

4-Day Four Weapon Combat Master Prep

Ammunition Required

Handgun 300, OO Buckshot 140, Slugs 60,
  Rifle 300, Submachine Gun (9mm, must be purchased from Front Sight) 1,200
Handgun 500, OO Buckshot 200, Rifle 200,
  Submachine Gun (9mm, must be purchased from Front Sight) 500

 

Shipping and Storage of Ammunition:  Front Sight is not able to store your ammunition.  Therefore, Front Sight cannot accept delivery of your ammunition or store your unused ammunition.  Please make the appropriate travel and shipping arrangements.

Lunch:  Front Sight DOES offer food services! You can now order your lunches from Beach Cafe LV. You are welcome to eat lunch in the comfort of the classroom.  To make the best use of your time at Front Sight, we provide supplemental discussions in the classroom during the lunch hour.

Safety:  Front Sight has an outstanding safety record.  We do everything we can to ensure your safety and comfort during your course.  We have several medics (Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, or Registered Nurses) on staff.  You are in good hands while training at Front Sight.  If you would like to leave an emergency contact number with friends and family back home, please use (775) 338-4506.

General Questions and Answers

How do I transport my firearms on a commercial airliner?  It is very simple.  Bring your firearms to the airline ticket counter unloaded with actions open INSIDE your locked luggage.  Handguns must be in a locked hard case.  The “hard case” may either be the luggage itself (such as a Samsonite suitcase) or a handgun case inside of your soft luggage (such as a duffle bag).  Either way, the case containing the handgun must be locked.  Long guns (rifle and shotguns) are transported in a hard rifle case with lock.  Pelican makes an excellent product that allows a standard padlock to be applied.  When you arrive at the ticket counter, tell the agent you want to declare an unloaded firearm.  All airlines are a bit different in the form they have you fill out, but most will ask you to open the case and show them that the weapon is unloaded.  They will then place a copy of the declaration in your case with the firearm and staple another copy to your ticket jacket.  You then lock the case and they will place it on the baggage carrier to be transported to the aircraft.  No tag is placed on the outside of the luggage.  This was done in the past and encouraged theft.  Airlines have since abandoned this practice.  When you arrive at your destination, proceed to the Baggage Claim area.  Your luggage will arrive with all other passenger luggage on the luggage carousel.  If you are transporting a rifle or shotgun in a long gun case, the case may be hand carried, due to size or shape, to your airline’s Baggage Claim Office located in the Baggage Claim area.

What about transporting ammunition?  Transportation of ammunition is allowed by the airlines.  However, they have weight and quantity limitations.  Each airline sets different limits.  Contact your airline to confirm any limitations.  We suggest that you contact them at least twice to confirm you are told the same information.  When transporting a handgun and ammunition, consider packing as follows:  Place the ammunition in the individual boxes of 50 across the bottom of your case, then place your clothes on top of the ammunition, and then place your handgun on top of the clothes.  This process visibly and physically separates the ammunition from the handgun.  When transporting a long gun, the long gun ammunition can be placed in the same fashion in your luggage case and the long gun is transported in a separate long gun case.

Where do I store my firearms?  Front Sight recommends that you keep your firearms in your possession at all times.  When transporting weapons in your vehicle, keep firearms unloaded in an inconspicuous case, and locked in your trunk.  Similarly, keep firearms unloaded and in an inconspicuous case when transporting from your vehicle to your room.  DO NOT DISPLAY YOUR FIREARMS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  DO NOT CARRY FIREARMS THROUGH CASINOS.  USE PROPER DISCRETION AND COMMON SENSE AT ALL TIMES WHEN TRANSPORTING FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION.  DO NOT LEAVE FIREARMS IN YOUR HOTEL ROOM UNATTENDED.

Can I ship my firearms to Front Sight?  Front Sight cannot accept shipment of your firearms.  We recommend that you transport them to Front Sight as described above.

Is there transportation from the hotels to Front Sight?  Not at this time.  We recommend you rent a car.  The drive from Las Vegas Hotel Casinos is approximately 45-60 minutes.  The drive time from Pahrump Hotel Casinos is approximately 25 minutes.  Drive with caution as Highway 160 is heavily enforced with mobile and stationary radar.

What should I wear for my Firearms course?  All the firearms courses consist of indoor lectures and outdoor range activities.  Dress comfortably with clothes appropriate for the season.  Check the weather forecast for Pahrump to determine the proper clothing.  If rain is forecasted, bring a rain jacket.  Loose fitting pants are recommended, but shorts are also acceptable with appropriate knee protection for courses involving braced shooting positions such as kneeling and prone.  Comfortable boots are recommended, but athletic shoes are acceptable.  In courses teaching concealed carry of a handgun, a lightweight vest is recommended, but lightweight jackets and shirts (both open and closed fronts) are acceptable.  Long sleeve shirts and or elbow pads are recommended for courses involving prone position shooting.  Sunscreen and a hat are recommended during all seasons.

What should I wear for my Martial Arts course?  The Martial Arts, Empty Hand Defense, and Edged Weapons courses are generally conducted indoors on high-quality mats.  Dress comfortably in athletic-type clothes.  If you are in the Edged Weapons Course, bring your knife (or knives) to class.

What should I wear for my Rope and Rappelling course?  The rope and rappelling courses are conducted outdoors on the rappelling tower and ropes facilities.  Dress comfortably in clothes which are appropriate for the season.  Shorts and T-shirts are generally preferred during the warm months.  Long pants and jackets or sweat shirts are generally preferred for the cool months.  Check the weather forecast for Pahrump to determine the proper clothing.  If rain is forecasted, bring a rain jacket.  Hiking boots or work boots are the best footwear for rappelling but athletic shoes will suffice.  Do not wear excessively baggy or loose-fitting clothing or jewelry because they represent a hazard when working with ropes.  Similarly, long hair should be kept in a ponytail (or similar configuration) to keep it away from ropes and hardware.  Bring a pair of simple leather work gloves to protect your hands.  Sunscreen is recommended during all seasons.

CCW Course Questions and Answers

What states will I be able to legally carry a concealed handgun in?  The legislation pertaining to CCW’s is constantly changing.  Consult USACarry.org for up-to-the-minute details of which states you will be legally allowed to carry a concealed handgun in.  You can select any or all of Nevada, Utah, and Florida.

 

 

 

Nevada CCW Permit

Alaska
Arizona
Idaho
Indiana
Kentucky
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont

(Michigan and New Hampshire will honor a Nevada resident permit.)

Utah CCW Permit
(Utah residents must have a Utah permit to carry in Utah.)

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Delaware
Georgia
Idaho
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Wyoming

(Florida, Michigan and New Hampshire will honor a Utah resident permit.)

Florida CCW Permit
(Florida residents must have a Florida permit to carry in Florida.)

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Wyoming

(Michigan and New Hampshire will honor a Florida resident permit.)

 

 

Will I leave Front Sight with everything I need to get my CCW’s?  No.  There is still work to be done on your own after leaving Front Sight.  For Nevada, you will need to return to Pahrump to pick up your CCW.  If you are a Clark County resident and are applying for a Nevada CCW, you will need to visit Las Vegas Metro P.D. for fingerprinting and photographs.  For Florida, you will need to get fingerprinted by a law enforcement agency in your hometown.  Front Sight cannot take fingerprints for your Florida application.  Your Utah application will be ready to go.

What if I didn’t bring the required money orders?  Front Sight does not sell money orders, but they are available in both Las Vegas and Pahrump.

Who do I make the money orders out to?
For a Nevada CCW:

For a Utah CCW:

For a Florida CCW:

What if I can’t get the appropriate money orders in time?  If you are unable to get money orders for some reason, you may still complete your CCW applications. It will then be your responsibility to mail the applications in when you have the appropriate money orders.

How long will it take to get my permits?  Securing a CCW permit is a lengthy, bureaucratic process.  Florida and Utah can take up to three months while Nevada can take up to six months.

How do I receive my Florida and Utah permits?  The permits are mailed directly to you.  Similarly, if you are a Clark County Nevada resident, your Nevada CCW will be mailed to you.

How do I receive my Nevada permit?  You will be notified by letter that the permit is ready.  Then you must pick up the permit in person at the Nye County Sheriff’s Office in Pahrump, Nevada.  Nye County requests that you pick up your permit in person because you must sign the permit and have one additional photograph taken.  This cannot be done at Front Sight.  However, if you are a Clark County Nevada resident, your Nevada CCW will be mailed to you.

What if I live in Clark County, Nevada?  We will gladly sign your Clark County CCW application (which you provide) but you will still have to complete the process with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro).  This means you must make an appointment to get your fingerprints and photographs taken.  If you live in Clark County, you cannot apply for a CCW in Nye County.

What if I am a Nevada resident but live somewhere besides Nye or Clark Counties?  You will have to apply for a CCW permit in your county of residence.  Other Nevada counties should accept the Front Sight CCW course as the required training.

How many handguns may I qualify with?   Nevada requires you to qualify with the specific make, model and caliber you will list on your permit. We will qualify you with up to two weapons.  You will need at least 30 rounds for each gun.  Utah and Florida qualifications are not weapon specific.  You can qualify for these states with any handgun, even a rental.

What if I want to qualify with two weapons but only brought one with me to Front Sight?  We will only be able to qualify you with the weapon you brought.  You may add additional weapons later by following the process described by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

What does the 1-Day CCW Handgun Course consist of?  The course consists of both range work and classroom activities.  On the range you will become proficient at presenting your weapon from a concealed holster and guaranteeing fight-stopping hits.  In the classroom we will guide you through the applications necessary to secure your CCW permits.  We will also provide fingerprinting for Utah and Nevada.

Do I need a concealment garment for the CCW Course?  Yes.  Bring a jacket or similar garment.  It may be either open in front (i.e. windbreaker, blazer, etc.) or closed in front (i.e. sweatshirt or untucked T-shirt).  Do not bring a fanny pack, shoulder holster, ankle holster, purse holster, etc.  Although these are common forms of concealed carry, they are not suitable for safe range use.

How much ammunition do I need?  You will need 30 rounds for each gun you intend to list on your Nevada permit and an additional 100-150 rounds for whichever gun you will use in the tactical shooting portion of the CCW day.

Do I need a holster for each weapon?  No.  You must have a holster for your primary weapon (the one you will be shooting in the course).  You don’t need a holster for the second weapon.

What types of handguns are acceptable for this course and for concealed carry?  Front Sight requests that you bring a quality, defensive-style handgun.  Look at “The Front Sight Experience A-Z” on our website for a detailed discussion of what constitutes a suitable defensive handgun.

What if I don’t own a weapon yet?  You may rent a weapon from Front Sight but we will NOT be able to qualify you for your Nevada CCW applications.  We can qualify you for Florida and Utah.

May a husband and wife team qualify with only one weapon?  Yes.

How difficult are the written and shooting tests to get my CCW?  They are very simple.  Very few people have difficulty passing the tests.

Do I need to qualify with the ammunition I intend to carry?  No.  You may qualify with any factory-made, full-metal jacket or jacketed hollow point ammunition.