Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

The answer is very simple.

I am a left handed shooter “Not Right” which sometimes presents some unique challenges. Most of my shooting friends would give me a hard time about being left handed and not being right and that is how the name and log came into being.

Practical shooting is a sport that measures a shooters ability to shoot accurately and quickly using a full power firearm (Handgun, Rifle or Shotgun). Typically, this is done through a series of scenario-based courses called stages in which the shooter is challenged to navigate through the course and the various obstacles while shooting the required targets. These stages can range from only a few targets to many targets with lots of movement in order to test the skills of the shooter. In most typically matches there are anywhere from 3 to as many 12 stages that the shooters will have to negotiate. Two of the larger organizations that host practical shooting matches and can provide loads of additional information are the United States Practical Shooting Association and the International Defensive Pistol Association.

Some of the fundamentals of shooting are the same whether you are interested in “Practical Shooting” or “Defensive Shooting”. For instance, proper sight picture, grip, proper trigger control and recoil management are fundamentally the same and need to be developed to a high level of proficiency and understanding. However, the similarities of the 2 disciplines generally stops there.

In the USPSA type of “Practical Shooting” sports you are being driven by time and accuracy. This generally means that you will be looking for the quickest and shortest distance to complete the course of fire without regard to things such as checking for additional threats around you, barricades and cover may be present in the course of fire but not necessarily used unless it helps with accuracy and time of scoring. In the IDPA form of “Practical Shooting” the methodology attempts to moves closer to a “Defensive Shooting” methodology in that it requires the shooter to use barricades and cover, limits the number of targets and typically has shots of a much shorter distance.

In true “Defensive Shooting” along with training and becoming proficient with the fundamentals of shootings discussed above you will also attempt to incorporate or mimic your body’s natural response to stress and other factors commonly occurring in a “Dynamic Critical Incident” as defined by Rob Pincus in his Intuitive Defensive Shooting Training Program along with the processing of information immediately before or during the incident. In these scenarios you will be practicing techniques that are congruent to what your body does naturally so under stress you are not working against yourself. For example, the loss of the fine motor skills that occurs under stress are considered in the training as well as the choice of equipment. You can get more information on the principles behind the Combat Focus philosophy from Rob Pincus’ DVD or Book on Combat Focus Shooting Evolution.

Intuitive Defensive Shooting is an Intuitive Shooting program designed to help the student be more efficient with the defensive use of a firearm in the context of a Dynamic Critical Incident.

A Dynamic Critical Incident is defined in the Combat Focus Shooting philosophy is an event that is

  1. Surprising – You didn’t know or expect it to happen
  2. Chaotic – You are unsure of what is going to happen next
  3. Threatening – and the appropriate response is the use of lethal force. Not every threat requires or is appropriate for the use of lethal force.

As a new shooter it is always best to attend a certified firearms safety training course to gain a basic understanding of how to handle a firearm safely. From there depending on your intended purpose you will have any number of choices. For instance, if you are interested in shooting in competition, I would recommend you attend a couple of the matches to gain a better understanding of what it entails. One thing I have found is that competitive shooters are a friendly breed and always willing to answer questions and help new potential competitors break into the sport. Often you can contact the match director ahead of time and let them know you are anew shooter that is interested in coming to watch and learn and they will typically set you up with a person to talk to. On the other hand, if your primary purpose is personal defense there are a number of courses that can help develop those skills and the knowledge needed to operate in a personal defense capacity. The NRA has basic firearms courses as well as basic personal protection courses, but these courses are just that, basic. Then of course there are a number of more advanced level personal defense course such as I. C. E. Training’s Intuitive Defensive Shooting courses.

That is the million-dollar question and the answer is it depends. There is so much to consider in this regard, but I have narrowed it down some fundamental questions that need to be answered before you can narrow your choices down. Its important to note that this only scratches the surface of information that goes into this decision. Ask lots of questions of multiple people until you are comfortable.

  1. Purpose of the firearm. Is it for competition? Is it for personal defense in the home? Is it for concealed carry? Is it for hunting? Or does it need to be used for multiple purposes?
  2. Comfort & Fit. Regardless of your choice of a firearm it must be comfortable for you to handle and shoot. It should fit your hand properly and allow you to operate the firearm without constantly having to move your grip around.
  3. Cost. Yes cost. firearms can range from a s low as a couple hundred dollars to thousands. What is your budget that you have to spend? Keep in mind that depend on the purpose you have to factor in incidentals such holster, spare ammo carriers or lights if appropriate.

Once those questions have been addressed you should be able to, with the assistance of a “qualified Knowledgeable” salesperson, narrow your choices down to a handful of firearms. At that point I would recommend renting or demoing them before making your final decision. If you are a new shooter and planning on attending a firearm safety course, I would not rush out to purchase a firearm but instead see if the instructor or facility has rental firearms available. The bottom line is if you are not comfortable handling and operating the firearm you chose; it will only be more uncomfortable when it comes time to use it under stress.

I often hear people talk about women needing to limit themselves to smaller caliber firearms such 22, 32, or 380. Unless you have a physical issue that limits your ability to manage recoil control properly such as arthritis most people can efficiently use any of the common calibers that are used for personal defense and/or competition. It comes down to developing the proper techniques including grip, stance and recoil control. Obviously starting out with a smaller caliber will make developing those skill a little easier initially but that is the case male or female. Ultimately it will take time and practice with the firearm (regardless of caliber) you intend to use in order to become proficient in its use.

As with anything that requires a high level of skill proficiency the more you practice the more proficient you will become. Unfortunately, there are a number of restrictions that limit one’s ability to practice such as access to a range, time and, with the increasing cost of ammunition, financial resources. In order to offset some of these limitations, there are a number of drills that helps in honing some of the fundamental skills of shooting that does not require a range or ammo. These are called dry fire practice drills. A couple of excellent resources for dry fire practice are available. The first is a book geared more towards competition skill development written by Steve Anderson called Refinement and Repetition. The second which is more geared towards personal defense skills development is an excellent DVD that is part of the Rob Pincus’ I.C.E. Training DVD series called Dry Fire Practice & Methodology.

Order Questions

Yes, with the following guidelines.

Sales of ammunition, firearms or suppressors are nonrefundable once the order has been place.

We cannot accept returns on consignment or “Yard Sale” items.

We will accept returns on all other products within 15 days of the date it shipped from our warehouse if the product is unopened and uninstalled provided the purchaser contacts us and receives an RMA number from us. Return shipping is the responsibility of the purchaser. Refunds will not be processed until we receive and inspect the returned item. The shipping charges on the original order will not be refunded.

If we ship you the wrong product, we will absolutely take ANY product we incorrectly ship back, pay return shipping to us, and pay shipping to you on the correct item but we still ask that you contact us for an RMA number. If the item you originally ordered is out of stock, we will refund the purchase price and shipping to the original payment method or give you store credit, your choice.

If you wish to cancel an order prior to shipping, we will make every effort to keep it from being shipped in which case we will credit the chosen payment method. In the case that the package leaves our facility and we have to ask our shipper to re-route it back to us original shipping charges will not be refunded, and any additional shipping “re-route” costs levied by the shipper will be deducted from the product credit.

Orders that are refused or shipped back by our shipper as undeliverable will incur all applicable shipping charges plus a 20% restocking fee. Remaining credit will be refunded to the original payment method within 10-14 business days of our receiving and inspecting the product.

While we obviously can’t provide refunds on products that have been used or installed, if you’ve bought a product from us and just aren’t happy with it, we will contact the manufacturer on your behalf to see if there are any options available to ensure your satisfaction. We have no options available to us above and beyond what the manufacturer supports or provides. We certainly cannot accept returns on sights that have been installed or had an installation attempted.

When you place your order via the website, you have a pull-down menu option with several shipping methods available. The email address you provide in the order form will be set up for updates by the shipper directly, so you are advised on shipping status, delivery, etc. If you don’t receive an email with tracking information, check your spam box and also check to ensure the email address was entered correctly during the checkout process.

Currently we do not ship any products internationally.

Yes, you can. Understand however, that we are a small business and do not have personnel dedicated to answering phone calls. If you call and get voicemail, please leave a message and state you want to place an order over the phone. We’ll call you back as soon as possible and obtain your information.

Except for products out of stock, orders usually ship out same day or next day. If we’re off shooting a match or teaching a class somewhere, this could result in a short delay in shipping out your order.

Training Questions

As early as my college days training in the martial arts, I came to the belief that we are responsible for our own safety and the safety of the ones we love. A key tenant of martial arts training is restraint and the appropriate use of force. Over time and as my hobbies started to include shooting sports, my focus shifted to the safe and appropriate use of firearms.

Through my years of training in various curriculums, I found the IDS program. This was the first program that I found to be supported by real world data and science applied to the civilian world. After training in the system for over 7 years, I made the decision to become an instructor because, frankly, I believe in it and it works. More importantly, I believe in how it prepares a student of the IDS discipline to apply their skills and does not give them a false sense of their ability, as so many other training disciplines do.

I have a passion to empower, educate and train people to be better prepared for that moment when they need to respond to a bad situation. I want them to have the cognition to do the right things, in the right way, to protect themselves and those they care about.

The Intuitive Defensive Shooting program has been the best that I have found at providing those very things.

No, there is not a course prerequisite to taking the Intuitive Defensive Shooting course. We have trained students from all disciplines and skill levels. It is recommended that you know how to operate your firearm and holster before attending an IDS Course. For those completely unfamiliar with defensive firearms, we offer the Introduction to Defensive Handguns course.

We recommend that students bring a good, durable, high quality Kydex holster that is of sufficient quality to withstand rigorous training. For Law Enforcement and Military personnel, we recommend that you train with your duty gear. If you currently carry concealed for personal defense, it is recommended that you bring your actual carry gear. You will also need 3 magazines (5 if using a single stack firearm.)

While Rob Pincus would love to be able to conduct training for everyone who has followed his work, there isn’t enough time. Rob and his team of IDS Instructors have spent years developing the process for IDS Instructor Certification and maintaining Active Status. The program has the highest standards in the firearms industry for certifying outside instructors and, historically, has about a 50% certification rate at the IDSID Courses. To maintain Active Status, IDS Instructors must be actively teaching, participating in our monthly conference calls, monitoring the various forums and email updates as well as attend our Annual IDS Instructor Conference. If you see an instructor listed at the website, Rob stands behind their work. Many students choose to take IDS with another IDS Instructor and book an Advanced Course with Rob at a later date.

The Intuitive Defensive Shooting course can be taken by Civilians, Military, Law Enforcement and Private Security personnel who are interested in improving their ability to efficiently use their handgun in a defensive situation.

Students should plan on firing between 500-600 rounds in the 1-day Fundamentals of Intuitive Defensive Shooting course and 1000 – 1200 rounds for the 2 day Intuitive Defensive Shooting course. Students are responsible for providing their own ammunition. If you are traveling to a course, please contact the host directly if you need assistance.

Yes. There is no upper limit as far as age. The physical demands of a CFS Course are relatively low, but you will be standing 90% of the day and the local weather conditions should be taken into consideration.

You do not have to be a world-class athlete to take this course. We have had students with a variety of physical skill levels in our courses, including students with disabilities.

Specific numbers in classes vary, but the majority of IDS Courses have at least one female student.

The most important trait of a defensive firearm is reliability. After that, efficiency and fit are the most important things. If you currently carry a specific firearm and have found it be reliable, that is what you should bring.

If your primary defensive firearm is a snub-nosed revolver, that is what you should train with. The concepts and principles of the IDS program apply to all defensive handguns.

The concepts and principles are designed to help you be more efficient in the context of a defensive shooting situation, not achieve better scores in competition.

The concepts contained within the IDS program are designed to help you understand some of what happens to you physically during times of critical stress and how to work with those responses to develop an efficient armed response to a threat. Empirical evidence shows overwhelmingly that, even though a person may be highly trained as a shooter, they do not necessarily use their traditional range techniques in their defensive shooting situation. IDS is designed to help develop skills that are more congruent with real fights. Many LE Agencies and Military Units have adopted or integrated IDS training approaches.

There is no classroom training involved in the IDS program as a rule, but if inclement weather dictates, we have done some lecture time indoors on concepts and principles. Feel free to bring materials, and if time allows, definitely take notes. Some students have carried a small recorder or brought video cameras to record on-range lectures.