Allen Arms offers a variety of training opportunities for everyone, from beginner to expert. Our training courses are a cost-effective way to stay safe, whether you seek a concealed carry permit or simply want to protect your home and family. You will leave our facility feeling proficient in your knowledge and ability to handle your firearm. Take your defense skills and sport shooting to the next level!
Our training classes consist of classroom training, live range training, or a combination of both. All equipment needed can be provided by the range at no charge, except ammunition. Ammunition may be purchased at the range.
For more information and to register for a class, select the class title below or select a class from the Training Calendar . Please read the Training Introduction completely prior to registering for a class. This explains how our training classes are conducted, what to expect, and how to sign up.
|Purpose of Course||This training is to offer individual training in any firearm related activity. It is run at the wish and direction of the student. Direct, hands on training is given by experienced range personnel in any area needed by the student, from firearm evaluation and selection, to firearm maintenance, and most importantly, shooting skills. Improvement of shooting ability and enjoyment of shooting is guaranteed.|
|Age Requirements||None, with parental supervision under age 18.|
|Equipment Needed||None. Anything not owned by the student can be provided by the range at no charge, except ammunition. Ammunition may be purchased at the range.|
|Activities Involved||At the discretion of the shooter. After brief safety and techniques reviews, all activity is on the range for shooting training.|
|Other Information||Please contact us to schedule a personal training session at 864.250.2007.|
|Cost||$30 per half hour|
|Purpose of Course||To qualify for a South Carolina concealed weapon carry permit. During the course, the range of legal aspects of carrying and using a handgun will be covered, the laws governing the use of lethal force, as well as safety, techniques, and ammunition choices.|
|Age Requirements||21 (can be 36 months younger, if accompanied by guardian, but application cannot be submitted until age 21, and must submitted within 3 years of course completion)|
|Prerequisites||Though not required, an introductory course such as the Introduction to Handguns is very helpful in preparing for the CWP course.|
|Time||Approximately 8 hours|
|Equipment Needed||Handgun with at least 50 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection, standard hip holster and belt, valid SC Drivers License with current address on front. Any of these, except license, may be rented or purchased at the range if necessary. Firearms can be provided by the range free of charge.|
|Activities Involved||A state mandated class session to cover basic gun safety and handling, SC laws pertaining to carrying a firearm and legal use of force, storage, and much more. There is also a written test and a shooting test. We will also take your finger prints and picture for the application, and mail the completed applications for you.|
|Other Information||Graduates will receive a 1 year free membership.|
|Cost||$130 (This covers all expenses, including the $50 state fee, fingerprinting, photography, and certified letter to mail the application)|
|Purpose of Course||To review the many changes of the Concealed Weapons Permit Law in recent years that affect permit holders who were otherwise unaware of the changes. This course is of vital importance to anyone whose permit is 2 years old or older.|
|Prerequisites||Current SC CWP holder|
|Activities Involved||Classroom instruction only. No shooting.|
|Other Information||This course is taught by Mark Bilicki.|
|Cost||$75 per-student or $125 per-couple|
|Purpose of Course||This is a custom course designed by Master rated shooter Mike Sexton to introduce new handgun owners, or those considering the acquisition of one, to the basics of use, care, safety and maintenance, and to assist with the decision of selection of handgun and ammunition. It varies from the NRA First Steps course in avoiding some of the required formalities of that course, and is more applied in nature. It is an excellent preparation for the SC Concealed Weapons course, or any other advanced handgun training.|
|Age Requirements||Under 18 must be with a guardian.|
|Equipment Needed||Safe handgun with 50 rounds of ammunition; ear and eye protection, drivers license. Ear and eye protection may be rented at the range. Firearms can be provided by the range free of charge. Activities Involved- Classroom session and short range session.|
|Other Information||Graduates will receive a free range session.|
|Purpose of Course||This course will provide owners the basics of gun cleaning for pistols and revolvers. Techniques, equipment, and materials needed for cleaning and protecting your investment.|
|Age Requirements||18 (16 with legal guardian taking the class)|
|Time||2 to 2 ½ hours|
|Equipment Needed||None. May bring an UNLOADED handgun IN A CASE for the class to address specific questions related to your firearm.|
|Activities Involved||Classroom session with hands-on training. DUE TO TIME RESTRAINTS AND THE VARIANCES IN SPECIFIC FIREARM DISASSEMBLY AND ASSEMBLY, ACTUAL CLEANING OF ATTENDEE'S FIREARMS WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE, BUT QUESTIONS CONCERNING THEM WILL BE ADDRESSED.|
|Other Information||Please do not bring any live ammunition into the classroom. Participants will receive a free range session. This class is taught by Bob Gibson.|
|Purpose of Course||This course was designed by Allen Arms instructor Mike Sexton and owner Frank Allen. Its intent is to familiarize shotgun owners, and those considering the purchase of one, to the basic defensive use of a shotgun. Instruction in the use, care, storage and selection of a shotgun will be given. Range drills will require the student to load and shoot the shotgun in a variety of ways that would be involved in their effective use for self defense.|
|Age Requirements||21 years old (18 to 21 with adult guardian)|
|Equipment Needed||Safe pump action or a semi-auto shotgun. We will provide one if needed. No break open shotguns. Ear and eye protection are required on the range, and will be provided if the student does not have them. You will need 50 rounds of birdshot 7.5 or smaller, 10 buckshot, and 10 slugs. You may bring your own ammunition or purchase it at the range. No ammunition allowed in the classroom.|
|Activities Involved||Classroom training and range firing.|
|Maximum Enrollment||8 students|
|Other Information||All training will be student friendly, but the use of shotguns is by nature rigorous. The rate of activity will depend largely on the progress and capabilities of the shooters. Some movement, and the handling of the guns themselves, will be involved, and can be moderately fatiguing. It will be exciting and enjoyable. This course is taught only by David Pantaloni. Call the range to arrange the training, or schedule on line. Graduates will receive a free range session.|
|Purpose of Course||Developed by Master Shooter Mike Sexton, this course is designed to prepare interested shooters for one of the hottest new areas of competition-Tactical Rifle/ Competition Rifle, and it has definite applications to real world situations. We will cover the basics of safe and effective handling, reloading, and application of the carbine in close quarter situations. Areas of specific interest include assessing and responding to situations, use of cover and concealment, shooting while moving, as well as other skills and techniques used in competition and in real life. Upon completion of this course, the student will have gained confidence, experience, and an increase in their skill level and effectiveness with Tactical Rifles.|
|Age Requirements||18 minimum|
|Prerequisites||Basic working knowledge of the firearm. Read range rules on web site.|
|Equipment Needed||A magazine-fed carbine in 5.56/7.62 or pistol calibers, at least 200 rounds of ammunition, minimum of two spare magazines (30 round recommended) and a means of carrying those on your person. Use of any sighting equipment is allowed, except lasers. Ammunition used may not be steel core (no Wolf), armor piercing, tracer, or incendiary. Bring a sling if you have one, please. You will also need standard eye and ear protection, OBIs, and driver's license. Any equipment needed can be provided by the range at no cost, except ammunition.|
|Activities Involved||3 Hour class session, followed by extensive shooting session, in both group and individual exercises.|
|Other Information||Attendees will receive certificates for two free range sessions (twenty dollar value).|
|Purpose of Course||This course covers the techniques, equipment, and materials needed for the proper maintenance of M16 or AR15 rifles. Attendance of this class will give you the knowledge to keep your M16/AR platform operating properly. It will cover disassembly, cleaning, lubrication, and re-assembly, and discuss modifications. It will also address common myths about cleaning and break-in.|
|Time||2 ½ hours|
|Equipment Needed||You may bring your unloaded M16/ AR15 in a case. DO NOT BRING AMMUNITION INTO THE CLASSROOM.|
|Activities Involved||Classroom session, demonstration, hands on practice.|
|Other Information||Graduates will receive a free range session.|
|Purpose of Course||This course will introduce prospective loaders to reloading. Topics include:
|Time||8 hours (2 evenings)|
|Equipment Needed||Eye protection. NOTICE: NO FIREARMS ALLOWED|
|Activities Involved||Classroom sessions|
|Other Information||Graduates will receive a free range session. This course is taught by Mark Bilicki|
|Cost||$125 per-student. Additional family members may attend for the reduced rate of $65. NOTICE: $30 DEPOSIT REQUIRED|
|Purpose of Course||To qualify the attendee to obtain a SC hunting license and meet the requirements for out-of state licenses from other states.|
|Equipment Needed||Social Security Number|
|Activities Involved||Classroom instruction. No shooting.|
|Other Information||This class is taught by Mark Bilicki|
|Purpose of Course||This is the advanced training everyone has been wanting, taking you beyond the basic marksmanship training in prior courses to prepare the shooter to use proven techniques for close, quick shooting in life-or-death situations. These are not bullseye, paper punching techniques, as important as they are. Instead, it involves learning to respond to a danger by deploying and using a handgun from short to contact distance, including using weapons presentation, movement, reloading, and retention shooting. Analysis and reaction to threat will be covered as well as shooting technique. These techniques are also very helpful for those desiring to begin any of the action shooting sports such as IDPA, but the goal is to instill self defense skills.|
|Age Requirements||Under 18 must be with a guardian.|
|Prerequisites||Prior training such as SC Concealed Weapons Course, Introduction to Handguns and/or Personal Training in basic shooting techniques is required.|
|Equipment Needed||Handgun of your choice, carry holster, 150 rounds of ammunition. Firearms can be provided by the range free of charge.|
|Activities Involved||A brief review of safety and basic technique, then intensive shooting. Minimum rounds fired will be 50, but 100 or more are recommended. Handgun selection and evaluation can be included in the course.|
|Other Information||All training is gentle and patient, but this is the most intensive and demanding course we offer. It will be exciting and very enjoyable, but tiring. Arrangements for special conditions, equipment, etc., may be discussed by contacting the instructor, Mike Sexton.|
|Purpose of Course||Developed by retired Marine and Master IDPA shooter Mike Sexton, this course is designed to prepare experienced shooters to handle real- world threats at very close range. Far from conventional the 'square range' training mentality, in which a row of participants stands and performs on command, this training is 360 degrees, in which advanced participants, with prior marksmanship and basic defensive shooting experience, work one-on-one with instructors and other participants to learn close range defense techniques. These techniques involve using whatever equipment is available in an emergency, from firearms to bare hands. Techniques covered will include advanced use of handguns, as well as defense against AND use of edged and blunt weapons, stressing retention and disarming, as well as improvised weapons. The tactics used are cutting edge and may surprise you in their unconventional nature and effectiveness. The training received in this class will make the participant aware of the appropriate effective methods of surviving a close range deadly threat.|
|Age Requirements||18 minimum, with prerequisites below.|
|Prerequisites||Competence in basic marksmanship skills and gun handling; some experience with basic defensive shooting techniques. We recommend Introduction To Handguns, Personal Training, and Level II Defensive Handgun to obtain these skills.|
|Equipment Needed||Handgun of choice, solid belt holster, 100 rounds of ammunition (no lead, tracer, or incendiary ammo, please), at least 2 extra magazines or speed loaders, standard eye and ear protection, and drivers license. Other than ammunition, any of the equipment needed can be provided at no cost by the range. Clothing needs to be full length pants with shoes you can move in.|
|Activities Involved||An intensive class session, followed by a short session on the range, in groups and individually, involving shooting, physical contact, and moderately strenuous individual movement.|
|Other Information||Graduates receive 1 free range session.|
|Purpose of Course||Developed by Mike Sexton and Jimmy Corr, this course is designed to take the experienced shooter to the next level of self defense. This is the natural progression in our study of personal defense, we pick up here where Level II and level III leaves off. This class provides the student with the opportunity to experience the brutality of a close range confrontation in a controlled environment. This is accomplished through Force on Force drills using airsoft guns and other training aids. The purpose is to allow students to react / respond to an aggressor and determine for themselves what works and does not. The common misconception, that we will disprove, is that: “If I have a gun, I am untouchable”. Nothing could be further from the truth. The student will learn firsthand how a determined attacker will defeat common draw and fire techniques. After the force on force portion of the class, we will proceed to the range to experience shooting from atypical positions, dynamic shooting and moving, extreme close range gun handling techniques, weak hand access complications and contact shooting issues.|
|Age Requirements||Minimum of 18|
|Prerequisites||Level II defensive handgun or an equivalent course.|
|Equipment Needed||Handgun (revolver or semi-auto, 9MM/.38Special minimum power level), spare magazines/reloaders, safe hip holster, 100 rounds of ammunition, eye/ear protection, long sleeve shirt, hat, long pant, and good shoes.|
|Activities Involved||Force on Force with airsoft pistols and live range time.|
|Purpose of Course||This course is designed to introduce interested experienced shooters to the action shooting sports such as IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association), USPSA (United States Practical Shooters Association), CPSL (Carolina Practical Shooters League), etc. These sports involve firing at targets while being timed, and the time is part of the score. Targets include paper silhouettes, metal, and moving targets, to name some. Topics covered include drawing of the firearm, multiple targets, reloading, shooting while moving, use of covered, situation analysis and response, safety requirements, rules, classification, firearms and other equipment used, tactics, range commands, scoring, and the shooting organizations themselves. Shooting techniques covered will include stance, grip, draw and presentation, shooting from retention, sighted and point shooting, use of barricades and other cover, shooting while moving forwards, backwards, and laterally, correcting pistol malfunctions while shooting, and shooting with two hands, left hand and right hand only. Practice techniques for continued improvement will be learned.|
|Age Requirements||16 with parental supervision|
|Prerequisites||Prior training such as Introduction to Handguns and/or Personal Training in basic shooting techniques is recommended and very helpful, but not required. Contact instructor for details if needed.|
|Equipment Needed||Handgun of your choice, restricted to full-size or compact handguns (pistols or revolvers), no sub-compacts, of 9mm/.38 Spec. caliber; at least 2 spare magazines/reloaders, hip holster, mag/reloader pouch, eye and ear protection, 150 rounds of ammunition. Any of these may be obtained at the range. Firearms can be provided by the range free of charge.|
|Activities Involved||A review of safety and basic techniques, with classroom instruction on the appropriate subjects, then intensive shooting combined with further instruction on the range.|
|Cost||$80 per attendee. Must be paid in advance.|
|Purpose of Course||Free instruction on how to get a permit from the state of New Hampshire, one that is recognized in many states which do not recognize a SC permit (because we won't recognize theirs), Georgia being the most important to most South Carolinians. This information is also shared in our South Carolina Concealed Weapons class.
Two brief notes: you must first have your SC permit (or any other states). Second, we highly recommend that you join GrassRoots SC (http://www.scfirearms.org), the premier local gun-rights organization, without which SC would not have the CWP system, and who fights constantly to improve the current law and to persuade business to remove anti-carry posting. Among other information on their site is the listing of states that recognize your SC permit and a link to an application for the New Hampshire non- resident permit: http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/ssb/permitslicensing/plupr.html
|Prerequisites||South Carolina (or other) Concealed Weapons Permit.|
|Cost||$100 to the state of New Hampshire for application fee|
To qualify for the Utah Concealed Firearm Permit, which gives you additional coverage for carrying concealed in more states while traveling.
Approximately 4.5 hours
We will take your finger prints and picture for the application, and mail the completed applications for you.
Graduates will receive 3 free range sessions ($30 value)
$155 (This covers all expenses, including the $51 state fee, fingerprinting, photography, and certified letter to mail the application)
This is a course designed to increase understanding and planning for basic home security and defense. Topics include lighting, alarm systems, safe rooms, legal concerns, home defense firearms & safety, defensive handgun shooting using cover and much more. This course includes classroom and live fire range exercises. Participants receive a Home Defense & Security checklist to complete at home.
21 or 18 with an adult guardian
None for classroom activities. Range Activities require basic handgun skills. Participants without basic handgun skills are encouraged to take our Introduction to Handguns course first.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm (6 Hours + lunch break) at Allen Arms Training Center.
Safe handgun with 50 rounds of ammunition; eye and ear protection and driver’s license. *Firearm, eye & ear protection may be provided for use during this course at no charge. Please speak with instructor to reserve firearm in advance.
Classroom Lecture, Live Fire Range Session
Participants receive a free range session coupon @ Allen Arms Indoor Range
Allen Arms Indoor Shooting Range offers a complete line of training, from basic introduction to firearms classes to advanced tactical and defensive courses. Our featured instructors include Mike Sexton and Mark and Bradley Bilicki. Mike is a retired Marine CWO, and a Master rated IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) competitor, and is very active in Three Gun competition. Mark is the upstate's ONLY NRA Master Instructor's Counselor and Bradley is a 2 time National Junior Skeet champion. Learn from the best, with confidence!
Mike Sexton is an experienced trainer, a retired Marine CWO, a two-class master-rated IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) competitor, and is very active in Three Gun competition as well. He has been involved in firearms training since 1995 and is certified in the South Carolina Concealed Weapons Course, NRA pistol courses, and as an IDPA Safety Officer Instructor and Certified Glock Armorer.
Mike is one of the premiere action shooting competitors in the state, as a three-time State IDPA Champion and tw0-time Carolina Cup Champion. With his military and competition background, he brings a unique perspective and level of intensity to our training programs as he offers not only standard courses, but custom courses of his own design for those who wish to expand their experience and capabilities in the disciplines of tactical and real world practical shooting.
Mark Bilicki has earned pretty much every firearm certification available. Here are some of Mark's highlights:
Sgt. Robert "Bob" Gibson has been shooting since age six. He has competed in small-bore rifle, action pistol, trap, and presently NRA Highpower Service Rifle on the National Match Course with an AR15 NM rifle. Between 1977 and 1983 Bob served as a unit armorer in the West Virginia Army National Guard (2 years) and the South Carolina Army National Guard (4 years). He was responsible for the security and maintenance of his company's M16s, M203 grenade launchers, 1911A1 pistols, M60 machineguns, M3A1 submachine guns, M1D sniper rifles, riot shotguns, an M2 HB .50 cal BMG heavy machine gun, and one 155mm howitzer tactical nuclear training round.
Bob has been a police officer in South Carolina since 1984. He served sixteen years with the Greenville Coun ty Sheriff's Office during which time he was awarded the J.P. Strom Award for the highest academic score (98.9 percent) in his basic class at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy. He won Top Trigger at the Sheriff's Office in 1986. From 1989 until 2000 he served as the Sniper Team Leader of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office S.W.A.T. Team. Bob is presently serving as the sergeant supervising first shift patrol operations at Furman University Police Department, Public Safety Office. Bob is an NRA certified pistol instructor He has also been actively involved hand-loading (reloading) ammunition since 1975, and is a life-long hunter.
Travis Nelson is a full time Range employee, and has been with Allen Arms since our opening. Certified as both a National Rifle Association Pistol Instructor, and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor, he trained under Mark Bilicki. A former Greenville County Deputy, he has been hunting and shooting all of his life. Travis is currently a full time firefighter with the Wade Hampton Fire Department. Due to his status with the range, he works frequently with novice shooters in Personal Training, as well as instructing the CWP course.
Skip Smith is a graduate of Furman University, as well as one of the original employees of Allen Arms. He is a certified NRA instructor in Pistol and Protection in the Home, as well as a South Carolina Certified Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor.
Mon - Fri: 10am - 9pm
Sat: 10am - 6pm
Sun: 1pm - 6pm