Training and Education

firearm

Safe, responsible, and enjoyable sporting begins with comprehensive training and continued education. Whether you are a beginner or an old pro, education and knowledge is the key to safety on the range or in the field. Because there is no such thing as an accident when it comes to firearms handling, Ipswich Fish and Game is proud to offer continuing education for our members and the public.

Note:  The individual instructors are responsible for the content and suitability of the classes provided below.  The IFGA does not directly provide the classes listed below. 

The next available Home Firearm Safety Classes

This class is ideal for any person that wants to apply for a Massachusetts LTC (Formerly known as Class-A Concealed Carry) or an FID permit. It is registered with the Massachusetts State Police as “LTC-007”.  This class is recognized by all Massachusetts police chiefs as meeting the legal requirements in order to apply for your permit.

Saturday, December 18, 2021, 08:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Thomas Fallon) Click here to Register for Saturday December 18

 

NRA Basic Shotgun Shooting Course

This is a great opportunity to learn about the safe & proper use of shotguns including safe gun handling, shotgun parts & operations, loading & unloading, stoppages & malfunctions, assembly & disassembly, shot shell components, shot size, and much more.  Students are recommended to bring a long barrel shotgun, along with 50 rounds of ammunition (Ammunition – Min. 8 Shot, 1250 FPS or less). For Students that do not own a Shotgun, one can be available at no charge; student will be required to purchase ammunition. When registering, please email the course instructor to inform if bringing a shotgun or needing one.

Saturday, October 23, 2021 08:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Tom Fallon) Click here to Register for Saturday October 23

 

NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting

BPS is a 8 hour course focused only on single/double action revolvers & semi-automatic pistols. It covers in detail, reasons to own different types of handguns, parts & operations, disassembly & reassembly, pistol cleaning, fundamentals of pistol shooting (sight alignment, sight picture, breath control, hold control, trigger control/reset, follow through), shooting one hand, scoring targets, shooting techniques & positions, stoppages & malfunctions (failure to feed, double feed, stove pipe), and competitive shooting programs. Caliber sizes include .22, 9mm, or .38 Special. You must pass the written & shooting exams, to receive certification. 

Course provides certificates to apply for Massachusetts LTC/FIDC.

Prerequisites – Any safety course & Handgun shooting experience

Available class sessions

None currently scheduled. Please check back soon!

NRA Personal Protection In The Home

PPITH is an 8 hour course for experienced shooters who have mastered basic firearm safety rules & pistol handling skills. Course teaches the safe & efficient use of handguns in protection of self/family, and provides legal information on citizens’ rights to self-defense (stand your ground & duty to retreat). PPITH discusses responsible & ethical use of deadly force when facing imminent life threatening situations, mental/emotional preparation & self-awareness, training for stress & realistic physical encounters, never give up mindset, cover & concealment, responding to & confronting a violent intruder/assailant, emotional/legal aftermath, strategies for home safety, defensive shooting skills & accuracy, psychological reactions (fight, flight, freeze, posture, submit), physiological reactions (loss of fine motor skills, tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, time dilation, adrenaline rush). Students shoot 100 rounds.

Prerequisites – NRA HFS, NRA BPS

Available class sessions

None currently scheduled. Please check back soon!

 

NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home

PPOTH is a 14 hour course for shooters who possess defensive pistol skills presented in NRA PPITH. PPOTH informs citizens on the safe, responsible, & ethical use of a concealed handgun for self-defense outside, in protection of self/family/friend/stranger. Course provides in-depth legal information on the lawful use of deadly force when facing imminent life-threatening situations, and exercising mature & legal judgement (Stand Your Ground vs. Duty To Retreat). PPOTH teaches avoiding dangerous confrontations, mental preparation & levels of awareness, hard vs. soft target, principles of carrying concealed (concealment, access, retention, comfort), different types of holsters/purses/vests/jackets & their levels of retention, pros/cons of holsters & their positioning, techniques for controlling & responding to a perilous encounter outside the home, holding a violent attacker at gun point, what to do if you must shoot, emotional/legal aftermath of a defensive shooting (civil vs. criminal vs. social consequences). Students will drill advanced shooting techniques & skills of, safely drawing/presenting a loaded concealed handgun & re-holstering, speed & tactical reloading, clearing stoppages & malfunctions, shooting from standing/kneeling/squatting positions, engaging 2 targets, shooting strong hand only, point shooting, shooting from the hip, shooting behind or moving to low/high barricades, turning left/right 90/180 degrees to target & shooting, shooting moving forward & rearward, & shooting under low light conditions. Students shoot 215 rounds.

Prerequisites – NRA PPITH

Available class sessions

None currently scheduled. Please check back soon!

 

NRA Instructor Home Firearm Safety

IHFS is a 11 hour course teaching the knowledge, skills, & attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching the NRA HFS course. IHFS is presented in two parts, Basic Instructor Training (BIT) & discipline specific instructor training. Course covers NRA policies & procedures, basic public speaking skills, confidence & competence, learning objectives, training methodology, teaching philosophy, training teams, training aids, organizing a course, budgeting, preparing to teach, evaluating/improving performance of new shooters. Instructor Candidates (IC) must be experienced shooters that possess & demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety, handling skills, & shooting skills acquired through previous firearms training and/or shooting experience. In addition, IC must be intimately familiar with the various action types of each firearm discipline (pistol/rifle/shotgun). IC demonstrate previous experience, organizational, & teaching skills via pre-course assessment, practical exercises in course, & written exams. IC take turns working in teams, teaching actual portions of the HFS course to other ICs role-playing as basic students. IC receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, IC lesson plans designed to help you teach, and HFS student course packet.

Prerequisites – NRA HFS or Equivalent Training

Available class sessions

None currently scheduled. Please check back soon!

 

NRA Instructor Basics of Pistol Shooting IBPS

IBPS is a 16 hour course teaching the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, promoting, and teaching the NRA BPS course. IBPS is presented in two parts, Basic Instructor Training BIT & discipline specific instructor training. Course covers NRA policies & procedures, basic public speaking skills, confidence & competence, learning objectives, training methodology, teaching philosophy, use of training teams, training aids, organizing a course, budgeting, preparing to teach, evaluating & improving performance of new shooters. Instructor Candidates (IC) must be experienced shooters that possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety, handling skills, & shooting skills acquired through previous training/shooting experience. In addition, IC must be intimately familiar with various handgun actions types. IC demonstrate previous experience, organizational, & teaching skills via pre-course qualification, practical exercises in course, & written exams. IC take turns working in teams, teaching actual
portions of the BPS course to other ICs role-playing as basic students. IC receive the NRA Trainer’s Guide, IC lesson plans designed to help you teach, and BPS student course packet.

Prerequisites – NRA BPS

Available class sessions

None currently scheduled. Please check back soon!

 

Hunter Safety Classes sponsored by MassWildlife

  • Hunter Safety is taught by volunteers from the MassWildlife team.
  • The IFGA lets them use the facilities to deliver the class.
  • This class is required to get a hunting license, but typically is not suitable for any pistol permits.
  • Follow the MassWildlife link for times and locations.

USA Archery Level 1 & 2 Instructor Certification In-Person Training [Open to Public]

Saturday, November 13 Level 1 – 8 am – 12 pm ($80)* Level 2 – 8 am – 5 pm ($160)*
This training is for people who successfully completed the USA Archery Instructor Certification On-Line Course to be fully certified as Level 1 and/or Level 2 instructors. If you plan to attend this course, you must plan ahead to make sure, prior to taking this course, you complete the On-line Course, and depending on the level you seek, obtain a Range Pass (Level 1), and complete the Safesport Training Course (Level 2) and USA Archery Background Check (Level 2).  
Level 1 prerequisite: 

Level 2 prerequisite:

  • minimum age 18
  • must have completed the USA Archery Level 2 online course successfully
  • must be or become a USA Archery Member

*Scholarships available to IFGA members who commit to volunteering for the IFGA Kids’ Archery Program for at least 1 year.
The course will be taught by Junko Shiota Abuza, who is certified as a USA Archery Level 3 NTS Coach Trainer at IFGA. For more information, please contact Junko at abuza04@hotmail.com.

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