Our standard curriculum has been developed from decades of experience instructing law enforcement officers. We’ve modified the information and techniques for civilians because we want you to know what we know.

Our classes are conducted in our classrooms at Talon Range or Talon Tactical Outfitters as well as on the range. We do not allow firearms, ammunition or other weapons in the classroom, although our students are welcome to bring their own firearms to use on the range.

We do offer custom courses and private instruction. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Basic I/CCW

Basic I is an introduction to handgun shooting in a defensive context. This course exceeds Florida requirements for firearms safety class and a certificate obtained during this course can be used to apply for a CCW License. There will be at least two classes scheduled per month.

During this class students will enjoy:

  • 4 hours of classroom material going over gun safety, tactics, Florida’s Laws and Statutes governing use of force.
  • 2 hours of live fire on the range. 
  • 2 hours of scenario based training using a laser simulator. 
  • Optional 1 hour to test fire weapons from our selection of over 30 pistols.

    Required Gear:
  • Pants that can accommodate a belt and a sturdy belt (we will be putting a holster on you)
  • Closed toed shoes and a closed collard shirt.
  • Appropriate clothing for seasonal conditions (this is an outdoor range)

Talon will be furnishing the firearms, ammunition, take home hearing/eye protection, swag and lunch for this class.

Cost: 190.00


Our Basic II course is an intermediate four hour course that is designed for people who have already taken a CCW class or just want to learn how to use their handgun. This class is taught from concealment and will require that the student brings their own weapon in their preferred method of carry. This course can be tailored to the needs of the student and due to the reduced class size can be done as a private function upon request. The course will cover-

  • Handgun Shooting Fundamentals 
  • Handgun Draw Technique 
  • Shooting From Retention 
  • Handgun Malfunctions 
  • Emergency and Tactical Reloads 
  • Discussion on Gear Selection 

Required Gear

  • At least 100 rounds of Handgun ammunition 
  • At least one concealable handgun and method of carry 
  • At least two spare magazines or speed loaders 
  • Hearing and Eye Protection

Cost: $125.00

Talon Defender Series

The Talon Defender Series is the most comprehensive pistol specific course that Talon offers. Consisting of three separate three day courses that will give the student 72 hours of informative and challenging instruction. Each class will build on the class before it and will end with a proficiency test.

Talon Defender – Enhanced – $500.00

  • Universal Laws of Self Defense
  • Protector Mindset and Situational Awareness
  • Extensive Work On Handgun Malfunction
  • Extensive Work On Transitions
  • Introduction to Movement
  • Concealed Carry Threat Engagement
  • Dealing with Aftermath
  • Reality Based Training

Talon Defender – Advanced – $500.00

  • Enhanced Course Review
  • Refresher on malfunctions and transitions
  • Intro to Trauma Care
  • Extensive Moving and Shooting Drills
  • Use of Cover and Concealment
  • Low Light Threat Engagement
  • Reality Based Training

Talon Defender – Professional – $500.00

  • Advanced Review
  • Refresher on Malfunctions and Transitions
  • Threat Engagement with Team Concepts
  • Additional work on movement drills including surreptitious movement
  • Low Light Threat Engagement
  • Trauma Care Proficiency
  • Self Aid/ Buddy Aid
  • Family Protection Techniques
  • Reality Based Training (Force on Force)

Required Gear

  1. At least 800 rounds of handgun ammunition per class
  2. At least 3 magazines (4-5 mags/speed loaders if low capacity handgun.)
  3. At least one Concealable handgun with Concealable method of carry
  4. A Handheld Light
  5. Wet/Cold  weather gear depending on the season
  6. Black Permanent Marker
  7. Note Taking Gear
  8. Hearing and Eye Protection

Talon Protector Series 

The Talon Protector Series is the most comprehensive Tactical Carbine specific course that Talon offers. Consisting of three separate 3-day courses that will give the student 72 hours of informative and challenging instruction. Each class will build on the class before it and will end with a proficiency test.

Talon Protector – Enhanced – $500.00Basic Shooting Fundamentals

  • Rifle Zero / Different Types
  • Disassembly / Assembly / Trouble Shooting Common Issues
  • Legal Presentation
  • Target Anatomy
  • Engagement Consideration
  • State of Awareness / Situational Awareness
  • Malfunctions
  • Students will shoot a wide variety of drills from various positions and distances.

Required Gear:

  • 800 rounds Rifle Ammo / 100 rounds Handgun Ammo.
  • Semi Auto Rifle with detachable Box Magazine 
  • x4 Spare Magazines 
  • Rifle Sling 
  • Method of carrying spare magazines 
  • Pistol and Holster 
  • Spare magazines for pistol 
  • Black permanent Marker 
  • Hearing and Eye Protection 

home defense & Cover/Concealment

This is an advanced course that combines the Home Defense and the Cover/Concealment course. We are taking the act of clearing a house and add the process of effectively using cover and concealment in the house. We will cover the ballistic issues and bullets inside the home, searching/clearing the home with a flashlight and weapon, and the use of a shotgun for home defense.

Live fire with a shotgun and handgun will be included in drills centered on home defense skills, and Airsoft scenarios will be conducted in a building simulating a home. This course is approximately eight hours long.


Students will need to bring

  • Semi-automatic pistol
  • 100 Rounds of Handgun Ammunition
  • Two magazines with at least 10-round capacity or three magazines if less than 10-round capacity
  • Magazine pouch
  • Belt-worn holster
  • Concealment garment (light jacket, etc.) that can be buttoned/zipped closed as well as worn open
  • Hearing and eye protection
  • Shotgun if disired
  • 50 rounds of shotgun ammunition
  • Flashlight

personal safety

Our Personal Safety Class is fully customizable in length, but generally runs a minimum of two hours in a classroom. We will walk you through proper mindset for force encounters, dealing with fear, the legal and moral issues you might face when dealing with use of force as a citizen, setting boundaries, and options for both lethal and nonlethal force.

This is not a martial arts class and does not require you to do work on the mat. We emphasize the use of lethal weapons, less lethal weapons and weapons of opportunity that may be readily available to you. We will also demonstrate hands-on techniques that will allow you to delay a violent subject until you can get help.

Please contact us to discuss a proposal for your club, business or organization.


The civilian Tactical Carbine Class involves basic operation of the tactical carbine, primarily the AR platform but any semiautomatic rifle with a detachable box magazine will work. 

Students will Cover:

  • Assembly and Disassembly of their Weapon
  • Sight In
  • Sling Techniques
  • Various Shooting Positions
  • Reloading (Tactical and Emergency)
  • Moving and Shooting
  • Use of Cover
  • Time permitting, two man drills

Students will need:

  • At least 300 rounds of ammunition
  • Semi auto rifle with detachable box magazine
  • At least 4 spare magazines
  • A method to carry spare magazines
  • A sling of their choice
  • Hearing/Eye protection

This is an eight hour course, lunch will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

Cost: 175.00


The Carbine II course is designed for individuals who have attended our Carbine I course or who have a working knowledge of how their Rifle functions and are looking to improve their hand skills.  Students will cover:

  • Positional Shooting 
  • Reloads, Emergency and Tactical 
  • Use of Cover 
  • Shooting and Moving 

Students will Require:

  1. Zeroed semi-auto rifle with detachable box magazine 
  2. At least 200 rounds of ammunition 
  3. At least three spare magazines
  4. A method of carrying spare magazines 
  5. A rifle sling

Cost: 125.00

tactical shotgun

Students will learn proper grip and stance, weapon manipulation, administrative loading and unloading, combat loading, malfunction clearing, load selection and associated gear selection.

Students will need:

  • A safe, functioning pump or semi auto shotgun, preferably in 12ga
  • Some way to carry extra ammo — a sidesaddle carrier, belt carriers, vest, dump pouch, etc.
  • Eye and hearing protection
  • 20 rounds of slug
  • 10 rounds of buckshot
  • 100 rounds of birdshot
  • A sling would be helpful, but is not essential

Talon will have ammunition available for sale. Contact us to reserve a space in the next class.

This is an eight-hour course and is limited to 12 students. Lunch is provided, but you are also welcome to bring your own.

Cost: 175.00

Cover and concealment

This class focuses on the use of cover and concealment. Students begin with instruction on the use of cover when shooting; reloading drills and other skills are taught along with moving and shooting between and behind cover.

After the live shooting drills, students will be equipped with airsoft weapons that fire plastic bullets – they’ll sting but they won’t bruise. They will be matched against an instructor and the two will shoot it out while wearing protective gear. These drills are designed to teach the value of using cover in a shooting situation.

This is a four-hour course.

surviving a critical incident

This class is designed to equip the student with the skills necessary to efficiently respond to a critical incident, namely an up-close, react-now type of situation. SCI will focus on the physiological and psychological effects caused by high stress and how these can be incorporated into training.

Get ready to turn the typical flat range into a dynamic environment that will concentrate on applicable training. Instead of concentrating on marksmanship, SCI will focus on revealing individual weaknesses to each student and identifying how to properly train for optimum survivability.

This is an eight-hour course that runs from 8:30am – 5:30pm with a one-hour lunch break. Lunch is provided. Please be prepared for inclement weather; only lightning will cause the training to move indoors.


  • Semi-automatic pistol
  • Two magazines with at least 10-round capacity or three magazines if less than 10-round capacity
  • Magazine pouch
  • Belt-worn holster
  • Concealment garment (light jacket, etc.) that can be buttoned/zipped closed as well as worn open
  • Hearing and eye protection
  • 250 rounds of ammunition

NOTE: We can provide firearms at $10 if you don’t have a personal weapon. We also have eye and hearing protection at no cost if you are unable to provide your own. Please contact us if you are unable to find the ammunition needed for the class; we may have handgun ammunition for sale at competitive prices but supplies are limited.

reality-based training

This course is a follow-up for the scenario-based training classes we offer and is about the only class where we don’t actually fire live weapons.

In this course, students carry airsoft weapons and have to react to real circumstances our law enforcement instructors have developed. Observation of other students is encouraged and you will learn as a group to develop the correct mindset for the time when you need to be able to react to a threat. Many skills are tested in this class, including communication, posturing, conflict avoidance, legal justification of the use of deadly force, concealed carry methods and defensive tactics.

This is a four-hour course and is limited to eight students.

low light tactics

This class is designed to teach tactical skills with little available light and incorporates the same tactics law enforcement uses for SWAT and other specialty teams. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of all methods of lighting, and we practice searching and clearing a building in low light with only a flashlight.

We cover the proper use of handheld and weapon-mounted lights with both handguns and long guns. Methods of shooting with both types of lights are emphasized, and we’ll discuss when and when not to use lights, as well as what types of lights to buy. Several types of lights will be available at the class to borrow or purchase.

Students will Require:

  1. Handgun 
  2. Hand held light 
  3. 200 rounds of ammunition 
  4. At least 2 spare magazines 
  5. Concealed weapon holster 
  6. Method to carry spare magazines 

This class is taught in the evening hours and often runs late.

active shooter response

In our modern society, the incidents of active, on going violent encounters are growing.  As armed citizens we need to be prepared to deal with these in a way we can protect those we love and still not suffer harm at the hands of responding officers.

This course is a 12 hour course, including a 4 hour session on a Friday night in the classroom and a full day on the range on a Saturday.  We provide instruction on mindset, concealed carry techniques and legal issues related to defending ourselves and our community from this style of attack.  Disarming techniques and some basic combat casualty care is taught as well as a full day of shooting drills.  The emphasis is on accurate shooting with a concealed carry handgun from concealment.  Learning how to keep a low profile and win, without being subject to being mistaken for the bad guy is a key learning point.

This course will require a concealed firearm, a holster and at least one spare magazine or speedloader.  200 rounds of ammunition is the minimum and all weapons must be concealed during the class.

Dinner Friday and Lunch on Saturday are provided.  This is one of Talon’s most advanced courses and the only one with a practical exercise at the end that is required for completion.  This course also requires that you meet training criteria to join. Call the Pro-Shop for more information.

competitive shooting

Talon Training Group Advanced Class: Introduction to USPSA Competitive Shooting

This course is designed to prepare competitors for a USPSA / IPSC match and is available to advanced shooters who want to improve gun handling capabilities.

Over the course of an entire day, Master Class USPSA competitor and Talon instructor John Rasmussen will cover the basics of combat shooting. Topics include drawing techniques, basic shooting skills, shooting on the move, strong-hand weak-hand shooting, stage props and reloading. We will also look at the game itself and discuss stage breakdown, rules, match preparation, training, practicing and equipment selection.

Required for the class:

  • A safe and serviceable handgun, 9mm or larger, i.e. Glock, Sig, Beretta, H&K, 1911 etc.
  • At least two magazines for your handgun
  • A secure holster that covers the trigger guard
  • A sturdy belt
  • At least one magazine pouch
  • Eye and hearing protection
  • 400 rounds of ammunition

If you do not have all of the required equipment, contact us; some equipment can be loaned to students for the class. Ammunition is also available for purchase in the Pro Shop.

Much of the class will be held outdoors on the range, so dress appropriately. Lunch is included in the class fee. The class will be limited to no more than eight students; please contact us in advance to reserve your space.

In addition to the class on Saturday, John will include further instruction at the local USPSA match held at Talon Range on the Saturday following the class. All Talon students will be placed in squads together, and John will act as the Range Officer. The knowledge and information learned in the class will be put to use in the match, and each student will get one-on-one instruction through each course of fire. This portion is not mandatory, and the only cost associated with this portion is the match entry fee. This class is available upon request only.

in-home consultations

Do you ever worry about the security of your home or what you would do if someone broke in? We offer in-home consultations with a law enforcement instructor who will come evaluate your home and teach you how to safety protect, search and defend it from a break-in or assault.

These instructors are tactically trained and are either current or past members of a SWAT or Tactical Team. They are also passionate about your ability to protect yourself and your family. Items discussed will include home security issues, how to secure and defend family members and what to do if you wake up to an intruder, among other topics. You are welcome to include your entire family in the training.

These sessions can be upgraded to include scenario-based training.

We can customize this training to suit the needs of any homeowner, business owner or government entity. Pricing on customized training for other venues is available by request.

custom courses

We are happy to build a custom course for you, your business, your family or your friends; let us know what you want to cover and we’ll create something just for you. We can come to you or schedule time at the range. Pricing will vary based on time, instructors and the number of students. Contact us for more information.

Talon Defender Enhanced (3-Day)

Whether you’re looking for a new school to attend to refresh your skills after training at some of the other big-name schools or you’re looking for advanced training, by professionals, that you can afford, the Talon Defender Series has everything you need.

The Talon Defender Series consists of three courses, the Enhanced 250 Level, the Advanced 350 Level and the Professional 450 Level. There are other supplementary courses as well such as Active Shooter Defense.

Each of these Defender classes is three days or 24 hours of instruction. They cost $500 each and as such is as affordable as any of these types of training in the country.

Our Talon Defender 250 course is the next step beyond the basics and you’ll need to show evidence of competent firearms training before attending.
Contact us for more information.