At Target Masters in Columbia, MO, we take training very seriously. Whether we are reinforcing the basics of safe gun handling, reducing accidents, teaching the moral, ethical, and legal use of force, or providing advanced tactical and gun-handling skills, our focus is on saving lives.

Come train with us, and help make our community a safer place. Due to the subject matter of our classes, we require students to enroll in person and pay in advance to secure their seats.

Conceal and Carry Class
CCW class fee: $100.00 (cash or check only)
Must enroll in person and in advance
The Target Masters CCW course will teach you state-required information. More importantly, you will learn:

  • The three elements that must be present to legally justify deadly force
  • The five things you must tell the police if you use your gun for self-defense
  • How to justify your use of force to a judge and jury

Required Items

  • Photo identification
  • A pistol or a revolver
  • 50 rounds of brass case ammunition

Students must be able to safely handle, load, unload, fieldstrip, and operate their weapons without supervision.

Basic Pistol Instruction

We will teach you how to properly handle, load, and shoot your pistol or revolver in the context of defense. The defensive use of a handgun is substantially different from target use. If you own a gun for self-defense, then this class is vitally important for you. This class costs $50.00 per person plus range fees. 

Training is offered from Tuesday to Friday in the afternoon.

Rental firearms and ammunition are available at the current range rates.

Advanced Training Classes

Most of our advanced classes are broken down into two-hour blocks and conducted on Saturday mornings from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Two-hour classes require 100 rounds of ammunition. The tuition fee for all advanced two-hour courses is $75.00.

  • Working From the Holster (Basic): Learn the proper techniques for drawing, reholstering, verbal challenges, reloading, and an introduction to safely moving with a drawn weapon.
  • Working From the Holster (Intermediate): Review the content of our basic class and malfunction clearing, moving while reloading, and engaging multiple threats. The prerequisite for this course is the completion of our basic class or an approval from the instructor.
  • Working From the Holster (Advanced): Review basic and intermediate skills, as well as clearing malfunctions while moving. The prerequisite for this course is the completion of our intermediate class or an approval from the instructor.
  • Working With a Partner or Spouse: Learn how to safely work with a partner while engaging single or multiple threats.
  • Less-Than-Lethal Defense: Learn how to utilize less-than-lethal defense weapons, including tactical lights, as well as pepper and chemical sprays. This course offers must-have knowledge for those who carry concealed weapons, as well as those who work or travel in a nonpermissive environment.
  • Rules of Engagement for Civilians: This course talks about situations where deadly force is justified. It covers case law, in-depth legal principals, and legal lessons learned from real-life survivors. Find out how you will be judged, and protect your family from possible financial devastation.
  • Aftermath of a Shooting/Confidential Training for Certified, Responsible Citizens: This detailed course covers what you need to know, say, and do to minimize the likelihood of being killed by a perpetrator’s unknown partner, shot by the police, or prosecuted and convicted of a crime. Due to the sensitive nature of the material covered in the aftermath of a shooting course, all students must have concealed carry permits, active or retired law enforcement credentials, or a letter of clean criminal history from the sheriff’s department. There are no exceptions.

Specialty Courses

These courses are offered as requested. Please call us for more information or to schedule a course.

  • Church Security Team Skill Evaluation: This course is designed to evaluate the skill level and weapons choice of your security. Certified does not mean qualified. How large is your sanctuary? Do you have the minimum requirements for your security team members’ handguns? Can your team members confront an active shooter at 20 yards with a snub-nosed revolver or subcompact pistol? We must be 100% accountable for every round fired. This is the first step in working toward that goal.
  • Preparation for Police/Medical Responses to Active Shooters: Learn about what actions need to be taken to protect yourself and those in your charge during an emergency response situation. Also, learn how to get medical attention as quickly as possible to those who are wounded during an active shooter attack. Medical personnel will not enter until a scene is secure. This course will teach you how to best assist law enforcement, and get medical attention where it is needed as quickly as possible.

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