Welcome to the world of firearms! Never touched a gun? Do not know where to begin? Feeling overwhelmed and confused? No worries! This is the class for you.
In this class you will go from zero to confidence with your firearm. Your instructor will show you all about gun safety in a controlled setting.
Ladies and Gentle-humans, it’s that time again to start thinking about signing up for Ricochet Range’s Top Shots Shooting League. The Spring League will be a little different then the Fall League. This time we will have two divisions, consisting of up to ten people. The first division allows for calibers up to 380 ACP and the second will consist of calibers 9mm, 38spl, and larger.
For the Spring Time League there will not be any teams. This will be SOLO shooting pinning your skills directly against others who believe their skills are equally matched (insert Jedi reference here).
The Spring League will last for 14 weeks. Each division will meet every other week allowing each division to complete 7 challenging courses of fire. Each course of fire will test your abilities! Ranging from shooting with one hand to firing at a moving target while reloading, each division will also complete different courses of fire matching their skills to either small or larger calibers.
The Small Caliber Division will focus on pin-point shooting at longer distances from distances no closer than 21 feet. This division will also include discretionary command, memory recall, low-light, timed, etc…
Large Caliber Division will center on threat determination (shoot, no shoot), holster drawing, weak hand, stress shooting, etc…
Well maintained handgun, no single action revolvers, and no optics. Iron sights only.
Two hundred and eighty (280) rounds, forty (40) per week (no steel ammo)
Sturdy Holster and belt (by shooting week 6)
Two (2) magazines (by shooting week 5)
Closed toed shoes
Signed waiver on file specific to the shooting league.
First Place Prizes
Second Place Prize (Both Divisions): Annual Lead Membership. If you currently have a monthly membership, your current membership can be cancelled at no charge to start your prize membership. If you have a fully paid membership, your prize membership will start upon expiration of your current membership. You may also gift your prize membership to another person (who does not already have a current membership).
Third Place Prize (Both Divisions): One free class. This may also be applied to one service related task such as firearm cleaning, an hour of gunsmithing, etc…
So you are thinking the time is now but the South Carolina permit application process seems complicated. Take a breath and relax… it’s not. Let’s start with the basics.
Find an instructor in your area. Each instructor brings their unique teaching style to the table. Not all instructors are created equal. Do your research and do not pick one to teach you just because they are cheap. Find a reputable instructor based on the quality of their instruction and ability to articulate the law so you have a clear understanding of it. After all, if you are forced to use deadly force, it is YOU that must explain your actions to the law enforcement officer, not the instructor who signed your paperwork.
Find, borrow, or rent a firearm that is easy to use for the course of fire. The firearm you use for the course does not have to be the one you carry after you receive your permit. If you use a 22LR for the class, you can still carry your favorite 45 long colt. The course consists of 50 rounds and DOES require you to draw from a holster. It is highly advisable that you practice with the firearm or one similar to it prior to your class start. Many instructors will not go over pistol basics prior to completing the course of fire, but the good ones will.
It is also worth mentioning that if an instructor is stripped of their credentials because they are not conducting the course correctly, all of their students could have their permits revoked. Do not take your course from those who will just sign your documents and take your money. Under the law, you could also be held responsible, charged with a crime, and fined.
It is advisable that you DO NOT get your fingerprints rolled by your instructor. Ricochet Range instructors highly advise you get your fingerprints digitally rolled through IDENTOGO after completing your course. This will ensure there are no issues with your prints because they either got lost or smudged in the mail. Upon completion of your course, you will be given signed documents by your instructor. DO NOT LOSE THEM.
NOT RECOMMENDED METHOD – If submitting your documents by mail, you will need the following:
RECOMMENDED METHOD – Submitting your required documents though IDENTOGO. You will make this appointment after completing your class. You will pay for the State required $50 application fee through a secure online portal while making your appointment. This ensures the fee is not lost in the mail and is one less thing to worry about. Once at your appointment, the technician will scan your documents given to you by your instructor and digitally roll your fingerprints as required by law to process your application. Prior to arriving at your appointment, ensure you have the following:
After submitting your documents, whether it be digitally or snail mail, SLED has up to 90 business days to process your application and send you back either a determination letter or your permit itself.
Ricochet Range in Sumter is here to help. If at any point you feel you need further help whether you were one of our students or not, we will answer any questions you may have.
Before showing up to the range, there are a few things to remember.
You must have a waiver sign the day you sign up for a membership.
DO NOT TAKE YOUR FIREARM OUT OF ITS CASE UNLESS REQUESTED BY A STAFF MEMBER OR YOU ARE INSIDE THE CONFINES OR YOUR SHOOTING STALL
SINCE WE ARE WITHIN CITY LIMITS, YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR YOUR MASK ON BEFORE COMING INTO THE STORE
Want to up your skills at home or when on the road, we have just what you need for dry fire training. Ricochet Range is now stocking the Mantis X systems in our store. Attach this little guy to any firearm or bow and take your fundamentals to the next level. This thing is like a range buddy that is brutally honest about your shooting.
We have a fully stocked retail space with new product everyday. Cant find something you want, ask us to special order for you. You won’t even pay for shipping.
Dene Adams holsters are some of the greatest concealed options for women of all sizes.
Carolina made product, Nova holsters are on our shelves.
When was the last time you came to a range when you did not have to wear a rain jacket, freeze during the winter, or sweet in the summer? Come on down to Ricochet Range and see what you have been missing.
Shooting skills are perishable. The less you train, the more you forget. Please see a simple list of skills below to remember.
Good stance leads to more stability and better mobility. Ancient Egyptians had it right, you start with a good platform and build from there.
Hold the handgun high up on the grip so that the recoil is directed back to the hand and arm in a straight line. This allows faster repeat shots and more accurate shooting. Keep both thumbs on the same side.
Sight alignment is the alignment of the shooters eye, rear sight, and front sight.
Center the front sight between the rear site and align the tops to be in align with each other. Finally, focus on the front sight so the rear sight and target appear blurry.
The trigger finger should be placed on the trigger in-between the tip of the finger and the first bend.
Place the finger on the lowest point of the trigger to allow for the maximum pull with the least resistance.
Should be a controlled squeeze to the rear without disturbing the sight alignment/picture.
Ricochet Range is offering three CWP classes a week! With the capabilities to instruct and qualify on site, we have started to open more classes each month. Please click the link below to go to the scheduling portion of our site.