Education

Galz N Gunz Program

Galz N Guns Club at WWCCA

Galz n Gunz is an introduction to the shooting sports for women only, which promotes safety and proper handling of firearms. It is geared for the first time shooter that has no knowledge of firearms. The class is open to members and non-members.

For 2017 we are offering one class on Saturday, September 16th from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. All firearms, bows and ammunition are included in the cost of the class along with a lunch and continental breakfast.

Class sizes are held up to 60 per class and they fill up very quickly. If you are interested in more information about this event, contact Karen Petzold at (248) 486-9532 or e-mail sam7footer@att.net.

Hunters Safety

WWCCA will be offering four Michigan DNR Hunter Safety Classes, one in the spring and three in the fall. This is the class required to receive your Michigan DNR Hunter Safety Certificate. These classes are open to members and non-members.

Although there is no age limit to attend, students should be old enough to understand the class material, big enough to handle a firearm safely, and MUST pass the exam to receive their certificate.

The classes are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the classroom, then Saturday morning on the range. You must attend all four sessions to get a certificate (unless you’ve arranged in advance to take the on-line course) in which case you need only attend Saturday.

PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information, cost or to pre-register, contact Dan Winans at 248-505-1703 or email dwinans@comcast.net.

2017 Classes
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday class 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s class 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4 Tuesday, October 3
Wednesday, April 5 Wednesday, October 4
Thursday, April 6 Thursday, October 5
Saturday, April 8 Saturday, October 7
Tuesday, September 5 Tuesday, October 31
Wednesday, September 6 Wednesday, November 1
Thursday, September 7 Thursday, November 2
Saturday, September 9 Saturday, November 4

NRA Course

Thank you for considering WWCCA for your NRA training needs. Open to members and non-members we strive to provide a professional learning experience in a friendly, less intense atmosphere. Our instructors are fully NRA certified volunteer club members who bring their years of experience to the classroom. All classes are held in our main clubhouse or the blockhouse adjoining the 100yd range. Most shooting exercises are on our 25yd outdoor range. On weekends meals are available from our full-service cafeteria including salads, burgers, hotdogs, wraps, soups and more.

To register for any class use the link provided next to the class you are interested in as shown in the class dates section below. This will take you to the NRA class site where you can register, allowing us to track all of the students. This will also list your courses with your NRA ID for later retrieval should it be necessary.
For more information on any of our classes you can contact Tony Racchi at wwcca_nraclasses@hotmail.com.

Class Descriptions
WWCCA offers a complete complement of NRA Certified firearm training classes. A brief description of each class is included here:

NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course
Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely. Recommend at least 100 rounds of ammunition for your firearm.

NRA Basic Personal Protection Inside The Home Course (PPITH)
Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self -defense. This class meets the requirements for a Michigan CPL. Recommend at least 200 rounds of ammunition for your firearm.

Basic Pistol + PPITH
WWCCA offers these two complementary classes as a combined offering at the same price as one class.
This allows new shooters or those who could use a tune-up to complete both classes in one stretch with one day on the range. This class meets the requirements for a Michigan CPL. Recommend at least 300 rounds of ammunition for your firearm.

NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside the Home Course (PPOTH)
Comprehensive and intensive in its approach to equip the defensive shooting candidate with the skills needed to survive serious adversity. Presents the correct steps and mindset to safely and successfully draw and present a firearm from concealment. Recommend at least 400 – 600 rounds of ammunition for your firearm.

NRA Basic Rifle Shooting Course
Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe use of a rifle in target shooting.

NRA Basic Metallic Cartridge Reloading Course
Teaches beginning reloaders the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely reload metallic cartridges.

Class Location and Facilities
WWCCA is located at 6700 Napier Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170. This is between 5-Mile and N. Territorial Rd, approximately 2.3 miles west of Beck Rd. The direct club phone number is 734-453-9843 and our website can be found at WWCCA.com.

Whenever possible, weekday classes are held in the clubhouse. This is the large building just ahead as you enter the property and proceed down the long driveway. When this is not available, classes are held in the 100yd blockhouse. You can find this by turning left at the end of the driveway, proceeding in front of the clubhouse through the gates at the end of the parking lot and into the gravel parking area. This is the two-story block building on your right. Your location will be noted in your class schedule.
Range time is generally on our outdoor 25yd range, which is just beyond the 100yd blockhouse. This range is designed to provide safe shooting from any distance and we will generally shoot from 7-10 yards for most exercises. Please note that this is an outdoor range and we will shoot in all weather conditions with the exception of lightning. Whenever possible during inclement weather we will shoot from the covered shooting positions. Since you cannot predict the weather or circumstances should you be required to use this training in the “real” world we feel this is an advantage that helps you to prepare for whatever conditions you may encounter.

Class Cost and Registration
All classes are $70 for members of WWCCA and $125 for non-members. This includes all course materials as specified below and does not include firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection, etc. If you are looking for a good family oriented club to join please let us know. Signing-up for membership at the class entitles you to the discounted member rate.

Registration
The preferred registration method is to use the NRA training website. We will make sure all classes are posted there and available. You can find our classes at training.nra.org. From there select “Training”, then select “Find a local NRA Training Course”. On the screen that now pops up select the classes you are interested in and enter the club zip code (48170) to narrow it down. (It’s easier than this makes it look.)

All payments and membership validation will be made at class using either check or cash. If paying by cash please bring the exact amount as we are not able to make change when the office is closed.

There is a minimum of 4 students required to hold any class. If we do not reach this number we will contact you 5 – 7 days before the scheduled start and work with you to reschedule into one of our other classes. We do not require prepayment for classes. This becomes a problem when the class has a waitlist and a registered student does not cancel in time to allow someone else in. If this happens your name will be placed on a prepay list. You will be required to prepay for any additional class before you can register, and this will generally be non-refundable.

Equipment Needed

Manuals
You will be provided with the NRA prepared manuals pertinent to the class you are taking. We recommend that you bring along notepaper and a pen/pencil to take additional notes.

On Range Protection
All students are required to have and use eye and ear protection at all times on the range. Most polycarbonate prescription eyewear qualifies as safety glasses. You should verify this with your eyewear provider and ensure that they provide enough coverage as some styles use a minimal lens area. If you have prescription eyewear you may wish to use safety glasses or “cover glasses” that fit over you prescription pair to keep them from getting scratched. Hearing protection can consist of the simple foam plugs, over the head ear cup type, or electronic versions. The electronic hearing protection has the advantage of allowing you to hear range commands clearly while instantaneously blocking loud noises. Electronic hearing protection can be purchased from $30 – $200, depending on features and protection level.

Firearms and Ammunition
Neither WWCCA nor its instructors provide firearms or ammunition for any class. We have specified a recommended minimum amount of ammunition for each class. You should note that these recommendations are higher than the minimum requirement of the NRA which is published by most training providers. The NRA specifies that all shooting exercises are to be repeated until a specified level of proficiency, not just shoot them once and say you did it. The minimum specified by the NRA assumes you complete all exercises perfectly on the first attempt. We understand the current situation with pricing and availability of ammo and will strive to accomplish the class goals with a minimum expenditure.

For most of the NRA handgun classes you may use a .22 caliber handgun, though a handgun in a defensive caliber you would normally use is preferred. We emphatically do not encourage using a .22 for the PPOTH class unless that will be your primary defensive handgun. We recommend using a handgun that you will consider as a primary carry firearm. Doing this will better prepare you for dealing with a situation using the equipment you will likely have when you are required to use it.

As a general rule, please do not bring your handgun and ammunition to the classroom. If you have a question about your handgun you can bring it to the class and we will attempt to address it, but at no time may live ammunition enter the classroom. This is for everyone’s safety.
Holsters may be used for the PPITH and are required for the PPOTH courses. All holsters must be strong side, outside the waistband (OWB) belt/paddle hip holsters properly fitted to the firearm being used and in good condition. Old worn leather holsters are generally not a good choice as you must be able to re-holster your firearm without looking or using your other hand to hold it open. Drop Leg holsters are not allowed. You may also choose to use a purse or carry bag for the PPOTH class if that is more appropriate to your carry style. During the PPITH class the holster may be used to carry your firearm but at no time may you holster a loaded firearm, and, in accordance with NRA class guidelines there will be no draw and fire from the holster drills in this class.

You should have a minimum of three magazines for a semi-automatic handgun or three speed loaders for a revolver, along with appropriate belt attached magazine holders for two magazines/speed loaders. Make sure that you know how to load them and that they are appropriate for your firearm. Bring all magazines to class unloaded. A magazine loader appropriate to your magazines, such as an upLula or HKS loader is highly recommended. You should also consider bringing a “backup” handgun with appropriate ammunition and magazines. If you encounter a problem that cannot be quickly cleared there is not a lot of time in the schedule to allow you to deal with it. Also, sharing handguns between two students is generally not practical as it will greatly slow down the class for all of the other students by having to repeat the exercises for one student.

5-shot revolvers can be used in class. However, the NRA has structured most of the exercises to use 6 shots for each session. This will require users of 5-shot revolvers to unload after firing the 5 shots, reload with one round and then complete the exercise.

Clothing
As we will be outdoors during the shooting exercises we recommend clothing appropriate to the weather. We will shoot in all weather conditions except lightning. This mimics real-world situations you may be in if you are forced into a defensive situation. Also, it is the nature of semiautomatic firearms to eject the expended shell casings forcefully for quite a distance. This means that there may be hot shell casings raining down around you. For this reason we recommend a hat with a bill and clothing with a high neckline that will discourage funneling the casings to any sensitive areas. Open-toed shoes are not allowed for any class.

Students in the PPOTH class should also bring a lightweight jacket regardless of the weather. This is used in the training routines and is extremely beneficial. If the weather is such that you are going to be wearing a jacket anyway then you do not necessarily need an extra one.

Food and Drink
For any of the sessions in the clubhouse or blockhouse you are welcome to bring any snacks or non-alcoholic drinks you may desire. We do not recommend eating or drinking on the range except from something like a closed mouth water bottle. On weekends we have a reasonably priced cafeteria with freshly prepared selections available made to order.

Class Hours
Evening classes in the clubhouse or blockhouse are held from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, unless the class is specified as a daytime class. Daytime class hours will be stipulated in the registration information. Weekend range times on a Saturday or Sunday generally begin at 8:00 am on Saturday and 9:00 am on Sunday. See your instructor for specific times. Classes are generally run with 50 minutes of instruction followed by a 10 minute break. Please try to arrive 10-15 minutes before class to fill out paperwork, get your materials and find a comfy chair. (You may want to bring your own seat cushion.) We try to make sure we schedule enough time to cover the required material with a bit extra to handle any questions or additional drills. Missing a portion of the class will require it to be made up at another regularly scheduled class time in order to receive your completion certificate. All students must satisfactorily complete the entire classroom and range portions of the PPITH class in order to receive the certificate qualifying you for a Michigan CPL (Concealed Pistol License). No exceptions will be made.

2017 WWCCA NRA Course Schedule
Note: Dates with an (r) are range dates, the rest are classroom as specified.

Dates Course Location / Time  
March 13, 14, 22 Metallic Cartridge Reloading Clubhouse 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
April 18, 19, 20(r) PPITH Weekday Daytime Class Clubhouse 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
25yd range 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
April 25, 27, 29(r), May 2 PPITH Evening Class Clubhouse 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
25yd range 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 8, 10, Basic Instruction Training Clubhouse 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
25yd Range 8:00am – 2:00 pm
May 16, 18, 20(r), 23, 25, 27(r) Inst Training – Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun Clubhouse 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
50yd range 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm 0n 20th & Shotgun Range 27th
May 30, June 1, 3(r), 6, 8 Basic Shotgun Clubhouse 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Range 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
June 20, 22, 24(r), 27 & 29 PPITH Clubhouse 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Range 8:00 am – 2:00
July 11, 13, 15(R), 18 PPITH Clubhouse 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Range 8:00 pm – 2:00 pm
August 1, 3, 5(R), 8, 10 Basic Rifle Clubhouse 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
25yd range 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
August 17, 19(r), 20(r) PPOTH Clubhouse 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Range 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
September 12, 13, 14, 17(r), 19

 

PPITH – 12, 13, 14 day class

12, 14, 19 evening class

 

Clubhouse 8am – 4pm day class & 7pm-10pm evening
Range 9:00 am – 4:00 pmClubhouse 7pm-10pm Range 8am-4pm