GunSense LLC
USCCA Affiliate Instructor NRA Certified Instructor
GunSense is Howard and Clinton County's only dedicated firearms training facility. We are not the biggest nor have we been in business the longest, but we do use the most state of the art training equipment and methods. We are also small, so we offer more personalized attention. Most classes are limited to just 4 students.

Depending on the subject matter, each class contains lecture, simulated firearm exercises, and live fire exercises. The lecture portion includes both presentation slides and videos on our 120" theater-like classroom, and hands on demonstrations. The simulated exercises uses laser activating pistols to shoot at both basic and realistic targets. We provide SIRT pistols for the students to use which are the form factor of a Glock 17 or 22, or we have a laser inserts that will fit the students firearm between .35 and .45 caliber. We also have a small indoor range for live fire exercises.

NRA Basic Pistol

Short Description: Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.

More Details: This course includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate. (Lesson Plan 2nd edition, 2009, 02/11)

If you have a handgun or are thinking about buying one, then you need to take this class. Or maybe you have no interest in guns at all, but someone in your house has a handgun, you still should take this course. While this course starts at ground zero and assumes no knowledge of firearms at all, this course covers everything you need to have the knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning a handgun. Even an experienced shooter will benefit from this course.

If you already own a handgun, you are encouraged to bring it with you, along with your owners manual, a cleaning kit (if you have one), and about 50 rounds of ammunition (which you will leave in your car). However, if you don't have a gun already, don't buy one for this class. You can use ours and our ammo. Then you will be better prepared when you go to the gun shop.

The range time is divided between laser simulation and actual live fire. The benefit of the laser simulation is that you can learn and refine the skills needed to shoot without the noise, smoke, and recoil, and without expending costly, and currently hard to find, ammunition. Then we will move to the range and repeat the exercises we just did, but with real firearms. During both the simulation and live fire portion of the class, students are encouraged to use their own firearms, but a variety of types of handguns will be available for student use as well.

At the successful conclusion of this class, you will receive an official NRA certificate. This certificate is valid in some states as proof of the firearms training requirement of a concealed carry requirement. Also some ranges require completion of this course to shoot at their range.

This class will last approximately 9 hours.

NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home

Short Description: 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.

More Details: This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate.(Lesson Plan, revised 08/11)

NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.

Concealed Carry and Home Defense (Not an NRA course)

This is not an NRA course, and was developed by the United States Concealed Carry Association. The course is broken into 7 segments. Developing a personal & home protection plan, Self-defense firearm basics, Shooting Fundamentals, The legal use of force, Violent encounters and their aftermath, Gear and gadgets, and Basic and advanced skills. This class basically boils down the essence of the NRA’s Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, and Personal Protection outside the Home into one class. The NRA series would take over 24 hours to teach, but USCCA has reduced it to about 8 hours but covering all the high points. Obviously, this class is much less in-depth because there is only 1/3 of the time being spent on broad spectrum of topics. However, with the reduced time, also comes reduced cost. Who is a candidate for this course? Someone with limited funds to devote towards training will appreciate the lower cost. Someone who is new to guns and concealed carry and wants a quick overview now so they can get going, with plans up supplement it in the future, will appreciate a one day class. Someone who has in-depth training background but from a while ago, will appreciate this up to date material and a refresher, and the perspective of a different expert.

Because of the amount crammed into lecture, there will be less live fire and less simulation, but still hitting the high points. If you have concealed carry equipment, you are encouraged to bring it, but do not buy something for this class as I will have loaners available. Also, this class assumes that you have shot a hand gun before.

Shooting in Low Light (Not an NRA course)

This is not an NRA class, and one that I have developed from the low light shooting classes I have taken. Students will learn about the bodies reactions to low light and bright light. Flashlight selection characteristics will be discussed. The different techniques for using a light in conjunction with a firearm will be taught and practiced, first with dry fire, then with laser simulation both in light and dark, and finally live fire both in light and dark. This class has very little lecture, and is mostly hands on simulation and shooting. To ensure darkness on the range, and an end to live fire at 9:00PM, this class will only be offered during non-daylight saving time periods (i.e. Fall/Winter) Bring 100 rounds, firearm and holster, and flashlight. You can use my light if you don’t have one. If you have a laser sight (Crimson Trace, etc), a firearm mounted light (Streamlight, etc) or night sights, bring those as well.

Non-Resident Illinois Concealed Firearm License Class (Not an NRA course)

I am certified as an Illinois Concealed Carry License Instructor. Illinois requires 16-hours of training, but will offer up to 8 hours of credit for various certified training, including Utah and Florida permits, DD-214, NRA Basic Pistol, and others. I have a Illinois certified 8-hour curriculum that covers Illinois specific laws and general use-of-force topics. This course pairs nicely with the NRA basic pistol with little overlap, so if you do not have prior credit, that would be my recommendation. However, at the present time, Illinois is ONLY accepting non-resident Concealed Carry License applications from residents of Hawaii. As a result, I am not going to offer this class until Illinois recognizes Indiana. Illinois law has been changing rapidly, so keep an eye on the website or Facebook.

Non-Resident Utah Concealed Firearm License Class (Not and NRA course)

The Indiana License To Carry Handgun is recognized in 29 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

A Utah Non-Resident Concealed Pistol License adds 6 additional states, bringing the total to 35: Delaware, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Washington, West Virginia.

The Utah Non-Resident Concealed Pistol License class covers pistol safety, when self-defense is justified, and Utah laws. There is no live-fire requirement. The class lasts about 4 hours.

The cost for the class is $95 and includes everything you need to mail to the state of Utah, except a passport photo, which you can obtain locally at CVS or the Post Office. The State of Utah requires a payment of $51 and the license is then good for 5 years. It is a $15 renewal every 5 years after that.

Introduction to IDPA competitive shooting (Not an NRA course)

IDPA is a fun and competitive way to practice and build skills needed for concealed carry. Each IDPA match has 5 to 9 realistic scenarios that you may encounter while carrying a handgun. You receive a score that is a combination of the time required to shoot all the stages plus penalties for poor hits and rule violations. So, this sport is a balance between speed an accuracy. On any given weekend, you may find yourself clearing bad guys from your house, shooting from a inside a car, shooting at targets that are moving, or disappear all together. You may be shooting while standing, or running, or seated, or even laying down. This course will explain all of the IDPA rules. It will also explain the basics of the sport, like drawing from a holster, shooting from behind a barricade, and how to reload quickly.

NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home

Short Description: Comprehensive and intensive in its approach to equip the defensive shooting candidate with the skills needed to survive serious adversity.

More Details: The course teaches students the knowledge, skills and attitude essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home. Students have the opportunity to attend this course using a quality strong side hip holster that covers the trigger, or a holster purse. From a review of safe firearms handling and proper mindset to presentation from concealment and multiple shooting positions, this course contains the essential skills and techniques needed to prevail in a life-threatening situation.

The NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home is divided into two levels (basic and advanced). Level one is a nine-hour course and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home. Upon completion of level one, students may choose to attend level two, which is an additional five hours of range training and teaches advanced shooting skills. After the classroom portion, students should expect to spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition during level one. Level two involves five additional hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition. The ammunition requirements are minimum and may be exceeded. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and the appropriate course completion certificates(s), NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home (identifies strong-side hip holster or purse use) certificate, and NRA Advanced Personal Protection Outside The Home certificate.(Lesson Plan 2006, revised 4-09)

The NRA Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course. Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense, and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations. Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation.

I am awaiting NRA certification. Classes will be scheduled when I have been awarded certification.

Metallic Reloading

Short Description: Teaches beginning reloaders the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to safely reload metallic cartridges.

More Details: This course is eight hours in length and is conducted in a classroom. Each student is taught reloading safety; centerfire cartridge components; using the reloading manual and reloading data; equipment; and the metallic cartridge reloading process. Students will receive the NRA Guide to Reloading handbook, the Basic Reloading Student Exam, a course completion certificate, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, an Instructor Application/Course Evaluation form. (Lesson Plan, revised 4-05).

I am awaiting NRA certification. Classes will be scheduled when I have been awarded certification.

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Sunday, June 15th - Concealed Carry and Home Defence

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Sunday, June 22nd - NRA Basic Pistol

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Saturday, June 28th - NRA Personal Protection in the Home

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The NRA has a strict policy about no ammunition in the classroom. Here is the reason. During the class, we will be handling both training guns and real guns. We will also be handing dummy ammunition as we practice loading and clearing guns. After a long day of learning, it is really easy to mistake live ammo for dummy ammo, and a live round to accidentally find its way into a magazine and then a gun and then a wall. We encourage you to bring your own gun to class, but please let us check it for clear before entering the classroom. And please leave your ammo locked in your car or we will be more than happy to lock it in the range.

Here is a list of things you will need to bring to class:

If you don't have something on the above list, do not buy something specifically for this class. I have loaners available. If you have your own equipment, then you will learn how to use it, or use it better. However, if you don't have something, then wait until after class to purchase it. You will probably better understand what you will want to buy after attending class.

Also, it is advised to wear closed toed shoes and a shirt with a closed collar, like a T-Shirt. When shooting semi-automatic guns, a piece of hot brass is ejected on every shot. You may get a burn if a piece of hot brass were to fly into a V-neck shirt and get trapped between your shirt and skin.

We will provide hot and cold water and coffee for drinking. We have a small fridge to keep anything else you bring cold as well.

Our address is:

9222 W 500 S Russiaville, IN 46979

However, many GPS units place us too far west. We are on the North EAST corner of 920 W and 500 S in Howard County. Look for our sign out front. You may park anywhere on the gravel.

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Larry Piekarski
9222 W 500 S
Russiaville, IN 46979


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