Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of our more frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Why did your Chief Instructor start doing this?
Our Chief Instructor, William Joyner, had been hanging around ranges and teaching informally for the majority of his Marine Corps career. As retirement approached, he followed the adage "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" to it's ultimate conclusion: sharing his love of firearms, personal defense, and personal responsibility with the rest of the world.
Why "Mobile" training?
It's simple. Most training organizations, in their pursuit of volume business, have to schedule training ranges and instructional facilities ahead of time and then have to advertise to fill those slots. This means that you, the client, have to adjust your schedule to meet their requirements.
Interritus wants to bring the training to you, on your schedule, at your facilities. We can schedule ranges and classrooms, but we believe that students learn better in the comfort of their own home and at the range they're most familiar with.
Got some fallow land laying around and want to host an event? Interritus can help you set up a Marine/Army regulation range; including backstops and Surface Danger Zones (SDZs).
Why are your prices higher than other instruction organizations?
In a nutshell, our prices are higher because we come to you. Other instruction organizations are volume businesses, Interritus Mobile Firearms Training is focused on the individual or small group and ensuring that each student receives as much individual instructor attention as possible.
This deliberately low customer volume necessitates a different pricing structure. Group prices are usually lower than 1-on-1 in accordance with risk and the principle that group instruction is inherently lower quality as the instructor has to divide attention among multiple students.
Why aren't safety violators eligible for refunds?
When handling firearms, safety is paramount. Violations of the safety rules for any particular course creates an unacceptable hazard which could have been avoided; usually by paying attention to what the instructor said.
Outside of a major safety violation (e.g. pointing a firearm at a person), a verbal warning, while not required, may be issued by the instructor prior to ejecting the client from the class.
The loss of the refund is the penalty a client pays for putting themself, other clients, the instructor, and other range personnel at immediate risk of death or grievous bodliy harm.
What are the NRA's Three Safety Rules?
The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling:
1. ALWAYS KEEP THE FIREARM POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
2. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
3. ALWAYS KEEP THE FIREARM UNLOADED UNTIL READY TO USE.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.
Interritus will always apply these safety rules when teaching NRA-accredited classes.
What safety rules does Interritus apply to non-NRA classes?
As the majority of Interritus' non-NRA classes are oriented towards defensive applications, we feel that a slightly different phrasing of the basic safety rules works better. So we went with the Marines:
1. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.
This means every weapon, every time you touch it. We don't care if you just unloaded it, removed the magazine, and locked the slide to the rear. If you put it down, you check it again when you pick it back up.
2. Never point your weapon at anything you do not intend to destroy.
You must maintain positive control of your weapon and maintain muzzle awareness at all times. Sweeping a person (pointing your weapon at a person, even for only a second, a behavior called "flagging") is grounds for instant ejection from the range without a refund.
3. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire.
This is pretty self-explanatory. But for those who need to know, putting your finger on a trigger before you're ready to fire exposes you to a negligent discharge if you're startled.
4. Keep your weapon on SAFE until you are ready to fire.
See rule #3 for why.
Bonus Rule: Be aware of your bullet, backstop, and beyond.
Even in a life or death defensive situation, YOU are responsible for every round that leaves your weapon.