the right of the people to keep and bear arms

shall not be infringed


Each of our courses are taught by a NRA Certified Instructor. This Instructor will teach the classroom section of each of the courses. Range sections of the courses will be taught by the NRA Instructor along with Range Officers ensuring safety as well as minimizing the number of students per instructors ratio.

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Private Instruction 

As part of our goal at 1st Tactical Defense, to teach every student as much as they desire to learn, we offer private instruction. Instruction can take place as classroom teaching, range time or a combination of both.

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Hunter’s Education


Registration has changed as of January 1, 2016.  The California Dept of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) now requires all registrations to be done on their new program on the DFW website through their new registration program.  To register please visit the link and carefully follow the directions at the bottom of this page.



Hunter’s Education is offered in two ways.  A Full Classroom Lecture is offered in the traditional setting.  Also a Take Home Workbook or an optional On-Line Study Class is also offered to the student with a abnormal or irregular calendar that needs the option to study from home.

Traditional Classroom Lecture

Hunter’s Education has been taught traditionally in a classroom-like setting where the student has the comfort of a controlled environment to allow the student the full opportunity to learn about safety, firearms, ethical hunting, and conservation in a relaxed atmosphere .  We strive to maintain that tradition in our full 10-12 hour lecture which we usually break up into 2 days, where we thoroughly explain the importance of “Today’s Hunter in California” and descriptively explain the 10 commandments of Firearm Safety, firearms and ammunition knowledge, Archery, Muzzleloaders,  Why we have Hunting laws, Conservation vs. Preservation, the roll and responsibility the Hunter has in today’s world, and much more.  After the study and review of the Textbook, the instructor administers the state Hunter’s Education Exam.  After completion of the exam, they are graded and those students that pass will be immediately issued the Hunter’s Safety Card.

Take Home/On-Line Study

Another option of completing Hunters Education is the Take Home/On-Line Study.  This course can be completed one of two ways. The first option is to pick up and complete the “Today’s Hunter in California” Workbook followed by a “Today’s Hunter in California” Textbook and Study-guide (Both are Free of Charge) from either the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife or you can also pick one up at Bastiani Arms in Redding, Ca.  The second option is to complete the On-line Study from one of the approved online study websites listed on the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife website.  These classes include California, California, California Hunter Ed Course and International Hunter Education Association.  After the completion of the one of these courses print out the “Course Completion Voucher” or “Certificate” .  

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