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Firearms & Gear:

Suitable equipment is mandatory for all Tacfire classes. This is both a safety issue as well as a training issue. Broken, defective, improperly modified, or otherwise unsafe firearms have no place on the range, let alone a training class. Unsuitable gear, such as improperly fitted holsters and magazine pouches stand in the way of getting the maximum benefit from our firearms training classes.

The more time you waste with inferior gear, the less time you have to learn. In an effort to fully prepare you before your training class, we have prepared the following list of recommendations. Keep in mind that we are training you to fight with a gun, not play games with firearms or shoot competitions!

If you are thinking about purchasing a firearm for self-defense to use in any of our classes, please contact us first so we can discuss your options to ensure that you purchase a suitable firearm for your needs.

Equipment can be purchased from The Tactical Pro-Shop, located at the Tacfire ranges.


All firearms must be in safe working order. All safeties and/or decockers present on the firearms must be in working condition. Any firearm with an overridden safety, such as a 1911 with a “pinned” grip safety or a series 80 1911 with the firing pin safety removed, is not acceptable. Any modifications to firearms that make them unsafe, unreliable, difficult to manipulate, or dangerous are not acceptable. All firearms brought to Tacfire must be reliable, strong, ergonomic and safe. Cheap, poorly made firearms will not withstand the rigorous nature of our training programs.

No need to run out and purchase a firearm, we can sell you what ever you need for a Tacfire Class.


All handgun training at Tacfire is based around the semi-automatic pistol; therefore, you need a safe, strong, reliable semi-automatic pistol. Pistols used in our training classes must be suitable for concealed carry and self defense; therefore very large and very small pistols are not acceptable. Minimum caliber is 9 mm parabellum (9×19). Modern pistols manufactured by Glock, Sig Arms, H&K, Beretta, Kahr, and Smith and Wesson are suitable. We prefer Glocks above all other handguns. Unsuitable pistols include Desert Eagles, small pocket pistols, old surplus pistols such as P-38s and CZ-52s, and any pistol with “competition”-type modifications.


1911-style pistols as well as Browning Hi Power style pistols are acceptable provided they do not have competition modifications. By “competition” modifications, we mean all the unnecessary add-ons and modifications popular with competition shooters such as compensators, extended barrels, magazine wells, recoil buffers, magazine extensions, ultra-light trigger pulls, tightly fitted actions, sharp checkering, skateboard-grip tape, fragile adjustable sights, optical sights, overly extended levers and buttons and so on. A fighting pistol must be strong, durable, free of sharp edges, snag free, reliable and field strippable without tools. The only modifications recommended are as follows:

Fixed metal sights, preferably night sights (All pistols.)

Reliability package (1911 and Hi Powers.)

Remove sharp edges (Many pistols)

Defensive Rifle

Currently Tacfire only offers defensive rifle training in the AR15 style rifle; therefore, an AR15 style rifle is mandatory. Rifles must meet all state and federal laws.

While there are many configurations of the AR15, we recommend a standard 16- or 20-inch barrel, iron sights, and a fixed stock. Optical sights are suitable providing they are rugged enough for field use and mounted on a flat top receiver. The ACOG by Trijicon, the Elcan, Aimpoint and EOTECH are examples of suitable optical scopes. Optical scopes mounted on top of a standard carry handle are not recommended.

All rifles must be reliable and capable of shooting 500 rounds of ammunition without cleaning or malfunctioning. Therefore, rifles with “match” chambers generally are not suitable. We recommend standard chrome-lined military-style barrels such as those offered by Colt and Smith & Wesson in MAG Pul configurations are best. Competition-style triggers are not recommended; all rifles should have a single stage mil. spec. trigger. Trigger jobs are permitted providing they are safe, do not cause the rifle to “double” or go full auto, and are not set to ultra-low pull weights. Triggers in the 3- to 6-pound pull range are recommended. The safety must be functional, and left-handers should look into an ambidextrous safety. Magazines should be functional and in good condition.


We recommend military spec. Aluminum 20 or 30 round magazines such as those made by Colt, Adventure Line, Parsons, Sanchez, Labelle, Center Industries, and O-Kay. Cheap steel magazines such as those made by USA or Triple K are not suitable as they are neither reliable nor functional. Mag Pull make great mags in a variety of sizes.

All rifles must be fitted with a sling.


The rigors of our shotgun training classes demand a strong, rugged, dependable shotgun. Many sporting shotguns are not built to take the abuse a defensive shotgun receives. All shotguns must have the capability of being manipulated with one hand; thus, the Mossberg “Jungle gun” autoloader is not suitable. The barrel must not exceed 20 inches in length and the shotgun must be either a pump-action or semi-auto. Ghost ring or rifle sights are highly recommended. The fore-end on pump-action shotguns must not extend over the action when in the rearward position. All shotguns must be equipped with a sling. A side saddle or butt cuff is recommended to carry extra shells. Magazine extension tubes are acceptable.

All shotguns must have a standard rear stock; a pistol grip only rear stock is not acceptable. Barrel modification by Vang Comp Systems is highly recommended. 12-gauge is recommended; however, our smaller-statured or recoil-sensitive students may use a 16- or 20-gauge, providing suitable ammunition (buckshot and slug) is available. Recommended shotguns include the Mossberg 590A1 for pump action and the Remington 11-87 Police autoloader. Mossberg 500 and 590, Remington 870, Benelli Super 90 M1 and M3, and other similar shotguns are suitable providing they meet the criteria outlined above. Unsuitable shotguns include Street Sweepers, SPAZ 12, and any other gimmicky, unconventional-style shotguns.

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