Mountain Lake Firearms Academy has been offering instruction in southwest Minnesota for Minnesota's Permit to Carry since 2009. We take pride in providing the best possible training available to you.
Our Permit to Carry class instruction is approved by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. We review and evaluate our course instruction to make sure all information presented is up-to-date and accurate as well as easy to be understood.
Our Chief Instructor, and owner, Chuck Witt, has served in the Minnesota Army National Guard as an Indirect-fire Infantryman. He also has an AAS degree in Law Enforcement which he received in 1994. He has private, contract, and corporate security experience.
Minnesota Permit to Carry
With our Minnesota Permit to Carry course, we go into depth with the laws, responsibilities, risks, and possible consequences of carrying a firearm. We also provide facts to support the importance of carrying for personal protection. We discuss where you can and can't carry, how to select a firearm for self defense, firearm safety, and the required live-fire exercise. When it comes to the live-fire exercise, we will never have more than two people on the shooting line per range instructor. This gives us the opportunity to provide better personal instruction should it be needed.
After your initial training to get your permit to carry, we offer instruction designed to take your self defense training to the next level to better prepare you for that possible encounter. Our advanced training courses cover different aspects such as encountering multiple threats, defending yourself from non-standard shooting positions, defending yourself from within a vehicle, using cover and concealment, moving "off the X" to better defend yourself, and much more. During the life-fire exercise of each advanced training class, only one person will be on the shooting line at a time. See our class offerings for more details.
Why Should I Train?
The grim reality is that there are people out there who want to either take what you have or to hurt you by whatever means they can. The thought of "that stuff only happens in the big city" is not now, nor has it truly ever been, a reality statement. What causes people to do evil? Too many things and/or reasons. Trying to talk to someone who is intent on causing evil very rarely works. This isn't being said to scare but rather as a blunt and truthful statement.
Think about what is most important to you. To us, it is our families. We will protect our families tooth and nail. We train to keep from becoming victims. We train to protect our lives and the lives of those we love and care about. You should too.
How Should I Train?
You should train the way you would want to fight...to win the battle against any threat trying to take what is valuable to you.
Training is vitally important. Everyday when you are at work doing your job, you are training but don\'t realize it. Think about this...think about two tasks you have at work, one that is a task you perform regularly and one that you perform maybe once a month or less. Even though you don't go through formal training for either task, the fact that you perform one more than the other makes you more proficient at it. The same holds true for training for self defense. The more you do it the better you will be.
Why Choose Us?
We take the time to give each person the attention they need to complete our course. We want each person to be properly informed when it comes to carrying for personal protection. We also believe everyone needs to be comfortable in their ability to handle a firearm. We care about everyone who receives their training from us.