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Intro to Firearms for Bear Defense – OPEN

July 10 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Round out your bear awareness, confidence, and adventure readiness with this interactive, hands-on course, Firearms For Bear Defense.
Bear Aware (Part 1) is encouraged but not required.

This course covers:
– Range safety and course outline
– State law and regulations regarding pepper and lead for defense
– Basic Ballistics – what makes a gun a “bear gun”
– Rifles and bear defense
– Overview of three common “bear guns” Shotgun, Revolver, Pistol
– Live fire demo
– Building a shooter’s platform that’s both effective and supportive to bear defense
– Holsters – overview, do and don’t
– Breakout session – shoot up to 6 common bear guns with both practice ammo and bear loads if desired
– Bear defense qualification course with the gun of your choice (three reps allowed per shooter)

Total Course Length: 4 hours

Required Equipment/Gear:
Some of these items are available to rent/borrow; see below.
– Personal firearms are encouraged but not required
– If you’re bringing a gun of your own, don’t forget the sling, magazines, speed loaders, holsters, ammo, and any other associated accessories!
– Shoot up to 6 common “Bear Guns” in different calibers and configurations or train on a gun from your context
– If you are not already a Birchwood Shooting Park member, a $25 range fee will be charged

– Firearms for live fire training – shotgun, pistol and revolver
– Interactive bear targets,
– Eye and ear protection,
– Course materials and ballistics handout
– Course certification

Not Included: Ammo – billed per rounds shot, price list available on request

Firearms available to shoot:
Remington / Mossberg / FN 12ga shotguns with slugs and buck shot, Springfield XDM in 10mm, Ruger and Smith & Wesson Revolvers in .38special, .357mag, .44 special / mag, .45 long colt, and .454 casull.

Available: (may incur an additional cost):

  • Holsters, magazine pouches & gun belts are available to borrow.
  • Ammo – prices vary, most often charged by the rounds fired. Email for price info.
  • Firearms – Handgun / shotgun (No Charge!) See available guns listed above
  • Rental Package Includes: Firearm, magazines / speed loaders, belt, holster, magazine pouch, and sling where applicable.


July 10
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Birchwood Recreation & Shooting Park
20269 Birchwood Spur Rd
Chugiak, AK 99567 United States
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