To be allowed to shoot restricted firearms in Ontario, you must take and pass a CFO mandated Handgun Safety Course, as well as do Supervised Shoots before you can shoot on your own. The Thunder Bay Combat Club provides this training at no extra cost, your membership fees already include this. We have a team of CSSA certified Club Level Handgun Safety Course instructors and Range Safety Officers ready to provide you with the training. This is not the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) but rather club level training supplemental to the CRFSC.
Handgun Safety Courses are held regularly throughout the year as new members join. Members joining from other clubs who have already done the Handgun Safety Course must have their proof of completion forwarded on to us. In addition, we also do a Holster Course with you as several of our disciplines require the safe use of a holster. The curriculum involves a written test, a practical test in the classroom, and a live fire test on the range. All live fire activities have a 1-to-1 student to instructor ratio. Even if you don't have your Restricted PAL yet you may still begin the safety training with us as you wait.
WHEN CAN I DO IT?
Handgun Safety Courses are held throughout the year, typically on the fourth Monday of the month at Arnone's, so please try to plan around that to ensure you are available for the course. An email will be sent to you when the next one is being held. Once you join you are automatically put on the email list.
Supervised Shoots can be done at any time. There is no fixed number of shoots you must do, when our Range Safety Officers feel you are safe and competent you will be signed off. Club nights on Mondays and/or Wednesday are generally the best time to do Supervised Shoots, however, if that does not work for you please email our Safety Training Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your schedule and we will find RSOs to work with you to complete the shoots.
NOTE: You do not need to email us if you are coming to a club night for a Supervised Shoot, we will always have at least one certified RSO there.
If you have any other questions or require any more information please email email@example.com at your earliest convenience. It is vitally important that this training is done so we can all be safe and have fun on the range!