• Mass Permit to Carry Recertification

    September 3, 2015
    Iowa Carry Mass Recert Day

    October 10th, Big Springs Gun Range, Searsboro, Iowa.

     

    October 10th

    10am to 6pm

    $25 per person

    Big Springs Shooting Complex (map)

     

    Time to Renew

    It’s been 5 years since we got Shall Issue signed into law. That means there are tens of thousands of Permits to Carry who are about to be expire. DON’T LET YOUR PERMIT EXPIRE!

    We’ve made getting re-certified easy. Join us October 10th at the Big Springs Gun Range in Searsboro, Iowa. For just $25 we’ll get you re-certified and on your way in less than 60 minutes. If you can’t make it, please check out our Renewing your Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons page for more details on what you need to do to get your permit renewed.

    Our goal is simple: get as many people recertified as quickly and cheaply as possible. The last thing we want is Iowans carrying around expired permits.

    This event will operate on a first come, first served basis. No RSVP required.

    We recommend you review the required equipment and testing requirements listed below. You will be allowed to practice before hand, but this is not the time to try to learn to shoot your carry weapon for the first time. PRACTICE!

    The best part of all this is all proceeds from this event will benefit the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s political action committee. Which means you’ll be on your way to carry for another 5 years, and the money you spend on recertification will go directly towards getting pro-Second Amendment candidates elected and pro-gun owner laws passed. A win-win if there ever was such a thing.

    Instruction & Certification

    Steve Hensyel
    Hawkeye Firearms Instruction

    Rick Largesse
    Controlled Chaos Arms

    Required equipment

    -Carry handgun
    -20 rounds ammunition to qualify (more if you’d like to practice)
    -Eye protection
    -Ear protection
    -$25 cash

    Re-certification Test Requirements

    Target: 8 inches
    Distance: 8 yards
    Time: 60 seconds
    Shots: 10
    Required Reloads: 1
    Accuracy Requirement: 100%

    You will be allowed to practice before testing. Each participant will be allowed two attempts.

     


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation. 

  • What Every Shooter Should Carry at the Range

    August 10, 2015
    A case for for first aid kits at the gun range.

    Is your range bag truly complete? If it doesn’t have a first aid kit, the answer is ‘No.’

     

    You go to the range to practice and prepare but are you actually prepared while at the range?

    It is something none of us like to think about. We follow the rules of safety and encourage others to do so too. But what if the unthinkable happened and there was an accident at the range. Would you be prepared?

    When I go to the range or travel I carry several items in my vehicle in case of emergency. Among them are a general medical kit with items such as band aids, gauze, ice packs, aspirin, bottled water, bug spray and an overall assortment of items that myself or someone else might need.

    The second most important item I carry is a trauma kit geared towards gun shot wounds (GSW). My actual trauma kit is in its own small pouch or pack that I can take with me to the bench or slip into my range bag with my other gear. It is actually small enough to be worn on my belt without being in the way. The items I have in my trauma kit are:

    C.A.T – Combat application tourniquet                                                       

    Is your range bag ready for a day of shooting?

    A basic first aid kit could literally mean the difference between life and death.

    Halo sterile chest seal patch 

    4″ quik clot combat gauze  

    Nitrile gloves

    Sterile trauma dressing 

    2 6″ Rolled sterile gauze

    Scissors 

    Trauma reference card 

    These items alone are relatively inexpensive or you can actually find some pre-prepared kits with these items included. I like to keep it simple and found they were actually cheaper to purchase separately.

    A person doesn’t have to become a EMT or take lot of training to learn to use these effectively. Taking a basic first aid course is always a good idea. Getting CPR certified is fairly easy and there are basic trauma first aid courses around too. The Army Combat Trauma Course is readily available for download as a PDF and it is a pretty easy to read and understand manual. Here in Iowa, and in most states there are good Samaritan laws where someone trying to render aid is not liable. Statistics have also shown that a large majority of serious wounds to the torso or limbs are survivable if general aid is applied on-site or while still in the field

    So if the unthinkable happen would you be prepared and wouldn’t you want to be?  Please give this some thought and consider making some of these things part of your range equipment. As with everything, we hope for the best but should prepare for the worst and just a few simple items might someday turn a fun day at the range into saving a life.

    Go Safe

    Steve Hensyel

     

    Steve Hensyel is a guest writer for the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Hensyel is the owner of Hawkeye Firearms Instruction and an IFC past president.


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.