New Course Offering – Red Dot Defensive Pistol

CWR is excited to add Red Dot Defensive Pistol. This 6 hour course is designed to give law abiding citizens of every level a path to shooting a red dot equipped pistol more accurately and efficiently. The red dot pistol is certainly here to stay – come learn how to run the gun to its full potential.

Topics Covered

● Zeroing your red dot. 10 yard zero. 25 yard confirmation.
● The Draw and how to find the dot.
● Red dots at any distance from contact to as far as you can accurately shoot.
● Tracking the dot in recoil.
● How to practice on your own.
● Target transitions
● Shooting on the move

Equipment needed:

● Slide mounted red dot pistol.
● The ability to carry 3 mags(1 in gun, 2 in pouches or pockets).
● Good holster of student’s choice. No Serpas. No old leather holsters.
● 200 rounds of reliable ammo.
● Eye and hearing protection.

This is not a beginner course. Students should already be able to safely draw, holster, reload and generally handle a firearm. Course is limited to 6 people and the course fee is $150 (due at the start of class by cash or check).

10 Minute Medicine – Lifesaving Training Course

CWR is pleased to offer a lifesaving course. Ten Minute Medicine is an absolute must for anyone serious about their own safety and the safety of loved ones. The first time you use medical gear should not be when it counts; get trained on proper equipment and its application. This course will prepare you to deploy lifesaving measures for yourself and others.

By the end of the Ten Minute Medicine course, students will:

  • Recognize the causes of preventable death and be able to treat victims of penetrating trauma.
  • Learn basic human anatomy and the signs and symptoms of shock.
  • Discuss emergency stress reduction techniques, expectations, and communication with 911 dispatchers in the event of an emergency.
  • Learn about the Iowa Trauma System, local community capability and resources in regards to trauma victims.
  • Understand wound ballistics on the human body from various weapon types.
  • Have hands on training with and demonstrate the use of tourniquets, chest seals, bandages, hemostatic agents, and airway management techniques.
  • Learn various emergency lifts and carry techniques.
  • Participate in realistic scenarios, testing the ability to rapidly assess victims for life-threatening injuries, and the application of first aid devices in a high stress environment.
  • Discuss the newest first aid kits and equipment available to the public.

Cost of the course is $60 per student. Space is limited to 8 students.  Online registration is available here:

For additional information about this course, please email Nate at

8-hr Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons Course

Iowa Firearms Training
The next Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons class is the 8-hr class on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013 from 8:00am-5:00pm at the Ames Izaak Walton League.  Here is some information on the course:
The course will focus on the follow topics:
  • Review of Safe Gun Handling skills
  • The Defensive Mindset & Tactical considerations
  • Legal Aspects of Concealed Carry & Self-Defense
  • Interactions with Law Enforcement
  • Dealing with the Aftermath of a Shooting
  • Equipment Selection
  • Continued training options
  • 30-round live fire qualification course (optional)
  • Dry technical skill development (elements of marksmanship, draw, presentation, loading, unloading, and reloading)
Class will end around 5:00pm. Each student who successfully completes the course will receive a certificate of completion to demonstrate training to your sheriff for the purpose of obtaining your permit to carry.

Cost of the class is $100. Current Ames Ikes members receive a $20 discount. This class is limited to 24 students. Upon successful completion of this course, each student will receive a certificate that meets statutory requirements for the purpose of demonstrating training to the county sheriff when applying for the Iowa Permit
to Carry Weapons.
Finally since this course was recently listed, there are plenty of open seats. Feel free to share this course information with family and friends who may be interested in attending.Please let me know if you have questions.  If you would like to register, please email the following information for each student to [email protected]:

Full Name
Phone Number
Have a great day – Thanks!

Happy Holidays from CWR

As we celebrate the holidays and roll in the new year, please accept our thanks for a fantastic year of training.  We are developing a 2013 training calendar and will continue to offer private courses scheduled directly with students.  Please let us know if there are any classes you are interested in by posting to the comments section or via email / phone.


Mindset, Skills, Tactics…

Learning to shoot a firearm accurately is a skill….
Learning to employ a firearm as a self-defense tool is a tactic…
Having the will to fight and the self-confidence & freedom of thought under stress to make critical decisions quickly is mindset…

With the recent adoption of the right to carry language in the new Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons law, many citizens are exercising their rights and obtaining their permit to carry.weapons.  Our goal with training students is not to encourage or discourage citizens to carry firearms; that is a personal choice that involves many responsibilities and possible consequences.  Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to avoid dangerous confrontations when possible, and to prevail in a life-threatening encounter when necessary.

To that end please understand that when you learn to shoot you are developing basic skills.  The skill to safely handle a firearm, the skill to manage the fundamental elements of marksmanship in order to accurately hit a target.  The more ingrained these skills are, the faster a shooter is able to successfully apply these skills.  We call this rapid application of basic skills.  When you have the opportunity to watch a master shoot, they are simply applying the same skills that any other shooter must develop, however their focussed practice has allowed them to push much of that skill set from the conscious mind into the subconscious mind allowing them to perform much faster with an incredible level of accuracy.

From a defensive standpoint, being able to rely on the subconscious mind for activities such as keeping the muzzle a safe direction and keeping the finger off the trigger until on target and the decision to shoot has been made, as well as having the subconscious mind to manage the fundamentals of marksmanship, allows the defender to be able to utilize the conscious mind to apply tactics to the situtation.  For instance, if a person has to concentrate to ensure they have the proper grip or that they are pressing the trigger correctly, they are less likely to think about verbalizing with the suspect or to search for and move to cover.

Having the proper attitude toward training and skills development, benefits the shooter through proficient, proper practice.  By taking the time to develop efficient movements, with proper manipulation, grips, sighting, trigger press, following through, etc, the shooter develops excellent foundational skills.  This is the focus of CWR’s training program – the Crawl, Walk, Run methodology. Our goal is not to see how many students we can train, but to see how well we can train our students.  If you have questions about training please let us know.

Best Regards!


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Crawl…Walk…Run – CWR – that’s the philosophy behind our training program. Much like people learn to walk, swim, or ride a bike, learning to shoot requires patient, competent instructors and a positive, inviting environment. Our training begins with basic shooting courses and permit to carry classes, where students are exposed to a large amount of new information. Due to the nature of these courses, the focus is on developing safe gun handling skills, increasing knowledge of firearms & ammunition, and determining what role firearms plays in your life.   After our basic courses, we offer our ‘defensive’ series of classes.  These are designed to provide our students with solid operational skills to avoid a physical conflict if possible and to win the fight if necessary.  We offer classes for that will challenge a wide variety of skill levels. Our training is based on the principle of total participant involvement. Although some knowledge can be gained during lecture, much of the time we’d prefer to have you experiencing the training, rather than sitting through it. We try to balance the cost of our classes and the amount of ammunition shot in the class to develop a course that provides a good balance of learning and skill development without breaking the bank. From basic pistol shooting courses to defensive carbine classes, CWR can provide you with quality, reasonably-priced, local training in the central Iowa area.