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Orange County Firearms training

Barmak Consulting is a private firearms training company specializing in defensive training, emergency medical (stop the bleed) and risk assessment / analysis. Our spectrum of work spans from the individual looking for beginner training to large corporate security. (Corporate training for emergency and non traditional situations including but not limited to: Emergency planning, mitigation, plan development, communications and security.

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General Defensive Firearms Training

There are different types of firearms training available today. For example, competitive firearms sports where you are racing against the clock and other competitors. CCW training, which involves training from concealment and is a part of the defensive training aspect. With several variations like the shotgun or a rifle for hunting, the type of training should be done in the proper context. One of the main types of firearms training that most people pursue is the defensive training for home and business. The reason this is so popular is because the majority wants to be safe, responsible and know how to properly act in a defensive situation. Depending on the type of residence you live in, it is important to first identify some of the following:

  1. Why did or are you choosing a specific firearm for home defense? Many have no idea what a good choice may be for them specifically, and so, they simply purchase a defensive firearm based on the suggestion of the individual behind the counter of a firearms store.

  2. Do you understand the basics of the firearm before diving into defensive training? How does it work? What happens if there is a malfunction? It’s important to take a basic class first, then a defensive class.

  3. A good general defensive firearms training will go over the difference of responding and placing the shots in a controlled but wider pattern vs trying to have a very tight grouping. There are multiple reasons for this.

  4. Another point of training defensively is taking into consideration other individuals, concealment, cover, trajectory and penetration possibility.  


Unlike a general class where a student learns about the basics of how their firearms works, a defensive training considered additional variables including but not limited to the location.  Is it inside a structure or outside of a structure? A defensive training is designed to protect oneself. By understanding this and how to implement the training, the responsible gun owner can zoom out and focus on the following points.

  1. What is the purpose of the specific defensive  firearm chosen and how does it work?

  2. In what potential scenarios can a defensive shooting take place?

  3. What considerations should be taken into account including safety, storage, and type of consistent training?

  4. What additional responsibilities fall on the responsible gun owner?

  5. If a defensive shooting happens, what are some of the following things to consider?


If you are looking for a general defensive firearms training class Orange county, please contact us or set up a private appointment. We welcome Orange County residents to contact us to find out more.



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Orange County CCW  Firearms Training

If you are thinking about CCW training, it is important to understand that the process is truly broken down into two parts. The first part is the process of application. Every County that issues a concealed weapons permit in California is different.  In Orange County the process is straight forward but it does take time. This article is mainly on the CCW training that we offer and not the process, but, it is important to mention that if you are researching the steps, you can go the Orange County Sheriff’s CCW page HERE to find out more.

Any responsible gun owner with a CCW needs to realize that they need training and lots of it. The responsibility of having a concealed firearm and actually knowing how to use it is nonnegotiable in my opinion. “ I am of the opinion that a responsible permit holder trains consistently through out the year in combination with basic emergency aid like Stop the bleed.”  The following are some things to ponder on and questions to ask:

  1. How much practice have you had on the range before you actively carry?

  2. Do you understand your equipment and how it works for you after trying out more than one option?

  3. Are there any accessories like a flashlight or a red dot that you considered and tried?

  4. Do you have practice in stop the bleed?

  5. Did you consider insurance before you carry?

  6. Have you had training in low light?

Unlike basic or general firearms training, CCW training should not just be a onetime eight to sixteen hours of training followed by a general certificate of completion. CCW is an ongoing process of training and commitment that a responsible gun owner tries to pursue.  Unfortunately, it may not be the cheapest thing, however, there are many options of training that can be done to maximize practice through dry fire and certain techniques on the range to still get quality training and save money.


 If you have questions about insurance or how we can help you with your CCW permit, please let us know. At the moment we can train Orange County residents for the Arizona five-year CCW permit. We can also work with you before and after you have received Orange County Approved Training.    

Active Shooter Training

Orange County Active Shooter Training

One of the worst situations we can find ourselves in is when an active shooter situation is unfolding around us. This may happen at work in an office building, inside a mall, a general store or school. Unfortunately, these events happen, however, there are many things that can be done if we recognize that such an event around you is unfolding. If we look at FEMA training, their focus is on the following three elements.


These are good concepts to remember and do remember them in this order. The truth is, it may not be enough. Also, in terms of law enforcement response, we do not know how long it will take and how long the situation will last.


So why is Active Shooter Training not as common as it should be?

The answer is simple.

It comes down to budget and approval.

There are two types of Active Shooter training that can be done:

  1. The Trained Civilian (Private and small group classes)

  2. The Prepared Organization (Please contact us)

The trained civilian can go with one of our training models and or start out for free by registering with FEMA and getting some free training. This includes but is not limited to: IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do.   If you or your school / Organization / Private Security company needs additional training and an SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) plan updated/ tested / created, assessed and put to the test in multiple scenarios, please contact us for a consultation.  

Some of the following are important to ask of yourself and or company:

  1. Do we have a plan?

  2. Has that plan been tested in a training?

  3. Do we have contact information for first responders?

  4. Do we have secondary communications?

  5. How do we identify ourselves in an event?

  6. Who is responsible for what?

  7. Do we have security, and have they been tested in a training?

  8. Do we have first aid training?

  9. Do we have tourniquets, and do we know how to use them?

  10.  What are the current safety measures in place?

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Red Dot Training Orange County

RED DOT Firearms Training

Red Dot Training is not some fad. It is a sighting system that works very well if the end user is properly trained. All though some are still skeptical about adding a red dot to their pistol, from what we have seen thus far, it is a superior system if the training and understanding of the concept is applied.  Some of our instructors believed in the iron sight approach for many years until they tried the red dot. I can comfortably say that no one has gone back to the use of iron sights.

One of the reasons it works so well is because the eyes and the brain does not have to constantly go through the gymnastics of aiming between the iron sights and the target. The red dot frees up assessment time and allows the end user to acquire on target faster. This alone is very helpful when assessing what is in front.

Another reason for training with a red dot is the ability better see at night or in the dark when acquiring a potential target. The overwhelming majority of encounters happen at night. These facts are backed and researched. With the red dot, it’s easier to focus. All though some may argue that iron sights are still better, we invite you to a private training session with us in Orange County so you can better understand the application.


One of the negatives about the aiming system that turns some users away is simple. An incorrect or poorly manufactured sight is selected. A good development in recent years has been the HOLOSUN as an example. It is tested, priced fairly, and comes with shake awake technology.  If you have more questions about Red Dot Training in Orange County, please contact us.

Stop The Bleed Training

Stop The Bleed Training

First aid is a huge element that every responsible firearms owner should have basic training in. There are many classes offered by organizations like the Red Cross and the American Heart Association for CPR and other basics, however, in our trainings, we primarily focus on stopping the bleeding.

A big reason why an individual may not make it is because they have an injury in which they bleed out. Blood is a resource that is finite and if there is an injury in which the flow of blood is exiting the body rapidly, if not stopped quickly, the probability of an end for that individual is highly likely.

Basic training, in tourniquet application around the limbs may save a life and the basic skills can be developed for most with just a couple of hours of practice. We practice the application of tourniquets from different positions.

This simple application training may one day save a life

If you register for one of our combo firearms and basic stop the bleed combo training, you will also learn safe application of a tourniquet in a scenario while maintain control of a firearm. This is also highly recommended for all CCW holders.  

For certain reasons that are graphic in nature we will not go into more detail here. But, if you research some of the reasons people do not make it when they were involved in a shooting, you will see clearley that bleeding out is a major cause.

Low Light Firearms Training

Low light firearms training is broken up into the following elements:

  1. Target Identification training

  2. Technique

  3. Movement

  4. Kinesthetic manipulation

Identification of target in low light is not so easy, especially if the person is under stress.  Sometimes something as simple as a cell phone can be mistaken for a firearm. Therefore, it is so important to train in identification in low light. To prevent a net negative outcome and mistakes that may be irreversible.


Technique of lighting depends on the weapon lighting system and or a pocket flashlight. There are multiple techniques for the use of light in low light scenarios. It is helpful to know which technique works best for the user in the process of identification.

Movement training involves the understanding of how to move with a firearm in a low light setting. Not all movement is created equal. Navigation around obstacles while maintaining balance and a strong base is a big part of movement in the dark.

Kinesthetic manipulation involves the understanding and practice of a firearm in the dark and how to maintain control.  This includes but is not limited to knowing how to perform a function like the reload without the use of light.


Gun Safety is everyone’s responsibility.


The three most important rules of gun safety are:


1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

Other Rules To Keep In Mind:

• Know your target and what is beyond.

• Know how to use the gun safely.

• Be sure the gun is safe to operate.

• Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.

• Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.

• Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.

• Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting
  activities require additional safety precautions.

Looking to purchase your first Pistol? Here is some helpful information.

If you are not sure and would like to schedule a one on one session please contact us   

Revolver or Semi-automatic:  These are two basic pistol choices that are popular with new and seasoned firearms owners. (Note) a friendly suggestion, try before you buy. 


Fit:  How does the firearm feel in your hand? Unless you phisically hold it first, dont just take soeones word for it. 

Size of the pistol / Weight / Caliber / largest you can shoot confidently & effectively /


Functional Reliability


Action type – Double Action Revolver vs. Semi-Auto

Ammunition Capacity


Manufacturer’s reputation

Availability of parts, service and aftermarket accessories

New vs. Used

Modifications and enhancements

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Our instructors and guest instructors bring experience and perspective from different disciplines, some of these include but are not limited to: NRA, USCCA, Red Cross, Law Enforcement, Military, EMT/medical etc. We believe in small class instruction to allow for additional attention for each student.

Another aspect of our company is product development through testing and application done in training. We are currently working on a multipurpose project for CCW holders. More information will be available later on in 2021

If you have questions about training please do not hesitate to call, text or email us by going to the contact page.  Thank you

Stay Safe


It cannot be denied that the right to bear arms happens to be a basic right for Americans. After all, when there is a threat like an intruder to your house and responding law enforcement personnel are still a few minutes away, the only line of defense you have against that threat is the firearm.

Of course, firearms training involves more than just learning how to point and shoot. Many aspects of it need to be covered for you to become a fully responsible firearms owner.



The Benefits of Owning a Firearms



1. It Enforces Personal Responsibility

Becoming a firearms owner is no joke. Once you have a gun in your house, there is no longer any room for negligence. Suddenly, you become more serious about weapons storage, transportation, emergency access, licensing, and other important subjects. 

After all, a gun can ensure your security, but it can also be a liability. Thus, under the right conditions, owning one will force you to become more considerate about the people around you.


2. Improve Your Physical Abilities


Once you have a gun, you should start considering your physical abilities and limitations. Do you have good eyesight? What about your coordination? Do you have enough strength in your arms to handle the recoil? Sure, you should ask yourself these questions when buying the firearm in the first place, but that can be addressed through further training.


Of course, having a gun allows you to engage in several sporting activities, which allows you to put your skills to the test. Through continuous gun training and taking part in shooting competitions, you may find yourself a more physically-abled person.


3. It Boosts Confidence


There is a certain degree of intimidation when you have to first fire the gun. However, your gun shyness is but a minor hurdle to clear as constant usage of your firearm on the range can slowly remove it.


At first, you will be fumbling through the basics such as checking on the safety, aiming, firing, and reloading your weapon. However, with constant use, you will find yourself doing all of these on instinct. Again, constant training will make you a more confident shooter, especially when the situation demands it.


4. It Relieves Stress


Firing a gun safety brings a unique form of excitement that courses through the body. As soon as that bullet leaves the chamber and you feel the recoil travel from the gun to your arms, you may feel adrenaline pumping through your body. Also, you might find that your mind becomes laser-focused, and your thoughts become clearer.


In a controlled and safe environment, firing a weapon does bring a form of calm and relief to your body. This is needed as you are required to be calm and controlled whenever you face an emergency and you need some form of protection. The less you are stressed out in a dangerous situation, the more likely you will come out of that safe and alive.



The Necessity of Firearms Training


As owning a firearm is a right, it does carry a great amount of responsibility.


In 2019, there were 39,707 gun-related casualties in the United States alone. A staggering 60% of this number can be attributed to suicide while 36% goes to homicides. As for the remaining 3% the figures are as follows: a third was due to legal intervention like a gunfight wherein police are involved, another third is attributed to mere preventable accidents, and another third is for undetermined causes.


What these figures tell us is that being a responsible gun owner remains a necessity nowadays. There are many ways to become such, but the most direct method will involve some form of firearms training. 


As for the necessity of being trained to handle a firearm, there are three reasons which are as follows:


1. Development through Practice


As was previously stated, close to 1% of fatalities involving guns was due to some preventable incident. In firearms training, you will be trained on the basics of handling a weapon to efficiently use it in emergencies.


Constant practice will help you steady your aim and improve your focus when shooting. More often than not, a lot of gun-related accidents are caused by the shooter not being in a calm and controlled state while also fumbling through their weapon.


2. Guidance from the Experts


Training always involves the assistance of someone who knows the trade better than you. This is where an expert will become handy as they can teach you how to safely use the gun while instilling some confidence in your skills.


Things like posture, aiming, and maintenance are things that are best taught to you in person and an expert will go through every point so you become better as a gun owner. Of course, they can detect the mistakes that you are doing and address them as quickly as possible. This way, the chances of you mishandling your firearm are greatly reduced.

3. Creating Healthy Habits


With training, your ability to shoot a firearm will not be the only thing embedded into muscle memory. You should also develop skills that keep your firearm safe at all times.


In training, you will learn important tasks such as checking if a chamber is loaded or if the safety is released. These tasks alone can prevent accidental misfires from happening in the first place. 


Thorough cleaning and maintenance will also be taught so you will know how to carefully disassemble your weapon, replace broken parts, and re-assemble everything again. Take note that a broken weapon is a liability as it might not fire when you need it and fire when you don’t want it to.

Some Preliminary Considerations


Now that you know why owning a gun is beneficial and why you are better off being trained to use it, the next thing you would have to figure out is which gun to purchase. Each available firearm type has its advantages and drawbacks, as well as varying purchasing prices and maintenance needs.


However, before all of that, there are a few things that you must sort out first.


1. Needs - First of all, you have to establish why you are buying a gun. Here, there are no wrong answers provided that your reason does not violate any law.Some people buy guns out of necessity, i.e. to protect themselves and their families. Others buy it for competitive and utilitarian reasons. Perhaps they want to learn how to for animals or become a professional shooter in competitions.


And some buy guns to collect them. These people might want to start a weapons collection of sorts featuring different weapon types, models, and manufacturers. 


The point here is that the reasons you have for buying a gun will impact the type of guns you will purchase and which one best suits your needs. Some guns are impractical for one reason but highly applicable for another.

2. Gun Laws - Although the right to bear arms is universally applied in some countries like the United States, there are regions within the country that treat gun ownership rights differently. Some states might limit your options to handguns while some allow you to own shotguns, rifles, and other long guns.


The state laws will also affect how you can transport those weapons. Some allow for open carry, which means you can have your guns holstered to your side. Some do not allow for open carry, thus requiring you to have your guns at a container at all times except when you are in an emergency. Learn the laws of your country and state first before you start shopping around for options.

3. Storage - Your reason for owning a gun and your preferences will also affect the kind of storage you will need. As a gun collector, you might be content with display cabinets. However, if you are purchasing a gun for safety and competitive reasons, you might want a container that is safe and secured, yet easy to access.


The layout of your house will also be important here. You want your guns to be safe and hidden when not in use. On the other hand, you’d rather not spend a long time having to get a hold of them, especially in emergencies.

Picking Your Firearm


Assuming that you are in a state with less-restrictive gun laws, you should have multiple options for guns to pick from. There are several gun types in the market to choose from and each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages relative to your skills as a beginner.




A rifle is a long-barreled firearm that is best for longer distances. They are ideal for long-ranged due to their accuracy and a homestead.

Alternatively, rifles are great if you want to buy guns for athletic reasons as there are rifle models out there that are designed for hunting and competitive shooting.


The rifle has some general sub classes based on the firing mechanism they employ.

Bolt-Action - These rifles require you to manually reload each cartage by pulling at a bolt and then firing. They are simple and accurate but have a slow rate of fire.


Lever-Action - These rifles feature a lever that you have to regularly pull to eject an empty cartridge and feed another. They are faster than the bolt-action and still accurate.


Semi-Automatic - These rifles take advantage of the recoil of the barrel to eject an empty cartridge and load another. Popular semi-automatics include the M1 Garand, the AR-15, the AK etc.



A shotgun simply pertains to any firearm with a long and large barrel that fires shells. What makes shotguns ideal is their versatility by way of their ammunition. You can opt for the standard shotgun shells which fire small pellets or slugs which are bullet-like ammo that is best for hunting large animals. For law enforcement, there are also non-lethal bean bag rounds as example.


Shotguns come with different designs as well. For civilians, what is readily available are the single-shot and pump-action varieties. A single shot shotgun requires manual reloading in every one or two shells fired. A pump-action shotgun, on the other hand, requires manual reloading once every 7 to 12 shells fired. Model depending.


The shell type you will choose will also determine the effective range. Shells are effective at close range since they spread out immediately after firing. Slugs, on the other hand, can travel longer as a single piece and makes the shotgun effective at mid-range.


Also, the shell type of your choice will determine the lethality of your shotgun. Example: Bird shot may lightly injure but terrify attackers. However, buckshot can either incapacitate or gravely wound



Perhaps the most readily available firearm in any state, the handgun is a smaller firearm that can be carried in one hand. Due to their short barrel, handguns are ideal only from close to mid-range but are easier to carry and conceal.


Also, handguns are best recommended for absolute beginners as they offer manageable recoil and a consistent rate of fire. As always, handguns can be further classified according to their primary firing mechanism. When one talks about handguns, they can fall under two sub classes.


Revolvers - Seeing heavy use in the Wild West, revolvers feature a cylinder that can store up to 7 cartriges. Each bullet fired causes the cylinder to “revolve” and place another bullet next to the firing pin.


l  Pistols - Modern pistols are semi-automatic by design and can carry up to X amount of rounds depending on state laws. Due to being semi-automatic, they have a faster rate of fire. Some models are also modular, which allows for further customization through aftermarket accessories.

To Conclude


Owning a gun is only as complicated as you want it to be. The very first concern that you must clear, however, is that you possess the right mentality and maturity to own a firearm. Do not skip training and practice. A responsible firearms owner invests time into proper practice and training.

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Home defense training is an illuminating subject and there are many points of view on the matter. From an experienced point of view, training can be used to develop responsible gun handling skills, improve self-defense abilities, and train you in what firearms are all about.

There are many ways we can help you with practical home defense training in Orange County. Whether you're interested in a one-time course or a more intensive course over a period of time, you should be able to find something suitable for your needs.In this blog post I decided to share some of  my personal experience with home defense training in Orange County. You will find out what I thought about the course in general, how it was structured and what other participants thought as well.

This section will provide information about what firearms training is, who it's for and how to prepare for it.This section will be about firearms training in Orange County. Firearms training is not just a way to learn how to shoot a gun- it's also a way of understanding the laws, the safety precautions and other rules that come with owning a firearm. It is vital that those who have guns in their homes know and understand the rules they'll need to follow in order to stay safe and comply with state law.

The need for firearms training in Orange County is high and the reasons behind it may vary from self-defense to sport shooting or competitions.The common misconception is that firearms training in Orange County is about combat training and what to do in a live fire scenario. It’s not. Firearms training in Orange County should be about being able to handle your weapon and or firearms properly, competent handling of the weapon, and more importantly, knowing the firearm laws that are applied here is of great importance.

An NRA certified instructor is a person who has been trained and trained on and off the range to instruct others the use of firearms. Instructors must also go through a written tests to ensure that they know the proper firearm application.

What are the requirements for an NRA instructor?

In order to become an NRA certified instructor, one must enroll for an Instructor Development Course, pass a written test and demonstrate proficiency with firearms on a range under the supervision of another qualified NRA instructor.

The NRA is now offering a new course called NRA Instructor Development Course. The goal of this course is to train potential instructors on how to teach NRA courses.

This training program aims to build an instructor network for the NRA and develop qualified instructors for the organization in order to meet the demand for quality firearms training.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is an American nonprofit organization that advocates for gun rights.This article discusses the NRA Instructor and classes near me. NRA instructors are certified to teach courses in their NRA discipline whether it be handgun, rifle, shotgun, home gun safety or personal protection in the home. Archive. 

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