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My husband and I had a training session with Larry today and it was a great experience. I was a total novice and really didn’t know what to expect. Larry was top-notch all around – he blended his vast knowledge and serious experience about with just the right amount of pleasant banter to put me at ease and make learning/training easy and enjoyable. I felt like we all connected and he cared about my results. I need to practice to get better more comfortable but I know I’m on the right track thanks the foundation from Larry. I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone of any level. 5 Stars!!!!!!
Larry’s class was the most incredible experience ever!
He went beyond the pale in helping me understand what is involved in responsibly owning and using a gun. I was a bundle of nerves before and during the first part of the class. Never been around guns, never interested in them, but with the world going crazy, I feel the need for protection in my home. As a 60+ single female who lives alone, my brother convinced me to take the class with him. In my lifetime, I have never shot a pistol, not even my brother’s BB gun. I feel better now, no longer a bundle of nerves and it’s all because of Larry’s patient demeanor, humor and ability to understand the reluctance in my decision to own a gun. So many emotions happening at once, but the satisfaction in handling the gun safely and knowing the safety rules and shooting better than my brother is the mark of success.
Thank you Larry for one of the most exciting, thrilling experiences of a lifetime. I’ll be in touch for more training.
HonestIy, I didn’t know what to expect going in, this was certainly not my comfort zone. As a mom of three young boys, I just felt it was something I needed to do. Larry was patient, extremely knowledgeable, and we actually had a lot of fun! The biggest lesson I learned was something Larry said to me in the very beginning… you’re only fearful of the unknown; I had no knowledge of guns and I was scared. But, with Larry’s thorough instruction he made sure I understood every step of the way. I left there feeling more confident and skilled about handgun safety and procedures than I ever would have imagined! Larry loves what he does, it shows, and I’d recommend him to absolutely anyone.
Excellent experience. Larry is a very patient teacher and makes the experience enjoyable and fun. Great class and great instructor.
Larry was thorough, compassionate, understanding and helpful. I went into the class a bundle of nerves, walked out a hero. Thank you.
I took the class with my two children (20 and 17) and Larry did an amazing job explaining all aspects of gun use, safety and regulations. I can’t recommend him highly enough!
A tremendous instructor and exceeded all of our expectations. We greatly enjoyed the experience – it gave us not only a healthy respect for guns but also has kindled what I think will be a love for the sport of shooting.
If you want to learn, from someone who really enjoys teaching, Larry should be your first call. I took Larry’s class with 2 very close friends and we all received a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to work with and build off of. Larry instills confidence in each of his students and takes the time to make sure the information he is giving is being received. He goes over a lot of aspects of firearm ownership that often go over looked like safe handling, safe storage, cleaning, etc. I would encourage anyone thinking about this to contact Larry. Thanks again Larry!
Larry did a fantastic job on safety, regulations, and instruction. I felt very comfortable working with him on my HQL and highly recommend him.
Hi Larry and thank you. I wasn’t sure what to expect in this class. I certainly got more than anticipated. I appreciate the cleaning lesson, I never took the time to learn. Now I know how. L. really enjoyed herself today as well. We both learned quite a bit. I have been around guns all my life. I never really thought about handgun safety and storage. I carried that colt for 5 years when I worked in the City back in the early 90’s. I figured then, I would rather be judged by 12 and not carried by 6. I really got a great deal out of your class and now realize 12 Vs 6 can land you in a 6×6. It goes to show old dogs can learn new tricks. Thank you again.
Larry was a fantastic instructor. He had all the relevant information and, most importantly, he took the time to discuss/answer questions. He is completely knowledgeable and I would highly recommend his class for anyone seeking their permit.
I really enjoyed Larry’s instruction. On point and with humor. Besides making the information easy to understand, I finished feeling confident that I knew the proper way the handle and shoot a handgun, something that was the opposite of what I had learned so long ago in the Marines.
Thanks for the experience Larry.
Larry is amazingly knowledgeable about firearm law. His one-on-one training was exceptional. If you are looking for an instructor that is fun and patient, his class is invaluable. Additionally, the scheduling flexibility was a big plus! As self employed myself, I really appreciated his class structure and ability in scheduling, as I have a business to run.
I previously had a permit, but didn’t keep up on the expiration date and it expired. Larry fast-tracked me and the application in total, was submitted within three weeks. He brought to the table serious considerations that I never knew concerning the legal aspects. I also learned a lot about gun handling and shooting. I’ve shot all my life, and his tips have upped my game. I would love to try IDPA, but I’m too busy.
Easy to get to, restaurants are nearby, overall a five star rating by me.
Larry: this training was fantastic. It was efficient, effective and you made it extremely fun. Look forward to working with you in the future. Highly recommended to all people.
I took a HQL class with Larry. He was very informative and helpful. A wonderful instructor and made it easy to learn. I had fun taking the class and he made feel comfortable around firearms and gun safety.
I took Larry McClain’s HQL course. In that course, Larry teaches that the main causes of firearm injuries are ignorance and carelessness. His course greatly reduces his students’ chances of injury to self or others by giving them tools and tips to use firearms with safety and with the proper respect. The more we learn about gun safety, the less likely we are to make mistakes due to ignorance. As for carelessness, we all have control over how careful we are. We just need to be taught early on how important it is to be mindful and attentive, and we need good coaching to develop those habits. I am sure that my confidence with pistols will increase the more I practice, but Larry has already given me the foundation that I need to have a healthy respect for shooting without being afraid of it.
I’ve worked in the education field for more than 25 years as a teacher and school administrator, so I’ve learned to recognize good teaching when I see it. Larry presented the HQL course in an engaging manner, and he provided handouts, visual aids, and hands on examples to illustrate and demonstrate the points in the course. I was admittedly nervous about course, and although Larry obviously takes safety extremely seriously, he still managed to interject humor into the course at appropriate times to put me at ease. I was surprised by how quickly the time went during the course and by how much I enjoyed it (in spite of being nervous). That’s what happens when you have an expert by your side coaching you at every step along the way.
If you are seeking more information about Larry’s credentials, you can read about them on this site. Suffice it to say that his credentials are impressive. I found it very reassuring that I was learning from an experienced coach with a military background. I am a complete beginner, but thanks to Larry’s coaching, by the time we got to the tactical part of the course on the gun range, I felt completely ready. I can only imagine that many people who sign up for Larry’s classes are nervous at first. I know I was. If you are like me and feel less nervous when you know what to expect, this outline of my HQL course experience might help you to relax (although I’m sure Larry modifies the course depending on the needs and progress of each student):
1. Welcome, Intro., Overview
2. Guided Instruction on Pistol Safety, Firearm Types/Anatomy, Legal Issues, etc.
4. Practice loading and unloading pistol magazines/cylinders
5. Balance/stance tips
6. Proper grip and “indexing”
7. Shooting tips and dry firing (practice without ammunition)
8. Range practice (firing 15 rounds of a 22 caliber pistol) with coaching (There was an additional fee of approximately $42 for this.)
9. Review of range progress
10. Cleaning the firearm safely
11. Next steps for applying for the Handgun Qualification License
12. Final questions/answers
13. Receipt of HQL course completion certificate
Larry provided all needed supplies and equipment. I only needed a driver’s license for the range and money for the range fees.
If you are a fellow beginner with handguns and have worried about feeling foolish for not knowing more about pistols, or if you lack confidence in your ability to handle a firearm safely and/or accurately, then you would do well to learn from Larry. Not only do I feel much more comfortable handling a firearm after taking his class, but I also have gained a deeper interest in improving my shooting skill and accuracy. My initial goal was to learn how to handle a weapon to protect myself in the event that someone were to invade my home with the intent to harm me. Larry helped me to understand the benefits of challenging myself to view shooting as a sport and to strive to improve my muscle memory and accuracy over time. That new perspective has given me a purpose for using pistols that is not based in fear.
I highly recommend Larry as an instructor for the state’s HQL course requirement and as a coach for using a pistol safely and accurately. I really appreciate Larry’s clear teaching style and also how invested he was in helping me develop a safe, solid, and healthy foundation for using handguns. Thank you, Larry.
Loved the training!!! Larry is an awesome instructor– engaging, entertaining, logical and patient. He is also very passionate, and makes you think about gun ownership– the law, safety, security, personal rights, the views from government, local law enforcement, and others.
His instruction is thorough, repetitive and makes you realize the “process” from start to finish. He allows you to make mistakes and then shows you what you did wrong. He never criticized. He wants you to get it right, every time.
Worth the money and worth the time. You won’t be disappointed.
I took a conceal class from another instructor who was 40% cheaper. After i left his class, I had no idea as to how to get the application on my computer and was given little advice on what the next steps were after the class.
A friend took Larry’s class about the same time I did, got his permit 3 months later. Larry helped me get the ball going to get mine. From getting all the proper documentation to filling out the application on his computer. He made an extra copy of all my documents for my records. A win-win.
Thank you Larry.
I took a HQL class with Larry. This was absolutely amazing.
Larry was absolutely knowing, informative and helpful.
He is a wonderful instructor and made it easy to learn.
I would highly recommend a session with Mr Larry for any handgun training.
Thank you so much.
Mr Larry is an awesome instructor! He is very knowledgeable and informative. He has a nurturing and humble spirit. Mr McClain is passionate about his teachings and strives to assure that you are getting the information and training you need. He stayed by my side every step of the way, (I was very nervous trying to handle the firearms, but by the time the session was over,, I was very confident!!!) I would highly recommend a session with Mr Larry for any handgun training. You would’ve thought I’ve known him for years, how warm spirited and welcoming he is.
I am a small business owner and I wanted to get my hql/carry permit. I was introduced to Larry from a mutual friend and I was not sure what to expect as this was my first time going through anything like this. My first class with him I was really nervous going into the class but Larry was GREAT!! He is very knowledgeable and made the whole process very easy and convenient working around my schedule. I would highly recommend Larry for any of your firearm training that you want to go through, even if it is your first time holding a pistol, he will make you feel comfortable though out the training and give you the right information you will need to be and stay safe.
Recently, my wife and I were discussing purchasing a handgun for home defense and for some target shooting at the range. When trying to figure out how to obtain a Handgun Qualification License we were trying to also consider an excellent teacher. Both for safety and for expanding our mindset on the home defense aspect. After having a conversation with Larry, it was clear that he is definitely knowledgeable and has a real passion for teaching firearm operation and safety. We immediately decided to take the course from him. The course is very interactive as it should be and if the information is used properly, you will walk out feeling like you had a lot of fun and learned valuable information you will put to use! He even gave some safety insight regarding the long gun we already had! At the end of the day, we wanted to stay and shoot some more. We hope to run into Larry at the range sometime! Awesome teacher and can probably make anyone feel comfortable handling a firearm safely! Cheers!
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