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Three handgun training classes set at RLC

Build on your handgun skills with three training courses at Rend Lake College this fall. Participants are invited to learn new techniques in Basic, Advanced, and Low-Light Engagement handgun training classes with Jeff Bullard, Detective Captain of the Mt. Vernon Police Department.

Understand the types of handguns, ammunition, and laws pertaining to civilian use of force during Basic Handgun Training. Bullard will cover proper stance, gripping, loading, unloading, clearing malfunctions, and firing a handgun before participants practice those techniques at the RLC Range. The class costs $65 and meets from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, August 19.

After completing the Basic class, enroll in Advanced Handgun Training to improve upon and learn new skills. The classroom portion of this class includes in-depth looks at the laws of civilian use of force, weak-hand shooting, one-hand shooting, one-hand reloading, shooting on the move, and range rules. On the RLC Range, participants will be tested on their marksmanship using techniques in the class. The class costs $65 and meets from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, September 23.

After mastering the Advanced class, register for Low Light Engagement Handgun Training to learn how to shoot in a low-light setting. The class will meet from 2 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 7 or November 4.

Participants can also register for the range-only portion of a class, if they have successfully passed the class previously. Range portions are as follows: noon – 4 p.m. for Basic Handgun ($35), 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. for Advanced Handgun ($40), and 6 – 10 p.m. for Low Light Engagement ($35).

All classes will be held in the Coal Mine Training Center, Room 107A, on the Ina campus. Participants should wear old clothes, and bring eye and ear protection, their own handgun, ammunition (150 rounds), and a valid FOID card.

To learn more about this class, or any others this spring, call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714. Pre-registration may be done in person, via phone call, or by emailing