Bristlecone Shooting, Training & Retail Center has made gun education a core offering. We believe safety, firearms familiarity, and skills improvement are paramount for every shooting sports enthusiast. Bristlecone has created a non-intimidating environment and invites all levels of sportsmen and sportswomen to participate in our scheduled indoor firearms training programs. Here you will find two training classrooms that include a state-of-the-art virtual training simulator and enough seating to comfortably accommodate up to 70 students.

Our top-rate certified instructors are not only excellent teachers with a passion for the shooting sports, but most are also former law enforcement and/or military members. At Bristlecone, you will learn from enthusiastic instructors who have real life experience to impart. From group classes to private training sessions, our calendar is packed full of gun orientation, safety education, and firearms training designed for all-levels and a variety of interests (look for classes specifically for women, youth and others).

Below you’ll find detailed class descriptions, but you may also contact us to learn more.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing ( or by phone at 303.985.0989.

Student substitutions can be made at any time.

Cancellations received more than 72 hours prior to the class –  students will be eligible for a full refund or may transfer (moving the participant(s) to another class within a three-month period).

Cancellations received within the 24 to 72-hour window prior to the class – students will not be eligible for a refund, but will be eligible for a one-time class transfer (moving the participant(s) to another class within a three-month period), for $25 rescheduling fee.

Cancellations received less than 24 hours prior to the class or failure to attend the class -students will not receive a refund, nor will they be eligible for a class transfer.  This includes weather-related, last minute cancellations.

Students should understand that instructors and range time are reserved predicated upon class participation. Bristlecone reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes at any time.  If classes are canceled or rescheduled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, you are entitled to a full refund.  If a class is canceled you will be notified via the email address you provided during registration. Please make sure we have up to date contact information prior to attending the course.  Bristlecone is not responsible for any travel fees or expenses incurred related to your registration if a class is cancelled.


Women Only and Co-ed Intro to Pistol

This Comprehensive Safety Course is designed to give you a solid foundation on which to build as you explore the practical side of handguns. Whether  you have never held a gun before, or have done some shooting and want to refine your basic skills, this class will help you start strong and gain confidence in your ability to handle a firearm safely.  You will learn: Firearms Safety Rules, Pistol Actions, Ammunition Nomenclature, How to Load and Clear a Pistol, How to Select and Store your Pistol and much more.  Classroom and Live Fire Range.

Pre-requisites: None

Recommended equipment:


50 Rounds of ammunition

Hearing and Eye protection

If you don’t have the recommended equipment, we offer equipment rental onsite.  Ammunition must be purchased separately.  Minimum number of students (3) required to run the class or it may be canceled/ rescheduled.

4 Hours $125

Bristlecone Fundamentals of Home Defense Handgun

The Fundamentals of Home Defense Handgun Course is designed to educate the student about the handguns that are best for personal defense and how to use them efficiently in the context of a home defense scenario. Although this class was designed with those new to firearms in mind, anyone with handgun experience who wants more specific information on handguns in home defense scenarios is welcome to attend. During this 6 hour course, students will be introduced to various home defense handgun options and learn the fundamentals of defensive shooting through classroom and live fire range time.  Home defense tactics, safe storage and staging, as well as appropriate law enforcement response and incident aftermath will be covered.  Students will have the opportunity to test their skills in the context of a staged home defense scenario on the range at the end of class.

Pre-requisites: None

Recommended equipment:

Defensive Handgun (modern striker fire preferred)

100 Rounds of ammunition

Hearing and Eye protection

Range appropriate clothing (No shorts or open toed shoes). Equipment rental package available for $10.  This includes a handgun and magazines. Minimum number of students (3) required to run the class or it may be canceled / rescheduled.

6-7 Hours $150

Bristlecone Fundamentals of Concealed Carry

After completing this course, you will exceed all of the State of Colorado’s requirements to apply for a CCW Permit.  This course is designed to educate students about the firearms best for concealed carry, how to carry them safely and securely, and how to use them efficiently in the context of a dynamic critical incident. This six hour course introduces new shooters to some of the core basics of the Defensive Focus® Shooting program, as well as aspects of handgun ownership and other basic information geared towards the new handgun owner.  Firearm safety, holster selection, drawing from a holster and reloading are also addressed, as well as alternate force options, interacting with law enforcement and the aftermath of an incident. 3 hours classroom, 3 hours on the range – including drill and scenario based training in the live fire environment.

Pre-requisites: None

Required equipment:
Medium size semi auto pistol (pistols can be rented from Bristlecone, or students may bring their own)
Minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition
Eye and ear protection
Pen and paper for notes.
6 Hours $135

What our students say:

“I originally signed up for the Women’s Only CCW class but was offered the opportunity to sign up for the pilot class for the CCW Reality-Based training. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this class, however it exceeded any expectations I had. Not only was it educational, but it was fun and taught by a great team of instructors.

The class was great for shooters with all levels of experience. Being a novice shooter, I was apprehensive at first. However, the class was far from intimidating, and the instructors ensured that everyone was comfortable. The Reality-Based training allowed for me to help reinforce the theories learned in class.

I encourage women who are looking for a great class to learn how to shoot and want to obtain their CCW to sign up for this class. I took Women’s Intro to Pistol before this class and I recommend that class too. Thank you Bristlecone for your awesome instructors!

Darla H.”

Fundamentals of Defensive Focus Shooting

The Fundamentals of Defensive Focus Shooting (powered by CFS) is a one day course that will expose the student to all of the core principles and fundamentals of the Defensive Focus Shooting Program. This course will cover the basics of intuitive defensive shooting, Combat Accuracy, The Balance of Speed & Precision, an introduction to the understanding the Body’s Natural Reactions during a Dynamic Critical Incident, understanding the integration of lateral motion and additional concepts as time allows. This Course will provide the student with an understanding of true Counter Ambush training with a defensive firearm, base level defensive shooting skills and a training methodology for continuing to develop those skills.

Pre-requisites: None
Recommended equipment:
Defensive handgun
3 magazines
Appropriate strong side holster
Magazine carrier
400 rounds of ammunition
Sturdy belt
Eye and ear protection. Attire for this course is range appropriate clothing. (Please, no shorts, no open toed shoes).
8-9 hours $225

Intro to Precision Shooting

The precision shooting course is a class designed to take you from the “average shooter” category to a level beyond. This 2 hour course will cover defining and refining your understanding of accuracy, the fundamentals of accurate shooting, understanding dynamic deviation, the balance of speed and precision, proper stance, grip, and trigger control.

Pre-requisites: None
Recommended Equipment:
Defensive handgun
200 rounds of ammunition
Eye/ear protection
2 hours $125

Defensive Handgun Low Light

FOR ADVANCED SHOOTERS. Most gun encounters happen at night.  This course explores what is needed to shoot in low light/no light situations, using available light or a hand held flashlight. You will have the opportunity to experience shooting with a light system mounted on your weapon during the class if you come prepared with an accessory rail.  You will also learn alternative shooting positions, shooting at a distance, how to use a flashlight/ cover of darkness to optimal advantage, and various types of flashlight holds.

Equipment Requirements:

Semi-automatic pistol

3 magazines

100 rounds of ammunition

Strong side holster

Hand held flashlight

Eye/ear protection

Knee pads are highly recommended. Minimum number of students (3) required to run the class or it may be canceled/rescheduled.

4 hours $135

Family Firearms Safety Seminar

This four hour session for the entire family provides a thorough overview of a responsible approach to the risks involved with children and firearms. Whether the family home already has guns in it, the family is interested in purchasing firearms or parents are simply concerned about their children coming into contact with firearms, this seminar will address the most common questions and the best solutions. Developed by I.C.E. Training Company at the request of many parents who have been looking for these answers but not sure where to find them, the Family Firearms Safety Seminar begins with a discussion about the real risks and dangers that firearms present and how they can be mitigated. Purchasing your first firearm, home defense firearms & training, responsible storage and “What to do if you find a gun.” will all be covered thoroughly. School Shootings, Friends with Guns and Toy Guns will also be addressed.

The seminar will begin in the classroom and then there will be two live fire range sessions, one for the children (6 years & older) alone and one for parents and children combined. All range sessions will be lead by experienced instructors who have worked extensively with shooters of all levels and will take place in a very controlled environment. The range sessions are focused on safety and operations of firearms as well as satiating the natural curiosity that many have about guns, not high level skill development. Opportunities for additional training in firearms use and personal defense will be discussed during the final session of the seminar, which will include ample time for Question & Answer. Family with their own firearms are encouraged to bring them, so that specific operations and safety issues can be addressed.
Pre-requisites: None
Recommended Equipment:
Eye/ear protection
4 hours $75 per family of 6, $25 each additional family member

Personal Defense Courses

Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense teaches several hand to hand, women only and knife defense classes at Bristlecone.  He teaches basic, efficient skills that are easy to master and recall under stress, as well as addresses the psychology behind attackers and how to be better prepared.  Appropriate for all skills levels.  

Private Instruction

Our very knowledgeable and certified instructors can take you anywhere you want to go. From basic marksmanship, gun handling and maintenance to extreme drills or even building your own AR. Our Private Instruction is completely customizable.

1 person, 1 hour $100  2 people, 1 hour $125

Casualty Care

Casualty Care is based on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) that has been in use for over a decade. This course is designed for anyone who shoots, from Law Enforcement to weekend recreational shooters. No medical certification, experience or licensure required.


  • TCCC History
  • Preventable Combat Death
  • Tourniquets
  • Hemostatic Agents
  • Chest Seals
  • Equipment for your IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit)
  • Hands On with Simulators


4 hours $80

Ti Outdoors Virtual Training Simulator

One of the most exciting training features in our facility! Are you looking to take your marksmanship skills to the next level? Or are you curious about the shooting sports and want to experience shooting a real gun, but in a non live-fire setting? Our system can accommodate a wide variety of scenarios and sport shooting levels.

Hunter Safety Classes

These classes are offered as a public service in conjunction with Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Please visit their website for more details and a list of scheduled classes.

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