Target or Range Ammunition

Target or Range ammo is primarily FMJ (full metal jacket).  This is less expesive than defense ammo.
I would recommend Brass casing ammo over steel or alluminum casings.


Feel free to bring extra ammo in case we have time to do any additional shooting.  Magazine holsters, range bag, second firearm, speed loader and holster are all things that can be brought to a class but are not neccesary.

Feel free to bring any snacks you may want.

This is not a problem at all and I am so glad you are starting the process of learning to shoot firearms.

You have three options 

  1. Talk to a trusted friend that can take you to a range
  2. Go to your local range and schedule a beginner class
  3. Sign up through Hembock for either the "Personal Instruction Class" or the "Intro Pistol Class"

Everyone should have some experience shooting a firearm before they sign up for the CPL class.

If you have any questions at all please reach out either via contact page on the website or at

You can also call or text (269) 414-8799

It is very important that you have all your questions answered before you attend class.  Do not at all feel like you are a bother for reaching out.  Part of class safety is the right equipment and the right mindset.

Classes are Held at 2 Locations.  Make sure on the day of your class you are heading to the right location.    The class portion will be held indoors and range portion will be held outdoors.

Lawton: Hembock

84056 M 40, Lawton, MI 49065

The parking is off M40 on 84th Ave/352.  Classes are held in the barn on the property and the door into the class is in the back of the barn.  Typically we put sign out to direct you easier.

Dowagiac: Dowagiac Conservation Club

Address: 54551 M 51 N, Dowagiac, MI 49047

Dowagiac Conservation Club Website

Check in the section "What to bring".  If a holster is not on that list do not feel you have to bring one.  If you have a holster feel free to bring one along.  If you have any questions on holsters do not hesitate to reach out via email, phone call or text.  

I am certified to teach Michigan CPL classes through MCRGO (Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners).  

Check Verification Here

Search the list for Derek Fankhauser and Mary Fankhauser

Yes.  You are more then welcome to bring either.  

Getting your CPL license has three requirments.

  1. Take a certified CPL 8 hour training course
  2. Submit application to County Clerk
  3. Get fingerprints taken

Here are some additional requirments:  Click Here

We will not cancel class due to weather or even a sick teacher.  That is the great part of multiple instructors, one can jump in and cover.  Rain or Shine we will have class. 

We understand that things will come up.  Please reach out via text or call (269) 414-8799 and let us know.  After that please find a future date and again reach out and let us know what class you will be attending.  

Absolutely not!  On average we have 4-6 women in each class.  On top of that we have a female instructor, Mary that teaches many classes and also shows up to help on the range each class.  You will not be alone.  


No you do not.  This is a Michigan certified course and is recongized in all 83 counties. 

We have had people make the drive all the way over from the Detroit area and all the way down from Cadillac.  We welcome everyone.