Firearms Instruction

All Standard Firearms Courses

The C2 Shooting Center provides a variety of firearms training for private citizens, military and law enforcement. We have a staff of NRA/Professional instructors committed to providing the best training available. All classes are certified by our Chief Instructor, Kent Mote. Our courses include the following programs:

Introductory to Handgun Class – (2-3 hours)

This class is for new handgun owners or individuals who are considering purchasing a handgun for personal self-defense.  This is NOT a Concealed Carry Weapon Class.  This class is designed to teach the basics of handgun safety, to introduce the new user to his or her gun, or to allow individuals to experience handling several handguns to determine which weapon is right for your hand size, body type, and shooting ability.  The class will include safety protocols, learning the appropriate firing grip, identifying site picture, trigger control and other basic skills.  The class will NOT be on the range, but will focus on shooting skills through use of training weapons and laser systems inside the classroom.  We will, however give you an introduction as to how our range works.  If you have purchased a firearm, please bring that as well as any holster, magazine pouches and accessories you might have.  We will assist you in becoming familiar with your particular weapon.  Otherwise, if you are simply looking to be educated about which firearm is appropriate for you, we will be of assitance.

  • Class fee is $25.00.  Please contact Kent Mote at c2Center@msn.com to register or for more information.

Basic Weapon Zeroing Class – (1-2 hours)

This purpose of this class is to learn how to mechanically zero your rifle in the classroom prior to moving to the range and firing on paper .  Whether you have iron sights or a traditional scope, learning the skill to zero one’s weapon is a crucial skill to obtain.  We will teach you how to do this efficiently and effectively so as to save ammunition and time.  On our range, it will also protect the overhead baffles from damage while chasing a zero.  While new pistols are designed to come from the factory with point of aim/point of impact at 15-yards, rifles or scopes cannot generally be considered to be zeroed upon purchase or mounting.  Too many factors such as after market sights and whether an optic or traditional scope has been properly mounted on the weapon, will influence the ability to zero the weapon quickly and efficiently.  Improper mounting or poor quality mounts for optics will cause difficulty in maintaining your zero.

This class will teach you how to acquire an initial starting point to zero your weapon at 25-yards in 12-rounds or less once you move to our live-fire range. Knowing the relative initial impact at 25-yards, saves our overhead baffles and saves you time and ammunition.  Zeroing your weapon should not be an all day affair.  You will learn the following skills: 1) how to mechanically zero an AR15-style rifle and adjust the sights for live fire to obtain a zero in 12 rounds or less; 2) how to center an optic, whether dot sight or traditional scope and how to make adjustments at various distances in order to obtain a zero at the distance your desire; 3) with hunting rifles with traditional iron sights, how to adjust the front and rear sight to obtain a basic zero and what direction to move each sight in order to achieve the desired movement of the strike of the round; and 4) in scoped weapon systems such as bolt-action rifles and AR15-style rifles, how to boresight the weapon by breaking it down, looking through the bore at an object and dialing the scope to the bore line (also known as bore sighting).

  •  All participants may bring your weapon of choice.  Demonstration rifles will be provided in the classroom.
  • Class fee is $25.00.  Please contact Kent Mote at c2Center@msn.com to register or for more information.

Concealed Carry Weapon Basic – (One Day Course)

This class is designed to meet the standards and guidelines as set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia for the “Concealed Weapon Permit.”  In actuality, this class far exceeds the minimum standards requirements – this is not a minimum requirement class you will find provided by our competitors in Hampton Roads. You will learn to shoot. Some important guidelines: starting time is 8:30am sharp. Check our event calendar for current schedule. Weekday classes are available for groups of six students.

  • This class is available to first-time shooters as well as those who have some handgun experience. This class is designed specifically for the needs of the civilian firearms owner who desires to carry a firearm in public.
  • The class covers Basic Firearms Safety and Handling; Firearm Selection and Specialization; Modes and Methods of Carry; a detailed review of the Virginia State Statutes, specifically as they apply to carrying a concealed firearm; review of ‘Castle Doctrine’ and ‘Use of Force’ statutes and laws; and much more.
  • The class runs about 7-hours, and we provide the application packet, course information and assist in filling out the application.
  • Every participant will need to bring a photo identification, and will be required to shoot approximately 200 rounds for qualification. Yes, this is substantially more than the legal minimum, but we want to verify safe and proficient handling as well as marksmanship skills. You will leave here with a high degree of confidence in your ability, an understanding of your weapon system and how to deploy it in a defensive confrontation. 
  • Firearms are provided for this class at a cost of $20.00.  Several models are available to help you determine what best fits your personal needs.  If you do not have one, we strongly recommend waiting to purchase your firearm until AFTER the class in order to determine the best firearm that fits your hand, body type and mode of carry.  We also provide holsters and magazine pouches for the weapons systems. Please wear a sturdy belt to the class and suitable clothing for the weather conditions that will enable you to move around in an athletic manner. We train outside on the ranges (shooting and moving); not indoors in a firing lane which severely limits the value of the training. The ranges are private and are only used for your class.
  • Class fee is $125.00 plus the cost of your ammunition. You may bring your own ammunition or purchase it in our Pro Shop (approximately $60.00 for 200 rounds of 9mm).  The state charges $50.00 to process your license, which is good for 5 years.  That fee is submitted with your application to the Commonwealth of Virginia – not paid to the range.

You need to register for the class by contacting Kent Mote via email at C2center@msn.com.  The Pro Shop does not schedule instruction. Early registration and prepayment is required to reserve class seats. Classes are limited to 8 students.  See our Event Calendar for upcoming class dates.

Advanced Concealed Carry – (Two Day Course)

This Two Day Class is designed to meet the needs of the shooter who has had a beginner class and wants to train to the next level. The class includes standards and guidelines as set forth by the Commonwealth of Virginia in order to obtain a  “Concealed Weapon Permit” listed above. However, we spend the majority of our training time learning and refining our weapons manipulation skills and defensive tactics. We believe in the “train like you will fight” mentality and use a variety of drills to develop a students skills while under stress. The following skills and topics are covered in addition to ammunition selection, medium shooting, modes of carry and gear selection. This class is the next step in being able to comfortably carry and utilize a weapon for self-defense.  Shooting is a perishable skill and sustainability training is key.

  • Rapid and efficient high and low ready positions
  • Rapid and efficient draw from full concealment
  • Single and multiple target engagement scenarios
  • Rapid recoil management and shooting rhythm
  • Rapid and efficient tactical and speed reloads
  • Shooting on the move
  • Rapid and efficient malfunction drills
  • Typical and Adverse Shooting angles
  • Transitioning through shooting positions
  • Use of cover and concealment, doors, transitioning hallways, and working shot angles
  • Man vs. Man competition / Training behind the power curve
  • Stress Courses

Class fee is $300.00 + the cost of your ammunition. You may bring your own ammunition or purchase it in our Pro Shop. Ammunition requirements are 800-1000 rounds of standard ball or FMJ.

  • You will need your holster, two magazine pouches, a sturdy belt, eye pro, ear pro, a cover garment, suitable clothing for the weather conditions that will allow you to move around in an athletic manner. All weather gear is recommended; we will train in inclement weather. Bring any other items you feel will be required to sustain you on the range for two days (i.e. aspirin, band-aids, gloves, sunscreen, etc.). We train outside on a series of ranges shooting paper targets, static steel targets, and steel plate racks from various positions in order to create stress on the shooter.
  • The class runs from Saturday morning at 9:30am to 5:00pm, and continues on Sunday morning from 12pm to 5pm. Class space in this program is very limited. Please register early.

You need to register for the class by contacting Kent Mote via email at C2center@msn.com.  The Pro Shop does not schedule instruction. Early registration and prepayment is required to reserve class seats. Classes are limited to 8 students.  See our Event Calendar for upcoming class dates.

Level 1 Dynamic Pistol –  (Two Day Course)


This Two Day Course is designed to meet the needs of the shooter who has basic pistols skills and wants to train to the next level. This course is two- part practical application course blending (1) Knowledge with (2) Skill.  Shooters will spend the majority of training time learning and refining weapons manipulation skills and defensive tactics.

We believe in the “train like you will fight” mentality and use a variety of drills to develop a students skills and confidence while under stress. The following skills and topics are covered in addition to ammunition selection, medium shooting, modes of carry and gear selection.
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship / High and low ready positions
  • Trigger Control
  • Single/Multiple target engagement / Shot progression
  • Recoil management / Sight management
  • Administrative and tactical reloads
  • Speed shooting / Tactical Sequence
  • Draws from the holster / Facing movements
  • Speed reloads / Malfunction drills
  • Typical and Adverse Shooting positions
  • Transition to shooting positions / Barricades
  • Man vs. Man competition / Training behind the power curve
  • Stress Course

Class fee is $300.00 + the cost of your ammunition. You may bring your own ammunition or purchase it in the C2 Pro Shop. Ammunition requirements are 800-1000 rounds of standard ball or FMJ.


  • You will need your holster, two magazine pouches (available if needed), a sturdy belt, eye pro, ear pro, a cover garment, and suitable clothing for the weather conditions that will allow you to move around in an athletic manner. All weather gear is recommended; we will train in inclement weather. Bring any other items you feel will be required to sustain you on the range for two days (i.e. aspirin, band-aids, gloves, sunscreen, etc.). We train outside on a series of ranges shooting paper targets, static steel targets, steel plate racks from various positions.
  • Classes start 8:30am and continue until 4:30 call or go to event calendar for current schedule.

You need to register for the class by contacting Kent Mote via email at C2center@msn.com. The Pro Shop does not schedule instruction. Early registration and prepayment is required to reserve class seats. Classes are limited to 8 students.  See our Event Calendar for upcoming class dates.

Practical Handgun – (Four Day Course)

This Four Day Class is designed to meet the needs of the shooter who has had a intermediate class and wants to train to the next level. The majority of our training time is used learning and refining our weapons manipulation skills and self defense. We believe in the “train like you will fight” mentality and use a variety of drills to develop a students skills while under stress. The following skills and topics are covered in addition to ammunition selection, medium shooting, modes of carry and gear selection.

  • Fundamentals of marksmanship / High and low ready positions / Single/Multiple target engagement
  • Shot progression / Recoil management / Sight management
  • Administrative Reloads / Tactical Reloads / Speed Reloads
  • Speed shooting / Tactical Sequence
  • Draws from the holster / Facing movements
  • Malfunction drills / Strong Hand / Weak Hand manipulations
  • Typical and Adverse Shooting positions / Shooting on the move
  • Barricades / Shooting from cover / Automobiles
  • Transition to shooting positions
  • Man vs. Man competition / Stress Course 

Class fee is $600.00 + the cost of your ammunition. You may bring your own ammunition or purchase it in our Pro Shop. Ammunition requirements are 1200-1600 rounds of standard ball

  • You will need your holster, two magazine pouches (available if needed), a sturdy belt, eye pro, ear pro, a cover garment, and suitable clothing for the weather conditions that will allow you to move around in an athletic manner. All weather gear is recommended; we will train in inclement weather. Bring any other items you feel will be required to sustain you on the range for two days (i.e. aspirin, band-aids, gloves, sunscreen, etc.).  We train outside on a series of outdoor ranges shooting paper targets, static steel targets, steel plate racks from various positions to create stress on the shooter.

You need to register for the class by contacting Kent Mote via email at C2center@msn.com.  The Pro Shop does not schedule instruction. Early registration and prepayment is required to reserve class seats. Classes are limited to 8 students.  See our Event Calendar for upcoming class dates.

Open Range Session – Pistol or Carbine –  (4 hour session)

The Open Range Sessions are public, 4-hour, training and instruction seminars hosted by our President and Chief Instructor, Kent Mote.  They are designed to meet the needs of the intermediate to advanced self-defense shooting skills with pistol, carbine, and shotgun. Shooters will spend the majority of training time learning and refining weapons manipulation skills and tactics. These sessions will help all student levels form intermediate to advanced practical or competitive shooting skills.
We will use a variety of drills to develop a students skills and confidence while under stress. The following skills and topics are covered as required to assist individual shooters in increasing their speed and confidence in a given task. Skills and topics covered include:
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship / High and low ready positions
  • Trigger Control, pace, and rhythm
  • Single/Multiple target engagement / Shot progression
  • Recoil management / Sight management
  • Administrative and tactical reloads
  • Speed shooting / Tactical Sequence
  • Draws from the holster / Facing movements
  • Speed reloads / Malfunction drills
  • Typical and Adverse Shooting positions
  • Transition to shooting positions / Barricades
  • Man vs. Man competition / Training behind the power curve
  • Stress Course

Session fee is $50.00 for two hours minimum + the cost of your ammunition. The session is open to up to 8 shooters to allow for competition between students. You may bring your own ammunition or purchase it in the C2 Pro Shop. Ammunition requirements vary depending on the skills practiced; we recommend you bring plenty of ammunition. It is not unusual to shoot 500 rounds in one session.

  • You will need your holster, two magazine pouches (available for rent if needed), a sturdy belt, eye pro, ear pro, suitable clothing for the weather conditions that will allow you to move around in an athletic manner. All weather gear is recommended; we will train in inclement weather. Bring any other items you feel will be required to sustain you on the range for the session. We train outside on the East Training Ranges which are not covered.
  • Sessions are typically held every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon from 12:00 pm and run until 4:00 pm. See our events calendar for a complete list of dates and times.

****You do not need to register for open range sessions but is recommended as slots are limited.****

Intro Practical Carbine – (Two Day Course)

This Two Day Class is designed to meet the needs of the shooter who has little or no suitable experience with the M4 Carbine and/or variants.  The majority of our training time is used learning and refining our weapons manipulation skills. We believe in the “train like you will fight” mentality and use a variety of drills to develop a students skills while under stress. The following skills and topics are covered.

  • Fundamentals of marksmanship / Zeroing / Sight in / BZO / Optics / Ballistics
  • High and low ready positions / Single/Multiple target engagement
  • Shot progression / Recoil management / Sight management
  • Administrative Reloads / Tactical Reloads / Speed Reloads
  • Speed shooting / Tactical Sequence
  • Facing movements / Shooting on the move
  • Malfunction drills / Strong Hand / Weak Hand manipulations
  • Typical and Adverse Shooting positions / Adverse angles
  • 100 yard / 200 yard / 300 yard shooting

Class fee is $350.00 + the cost of your ammunition. You may bring your own ammunition or purchase it in our Pro Shop. Ammunition requirements are 400-600 rounds of standard ball for rifle.

  • You will need your Rifle, 3 Magazines, magazine pouch on belt or vest, sling, eye pro, ear pro, suitable clothing for the weather conditions that will allow you to move around in an athletic manner. All weather gear is recommended; we will train in inclement weather. Bring any other items you feel will be required to sustain you on the range for two days (i.e. aspirin, band-aids, gloves, sunscreen, etc.). We train outside on a series of outdoor ranges shooting paper targets and static steel targets from various positions in order to create stress on the shooter.

You need to register for the class by contacting Kent Mote via email at C2center@msn.com. The Pro Shop does not schedule instruction. Early registration and prepayment is required to reserve class seats. Classes are limited to 8 students.  See our Event Calendar for upcoming class dates.

Practical Carbine – (Four Day Course)

This Four Day Class is designed to meet the needs of the shooter who has had a intermediate class or suitable experience and wants to train to the next level with the M4 Carbine and/or variants. The majority of our training time is used learning and refining our weapons manipulation skills and defensive tactics. We believe in the “train like you will fight” mentality and use a variety of drills to develop a students skills while under stress. The following skills and topics are covered in addition to ammunition selection, medium shooting, modes of carry and gear selection.

  • Fundamentals of marksmanship / Zeroing / Sight in / BZO / Optics / Ballistics
  • High and low ready positions / Single/Multiple target engagement
  • Shot progression / Recoil management / Sight management
  • Administrative Reloads / Tactical Reloads / Speed Reloads
  • Speed shooting / Tactical Sequence
  • Facing movements / Shooting on the move
  • Malfunction drills / Strong Hand / Weak Hand manipulations
  • Typical and Adverse Shooting positions / Adverse angles
  • 100 yard / 200 yard / 300 yard shooting
  • Barricades / Shooting from cover / Automobiles
  • Transition to shooting positions / Transition to Handgun
  • Man vs. Man competition / Stress Course

Class fee is $600.00 + the cost of your ammunition. You may bring your own ammunition or purchase it in our Pro Shop. Ammunition requirements are 1200-1600 rounds of standard ball for rifle and 100 rounds of Pistol ammunition.

  • You will need your Rifle, 5 Magazines, magazine pouch on belt or vest, sling, handgun, holster, two magazine pouches, a sturdy belt, eye pro, ear pro, a cover garment, suitable clothing for the weather conditions that will allow you to move around in an athletic manner. All weather gear is recommended; we will train in inclement weather. Bring any other items you feel will be required to sustain you on the range for two days (i.e. aspirin, band-aids, gloves, sunscreen, etc.). We train outside on a series of outdoor ranges shooting paper targets, static steel targets, steel plate racks from various positions in order to place stress on the shooter.

You need to register for the class by contacting Kent Mote via email at C2center@msn.com. The Pro Shop does not schedule instruction. Early registration and prepayment is required to reserve class seats. Classes are limited to 8 students.  See our Event Calendar for upcoming class dates.

Private Lessons

Private instruction is available for ALL levels of shooters and are held on our East Training Ranges, not the standard range lane found in other Tidewater gun ranges.  Rates are $150.00 per hour for an individual; $125.00 per hour/per person for a pair or group of three (3) that books together which includes all range fees. Class sizes are limited to 4 persons per instructor maximum, so you will get the most individualized attention.

Most students prefer a flat $300.00 fee for a three (3) hour block of instruction.

Private Instruction (PI’s) are booked by appointment on prescheduled dates. For more information or to schedule contact Kent Mote via email at C2center@msn.com.