CRJ5495 INTRODUCTION TO FIREARMS
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either freshman or sophomore years. The course is also open to any person enrolled as a student of Cowley College.
CRJ5495 - Introduction to Firearms (3 hrs)
Due to current State and Federal laws restricting the access to firearms for people with certain convictions a background check will be required. External background checks conducted within six months of the class start date and presented to the instructor will be accepted
This interactive course is designed to increase the knowledge of anyone who is either planning a
career in law enforcement or wants to expand their knowledge of firearms as a interested citizen. Students will be exposed to a variety of concepts that will help them handle firearms safely as well as expand their abilities in the operation and handling of firearms. This will include participating in practical exercises as well as showing proficiency from live fire qualification courses as well as participating in a judgmental use of force scenario.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate professional safety while handling and using firearms to include the standard auto pistol, and patrol rifle.
- Demonstrate in both a lecture based and practical environment a basic understanding of nomenclature of the auto pistol and patrol rifle.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the legal use of force as it pertains to firearm use both for civilians and law enforcement personnel.
- Demonstrate through practical applications a general understanding of how to handle and deploy the auto pistol, and patrol rifle.
- Demonstrate basic proficiency with the auto pistol and patrol rifle through classroom discussion, practical exercises and qualification courses.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
UNIT 1: Overview of Basic Firearms
Outcomes: The student will be able to understand and discuss the basic foundations of firearm operations and safety.
- Explain the rules and procedures of safe firearm handling.
- Recognize and identify the nomenclature of a standard auto pistol.
- Recognize and identify the nomenclature of a standard pump action shotgun.
- Recognize and identify the nomenclature of a AR-15 style rifle.
- Summarize the operational components and firing process of the various guns utilized in the course.
- Explain the process of properly zeroing in rifle sighting systems.
UNIT 2: General Firearms Safety
Outcomes: the student will be able to demonstrate safe handling practices for the pistol, shotgun, and rifle.
- Discuss and demonstrate proper safety protocols with firearms
- List the four conditions that must be present before discharging a firearm.
- Discuss and demonstrate “Universal Cover”
- Discuss and demonstrate proper range safety rules and procedures
UNIT 3: Weapon Function and Nomenclature
Outcomes: The student will be able to assemble and disassemble the various firearms in the course.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the disassembly and reassembly of the auto pistol and patrol rifle and shotgun.
- Identify key components of the firearms
- Be able to describe the firing cycle of the auto pistol and patrol rifle and shotgun.
UNIT 4: Use of Force and Legal Issues
Outcomes: The student will have the ability to understand and explain the legal aspects of using a firearm.
- Understand and explain the levels of the application of force continuum.
- Understand how the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution governs the use of force.
- Summarize the case facts of Tennessee vs Garner.
- Understand the applicable Kansas state statutes governing use of force.
- Summarize the castle doctrine.
- Explain the concept of civil liability and how it applies to the use of firearms.
UNIT 5: Judgement and Decision Making
Outcomes: The student will complete a scenario in the use of force simulator demonstrating appropriate decision making with a firearm.
- Use appropriate decision making skills in a use of force scenario.
- Demonstrate proper firearm handling.
UNIT 6: Practical Use of an Autopistol
Outcomes: The student will complete a series of range exercises with an auto pistol.
- Demonstrate safe handling of a loaded pistol.
- Demonstrate the proper fundamentals of marksmanship including stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture and trigger control for an auto pistol,
- Demonstrate the four stage draw with an auto pistol.
UNIT 7: Practical Use of a Shotgun
Outcomes: The student will complete a series of range exercises with a shotgun.
- Demonstrate safe handling of a loaded shotgun.
- Demonstrate the proper fundamentals of marksmanship including stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture and trigger control for a shotgun.
UNIT 8: Practical Use of an AR15 Style Rifle
Outcomes: The student will complete a series of range exercises with an AR-15 style rifle.
- Demonstrate safe handling of a loaded rifle.
- Demonstrate the proper fundamentals of marksmanship including stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture and trigger control for a rifle.
There is no textbook for this course. Materials needed will be provided by instructor.
Firearms utilized in this course will be provided by the instructor. Ammunition for practical exercises will need to be provided by the student.
Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.
Refer to the following policies:
402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator .