Firearms are tools. Nothing more. Nothing less. They are to be respected for their capabilities, and the function they serve.
Outer Zone Overnight(TM) believes that the each person has the right to decide what tools they will learn to employ, should they choose to learn how to employ them at all. If you prefer not to use firearms as a tool in your toolbox, we respect that, and will not pressure you into learning to use any tool you are not comfortable with.
As Outer Zone Overnight is an organization devoted to safety, it prides itself in being able to provide safe instruction for those who wish to properly respect and use such tools as firearms.
O.Z.O. provides for a safe introduction to firearms use for persons 18 years and older who have expressed an interest in firearms and firearms safety. We do not provide training to minors. That is the responsibility of the parent.
Ongoing periodic training is conducted in both a classroom setting (for theory) and on-range (indoor and outdoor). O.Z.O. is fortunate enough to have several experienced shooters to assist those and inform those wishing to learn more about firearms, firearms safety, and marksmanship. Please check our events page for times and offerings, or inquire with an Outer Zone member.
What you will experience in O.Z.O. firearms instruction:
Safe exposure to firearms in a no pressure, no bravado, easy going environment from those with years of experience with pistols and rifles. O.Z.O. instructors will work to improve your confidence with firearms, and make you feel at ease, one on one if necessary, and privately if necessary. You will be provided with the opportunity to fire and become accustomed to multiple types and caliber of weapon, receiving instruction on each of them until proficient. If you are a woman, and prefer a female instructor, we will provide you with one. We want to insure you are comfortable as you learn, and that you do not feel any form of intimidation.
What you will not experience in O.Z.O. firearms instruction:
Yelling. Debasement. Intimidation. Alpha-Attitude. Political discussion or indoctrination to cult-like firearms doctrines, pressure to function outside your capability, unsafe range conditions or instruction, induction into some form of militia activity. Outer Zone Overnight is NOT a militia.
What does it cost?
Typically, Outer Zone led instruction is cost free or ridiculously cheap for what is provided. In most cases, you only pay the associated range fees, cost of gasoline, and cost of the ammunition you shoot. In some cases, where we have a higher grade guest instructor for tactical shooting courses, there is a nominal fee to cover the cost of their instructional course or seminar.
O.Z.O. Firearm Live Fire Events:
About once a year, Outer Zone Overnight(TM) has a one day themed adventure trek that combines multiple educational and practice elements in highly realistic settings. An example of these events would be the Outer Zone event called “Black Ops- Northern Containment,” a viral outbreak themed event that combined rich thematic backstory, props, clue-based logic problems, communications, search and rescue training and exercises, and a live fire exercise at the end of the day on an open field of “infected” enemy combatants.
This was not a Live Action Role Play (LARP) event, this was a Live Action Training Scenario (LATS). There is a distinct difference.
Because of the live fire element of these events, participants are screened before being allowed to register for the event to insure they have sufficient experience, or a direct instructional sponsor to participate. Usually, these events are held in remote locations with a rich natural thematic setting, and often require a two to three hour trek by vehicle to get to the location.