Q: What is handloading? What is reloading?
A: As it pertains to metallic and shotshell ammunition, handloading is a catch-all term that simply means “manually creating ammunition from base components – a case (brass or shot hull), propellant (powder), primer, and projectile(s).” Reloading is simply handloading using a previously used case. This is attractive to many shooters, as used cases are somewhat easy/inexpensive to come by (sometimes free), thereby making reloading more economical than buying factory ammunition, in many instances.
Reloading is typically a bit more involved than is handloading using all new components as certain considerations and preparations must be taken into account when using previously used cases. So, reloading is handloading, but handloading doesn’t necessarily imply reloading. On this site, you may see the terms used interchangeably when it is appropriate to do so.
Q: Where are your classes held?
A: Our classes are primarily held in the Pasadena area, though on occasion we offer classes in Orange county. Once you are confirmed for a class, you will be sent an information packet with all pertinent details, including the address of your course.
Q: Why should I take a class from you as opposed to taking someone else’s class?
A: We believe that we teach handloading in a way that will convey the widest array of knowledge and expose to you to the widest array of equipment in an easily digestible package–you will retain what you learn!
We are confident that you will learn and retain more per unit of time in our classes than in any other class. Starting in our Level 1 class and beyond, you will learn to setup and use single stage, turret and progressive presses. You will learn to setup nearly every type of die, rifle and handgun. You will learn on-press, handheld and bench priming. You will learn to use several types of powder measure (bar vs. cylinder, etc.), both case activated drop and conventional. And so on.
Q: Why should I take a class instead of learning from some fellow reloaders? There are guys on the internet willing to show me everything under the sun about reloading and all I need to pay them is a six pack of beer!
A: While there are probably many very knowledgeable people giving “seminars” on reloading to beginners, the problem for the beginning loader is that they have no foundation upon which they can make a determination on if what they being taught/shown is correct, incorrect, complete, incomplete, or potentially dangerous. When it comes to loading ammunition, making mistakes can be disastrous– even deadly. As with most things in life, you *usually* get what you pay for.
Furthermore, we believe that our classes are very reasonably priced, especially considering what is included in the price–all materials, components, tool usage, safety equipment, etc. You will be taking home training materials and ammunition.
Q: Do you teach the NRA curriculum?
A: No. Our curriculum is our own and has been developed over the course of several years. We teach a curriculum that, we believe, is superior to the NRA curriculum in several key ways. At a very high level, we teach roughly the same concepts and techniques in our introductory classes as the NRA curriculum, but our methodology and teaching/demonstration approach is what sets our classes apart.
Q: What is included in the price of the class? Or, put another way, what do I get for my money?
A: First and foremost, you get a great education on handloading and reloading. Beyond that, all course materials, safety equipment, reloading components and ammo boxes (usually MTM style cases) are included in the price of the class. In other words, you don’t need to bring anything to the class, and you leave with knowledge, skills, course materials and ammo that you just created (in a nice ammo box).
Q: My dad/mom/grandpa/girlfriend showed me how to reload once, can I jump right into Level 2?
A: It is recommended that you start with the Level 1 course unless you are confident in your knowledge of these areas: A) understanding the concepts of pressure, volume, geometry as they relate to metallic cartridges B) proper installation and setup of both pistol and rifle die sets in your press, C) reading load data and knowing what *every* piece of information on the data sheet means and implies. If you are not very confident in each of those areas, it is not recommended that you jump to Level 2, as you will be lost from the opening minute of that course
Q: I want to attend both the Level 1 and Level 2 course in the same day. Is that OK? Can I get a discount?
A: Yes and yes! Not only is attending Level 1 and Level 2 back-to-back permissible, it is highly recommended. If the Level 1 concepts are still fresh in your mind, you will be best prepared for Level 2. As for a discount, we offer a bundle price if you register for both Level 1 and 2 on the same day (see: the Home page for details).
Q: I have a single stage press, but I want to upgrade to a progressive, but I’m apprehensive to spend the money until I know a progressive press is right for me. Will I learn to use a progressive press in any of the courses?
A: Yes! At each level, we introduce students to all three of the major press types: single stage, turret, and progressive. Students will get hands-on experience with each type beginning with the Level 1 course.
Q: How do I pay for the class or classes that I want to take?
A: We accept these payment types, in order of preference: check, cash, Venmo or Circle (no PayPal, sorry). Payment is explained in detail once you have registered for the class.
Q: What do I need to bring to my class?
A: You don’t need to bring anything to the class other than a well rested brain, ready to learn. We supply all tools, training materials, reloading components and accessories. If you would like to bring your own brass, die set, powder measure or small tool in to discuss with the instructor and possibly use in the class, please feel free to do so. You *will not* be allowed to load with any primers or powder that you brought to the class, so please leave those items at home.
Q: How much ammo will I load in my class?
A: In Level 1 you will load 1 full box of ammunition (50 rounds for handgun or 20 rounds for rifle), in Level 2, you will load 1 box of each handgun and rifle ammunition. If time allows, you will be able to load more at for a small additional price to cover the cost of components. You will work with more brass and components than your “final product” ammunition, though. In short, you will get a good deal of press time in your class.
Q: I want to get into reloading, what press/kit/powder measure should I buy?
A: To answer this question, I would need to ask you about your budget, goals, space/bench availability, etc. We discuss all of these things in detail in the Level 1 class.
Q: I am interested in Level 3, Advanced Loading. Why can’t I sign up for this on the site?
A: In short, registration in Level 3 is by invitation. If you have attended both Level 1 and Level 2, you are eligible to take Level 3, though we recommend that you spend several months practicing what you learned in Level 1 and 2 before attending a Level 3 class. Level 3 is a very fast paced course that only briefly touches on concepts learned in Level 1 and 2. One would become lost very quickly attending Level 3 prematurely.