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April 1, 2006, 02:00 PM
I've noticed more and more posts asking about locations of training schools in certain states (such as Thunder Ranch, and front sight) I figured it would be helpful to every one if we had a list with links and the state they are located in, It would cut down on duplicate posts and make finding schools in your state Much easier. I'll start.

Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
Located IN Nevada and Alaska

Thunder Ranch
Located in Orgeon

April 1, 2006, 03:04 PM
Two I've been happy with:

Gunsite, in Arizona

Tactical Response, based in TN but they travel.

April 1, 2006, 07:13 PM
Here's a rather large list: http://www.martialartsresource.com/firearms.htm

April 1, 2006, 10:24 PM
I haven't been to this school but I live in Florida and it came highly recommended by Suarez International...

Frank Garcia's school:
4300 C.R. 630 East
Frostproof, Florida 33843 USA
FAX: (863) 635-5277


April 1, 2006, 11:01 PM
www.shootrite.org - northern alabama -rec'd by Clint Smith, exceptional training.

www.riflesonly.com - southeast TX - Tiger Mckee teaches there as well.

April 1, 2006, 11:54 PM
Firearms Academy of Seattle (www.firearmsacademy.com) -- located halfway between Seattle & Portland, owned by Marty & Gila Hayes.


Ruperto Elpusan
April 2, 2006, 12:43 AM
This is a very nice thread. I'd like to learn as much of these schools. I've just received a nice deal on ebay for a 4-day course certificate at Front Sight, worth $1,600, which I got for less than $100.

April 2, 2006, 02:35 AM
Frontsight is a great school. Professional training. I also bought a cheap certificate and attended the 4 day defensive handgun course. The last day of the 4 day handgun course, I bought a membership. I just recently upgraded to a lifetime founder's membership. Whatever classes Front Sight offers now, and whatever they come up with in the future, I'll be able to attend for free. Awesome deal.

April 2, 2006, 09:46 AM
I was told by an LEO that I do judo with that there is a good one in northern Illinois or somewhere in the state. Any one know wich school this is?

Tim Burke
April 2, 2006, 11:05 AM
I've tried not to duplicate any of the previous suggestions.

Itinerant Instruction

Randy Cain (http://www.guntactics.com/)
Louis Awerbuck (http://www.yfainc.com/)
Bill Jeans (http://www.morrigan-consulting.com/)
John Farnam (http://www.defense-training.com/)
Jeff Gonzales (http://www.tridentconcepts.com/index.asp)
Steve Silverman (http://www.f-r-i.com/)

Home Based & Itinerant Instruction Available

Rangemaster (http://www.rangemaster.com/) -Memphis
InSights (http://www.insightstraining.com/) -WA
ITTS (http://www.internationaltactical.com/index.asp) -Los Angeles
LFI (http://www.ayoob.com/) -NH

Fixed Facility

Rogers Shooting School (http://www.rogers-shooting-school.com/) -Ellijay, GA
Mid South (http://www.weaponstraining.com/) - NW MS
Blackwater (http://www.blackwaterusa.com/training/) -NE NC
Valhalla (http://www.valhallatraining.com/) - Montrose, CO

The Pilgrim
April 2, 2006, 05:59 PM

This is where I took a basic safety course and have a range membership. Many law enforcement agencies in the area train here.

April 3, 2006, 11:22 AM
I linked quite a few schools in Texas here:


April 4, 2006, 01:51 PM
For some reason I can't edit my first post so here is the current list by state. Still working on this, hope to get it all updated soon. Keep the schools coming.

Shoot Rite Firearms Acadamey

Front Sight Firearms Training Institute


Yayapai Firearms Academy

Morrigan Consulting

Trident Concepts


International Tactical Training Seminars inc.

Defense Training International, Inc.




Universal Shooting Academy

Roger's Shooting School











American Firearms School



MidSouth Institue of Self-Defense Shooting




Front Sight Firearms Training Institute

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina
Blackwater USA

North Dakota



Thunder Ranch

Firearms Research & Instruction

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tactical Response

Cumberland Tactics

Range Master

Rifles Only




InSights Training Center

Firearms Academy of Seattle

West Virginia



April 5, 2006, 10:51 AM
In Oklahoma:


http://www.tdsatulsa.com/index.php (I believe they are joining USSA)

Be sure and check out my link above for Texas schools. I linked quite a few.

April 5, 2006, 11:26 AM
Red ~

FAS is located in Washington, not Oregon. It is halfway between Seattle & Portland (Portland is the extreme northern border of Oregon; Seattle is slightly north of Washington's midpoint).


April 5, 2006, 02:47 PM
I would also mention the SIgArms Academy in NH, sigarmsacademy.com

April 5, 2006, 05:01 PM
fixed the one, I'll be pulling the suggestions from other links tonight, I'll also ad sigarms tonight.

Capt. Charlie
April 5, 2006, 05:35 PM
Here's one for eastern Ohio, in Jefferson County. Facility's name is S.T.A.R.T.

I have no first hand experience with them, but I do know a couple of the instructors, and they are first rate. Here is their mission statement:

Special Tactics and Rescue Training (S.T.A.R.T.) is a Weapons Training Facility, Target Fabrication, and a Consulting Company Specializing in Special Tactics and Rescue Training in support of Homeland Defense. We are becoming an international global asset. Its founders are Combatant Veterans comprised of Retired Navy Seal, Army 82nd Airborne Soldiers, Green Berets, Pilots, and Law Enforcement Personnel. Special Tactics and Rescue Training is dedicated to expert training of Law Enforcement, Military, and Civilian Agencies. Our purpose is to service our customers in the safest, and most cost effective manner possible. We use the latest training methods from basic self-defense to close quarter's battle. We support the Homeland Defense and believe it STARTs with our United States Citizens.

Web site is http://www.strt.us/

April 7, 2006, 12:05 PM
Seems to me there's a need for one more category: those that travel.

LFI, for instance, probably does more classes outside New Hampshire than they do in-state.


Tim Burke
April 7, 2006, 03:50 PM
I tried to address that here. (http://thefiringline.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1934752&postcount=10)

April 8, 2006, 12:03 AM

April 11, 2006, 10:55 AM
Here is my list of several schools. I put the main instructor next to some of the schools names.

Combat Shooting and Tactics Paul Howe

Practical Firearms Training Pat Goodale

10-8 Consulting

Trident Concepts Jeff Gonzales

Backyard Outfitters

Rogers Shooting School Bill Rogers

EAG Tactical Pat Rogers

ITTS Scott Reitz

Triple Canopy



ATS Tactical



Thunder Ranch Clint Smith

Chapman Academy Ray Chapman

Defense Training International John Farnam

Olive Security (Formerly T.E.E.S) Alan Brosnan

Operational Tactics Stuart Meyers


Rifles Only

PDT David Blinder

SCG International

Sevigny Performance Dave Sevigny

Storm Mountain Training

Strategos International Ken Good

TFTT Max Joseph

Tactical Response James Yeager

TTOS David Scott-Donelan

HSS International

Valhalla Rob Pincus

Viking Tactics Kyle Lamb

Yavapai Firearms Louis Awerbuck

Talon Tactical Mike Benedict

Tactical Waterborne Training

McMillan Sniper School

Practical Shooting Academy Ron Avery

CRTC Bennie Cooley

Crucible/Kroll Kelly Mcann

D&L Sports Dave Lauck

Glock Training

Diamondback Tactical

Team Spartan


Rob Leatham

Matt Burkett

Jerry Barnhart

Walt Rauch

Operational Skills Group

Morrigan Consulting Bill Jeans

Cumberland Tactics Randy Cain

Tac Pro

Insights Training Greg Hamilton


Southern Exposure

Defensive Edge

Khyber Interactive

Control Concepts Jim Walters

Countermeasures Tactical Douglas Pechtel

Outdoor Specialties



Firearms Academy of Seattle Marty Hayes

Lethal Force Institute Massad Ayoob

Options For Personal Security Andy Stanford



Weapons Academy

Frank Garcia

Surefire Institute

Tactical Defense

APT Academy

Range Master Tom Givens

Midwest Training

Critical Reaction Training


ASAA Chuck Taylor

Action Target

Singleton International Phil Singleton

Blauer Tactical Tony Blauer

Center Mass


Security Driver Tony Scotti

Steve Tarani

Linxx Academy Frank Cucci

The Site Hershel Davis

Depot Training

ShivWorks Southnarc

PFC Training

Tactical Shooting

Tactical Security


April 13, 2006, 06:52 AM
Itinerant Instruction

Rayburn Law Enforcement Training - Michael Rayburn

Canadian Academy of Practical Shooting - Dave Young

Both of the above have been guest instructors at

Fixed Facility

Smith & Wesson Academy

I have attended courses at/from all of the above and they were excellent.

Glenn E. Meyer
April 19, 2006, 11:16 AM
I know that Sooner posted a TX list but I want to explicitly point out


Givens was fun and Karl hosts good folk and teaches great classes himself and with his wife Penny.

April 19, 2006, 12:19 PM
Don't forget the Smith and Wesson Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, MA.


May 2, 2006, 01:54 PM
10 April 2006

Mr. William Graves
P.O. Box 14481
Scottsdale, AZ 85267

Re: Sniper School Class 03-05 April 2006

Dear William:

As you may recall, I and three team mates attended the above captioned class. I?m writing you now to provide the collective feedback on our experience.

First let me state that we are not military, law enforcement or private contractors. We took this week away from our businesses and jobs to attend your course, which we funded personally. When you consider tuition, airfare, hotel, etc. the cost was not insignificant! I did a fair amount of research including a thorough reading of your web site and several conversations with you, which I compared against your competition. We had an expectation. Sadly, it was not met.

Overall we are very disappointed in our experience. Let me try to break it down by day:

Sunday ? No clear directions were provided to your unmarked range. We had quite a time finding it! Fortunately we had the good sense to check it out early and were lucky that someone was even there when we arrived. We happened to catch Rick on site.

Monday ? By and large, a waste of time! This course date had to be on your calendar for at least six months. How can there possibly be a conflict?
1. The instructors had a planned start time 11:00 AM. After 2 hours of standing around, we had to leave the range because of a pornographic photo session. Brilliant!
2. The school consistently promises, ?When we say 10 hrs, we mean 10 hrs of instruction.? Also, not only did we not ?shoot low-light EVERY night? we finished the day early without firing a single shot.
3. There was no written syllabus for the course provided. It was clear they were loosely following some ?guideline?.
4. Not one instructor had a spotting scope or even field glasses. This would have greatly facilitated coaching and the zeroing process.
5. Your web-site equipment lists, both required and recommended, need work. Rather than list some neat stuff, please give it some real thought as to what is actually needed and be clear about it!
6. The class size was 20 shooters instead of the usual 12 (more on this later)
7. Insufficient ammunition ? we had reserved and were issued 1,000 rounds in advance. We had go give half back because of the lack of ammo.

Mr. William Graves
10 April 2006
Page 2

One person had sent 1,000 rounds to your school in advance. The ammo was lost until late Wednesday afternoon.
8. More time lost driving to the McMillan site. There we (all 20 of us) suffered through a tour of the already cramped factory. While mildly interesting, that was not the purpose of our trip! The instructors were filling time!
9. The classroom work was done in an equally cramped lunch room. Thad gave the presentation. He is a qualified, knowledgeable presenter, but 20 people had to strain to see a laptop screen. There was no projection device or the obvious Handouts of the presentation. Tiring, boring and disappointing.
10. The Best part of the day was when we attempted to set up our optics. However, this too was frustrating. You did not have enough instructors to properly serve the class (more on this later)! Imagine 20 guys sprawled out in a parking lot trying to gain proper optical alignment with only 3 instructors! Not what we expected or paid for!

As regards the instructors, Rick, Jack, Thad and Harley are all fine Americans who are well qualified and each a very capable instructor in their own right. I particularly like Jack?s style. However, one has to question their overall commitment. I heard repeatedly ?Hey, tell it to William, I?m just a contractor.? They felt, and so they acted, like contractors and it showed. Thad was there only for the classroom and a few hours on the range. Harley was only half time at best as they had him doing things around the range and running errands. So that meant 2.5 instructors for 20 shooters. Not the 1 to 4 you advertised or that the instructors told us was the usual ratio. Also, we are very disappointed that you were not there administering the school and delivering training yourself.

Tuesday ? Again, a planned 11:00 AM start!!!!! Wasted time as we got minimal productive time on the range. More discussions and a painfully slow zeroing session.
Now, this is a Very sore point; the instructors expected us to arrive with Zeroed Weapons. You repeatedly told us Not to zero our weapons. Had we done so we would have had more time to learn and enjoy a more productive experience. You repeatedly told me Not to shoot in advance! A serious breakdown in communications and policy.

With only 2.5 instructors per 20 shooters, we did not get the attention we deserved (at this ratio we received roughly less than half the time a 1 to 4 would have provided). Fortunately, three of us are experienced, but one in my team could have Really used more coaching!

I don?t believe the entire class successfully zeroed weapons this day. And again, 20 shooters could not comfortably fit on the range. Not a productive day, which put us way behind. After a heated group discussion at the end of the day, the instructors reluctantly agreed to start earlier on Wednesday (9:00 AM).

Wednesday - With a 9:00 AM start and minimal conversation, we actually got to shoot some distances. However, with such a large group it was a long and slow march through 100 and 200 yds. By the time we got to the 300-500 yd targets it was late

Mr. William Graves
10 April 2006
Page 3

afternoon and we had to rush to get them all in. Did I mention that the class was understaffed? Little to no coaching as the instructors seemed to be spending their time with a few select shooters. Because we had to rush to get at least the 300-500 targets hit before dark, we never shot longer distances or had time to properly establish dope for the various ranges. This is a major disappointment as doing so was the fundamental purpose for attending the school.

To summarize, this was a good group of guys who improvised, adapted and tried to get the most out of it. This is a testament to the men, not to your school. It does nothing to change the fact that we all feel the school is poorly run and we definitely did not get our moneys worth. I had the impression the school and the quality of your training was important to you. Clearly, you have other interests that take priority. Your sniper school has the potential to be the best of its kind! However, it?s run more like an affectation than an avocation! A full time administrator to oversee training operations, a crack, Dedicated instructor staff, and an uncompromising commitment to quality and customer service can make it the best of its kind! You also need consistency. Not surprisingly, I learned that the previous three classes were as much a cluster-f__k as this one was. I wonder how the McMillan family feels about having their name associated with this.

I will await your response. I?ll be very interested to see, from a customer service perspective, how you address our dissatisfaction. It would be unfortunate if someone asked my opinion of McMillan Sniper School today.


May 4, 2006, 01:25 PM
If you went to the school you should post this as an AAR not as part of the school list.

July 9, 2006, 10:41 AM
Having attended Insights and FAS when I lived in WA State I can speak well of both. They were organized, the instructors were competent, there was no wasted time, and I got what I paid for. Can't ask for more than that.

August 3, 2006, 03:15 PM
Training in the lower part of the state



August 5, 2006, 08:58 PM
Robin Brown trains both at his place in AZ and on the road.

He came to Knoxville in April to present the Integrated Threat Focused Training/Quick Kill and is going to be back the weekend of Oct. 14/15.

Having had the training I can tell you that I thought the material was excellent and Robin made it easy and enjoyable to learn.

You can email Robin at - [email protected]


September 5, 2006, 11:27 PM
I guess it's OK if I throw in a shameless plug here?

In the Four Corners area, try Ross Sporting Goods and Four Corners Firearms Training (http://www.rosssportinggoods.com/1120074.html)

We also travel with our mobile training unit and you can see some student testimonials here: Student Testimonials (http://www.rosssportinggoods.com/1372068.html)

October 22, 2006, 11:55 AM
Central Virginia Tactical


And several courses are offered through Dixie Ammo Dump of Georgia



October 22, 2006, 04:07 PM
I just went through and took my D and G security license classes. I took them at a place called S2 Safety and Intelligence Institute. What an amazing bunch of instructors! They teach everything from basic pistol and self-defense classes to Anti-terrorism, advanced pistol and carbine and also weapon retention and secondary weapon system techniques. Jay Pace, my instructor for both classes could not be any better of a teacher. He spent time in the military and retired from the Largo, Florida Police Department. It was an absolute wonder to spend time with him during the classes. He also teaches Constitutional Law among other things. If you live near the Tampa Florida area and need to take any of these types of classes, go here first. You won't be disappointed, I wasn't.


October 22, 2006, 04:34 PM
I never caught where there was one close to the chicago suburbs? Any one know if there is one around here?

October 23, 2006, 12:11 AM
Wow, this is still up, I'll sit down tommrow and completly update the list with all of your input.

Jason I.

October 23, 2006, 04:44 PM
Ok, I have the list completly updated and organized by state and then alphabatized inside of the states. All the sites suggested by you guys that had working links have been added. I'll post it as soon as I get home from work.

Dog Confetti
October 26, 2006, 11:54 PM
It's not a pure shooting school, and I'm not sure what they offer for civilians, but Gryphon Group MFPC was OUTSTANDING...I cannot overstate how good they are!

Big Don
November 20, 2006, 10:05 PM
Tactical Firearms Training Team was lumped into the (very well done) long list of schools and I want to give Max Joseph an attaboy of my own. I've known Max for a long time, have attended multiple courses he or his hand-picked cadre have taught and have been extremely pleased with all of them. I earned my "Black Shirt" after successfully completing all three levels of handgun training and that is one of my proudest moments. The topper to that was my son, at the age of 16, earning his Black Shirt, the youngest to do so. Max watched him grow up, knew he was safe and skilled with a firearm and that's the only reason he was allowed to take the courses.

Many an LEO has walked away from Handgun Level 1 or 2, mumbling to themselves about the level of training they had received in their academies and how glad they were to be in the TFTT classes.

Max, a former Marine, wanted to bring Gunsite-level training to those of us who couldn't afford to travel to AZ and he met that goal. He will travel to your location if you can make it financially feasible and he's not a greedy man. Check out his web site and read his CV. He's an outstanding trainer and a good man.

Old Sourdough
November 23, 2006, 12:14 AM

November 29, 2006, 02:24 PM
Targets Master Shooting Academy

Patricia Stoneking is the owner of Target Master Shooting Academy and she is very knowledgeable. She is very kind, and very charismatic. She is enthusiast abut getting you to shoot better and help you achieve your standards and higher. I would definately suggest it to everyone. From what I see, most of the owner of the instructor that you requested to recieve lessons from are not the instructors you will see, and I am happy to say that Patricia Stoneking will be right there with you.


Covert Mission
December 13, 2006, 04:18 PM
Pat Goodale's PRACTICAL FIREARMS TRAINING, in W. Virginia (and some classes in MT too) 540/559-4151


Excellent training.

December 26, 2006, 11:33 AM
I found this guy, and he does some great training, as well as tournaments, etc. www.ontargetfirearmstraining.com

I would love to get some feedback on the site as well...


David W
December 31, 2006, 04:18 PM
Hey all, happy new year!
I didn't notice the school I attended years ago (89-90)
Perhaps because its not just a shooting school.
Also, I can tell you that I went through John Farnams training, DTI, and he is an absolute consumate gentleman and one heck of pistol instructor.
I don't know where ESI is on the board anymore, but I know John is first rate.

January 17, 2007, 03:36 PM
this is ABSOLUTELY one kick azz thread..yeah im excited lol


well i already new about the big names, Gunsite, Sig Academy, Thunder Ranch, ..but i just found that another big name place is right here in my home state...Blackwater...heck yeah im tickled ape s***. i wanted to go to the others mentioned but wanted to go some place i could drive to so i could take my own guns and im just not sure of the flying thing and checking them in baggage..i read on a forum where a guy got to his destination but the gun didnt . the Sig academy i thought was prb the closet..but it was still a 15hr drive and i wanted to go to a big name place , not knocking the other places that arent none as well, but i wanted to stick to the ones you see all over the magazines you know what i mean...but now that i know Blackwater is local..im stoked..i would think its a great place or Sig wouldnt have a "Blackwater" model ..now i just need the money ..thats always the hard part darn it lol

this is one great forum!!!!!

January 21, 2007, 10:45 AM
Another east coast one that is now going to be open to civilians is MATR, www.ma-tr.com they bring in respectable instructors and also myself, Erik Lawrence teaches there when requested. Near central WV so easy to reach on the east coast.

February 7, 2007, 01:38 AM
Here's a link to Suarez International. Pretty good curriculum for training.


February 13, 2007, 11:48 PM
Well, I'd like to throw our name into the hat. Being as we are still in the building process, many of you may not have heard of the U.S. Shooting Academy (http://www.usshootingacademy.com) in Tulsa, OK.

USSA is sure to be the most advanced and convenient training location in the country. Our nearly $10 million facility is scheduled for Phase 1 completion in August. We hosted the 2006 USPSA Open/Production Nationals while we were only 20% completed, and this is what some of the attendees had to say:

"I'm sure we're going to be coming back here for years to come."
"It will probably be the premiere shooting facility in the country...probably the world."
- Angus Hobdell

"It's a comfortable place to shoot...with a good team of experienced individuals."
- Dave Sevigny

"The ranges are everything a shooter dreams about."
"There's been nothing quite like it anywhere in the world."
- Julie Goloski

"This facility is probably the nicest we've ever been to in the country [and] when it's done, there won't be anything like it that I've ever been to."
"A facility that you could shoot practically every different discipline at...a center point for the shooting world."
- Rob Leatham

"This is one of the most incredible places that I've seen built..."
"It's on a scale that's larger than most people can imagine."
-Todd Jarrett

"The range sets a new standard."
"Much better range than anything out there that I've been to."
-Travis Tomasie

"WOW! In the 12 years I've been covering the USPSA competitions, I've never seen an endeavor of this magnitude."
"There's nothing like this in North America...or the world."
"Hands down, even at 20% of Phase 1...this place blows every other National level facility that we've been to completely off the map."
-John Scoutten, Producer-Shooting USA

Come see for yourself. Classes start March 19th!

Phil Strader
Director of Facilities and Competitions
[email protected]

February 14, 2007, 12:12 AM
Just wanted to toss in a thumbs up for Jim Jacob's school, mentioned by Old Sourdough above. Good people there, and solid training.


March 18, 2007, 11:07 AM
In Jersey City, New Jersey:


Charles S
March 18, 2007, 11:56 AM
If you are in North West Louisiana I will highly recommend Mr. Jerry Miculek.

Home Based & Itinerant Instruction Available

Bang Inc - Mr. Jerry Miculek and Kay Clark Miculek


Well organized classes with a dynamic instructor.

March 18, 2007, 12:01 PM
just saying but wouldnt schools like that technically be perfect for terrorists wanting to get trained but not willing to go to palestine? Like IRA terrorists could go to the US, do that course and then be a good sniper?

March 20, 2007, 09:57 PM
I really appreciate you guys for posting those links. Now I know my options where to study firing.

Musket Cap Nipple (http://www.who-sells-it.com/cy/midwayusa-inc-1854/blackpowder-guns-accessories-7633.html) - Download the Blackpowder Guns & Accessories Catalog by MidwayUSA, Inc

April 4, 2007, 11:36 AM
I heartily endorse TDI. I've taken many of their courses over the last 4 years, several of them more than once. The instructors are all first rate, and the student/teacher ratio insures plenty of personal attention by multiple instructors. They are serious, but can manage to laugh at themselves.

The classes are well organized, there is no wasted time. Since I am running out of classes to take at TDI I am glad to find this forum and this list of professional tactical training schools. It is time to diversify my training.

I will attend a private tactical carbine class with Pat Goodale (in WV) on 4/21-22 and then back to TDI for their extreme close quarters class on 5/26-27. I have heard good things about Pat's training also. I will let you know how it goes.

April 21, 2007, 09:40 AM
Here is one I found.


There work out of Firepower in Matthews, even advertise for them on the website.

I bought my Sig P229 from Firepower, they are good people.

The Basic Handgun class is $75
The CCW class is $120

The other classes (to include tactical classes) you have to contact the school.

April 23, 2007, 10:43 AM
I just returned from a two day tactical rifle class taught by Pat Goodale of Practical Firearms Training in Alderson WV. http://www.pgpft.com/info.htm

This was a private class with only 10 students, and as such each of us received a lot of personal attention.

The first morning was lecture in the classroom, including demonstration of positions and various techniques for moving into and out of position, plus the function and use of a tactical rifle. It was a lot to absorb, but Pat supplies you with a detailed outline that serves to refresh your memory when you review the material. The afternoon started off with equipment checks and zeroing, follwed by several shooting drills.

Day two was the meat of the course, with a lot of movement to contact drills, conventional and unconventional shooting postions, use of cover, shooting on the move, moving targets, and combinations of all of these techniques.

Overall I found this class extremely useful and enjoyable, and overall challenging. I have taken other tactical courses before, so a lot of the material was familiar to me, but plenty of it was different than that I learned in the past. It is good to have different perpectives on how to solve the same problem, and then choose that which suits the individual best.

One of the most important lessons I learned was just how quickly ones skills deteriate without constant practice. My training budget has dropped significantly over the last 2-3 years, and while I shoot semi-regularly, I have not practiced many skills I had acquired at considerable expense, and have therefore lost the edge I once had. I know my shooting sessions must become more frequent and better planned to retain training, rather than simple fun shooting.

Pat is a no nonsense guy, but he works to make the class enjoyable as he puts you through some occasonally grueling workouts (at least for out of shape 50 somethings).

I know I will return to PFT, and I reccomend it to anyone, regardless of their former level of training.

May 16, 2007, 11:25 AM
Fire Institute ( http://www.fireinstitute.org/index.html ), operates in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region (they don't have a fixed training location, although many of their classes are held at the Pitcairn Monroeville Sportsmen's Club, ( http://www.pmsconline.com/ ). Took a one-day handgun class there, was very impressed. Prices tend to be reasonable, too.

June 27, 2007, 09:37 PM
Folks we are a mobile training team, you have a range we can travel to it. Worldwide. Our website is www.lmsdefense.com
We offer a wide range of classes from some really great instructors. We look forward to seeing you in classes.

Yancey Harrington
LMS Defense

August 14, 2007, 03:34 PM
I'll second the reco of TDI (Tactical Defense Institute in OH) upthread, but I note that their website was not listed. Heah'tis:

TDI (http://tdiohio.com)

I've taken Handgun Lvs I-V there (taking VI in Oct), as well as Integrated Impact Weapons, Defensive Knife, and Field Emergency Medicine.

January 16, 2008, 07:58 PM
Innovative Tactical Concepts, LLC for those in Indiana. Actually, we are traveling across the US this year so look for us near you!

February 1, 2008, 06:37 AM
are there any training centers in wisconsin??? i dont really have the time/money for travel expenses...be nice if there was one even a couple hours away

February 1, 2008, 02:35 PM
Quick question - on the Wednesday Night on the Range, they had one of the schools that had developed a "hunting training" course. I thought it was Frontsite, but there is nothing about it on their site.

Anyone know what I am talking about??

February 15, 2008, 12:43 PM
Hello everyone. I am the owner of Professional Marksmen Inc. and we specialize in Long Range Rifle instruction. We have 450 acres with a 1000 yard Known Distance Range, 1800 yard Unknown Distance Range, and a Tactical Shooting Area. We instruct all shooters, regardless of their experience and profession. Every day at the Neighbor Range Complex is a good day. We hope to see you sometime soon.

Here is a link to our February Newsletter:http://www.professionalmarksmen.com/newsletters/monthlynewsletter.pdf

April 5, 2008, 08:52 PM
Here's a good one in CO


Its a gun shop on half of it and a training school on the other half of the building.

They also run a whole lot more classes than the website shows.


June 19, 2008, 10:14 PM
I have experienced numerous training exercises/courses at Presidio Defense (Upstate SC). Excellent instruction, good guys.

Their web site is: http://presidiodefense.com/

July 10, 2008, 01:43 AM
http://www.vickerstactical.com . Great courses, great instruction.

Stone Cold
July 23, 2008, 09:06 PM
Tactical Defense Institute - West Union, Ohio

Great facilities, live fire houses, LEO instructors. John Brennan is well thought of among LE.

December 20, 2008, 05:20 AM
Thanks every one ! Me and my son going there,we're from VIet Nam.I'm looking for good school for my son.This is a very nice thread. I'd like to learn as much of these schools.Every one have a good weekend 1

January 20, 2009, 10:12 AM
Hi Everyone,

My name is Chris Fry and I am the owner/operator of Modern Defensive Training Systems, LLC located in Upstate NY. Currently we utilize several local ranges & classrooms and our Mobile Training Team has conducted classes in NY, NJ, PA, CT, NV, FL, TN, MS, MA, NH and CAN.

Here is a downloadable PDF of our brochure for anyone interested or who might find themselves in NY:

Stop by the website if you get a chance to see what we have to offer.

Chris Fry

February 14, 2009, 01:24 PM
South Florida


February 22, 2009, 09:39 PM
Any in SW Colorado?

February 23, 2009, 10:19 AM
Here's one in the Colorado Springs Area.



March 15, 2009, 12:52 AM
I saw that HSS International was listed on the front page of the Training Schools thread. I attended a 4 or 5 day HSS tactical medic school a few years ago and was very dissapointed. It seemed very half-a$$ed. Time management was poor, instruction was poor, facilities were also poor. The instructors were obviously knowlegable in their professions (tactical medics from Mil/ LE), but they were not very good at instructing.

On the other hand I am happy to recommend the International School of Tactical Medicine:


It's my understanding that these folks are what was once the Heckler and Koch Training Division. They offer a two week Basic and Advanced Tactical Medicine course in Palm Springs, CA. I have nothing but possitive things to say about them. The courses were extremely organized. The instructors were very knowledgable in their fields and could actually instruct well to boot (imagine that;):D). The instructors come from varying backgrounds including tactical law enforcement, military special operations, and the medical field (trauma surgeons).

The course is a combination of live fire range with pistol and submachinegun, simunition/ airsoft scenarios, classroom and lab, etc. One of the excellent aspects of the course was the student body. The students had a diversified background including ER docs, SWAT cops, SF soldiers, SEAL, firefighters, private sector ambulance, military contractors, etc. This provided a great way to trade styles, ideas, and contact information between the students.

As you can tell by the title, the courses are very mission specific for medics of one kind or another. It's not a general weapons type school but if you're looking for this type of training I doubt there is much better in the world.

May 12, 2009, 02:48 PM
Winchester, Virginia

Golden Seal Enterprises - Executive Security & Training Services.

www.goldensealenterprises.com (http://www.goldensealenterprises.com/)

GSE offers a full range of firearms, NRA, CCW, PPS and VA DCJS courses.

GSE was founded in 1992 and is a veteran owned, small business that operates out of Winchester, Virginia

VA Department of Criminal Justice Services #11-5343 | #88-1476

May 22, 2009, 10:17 PM
Check out my Facility, I will be offering a discount to anyone who mentions this forum! www.GunForHire.com

Be Safe


Big Don
May 27, 2009, 01:20 PM
Check out FPF Training (http://www.fpftraining.com/) in Virginia. John Murphy is the owner/lead instructor. A former Marine who knows his stuff and knows how to teach it. You won't be disappointed.

June 3, 2009, 10:22 PM
I'll be conducting another Service Rifle Clinic at the Weston County Sportsman Club, Newcastle WY on June 20th 2009.

If interested PM me for more information.

Executive Solution
June 12, 2009, 11:44 AM
Hi Guys,

Florida Firearms Training. (Florida)
Our indoor Courses are held at the Delray Shooting Center in Delray Beach Florida. We also use multiple outdoor facilities around the state as well as internationally for certain classes. We will also “come to you”, (in most cases) if you have a facility for us to conduct on-range and classroom courses.

We have 4 full time instructors with an additional 6 "on call" instructors. All of which are NRA / State or Military certified. Individual qualifications include a variety of disciplines from Law Enforcement, Military, Contractor / Operator, Security, Rifle, Carbine, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection, Home Firearm Safety, Close Quarter Combat, Urban Survival etc. Most have first hand experience in the field whether it is military, contract, Law Enforcement or security / protection detail roles.

We offer regularly scheduled Concealed Weapons Classes, Pistol, Rifle and Shotgun, marine and home defense classes. These include introduction, intermediate and advanced courses......Please see our website for more info.

Will Farrugia
954 298 9103
[email protected]

August 23, 2009, 02:13 PM
Force Training Systems (http://www.forcetrainingsystems.com/)
CCW Certification

September 22, 2009, 04:50 PM
Hello, We would like to introduce ourselves. We are Thor Global Defense Group. Our Main Facility is located at 1206 KNESEK LANE, VAN BUREN AR. We have a wide variety of ranges, classes, and weapons to choose from. We have several rifle bays, one strictly for RND and company use. We do have several ranges open to the public ranging for our 40m sub machine gun pistol bay out to our 2 mile long range. Currently we are constructing a 2 story shoothouse and a 360 degree shoot bay designed for PSD training. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us at 479-474-3434 or check us out online at www.THORGDG.com. We also have Several different Tactical Training and Security Classes

We currently offer:

* Civilian Firearm and Self Defense Training
* Military Training
* Law Enforcement/Police Training
* Security Professional Training
* Armorer Training

THORGDG is the first security company in the world that offers there own line of weapons. Our line ranges from our TR-15 Tactical carbine, (which is used by our security teams) to our THOR NEMISES .50cal BMG. We also have our own line of .408 .338 and .308 rifles.(call for pricing and availability).

September 23, 2009, 12:35 PM
I'm a police instructor in the UK (see my profile). I will teach anyone who will employ me how to shoot their weapon, and, more importantly, when.

Just ask!

9 Micky Mouse
September 24, 2009, 08:22 PM
This guy is good to go!


[edit: "This guy" is 9 Micky Mouse.]

September 29, 2009, 11:02 AM
We are a Firearms Training School here in Central CA. We teach pretty much all around the country in one form or another.

If you are interested check out our newly revamped website. If you want to host a school please email us for details at [email protected]


Trident Firearms Academy, LLC (http://www.tridentfirearmsacademy.com)

October 8, 2009, 01:10 PM
Its great to see all these training sites listed, BUT has anyone actually attended FrontSight's 4-day defensive handgun course? They are offering the course currently for $300. Is it worth the money?

October 12, 2009, 11:22 PM
i am trying to find a class to become an instructor for ccw/cpl in south eastern michigan if anyone has any info can u please email me at [email protected] this is something that i really would like to do any help would be very much appricated


Big Don
October 13, 2009, 10:56 AM
Muleskinner: I have not attended but I shoot competition matches with a number of people who have attended and every one of them feel the money was well spent and they'd go back without hesitation. That help?
Check out www.tftt.com to see if any classes will be offered in your area. Outstanding training and you don't have to travel to Nevada.

October 19, 2009, 09:39 AM
I teach for Defensive Concepts North Carolina (http://defensiveconceptsnc.com) a self defense training company based in the Charlotte, NC metro area. We teach primarily in Charlotte, Carthage, and Fayetteville/FT. Bragg but will travel to any location that has a safe range for us to teach on.

All Defensive Concepts instructors are NRA certified instructors and military veterans. All three instructors are also certified to teach the NC Concealed Carry Handgun Permit course. Other instructor certifications possessed include: lowlight instructor, less lethal munitions, and police defensive tactics. More information on our instructors can be found here (http://defensiveconceptsnc.com/about.html)

While we do some police and military training; our focus is on training members of the concerned citizen community. We offer training in pistol, shotgun, carbine, unarmed self defense, and other vital skills. Please take a look around our site and see if something interests you.



October 31, 2009, 12:01 PM
In Arkansas contact me at [email protected]

November 4, 2009, 11:18 AM
I am out of NC but am an MTT. Mac


November 6, 2009, 10:43 AM
THOR Global Defense Group ( www.thorgdg.com (http://www.thorgdg.com) ) offers Arkansas Concealed Carry (http://www.thorgdg.com/training-courses/ccw), Tactical Training ( Pistol (http://www.thorgdg.com/training-courses/tactical-pistol), Carbine (http://www.thorgdg.com/training-courses/tactical-carbine), Submachine Gun (http://www.thorgdg.com/training-courses/tactical-submachine-gun), Executive Protection (http://www.thorgdg.com/training-courses/executive-protection), etc.,) and others

November 9, 2009, 01:01 PM
I just finished (last night) Dynamic Carbine 1 & 2 from Magpul Dynamics. Chris Costa, Travis Haley and Mike Lamb were outstanding instructors. I intend to go to the Advanced Dynamic Carbine class that they will be here for in March.

November 11, 2009, 01:40 PM
Alabama Defensive Pistol Academy

Matt Sims

November 14, 2009, 09:34 PM
Can anyone recommend a school in Vegas? Friend of mine is looking to learn to shoot and is a complete newb.

Big Don
November 17, 2009, 07:25 PM
Front Sight is there in Pahrump; can't much closer than that for quality training. http://www.frontsight.com/index.asp

Ohio Shooting Sports
December 9, 2009, 05:30 PM
2010 will be a big year in Central Ohio for comprehensive training for Personal Defense and Competition. Ohio Shooting Sports is offering 3 learning tracks - Firearm Instruction, Unarmed Combatives for Personal Defense and Advanced IDPA & USPSA courses. Feel free to stop by our web site at http://www.OhioShootingSports.com for more information. Our first three winter classes in 2010 will be lead by Brian LaMaster of Innovative Tactical Concepts: Home Defense, Knife Defense and Unarmed Combatives. Our firearm classes will start in April and run through November. All classes will be held in the Central Ohio area. Stop by our web site to see our schedule and register for one of our upcoming classes. We look forward to hearing from you!!

Michael Craig
Chief Firearms Instructor
Ohio Shooting Sports, Ltd.

December 13, 2009, 05:02 PM
I am an instructor for this business an I thought I'd pimp the business a little bit. We have several upcoming training classes in a variety of topics.

We primarily teach L.E. Sniper courses, but have branched out in several areas of firearms. We can travel to you if necessary. Here's the links for the L.E. and the Civilian sites. E-mail us with any questions at:

[email protected]



Also check out my other listing on this forum for used ONCE FIRED .308 brass for sale.

Concealed Carry KY
January 25, 2010, 01:50 AM
Anyone interested in getting their concealed carry permit for Kentucky (CCDW KY), please visit us at concealedcarryky.com

For more information visit us at concealedcarryky.com or E-mail us at [email protected]

January 26, 2010, 02:10 AM
Jeff Jolly is an instructor and the founder of SHOTS Ranch.

Too many courses to list here.
Suffice to say you will find something you are interested in.
Hand to Hand
Edged Weapons

Wes Doss is our lead instructor at SHOTS Ranch (http://www.shotsranch.com) but we have several top notch, well respected instructors.

Classes are in Arizona at SHOTS Ranch.

For a full course listing go to www.shotsranch.com/full-course-list.shtml (http://www.shotsranch.com/full-course-list.shtml)

You can sign up today.


February 14, 2010, 02:50 PM
I received my ccw about 2 years ago and had an amazing instructor by the name of Jerry McCowen. He teaches a class at GCC and is a well known instructor at Gunsite.He was extremely knowledgable about firearms and has an extensive law enforcement background

Now on the other hand My wife recently toor a course with one Rick Barkett, and he did not do any training during the the range time and allowed zero practice shoting. all she was allowed to do was stand in front of a target 10 yards away and take her 10 shots. He did not meet the state standards and was very short and rude to the participants, especially the female participants. He is from ADFT @ www.azccw.com. To anyone looking to take a courses do not use this instructor.

April 29, 2010, 04:18 PM
It is opening in 2011 in Nebraska.


April 29, 2010, 05:52 PM
Where is the "final" list by state please?

May 31, 2010, 10:40 PM
We have formed a company consisting of current POST certified LE firearms instructors in San Jose. We currently teach at the San Jose Police Academy and Evergreen (South Bay). We are now teaching outside of the PD's and educating private citizens in the fine art of defensive firearms. We will be holding Pistol, Shotgun and Carbine classes at Metcalf a couple times a month. We are developing Force on Force classes using a shoothouse and Airsoft. Contact me by PM or email us at [email protected] or check out our website at www.WestCoastTacticalTraining.com. Our beginner classes run approximately $150 with intermediate and advanced courses around $200.

July 27, 2010, 02:39 PM

stone cobra
August 5, 2010, 02:48 PM
Stone Cobra Tactical Inc. (SCT) was established in Northern California in 2007 and is now located in Sutter County at the base of the Sutter Buttes which is approximately 30 miles North of Sacramento, Ca.

Stone Cobra Tactical Inc, is a business which provides tactical training (home defense, personal protection, Armored vehicle deployment, personal and team tactics) along with basic, intermediate and advanced firearms training, for law enforcement, military, as well as for civilians.

Our concept is "We train to standards, not to time". There are very few business's like this and the ones that are in existence either 1. Teach out dated material or 2. Don’t have enough one on one training time with the student. Our competitive advantage is that we are up to date with current tactics due to our experience and current assignments and we keep class sizes limited to at least one instructor per five students on the firing line in order to give the student what they paid for........"TRAINING".

The founders of SCT have a broad background in tactical training and firearms. All of our Cadre are P.O.S.T. certified instructors and are currently Law Enforcement Officers assigned to their departments SWAT Team or have been SWAT Operators in the past or have previous Military Spec Ops experience. All of this invaluable experience, gives Stone Cobra Tactical Inc. the leading edge when it comes to tactics and firearms training.


August 15, 2010, 11:21 PM
Weapons Training School, John Popke

September 27, 2010, 12:47 AM
K-Force Vanguard (http://www.kforcevanguard.com) is a professional firearms training academy in the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona. All of the instructors are active-duty police officers, detectives, and prosecutors, along with U.S. military personnel (including special forces). In addition, the instructors are certified in a number of different areas: DPS, NRA, and AZ POST. Come train with those who live what is taught.

Some of the courses they teach are as follows:

Arizona Concealed Carry (CCW Permit)
I.M.P.A.C.T.T. (simulated firearms training and personal defense)
Defensive Tactical Pistol
Personal Protection Outside the Home
Personal Protection Inside the Home
Basic Pistol
Basic Shotgun
Basic Rifle
Refuse To Be A Victim

Phone: 480-347-8969
Website: http://www.kforcevanguard.com
Email: [email protected]
Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phoenix-AZ/K-Force-Vanguard/372536378172


*Shane F. Krauser (Professor of Criminal & Constitutional Law; Attorney (Prosecutor); DPS and NRA certified)
*Justin D. Henry (U.S. Army Calvary Scout/Platoon Sergeant; recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, etc.; DPS and NRA certified)
*Al Richard (Phoenix Police Detective; AZ Post certified instructor)
*Giovanny Minera (Phoenix Police Detective; AZ Post certified instructor)
*Jeff Chapman (Former Gilbert Police Officer; Current Farmington, NM Police Officer)
*Mike Arthur (Former U.S. Army Ranger; recipient of the Bronze Star; DPS and NRA certified)
*Steve Playford (Former U.S. Army - retired colonel; DPS and NRA certified)
*E. Paul Whetten (DPS and NRA certified)

November 14, 2010, 07:17 PM
The Academy for High Threat Protective Studies


New school with some great training courses comming up for fiscial year 2011, school is based in Villard Mn and in Minneapolis MN.

December 4, 2010, 09:40 AM

NRA, Broome County Concealed Carry, Florida CC, Ladies Only, Night Fire, Basic, Novice and Advanced Handgun, Pistol, Rifle. Private State of the Art Tactical Firearms Training Facility.


December 13, 2010, 10:05 AM
Proactive Shooters, LLC
9702 Gayton Road, Suite 185
Richmond, Va. 23238

Website - www.proactiveshooters.com
Email - [email protected]

Fidelity Academy
December 22, 2010, 07:56 PM

We are Fidelity Investigative Training Academy in Chicago, Illinois. We are a State of Illinois licensed training facility for private security and private investigative personnel, in unarmed and armed disciplines. We also provide the Chicago Firearms Permit Course and various NRA firearms courses.

May 9, 2011, 10:11 PM
West Michigan's newest tactical training group focuses on professionally training to a standard. Our shooting instructors are former US Marine Corps infantrymen with Special Operations Capable training, and are L.E. or NRA certified and insured.

We aim to deliver the widest variety of courses possible at the best possible price. Both instructors truly love teaching, and find that educating students to defend themselves and survive dangerous situations to be a noble task.

We offer courses covering the following topics: Advanced CCW / Combat Handgun, Basic and Advanced Carbine Techniques, Precision Rifle, Force-on-Force Simulation, Night Vision Operator, Survival Skills, and more.

See our website at www.conditionzerotraining.com

May 18, 2011, 07:35 PM



If you knew you were going to be involved in a gun fight, would you go into it unprepared? Of course you wouldn’t. You would seek out the best techniques and learn them. You would then practice, just like an athlete going into the big game. Except this is not a game, this is life or death.

Our Law Enforcement Certified Fireams Instructors are offering Firearms Training, Safety, Home Defense, Street Survival, Self-Defense, Maritime Security & Defense, Civilian Specific Courses and Close Protection. We teach various tactics and techniques to Public and Private Law Enforcement Officers and civilians alike. Our seasoned instructors are active and former Police SWAT and Military Certified Firearms Instructors. This means we were taught how to teach this information by either the NRA Law Enforcement Activities Division, FDLE or other federal, state and or local agencies. All instructors are recognized by the State of Florida as Police Certified. This makes us confident that if we train Police, we can train you!

Beacon Brass
June 6, 2011, 06:32 PM
Gun for Hire
75 Rutgers St.
Belleville, NJ

Beacon Brass
June 6, 2011, 06:35 PM
MAG (Massad Ayoob Group)
Live Oak, FL and Just about every other state!

Occam's Razor
July 4, 2011, 12:24 PM
MGTS - Machine Gun Tours

Allen Samuels Firearms Training Group

Former and current LE, military, and Specialized Operations folks who provide "reality based" pistol / rifle / shotgun, and CCW training in the Denver, CO area.

Call MGTS for info at (303) 993-8361 or visit their website at


August 31, 2011, 08:16 AM
Equip 2 Conceal Firearms Group. They currently train in 4 states, Florida, Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin.

www.equip2conceal.com or call 1-866-371-6111

October 2, 2011, 12:04 PM
Training courses to obtain your Oregon CHL. Two types of courses are offered, traditional face to face training, typically delivered individually or to small groups, and now an on-line training course offered at a very competitive rate (I am more interested in helping people to get their CHL than making fat profits!).

or-chl.com (http://or-chl.com/)

October 9, 2011, 07:43 AM
As many (or all) of you might know, the state dept. and most cities treat guns like nuclear bombs. If you want a MA Class A LTC ($5 legal term there) you need to complete the basic course at a registered institution.

If you live near Framingham/Natick, check out http://www.massfirearmsschool.com/

You can get a Utah (cradle of the 1911!) license to carry which includes a lotta other states too:


Don't know if this has been posted previously, but you need all the help you can get near Boston.

October 11, 2011, 03:10 PM
Frederick Shooting Instruction
www shooting mentor com

CTA Trainers
November 3, 2011, 07:44 PM
CTA Trainers in PA.


Gray Ops 1*
November 11, 2011, 07:23 PM
I'd like to introduce Gray Ops Firearms Specialty Training, Inc. We are located in the Sacramento, California area. Since the unexpected closer of Stone Cobra Tactical, (June 2011) by owner Jason Paletta several Instructors got together to continue our passion for sharing safe firearms handling and maintaining a Tactical Edge for our clients.

"Gray Ops FireArms Specialty Training 1*” (Gray Ops) is defining new teaching standards, which reflect a high caliber of expertise, organization, and professionalism.

We at Gray Ops work extremely hard to bring you the most up to date and real life firearms training available in the present day to improve your skills. "We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training."

Gray Ops was founded out of a strong desire to provide tremendously practical firearms training as it relates to our current real world situations and environments. Our courses are not administrative in nature; they are specifically designed to place individuals and teams under the type of duress that closely simulates the stress of real-world confrontations.

Gray Ops training team is required to maintain a “show you” capability; not anything required of the students will fall outside of the following sequence:
– Tell You – Show You – Allow You – Evaluate Performance – Repeat –

Our courses have been designed for the beginner, intermediate, advanced, and highly developed operators, not those wishing to simply check the box for another certificate.

Our courses are designed to impart a genuine capability to those who intend to bring the data, concepts, tactics and training methodologies back to their respective departments, teams, and protective operations.

Those attending training should arrive mentally prepared to receive new concepts. They should be prepared to give them a fair evaluation and demonstrate a strong spirit to apply them during the practical training blocks.

Gray Ops team members serve as instructors, mentors, and will always strive to maintain a positive outlook.

Gordon W. Gray
Company Commander - Lead Instructor
(209) 479-3145

Stronghold Training
December 5, 2011, 02:53 PM
Stronghold Firearm Training has a 6 square mile private range capable of 1 mile long shots. We regularly teach Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun classes from basic to advanced levels. We have the largest and most versatile training grounds in California. The range is located in Cabazon Ca near morongo casino. Check out our website. www.strongholdarms.com or call us if you have any questions, 951-77-SHOOT

December 8, 2011, 07:46 PM
These are my favorites:

- Seven 4 Para www.seven4para.com
tactics, simunition, ies use of force simulator, cqt range and more

New Hampshire
- Sig Arms Academy www.sigsaueracademy.com/
- pistol, tactics, carbine...awesome facility and great staff

North Carolina
- US Training www.ustraining.com
awesome facility...its like a disney land for gun lovers

December 8, 2011, 09:50 PM
Check out Lucy Creek Arms, on Highway 281 about 5 miles north of Lampasas, Texas. http://www.lucycreekarms.com

The owner is quite knowledgeable about firearms and tactical fighting. He spent 25 years working DEA drug interdiction in Central America, and has provided combat training to SWAT teams, military and police personnel, bodyguards and many others.

January 16, 2012, 02:59 AM
If you are considering doing business with Lucy Creek Arms I suggest you do a quick google of "lucy creek arms reviews" and read HOW HORRIBLE this man is. He is a fraud---- has stolen from so so many people especially those in the military community. Please be careful!

February 12, 2012, 07:46 PM
have to agree with the above poster....I wrote a report of my dealings with this Tim Miller character, owner of Lucy Creek Arms, on ripoffreport.com. Stay away!!! I am glad my credit card company did a chargeback almost 10 months after the initial transaction. $2500 is nothing to sneeze at.

December 27, 2012, 03:31 PM
Here is a link to the Fulcrum Tactical Training schedule!


Email them at [email protected] to set up classes, ask questions and anything else you need.

Train like you fight so you will fight like your train!

Stay safe everyone!

January 7, 2013, 11:17 PM
Anyone been here? http://udrange.com/

Looking for something around the St. Louis area.

Rob Pincus
January 8, 2013, 01:33 AM
The latest Combat Focus Shooting course calendar can be found here:

Combat Focus Shooting (http://www.combatfocusshooting.com)

The list of my courses, specifically, is here:

I.C.E. Training Website Calendar (http://www.icetraining.us/calendar.html)

Also, I have lowered round counts and tuition for all of 2013, based on the recent run on ammo and dramatic increases in cost.


Liberty Suppressors
January 17, 2013, 03:30 PM
Liberty Defensive Firearms Training in Trenton, Georgia


June 3, 2013, 04:33 PM
Definitely good advice to avoid Lucy Creek Arms and its owner. I am out $1300 in stupid tax I will probably never see again thanks to the crook. I wish I had seen these warnings before hand. I sent money order, which has never been an issue with a brick and mortar place. The DA says I am approved for restitution.........I hope they get some money out of him, but I have a feeling I will never see that that money again.

buzz riley
June 30, 2013, 05:36 PM
Firearms training and custom gunsmithing in Russell, KY


July 23, 2013, 12:01 PM
Firearm as well as non-firearm training available. www.hotbrass.org

July 25, 2013, 11:46 AM
WE HAVE ONE OBJECTIVE AT PULSE O2DA (http://www.pulsefirearmstraining.com) - to teach our clients the gun fighting skills necessary to win the fight of their lives.


I am a principle and the chief instructor and I happy to answer all questions directly.

Contact us at [email protected] or contact me directly - [email protected]

Fixed Sight Training
August 1, 2013, 01:13 PM
We are located at a private outdoor range a few minutes east of the Denver area. Our Basic/ CCW pistol class is about 4 hrs long including 2.5 to 3 hours shooting with plenty of one on one. No extra range or park fees and the entire class is taught at the range.

I have loader pistols available if you need at not extra cost.

I don't teach the spetsnaz attack but you will be amazed at how fast and accurately you will be able to shoot by the end of the class and since we shoot at least 100 rounds you will begin learning the muscle memory and good habits that are necessary to handling a pistol or revolver safely.

Classes every Saturday am and private lessons available on your schedule.


August 1, 2013, 08:23 PM
There will be a sanctioned CMP-GSM Clinic/Match at Newcastle WY

9 AM Aug 17 (the CMP Upcoming events has it listed as Aug 16, but its really Sat. Aug 17).

Cost is $5 (range fee) for none WCSC & Upton Gun Club members.

PM me for further info and directions to the range.

NOTE: After the match a practice Vintage Sniper match will be conducted for anyone wanting practice for the upcoming Cody CMG Grand and Vintage Sniper Match.

August 13, 2013, 07:47 PM
Looking for some Ohio firearm training classes, anyone know where I can find um, I'm about a 30 hour from Cleveland


August 16, 2013, 06:59 AM
I know of two that are reliable.
1. Blackwing.
Blackwing has a pretty good reputation. When I went through training with the Franklin Co. Sheriff Office I talked with the deputy who handles all the CCW permits in Franklin Co and he checks most of the CCW programs out, (physically visits the sites), Blackwing is one of the few that seems to have a pretty good program.
2. Bob Coffman in Cardington, OH, retired Columbus PD officer also has a very good reputation and teaches a 1 day class on his property.

I would be very particular in choosing a CCW training facility or individuals that advertises basic or advanced CCW classes. There are a number of them, at least in Central OH, that are not qualified to teach. Just because they have an NRA certification doesn't mean they know how to teach a class.

November 16, 2013, 01:32 PM
I've been to Frontsight plenty of times. The training there is very good for beginners and experienced alike. I also want to take some of Travis Haley's classes and some of the ones you guys are sharing. Thanks

Red Dot Arms
November 24, 2013, 07:35 PM
We are doing a really good job here in Northern Illinois. Teaching various CCW classes. We to our training at two private ranges and do all lot of holster work in our PPOTH classes. Our head instructor is also the head instructor for a huge local police force.


March 25, 2014, 03:13 PM
Red River West Outdoor Firearms Training Facility
Gainesville, TX 76240

April 30, 2014, 01:57 PM
This last weekend I had the opportunity to shoot with Jamison Yoder of TPArms. I would recommend any of his courses to beginners or the experienced shooter! He's an extremely nice guy and has experience as an X sniper so he knows what he's talking about. He also builds custom rifles that consistently shoot one hole. I plan on having him build me a rifle! Check them out, nothing but good things to say about them!

March 18, 2015, 01:40 PM
Connecticut now has a firearms and personal defense facility and school open to the public. Live fire shoot house and range, simulation area, classroom and more.

www.king33training.com (http://www.king33training.com)

King 33 Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/king33llc)
King 33 YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfWagBpDs-cUA1eYEOHIkrw)

King 33
75 Aircraft Road
Southington, CT 06489
info (at) king33training [dot] com

March 18, 2015, 08:08 PM
Cornered Cat LLC (that's me -- aka Kathy Jackson) offers defensive handgun and instructor development classes to women and men across the country.



TPC Training
July 31, 2015, 06:01 PM
Thank you for having us on your forum!

The Tactical Performance Center is dedicated to improving the tactical performance of those who use firearms. We use expert instructors and cutting edge methodology, scientific measurement tools and programs, video analysis in certain applications and equipment that supports our training methodology and helps increase performance in vital areas. You can be assured that your training experience will be second to none.

We believe that proper training demands honest and objective testing and measurement. This, combined with expert, laser directed training and equipment, will lead to a higher level of skill and performance.

You will be able to increase your performance dramatically and quickly. From there, you can continue to compare your skills, using our TPC Measurement, against the best in the world and be able to see if your training program is working or needs to change.

We believe we offer a more advanced level of performance training that will get you to your goals faster than any other system in use today.


Read more about our company here.

If you have any questions please email [email protected] ([email protected])
or visit our website at www.tacticalperformancecenter.com (www.tacticalperformancecenter.com)

Keep an eye out for our latest training classes!

TPC Training
November 14, 2015, 11:09 AM
Are you ready to set up your training schedule for 2016? TPC has the first six months of 2016 ready to book. Our classes represent the peak of performance and defensive shooting skills. There are new classes for beginners and extremely advanced shooters, and we have various levels of competition classes for USPSA and 3 Gun shooters.

For more info on classes view our other threads, or just visit the TPC website at

View the complete schedule here


May 4, 2017, 05:46 PM
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