Jul 112016

Massad Ayoob on RangeI Just spent the last 4 days with Massad Ayoob in Greeley Colorado. One of my friends Hershell Phillips from Centerfire Training asked me if I would be an RSO (Range Safety Officer) for the event and of course I said yes. We had about 23 shooters in 20 hours of range time at Great Guns in 2 days.

Massad Ayoob is a firearms and self-defense instructor. He has taught police techniques and civilian self-defense to both law enforcement officers and private citizens in numerous venues since 1974. He was the director of the Lethal Force Institute (LFI) in Concord, New Hampshire from 1981 to 2009, and now directs the Massad Ayoob Group (MAG). Massad has appeared as an expert witness in many trials. He has served as a part-time police officer in New Hampshire since 1972 and holds the rank of Captain in the Grantham, New Hampshire police department. He currently is the author of approximately 20 books on the subject and writes for several of the top gun magazines in the country. For almost 30 years, there was only one training center where the private citizens could get the same level of training as police academies or law schools – or higher – in what the criminal justice system calls “Judicious use of Deadly Force”

The Class MAG-20 Armed Citizen’s Judicial use of Lethal Force is a two day twenty hour immersion course in the use of the defensive handgun under extreme stress. Each student shot approximately 500 rounds learned proper draw from concealment, two-handed stances, shooting from cover, one-handed stances with either hand, speed reloading, and more are taught with an overall emphasis on fast, accurate shot placement. The course ended with a police-style qualification course.

It was everything Hershell promised and more, at the end of the second day I got to qualify with the class and I shot the course. 60 rounds-timed in 5 stages, different stances, distances, and hand holds out to 45 feet. I shot a 90% with no warm up or practice. Stop by my class room and see the IPSC Target signed by Massad himself.

The next two days was the Mag-20 immersion course in rules of engagement for armed law-abiding private citizens, emphasizing legal issues, tactical issues, and aftermath management. Topics included interacting with suspects, witnesses, responding police officers, threat recognition and mind-set, management of social and psychological aftermath after having had to use lethal force in defense of self or others and preparing beforehand for legal repercussions and minimizing exposure to them. Situations in the home, at the place of business, or “on the street” were all covered,

Mag-40 Class

After the exam Sunday night and the final goodbyes to new friends and graduates of the Mag-40 class. I shook Mas’s hand and headed for home.  This was bar-none  the best training I have ever been involved in. Massad comes to Colorado at least once a year. I will try to keep everyone informed of his next visit. You will not want to miss it.


Dec 142013

u.s.virtual training center

U.S. Virtual Training Center

Left the house about 7 am today and stopped at my favorite watering hole to pick up a coffee mocha to go. While I was waiting, I was reading an article about how RCBS  got started way back in the day and was thinking about how exciting it is to start a new business (been there done that “BTDT”) and the American entrepreneurial spirit that is still alive in our country today. My friends, Dennis Stroh and Jeff Grissom from Colorado Springs, are just those kind of entrepreneurs. Dennis called me and said, “We just got our virtual training simulator up and running in Colorado Springs, and we want you to come up and test it out.” I go back a long way with these guys, we all became certified firearms instructors with the NRA at the same time and have continued to train and communicate on many firearms matters over the years. I was a little nervous as this is the kind of training cops and military do all the time, but me, I’m a paper target guy. Sure I understand it all, and yes, I can shoot, but can I put it all together and not make a fool out of myself in the process? Got there in about 40 minutes as it’s right off I-25 and Circle and these guys were ready to rock.

Virtual Training here I come…….

I walked in, the staff knew I was coming, and I began reading through the normal paperwork and rules you would expect at any shooting facility. Dennis and I became Chief Range Safety Officers together and all this stuff was old hat. Dennis asked me to clear my carry weapon in the barrel provided, and we were off to a virtual training room. The place is laid out really nice, and they did a great job with the interior finish. As I walked into the virtual training room and Dennis shut the door behind us, I knew I was going to be in for a treat. Being a computer buff and web programmer, Dennis knew I wanted to see “the brain” so we looked at the scenarios and options before we started. The handguns are CO2 driven and have recoil from the operational slide. The laser hits the target, the screen sees it, and you can tell the computer whether or not to show you the hits. The people on the virtual training screen talk to you and you can talk back – with some options about the language they use just like movie ratings PG—-R if you get my drift. Anyone that knows me knows that PG was not my choice. I want this to be realistic and this dirtbag is not going to say “yes, sir and no, ma’am”.

We ran through a lot of scenarios such as armed robberies, bank robberies, domestic violence, and just plain malcontent zombies with weapons. The one time I really realized I did not know what I was doing was when I put 6 rounds center mass with not much effect and realized that the guy was wearing a vest so I finished him with a headshot. Between scenarios, Dennis was able to show me a video of my reactions and what I did during the scenario. At one point when I went over to the counter to chat, I could feel my heart pumping and I was breathing a little harder. Moving from cover to cover, loading, and talking to the bad guy all has to be coordinated. There are things you just don’t think about until you BTDT. I ran both pistols and shotguns and asked to try the revolver at one point. I am an old wheel gun guy from way back so I took a position and Dennis started the scenario. A dirtbag steps out with a full auto weapon and I say, SH#T, I’m outgunned.

Virtual Training saves Ears and AMMO

This is the most fun you can have with your clothes on and not worry about any lawsuits. Would I go back? You bet!! Would it have been today? You bet! This is great training for all and there are about 500 scenarios that can be run. Once you have done it, all your apprehension is gone. U.S. Virtual Training Center is the bomb! Anyone that wants to go let me know and I’ll set it up. The virtual training center is now out of business.

Aug 192012

firearms training pueblo coloradoFirearms Training

Firearms Training in Pueblo, Colorado varies from instructor to instructor, but with NRA instruction your firearms training class should be structured by the NRA and these classes should be very similar from one class to another. The NRA Firearms Training programs are the same in every state because they do not discuss the local laws and regulations. They teach firearms training from the same book and it is all structured so that you learn all the concepts that they teach.

Firearms Training from the best…

Most people will tell you that the experience they had with NRA programs of Firearms Training is great. The structure and method of how the NRA puts on these firearms training programs is wonderful, and you won’t find a finer group of Certified Instructors to handle them for you.


Name: NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course

Short Description: Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.

More Details: This course is at least 8-hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. Students learn NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; pistol parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; range rules; shooting from the bench rest position, and two handed standing positions; cleaning the pistol, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, take a Basics of Pistol Shooting Student Examination, and course completion certificate. 


Name: NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course

Short Description: Teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to the safe and efficient use of a handgun for protection of self and family, and to provide information on the law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense.

More Details: This is an eight-hour course. Students should expect to shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition. Students will learn basic defensive shooting skills, strategies for home safety and responding to a violent confrontation, firearms and the law, how to choose a handgun for self-defense, and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection In The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, and course completion certificate. NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home course is for law-abiding adult citizens, as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law, and experienced shooters (shooters able to show mastery of the basic skills of safe gun handling, shooting a group, zeroing the firearm, and cleaning the firearm) to maximize what can be learned from this course. Proof of shooting experience can be one of the following: NRA Basic Pistol Course Certificate, NRA FIRST Steps Course Certificate, NRA pistol competitive shooting qualification card, military DD 214 with pistol qualification, or passing the Pre-Course Assessment.

These Firearms Training classes are available at various times during the year.  Let us know that you are interested in an NRA Firearms Training class and we will let you know when our next class time and date will be.



Jun 072012

Firearm Safety Training

Firearm Safety Training Pueblo Colorado

Choosing the correct firearm safety training in Pueblo Colorado is very simple.  Find a trainer that has some good credentials and experience with the firearms you are intending to be trained on. Colorado has no Handgun Safety Certificate Program like California and you are not required to have this gun safety training to buy a firearm.

Firearm safety training is the process of learning the standard safety rules and then applying them to the handling of different types of guns in different situations. Hunter Safety is required in Colorado to hunt but it’s not the same thing as gun safety. Learning how to handle firearms safely is a must if you are going to own or buy a gun. It’s always a good idea to learn something about the laws and regulations of the state you live in.

Safety training for handguns and shotguns of all types are very popular right now. People want to learn how to handle these types of firearms in their homes safely for home defense.  Safe knowledgeable individuals want to learn how to shoot these firearms and maintain them so that they work correctly when needed. Small or private classes can be arranged on your schedule.

Safety Training required to get a concealed carry permit

Colorado’s concealed carry permit law requires that you have a certificate of gun safety training. This qualifies you for your concealed carry permit. Concealed carry instructors will give you the necessary firearms safety training to get your concealed carry permit.  Schedule your training with Have Gun Will Train Colorado, times and dates are available so you can plan your training around your busy schedule. If a time or date you desire is not available just fill out the request and we will see if we can schedule a class for you.