Ever notice that the firearms training facilities reviewed in the gun rags are always out in California, Arizona, Nevada or some other far-away place? (Why are there so many training facilities in California anyway? Their gun laws would have made Josef Stalin proud.) But never fear, you've got a lot of good options right here in and around our fair Commonwealth.
All additions and comments are greatly appreciated. One thing though -- when I say training, I mean something beyond the regular NRA safety and personal protection courses. So while I welcome all submissions, please keep in mind that if the courses offered are nothing more than the aforementioned or extensions thereof, they probably won't make it to this page. Thanks.
Last update: November 1999
Comtac Firearms Training Center. Based out of Silver Spring, Maryland but they also hold classes at the Warrior Ridge Training Center out of Bedford county in Pennsylvania. They offer handgun, rifle, shotgun and tactics courses. For some good commentaries and reviews of Comtac courses, please check out Todd Louis Green's Calibers Page.
Firearms Research and Training, Inc.. FRI is based out of Abington, Maryland but they also venture up to Pennsylvania occasionally for classes. They currently only have handgun courses listed on their web site, but I expect more to be put up soon. The page also has some nice features like the cartoon of the month.
Did you know that the National Tactical Invitational is held annually in Pennsylvania? This event provides people with access to seminars by premier instructors from all over the nation.
On a lesser scale, Gunsite and the Lethal Force Institute hold occasional classes at West Shore Sportsmen's Club in Harrisburg. Contact West Shore for more information (contact info to follow).
Storm Mountain is a facility located in New Creek, West Virginia. They offer handgun, carbine, shotgun, unarmed, edged weapon, submachine gun, rifle, sniper, tactics and rappelling classes.
Blackwater Lodge is based out of Camden county, North Carolina. Offerings include handgun, shotgun and rifle courses.
Tactical Defense Institute is located in Adams county, Ohio. Course offerings include handgun, shotgun, submachine gun, rifle, close quarters, concealed carry and partner defense.
The Gung Ho Chuan Association, spearheaded by Bob Kasper/"Jim Grover", is based out of Fredericksburg, Virginia and Howell, New Jersey. This site is under construction but has some good information.
Pennsylvania Firearms Development Corp. doesn't have a web site, but you can e-mail them here.
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