Firearms Training

Private Instruction...

Individuals needing instruction on the safe use of firearms, self defense use of firearms, or just needing information can call the range to set up a time to meet a certified firearms instructor for a class.   Owning a firearm is not necessary, we have several for you to use for your class.  We get lots of requests for training from people who have had an incident that opened their eyes to the need to own a gun.  Most have tons of questions about what gun to get, what ammo to buy, how to carry, how to use, and when to use.  We tell them to hold up on buying anything until they get some time with an instructor who will let them try several different types of guns, helping them figure out what they need and answering all their questions.

I see shooters here all the time who bring a spouse or daughter to the range for an introduction to a gun they bought for them just to find out that it doesn't fit their hand, is too powerful for them to control, or too complicated for a novice to use under stress.  They often leave here mad at each other or disappointed with their purchase.  An investment in instruction is a wise decision. 

A class is normally a one on one situation that lasts at least 2 hours and is held privately on a range.  Classes in firearms instruction are like swimming or tennis lessons in that you won't learn it all in a single class.  Get a block of instruction then practice what you have been shown until you can get another class; building on what you learned from the last one.  We crawl and then walk before we run. 

In a first class, the student will get the basics of firearm safety, its care, manipulations, and marksmanship basics.  Most shoot at least 100 rounds of ammo performing shooting drills.  After your class, you should be able to...

  • make an informed decision on what gun to buy or use for your intended purposes.

  • know how to load and unload your firearm and clear a jam or malfunction getting it back into action.

  • how to use the firearm to make holes in what you are aiming at.

  • know how to carry it concealed, including where you can and can't carry it.

  • know how to clean it; what products work best for cleaning and protecting it.

  • Know how to safely store it at home; protecting others from its misuse.  

    Call 205-568-0320 for info or to schedule time with Pete Buchwalter, our instructor.

Retired Officer APOSTC certification...
We are happy to provide retired law enforcement officers needing to perform an annual APOSTC firearms qualification with that opportunity.  Our APOSTC certified firearms instructor will run you through the course and help you complete the paperwork necessary to comply with the national retired officer concealed carry law.  The fee is $25 and requires an appointment.  To set yours up, call the range at 205-744-2600.

Private Security Firearms Training and Qualification...
Private security firms with armed posts may have their personnel trained and qualified by certified firearms instructors here at the range.  We have conducted qualification services for more than a dozen security agencies in the area. 

Our instructor for this service is an Alabama Security Regulatory Board (ASRB) licensed Trainer 2.  As such, he is qualified and certified to provide firearms training that complies with the ASRB mandated requirements.  The fee is a flat $50 plus ammo and a target.  The training session usually takes about 2 hours and upon completion, a ASRB firearms training compliance document will be given.  A recertification (required annually) is only 2 hours long.


Our Lead Instructor has been certified as a FBI Police Firearms Instructor, NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, NRA Tactical Firearms Instructor, Law Enforcement Patrol Rifle Instructor, APOSTC Firearms Instructor, GSA Firearms Instructor and is currently serving the law enforcement agency he worked for as their Firearms Instructor.  He has certifications from many schools including United States Armed Forces Army Military Police SWAT School, Marksman's Enterprises Carbine Operator, Regional Counterdrug Training Academy (RCTA) Urban Operations, RCTA Physical Surveillance, RCTA Undercover Operations, RCTA Interview and Interrogations, USPSA Range Officer, IDPA Range Officer and many more.   When needed, he is available to assist your agency with its firearms training activities.

The service is affordable, conducted in a professional manner, court defensible, and held at the finest facility in Alabama.  The class room can accommodate up to 24 students at a time.  The firing line easily runs relays of 12 at a time.  We have conducted firearm transition and qualification classes, patrol carbine familiarization and qualification classes, remedial firearms training classes, and shotgun familiarization and qualification classes in addition to the ASRB qualification. 

Call the range at 205-744-2600 for more info on this service.

Law Enforcement Training...
We provide this facility at no cost to law enforcement agencies needing a place to train and qualify their officers.  All target stands, range props and classroom are available free of charge.  The range use by civilians makes this service possible.  The facility has 7 ranges; one of which is our training range.  Scheduling is on a first come basis.  Call to reserve a range for your agency at 205-744-2600. 

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