Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you recommend an NRA course, as opposed to private instruction, before taking one of your tactical courses?

This is actually an excellent question. Private instruction can give you many benefits, but it's expensive. For this reason we think you will actually get better dollar value training by taking a basic course to establish a foundation. Once you have established a foundation, you will have a better idea of what your goals should be in private instruction, making that time more cost effective for you in the long run.

Why don't you list your course prices on your web site?

There are many factors that go into pricing a course. Where will the course be held? How many instructors will be involved? How many students? What is the cost per student for training materials? Who is supplying the ammunition? And so on, and so on...

Because of this the course cost may change as the overhead for conducting that course changes. If we have to rent a range to conduct live fire training, the costs go up. If you hold a class at your club, and supply the classroom and range facilities, the costs go down. Because of the instability of the economy, we can not predict what our overhead for the course will be until we schedule the course, and even at that we're guessing much of the time.

The exception to this is our private instruction, which lists the standard fees and conditions for private instruction.

I try to keep my costs down by reloading my own ammunition. You said you try to keep your costs reasonable, so why can't I use my reloaded ammunition?

In a word, safety. Factory loaded ammunition uses new cases and other components. The process is generally automated, and powder measures are controlled. There are various points in the manufacturing process that involve inspections of the components, equipment, and end product to ensure consistency, uniformity, accuracy, and, of course, safety.

Your reloads may be perfectly safe. Then again, they may not. There is no way to know for sure. Did you accidentally double the powder charge? Did you accidentally forget to load a powder charge? Was the projectile put in backwards? Was there a crack in the casing that you didn't see in the reloading process? If you're chuckling to yourself, consider this: these are all examples that we have actually seen with reloaded ammunition.

In short, we do not allow reloads, even commercially remanufactured reloads. We use factory ammunition, and we do it to ensure your safety.

Is there a difference between a Massachusetts Approved Course, and a regular NRA Course?

No, there isn't. The only difference is that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will not accept your NRA Course unless it is taught by an NRA instructor on their "Approved Instructor" list.

Do you really expect me to believe that you will send me to one of your competitors for training?

If we can not accommodate your training needs, we definitely will recommend one of our competitors, and we'll even give you their phone number.

As our mission statement says, one of our primary purposes is to encourage and support safety and proficiency. We would rather see you go to one of our competitors, as opposed to going without training.

Having said that, not all instructors are created equally, and we will only refer you to an instructor that meets our exacting standards. Luckily, there are several in the area that we would feel very comfortable sending you to.

Oh, and we do not get a "referral fee". In fact, the only thing we get is the satisfaction of knowing that we've sent you to a competent instructor.

You said all instructors are not created equally. Can you tell me who the bad ones are so I can avoid them?

No. First of all, there are many different teaching styles, and just because we don't agree with how another instructor does business does not necessarily mean he or she is doing it wrong. It just doesn't meet our standard.

Also, just because we don't recommend someone doesn't necessarily mean that they are a bad instructor. It only means that we may not be familiar with them or their teaching style. It is impossible to know all of the instructors out there.

We simply can not go around saying that "so-and-so" isn't a good instructor. It's not good business, and there are legal considerations as well.

That said, there are several instructors in the area that we are familiar with, and whom we would feel very comfortable recommending.

Is Pepper Spray training available to anyone, or just law enforcement?

We offer a papper spray training course for civilians (non-law enforcment), and a pepper spray certification course for law enforcement.

Most of the information is identical. The civilian course does not cover arrest issues, and law enforcement use of force. It is a basic safety awareness and self defense oriented class. Other than the removeal of law enforcement specific topics, the civilian course is the exact same training that you would get in a law enforcement class.

I am interested in a career in Law Enforcement and would like to start working towards that goal. Since I plan to go into Law Enforcement as a career, could I take one of your law enforcement classes?

The short answer is no.

The reason for this is that often times the courses are restricted by federal or state laws, and just as often the courses contain materials that pertain specifically to law enforcement officers. Although the general public may not realize it, much of the use of force training in law enforcement is guided by court case decisions that put specific restrictions and conditions on law enforcement use of force. Another issue is that our courses for law enforcement generally follow scenario based situations that go through to arrest - and the legal restrictions that accompany arrest - something that the average citizen does not normally deal with.

I am a security guard, can I take a Law Enforcement course?

Generally no, but not always no. It depends on your security position.

The basic rule that we apply is "statutory powers of arrest". If you have statutory powers of arrest, such as a federal security officer, military security officer, or a jail guard with arrest powers, you will likely be approved for participation in one of our Law Enforcement courses.

If you do not have statutory powers of arrest, such as a private contract security officer, you will not be able to attend one of our Law Enforcement courses.

I recently took one of your classes and received a certificate of attendance. A friend of mine took a course and got a certificate of completion. Is there a difference?

The difference between a certificate of attendance, and a certificate of completion is actually quite simple. If the course does not have a written or practical exam requiement we issue a certificate of attendance. If you are required to pass a written and/or practical test of some kind, you will receive a certificate of completion. Assuming that you pass the test, of course.

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