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2016 - 17 TRAINING

Thank you for your interest in our training. All our live fire is conducted outdoors; therefore, our classes are held only from April through October and are concluded for 2016. We expect to have the 2017 class dates posted by early December. The 2017 course descriptions and their cost can be found on the "Courses by Chuck Taylor (ASAA)" and "Courses by Massad Ayoob (MAG)" pages. The "Overview and Staff” page provides a short explanation as to who we are and why we believe the classes we offer are both more appropriate and effective than other ones available. Additional training information can also be found on the "Reference Material" page and that on the location of the range, required equipment, etc. can be found on the "Frequently Asked Questions" page.

To enroll in a course follow the instructions on the "Course Enrollment Form" page. Once we receive your application, we will forward specific information on the class, directions, etc. Connecticut placed severe restrictions on the ownership of firearms and magazines. Out of state students usually are allowed to bring their handguns to CT to attend our courses but not magazines with more than a 10 round capacity. We have a limited number of loaner magazines available for Glock 17 & 19, M&P 9, XD 9 & 45 and/or these handguns available as loaners.

We are looking to relocate to a more gun friendly state in the future. This does not mean we are abandoning the cliental or range that have supported us over the past two decades and a selective number of courses will always be offered in CT. If you live in the southeast (KY, TN, GA, NC, SC, etc.) and know of an outdoor  range that is suitable for the type of shooting we teach; that has a classroom, restrooms a covered shooting area and which can be rented on a regular basis let us know about it or have them contact us. It must be within an hour's drive of a population center large enough to provide students but a little on the rural side. Tornados sort of scare us so if they are common in your area don't call. Obviously there are other considerations, such as how restrictive the gun carry laws are but those are easy for us to research.


Military Discounts - All individual active duty members of the Military and National Guard receive a 25% discount on all training classes in Connecticut.

ASAA/MAG Discount - We firmly believe that anyone who owns a handgun for self-defense needs the training provided by both ASAA's 3 Day Defensive Handgun Course and MAG/40. As attending these two classes in the same season is not inexpensive, if you do we will deduct $100 from the total tuition. We also offer a special 7-day version of the two at an even greater savings. Details are on the Ayoob page.

Refresher Courses - ASAA, LFI and MAG graduates who would like to brush up their current skills can repeat a class they have graduated from (classes must be 2 or more days and Tactical Handgun Seminars are excluded) for half price. The catch is we may put you to work helping out in target changes and/or helping a class member learn a specific technique and no certificate is issued.



Neither of the following thoughts are of our creation, the first is by Robert Heinlein the second author unknown, both are hard to disagree with. This is not a political site but we do advocate for the right to keep and bear arms.

Why Vote!

Robert Heinlein was generally considered the greatest American science fiction writers of the twentieth century. Very left wing in his early politics he evolved into a "classic liberal"/libertarian in later life. He was very much a Patriot and most of his stories had a conservative (by today's definition) bend though some are definitely very politically incorrect (as are Mark Twains) by today's standards with the later ones pushing the limits on the accepted standards of the day. Many stories also carried short "bits of wisdoms" that illustrated his views on life. Part of his advice on voting ran:

If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for

but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.


On Not Voting!

Some Republicans have stated they won't vote for Trump - their party's nominee. Maybe they should put some things in perspective:

Justice Scalia's seat is vacant  -  Ginsberg is 82 years old  -  Kennedy is 79  -  Breyer is 77  -  Thomas is 67.

The data shows that the average age of a Supreme Court retirement or death occurs after 75.

These are 5 vacancies that will likely come up over the next 4-8 years. The next President will have the power to potentially create a 7-2 Supreme Court skewed in their ideology. Think about that...7-2. If the next President appoints 5 young justices, that will guarantee control of the Supreme Court for an entire generation. And 7-2 decisions will hold up much more over time than 5-4 decisions which are viewed as lacking in mandate.

Hillary has made it clear she will use the Supreme Court to go after the 2nd Amendment. She has literally said that the Supreme Court was wrong in its Heller decision stating that the Court should overturn and remove the individual right to keep and bear arms. Period. She also wants to continue and expand on Obama's immigration, economic and social policies and is already on the record as saying that Obama "would make a great Supreme Court Justice. If Hillary Clinton wins and gets to make these appointments -  you likely will never see another conservative victory at the Supreme Court level for the rest of your life --- Ever.

Remember Romney? Three million conservatives who had voted for McCain didn't vote for Romney....and the result was four additional years of B.H. Obama. This election is not just a choice between unpopular candidates but whether the country remains one based on personal choice and freedom or one turned into a socialist paradise like Venezuela !


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