Firearms Training Near New Bedford, MA
Hi, thanks for your interest in taking a firearm safety course at Salomon Firearms Training, LLC (SFT). My name is Pierre Salomon, and will be the firearms instructor conducting your upcoming course. This passage serves to answer any questions you may have beforehand:
The state of MA requires that you take a firearm safety course before you can apply for a License To Carry (LTC) or Firearms Identification Card (FIDC). So we offer 4 types of firearm courses at SFT. 1- National Rifle Association (NRA) student classes with a specific program that provide the certificates you need to apply for your LTC/FIDC. 2- NRA Firearm Instructor Courses. 3- SFT classes designed for those who just want to shoot for fun with family, friends, & coworkers at the range. 4- Tactical classes for advanced/experienced shooters who want to increase their skill and accuracy.
NRA courses are broken down into 2 parts, a classroom session & a range session. In class you will learn a set curriculum, and then afterwards you will apply what you learned at the range. Once you successfully complete the NRA course, you then take your certificates to your local police department and apply there. NRA certificates are good for life, nationwide, & satisfy training mandates for most cities/states. If you’d like to join the NRA or extend your expiring membership, click on this link for discounted rates. https://membership.nrahq.org/forms/signup.asp?campaignid=XI029484
If you want to get your LTC/FIDC, the 1st class you need to take is the “NRA Home Firearm Safety Course”. HFS is a 5 hour course that is a basic introduction and general overview of the variety of firearms that exist. It covers the NRA organization, safety rules & procedures, firearm components, loading & unloading, malfunctions, cartridge components, firearms maintenance, responsible ownership, proper storage of firearms & ammunition, range rules & regulations, and MA laws regulating firearms.
Firearms included in this training session are, semi-automatic pistols, single/double action revolvers, lever/bolt/semi/bullpup action rifles, and break/pump/semi-automatic action shotguns. Caliber sizes included are .22LR, 9mm, .38sp, .40, .45, .357, .500, 5.56, 7.62, .410 & 12 gauge shotgun ammo.
All of our firearm courses include live fire at the range, and a large variety/inventory of firearms. Our costs includes all the guns, ammo, & training equipment needed. You don’t need to bring anything, just yourself, family, & a few friends! 🙂 Also, if you get a group of 10 or more, we can hold a private course at a location of your choosing. Whether it’s your work place, or an event hall, the cost is still the same. We don’t charge you extra! **Military, EMT, Fire, <18yrs = 20% off**
Course Descriptions & Prerequisites
NRA Firearm Courses
RTBAV is a 4 hour course on crime prevention & personal safety program designed for the entire family, to provide citizens with information and skills that assists them in the development & implementation of their personal safety strategies. Seminar covers mental preparedness, levels of awareness, home security & defense plans, personal safety habits & skills for safe living, common characteristics & psychology of criminal predators, ways to identify & avoid potentially dangerous situations, discussing & mitigating various risks with school aged children (K – college), personal/physical/automobile/travel/workplace/technological security, security risks for senior citizens & persons with physical disabilities, domestic violence & stalking, firearms training, and personal protection devices. Remember, the first and single most important step to safety is, REFUSING TO BE A VICTIM!!
Prerequisites – None
HFS is a 5 hour basic introduction & general overview of the variety of firearms that exist. Its purpose is to teach students the basic knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary for the safe handling of firearms & ammunition in the home. HFS covers NRA organization, safety rules & procedures, firearm components, loading & unloading, malfunctions, cartridge components, firearms maintenance, responsible ownership, child/family safety, proper storage of firearms & ammunition, range rules & regulations, and MA laws regulating firearms. Firearms included in this training are revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, break/pump/semi action shotguns, & bolt/lever/semi/bullpup action rifles. Caliber sizes range from .22 – 7.62. Course provides certificates to apply for LTC/FIDC.
Prerequisites – None
BPS is a 8 hour course focused only on single/double action revolvers & semi-automatic pistols. It covers in detail, reasons to own different types of handguns, parts & operations, disassembly & reassembly, pistol cleaning, fundamentals of pistol shooting (sight alignment, sight picture, breath control, hold control, trigger control/reset, follow through), shooting one hand, scoring targets, shooting techniques & positions, stoppages & malfunctions (failure to feed, double feed, stove pipe), and competitive shooting programs. Caliber sizes include .22, 9mm, or .38 Special. You must pass the written & shooting exams, to receive certification. Course provides certificates to apply for LTC/FIDC.
Prerequisites – Any safety course & Handgun shooting experience
PPITH is an 8 hour course for experienced shooters who have mastered basic firearm safety rules & pistol handling skills. Course teaches the safe & efficient use of handguns in protection of self/family, and provides legal information on citizens’ rights to self-defense (stand your ground & duty to retreat). PPITH discusses responsible & ethical use of deadly force when facing imminent life threatening situations, mental/emotional preparation & self-awareness, training for stress & realistic physical encounters, never give up mindset, cover & concealment, responding to & confronting a violent intruder/assailant, emotional/legal aftermath, strategies for home safety, defensive shooting skills & accuracy, psychological reactions (fight, flight, freeze, posture, submit), physiological reactions (loss of fine motor skills, tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, time dilation, adrenaline rush). Students shoot 100 rounds.
Prerequisites – NRA HFS, NRA BPS
BRS is an 8 hour in-depth introduction to rifles that covers in detail safety practices, different types of rifles & reasons to own each, rifle components & operations, loading & unloading, malfunctions & stoppages, cartridge components, assembly & disassembly, rifle maintenance, fundamentals of rifle shooting (sight alignment, sight picture, breath control, hold control, trigger control & reset, follow through), various shooting techniques & positions, optics, grouping & zeroing your shots, adjusting sights, and CQC. Rifles included in this training session are bolt action, lever action, semi-automatic, and bullpup action. Caliber sizes range from .22 – 7.62. You must pass the shooting & written exams, to receive NRA certification. Course provides certificates to apply for FIDC.
Prerequisites – None
PPOTH is a 14 hour course for shooters who possess defensive pistol skills presented in NRA PPITH. PPOTH informs citizens on the safe, responsible, & ethical use of a concealed handgun for self-defense outside, in protection of self/family/friend/stranger. Course provides in-depth legal information on the lawful use of deadly force when facing imminent life-threatening situations, and exercising mature & legal judgement (Stand Your Ground vs. Duty To Retreat). PPOTH teaches avoiding dangerous confrontations, mental preparation & levels of awareness, hard vs. soft target, principles of carrying concealed (concealment, access, retention, comfort), different types of holsters/purses/vests/jackets & their levels of retention, pros/cons of holsters & their positioning, techniques for controlling & responding to a perilous encounter outside the home, holding a violent attacker at gun point, what to do if you must shoot, emotional/legal aftermath of a defensive shooting (civil vs. criminal vs. social consequences). Students will drill advanced shooting techniques & skills of, safely drawing/presenting a loaded concealed handgun & reholstering, speed & tactical reloading, clearing stoppages & malfunctions, shooting from standing/kneeling/squatting positions, engaging 2 targets, shooting strong hand only, point shooting, shooting from the hip, shooting behind or moving to low/high barricades, turning left/right 90/180 degrees to target & shooting, shooting moving forward & rearward, & shooting under low light conditions. Students shoot 215 rounds.
Prerequisites – NRA PPITH
BSS is a 10 hour comprehensive overview of the variety of shotguns that exist, teaching the knowledge, skills, & attitude necessary for safe & proper use of shotguns. Students learn rules & procedures for safe gun handling, shotgun parts & operations, loading & unloading, stoppages & malfunctions, assembly & disassembly, shotshell components, shot size (birdshot, buckshot, slug), gauge & length, gun cleaning, shooting fundamentals (stance, form, hold point, mount, see target, swing, pull trigger, follow through), choke tubes (full, modified, improved cylinder), shot patterns, patterning a shotgun, range rules & layouts, range commands, trap & skeet course of fire, shooting moving/straight away/angled targets. Shotguns included in this training are hinge, pump, & semiautomatic action. You must pass the shooting & written exams, to receive NRA certification. Course provides certificates to apply for FIDC.
Prerequisites – None
RSO is a 9 hour course for experienced shooters who want to become a firearms instructor, work at a range/gun store/club, or manage shooting sport events. RSO candidates will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities, events, & range operations. Course covers intensely, the roles & responsibilities of an RSO, purpose of range SOPs & their content, general range safety rules, administrative rules, procedures for inspecting indoor & outdoor ranges, conducting a range safety briefing & its content, range layouts & limits, range commands, emergency procedures, command presence, leadership skills/traits, aiding shooters with firearm stoppages & malfunctions. RSO credentials are critical because often times shooters are restricted from outdoor ranges without having an RSO present. Being an RSO negates that obstacle & also serves as bargaining chips when negotiating with ranges for use of their facilities, for teaching classes. Lastly, RSO makes a great addition to your resume, highlighting your maturity, leadership, and management skills. *Competence, safety oriented mind & attitude, supplemented with deep attention to detail are the foundations of this course.*
Prerequisites – NRA HFS/BPS/BRS/BSS or Equivalent Training
CRSO is a 14 hour course that develops the skills essential to training & supervising NRA Range Safety Officers (RSO); and teaches the creation & implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for various facility types and grounds. CRSOs are able to teach the RSO course, certify individuals as RSOs, and assume overall responsibility for the safe handling & shooting of firearms on range property as outlined by the SOP. Course covers the roles/duties of the CRSO, elements of a good SOP, ways to limit civil & criminal liability, ensuring emergency procedures/equipment/rehearsals are in place and effective, range inspections, safety briefings, range operations, eating/smoking/drinking/hygiene guidelines, range limitations, shooting activities/events, and monitoring safety on & off the firing line. Instructor Candidates (IC) will demonstrate organizational and teaching skills via participation in practical exercises & complete a written exam. IC will receive RSO lesson plans, student packet, & PowerPoint.
Prerequisites – NRA RSO
SFT Firearm Courses
IPRS is a 90 minute private session for those wanting to shoot at the range, want to try out a pistol/rifle they are considering purchasing, or have already gotten certified and just want some additional practice to improve their accuracy. IPRS covers the basics of pistol/rifle shooting, and consist of 1 pistol or rifle of your choice, of any caliber. IPRS is great for shooting just for fun with family/friends/coworkers, birthday celebrations, date nights, business/corporate festivities, group events, surprises, and bachelor/ette parties.
Prerequisites – None
SRPS is part of SABRE’s Civilian Safety Awareness/College Safety program. SRDS covers various methods to maintain your personal safety in & outside your home, levels of awareness, detecting & avoiding dangerous encounters with violent criminals, how to discourage dangerous threats, use of SABRE’s pepper sprays & numerous other products developed to maximize personal safety. This is a great course for those who are not yet ready to use a firearm & want protection at a safe distance, or want to supplement their current use of force options & strategies. SRDS specifically teaches how to properly aim & deploy OC, effects of OC sprays, patterns of movement, spray types & patterns, formulations, criteria for selection, MA laws of self defense, ethical use, & proper storage. Course can be tailored specifically for the college campus lifestyle/environment where teens are especially vulnerable & face unique hazardous situations. Our world is increasingly growing volatile; don’t be the next victim you see on the news. Take charge of your safety, and discover how to control & negotiate dangerous situations. “Be Smart- Be Ready- Be Safe!”
Prerequisites – None
SFT-Combatives is our hand to hand combat program inspired by the Army’s own MACP program, developed from extensive experience on the modern day battlefield. SFT-C bridges together martial arts training, firearms training, pepper spray training, & military CQC tactics. It’s truly a unique program because it consists of realistic training designed simply for survival, weaving together disciplines that are usually studied & mastered separately. Relative to MMA, SFT-C incorporates various martial arts concentrations, controlling the distance in a fight, weapon retention/presentation, ground grappling, engaging multiple attackers, knife fighting, calisthenics, & outdoor exercises. By fusing elements of different fighting styles, SFT-C molds the ultimate warrior. Our program is rich in military heritage, and its ultimate purpose is to instill the courage & willingness to close the distance with the enemy. So if you are serious about enhancing your life through growth on & off the mats, willing to challenge yourself physically, mentally, & emotionally; our program is right for you.
Prerequisites – High level of motivation!
FM is course that educates shooters in detail on how to properly clean & maintain their inventory of firearms. Firearms are only as useful, reliable, and functional, as the hours put in their upkeep and maintenance. FM trains to a military standard, covering required materials, cleaning procedures, pros and cons of different cleaning methods & cleaning kits, proper lubrication, and inspection. Students can bring their own firearms from home, or may select from our large inventory.
Prerequisites – NRA HFS or Equivalent Training
This course educates Military, Law Enforcement, and Security Personnel legally authorized to use force, how to properly & effectively store, handle, deploy, and document the use of SABRE RED’s Intermediate Aerosol Weapons. Specifically, it covers in detail the history, purpose, composition of raw Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), production, effects on the human body, wide range of different aerosol formulations, carriers, projectors, propellants, spray types, patterns, and delivery systems. Course discusses the criteria for selection, transporting, holstering/placement, aiming, hydraulic needle effect, deployment techniques, patterns of movement, public safety, ethical use, when to use OC/situational requirements, possible medical issues & legal liability factors, decontamination/first- aid, intergraded use of force options, compatibility with other intermediate weapons such as an electro muscular incapacitation device (TASER), reporting use of force, how to protect your department/agency from costly litigation issues arising from the use of aerosol projectors, sample policy & procedures, training with inert products, contamination drills, officer contamination survival tactics, & equipment security techniques . ***Be advised, students MUST participate in live contamination exercise to receive certificate.***
Prerequisites – Military, Law Enforcement, & Security Personnel Only
INPS is for shooters that are advancing from basic skills and are getting consistent shot groups. INPS focuses on compacting the student’s shot group & delves deeper into the fundamentals of shooting a pistol. Students get to experience various makes, models, and feel of different handguns, where they can figure out their preferences. INPS unlocks all 9mm caliber pistols and below for the shooting session. If in a group, only 1 student needs to purchase this course to provide access of firearms to the rest of the group.
Prerequisites – SFT IPS or Equivalent Training
INRS is for shooters that are advancing from basic skills and are getting consistent shot groups. INRS focuses on compacting the student’s shot group & delves deeper into the fundamentals of shooting a rifle. Students get to experience various makes, models, and feel of different rifles, where they can figure out their preferences. INRS unlocks all 5.56 caliber rifles and below for the shooting session. If in a group, only 1 shooter needs to purchase this course to provide access of firearms to the rest of the group.
Prerequisites – SFT IRS or Equivalent Training
APS is a course for students who shoot consistent shot groups center mass of their target, and begin to operate at a high level of skill. APS challenges them by increasing the distance of their targets, and introducing them to optics on handguns. APS progresses into higher caliber pistols, and students practice shooting both strong hand & off hand. APS unlocks all .45 caliber pistols and below. If in a group, only 1 shooter needs to purchase this course to provide access of firearms to the rest of the group.
Prerequisites – SFT INPS or Equivalent Training
ARS is a course for students who shoot consistent shot groups center mass of their target, and begin to operate at a high level of skill. APS challenges them by increasing the distance of their targets, and introducing them to optics on rifles. ARS progresses into higher caliber rifles, and students practice shooting both strong hand & off hand. APS unlocks all 7.62 caliber rifles and below. If in a group, only 1 shooter needs to purchase this course to provide access of firearms to the rest of the group.
Prerequisites – SFT INRS or Equivalent Training
EPS is a course for shooters who excel at this craft. EPS focuses on precision shooting at a variety of targets, and shooting from the standing, kneeling, and prone position. Students will also practice shooting at various rates of fire, to simulate different circumstances in combat. Students cycle through various advanced pistols, optics, & accessories; familiarizing them with military grade equipment being used in real life conflicts across the globe, proven on the battle field. Course includes 50 rounds, but student must bring at least 200 rounds or purchase some from SFT, to get full value of the course. EPS unlocks all .500/.50AE caliber pistols and below. If in a group, only 1 shooter needs to purchase this course to provide access of firearms to the rest of the group.
Prerequisites – SFT APS or Equivalent Training
ERS is a course for shooters who excel at this craft. ERS focuses on precision shooting at a variety of targets, and shooting from the standing, kneeling, and prone position. Students will also practice shooting at various rates of fire, to simulate different circumstances in combat. Students cycle through various advanced rifles, optics, & accessories; familiarizing them with military grade equipment being used in real life conflicts across the globe, proven on the battle field. Course includes 50 rounds, but student must bring at least 200 rounds or purchase some from SFT, to get full value of the course. ERS unlocks all .50BMG caliber rifles and below. If in a group, only 1 shooter needs to purchase this course to provide access of firearms to the rest of the group.
Prerequisites – SFT ARS or Equivalent Training
Our Physical Fitness program is unique, we don’t partake in the typical inside the gym boring routine. Our program is inspired by military doctrine and strictly based on calisthenics, outdoor activities, sports, & self defense exercises. We do not “pick things up & put them down”. We focus on exploring & interacting with the world around us. Our training philosophy is that living a healthy lifestyle & staying in shape, shouldn’t be a chore; It should be a way of life. Fun & physically challenging moments to be shared with your friends & family, creating lasting memories. So instead of using that stationary machine at the gym, come join us on our mats & outside. Join us in biking through the city, an arboretum, or a mountain path. Join us in rollerblading by the beach or lake. Come play basketball, football, soccer, or anything else you want with us. That’s the difference between us, & the gym membership you never use past your new year’s resolution phase. Our workouts entail stretching, warm ups, push ups, pull ups, sit ups, dips, running (2/5/10/20 mile runs), sprints, jump roping, biking, roller blading, etc. Anything & everything, but boring! Give up starving yourself & horrible diets, diet pills, weight loss patches/wraps, nasty meal replacement shakes, ideas of dangerous surgeries, etc. (Deep down, we both know they don’t work). There are no shortcuts, no easy paths to our physical fitness. Only hard work, teamwork, determination, motivation, & vigilance will get us through our challenges & to our goals. Many hands & many hearts, make light work. So if you are serious about changing your lifestyle being all around fit, challenging yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually; our program is right for you. Price per session NOT person, 2 people can split the cost of $40.
Prerequisites – High level of motivation!
SFT Tactical Courses
DT is a course tailored for Military, Law Enforcement, and Security Personnel legally authorized in the use of force. DT covers required equipment for duty belt, proper assembly of duty belt, components of equipment, placement of equipment on duty belt, equipment maintenance, proper usage & safety procedures of baton & handcuffs, proper stances, patterns of movement, and MA laws regulating security equipment. DT specifically emphasizes in detail the use of force continuum, concepts, knowledge of, and competency in proper uses of expandable batons & handcuffs. DT teaches the basics of self-defense and how to properly, effectively, and efficiently use the tools & resources available to Security Personnel.
Prerequisites – NRA HFS. Military, Law Enforcement, & Security Personnel Only
TS is a military grade course that consists of CQC tactics & Combatives, in a live fire shoot house. TS covers how to properly clear a building, team movements/techniques/formations, cover & concealment, element of surprise, force on force, use of chemical munitions & distraction devices, radio communications & proper etiquette, ambushing & pushing through an ambush, tactically using a vehicle in combat, shoot don’t shoot scenarios, setting up a defensive position, emergency medical care, and operating in low or no light conditions. Student must bring at least 400 rounds or purchase some from SFT, to get full value of the course. Students can bring their own firearms from home, or may select from our large inventory.
Prerequisites – NRA HFS, NRA BPS, NRA BRS or Equivalent Training