Changes for 2012 at FAS!
We are getting questions regarding several changes I have implemented for the coming calendar year, so I figured I would take a moment and discuss those.
1) After 5 years of a successful working relationship with Norpoint Shooting and Training Range in Arlington, FAS will not be teaching there in 2012. This was an amicable decision between Norpoint and FAS, and we will continue to work with them on a cordial basis. Please understand that there is no secret conspiracy theories regarding this split, we simply decided that FAS should draw back to its own home range for its programs, and that Norpoint should be free to develop their own curriculum of course offerings, taking into account the physical attributes and limitations of an indoor range. We have enjoyed the association over the years, and while we will miss seeing the people we have trained up at Arlington and in the North Seattle area, they are certainly welcome to come to Onalaska to continue their training. We of course, also recommend that our North End students check out the offerings which Norpoint should be posting soon. We wish Brian and the crew at Norpoint the best of luck and success going forward.
3) Marty is stepping back from teaching! With the necessity to help our other fledgling business (the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network) succeed, I have made the decision to step even further back from the day to day teaching of the classes here at FAS. It is a weird feeling to be doing this, as I have been teaching firearms classes (almost weekly) for over 20 years. But, as I grow older and attempt to prioritize the remaining working years of my life, I have come to the realization that I can’t do it all. And frankly, I am getting tired of trying, tired of working 7 days a week often times for two or three weeks at a time. I can only take this action because over the past dozen-plus years, I have been joined in our mission to teach the best firearms training courses for the money here in the Puget Sound area by an incredibly talented, loyal and sincere group of instructors who have been teaching along side me for this time. You of course know these guys and gals, because they likely have been your instructor through one or more of your classes. In fact, it is not uncommon for a person to take 4 or 5 classes from us, and I only meet them when they get to Advanced Tactical Handgun, or one of the special interest seminars I have been teaching. I will still be around most weekends, and may drop in on a class or two at times, and I will also likely fill the back-up role if someone has a last-minute conflict and can’t teach that weekend. And, I will of course, be directly responsible for the curriculum, and ensuring the material presented during our classes is presented in the manner that I want it done in. This will not change.
I think this is enough for people to digest in one blog posting, stay tuned for another later describing the rest of the changes for next year at FAS!
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