Overview of Classes Offered by The Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc.
The short descriptions below provide a comprehensive snapshot of the many, many programs taught at the Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc. For details about any one of those classes, please click on the title, which links to the full class description and will give you information about prerequisites, tuition costs, equipment lists and a lot more.
Level 1: HANDGUN SAFETY/HANDGUN SELECTION SEMINAR
Our affordable handgun safety seminar consists of six hours of classroom and range training designed to teach the armed citizen how to safely handle handguns, the laws regarding use of a handgun for self-defense, and the laws regarding carrying and possessing handguns in Washington. When the Safety Seminar is done, students have the option to remain behind for an added session about selecting a gun that will fit properly and work well for the individual. See course description for details of this new addition to our popular Safety Seminar! Pre-registration strictly required. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
Level 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF HOME DEFENSE
This one-day class is specifically designed for the Handgun Safety Seminar graduate who keeps a handgun at home for self-defense, but does not necessarily carry a gun in public. Learn about safe storage of handguns, home security, bullet penetration in modern housing construction, children and guns, interacting with home intruders and interacting with police. On the range, practice use of cover shooting, strong hand only shooting, distances out to 10 yards, low light shooting and use of flashlight with handguns. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
Level 1: CONCEALED CARRY 101
Eight hours of training and information for the civilian who is preparing to carry a concealed handgun for protection. Building on information taught in the Handgun Safety Seminar (the seminar is a non-negotiable pre-requisite for participation), students explore self-defense and concealed carry handgun skills, holster selection and carry methods, drawing from concealment, concealed carry wardrobe options, reloading and malfunction clearing, ammunition selection, and a variety of marksmanship skill building drills. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
Level 2: DEFENSIVE HANDGUN
Two days of range instruction teach the techniques of defensive handgunning covering handgun accuracy for self defense, safe draw stroke, reloads and malfunction clearing, low light shooting, strong hand and weak hand only shooting skills, shooting at moving targets, shooting while moving and shoot/don't shoot scenarios. Classroom discussion covers gun safety, legal considerations concerning use of deadly force, crime awareness, preattack indicators, aftermath issues including role play instruction on interacting with law enforcement. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
Level 3: TACTICAL HANDGUN
Building on the skills learned in Defensive Handgun, Tactical Handgun exposes the student to life-saving tactical principles such as 360-degree target engagement, multiple targets, moving targets and shooting while moving. Also included in this two-day course are the subjects of building search principles both in daylight and low light conditions, taking criminal suspects at gunpoint and understanding the Tueller Principle. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
Level 4 HANDGUN
Intensive three day class combines advanced gun handling skill development with advanced tactical decision making, and includes high-speed handgun shooting and tactical decision making taught through role-play in preparation for defending one’s actions in court. It is the culmination of Firearms Academy’s handgun training curriculum. Students will also test their skills against the FAS Handgun Master test at the end of the first day. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
Combining the curriculum of Level 2: Defensive Handgun and Level 3: Tactical Handgun classes, along with the Special Interest Seminar Wounded/Downed Defender into a very worthwhile, week-long training course for the student who can take a full week away from their jobs and families. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
IDPA BOOT CAMP
Taught by Marty Hayes and Zach Campbell (both IDPA multiple handgun Masters) this three-day, 1,000 round count course will take the Marksman’s or Sharpshooter’s performance to the next level (or even next two levels!). For Experts, no guarantee to get you to Master, but we will try! Enrollment limited to the first 12 sign ups. Must be an IDPA member AND hold at least a Marskman classification to participate. This is not a beginner-level class.
Many myths surround the combat shotgun. This eight hour course will dispel these myths, replacing them with the correct knowledge and skills necessary to use the shotgun for self-defense or law enforcement duty. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
ADVANCED DEFENSIVE SHOTGUN
Training in long range shotgunning, moving targets, transition from shotgun to handgun, multiple targets, multiple hits, low light, use of horizontal and vertical cover both strong side and weak side, dynamic search techniques, moving and shooting and man-on-man competitions, leading to true mastery of the combat shotgun. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
A one-day training course covering a broad range of topics dealing with general rifle or carbine use. Designed for the student who has little or no experience shooting rifles or carbines, class starts at the beginning with basic rifle marksmanship principles, sighting in and establishing a “zero” for your rifle, plus rifle maintenance and cleaning, and moves on to different shooting positions and various distances. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
Tactical Rifle is geared for the patrol officer or armed citizen wanting to increase proficiency with the semi-auto rifle/carbine. Instruction includes use of cover, multiple targets, rapid fire, long range shooting (out to 200 yards), transition to pistol, malfunction clearing, speed reloading, moving and shooting and shooting on moving targets, along with use of the rifle in low-light environments. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
CLOSE QUARTERS CARBINE
Close Quarters Carbine, introduced first in 2007, centers on using the .223 semi-auto carbine in close-range encounters, from 3 to 25 yards. Subject matter includes movement, moving targets, 360-degree awareness and target engagement, along with multiple targets, low light shooting, search techniques, transition to handgun and hostage rescue concerns. Use of cover and stress exercises are also included. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
We have combined our Precision Rifle 1 and Precision Rifle 2 classes into one intensive, 3-day course of instruction. By combining sessions we do not have to spend a half a day on review and re-zeroing, and with the new improved rifle ranges, we should be able to accomplish all we did before with this one course.
Do you know how to defend your handgun against a large, aggressive attacker or what to do if a street thug sticks a gun in your face during an assault and threatens to blow your head off? The answers are the basis of this one-day seminar. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
EMERGENCY TREATMENT OF GUNSHOT WOUNDS & RELATED TRAUMA
What can be done to staunch life-threatening blood loss and similar injuries after you have stopped the attack against you or against a loved one or companion? The program begins with an introduction to the mindset for seeing traumatic injuries and breaking the tunnel vision so you can treat those injuries. Learn to recognize injuries and triage them by severity and treat them without wasting precious time. You will get to see and use equipment that is cutting edge for trauma care. This class will not only help you but your family also as injuries can occur anytime and anywhere. Click on the class title above to see the full course description.
SPECIAL INTEREST SEMINARS
Several years ago, F.A.S. introduced a variety of special training seminars, focused in-depth on individual components and ancillary aspects of defensive firearms use. The programs run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and cost $135. The special interest seminars review and refine skills taught in our weekend courses, and are offered to provide the chance to practice specific skills the student learned in the prerequisite Firearms Academy class, without spending an entire weekend.
Seminar topics for 2015 are—
Special Interest Seminar: Low Light–March 7, 2015
Special Interest Seminar: Pocket Guns–March 28, 2015
Special Interest Seminar: Revolver Tune-Up–April 5, 2015
Special Interest Seminar: Handgun Tune-Up–May 30, 2015
Special Interest Seminar: Handgun Accuracy–June 20, 2015
Special Interest Seminar: Weak Hand Shooting–June 27, 2015
Special Interest Seminar: Rifle Tune-Up–August 1, 2015
Special Interest Seminar: Speed Handgun–August 22, 2015
Special Interest Seminar: Moving Targets/Moving Shooters–August 29, 2015
Special Interest Seminar: Shotgun Tune-Up–October 24, 2015
These one-day, 6-hour seminars are designed for students to practice what they already have been taught in the prerequisite F.A.S. class, but perhaps have not practiced for a while. They are NOT stand-alone training. If you have not met the pre-requisites listed for each seminar, please do not ask for a waiver of the pre-requisite, but rather, we respectfully request that you consider taking the class listed as the prerequisite, as it contains instruction on the topics contained in the Special Interest Seminar, plus lots more. Special Interest Seminars put in-depth focus on individual components and ancillary aspects of defensive firearms use. Seminar emphasis is on skill building and repetition, that the student may gain an appreciable degree of proficiency in the specified skill. The special interest seminars review and refine skills taught in our weekend courses, and are offered to provide the chance to return to F.A.S. for focused practice on specific skills, without having to spend the time to go through an entire weekend class.
GUEST-INSTRUCTORS AT THE FIREARMS ACADEMY OF SEATTLE, INC.
FAS brings "big names" from the firearms training business to the Pacific Northwest, making it easier for local shooters to receive nationally-recognized training. 2015's guest instructors are Massad Ayoob and John Farnam. For more details, click on the instructor's name.
Pre-registration required for all classes.
To register, please call us at 360-978-6100 or see registration page for print-out form.
Want to learn more?
Call us at 360-978-6100 or e-mail us at The Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc. with your questions or click on "Class" links above.