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Guest Instructors

The Firearms Academy of Seattle is honored to be chosen by the worlds’ premier firearms training school, GUNSITE ACADEMY to be the host range for an off-site class in the year 2018. Gunsite was started in 1976 by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, and holds the distinction of having been the first, and most people would agree, the most prestigious firearms training school in the nation.

If you have always wanted to attend a Gunsite Academy course, but simply never was able to do so because of time and/or money constraints, and you live in the Pacific Northwest, here is your chance.

A note to FAS students from Director Marty Hayes:

“Just because you have taken training from FAS in the past, it doesn’t mean you should not branch out and take additional training from other instructors. The skills and materials may be similar, but I guarantee you there is new stuff you will learn. Additionally, shooting skills are perishable, and one needs to continue to train to hold on to those skills they do possess, as especially as we get older. I recommend Gunsite Academy without reservation.” --Marty Hayes

Seattle 150 Three Day Pistol Classpistol

This offsite class is a unique introduction to Gunsite training. The 150 Pistol class is 3 days of Gunsite teaching methods covering the Modern Technique of the pistol!

This is an excellent opportunity for first time students to learn Gunsite doctrine. It is also a great refresher for our alumni graduates. If you have always wanted the Gunsite Experience, this is your chance to do so while limiting your travel and time.

We will cover the Combat Triad – marksmanship, gun handling and mindset. As with all our courses, safety will drive everything we do as you progress during 3 days of the world‘s premier pistol training.

Dates: August 17 - 19, 2018

For more details and registration: https://www.gunsite.com/classes/seattle-3-day-150-pistol-class/

Call 928-636-4565

Taught in person by Massad Ayoob
A high intensity, four-day, 40-hour immersion course in rules of engagement for armed law-abiding private citizens, emphasizing legal issues, tactical issues, and aftermath management. Classroom topics will include interacting with suspects, witnesses, responding police officers, threat recognition and mind-set, management of social and psychological aftermath after having had to use lethal force in defense of self or others and preparing beforehand for legal repercussions and minimizing exposure to them. Situations in the home, at the place of business, or "on the street" will all be covered.

On the range, livefire instruction is based upon Ayoob's StressFire handgunning techniques. After interviewing hundreds of officers who had survived gunfights, Ayoob drew on their experiences, combined with his own extensive research to create a powerful combat handgun system, initially known as the StressFire shooting method. Ayoob's research showed that in life threatening situations, human beings experience profound physical and psychological pressures causing deterioration of fine motor skills, and altering perceptions of time and other sensory inputs. Combining proven shooting techniques with principles from various martial arts styles, StressFire is a system that not only works under the enormous stress of violent encounters but actually feeds off it.

These techniques are designed to bring out the student's maximum potential for shooting a handgun under stress and to achieve the optimum blend of speed and accuracy. Students will learn drawing from concealment, two-handed shooting stances, one-handed shooting with either hand, shooting from positions that work from behind cover, speed reloading and more with overall emphasis on fast, accurate shot placement. Training includes completion of a police-style qualification. This instruction is ideal for the shooter who wishes to hone and fine-tune their techniques. This is not a program for beginners or those new to the handgun; we recommend completion of our Level 2:Defensive Handgun class or equivalent from another reputable firearms training school prior to attending.

Livefire instruction includes--
  • Core Pistol and/or Revolver techniques
  • Emergency reload techniques
  • Several Stances and different grip techniques
  • Shooting with strength and speed
  • Cover positions
  • Shooting at distances from 4 yard to accuracy out to 15 yards
  • Strong hand only as well as weak hand only techniques
  • Alternate sighting techniques for speed and accuracy

Background check must be presented first morning of class.

Prerequisites: Not suitable for beginning shooters; we recommend completion of our Defensive Handgun class or equivalent from reputable instructional resource.

Class Dates:
July 19-22, 2018

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About the instructor:
At the request of FAS Director Marty Hayes, Chuck Taylor has agreed to stay over a day and afford his staff and advanced students the opportunity to test for ASAA “Handgun Combat Master.” This course is separate from the previous 2 day Advanced Tactical Handgun Course, but those students, along with FAS Staff and FAS Level 4 students are welcome to register. This one day of private instruction (morning) and then testing (afternoon) is limited to 12 students only.

Full equipment list under the Read More link.

Class Date: July 2, 2018 - Sorry! Class Full!

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About the instructor:

This extremely popular class is limited to only 15 students to provide maximum individual attention to each and every student. You'll spend an action-packed two days on the range and in our tactical simulators, Shooting While Moving Forward, Backwards and to the Right and Left; Engaging Multiple Assailants in both Lateral and Linear Configurations; Dealing with Hostage Situations and Small or Oddly Shaped Targets; Failures To Stop; working with Close Range Emergency Situations; learning how to correctly use Cover and Concealment. In addition, multiple high-intensity tactical simulators and low-light shooting are also emphasized. To keep your shooting, weapon-handling and tactical skills at their best, this particular course is an absolute "must" for anyone serious about self-defense handgunning.
Prerequisites: FAS Level 3: Tactical Handgun or an equivalent from another reputable training facility. Call if you have any question as to whether or not you meet the requirements.

Full equipment list under the Read More link.

Class Date: June 30 - July 1, 2018-Sorry! Class Full!


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About the instructor:

The author of over 5,000 magazine articles, columns and multiple books on weapons & tactics, Chuck Taylor is an Adjunct Professor Of Police Science, Court-Recognized Expert Witness and the first 4-Weapon Combat Master. A qualified parachutist and decorated Vietnam Veteran who served two combat tours in that conflict, he is both Airborne and Ranger qualified, with additional expertise in SWAT and Counter-Terrorist Operations.


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