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    Member Array wareagleky's Avatar
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    Training Schools

    Trying to figure out where to go for some good training and I thought who better to ask then you all.

    Hoping to get the trip setup sometime around my birthday in Aug. Was wondering where everyone would suggest. I have never had any professional training. I would like to take classes from several different scools over the next couple of years.

    I am hoping that when I am asked for my birthday what do I want I can say I am going on a trip to "xyz" and could use a plane ticket or a hotel room or something like this.

    Any and all suggestions are welcomed.

    As a side note I am located in Ky and I am willing to travel for good training.

    Tried doing a search fo recommended traing schools but came up sort of empty handed.

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    Ex Member Array Pete's Avatar
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    Gunsite, Thunder Ranch and Valhalla are the three I am considering.
    A search here on any of those keywords should result in some useful information, I had a thread or two about it where Rob Pincus of Valhalla was very helpful, there's also a few blogs from people who have attended.

    The best way to know which is best for you is do all three.

    Sixto (member here) also recommends one near Kentucky in Ohio, I forget the place...

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    look into not a big school . The instructors are at the TOP of there game. I've been training with them for about 2 years and really enjoy it and learn alot everytime i go out.

    They also have a forum
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    I've got a fairly detailed account of my Gunsite experience posted here. The link is in my sig line. Seems to be a good read from all the responses. haha

    If ya don't feel like reading, then here's my opinion: Gunsite is amazing. Flat out.
    The Gunsite Blog
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    Member Array Harold Green's Avatar
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    If you want something that might be within driving distance RangeMaster ( in Memphis does a good job. It’s a smaller school, but I was favorable impressed when I was there a couple of years ago.

    Other schools you may want to check out are:

    Gunsite (

    Valhalla (

    Thunder Ranch (

    Blackwater (

    Some of the nationally known trainers also take their shows on the road. You may want to check out:

    Gabe Suarez (

    John Farnam (

    I’ve been to Gunsite and taken classes from Gabe Suarez, and can recommend both of them. Other than RangeMaster, I don’t have personal knowledge of the others, but know of them by reputation.

    This is not an all-inclusive list. There are other good schools and trainers out there, but I though this might give you a starting point for your search.
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    You might also want to look at TDI in Ohio. They are listed as a recommended school on the Thunder Ranch page.

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    Thanks for the help so far. Will have to start going to each ones site and finding out what I can.

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    Also check out Pat Goodale at Practical Firearms Training near Alderson, WV Web Site:

    By the way, Gabe Suarez travels to various locations to teach. You might want to check him out to see if he will be in KY.
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    Training Schools


    Here are some very good but lesser known schools:

    Defensive Training Concepts (Randy)

    Borelli Consulting (Frank)

    Midwest Training Group (Bob)

    Tactical Response (James)

    Practical Firearms Training (Pat)

    Perroni's Tactical Training Academy (Tom, Brad, Greg,)

    Combat Solutions (Eric)

    I hope this helps!

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