I just attended a new training academy in Fredericksburg, Va - the Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy. Check them out at Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy
Tom Perroni runs it. He has an extensive Federal, local law enforcement, and contractor background, and he trains lots of real world operators that are stationed in the U.S. and overseas.
I took the 07E and 09E classes, and it was high speed. Several training outfits I looked at just shuffled people through the classroom and the tests.
Not Tom. We started in the classroom and went through the required material, but we also did dry fire drills inside. This prepped us well for live fire executive protection drills on the range. They were high speed and professional.
We shot both steel and paper through a variety of exercises that far surpassed the 07 and 09E minimums. I took my PPS a year ago, and this was a great refresher and then some.
Tom’s shoot/no shoot program was excellent, too. He put us in scenarios in an AV format that walked us through threat situations where we had to decide to shoot or not to in a split second (we were dry firing, moving for cover, issuing commands, etc.) , and then he evaluated our performance, one on one. This was real quality stuff – real world training – I’ve never seen quite like this before, and I’ve trained at BW and the NRA’s advanced classes, and others. Not to knock the other schools – they were great. But Tom added real world elements to it, and that made all the difference.
His draw techniques from cover – I wore a 5-11 blazer – were so effective, it helped me pass the federal air marshal exam.
I recommend him for any real world threat training. It’s the heat.