Firearms Training in Virginia...

NOTICE: Due to I.T.A.R. (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) only U.S. Citizens are eligible for Firearms Training. 

In addition to the courses outlined below D.R. offers other classes like: Deep Cover Concealed Carry (Restricted to Military & Police ONLY); Mastering IDPA; High Speed Steel, Defensive Pistol And Carbine (DPAC); Home Defense Shotgun (HDS); Firearms Safety & Weapons Handling and more. I can also taylor a custom class designed to meet your specific needs.

Contact us for more information: info@TacticalShooting.com

GIFT CERTIFICATES for Firearms Training!  

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Gift Certificates are available in any amount you desire. They are good for FIREARMS TRAINING with D.R. Middlebrooks at the Tactical Shooting Academy. Visit our online store for more info.

Tuition: Cost varies depending on class size. 

  • Private Lesson (1 student): $450 per day
  • Semi Private Class (2 students): $225 per person, per day
  • Group Rates for (3-6 students): $150 per person, per day*
  • *Group Rates for Larger Classes: P.O.R.

* I will also consider taking guns and other things in trade for classes.

Defensive Pistol Optimization Course (#DPOC)

Course Number: DPOC (1-5 day courses available)  

Course Description: This is a VERY popular class. In this class we will "Trouble Shoot your Shooting". This is where we analyize your shooting problems and help you overcome them. In this course we will not try to change the way you shoot, but instead "tweak" your grip, stance and presentation for optimal performance.  Since D.R. Middlebrooks has mastered ALL of the different shooting styles (i.e., Weaver, Chapman, Isosceles, Mod Iso, Reverse Chapman, Reverse Weaver etc.) he can help you improve your shooting.

Subjects Covered on Day 1: Firearms Safety briefing covering our range protocols; Evolution of Combat Pistol Technique Overview and Proper Grip for each; Proper Pistol Presentations; Reading the Sights & Hits. We will start the AM session each day in the class room dry firing with lasers. Later we will move onto live fire drills out on the range.

Tutorials on Days 2-5: This is where D.R. teaches to the needs of the class covering things like: Smoothing out the Draw Stroke; Tactical & Speed Reloads; Trigger & Fire Control Techniques; Plate Rack Drills; Shooting on the move; Proper use of Cover; Shooting over, under, around and through common street obstacles including vehicles & Scenario Shooting.

Equipment Required: Safety Eyeglasses; Electronic Ear Protection is MANDATORY (we recommend IMPACT PRO by Howard Leight as a minimum); A sturdy waist belt; A holster, 3-mags with 2-SINGLE mag pouches; a serviceable and safe handgun. Note: Any and all equipment can be rented from us with prior notice.

Ammo Required: You will need a MAXIMUM of 250 rounds per day of LIVE AMMO.You will however, get lots of dry firing practice in each day with lot's of coaching while using our Laser Training Devices. This is how muscle memory is built. This is how you learn to Point Shoot. This is how you develop trigger control. This is how you over come flinching, jerking and whacking the trigger.

Start Time: Classes start promptly at 10:00 AM and run until 4:00 PM with a 30 minute lunch break where we will have group discussions and answer any questions you may have.

Lunch: Bring a lunch & a cooler to keep it in. Or you can buy food at the Bacons Castle Country store.

Tuition: Cost varies depending upon class size.

  • Private Lesson (1 student): $450 per day
  • Semi Private Class (2 students): $225 per person, per day
  • Group Rates for (3-6 students): $150 per person, per day*
  • *Group Rates for Larger Classes: P.O.R.

Scheduling a Class:Email us to confirm class dates and availability. PAYMENT IN FULL is required in advance to secure the class dates. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS and PayPal. I also accept payment by check.

Cancellation Policy: Because class space is limited and some students may be turned away, tuition is totally non-refundable. However, if you must cancel a class (and give at least 30 days notice) you will then be allowed to attend another class at a later date (provided we can BOTH agree on the dates).

Registration: Email us at info@TacticalShooting.comand we will email you an application.

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BELOW: Instructor Kevin demonstrates GUARD, PARTIAL & FULL EXTENSION Shooting Postions as taught in a FIST-FIRE Level 1 Course (left click pics to scroll)...

FIST-FIRE Defensive Pistol, Level 1

Course Number: FFDP-L1

Length of Class: We offer 1 to 5 day courses.*

*Please Note: It usually takes 2-3 DAYS (on average) to become established in Level 1 (Guard, Partial, Full Extension Shooting Positions & Roll Outs from the Guard). These 3 Primary Levels of Weapons Presentation is the Foundation for the FIST-FIRE System.

Course Description: This is our flagship course.Level 1 is the foundation of the FIST-FIRE Shooting System. Because the shooting techniques taught are so different from traditional methods (i.e., Reverse Weaver, Reverse Chapman, etc.) everyone must start out at Level 1 and work their way up through the various levels of teachings.

Once you have completed DAY 1 of LEVEL 1 you may come back for Tutorials where we teach to the needs of the class. This means we take you through the Fist-Fire System at your own pace. No pressure, just good coaching, laser dry firing and live fire training with heavy emphasis on shooting technique.

Subjects Studied: Firearms Safety Briefing covering our Weapons Handling Policies; Proper Strong Hand Grip; Proper Off Hand Grip; Roll Over Wrist Lock for Recoil Control; The Science of Indexing & Point Shooting and coaching on the 3 primary levels of weapons presentation (Guard, Partial & Full Extension).

Prerequisite: FIST-FIRE Training DVD'sClick here to visit our Online Store

Start Time: Classes start promptly at 10:00 AM and run until 4:00 PM with a 30 minute lunch break where we will have group discussions and answer any questions you may have.

Equipment Required: Wrap around safety Eyeglasses; ELECTRONIC Ear Protection IS MANDATORY (we recommend IMPACT PRO by Howard Leight as a minimum); A serviceable and safe handgun, a holster with (3) magazines and (2) mag carriers. Note: Any and all equipment (including 9mm Glock handguns) can be rented from us with prior notice.

Ammo Required: MAXIMUM of 250 rounds per day of LIVE AMMO.You will however, get lots of dry firing practice in each day with lot's of coaching while using our Laser Training Devices. This is how muscle memory is built. This is how you learn to Point Shoot. This is how you develop trigger control. This is how you over come flinching, jerking and whacking the trigger.

Tuition: Cost varies depending upon class size.

  • Private Lesson (1 student): $450 per day
  • Semi Private Class (2 students): $225 per person, per day
  • Group Rates for (3-6 students): $150 per person, per day*
  • *Group Rates for Larger Classes: P.O.R.

We also take guns and things in trade for classes.

Scheduling a Class: Email us to confirm class dates and availability. PAYMENT IN FULL is required in advance to secure the class dates. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS and PayPal. I also accept payment by check.

Cancellation Policy: Because class space is limited and some students may be turned away, tuition is totally non-refundable. However, if you must cancel a class (and give at least 30 days notice) you will then be allowed to attend another class at a later date (provided we can BOTH agree on the dates).

Registration: Email us at info@TacticalShooting.comand we will email you an application.

Lunch: Bring a lunch and a cooler to keep it in. We have a microwave available. Or you can buy lunch at the Bacons Castle Country Store located 1/2 mile from the range.

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FIST-FIRE Pistol Tutorials (Levels 2-5)

Course Number: FFPT's

Course Description: Once you have completed Day 1 of  LEVEL 1 you can then come back for Tutorials most anytime except on Day 1 of other Level 1 classes).

This is where we teach to the needs of the individual. We will coach you all the way up through the Fist-Fire system at your own pace.

There will be no pressure, just good coaching and lot's of positive encouragement.

Please Note: Because our range has numerous CQB bays, we can separate shooters of different skill levels and have them work on different things just like they do in Martial Arts classes.

Subjects Studied: See the Fist-Fire Training Model

Length of Class: 1-5 day courses offerred.

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed at least DAY 1 of Level 1.

Start Time: Classes start promptly at 10:00 AM and run until 4:00 PM with a 30 minute lunch break where we will have group discussions and answer any questions you may have.

Equipment Required: Wrap around safety Eyeglasses; ELECTRONIC Ear Protection IS MANDATORY (we recommend IMPACT PRO by Howard Leight as a minimum); A serviceable and safe handgun, a holster with (3) magazines and (2) mag carriers. Note: Any and all equipment (including 9mm Glock handguns) can be rented from us with prior notice.

Ammo Required:You will shoot NO MORE than 250 rounds per day. You will however, get lots of dry firing practice in each day with lot's of coaching while using our Laser Training Devices. This is how muscle memory is built. This is how you learn to Point Shoot. This is how you develop trigger control. This is how you over come flinching and whacking the trigger.

Tuition: Cost varies depending upon class size.

  • Private Lesson (1 student): $450 per day
  • Semi Private Class (2 students): $225 per person, per day
  • Group Rates for (3-6 students): $150 per person, per day*
  • *Group Rates for Larger Classes: P.O.R.

We also take guns and things in trade for classes.

Scheduling a Class:Email us to confirm class dates and availability. PAYMENT IN FULL is required in advance to secure the class dates. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS and PayPal. I also accept payment by check.

Cancellation Policy: Because class space is limited and some students may be turned away, tuition is totally non-refundable. However, if you must cancel a class (and give at least 30 days notice) you will then be allowed to attend another class at a later date (provided we can BOTH agree on the dates).

Registration: Email us at info@TacticalShooting.comand we will email you an application.

Lunch: Bring a lunch and a cooler to keep it in. We have a microwave available. Or you can buy lunch at the Bacons Castle Country Store located 1/2 mile from the range.

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          FIST-FIRE Instructor Kevin & D.R. Demonstrating Handgun Strikes in a Level 6 Class

          FIST-FIRE Instructor Kevin & D.R. Demonstrating Handgun Strikes in a Level 6 Class

FIST-FIRE Handgun, Level 6

Course Number: FFH-L6

Course Description: This is our most advanced class where we bring in Instructors like Paul Sharp, Rick Simes & Kevin Apland.

Subjects Studied: Handgun Strikes & Blocks; Weapons Retention/Disarms; Knife & Club Defense; Force on Force.

Length of Class: 2-5 Days

Prerequisites: Students must have successfully completed Levels 1-5

Start Time: Classes start promptly at 10:00 AM and run until 4:00 PM with a 30 minute lunch break where we will have group discussions and answer any questions you may have.

Equipment Required: Wrap around safety Eyeglasses; ELECTRONIC Ear Protection IS MANDATORY (we recommend IMPACT PRO by Howard Leight as a minimum); A serviceable and safe handgun, a holster with (3) magazines and (2) mag carriers. Note: Any and all equipment (including 9mm Glock handguns) can be rented from us with prior notice.

*Please Note: We will provide Laser Training Devices for your dry fire excercises.  You will get plenty of repetitions in to help with the development of your muscle memory drills.

Tuition: P.O.R.

Scheduling a Class:Email us to confirm class dates and availability. PAYMENT IN FULL is required in advance to secure the class dates. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS and PayPal. I also accept payment by check.

Cancellation Policy: Because class space is limited and some students may be turned away, tuition is totally non-refundable. However, if you must cancel a class (and give at least 30 days notice) you will then be allowed to attend another class at a later date (provided we can BOTH agree on the dates).

Registration: Email us at info@TacticalShooting.comand we will email you an application.

Lunch: Bring a lunch and a cooler to keep it in. We have a microwave available. Or you can buy lunch at the Bacons Castle Country Store located 1/2 mile from the range.

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                       Instructor Derrick demonstrates  the FIST-FIRE Carbine Presentation

                       Instructor Derrick demonstrates  the FIST-FIRE Carbine Presentation

FIST-FIRE Defensive Carbine, Level 1

Course Number: FFDC-L1

Length of Class: 1-3 Day courses are offerred for Level 1.

Course Description: This class is for those who want to learn how to run the AR-15/M4 platform from 3 to 100 yards. The course is by design, a DEFENSIVE SHOOTING COURSE that is intended to enable you to protect and defend your home and loved ones (or get your trunk gun out and employ it as a last option form of self defense). It’s designed primarily for civilian or solo use, so there’s no Team Tactics involved and it's not physically demanding.

KITS (tactical vests) are NOT allowed for Level 1. We want you to get familiar with the "feel" and handling of the weapon and be able to shoot it WITHOUT the added interference of fighting ALL your tactical gear. In Levels 2-5 KITS are specifically allowed.

Slings are allowed and recommended. AR mag carriers are not required either at this time, nor is a pistol (all that comes later in Levels 2-5).

Subjects Covered in Level 1: Loading and unloading; Malfunction clearances; Field stripping & preventative maintenance; Proper grip & stances; Mounting and presenting the weapon; Zeroing options; Checking zero; Accuracy drills at both CQB and distance.

Equipment Required: Safety Eye Glasses; Ear Protection; Baseball cap; Serviceable and safe rifle or carbine with (300) rounds of Ball Ammo (MINIMUM) per day (NO HOLLOW POINTS, GREEN TIP OR ARMOR PIERCING ROUNDS) and at least THREE (30 round) magazines.

NOTICE: We DO ALLOW .22LR conversions “in lieu of or in addition to” the center fire ammunition needed for this class.

Start Time: Classes start promptly at 10:00 AM and run until 4:00 PM with a 30 minute lunch break where we will have group discussions and answer any questions you may have.

Tuition: Cost varies depending upon class size.

  • Private Lesson (1 student): $450 per day
  • Semi Private Class (2 students): $225 per person, per day
  • Group Rates for (3-6 students): $150 per person, per day*
  • *Group Rates for Larger Classes: P.O.R.

Scheduling a Class:Email us to confirm class dates and availability. PAYMENT IN FULL is required in advance to secure the class dates. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS and PayPal. I also accept payment by check.nd PayPal. 

Cancellation Policy: Because class space is limited and some students may be turned away, tuition is totally non-refundable. However, if you must cancel a class (and give at least 30 days notice) you will then be allowed to attend another class at a later date (provided we can BOTH agree on the dates).

Registration: Email us at info@TacticalShooting.comand we will email you an application.

Lunch:Lunch: Bring a lunch and a cooler to keep it in. We have a microwave available. Or you can buy lunch at the Bacons Castle Country Store located 1/2 mile from the range.

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FIST-FIRE Carbine Tutorials, Levels 2-5

Course Number: DCT

Proper FIST-FIRE Carbine Presentation for the M4/AR15 Platform

                Left side view of FIST-FIRE Carbine "Full Extension" Presentation

Length of Class: 1-5 Day courses offered.

Course Description: Once you have completed DAY 1 of LEVEL 1 you can come back for Tutorials. This is where we teach to the needs of the individual. We will coach you all the way up through the different levels at your own pace. No pressure, just good technique and lots of coaching.

Subjects Covered in Tutorials (Levels 2-5): Tactical & speed reloading; Shooting on the move; Combative shooting positions; Shooting from barricades and cover; Shooting around vehicles; Transitions to the handgun; Shoulder transitions; Engaging multiple targets; Setting up your KIT and more.

Equipment Required: Safety Eye Glasses; Ear Protection; Baseball cap; Serviceable and safe rifle or carbine with (300) rounds of Ball Ammo (MINIMUM) per day (NO HOLLOW POINTS, GREEN TIP OR ARMOR PIERCING ROUNDS) and at least THREE (30) round magazines; A reliable pistol with (200) rounds of ball ammo.

NOTICE: Due to rising ammo costs we WILL allow .22LR conversions “in lieu of or in addition to” the center fire ammunition needed for this class.

Start Time: Classes start promptly at 10:00 AM and run until 4:00 PM with a 30 minute lunch break where we will have group discussions and answer any questions you may have.

Tuition: Cost varies depending upon class size.

  • Private Lesson (1 student): $450 per day
  • Semi Private Class (2 students): $225 per person, per day
  • Group Rates for (3-6 students): $150 per person, per day*
  • *Group Rates for Larger Classes: P.O.R.

Scheduling a Class:Email us to confirm class dates and availability. PAYMENT IN FULL is required in advance to secure the class dates. We accept VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS and PayPal. I also accept payment by check.

Cancellation Policy: Because class space is limited and some students may be turned away, tuition is totally non-refundable. However, if you must cancel a class (and give at least 30 days notice) you will then be allowed to attend another class at a later date (provided we can BOTH agree on the dates).

Registration: Email us at info@TacticalShooting.comand we will email you an application.

Lunch: Bring a lunch and a cooler to keep it in. We have a microwave available. Or you can buy lunch at the Bacons Castle Country Store located 1/2 mile from the range.

Questions? Email me at info@TacticalShooting.com