These are some of the local  2014 Training Opportunities.  If you have training classes that maybe should be on this list, feel free to comment them in.

Defensive Training Group
Mar 22nd.  One day land-nav course in south-east Michigan.  $150.

Train the Trainer.  May 16th – 18th.  A three-day course that will train you to train and lead a four to six man team to operate in a SHTF environment.  $500.

Georgia Force on Force
No sched yet.  Grenadier?

Grenadier just added in comments:

Ga FoF will be holding another level 1 SUT class March 1st at the same location as our prior classes. We hope to have a special guest instructor who will incorporate some edged weapons training based on Martial Blade Concepts.

Grey Group Training
Bob Vogel is running his two-day “World Class Pistol Skills” class in Carthage on August 9th and 10th.  $450.

Mason Dixon Tactical
Feb 8th and 9th.  J.C. Dodge is offering a new Rural Buddy Team Essentials course.  A stripped down version of his RTTC class made for a two-man buddy team to train in one weekend.  $400

Update from J.C. 

RBTEC — Mar 22-23, Apr 26-27, July 12-13, Aug 9-10, Sept 13-14, Nov 15-16

Survival Essentials Course — May 17-18, Oct 11-12

RTTC-B phase I and II — June 16-20

RBTEC-Rural Buddy Team Essentials Course
RTTC-B Rural Team Tactics Course-Basic
Survival Essentials Course is a wilderness survival course

Max Velocity Tactical
Max has scheduled his Combat Rifle/Contact Drills weekend course just about every other weekend between now and mid-December so there is really no excuse not to go up there some weekend.  $400 and bring 5-600 rounds.  Three day Combat Patrol classes build on the Combat Rifle course and are offered together as a five-day school about half a dozen times this summer and fall, if you can get the week off to go.

Nature Reliance Survival School
May 22nd – 25th, NRS is holding their Tactical Survival school.  $300.  Mostly “on the run” type survival training,  with a mix of camp craft and land-nav, the class teaches the small unit skill of avoidance and keeping a low profile, and some combat skills for when there is no other choice.

July 19th, NRS is holding their Wilderness and Remote First Aid class.  $125.   Covers treating basic trauma such as shock, hypothermia, burns, gun shot wounds, splints and how to put together a good medical kit.

Randall’s Adventure and Training
Free one-day land-nav classes are already filing up for the year. The three-day Field Survival classes are offered once each month thru mid-December.  $150 plus you get a nice Jim Randall ESEE-3 knife.

ESEE - Knife

class knife

South Carolina Gun School
Offers a one-day Intro to Carbine class and a one-day Tactical Rifle class.  Major difference between the two classes is Tactical Rifle covers shoot and move, and transitioning between pistol and rifle.  500 rifle and 200 pistol rounds means a good bit of shooting for one day.  Still, only $150.

Squad School

John Hawse doesn’t have the schedule out for this year yet.  Last November he held the $500 Long Range Shooting class in Texas where they have room to shoot.  May be New York isn’t such a good place to train these days.

The Path Finder School
Offers a 3-day ($300) Basic Survival class and a 4-day ($500) Advanced Survival class nearly every month thru the end of September.  Primarily emergency survival classes, where you only have what’s in your pockets, they teach basic fire and shelter, land-nav, and collecting food and water. (Hint:  you already have the skills to pass these classes).

Tiger Swan

James Reese, former SFOD-D, Delta Force, still trains either the 3-day ($750)  or 5-day ($950) Pistol and Carbine class every month this year, at the Tigerswan Range Complex down in Autryville.  Contact either Steve or Greg at


Was initially hesitant to include these two training courses from Academi.  Firstly, they are expensive.  Secondly,  they’re not directly related to irregular warfare / unconventional forces oriented type skills.  These are mostly shooter schools.  They are excellent schools for someone wanting to get into a Personal Protection Detail, for example.   Plus they offer a wide range of other classes towards that end.  For those of us that might not spend every waking moment holding a carbine, these classes are a bit on the overkill side.  The five-day pistol and carbine class ($1200) is probably the same as it was taught back when Blackwater ran the training at Myock.  After 500 rounds a day on both your carbine and pistol, your hands and arms will feel it and you begin to hear gunfire in your sleep.  You will learn not only how to clean your weapons, but exactly why you must clean your weapons.  You will do this everyday for five days, under various conditions and transition thru a lot of different positions.  Realistic training?  Yes.  Only you can answer the question, “Is this what I anticipate doing everyday?” 

The Long Range Shooting class is now in two parts ($1200 each) and  both require expending 200 rounds. Not too many other places you can practice shooting moving targets from 600 to 1200 yards.   Will you be a “pipe hitter” at the end of the class?  Maybe, maybe not.  But your instructors surely are.  Maybe, if they offered us half a dozen free training slots, we’d recommend them a little higher. 

Others That Provide Low Profile Training

This is in no way an all-inclusive list of local training opportunities.  There are other sources for local training in Concealed Carry, Wilderness Survival, and  Field Medicine, to name just a few specialized areas.  Seek them out and do something this spring.