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Suggest me good pistol training options in Arizona and New Mexico

Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by vandros, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. vandros

    vandros 10mm fan

    Jan 9, 2013
    Hi all!

    I currently have beginner-intermediate pistol operating skills, and looking to develop my skills further. I want to find the best training venues in my area. Which instructors/academies/schools/etc. would you recommend in New Mexico and Arizona area? Or, which ones should I stay away from, and why?

    Thanks for your advice!
  2. WT

    WT Millennium Member

    Jan 12, 1999
    If you are looking for the 'best training' I would suggest you get private lessons from some of the well known instructors who reside in AZ. Should cost about $3,000 per day.

    With a private instructor you will get the 'best training' considering your present capabilities and weapons. Other students will not be distracting you or holding you back.

    At least 3 premier, world class instructors reside in AZ.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013

  3. og23


    Jun 11, 2012
    3k/day wow. Check out the Ben Avery facility. They offer different courses that may be attractive and financially feasible for most.

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  4. Short Cut

    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

    Apr 28, 2002
    Above ground
    I thought Prescott Arizona and its surroundings was a hot bed for top level instructors.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  5. jtull7

    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

    Jan 27, 2006
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    In the Santa Fe/Los Alamos area, I would call Michael Grimler. I have taken two short courses from him, and he is excellent. Tell him John Tull recommended him.
    Protection Technology Los Alamos PTLA
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  6. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
  7. ken grant

    ken grant

    Apr 3, 2004
    middle ga.
    Robin Brown
    c/o The Gun Depot
    6740 E. University Dr. #106
    Mesa, Az 85205
  8. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

    May 4, 2003
    People and places I've trained in AZ:

    Gunsite. Nuff said.
    Yavapai Firearms. (Louis Awerbuck).
    Suarez International.
    Grey Group. (Mike Panone).
    Glendale Community College. This one needs an explanation. GCC runs an Administration of Justice program. It makes many of the courses available to the general public. Many names offer classes there, especially in their rifle program. Ed Stock taught what was essentially Gunsite's Basic Carbine class, minus the simulations. Amazing value for the money.
    Robin Brown.
    Pat Rogers.
    Roger Phillips
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  9. vandros

    vandros 10mm fan

    Jan 9, 2013
    Thanks guys! This is very helpful!

    Private lessons would be nice, but I just can't invest that much at a time into training. Just thinking out loud: would one $3,000 private lesson taking place in one day be more valuable than 3 regular lessons worth about $1000 each (each lasting 1-2 days) from the same instructor?
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  10. ipscshooter

    ipscshooter Mostly IDPA now

    Jan 22, 2002
    Near Phoenix, Arizona
    My first thought was GunSite.

    If you live near Phoenix and can do one day classes for about $100 per. You could try Ken Senft at GunsPlus in Surprise. He runs courses at Ben Avery.

    He has a "Survivor Club" where you sign up for all the classes you get a discount. I took all of them several years ago. Last I knew there were five Pistol classes starting pretty basic and then advancing. Also offers shotgun and rifle class. A few night classes as well. Good guy.

    The classes tend to be self defense oriented. So if you are looking to be an "Operator" you might look elsewhere.

    Check here for class info
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013
  11. threefeathers

    threefeathers Scouts Out

    Oct 23, 2008
    Gator Farm Tactical Applications. Classes in Tucson and many other ranges in AZ. Since Threefeathers is from Las Cruces (Holy Cross School) He is willing to travel to New Mexico, especially the Las Cruces area.