Firearms Safety & Handling
Actors Workshop

Professionals who are serious about their career, need to be serious about their safety. This advanced workshop will teach people how to safely and effectively use one of the common tools of the film and theatre professions.

Firearms Training for Film and Theatre
The Firearms Safety & Handling Actors Workshop is specifically designed for actors, producers, filmmakers and other industry professionals to learn about firearms safety, handling and authenticity on film and theatre sets. Participants will learn through demonstration, lecture, video examples and hands-on practice in a safe and controlled environment how to be safer and more comfortable when handling firearms on set.

This workshop is designed to raise awareness about firearms safety in the entertainment industry and explain basic safety rules and industry guidelines. Not just for actors, it is open to all industry professionals who may be dealing with firearms. It details how to keep cast and crew safe when firearms or replica firearms are being handled on set and discusses the ways productions can get the look they want, safely and within budget.

This advanced workshop will increase confidence, show you how to be more safe on set and demonstrate how responsible handling can help tell the story and add to the professionalism of a production.

The workshop covers:

This is a three-day professional-level workshop that is informative, challenging and fun.

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Next workshop:

April 13 to 15, 2018
course full

May, 2019
watch this space for date announcement


Three-Day Workshop
$395 Cdn




Frequently asked questions:

1) In your workshop, you get to practice with both blank-firing firearms PLUS real handguns with live ammunition? Why not just blanks?

2) I'm nervous around firearms. Is this workshop for me?
3) We are not using real firearms in our production. We're only using replicas. What can possibly go wrong with that?
4) Why should I care about authenticity?
5) What is included?
6) What are some of the most common mistakes actors make with firearms?
Registration requires a non-refundable registration fee of $125. Balance of the course fee is due the first day of class.

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With 30 years experience in teaching professionals how to shoot, instructor Dave Brown is one of few civilians recognized as an expert in police weapons training. He literally “wrote the book” on firearms safety in Canada with numerous articles published in national and international police magazines and was one of the primary subject matter experts in the design of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course.

Clients have included police, government and military agencies across Canada. Dave has been invited to the House of Commons in Ottawa to share his expertise with the standing committee on national security and been recognized by courts as an expert witness.

As firearms safety coordinator on film and theatre sets, Dave has been entrusted with the safety of cast and crew in hundreds of productions. Known for a relaxed teaching style and a dedication to safety, he has coached some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Dave has been invited to speak on the topic of firearms safety in film at workshops and conferences across Canada and in California and designed the firearms safety training module for the theatre and film industry across North America.



"Incredible! The confidence it gives you is amazing!"


"... WAY beyond my expectations."


"Excellent instructor!"


"It provided everything I could have imagined and more."


"I went from almost fainting the first time I picked up a handgun to loading and firing one multiple times, and I felt safe at all times.”


“Movie stars are coming to Winnipeg for more than just the historic backdrops. One of the best gunslingers in the business is also here. Dave Brown helps big stars and aspiring actors learn how to shoot, and shoot back, in on-screen action scenes. Handling weapons and ammunition and making it look real is an art that doesn't come naturally to everyone.” - Global TV News, November 22, 2007



Read the interview with Dave Brown on L.A. Talk Radio’s program “Film Courage”
here.