Firearms Safety & Handling
Actors Workshop

If you are serious about your career, you should be serious about your safety.
This workshop teaches people how to effectively use one of the common tools of the film or theatre professions.

Firearms Training for Film and Theatre
The Firearms Safety & Handling Actors Workshop is specifically designed for actors, filmmakers, film and stage crew and other industry professionals to learn about firearms safety, handling and authenticity. It uses demonstrations and extensive hands-on practice to give the real experience of shooting both blank and actual firearms in a safe and controlled environment. It is designed to raise awareness about firearms safety in the entertainment industry, explain basic safety rules and industry safety guidelines and demonstrate how to be safer and more comfortable when handling firearms on set.

This is an advanced workshop that will increase your confidence, show you how to be safe on set and demonstrate how responsible handling adds to the professionalism of a production and helps tell the story.

The workshop covers:


This three-day professional-level workshop is informative, challenging and fun. It combines classroom and shooting range activities into an integrated package of safety and knowledge. It doesn’t just give you the answers; it explains the right questions to ask.

Not just for actors, this workshop is for all industry professionals who may be dealing with firearms. It details how to keep both cast and crew safe when firearms or replica firearms are being handled on set and discusses the many ways one can get the look they want, safely, legally and within budget.

Zeyda and the Hitman set photo


Next workshop:

July 21 to 23, 2017


Three-Day Workshop
$395 Cdn



Frequently asked questions:

1) In your workshop, you shoot movie firearms with blanks 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 firearms in our production. We're only using replicas. What are the hazards in that?
4) Why should I care about authenticity?
5) What is included in the workshop?
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 thirty years experience in teaching professionals how to shoot, firearms 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 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.

Training 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 Manitoba 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.