Training Workshops
Advanced training for professionals


“Practice doesn't make perfect.
Only perfect practice makes perfect.”

Firearms training must be taught as a science that requires a good understanding of the performance of the human body under stress. Dave Brown is the professional firearms instructor who can provide this level of training in everything from basic to advanced courses for specialized clients. All workshops are custom-designed for each client and tailored to their specific needs. No public courses are offered. Courses are available only to professionals in government, military, corporate or law enforcement.

The following categories are currently being offered:

  • Firearms Safety in Film and Theatre for professionals in the film and theatre industries
  • Safety In Bear Country for corporate or government clients
  • Canadian Firearms Safety Course and Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course for corporate or government clients
  • Advanced and Live-fire Training for professional-level law enforcement only

Film and Theatre Workshops

Firearms Safety and Handling Actors Workshop
- Designed specifically for actors, filmmakers and production crews, the Firearms Safety and Handling Workshop is an advanced three-day course that uses video, lecture, demonstrations, hands-on practice and live shooting to help you be safer and more comfortable around firearms. Workshop participants learn:
  • Terminology
  • Safety procedures
  • Hazards of blanks
  • Marksmanship
  • Authentic handling
  • Live fire target practice
Participants handle prop firearms and real firearms under the watchful eye of experienced instructors and practice shooting with both blanks and live ammunition in a safe and controlled environment. See here for more information.

Firearms Safety Awareness in Film and Theatre - (NEW) Taught by a professional firearms trainer with extensive experience in both stage and film, this three-hour seminar is designed to raise awareness about the importance of firearms safety in the entertainment industry, describe the nature and hazards of blanks and explain some of the basic firearms safety rules and industry guidelines on the use of firearms and replicas.

It will clearly illustrate both the hazards of using firearms in a production and the proper steps necessary to control those risks. It describes ways to work safely, quickly and effectively with cast and crew and how responsible handling of firearms will add to the story and allow cast and crew to do their jobs safely.

This seminar is mobile and can be presented online or in-person.

Advanced Live-fire Training Courses

Safety in Bear Country - Working in wilderness areas can be unforgiving. If your organization works in a remote area, you may be in the back yard of some dangerous animals. There are a lot of myths about bear encounters and there is little room for outdated techniques or options that may not work when you need them. Learn to how spot an attack before it happens; how to deter bears using noisemakers or bear spray and learn how to keep yourself and your fellow employees alive should a sudden attack happen.

Safety in Bear Country can be structured anywhere from a one hour presentation to provide some simple tips for staying safe in bear country, to a full day of classroom and live-fire training.

Vertically-Integrated Safety in Bear Country forms a comprehensive program of employee safety when paired with two to three days of the Canadian Firearms Safety Course that meets the Canadian requirements to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence, plus half a day of bear awareness and half a day of live-fire shotgun training.

Live-fire Shotgun Training uses techniques specifically designed for practical use in wilderness areas by the average person in the middle of a stressful situation. This is not the place for skills developed by target shooters or game players, nor techniques more applicable to experienced hunters. Bears do not politely stand still, nor do they provide advance warning of predatory behaviour. Employees who live and work in bear country can suddenly be thrust into a life-threatening situation during a bear attack that will be quick, violent and over in a heartbeat.


Now mandatory for several federal agencies that work in remote areas, workshops are custom-designed for each individual client. Bears are one of the most intelligent predators on earth and learn what it means when we say that the best bear encounter in the world is the one that never happens in the first place.

Canadian Firearms Safety Courses

Canadian Firearms Safety Course
- The Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) is designed to meet the safety training requirements for firearms licence applicants in Canada. Dave Brown was one of the subject-matter experts who helped design the program, and he delivers this course exclusively to corporate or government agencies in Manitoba. The focus is on the professional use of non-restricted firearms, and includes the FULL program taught over a three-day period in the client’s own workplace. There are no shortcuts in firearms safety, and there are no shortcuts in training. Clients don’t just learn how to pass the tests; they will learn how to be safer and more comfortable around firearms for the rest of their lives.

Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course - The Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) can be delivered to the same group as an additional option to the CFSC. It focuses specifically on the professional use of handguns, and meets the safety training requirements for applicants for restricted firearm licences. The CRFSC adds an additional one or two days to the CFSC.

Law Enforcement and Professional Training

The following workshops are taught ONLY to legitimate law enforcement agencies. Workshops are custom-designed and individually tailored for each client.

The Patrol Shotgun - The shotgun is still one of the most versatile and effective defensive weapons in law enforcement. With modern training and sound techniques, the shotgun can work more effectively under stress than ever thought possible. Participants in a police shotgun workshop learn combat-proven methods in safety, marksmanship, speed shooting, tactical reloading, transitioning to a pistol, shooting from cover, shooting while moving and less-than-lethal options. Emphasis is on simple common-sense techniques based on the physiological and psychological effects of stress on the human body that work for everyone, regardless of previous experience with the shotgun.


The 12-gauge Less-Lethal - The standard police-issue 12-gauge shotgun can be converted to a less-lethal munitions launcher with some practical accessories; solid policy changes to ensure intermediate force projectiles can never be mixed with live rounds; and upgraded training that recognizes the substantial differences between the police shotgun and a less-lethal munitions launcher. Standards for accuracy are higher and there are differences in both handling and in aiming points. Training must be based on the science of physiology of stress. Training will consist of justification for less-lethal force; loading; deploying; aiming; marksmanship; speed loading; unloading and solving common malfunctions. Not all less-lethal munitions provide the same level of force or acceptable level of accuracy, and this workshop is designed to explore all viable options as well as effective use in order to save lives in practical situations.

Advanced Pistol Workshop - Factory-trained by Glock Inc. as a Police Transitional Pistol Instructor, Dave Brown teaches an advanced pistol workshop for armed law enforcement agencies designed around the specific needs of each platform. Training topics include: range and firearms safety, the draw from the holster, basic marksmanship, multiple targets, reloading under stress, jam-clearing, speed shooting, close-quarters combat, close personal protection, shooting from cover, shooting while moving, shooting while disabled, and low-light shooting. Training always acknowledges the physiological responses of the human body to stress and discusses the moral and legal justifications for the employment of deadly force.

Individual Instruction

One-on-One Coaching
is available to select clients in their own facilities.