Trae Johnson started Ares Firearms Training over a decade ago by teaching Concealed Carry Permit Classes and firearms lessons. Now, Trae is a certified NRA Training Counselor. Trae would let family, friends, and students come out and shoot on the weekends. His wife, Julie, joined him as a NRA Certified Instructor almost 10 years ago. Over the years the range has continued to grow. Now Trae and Julie manage the family owned and operated family friendly training facility.
Now we are able to offer Gun Trials and Gun Experiences! Trae will let you shoot a variety of guns, whether it's trying concealed carry guns before you buy or full-auto machine guns and a .50 cal Barrett!
We offer Instructors a place to train and teach their skills. Instructors and students come from other states and countries to train at Ares Training Facility in Leesburg, FL. We offer a separate area for training classes of all different disciplines. Whether you want to feel more confident drawing from a concealment holster, or you want to be ready if you are ever faced with an active shooter situation, we have an instructor and a class for you.
Check the Calendar for upcoming classes!
We have local instructors that have chosen to make Ares Training Facility their home range because they love it so much. You might see them at our special events, competitions, and as Range Safety Officers when they aren't instructing.
If you are an instructor and looking for a range that is training friendly, please contact us to request the Instructor Information Packet.
We have a separate range just for instructors to offer larger vigorous classes, or pocket berms for smaller classes and private lessons.
History. Heritage. Marksmanship.
At Project Appleseed™, we’re dedicated to keeping these timeless values alive. We promote civic responsibility through the teaching of colonial history and the American tradition of rifle marksmanship. Even after all of these years, there is much to be learned from our forefathers’ examples of perseverance, commitment, and civic virtue. With a full calendar of shooting clinics and events, Project Appleseed is here to make sure these timeless principles live on for generations to come.
Our events are typically two-day programs that teach the rifle marksmanship skills that were once commonly practiced in America. Our Instructors put in nearly 200 hours of training so they can teach the skills that will one day allow a Rifleman to be accurate out to 500 yards. This distance is known as the traditional “Rifleman’s Quarter Mile” and has been part of America’s marksmanship repertoire since our country’s earliest days.
During breaks, we’ll tell you the true story of the earliest days of our nation, including the detailed events of April 19, 1775. You may be surprised by what you hear.
Whether you’ve never fired a rifle before or you’re already a competitive shooter, no one who comes to a Project Appleseed event ever leaves the same. The new skills, history, and friendships are inspiring and life-changing.
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November 12-13, 2022
These instructors each operate their own businesses independent of each other and the range. They choose to be at Ares so they can teach the dynamic expert level of training they can’t offer anywhere else local. Other ranges just aren’t conducive to training like moving while shooting or holster work.
I highly recommend any of the instructors that come to Ares to teach. I recommend visiting their websites and talking to them before choosing one. They all teach different classes and techniques, and have different personalities. Their prices are probably different too.
Sarah Williamson is our Lead Instructor with decades of shooting and teaching experience. She is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, Certified Range Safety Officer, and certified to teach "Refuse To Be a Victim", an award winning NRA program. Sarah is a competition shooter in speed pistol, Precision Rifle Series (PRS), Rim fire and Bullseye. Sarah is constantly training to improve her shooting skills. Friends and family ask why she trains so hard.
"I don't train for the probability of an attack. I train for the possibility. Statistically, it is very unlikely that I will ever need to defend myself or others. But, just in case I ever face an armed assailant looking for an unfair fight, I intend to give him an unfair fight.
It is understood that when seconds matter, the Police are minutes away. In a self-defense situation, when my life may be on the line, I am the first defender. The Police will respond shortly to make sure the matter is under control and begin their investigation." - Sarah Williamson
Aaron “Sasquatch” Hilderbrandt is a retired Cavalry Scout in the United States Army with multiple combat deployments.
During his decorated military career, Aaron discovered and honed a passion for the importance of gun safety and proficiency. That passion fueled the motivation to create Sasquatch Tactical, a firearms training & certification service. Sasquatch Tactical works with beginner shooters to advanced tacticians.
Joel “Tek” Martinez is a certified instructor offering CCW classes and multi-level courses for new and experienced concealed carry shooters. Classes include, but are not limited to, drawing from holster and target acquisition, carbine fundamentals, rifle to pistol transition, and moving and shooting courses.
Private and group classes available. For bookings, contact Joel through any of the details provided. You can also follow Joel on Instagram at @teknicalmethodz
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We focus on developing our client’s ability to utilize critical thinking under stress in tandem with body mechanics and fundamentals of marksmanship and firearms handling. With customized communication plans tailored to the specific training needs of our clients, we are able to translate content into language that is easily understood and minimize roadblocks to learning. John Eynouf was a Ranger qualified paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne and served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also has served as a Protective Security Specialists (PSS) member and Vehicle Commander assigned to the Quick Reaction Force team on Task Order 9 in Kabul, Afghanistan for two years.
YouTube link. Combat Art Training, offers gunfight oriented training for new shooters, experienced shooters, and those who carry guns professionally. Private training and regularly scheduled classes available. Subscribe to their YouTube channel to get to know Combat Art Training.
Since our founding, Blood Eagle Tactical and Self Defense has had the opportunity to help countless students acquire foundational skills, develop new techniques and confidently move forward in their learning journey. Our main goal is and always will be to teach real self defense for real world attacks and to make sure every student is proficient in every aspect of combat.
Mike Jackson offers classes covering Concealed Weapon License, Rifle and Pistol drills, New Firearms Owners Workshop, Kids Firearms Safety , Firearms Cleaning and Maintenance, Defensive Carbine, and Defensive Pistol.