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.
Friday September 24th and Saturday September 25th from 9 am - 5 pm both days.
The “Effective Gunfighting” Program is an Academic & Experienced based review of everything you should know, and be able to do to be a well-rounded Gunfighter.
Live-Fire training focuses on reviewing and performing all gun handling tasks while exercising the mechanics of shooting for skill development, skill analysis & skill progression combat firing exercises.
*The Training Fee is; $525.00.
*The Range Fee is $25.00 per day x 2 = $50.00.
*Kit & Equipment; at a minimum bring your Every Day Carry Rig.
*Ammunition Requirements; 1,000 rounds Live Ammo.
*MAX PARTICIPATION; 10 training participants.
IN ORDER TO SECURE YOUR TRAINING SLOT
Who is Dave and Why is he Super:
The following excerpt is from Panteao Productions:
Dave Harrington (a.k.a. “Super” Dave) is the President of Combatspeed LLC which is located in Tampa, Florida. Dave is a two time retired senior weapons instructor from the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He has 23 years of military experience, the last 16 of which were spent in the Army’s Special Forces. He qualified as an expert infantryman, conventional and HALO (high altitude, low open) paratrooper, Ranger, and finally combat weapons craft instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. Some of the nation’s most elite counter terrorist fighters trained under Harrington there.
The following excerpt is from NE Shooters.
Dave Harrington is an International Level Weapons & Tactics Trainer, and National Level Competitive Shooter. Dave has an extensive background in the U.S. Army Special Forces and has earned the respect of his peers in both the shooting industry and competitive shooting communities with his technical knowledge base and on demand shooting ability.
Dave has developed his own training methodology, and training programs that provide a solid balance of technical shooting instruction and his guidance for the tactical application of fire for “problem solving”. The high value aspect of Dave’s approach to training is he is not a “lock step” trainer. Dave’s powers of observation and analytical skill allow him to immediately and continuously evaluate each individual’s ability and advise accordingly. Dave does not waste time, energy, or resources on topics that you readily understand and are capable of demonstrating based on his analysis of your performance. Dave will take you as far as he can based on your demonstrated performance and willingness to apply yourself.
The Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal (5), Army Achievement Medal (4), Good Conduct Medal (5), Airborne Wings, Jump Master, HALO Wings, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Expert Infantry Badge.
Special Operations Training Certificates:
United States Army Special Operations Command Security Managers Course (8B-F7) / May 21, 1999
Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC / 2F-F67/011-ASIW3) November 15, 1996
Special Forces Assistant Operations & Intelligence Sergeants Course (011-18F40) / September 20, 1994
Military Freefall Parachutist Course (2E-SI4X/ASI4X/001-ASIW8) / March 18, 1994
Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course (011-18B40) / December 9, 1993
Instructor Training Course (ITC/H Identifier) / April 2, 1993
Anti-terrorism Instructor Qualification Course (AIQC / 5k-F5/012-f30) / June 5, 1992
Individual Terrorism Awareness Course (INTAC / 3a-F40/011-f21) / May 22, 1992
Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation techniques Course (SFARTAETC) / August 9, 1990
Special Operations Weapons Sergeant Course (011-18B30) / August 8, 1988
CMF 18 Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course (011-18B30) / August 8, 1988Additional Military and Civilian Certificates of Training:
Rogers Tactical Shooting School (Advanced Qualifications) October 22, 1999 & June 21, 2002
Glock Armorer Course / June 28, 2002
Beretta Armorer Course / March 23, 2001
United States Marine Corps High Risk Personnel Course / June 27, 1997
FBI Firearms Instructor Qualification / December 16, 1994 & September 19, 1997
Department of Energy Force on Force Controller Training / September 26, 1997
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission system analysis / November 17, 1997
Secret Service Firearms Instructor Qualification, received High Overall Shooter Award / December 13, 1996
NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for Laws Governing Concealed Handgun and Use of Deadly Force / Current since October 27, 1995
NRA Certified Instructor for: Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Home Firearms Safety and Personal Protection / Current since August 31, 1995
Military Operations on Urban Terrain / September 4, 1987
Primary Leadership Development Course / June 26, 1987
Ranger School / RGR CLASS 2-87 / January 22, 1987
“Light Fighters Combat Leaders Course” / September 19, 1986
Advanced Individual Training – MOS 11C100 / May 8, 1986
United States Air Force Security Specialist Course (PDS CODE ZKA) / May 20, 1985
March 26 - 27, 2022
This course will be taught by David S Jenkins, one of 21 Certified Handgun Combatives Instructors in the USA. Dave completed a vigorous training certification course under Dave Spaulding, the founder of Handgun Combatives, in order to be able to provide this training. When you attend this course, you are getting the Handgun Combatives mindset, skills, and the benefit of over 60 years of combined experience purely dedicated to defensive firearms training.
The purpose of fighting is to win, not just remain in existence or survive – but to prevail! Nothing else is acceptable!
This course takes the handgun from a sporting, plinking, or recreational implement, to a tool of combat- to be ready and willing to fight if avoidance and evasion fail.
The purpose of this course is to build solid essential skills (grip, trigger control, body position, holster skills, reloads, malfunction clearances, etc.) and put them in the fight! Students will be trained to anchor and improve these essential skills under set time frames established in six (6) standards that will be shot during the course combining speed and combat accuracy.
This course is our doctrine, our flag ship, our foundation, how we at HC LLC think this should be done. Make no mistake, students will be pushed because when you face down a determined attacker, one must be resolute and confident their skills will work!
That is what this course is about – these are the skills required to end the fight!!
RB Training Consultants, LLC., and Modern American Combative Arts, LLC have teamed up again to provide an advanced level rifle course. Keeping in mind the current ammunition shortage, the Team has designed a course that is challenging, but not high in round count. This fast paced two day training focuses on the AR style carbine and its proper handling during less than perfect scenarios. Students will continue their mastery of alternative shooting positions as they pertain to barricade work and moving from cover to cover. Shooters will experiment with the concepts of moving and shooting and shooting on the move. Complex malfunctions will be presented in a stress induced manner and one-handed manipulation of the carbine will be explored. The course will culminate in a competition-based series of drills designed to challenge both the students' shooting skills and physical abilities. Ammunition in both .300 Blackout and .223 will be available for purchase on the days of training.
Cost is $350 (Includes Instruction, Range Time, Targets)
300 Rounds of Ammunition is needed for class.
Check her website for current available dates and times!
Armed and Educated Women's Shoot
It will be a fun afternoon of shooting and skill building
in an all women's group.
Women will get to practice shooting techniques,
while playing fun shooting games.
Visit www.FirearmsTrainingForWomen.com to buy your ticket.
Space is limited.
Women Shooting Lessons
Firearms Training for women taught by a woman.
One on One.
Spots are limited, so reserve your lesson now.
General Private Lessons and NRA Classes also available.
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.
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.
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.
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
NRA certified instructor I Teknical Methodz
Sabrina is a NRA certified instructor who specializes in teaching other women about firearms. She offers private training, as well as Armed and Educated Women’s Day. Don’t let your age or experience stop you from learning how to protect yourself.
At 310 Guns our mission is to STOP CRIME and SAVE lives by preparing our students for the before, during and after of a self-defense incident.
We believe that it is a right for an individual to feel confident and safe in their everyday life, and we stride to offer this through a combination of classroom instruction as well as practical hands on experience.
We started training back in 2005 in the US Navy as a small arms Firearms Instructor. Since then we have been contract Military firearms instructors, Federal contract firearms instructors, Florida State K Licensed and Certified NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. We recently started this business to do what we truly love, help people protect themselves and their families from danger. We are currently serving the Central Florida area but we are willing to travel. We enjoy giving the knowledge we’ve gained over the years to people eager to learn.
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.
Andrew and Ashley have teamed up to offer a Women’s Only Carry Pistol 1 class that includes a free certificate to show proficiency so you can apply for your Concealed Weapons Permit. 4 hour class $100