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.
2 Day Defensive Carbine and Pistol Class
Saturday and Sunday
February 19-20, 2022
This course is designed to introduce the intermediate shooter to defensive carbine/rifle and pistol work combined.
This is an intensive two day program for intermediate shooters with training experience.
All students must understand and be able to successfully maintain all shooting safety fundamentals and procedures.
All students must understand and be able to successfully maintain all shooting safety fundamentals. Students should be familiar with the working operations of their carbine/rifle and pistol: load, unload, clear malfunctions.
This course is limited to 14 students only. First 14 to buy tickets will attend.
Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch and beverages.
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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!!
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.
March 12-13, 2022
June 11-12, 2022
September 17-18, 2022
November 12-13, 2022
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.
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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NRA certified instructor I Teknical Methodz
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.
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.
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.
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.