FTA Courses

Course pricing reflects 15% FTA discount.


FTA Range Safety Course
Course Length: 4 Hours

Topics Covered: Fundamentals of marksmanship, nomenclature, cycle of operation, loading and unloading, immediate and remedial action, Summary of Virginia Firearms Laws (Code of Virginia), Firearms Safety, Personal Safety on the Range, Range Safety Rules.

Note: This prerequisite course is mandatory and must be completed before members use the range or take other courses.


FTA Home Safety
Course Length: 1 Hour

Topics Covered: Owner Responsibility, Safe and Secure Storage Options for Firearms and Ammunition, Accident Prevention, General Firearm Handling.


GSE Basic Pistol and VA CCW Course
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                Course Cost: $127

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States..

Course Description: This course is designed to develop safe firearm handling skills. The student will learn the basic fundamentals of shooting and how to safely draw their weapon out of the holster.  The student will also develop a solid foundation of shooting skills.  The student will quickly gain experience, confidence and increase their skill level with their handgun.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Handgun Safety certificate to submit to the County Circuit Court in your jurisdiction to obtain your concealed handgun permit. Students will also receive a NRA Basic Handgun Course certificate.

Topics Covered: Code of Virginia Firearms Laws, Rule for the Use of Force in Self-Defense, Firearms Safety, Negligent Discharge Prevention, Fundamentals of Marksmanship & Pistol Shooting, Pistols (makes, models, actions & components), Types of Malfunctions and Corrective Actions (immediate action & remedial action), Proper Care and Maintenance, Ammunition Identification, Practical Pistol Handling and Operating, Positions and Presentation to the Target, Live Fire Range Exercise. Certificates provided upon completion of this class meet the training documentation requirements of Virginia Code 18.2-308 for concealed carry permit applications.

Note: This course requires a minimum of four (4) students. If we do not meet the minimum number of students required 7 days out from the first day of class, the course will be canceled.


GSE Pistol Craft 101
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                 Course Cost: $170

Prerequisite: None but NRA Basic Pistol or equivalent preferred.

Course Description: Pistol Craft 101 is a course designed to take the shooter beyond the standard basic pistol class and introduce them to stress and working their pistols with a sense of urgency.  Each drill is a building block towards the next drill while still pushing the shooter to refine and master the techniques that they have previously covered.  PC 101 is also a great refresher course for shooters who have had a bit of time away from the range. 

The focus of this course is the advanced development of general handgun shooting skills such as: the draw, one-handed shooting, reloading, speed shooting, multiple targets and movement in shooting

Topics Covered: Covered: Review of Fundamentals, pistol manipulation, dealing with multiple targets, moving and shooting as well as shooting on the move.


GSE Pistol Craft 202
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                 Course Cost: $170

Prerequisite: GSE PC 101 or equivalent.

Course Description: Pistol Craft 202 is designed to take the intermediate shooter and push them to more advanced skills.  Stress is always applied, whether it is speed or accuracy, the shooter will always be pushed to make better or faster shots.  As with PC 101, each drill is a building block for the next drill while always honing the previous skills. PC 202 will not only review the topics from PC 101, but it will also include: different shooting positions, using cover, one-handed pistol manipulations and moving targets.

The focus of this course is to drive the shooter into and more advanced level of shooting and understanding the affects that stress has on the body and mind while still being able to think their way through problems.

Topics Covered: Review of fundamentals, one-handed pistol manipulations, tactical reloading, unorthodox shooting positions, shooting from protected positions and shooing at moving targets.


GSE Pistol Craft 303
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                 Course Cost: $250

Prerequisite: GSE PC 202 or equivalent.

Course Description: Pistol Craft 303 is designed to add depth as a third dimension to the shooting environment, meaning some targets may be closer than others.  In Pistol Craft 101 / 202, shooters are introduced to the drawing of the pistol, engaging multiple and moving targets, shooting from different positions and the mechanics of shooting on the move.  In PC 303, the shooter is trained to move towards various points of cover and engage targets as they become visible while still avoiding potential “no-shoot” targets. 

The main goal of PC 303 is to emphasize the importance of situational awareness and to not get caught in the “tunnel vision” of focusing on a single target.

Topics Covered: Judicious use of deadly force, situational awareness and mind-set, review of safety and fundamentals of marksmanship, target identification, moving targets, multiple targets, cover and concealment and safe movement from one point of cover to another.


GSE Pistol Craft 404
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                 Course Cost: $300

Prerequisite: GSE PC 303 or equivalent. 18 years or older.

Course Description: Pistol Craft 404 is designed as the culmination of the GSE Pistol Craft series and has a scenario based concept.  Students will review and practice the legal concepts for the judicious use of deadly force during practical exercises were they must decide whether or not they should shoot a particular target.  It also introduces the student to the reality of a critical incident where the “bad guy” may be shooting back. 

Students and Instructors will be using Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) equipment which includes specially designed NON-LETHAL projectiles which identify if they are hit.  Golden Seal Enterprises will supply all UTM equipment for this course.  Due to the length of the practical exercises, this course is limited to a maximum number of ten students.

Topics Covered: Review of safety / fundamentals of marksmanship, target identification and the judicious use of deadly force.


GSE Intro to Carbine Course
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                Course Cost: $127

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Course Description: This course is designed to develop a solid foundation of shooting skills with the carbine rifle. This course focuses on the fundamentals of the carbine rifle and weapon familiarization.

Topics Covered: Safety, Nomenclature, Familiarization, Fundamentals of Shooting, Shooting Positions, Malfunctions, Zero Procedures and Weapons Maintenance.


GSE Carbine 2.0 Course
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                Course Cost: $127

Prerequisite:Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States. GSE Intro to Carbine or DCJS 10E Patrol Rifle endorsement.

Course Description: This course is designed for shooters that have a basic foundation in carbine shooting and are looking to move into more intermediate skills and drills. Shooters will become more familiar with carbine shooting through application of fundamentals while moving onto more advanced carbine tactics and techniques. This class is considered the second evolution in our complete carbine course package.

Topics Covered: Firearms Safety, Compressed Fundamentals of Carbine Marksmanship, Zero Confirm, Tactical Reloads, Gear Considerations, Malfunctions & Stoppages, Presentation, Timed Stress Drills and Basic Movement while shooting.


GSE Intro to Shotgun Course
Course Length: 4 Hours                                                Course Cost: $76

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Course Description: This course is designed to develop a solid foundation of shooting skills with the shotgun. This course focuses on the shooting fundamentals, manipulation of the shotgun and weapon familiarization.

Topics Covered: Safety, Nomenclature, Familiarization, Fundamentals of Shooting, Shooting Positions, Carrying Techniques, Patterning, Slug Sight-In , Malfunctions, and Weapons Maintenance.


GSE Self-Defense Course
Course Length: 8 Hours                                                 Course Cost: $150

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or 14 years old if accompanied by a legal guardian.

Course Description: The GSE Self-defense course is a co-ed program that focuses on gross-motor skills (skills that are simple and easy to remember under stress).  These skills are designed to be very efficient so the student has a better chance of warding off attackers through speed, surprise and violence of action in order to break free and escape the problem.  The goal is to minimize the amount of time that someone is in a physical conflict to avoid the enhanced risk of injury and fatigue.

Topics Covered: Mind-set, basic body mechanics, foot-work, blocks, strikes, kicks and escapes from aggressive holds.


GSE Defensive Knife Course
Course Length: 16 Hours                                                 Course Cost: $212

Prerequisite: Be a minimum of 18 years old or accompanied by a legal guardian and a United States Citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

Course Description: This course is designed to develop practical skills for EDC (everyday carry) knife use. Students will learn how to utilize their EDC knife for both defensive and offensive scenarios with an emphasis on effective, realistic and court defensible actions. Through the use of practical exercises and proven methodology, students will gain the confidence they need to properly defend themselves against both unarmed and armed attacks.

Topics Covered: Knife types and selection, carry methods and location, draw, grip, points of counter-attack, empty-hand vs. knife, knife vs. knife, escapes from restraint, legal considerations and force on force simulation drills.


GSE No Light/Low Light Course
Course Length: 5 Hours                                                   Course Cost: $106

Prerequisite: Basic familiarization with handgun. Students must know how to draw, reload and clear stoppages prior to attending.

Course Description: Participants will use their personal handgun, flashlight and 200 rounds of ammunition to negotiate a reduced lighting and no-light training evolution. The drills include presentation, shooting, reloading, flashlight manipulation and barricade use in both reduced light and no-light environments.

Topics Covered: Vision in different lighting, basic types of flashlights, use of light sources, flashlight handling techniques, practicality / use of sights, weapon management, engaging single and multiple targets and the use of barricades in the dark.

Note: This course requires a minimum of four (4) students. If we do not meet the minimum number of students required 7 days out from the first day of class, the course will be canceled.


FTA Advanced Handgun
Course Length: 16 Hours

Topics Covered: Review of Fundamentals, Correction of Grip, Stance & Trigger Issues, Teaching the 3 Types of Reload, Driving the Gun (Target to Target), Sight & Recoil Management in Rapid Fire, Movement from Position to Position, Shooting on the Move, One Handed Unsupported Shooting, Review of the 5 Point Draw, Review of Cover & Concealment, and Review of the Tueller Drill (21 feet).


FTA Basic Shotgun
Course Length: 4 Hours

Topics Covered: Safe and Proper Use and Handling of the Shotgun, Nomenclature, Positions and Combat Loading Techniques, Decision-Making, Transition from Sidearm to Shotgun, Shotgun Retention and Proper Use of a Sling.


FTA Basic Rifle Marksmanship
Course Length: 4 Hours

Topics Covered: Rifle Safety, Parts and Operation, Introduction to Ammunition and Rifle Shooting, Rifle Cleaning and Storage.


NRA Range Safety Officer Course
Course Length: 8 Hours

Topics Covered: Roll of the RSO, Range Standard Operation Procedures, Range Inspections, Types of Shooting Range Safety Rules, Range Safety Briefing, Emergency Procedures, Gun Stoppages and Malfunctions.