Connecticut
Firearms Training Academy
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"From Basic to Advanced, Firearms Training at it's Best!"

 

 
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Connecticut Firearms Training Academy was founded in 2017 by Owner and Lead Instructor Brian Kowalczyk. Brian has been an avid recreational and former competitive shooter for over 30 years. He has been an active firearms instructor in CT since 1996 and has taught hundreds of classes over the years. He has a background in Public Safety and Security and served as President, Vice President and Secretary of a local gun club for many years. He is a Patriot Benefactor Life Member of the NRA and also a member of the NSSF and CCDL.

Brian is a National Rifle Association Certified Instructor and Chief Range Safety Officer, he is certified by the NRA to instruct numerous classes and disciplines including Basic Pistol, Defensive Pistol, Basic Rifle, Basic Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, Metallic Cartridge Reloading, Shotgun Shell Reloading and Range Safety Officer.

Brian is also a United States Concealed Carry Association Certified Instructor and Training Counselor, he is certified by the USCCA to instruct Basic Handgun, Concealed Carry, Home Defense and to run Instructor Workshops.

Guest Instructors
Instructor John Moody joins us monthly to instruct a Basic Handgun Class and assists us doing the USCCA Instructor Workshops. He is an avid firearm enthusiast and civilian firearm trainer. Through the years John has acquired the skills needed to properly train civilians in the defensive use of firearms.

John is a National Rifle Association Certified Instructor and Training Counselor. he is certified by the NRA to instruct numerous classes and disciplines including Basic Pistol, Defensive Pistol, Basic Rifle, Basic Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home, Metallic Cartridge Reloading, Shotgun Shell Reloading and Range Safety Officer. John is also a United States Concealed Carry Association Certified Instructor and Training Counselor, he is certified by the USCCA to instruct Basic Handgun, Concealed Carry, Home Defense and to run Instructor Workshops. He is also certified by the state of Utah BCI to teach the Utah Permit class.
   
Instructor Gary Belanger brings his experience and skill set to certify former Law Enforcement Officers under LEOSA (HR218). Gary has decades of experience training both civilian and law enforcement personnel. He is CT Post Certified and runs Performance Tactical and is part of the Sabre Tactical training program.
   

Instructor Richard "Doc" Livingston joins us occasionally to offer the NRA Basic Pistol Class. A Certified NRA Instructor and Chief Range Safety Officer Doc is certified by the NRA to instruct Basic Pistol, Defensive Pistol, Basic Rifle, Basic Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside the Home and Range Safety Officer bringing decades of firearm training experience to the classroom. Doc is also a Military Instructor certified in Small Arms, Rifle/Shotgun, Long Range Shooting and Hand to Hand Combat.

Doc spent over 20 years serving in the US Coast Guard, including 4 years of combat duty in Vietnam as a 50 Caliber Machine Gunner on a 21' rigid hull inflatable called a River Rat, in the Persian Gulf where he was responsible for searching container ships for weapons, bombs and other contraband and in Afghanistan where he was the C.O.'s personal bodyguard for 2 years. In 1985 he was chosen to be in charge of one of four specialized Law Enforcement Detachments, working intensively with the DEA worldwide, specializing in International Drug Enforcement and Counter Terrorism. He spent 3 months at Quantico and trained with the FBI in preparation for assisting in the protection of President George HW Bush for a 2 year obligation.