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Programs

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Concealed Carry Certification (CCW)

Basic course 2-hours $80.00 ($40.00 for military Veterans) For clients who have already had a basic firearms course by the NRA or prior military persons with a DD Form 214.


Standard course 4-hours $90.00 ($45.00 for military Veterans) Perfect for the first time shooter or anyone willing  to attend a handgun marksmanship and safety refresher course.  


Classroom portions can occur at the clients residence.


There is no fee for fingerprinting. Both classes require fingerprinting to be accomplished.


Client will mail-in or hand deliver CCW application and fee ($60.00) to AZ DPS for processing and approval.


Client can choose to do the live fire for the standard course at a range near the clients residence.


Available in the Phoenix & Prescott/Chino Valley areas. Schedule your course today.

   

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LEOSA (Retired Police Officers)

$45.00 per-hour, per-person.

We will supply everything except the bullets, gun(s), ear protection, and eye protection.

Once done we will hand deliver your qualification package to the AZ DPS for processing and you will receive your new card within a few days of qualifying.

Available in the Phoenix and Prescott/Chino Valley areas.

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Basic Firearms Courses

Basic Pistol (revolver or semi-automatic) & Rifle (Bolt, Semi-Automatic, Pump, Lever Action, etc.), Basic Air Handgun and Rifle, and Basic Shotgun, Firearms Training: $125.00 per-day, per-client. Safety skills when handling and shooting, reloading, malfunction drills, using a holster, safe storage in the home, determining the right firearm for you and concealment methods. Client will learn proper cleaning techniques for the firearm(s). Client is responsible for own ammunition and firearms used. Firearms in the calibers of 9mm, .357, .40, and .45 can be rented from the instructor. AR15 can be rented from the instructor.  NRA basic firearms completion card awarded.

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Armed Security Guard Training

Training and certifying Arizona's newly armed security guards (16-hours) and recertification for existing armed security guards (8-hours).

Classes Offered



Discounted & Special prices offered to Veterans with 8 or more people.

Upcoming Courses

12/13/2019

NRA Basic Pistol Course

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ben Avery Shootng Range-Smallbore Range

Event Details

12/13/2019

NRA Basic Pistol Course

Safe gun handling & fundamentals of shooting, basic information concerning revolver and semi-automatic pistols, cleaning, identifying stoppages and malfunctions.  Attendee will participate in a live firing of one or both firearms mentioned. https://www.nrainstructors.org/CourseDetails.aspx?Courseid=546885&seats=12&State=y&SearchState=AZ&id=56&bsa=&youth=&women=

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ben Avery Shootng Range-Smallbore Range

1/18 & 1/19/2020

NRA Level I Rifle Coach Course

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ben Avery Shooting Range-Smallbore Building/Classroom

Event Details

1/18 & 1/19/2020

NRA Level I Rifle Coach Course

This course allows the attendees to learn how to become a coach in air rifle & smallbore rifle competitive sports. Attendees learn safe gun handling, range inspections, coaching positions & helping shooters to become competitive.https://www.nrainstructors.org/CourseDetails.aspx?Courseid=546878&seats=15&State=y&SearchState=AZ&id=44&bsa=&youth=&women=   

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ben Avery Shooting Range-Smallbore Building/Classroom

1/24/2020

NRA Basic Rifle Course

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ben Avery Shooting Range-Smallbore Range

Event Details

1/24/2020

NRA Basic Rifle Course

Safe gun handling & fundamentals of shooting, basic information concerning rifles, cleaning, identifying stoppages & malfunctions.  Attendee will participate in a live firing. 

https://www.nrainstructors.org/CourseDetails.aspx?Courseid=546888&seats=12&State=y&SearchState=AZ&id=1&bsa=&youth=&women=

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ben Avery Shooting Range-Smallbore Range

1/25/2020

NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) Course

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ben Avery Shooting Range-Smallbore Building/Classroom

Event Details

1/25/2020

NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO) Course

This 9-hour course provides the client with the liabilities involved with being a safety officer, as well as performing range operation (organization, conduct, & supervising) and safe gun handling. 

https://www.nrainstructors.org/CourseDetails.aspx?Courseid=546881&seats=12&State=y&SearchState=AZ&id=5&bsa=&youth=&women=

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ben Avery Shooting Range-Smallbore Building/Classroom

2/8 & 2/9/2020

NRA Level I Rifle Coach Course

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ben Avery Shooting Range-Smallbore Building/Classroom

Event Details

2/8 & 2/9/2020

NRA Level I Rifle Coach Course

This course allows the attendees to learn how to become a coach in air rifle & smallbore rifle competitive sports. Attendees learn safe gun handling, range inspections, coaching positions & helping shooters to become competitive.  https://www.nrainstructors.org/CourseDetails.aspx?Courseid=546879&seats=12&State=y&SearchState=AZ&id=44&bsa=&youth=&women=

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ben Avery Shooting Range-Smallbore Building/Classroom

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Testimonials/Recommendations

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Steve M.:   Dan was an amazing instructor and I really felt he cared about me, and helping me be successful. He took the time to help me work thru issues during the training and provided me with a ton of knowledge and skills to further my ability with a firearm.


Thomas H.:  Dan Palmer is a excellent Firearms instructor very well versed and knowledgeable in his instructing patient, ensuring that the fundamentals of shooting understood by his trainees, before moving on to more advanced training. The sessions were very serious but at the same time it was a fun learning experience. I came from a different police agency and I learned a lot from Sgt. Palmer. I was blown away with some of the training we did... very experienced and knowledgeable, great person.

Hailey G.:  I highly recommend Up in Smoke Firearms Training.  Dan gives you thorough hands on training and is very patient.  Most importantly, you gain the knowledge to handle weapons in the safest manner and he makes the classes fun.  My experience was great!


Jasmine C.:   I highly recommend this company because not only does it give you hands on experience but the instructors there are amazing they don't push your limits they also go at your pace, and most importantly you have fun during the classes. My experience was the best and I hope yours will be too.

Rafe A.:  An incredible instructor who teaches real world situations while at the same time teaching to control breathing and technique to make the shooter proficient to win the fight. Cant say enough of the lessons I learned in his instructions. Thank you Dan!


Norm B.:  Known Dan for over 30 years. Observed him as a department firearms instructor and as a LEOSA instructor. I have found him to be highly skilled and knowledgeable on these issues. I would highly recommend his services. firearms training

Scott H.:  I was very impressed, Dan is an extremely well experienced instructor that can speak to both the experienced or inexperienced shooter. I highly recommend this company for all of your firearms instructional needs.


CJ.:  Dan is very professional but most of all a good teacher. He not only has the expertise in firearms  training but has a lot of patience when you start as a beginner. I learned so much in a short amount of time and felt very confident in retaining all the information that he gave me, showed me and then watched me as I demonstrated what I learned. I would highly recommend him to show you new skills or work on getting better.

S. P.: Dan is an extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and patient instructor. My friends and I needed some self-defense skills before heading off to college, and we chose Dan for his outstanding background and certifications. Although he has many years of experience, he was able to teach us the skills that we needed to learn in a way that we could understand and remember for years to come. I went back to Dan for several more lessons before I traveled abroad, and he was even willing and able to give me self-defense tips when I was encountering a challenging situation in Asia. I'm so glad I had taken lessons with him!  I would happily recommend his lessons and his services to all who are seeking the knowledge and skills they need for self-defense. My friends and I give him 5 stars for his spectacular work.

Elizabeth G.:  Incredible experience! I had reached out to Dan when I was looking for somewhere to complete the Level I Rifle Coach Training. I planned to travel to Arizona for training, as there are no trainers in Colorado currently offering this class. When I explained that I was preparing to lead a Youth Air Rifle Team at the school I work at he did absolutely everything he could to help me! After many attempts to get many people signed up for his class, we began to realize that there was not as big of turn out as anticipated. In fact there were two of us signed up to take the class, and a third person that joined me for the Basic Pistol Class. Dan still took the time to travel here to Colorado Springs, on his own dime to instruct THREE people! Yes, we all paid for the classes, but he paid more to get here than what he made. He was professional, thorough, and just an amazing Instructor, human being, and fellow American! It was truly an honor to meet Dan and be blessed enough to get training from him! Thank you Dan!!!


Seth K.:  I highly recommend Up In Smoke! Dan is an amazing man and wonderful instructor. He is fun to learn from and has amazing attention to detail. I've taken multiple classes with him and I loved them all!


Neil R.:  I just completed the NRA Level 1 Rifle Coach course with Dan. Thanks to the team at the Air Force Junior ROTC unit at Deer Valley High School for hosting and supporting this great event. In short, I have been teaching 4 position, known distance rifle shooting for over 45 years. Dan's presentation is the most comprehensive approach I have yet to experience. I learned a great deal not just about the technical aspects of rifle shooting but how to teach it from a master teacher. Dan is  a rare combination of a guy who can shoot and who can teach people to shoot and who can teach coaches how to teach others to shoot. Long winded, I know, but that is a rare skill set. Do yourself and your team a favor. Take his class. Semper Fidelis

About Us

Dedicated Instructors

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CEO/Lead Firearms Instructor: 


Dan Palmer has been mentoring and instructing people in firearms for 30-years. Dan currently holds the following certifications:

  • Az P.O.S.T. Firearms Instructor
  • Arizona LEOSA Firearms Instructor #351
  • Arizona Armed Security Guard Firearms Safety Trainer/Instructor
  • Az P.O.S.T. Background Investigations (AZ DPS)
  • Az P.O.S.T. General Instructor


National Rifle Association (NRA): 

  • NRA Basic Pistol & Rifle Firearms Instructor
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO)
  • NRA National Coach Development Staff (NCDS) Pistol & Rifle Coach Instructor
  • NRA Level III (Advanced/International) Pistol Coach
  • NRA Level II (National/State) Rifle Coach


USA Shooting Sports Program:

  • Human Kinetics/ASEP Coaching Principles & Sports First Aid
  • Safesport Trained/Certified
  • Background completed


Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP):

  • Garand-Springfield-Enfield-Military (GSM) Master Rifle Instructor
  • JROTC Military Instructor Certification (JMIC) Rifle Coach


Next Level Training (NLT):

  • Short Indicating Resetting Trigger (SIRT) Training Pistol Instructor


Remington Arms/Defense:

  • M4/M16/AR15 Rifle Armorer


Sig-Sauer:

  • Semi-Automatic Handgun Armorer


Colt-Defense:

  • M16/AR15 Carbine Diagnostics Technician


Bushmaster:

  • AR15/M16 Carbine Armorer


National Tactical Officer Association (NTOA):

  • Advanced Crisis Negotiations School
  • Command and Supervisor School



Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI):

  • FBI Crisis Negotiations School
  • Executive Leadership (CTFLI)
  • Task Force Commander (CTFLI)


Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

  • Security Liaison Officer (SLO) 
  • Security Clearances Officer (SCO) 
  • Classified Storage Custodian (CSC) 
  • Derivative Classification & Markings 
  • Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Program Officer & Administrator 


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

  • Anti-Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism Schools through the AZ Department of Emergency Management (DEMA), FEMA, and USAF)
  • Active Shooter (FEMA)
  • Community Disasters & EOC Preparedness-Response-Awareness (FEMA)
  • Emergency Preparedness & Emergency Program Manager (FEMA)
  • National Response Plan & Role of Agencies in Emergency Management (FEMA)
  • Single Resources & Initial Responses (FEMA)


National Cryptologic School:

  • OPSEC Fundamentals 


United States Air Force (USAF):

  • Sniper Sustainment 
  • Emergency Service Team (EST-Tactical Entry Team Member)
  • Combating Trafficking in Persons
  • Air Base Defense (ABD) Flight Sergeant/Non-Commissioned Officer In-Charge (NCOIC)
  • Desert Warfare Survival Training
  • Extreme Cold Weather Survivability
  • Anti-Terrorism & Resource Protection NCOIC 
  • Force Protection NCOIC
  • Central Security Control (CSC) NCOIC
  • Operations & Cyber Security
  • Security Police Academy (7-Level in Security/5-Level in Law Enforcement)
  • First Sergeant's Academy
  • Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (SrNCOA)
  • Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA)


Arizona Counterterrorism Information Center (ACTiC):

  • Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) certification under the ACTIC



Other Certifications:

  • Bleeding Control Basics-Stop the Bleed (American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma)
  • Continuous Chest Compression & AED Course (City of Peoria Fire Department)




ASSOCIATE FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR

Chris Wilson has been mentoring and instructing people in firearms for 20-years. Chris currently holds the following certifications:

  • Az P.O.S.T. Firearms Instructor
  • Arizona LEOSA Firearms Instructor 



Other Certifications:

  • Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) certification under the ACTIC
  • SWAT Tactical Operator School (Scottsdale)
  • FBI Crisis Negotiations School
  • Background Investigations (Az POST & AZ DPS)

Why you should hire us

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My firearms instruction business stands out from others, because you will be working with someone that has over 30-years of experience and a combined 50-years with my associate instructing and coaching with multiple firearm platforms compared to someone that just started out.  Additionally most of your basic firearms instructors are not armorers. If you hire them and they are not experienced armorers, who will repair your weapon when it fails during the training they are giving you?  Having this business is not about making money to me, but sharing my knowledge and experience with others.  What good is it unless I share it?  We love teaching, coaching and mentoring others.  Doing so is in our blood and DNA.  It helps being around people who have the same passion to learn and grow with firearms.

Our Motto

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Instructing with a smile and a great attitude to allow you to learn at the best of your abilities.

Precourse Downloading Forms

USFT Dry Fire Practice Pamphlet (pdf)

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USFT Questionaire Form (pdf)

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USFT Training Agreement Form (pdf)

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USFT Waiver of Liability-Hold Harmless Form (pdf)

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USFT Brochure (pdf)

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Up in Smoke Firearms Training-Pistol Safety & Sighting Pamphlet (pdf)

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Up in Smoke Firearms Training-Rifle Safety & Sighting Pamphlet (pdf)

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USFT Student Evaluation Form of Instructor (pdf)

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LEOSA Application-Renewal Qualification Form (2-3-2019) (pdf)

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LEOSA Agency Letter Example (pdf)

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CCW Recognized States & Recipical States (2-3-2019) (pdf)

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AZ CCW Permit Application (11-9-2019) (pdf)

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CCW Renewal Application 7-2019 (pdf)

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Arizona Revised Statutes-Criminal Law (pdf)

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Contact Us

Up In Smoke Firearms Training (USFT), LLC

Phone: (602) 377-4405 for Phoenix & Tucson areas

Phone: (928) 499-4174 for Prescott/Chino Valley area

Email: azusft@gmail.com for Phoenix area

Email: cwilson.azusft@gmail.com for  Prescott/Chino Valley  area

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/dan-palmer-3216536b

10700 N. 85th Avenue #2131 Peoria, Arizona 85385

(602) 377-4405 Business (623) 412-3682 Fax

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