Our emphasis is always on safe, effective handling and use of a wide range of firearms in a friendly, positive training environment.
Bob – Founder, CEO and Chief Instructor
Bob was originally trained as a physicist but rapidly moved from science into the business world. His involvement in firearms led to his operating several gun stores and firing ranges in several states which led to his current interest in automatic weapons and firearm training. Indeed, years ago one of his early companies manufactured the Browning M2 Heavy Barrel machine gun for the military. Many years ago he founded Historic Arms and is currently its CEO and Chief Instructor.
While Bob is still eager at every opportunity to learn more from others, he has a world of knowledge and expertise relating to firearms and receives his greatest pleasure from passing this knowledge on to others.
As an experienced jet rated aviator he came to appreciate the benefits of using computerized flight simulators for training. This led directly to his desire to bring the benefits of computerized firearm simulators to civilian firearm training – particularly in situations where the dangers of live fire may outweigh the benefits. He has been a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFLISOT) since 1978. As such he is authorized to possess, use and deal in full automatic weapons, silencers, cannons and similar firearms.
He is also:
Rick – Lead Tactical Firearms Instructor
Having been a professional firearms instructor for over 30 years, Rick has taught defensive/evasive driving techniques, Red Cross First Aid, and firearms use in protective and tactical situations. He received his Virginia State Corrections certification for both pistol and shotgun in 1986, was certified as a Federal Police Officer for both pistol and shotgun in 1987 and became certified as a Federal Protective Agent in pistol, shotgun and sub-machine gun during 1992-96.
He was certified in 1997 as an FBI firearms instructor and then served as an advanced firearms instructor at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia.
During his various assignments (“Been there, Done that”) he has provided extensive instruction all over the world for a variety of clients and the U.S. government.
Rick’s experience with shotgun and submachine gun skills in both foreign and domestic environments has given him a unique perspective on personal security, as well as an abiding respect for safe and effective use of firearms. His friendly, positive style and personal attention is the result of a broad range of firearms training with people of all skill levels.
Jason – Lead Permit Firearms Instructor
Jason was an experienced information technology guru and private gun owner for over 20 years when his natural teaching abilities surfaced. Recognizing that, Jason changed careers so that he could devote himself to teaching responsible firearms ownership and usage with Historic Arms. As Jason’s teaching abilities matured and he became an NRA Certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer he also became the lead instructor for Historic Arms in civilian Permit to Carry classes.
He has taught, literally, thousands of firearm students in hundreds of classes and gets great pleasure in seeing his past students go on to become safe, responsible armed members of their communities. A strong proponent of the 2nd amendment, Jason keeps up to date on as many new laws and rules relating to gun ownership as he can and even numbers full automatic firearms among his fondest personal possessions.
While we don’t like to see him take time away from his students and permit classes he, nevertheless, spends what free time he has racing motorcycles on the track.