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Changes to Our New Booking System and our Maryland Wear & Carry Permit Course

We like to keep our community updated and so we want to tell you about some changes we've made to our booking process and to our Maryland Wear & Carry Courses. Both of these changes will provide more simplicity, flexibility, and savings to our students. This past Monday, June 25, 2018, we rolled out a new booking system, which uses Bookeo, and is a great improvement over our old system, Community Root, which we had outgrown.  It allows future students to see a description of each course before giving their personal information and is embedded directly into our homepage.  The new system will also automate many of the notification and reminders that we have previously sent manually, allow us to over new discounts, and .  Check it out when you…
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New Instructor Level Course Requirement and Training Manual

At Master Arms & Tactical, LLC, we are fortunate enough to be able to provide a wide variety of courses in the NRA's Basic and Instructor level programs.  Recently, the NRA updated it's Training Counselor Guide.  This guide provides our Training Team with information and guidance on how to properly deliver courses in our ongoing partnership with the NRA Training & Education Department. The recent update included a requirement for future Instructor Candidates to complete the Basic level course in their chosen discipline before they would be accepted into the corresponding Instructor level certification course. Enforcement of this requirement was delayed until July 1, 2018 due to the possibility candidates in previously scheduled Instructor courses would not have the opportunity to complete the Basic course in time to qualify.  However, we…
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Training for Reality

“Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience -- to appreciate the fact that life is complex.” ― M. Scott Peck At Master Arms & Tactical, LLC, we strive to train our students for the reality of what they may encounter outside the classroom.  While most of our students seek training for self-defense purposes, many have no familiarity with firearms.  We begin with the basic theories and then move to fundamental application.  For example, our Basic Handgun class is largely firearms safety, law, and other topics presented in a classroom.  It isn't until after…
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9mm and Above

Not long ago, a student asked us during a Basic Handgun class if we would qualify new shooters with a .22 caliber target pistol.  The logic is simple.  Start small (caliber and recoil) and build up to something bigger.  That is a valid theory when it comes to things like motorcycles and hot sauce, but we disagree when it comes to firearms. The smallest caliber we will train a student with is 9mm (9x19 AKA 9mm Luger AKA 9mm Parabellum) and our standard training platform is the Sig Sauer P320[1] full frame 9mm semi-automatic pistol.  Here's the thing: The Self-Defense Scenario Everyone has their reasons for seeking out firearms training, but most of our students report wanting a gun for self-defense.  In a self-defense scenario, you will want your shots to…
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.223 vs 5.56

Not a new question, by any means, but a persistent one: when purchasing an AR15, is there a difference between .223 and 5.56?  This blog post attempts to provide some insight. AR-15 .223 vs Mil-Spec 5.56mm ChambersGet the right chamber for your AR15 to be successfull Even though many manufacturers and specifications say you can use the SAAMI .223 and Mil-Spec 5.56 mm in the same barrel, there are some pros and considers to consider before you plunk down that hard earned cash.
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