The BTS classroom is set up for an AR-15  familiarization
class taught in May, 2010.

Mike Soellner helps students with the care and cleaning of
the AR-15, showing the workings of the bolt carrier group.

Randy Babb supervises the live fire zeroing phase of the
Battle Sight Zero (BZO) instruction. Students in this
course learn the AR-15 from the muzzle to the butt-stock,
and when finished are ready for the Tactical Rifle Course.
Our next Tactical Rifle Course is scheduled for October,

Once zeroing is completed, firing from different position
and distances is the order of the day.

The battle rifle should be zeroed for accuracy between
Close Quarter Battle (CQB) distances, out to 300 meters.
Here I supervise the students trying their weapons at 50
meters from the prone position.


Surviving the armed


As in last year's Advanced Handgun Course, shooters
were taught firing from various positions and situations,
instinctive shooting (a key skill to winning in combat), and
many other skills designed to give the graduate the best
opportunity so be successful if confronted by an armed

Just because you are down, doesn't mean you are out of
the fight. The Tactical Handgun Course (as with all our
courses) addresses the Warrior Mindset, which drives
the shooter to win in an armed confrontation, Here in last
year's course, we have taken a punch and are down, and
the assailant keeps coming. Dan McMichael shows you
that you don't have to be a victim, Fight Back. In order to
be able to do that you need training and practice. We
offer these life-saving skills at BTS.

In addition to the basic Concealed Carry Firearms Course, we also offer
additional training in various aspects of marksmanship, advanced handgun,
tactical shotgun and rifle, survival and land navigation, emergency
preparedness, counter-terrorism awareness, Security Specialist Training,
and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

The concealed carry firearms course, while the requirement for obtaining a
Concealed Carry Endorsement, is a very basic course in handgun
marksmanship and safety, with a minimum of tactical instruction.

The Advanced Handgun Course picks up where concealed carry stopped,
going in depth into the topics of instinct shooting, shoulder point shooting,
deployment of concealed weapons from various forms of concealed carry,
shooting from different positions, low light shooting and stress combat.

We will also develop for the student a meaningful practice program to allow
the shooter to make the best of limited practice time and ammunition.

Range time will be devoted to the dynamics of moving and shooting,
addressing multiple targets at different distances, moving tactically from
cover, and the day will culminate in using all these skills in a tactical exercise.

This is a one day course (12 hours). The cost is $150.00. Ammunition and
equipment requirements are 300 rounds of handgun ammunition, a minimum
of three magazines or three speedloaders for the handgun, a secure type of
holster system that will keep the handgun and related equipment secure on
the shooter during strenuous activity. Hearing and eye protection is also

The effective use of a shotgun in a tactical environment relies on the
shooter's ability to manipulate the shot gun, manage ammunition, and hit the

The shotgun is not just a weapon that can be pointed in the general
direction of the target, but is a precision weapon, capable of not only highly
accurate shooting at distances up to 100 yards, but it is also a very versatile
weapon that can be used not only as a rifle with slug ammunition, but can be
used to deploy multiple projectile munitions, chemical agents, other less
lethal munitions, and can be used to take down doors in dynamic entry

During this course, we will become familiar with how and why the shotgun
works, how to properly maintain the shotgun, advantages and
disadvantages of various after-market accessories, the use of the shotgun
in conjunction with a secondary weapon, the use of the shotgun in searching
open areas, or confined spaces, addressing multiple threats and multiple
distances, fighting from cover, moving from cover, tactical reloading and
long range marksmanship with the shotgun.

This is an eight hour course, and the cost is $150.00. There is a minimum
of four attendees  and maximum of eight attendees required for this class.

This course is designed for the student who has both the need and authority
to operate in a tactical environment. 

The course will address the tactical mindset that is basic to winning in a
combat situation. The care and maintenance of the patrol rifle will be
discussed in detail. Battle Sight Zeroing (BZO) will be discussed and
accomplished on each student's rifle prior to marksmanship live fire.

We will also discuss such combat techniques as the deployment of the rifle
in room clearing and other close quarters combat environments; the
advantages and disadvantages of various after-market accessories to the
patrol rifle; speed reloading; transition from primary to secondary weapons.

This is a 12 hour course, two-thirds of which will be on the range. The cost
of this course is $250.00
and requires a minimum of four students and
maximum of eight students to make the class

Inter-Faith Intruder Response and Target Hardening
PROTECTING THE FLOCK is nothing less than exercising the heart of the
Good Shepherd himself, who said, “…I am the Good Shepherd…I put the
sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary.”

It is a sorry state of affairs when people can not feel safe to worship as they
see fit, but the reality of today's world is that the level of safety we enjoy,
may very well be directly related to how seriously we recognize the threats to
our way of life, and how committed church leaders are to assuring the safety
of their members, parishioners, visitors and all those who have entrusted
them with providing a safe place to worship.

We at BTS would like to assist church leaders in developing a program to
make their facility a less attractive target, through a risk assessment, and
suggestions for mitigating safety issues, before they become a problem. In
addition, we provide training for church security staff in threat analysis,
tactical communication (resolving encounters on a verbal level), and security
team response to an active shooter intrusion. We provide basic firearms
instruction required to obtain the Missouri Concealed Carry Endorsement,
then we build in that basic course with an advanced handgun course,
teaching advanced combat skills,Then this course demonstrates how to
apply those techniques and tactics to the individual church's physical plant
and environment.

The initial consultation and risk analysis are at no charge. The follow up
report and presentation of an initial basic security plan for the facility is

The CCW and Advanced Handgun courses are listed on this page, and are
held and billed separately. This course is billed based on the size of the
team, area to be covered and the need for sustainment training. We also
offer Red Cross CPR and First Aid and AED training and certification,which
carry additional costs.

It is bad enough when utilities and conveniences we depend on daily are
unavailable to us, due to natural causes. It is usually only a matter time until
utilities, water and communications are restored to us, so that we can get on
with our busy lives. However, if we lose these aspects of Critical
Infrastructure due to some man-made disaster, we can expect to be without
them for a much longer period of time, and they may never be restored to
their former capacity because of the design and impact of the devastation. 

In these uncertain times, we have to be proactive in the protection of our
Critical Infrastructure. This course, an advanced Security Specialist training
program, addresses what to look for, how to defend against various threats,
and what items of Critical Infrastructure are most likely to be targeted by
terrorists, foreign or domestic.

Most commonly identified as Critical Infrastructure include: Agriculture,
banking/finance, chemicals and hazardous waste, defense industrial base,
energy, emergency services, food, government, information and
telecommunications, transportation, postal and shipping services, public
health and water.  Also identified as key assets include: National Monuments and icons, Nuclear power plants, dams, government facilities and commercial assets.

During this course, we will detail how to conduct a threat assessment of the
facility ; Development of a plan to address the threats; training the rapid
response team; and plan for recovery after an incident.

We will also discuss the threat to such soft targets as schools, churches,
large outdoor public gatherings, stadiums and arenas, and performance
venues. For all of these areas we will discuss potential indicators of terrorist
activities, common vulnerabilities, and protective measures that are

We will discuss Improvised Explosive Devices, Suicide Bombers, and
Response to Bomb Threats. We will also discuss Active Shooter strategies
and tactics to deal with an intruder in any type of facility.

This is a two-day course that will be conducted in the classroom on the first
day, and will culminate in practical exercises on Day Two that will require the attendee to conduct surveillance, review surveillance media for threat
indicators, development of a plan to protect a site, formation of a response
team and deployment of the team to a simulated threat on the facility.

The cost of this course is $250.00 per attendee, with a minimum of four
and maximum of eight to make up a class. It will be conducted on a Saturday
and Sunday.

The hardening of our communities against potential disaster,
whether Natural or Man-Made.

This course is designed to prepare the participant to join the ever-increasing
group of Americans that recognize the legitimacy of the terrorist threat, the
possibility that a terrorist event can happen here in the middle of the
Heartland, how to recognize a possible threat situation before it happens
and what to do about it, and how to mitigate the effect on you as a victim and your family in the event of an actual terrorist event or a natural disaster.

This is an eight hour course that deals with the various sources of threats to
our communities both Natural and Man-Made. We will discuss how recognize these threats and what to do to prepare for them, both long term in pre- event planning, and during the event in the short term, tactical situation to assure the best likelihood of survival and recovery.

Also included in the training will be basic first aid and CPR, emergency
communications, search and rescue (all forms) to account for missing
persons following an event, and preparation of an individual and/or family
response kit to see you through the event and the days that follow, until
government assistance can be on scene. Because this information is vital to
the everyone, we here at Beardslee Training Site are offering this class at
NO COST to the participant. We will need a minimum of six and maximum of 12 participants to hold this class.

If you are prepared for the worst case scenario, you are prepared for
everything else.