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“Superb Intro to the World of Firearms”
"If only I had the awareness and opportunity to make the time to do this training 2 years ago! I would have saved much money and developed a focus without a haphazard approach. Bernard has a great depth of knowledge and shares it with a personal flair. The day was packed with specifics and practical asides that help to inform the student and guide a pragmatic approach to gun ownership. Most importantly the emphasis on safety was consistent and of paramount importance throughout the day. I look forward more training with Bernard and his team."
Fernandina Beach Resident
“No Substitute for Personalized Instruction!”
“I took two hours of custom pistol instruction from Bernard in October 2011. I was an experienced clay target shooter. In terms of handguns, I had been shooting regularly since 2005, and had purchased my own pistol in January 2009. All I had to go on in terms of actual pistol training was a NRA pistol class taken 35 years earlier, some occasional coaching by my shooting buddies and several trips to the range when in the Air Force in the early 1980s.Everything about the instruction impressed me. First, was the safety briefing. I spent 12 ½ years in the Air Force in Weapons Safety and can state that I received a thorough, first-rate run down on every possible contingency, including on available communications and how to call for assistance. The next benefit of instruction was that Bernard corrected several problems with my grip and stance. Changing these resulted in immediate, noticeable improvement in my shooting accuracy. With these corrected and practiced, Bernard took me through a series of drills designed to improve my speed and ability to engage multiple targets in succession. The difference in my proficiency between the beginning and ending of training was pronounced. I think anyone who owns a pistol and is serious about shooting safely and accurately should take hourly custom training. It is an unforgettable experience. Bernard Martinage is one of the most personable, student-focused firearms instructors I have ever met. He is polite rather than rude. He is understanding rather than condescending. He is extremely quick at discerning those things about your shooting style that need to be fixed, and is encouraging every step of the way. That said, he can be challenging and demanding to get the best out of you. He does this with a diplomatic style that makes the entire training experience enjoyable. He has my highest recommendation!"
Jay D. Bolan
“This is the Real Deal!”
“I have known Bernard for nearly 15 years. With both, the self-defense courses and the concealed weapons courses I found Bernard to be trustworthy, reliable, and extremely committed to providing me with the very best understanding of self-protection. He says what he means, and he means what he says…..He is the REAL DEAL!!!”.
Fernandina Beach Resident.
“Excellent Training Brings New Opportunities”
“I work evenings and my husband works varied shifts. As a result I am alone and out and about at odd hours of the night.I am not allowed to have a weapon at work, and the use of deadly force is an extreme measure regulated by strict parameters. Bernard Martinage taught me personal protection strategies and moves, Bernard is an awesome instructor. I was 62 and not in great physical condition. Bernard is extremely patient and taught me, through hands on scenarios, how to defend and protect myself with little effort on my part. Bernard is upbeat, and entertaining and made the lessons thoroughly interesting. He has an extensive background in personal protection and is an NRA Certified Instructor. I now feel much safer and confident in my ability to manage threatening situations. I would unhesitatingly recommend Bernard to anyone who is interested in personal safety for themselves and their family and friends.”
Fernandina Beach Resident
“Training that goes the extra mile”
"My wife and I received training for our CCW permit from Bernard Martinage. We found him to be a very effective teacher who went the extra mile in his instruction. We highly recommend his services for all your firearms and personal safety training."
"This class was awesome. i learned more than expected. The instructor was very knowledgeable and took his time to answer all our questions. I would recommend this class to anyone."
“Wow!! We really had great day!”
"Wow!! We really had great day. The boys talked about it the whole home. Thanks again."
“OUTSTANDING PRESENTATION AND DELIVERY”
"Bernard conducted the Refuse to be a Victim seminar for several members of the Amelia Island Club recently and captivated all of us. Many of us went in thinking that we already knew most of what he would teach us, but we're we wrong! Bernard has a wealth of experience, from understanding the criminal mind, to sharing his own real life experiences as a Security expert and as a home owner. He demonstrated live how pick-pockets work in teams (what an eye opener) and how to foil them. He engaged the audience in sharing their own experiences and told us how every single situation is different. He highlighted how to evaluate the safest options for survival and minimized risk for an assortment of potentially harmful situations. Everyone who attended said they would be telling their friends and family members to enroll as soon as possible. You should too!"
Amelia Island Resident
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