Gunsite was founded by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, author, columnist, professor and WW
II and Korean War combat veteran. Col. Cooper intended Gunsite to be the
vehicle for spreading the Modern Technique of the Pistol, which he collated
during his years in Big Bear Lake, CA.
In business since 1977,
Gunsite provides professional firearms and tactics training in both onsite
classes as well as offsite classes. Our courses are conducted nationally and
internationally for many clients.
This information describes the scope of our law enforcement and agency training
at Gunsite. Our curriculum is constantly reviewed and updated to stay in front
of the threat landscape. We provide certified student and instructor-level
training programs complete with necessary documentation.
All present Gunsite courses are Arizona POST approved. Gunsite instructors are
field-experienced and street-savvy. Custom curriculums are often created to
suit the individual mission needs of law enforcement and agency clientele.
Gunsite’s programs, facilities, and instructors are fully insured. Certificates
of Insurance can be provided upon request. Our loss prevention and safety
program ensures you will learn in a challenging and intensive, yet safe,
environment. Our programs utilize a positive reinforcement teaching methodology
that achieves fast and effective learning curves, which translates into
realistic and usable student skills. This is beneficial to you and your agency.
Since its inception, Gunsite has grown in size and reputation, while building on
the quality of education upon which it was founded, and is the leader in
firearms training. Members of many of the elite military and government
organizations have utilized Gunsite’s services, sometimes by agency decree and
other times by individual choice of tactical professionals. The value of this
training has been used and acknowledged by members of the Secret Service, FBI,
DEA, ATF, Customs, the original (1982) Sky Marshal training cadre, The State
Department, US Special Forces, Navy SEAL teams, Air Force Para-Rescue, Marine
Corps, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the USA
and worldwide. Gunsite training is delivered to numerous international clients
both abroad and in Arizona. Additionally, training is provided to Fortune 500
clients and to other dignitaries.
Gunsite Academy is a complete school campus with classrooms and 24 shooting
ranges and simulators. The facility has United States Army Special Operations
Command safety approval, and includes a military approved drop zone for
Gunsite has been actively involved with the passage of the legislation to arm
pilots since before September 11, 2001, because it is important to the
traveling public and to our country.