tactical ACAdemy

At the School of Man, we have a specific ethos that drives our very being. We hold true to core values and use those values to fuel our every day. For starters, we believe that Man always has something to learn. Another core value we affirm is that our Veterans are to be honored, respected, and that the knowledge they hold & choose to share is a valuable asset that should not be taken for granted. Finally, we believe that protecting and providing for One’s home and family is a right and a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. And with those values in mind, our Tactical Academy was born. 

 

Meet Your Instructors 

School of Man has partnered with some of the most elite instructors available to civilians. This group of instructors has over 80 combined years in the SEAL Teams and double digit deployments down range. To say they know a thing or two is an understatement. 

Matt Espindola, Range Officer In Charge

-20 Year FROGMAN
-Graduated BUD/S Class 213
-Deployed Duty Stations
-SEAL Teams 5, 1, and SBS
-7 Deployments

QUALIFICATIONS RELEVANT TO COURSE OF INSTRUCTION:

-NSW Sniper School, NSW Breacher School, SHAWS, NSW Range Safety Officer Small Arms, Static and Dynamic

Instructor Duty:

-Naval Special Warfare Group -1 Training Department Assaults Instructor, CQC, Urban Warfare, VBSS, Urban Sniping
-Explosive Breaching, and Manual Breaching
-Basic Underwater Demolition School Instructor, 1 year

Eric Muller, Range Safety Officer

-20 year FROGMAN
-Graduated BUD/S Class 215
-Deployed Duty Stations
-SEAL Teams 5, 7, and 1
-7 Deployments

QUALIFICATIONS RELEVANT TO COURSE OF INSTRUCTION:

-NSW Sniper School, NSW Breacher School, SHAWS, NSW Range Safety Officer Small Arms, Static and Dynamic.

Instructor Duty:

-Naval Special Warfare Group -1 Training Department Assaults Instructor, CQC, Urban Warfare, VBSS, Urban Sniping
-Explosive Breaching, and Manual Breaching
-Combative Trainer
-Current Shooting Instructor at SHAWS Training Facility
 

Brandon, Range Safety Officer

-15 year FROGMAN
-Graduated BUD/S Class 252
-Deployed Duty Stations
-SEAL Team 3
-2 Deployments

QUALIFICATIONS RELEVANT TO COURSE OF INSTRUCTION:

-NSW Sniper School, NSW Breacher School, SHAWS, NSW Range Safety Officer Small Arms, Static and Dynamic.

Instructor Duty:

-Naval Special Warfare Group -1 Training Department Land Warfare and Advanced Long-Range Sniping
-Currently Combat Skills instructor EOD
-Explosives and Manual breaching Instructor
 

Whitey, Range Safety Officer

-20 year FROGMAN
-Graduated BUD/S Class 200
-Deployed Duty Stations
-SEAL Team 5
-7 Deployments

QUALIFICATIONS RELEVANT TO COURSE OF INSTRUCTION:

-NSW Sniper School, NSW Breacher School, NSW Range Safety Officer Small Arms, Static and Dynamic

Instructor Duty:

-BUD/S Third Phase Land Warfare and Training Cell SEAL Team 5 Air Department, MAROPs Land Warfare, CQC, VBSS and Advanced Explosives and Manual Breaching
-Currently Combat Skills instructor EOD

  Course Descriptions

 ✅ Handgun 101 (Level 1) – Whether you’re a new gun owner seeking familiarity and comfort with your weapon, or wanting to finetune your gun-handling and learn some new skills, this course is for you. 

✅ Handgun 102 (Level 1) – This course covers shooting basics like the importance of proper grip, sight picture, stance, trigger control and follow through.

 

✅ Handgun 203 (Level 2) – You must complete 101 and 102 to advance to 103, where you will learn speed and accuracy on the move through “fast-and-furious” drills.

✅ Handgun 204 (Level 2) – You will run the gamut of defensive handgun drills designed to enhance target performance and defensive tactics, whether you are a new shooter or an elite law enforcement officer or military personnel.

    ✅ Rifle Operator (Level 1) – In this course you will learn how to use the semi-automatic rifle or carbine for self-defense. All rifle shooting, near and far, is outlined in this level.

    ✅ Advanced Rifle Operator (Level 2) – In this course you can expect some fast paced, reality-based drills and live-fire scenarios led by your SEAL Cadres with one-on-one assessments.

    FAQs

    REQUIRED GEAR LIST

    -Eye and Ear Protection of your choice. Please make sure your ear protection is suitable for larger caliber sounds.

    -M-4 Carbine or similar semi-auto AR-15 combat style rifle with sling, some type of optic, and forward hand grip.

    -Full Size Semi Auto Pistol of any caliber with OWB holster for belt or tactical vest. Please bring your preferred pistol you are going to want to train with.

    -Long Rifles with Long Distance Optics for Long Range Shooting Day. Bi Pods (or sandbags) and Spotting Scopes are highly recommended. We are hoping everyone can be sighted in to 100 yds prior to arrival, this will save us all some time.

    -Belt with Magazine pouch OR a Tactical vest with Magazine pouches with the ability to hold 3 combat rifle magazines.

    -Pistol Magazine pouch with the ability to hold 2 pistol Magazines.

    -4 Carbine Rifle Magazines preferably 30 Round.

    -3 pistol Magazines Preferably 12 Round Minimum.

    -AMMO for your rifle of choice and pistol of your choice. Bring more than you think you will need for a day of shooting; you don’t want to be the guy watching others shoot at the end of the day. And don’t worry if you purchase too much ammo, we expect you to practice what you are taught between the training seminars and you will need the ammo for those days. (Recommended Minimum Ammo Quantities – Pistol (300 rounds), Carbine (300 rounds), Long Rifle (80 Rounds)

    RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST

    -Bring any assorted wrenches/screwdrivers/Allen wrenches to work on and fix your equipment

    -Spotting scope with tripod, please bring them if you have them

    -Logbook for your DOPE and pencil

    -Sketch paper

    -Long pants

    -Long Sleeve Shirts

    -Shooting Gloves (with or without trigger finger cut out)

    -Boots

    -Rain Gear (if needed), Gortex preferred

    -Ground Pad for prone shooting (cheap yoga-style mat will work)

    What should I expect?

    These weapons training seminars are designed to elevate your ability to utilize your firearms. From the down and dirty basics to guidance becoming a true marksman, we are focused on providing you the information that can only be obtained from our combat tested US NAVY SEAL instructor team. The men that you will be learning from have participated in live combat scenarios in the most extreme situations imaginable all around the world. The training and information provided will be the same instruction that they have taught to other combat veterans throughout their careers. All of our instructors are either current or retired instructors from the SEAL TEAMS. Shooters of any skill set will learn to elevate their level of gun handling and marksmanship in these courses. Our goal is to provide you with the information that you will need to provide for and protect your family and friends, should the situation ever arise.

    Are there refunds?

    No, there are no refunds.

    What if I don't have a pistol or a rifle?

    While it is recommended that you bring your own, there will be pistols and rifles available in the event that you do not own them.

    Am I responsible for ammo?

    Yes. Please bring plenty of ammo. The pistol course will require more ammo than the rifle course.

    Will food be provided?

    MREs will be available, but we recommend bringing your own food and water.

    Who do I contact if I need more information?
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