Matt is the President of Down Range Firearms Training in Woburn, MA. Matt is an NRA certified instructor in Basic Pistol, Home Firearms Safety, and Personal Protection in the Home. He is also a MA State Police Certified Instructor as well as a Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigations instructor. Matt has extensive firearms knowledge and is a certified armorer for various pistols and rifles. He has also worked extensively in the private security field. Matt started Down Range Firearms Training in 2010 as a way to bring more advanced, real world training to Massachusetts and the surrounding New England states. Matt has trained extensively with some of the top instructors in the country to keep his skills sharp, and bring the best information and knowledge to students under his tutelage. Matt graduated in 2010 from St. Joseph’s University with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security with concentrations in Risk Management and Counter Terrorism.
Why I teach Combat Focus Shooting...
Having taught thousands of students as an NRA instructor I felt something was desperately lacking in the training curriculum. The courses were taught “as is” with no further education behind the WHY’S of what we do. I was tired of teaching a curriculum where the answer was based upon long outdated and “accepted” methods. I began to question myself why things were taught in such a simplistic way with no real reasoning behind them. I began taking more advanced courses to further my knowledge on subject matter related to self defense and defensive firearms techniques. I came across the CFS curriculum and having a background in science and medicine, I was immediately drawn to it.
CFS had answers and sound reasoning behind the WHY questions. Explanations were backed up with empirical evidence, as well as medical science( neurology, physics, anatomy and physiology, kinesthesiology, psychology and philosophy). Through all of the doctrines of CFS, I was able to find the sought after answers, and provide feedback for my students looking for reasons beyond the “accepted” ones. CFS offered real world solutions to real world problems, and coupled with the counter ambush techniques, I felt it was something I needed to be a part of. I felt the only way to bring proper, advanced training to my students who were seeking high level defensive firearms skills, was to teach them the fundamentals and applications of skills that CFS offered.
To quote Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living”. That is why I teach CFS. I became a certified instructor in 2011 and soon found out why it is regarded as one of the highest integrity courses in the industry. CFS answers the WHY questions that many people leave unanswered.
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