DC Training & Tactics

DC Training & Tactics

5.0 (23)
25 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees
3 years in business

About this pro

I tailor my training to each student, I don't have a mass curriculum. I focus on skills that are usable in real life. I run classes for all skill levels and have basic and advanced courses for Handgun, Rifle, and Shotgun. 

I feel the training I provide can make the difference between life and death for my students. Although I hope it never comes to that I feel it is important to have the training to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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Bothell, WA 98021
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23 Reviews


  • Alexandria Reyes

    Working with DC Training and Tactics is and was an excellent decision for us. We covered a great deal of form, movement in our training. The training given is appropriate for a novice and anyone looking to improve or develop other skills. Don was able to keep our training in a logical progression with new challenges each week. We highly recommend working with DC Training & Tactics for quality training and the ease of learning from a qualified instructor.

  • Alexandria Reyes

    We were very impressed with the teaching and training provided by DC Training & Tactics. Don was clear, safety focused and mad us feel comfortable using a firearm. We covered a great deal of training for a beginner novice class. We would highly recommend him.

  • Tom Van Bronkhorst

    Don was very thorough in covering course material. Easy going and open to any and all questions. He provided top notch instruction. I was very satisfied with the training overall.

  • Al Van Houdt

    Good teacher.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first like to assess the student's skill level and get them comfortable handling the firearm. After some dry fire drills I'll introduce live ammo and we will practice basic marksmanship skills. From there whenever I feel it is appropriate we'll move on to more advanced drills, all while maintaining focus on the basics of shooting. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I've been shooting for 14 years and training new shooters for the past 4 years. I shoot competitively and was raised in a law enforcement family by competitive shooters as well. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lesson price is dictated by a couple factors. While I realize not everybody has access to their own firearm, I do offer rentals for shotgun rifle and pistol. These rentals and ammunition for the lesson is included in the lesson price. If the student has access to their own firearms and ammunition I will drop the price since I will not have to provide those items. 

How did you get started teaching?

I've been instructing in some capacity since I was 14 years old as a JROTC cadet, it was only recently that I found that firearms instruction is where I really shine. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students of all ages and genders. I train a lot of new, first-time shooters as well as advanced level and experienced marksmen. There's always something that can be improved, no matter your skill level. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One of my recent students, having never fired a gun before, within the course of one lesson was able to shoot on the move and demonstrate advanced handgun tactics. It was incredible to see their skills develop so quickly in just a matter of hours. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Just be safe and have fun. While training with firearms is a serious topic, it should never be something that's intimidating or difficult. Some instructors like to throw students in the deep end right off the bat and that's not conducive to skill-building. On the other end of the spectrum you have instructors that may work through lessons too slowly, and the student is stuck learning at half speed. I do my best to tailor each lesson to the progress of the student, so that he/she can get the most out of my training. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are my needs for this training? Why am I here? And what can you do to provide me to be ready?

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