Portland, Oregon Firearms Training
This page is intended to be a directory of Portland, OR area
firearms training schools. This list is by no means comprehensive. If
you know of regular classes offered in the area that are not listed,
please send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The primary interest students express to me is to qualify for the
minimum training requirements for an Oregon Concealed Handgun License.
166.291 (f) indicates a variety of ways to qualify, but the gist
is that a qualified and certified instructor should teach you the
basics of handgun safety. Many organizations on this list go beyond
that minimum requirement to teach about techniques, the law, and the
judicious use of force. I cannot recommend enough the need to learn,
practice, and profess safe and useful handgun handling skills if you
intend to obtain a CHL.
Douglas Ridge Rifle Club
The Douglas Ridge Rifle
Club (DRRC) is a 130 acre rifle, shotgun, and pistol range located
halfway between Clackamas and Estacada on Highway 224, about 45
minutes from downtown.
P.O. Box 307
Boring, OR 97009
Membership: (503) 631-8160
Courses and competitions are open to non-members.
DRRC features a twelve station indoor range for handguns and .22
caliber rifles, several long rifle ranges including a one thousand
yard range, a shotgun trap house, and a two hundred meter silhouette
range that is used for a variety of competitive handgun events.
Douglas Ridge has frequent scheduled matches in rifle, shotgun, and
pistol, including regional and state competitions.
DRRC hosts frequent classes
on hunter safety, the NRA basic courses, and other firearm
subjects. DRRC is one of the few local ranges that hosts a NRA Range
Safety Officer course, a two day lesson stressing the fundamentals of
running a safe line at a range.
Michael Jones hosts many of the courses at DRRC as he is their
Chief Range Safety Officer. He is NRA-certified to instruct Basic
Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, Home Firearm Safety, Refuse
To Be A Victim and Range Safety Officer. He is also an NRA Training
Counselor and teaches instructor classes in the above areas (except
RTBAV). Phone: (503) 654-7452. Email: email@example.com
Both NWSAFE and PFTT (listed on this page) teach courses at Douglas
Classes are listed on the Douglas Ridge calendar.
Firearms Academy of Seattle
The Firearms Academy of
Seattle (FAS) has a tactical training
range near Onalaska, WA, about ninety miles North of Portland.
P.O. Box 400
Onalaska, WA 98570
The range features outdoor bays for advanced handgun, rifle, and
defensive shotgun training and competition, including 360-degree bays,
“dark houses” for low-light training, steel plate ranges,
and even a rifle marksmanship training tower.
FAS touts a full range of
handgun, shotgun, and rifle training that lead up to some of the most
advanced levels of shooting. The beginner and intermediate handgun
courses are even available in a “women's only” format.
Hayes, the Director and President of FAS, is an instructor with
over a decade of experience teaching the basics and advanced
techniques. He is certified by the Washington Criminal Justice
Commission, the National Law Enforcement Training Center, Lethal Force
Institute, and Defense Training International. He is also an
nationally recognized firearms competitor.
Haeflinger is a senior staff instructor at FAS, another nationally
recognized pistol competitor, with similar teaching certifications as
Gila Hayes is
another staff instructor at FAS who leads the womens-only courses at
FAS, has written the excellent book Effective Defense.
She also edits and writes for Women and Guns
magazine. Her certifications run another gamut of law enforcement
training organizations, including Heckler & Koch's International
FAS brings guest instructors
in every year for special courses. Watch their web site for
Insights Training Center
Center has been teaching courses in the Pacific Northwest for over
a decade. Unlike some organizations who train in only one area, they
over courses all over the Pacific Northwest, often hosted by popular
Insights is hosted in Portland by The Place to Shoot and the Public
Safety Training Center, both listed in this document.
Insights has a slew of handgun, long gun, unarmed and
close-quarters defense, tactics, and law enforcement specific courses
available. They also have wilderness first aid and adventure
The chief instructor for Insights is Greg Hamilton, who has also
taught with the prestigious Gunsite Academy as well as the US Army.
There is a great deal of information about all of the Insights
NorthWest Safety and Firearms Education
NWSAFE is an all-volunteer team of instructors giving basic
instruction and short courses to novice shooters and adults looking
for options and technique for self-protection. They maintain a web
To register for courses, contact John McEnroe at 503-232-6918.
NWSAFE has taught classes at Portland Rifle and Pistol Club,
Douglas Ridge Rifle Club, Tri-County Gun Club, Johnson Creek Gun Club,
and may branch out into other facilities as the need arises.
NWSAFE teaches all of the NRA courses on
an as-needed basis, but regularly teaches Home Firearm Safety and
FIRST Steps Pistol.
NWSAFE maintains an online schedule.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife (ODFW) is a state organization dedciated to conservation
activities and regulates hunting and fishing in Oregon.
ODFW has a series of courses called the Hunter Education
Education Class is a course required by law for hunters under the
age of 18. The subjects taught include: Hunter ethics and respect for
private landowners, wildlife management and identification, firearms
handling and safety, hunt preparation and techniques, survival and an
introduction to bowhunting. All students are required to participate
in a live fire exercise. A class schedule can be found here.
Master Hunter Program is a certification that might give hunters
access to private land (with the landowners permission) where other
hunters would not be allowed. In addition, there are “Master
Only” hunts. The course emphasizes ethics, knowledge, and
Shotgun Clinics are opportunities for youths to learn more about
shotgun shooting and are an introduction to trap, skeet, sporting
clays, and shotgun hunting.
Oregon Firearms Academy
Academy, near Lebanon, OR, offers handgun, rifle, and shotgun
P.O. Box 909
Lebanon, OR 97355
Their training facility was recently listed as a 4 star facility by
the National Association of Shooting Ranges (NASR) and is the only one
in Oregon and only one of seven facilities in the United States to
earn this prestigious ranking.
The academy offers courses in
handgun, rifle, and shotgun, generally oriented towards defensive and
OFA has a diverse diverse
staff with experience ranging from military, police and
OFA has its schedule online.
Portland Firearms Training Team
The Portland Firearms Training Team
(PFTT), sometimes called the Portland Safety Training Team when
conducting courses not explicitly related to firearms, is a group of
volunteer instructors and assistants dedicated to basic firearms
instruction in the Portland area. Courses tend to be offered at low
The PFTT courses are typically conducted on donated facilities from
the Johnson Creek Gun Club, but have had classes at Douglas Ridge
Rifle Club, Portland Rifle and Pistol Club, Canby Rod and Gun Club,
and other facilities.
Refuse to Be a Victim (RTBAV), a three hour course designed
to teach students about the options available for preventing crime to
themselves or to their homes.
On a regular basis the team teaches NRA
Home Firearms Safety and NRA FIRST
Steps Pistol. The team also teaches many other NRA courses. Recently the team has started
developing NRA instructors.
The PFTT typically offers Home Firearm Safety and FIRST Steps
Pistol on a bi-monthly basis. The team uses the NRA
Web Site to promote the classes, but also maintains a schedule here.
Public Safety Training Center
Safety Training Center is a facility owned by Clackamas Countyand
is located near I-205 (Sunnyside Exit) in Clackmas, OR :
12700 SW 82nd AVE
Clackamas, OR 97015
The PSTC is a full-service indoor range with rental guns, armory,
and brand new facilities. It's worth just visiting to see. You must
use PSTC ammunition at their facilities.
The PSTC offers private one-hour instruction on handguns, shotguns,
rifles, and submachine guns. It offers many
kinds of classes and clinics, ranging from a concealed carry
permit course, gun safety to advanced defensive pistol and deadly
force. It also offers private lessons and clinics.
Thunder Ranch is
moving from its Texas location to Lakeview, OR, approximately six
hours away from Portland.
96747 Hwy 140 East
Lakeview, Oregon 97630
The Thunder Ranch facilities
feature square ranges, tactical houses, and long-distance
Thunder Ranch is another world-famous facility to go along with
FAS. Their depth in courses on
tactical handgun, shotgun, and rifle will tax most students. We are
lucky to have so many world-class facilities within reach of
Smith teaches, writes, and lives tactical shooting. He previously
taught at another world famous academy, America Pistol Institute (now
Schedule is now online.
Training Technologies Group (The Place to Shoot)
Group offers classes at The Place To
Shoot (TPTS) in North Portland near the Expo Center.
904 N Hayden Meadows Dr.
Portland, OR 97217
TPTS is an indoor range and has been in North Portland for over 10
years. The range features both individual lanes as well as a private
tactical range where many of the defensive courses are conducted.
In recent months the Training Technologies Group was expanded their
class offerings and facilities. Watch their web site for more
TPTS offers many courses, ranging from concealed handgun license
requirements, to a basic pistol marksmanship track, to
intermediate and advanced defensive pistol. Courses are broken up into
smaller two or three hour blocks so students can learn at their own
pace. After safely completing Defensive Handgun 3, students are
allowed to rent the tactical range, where they can set up multiple
targets and shoot from positions not suited for the lanes in the main
range. TTG also offers courses in unarmed self-defense and a specific
class for the Glock handgun.
Richard Daniel has extensive background as a police firearms
instructor for both the Washington and Oregon commissions, NRA Law
Enforcement certification, as well as many military and police
specialties. He has placed a lot of emphasis on private citizen
self-defense in his training which he immediately applies to his
Tri-County Gun Club
Tri-County Gun Club is a large
outdoor range in Sherwood, OR only ten miles South of Portland.
13050 SW Tonquin Road
The club features extensive facilities ranging from
indoor, practical, and covered firing points for pistol, to shotgun
trap and skeet, to high-power rifle ranges.
Tri-County has the normal gamut of firearms safety courses,
including hunter education and sight-in days. The club also features
competitions, some of which might require separate orientation
courses. Extensive competitive shooting events are hosted at the club,
and they are useful adjuncts to a training plan.
Tri-County has a schedule here
courses in Oregon.
courses in Washington.
Wendell Joost's NRA
Training web site lists individual instructors and Pacific
Northwest training opportunities.
Safety & Self-Defense Instructor page.
The Oregon State Shooting Association
is dedicated to advancing the shooting sports.
Collectors also has some training resources.