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Why Hard Point Training?

Welcome to Hard Point Training

The name refers to a technique used by Personal Security Teams Deployed overseas, it is a tip of the hat to the men and women who protect Americans in bad places. I have been fortunate to work with some of the best in this field. Through the years, we have adapted to ever-changing political environments and restrictions to still accomplish the mission. I am proud to have been among them.

When I would return from overseas on leave, my friends and family would ask me to help them with weapons training. The feedback from these shooters encouraged me to expand the class offerings to eventually become Hard Point Training.

At first, I was reluctant to train them. The classes were not the normal courses they had been to for Concealed Carry. They are range intensive and concentrated on Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures we used to protect Americans in harm’s way.

You might ask yourself what does that have to do with Concealed Carry here in Jacksonville?
Good question.
Most of the people I run into here in Jacksonville that are carrying a firearm for protection have similar concerns as personal security personnel.

Protecting themselves and their family.

So who’s behind Hard Point Training?

Dave Charles (Lead Instructor)

Dave Charles is an Airforce and Army Veteran. During his service, Dave became an instructor in the Airforce. Dave spent time teaching Airforce Security Police. The joining the Army as a pathfinder in the 82nd Airborne Division. Dave is an NRA Law enforcement Instructor, with years of classroom instruction as a foundation for bringing a practical training method to Conceal Carry. Over the past 10 years, he has deployed as a Security Contractor and been a team leader of Personal Security Details tasked with protecting US Government personnel overseas in hostile environments. This unique experience started with an emphasis on High Profile protection. Full body armor and long guns coupled with tactics that emphasized keeping distance between the threat and those being protected.
As the diplomatic mission changed so did the tactics. Lower profile operations and concealed carry tactics were required. The requirement was to blend in more, not draw as much attention to the activity.
These same tactics, techniques, and procedures used to protect dignitaries are very applicable to carrying concealed here at home.

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