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David Williams is a retired police officer and the Director of Training for SSD Tactical Training.  He is a certified Municipal Police

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David Williams is a retired police officer and the Director of Training for SSD Tactical Training.  He is a certified Municipal Police

Intermediate Level Pistol Course

The course will consist of the following topics and essential skills which require approx. 200-300 rounds of pistol ammunition:  Range Safety, Legal issues, Proper Stances, Proper Grip, Proper

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  1. Me and my dad just took concealed carry course and it was great.Dave is very knowledgable and offers more information than others in the area. I will be taking more of the advanced courses once i have my ltc

    1. Great course! Dave is very knowledgeable. He made the class anything but boring and the 8 hours went by fast. I learned a lot and had a good time. Everyone was safe during the firing session. I highly recommend this course. The price was well worth it.

  2. Took a certified basic pistol course so I could get my LTC. The info I was given was anything but basic. I was very impressed with the knowledge and expertise in every aspect to guns. From gun saftey, storage, shooting…. Our instructor was Dave. I have gone back 3 more times to take a more advanced tactical training class and a self defense class. Both of those classes were Awesome! I generally don’t do the whole (review thing) but was so impressed with this facility I figured I had to. I will definitely be taking more classes!

  3. My friend and I participated in the women’s self defense class with Dave, It was extremely informative. I loved being able to learn many useful tactics in not being the victim, knowing your surroundings, and learning how to defend yourself if you need to. We practiced many drills and went into physical training. This class taught many useful tools how to be cautious and aware. Can’t wait for the next class!

  4. My friend and I attended the ltc course with Dave, he was great at explaining many details about what we needed to know. I learned many new things in the class and he kept it real, and fun while he was going over everything. My friend got his license to carry and I will be applying for mine soon. Overall very informative.

  5. I had a self defense class on Friday with Dave one on one, we trained hard and put everything learned from the previous class in motion, it was an amazing also an awesome workout!

  6. I attended the multi-state LTC class. Dave was great, informative and personable. I learnt a lot because he is thorough. He truly cares about gun safety. I highly recommend him for your permit requirements.

  7. I have taken two of daves classes. The basic pistol
    And the Utah multi state course. Both classes were very informative. Being around guns for my whole life I
    Still learned many things in these classes. Dave is a great guy and always makes you feel comfortable. Daves classes are good for everybody. From people who know a lot about guns or people who have no experience at all with guns.

  8. Took the class with Dave a month back for my Utah conceal carry and he was one of the best instructors I have come across drove 2 hrs from the cape to take the course and it was well worth the drive great information and learned allot more then I had previous knowledge of. 10/10 just really went into detail over ever aspect of the laws and allot of questions I had. Great course great classroom and Daves a great person to deal with also

  9. I took Daves Class last week and was beyond impressed with Daves professionalism and impressive ways to teach a class. I had never shot a gun in my life before his class and he taught me with instruction and guidence how to be calm and shot with confidence. I highly recommend his class and all he represents 🙂

  10. Two weeks ago I took my LTC class at SSD Tactical Training. At first I was a little nervous not knowing what to expect. Director of Training, David Williams did an excellent job with presenting the material and making the entire process interesting and fun. His experience and know-how on the subject is second to none.

    At the end of the class we were able to practice shooting on targets which also made for a nice keepsake. I’m looking forward to doing more hand to hand training that he offers at his facility as well.

    If you are interested in arming yourself with the tools needed for self-defense and personal protection I highly recommend giving SSD Tactical Training a try–you will be happy that you did.

  11. Super awesome basic firearms course! Dave’s practical knowledge, combined with the hands on training, made this course exceptional! I look forward to attending more classes here and highly recommend SSD Tactical Training.

  12. I have had many instructors for school and other certifications before and although I have never been to a firearms course before a few weeks ago at SSD Tactical Training, I am inclined to believe that this facility and the instructor are the best in the area. Very impressive. Dave had my attention with every single word – that is not an easy feat. I highly recommend learning from his experience.

  13. Just finished an SSD Tactical Training course (MPTC Basic Firearms Safety Course)..Truly an awesome experience…Dave is extremely knowledgable and skilled…he implemented lecture, videos and hands on tactics which made the course not only fun but very interesting and informative…had a blast and plan on using SSD for future Training ..Thanks!

  14. We had a wonderful experience! Dave is a professional, knowledgeable and patient instructor. It’s evident he has a lot of experience in the field!!! I would highly recommend this class to anyone.

  15. Took the basic pistol safety/MA LTC course today, and I would recommend it to anyone. Dave was very knowledgeable and able to answer any question I had. I plan on taking more courses with him, like the intermediate course this spring. Definitely a great experience, don’t hesitate to sign up.

  16. took the LTC course this past Sunday and it’s a great course Dave knows what he talking about very knowledgeable, ready to answer all questions.

  17. Yesterday, I took Dave’s MA/CT Basic Course and was extremely satisfied with the amount of knowledge that I left with. Dave has a strong background in firearm safety and I definitely plan on going back for the other classes he offers.

  18. Just completed the LTC Ma. CT. On Saturday, and it was very informative and thorough.Dave is very good at what he does .I will be attending Dave’s intermediate class once I get my LTC.

  19. I just want to take a minute and thank you from a button of my heart for all the teaching and hard work that you do you really do take the time dont mind explaining all the things answers all the questions and top of all you are so comedown I’m so happy &Proud of my self because of you thank you a million times to Dave and hes assistant was my pleasure beeing in your class We had a wonderful experience! Dave is a professional, knowledgeable and patient instructor. It’s evident he has a lot of experience in the field!!! I would highly recommend this class to anyone.

    1. I highly recommend taking first time shooters coarses here, or advanced. Dave is very knowledgeable about any questions you may have about all states and or local laws. Definitely taught me a lot that I was unaware of as a gun owner of many years. Can’t say much more then to absolutely go to his coarses great instructor A++++++++++++

  20. I’d been wanting to get my LTC for some time now and when I saw this class being offered I signed up right away. I’m so glad I chose this class, I left feeling confident and comfortable handling a firearm. I especially liked the amount of time we spent handling the different firearms and learning to load and unload the ammunition. I think a lot of women find firearms intimidating so it’s great that we were not only allowed to experience live fire, but also learn about all the parts. I liked that we were able to observe Dave clean his Glock as well. Very thorough class overall, I’d highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get their LTC.

  21. I took this course the end of February, and I highly recommend this class. I’ve taken a similar class, and this was by far the best. Dave Williams (the instructor) was very informative and knowledgeable. He answered every question, and took his time explaining every aspect of gun safety. Thanks Dave for a fun time.

  22. I took this course and I was completely amazed! Dave is a great instructor. he didn’t miss a beat he covered all the basics and beyond. Gun safety is very important and anyone thinking of becoming a gun owner I would highly recommend them to take this course with Dave Williams. It’s not just a class it’s hands on. Best way to learn! Thanks again to Dave and his wife Crystal. You both are awesome!

  23. My husband and I took the LTC course this past weekend. Our instructor Dave was great. We would both highly recommend taking this class with him. He was very knowledgeable, provided hands on experience during class, has a wealth of information available during, and after class, and we finished with target practice. It was a great experience. You won’t be disappointed.

  24. Dave was awesome I took a basic Ltd class with him he was very informative & made the class fun I would recommend this class to friends & im thinking about going back for women’s self defense class and a advanced Ltd class

  25. I am so glad I chose SSD Tactical Training for my basic LTC course. This class is top notch, informative and hands on. Dave is a professional in every way and a great instructor. I have recommended SSD to several friends who are looking to acquire their LTC. Thank you so much!

  26. I took the Women’s only class for the LTC course. Dave was a great teacher and very knowledgeable about gun safety, but also the laws. I would recommend this class to anyone looking to take a class for their LTC, and any other classes that SSD offers.

  27. My wife and me took the Basic LTC Course and it was very informative and interactive. I had experience with guns and my wife had not but she felt very comfortable and was able to really learn a lot and enjoy nth day.’
    I will be taking more advanced classes / courses with SSD and Dave.

  28. I took the MA/CT (LTC) firearms safety course. It is very clear to the extent of Dave’s training and background that his classes and knowledge are second to none. The class was serious yet entertaining and enjoyable. I would recommend anyone who is looking to take classes and obtain their LTC to get their training at SSD. I look forward to taking advanced classes in the future.

  29. My husband and I took the Basic LTC course together. It was a great experienc,e and learned much more about safety and handling of guns than I anticipated. It was a great experience and Dave made it enjoyable. His knowledge and background are very impressive.

  30. Was in the June 12th class and thought it was great. As a novice I appreciated the level of “hands on” as well as practical nature of Dave’s teaching and advise. Would recommend Dave’s class for all levels of experience. Thanks.

  31. I was in the MA/CT/Utah certification class on June 25, 2016. Dave is extremely knowledgeable and held our attention all day. He understands the importance of what needs to be taught and provides ways to teaching in an interesting way. I learned so much and have more confidence in the safety and operation of a firearm. I really enjoyed this class with Dave and Crystal and would absolutely take another one!

  32. Great basic program for the introduction to guns and gun safety necessary for your LTC. Dave is extremely professional and knows his stuff !

    1. The next classes are July 16 and 24 and August 6, 7, 14, 21, 28. July-Sept classes are posted on our training calendar as well. Feel free to call if you have any further questions, 413-204-0592. Thank You and Stay Safe!

  33. I am so glad I came across this! I’ve been talking about doing this for a long time, and now Thank all here for the information and confidence with this course provided. See you in August!’

  34. Dave is hands down the best instructor I’ve ever had. I have been using firearms for about 45 years, so I expected I would be bored in the Basic LTC Course, which I took with my wife who has never used firearms. Man, was I wrong! Dave made the class very interesting and engaging for the both of us, and we learned a lot. Dave has outstanding credentials, and he continually used real life examples to illustrate what he was teaching us. You will leave this class with a solid understanding of a variety of firearms, ammo, shooting techniques, firearms laws, and safe gun handling and storage practices. I look forward to taking the advanced classes!

  35. Today’s class was great. We were given all important information on how to safely handle fire arms. The class moved at a great pace, information was organized in an easily understandable manner and the hands on was awesome. Dave did an awesome job and I would recommend this course to friends and family!

  36. I took the license to carry class at SSD. Prior to this class I knew nothing about guns and have never seen a real gun up close. The way Dave presented the material helped me to to understand how to SAFELY handle and carry firearms. I feel more confident and he took the fear out of carrying and using a firearm. I would highly recommend.

  37. I took the recent 4 hour LTC course and I went in with a little knowledge but I came out feeling confident and feeling well educated.
    I really like the way that Dave watched us handle and manipulate the guns and amo to make sure we knew what we were doing,
    Having to understand every aspect of safety to making sure you always educate even the children are points we think of when there in our homes but now I will be sure to go into more detail about their friends homes.
    Thank you SSD tactical Mr. David Williams
    Great experience and I will be recommending your class to everyone.

  38. After reviewing your site I am interested in a few courses you have listed. Intermediate and advanced pistol courses as well as the Firearm Retention course. Are they available to attend and if so do you have a calendar showing the schedule?

    1. Peter,

      We are making our Fall schedule for class. Please follow our facebook page. We post our classes on there as well. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 413-204-0592.

      Stay Safe

  39. Just took the LTC class. Dave, the instructor, is very knowledge and patient! From registration to live fire, I could get detailed replies/answers right away. No complaints. Thumb up! BTW, Dave’s team is also great.

    1. Hi, Nicole.

      Our MA/CT License to carry course allows you to apply in many states. Are you looking for the Utah class as well? Please call us at 413-204-0592 with any questions.

      Thank you and Stay Safe

  40. Awesome class, I learned a lot. Dave is very knowledgeable and a great teacher I definitely recommend SSD Tactical Training with Dave to all my friends.

  41. The LTC Firearms Safety Course with Dave was great! He was very experienced and very well-informed! I enjoyed the class tremendously and have already begun to recommend it others.

  42. I used to have the LTC, but let it expire years ago…Unfortunately. But I was certainly glad I chose Dave to get me back on track! The class is not boring, for Dave is an excellent speaker that keeps it interesting. His instructors on live fire are great! They are there every step of the way. I’m a bit rusty, but take it from me, any adjustment they recommend (even the smallest) makes a HUGE difference in your shooting performance. I had training with weapons in the military, as well as countless times with the Department of Correction to be weapons certified. This place is WELL WORTH IT! After I get in the swing of things once again, I will be taking other classes as well…..And purchasing my firearms through them, too! Huge thanks to all the staff at SSD!

  43. My wife and I just took the live fire LTC class and we both left there very happy. The classroom portion was was great and Dave made sure you were ready for the range portion. You leave the experience with a wealth of information and confidence. I’ve already recommended this class to 3 other people! We had a great time!

  44. Went to Dave’s class today and it was fantastic. Dave is very knowledgeable and friendly. He answered everyone’s questions, made the presentation interesting and had hands on practice loading various firearms with dummy rounds while we listened. I left his class feeling much more comfortable with safety and the laws governing firearms. The live fire was great as well, one on one instruction and Dave was very patient while teaching us. I have already recommended Dave to others and look forward to seeking out classes from him as I am ready to learn more.

  45. Is it one claas for each state or does the class cover multiple states? I have my ct and want ma. My girlfriend has neither and we were wondering if we could be in a class together to get what we both want?

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Yes, one day. Please contact us at 413-204-0592 so we can talk further. This class is what you’re looking for. You can do the class the together.
      Looking forward to talking with you.

      Thank you and Stay Safe

    2. Hi,

      What safety certificate do you have? Is it a license to carry a firearm you mean? Please call us at 413-204-0592 so we can discuss what you’re looking for.

      Thank you and Stay Safe

  46. Dave taught the course extremely well and was knowledgable with the material. I’m glad I picked SSD Tactical Training and I recommend this to anyone yet to take a course.

  47. The LTC class was great. Dave keeps the class interesting and I learned a lot. I would highly recommend SSD Tactical to anyone looking to get their LTC. Thank you again Dave.

  48. Thank you for a great day! I learned so much in your class my boyfriend and I will be looking forward to working with you again…

  49. It was a good experience and learned a lot made me feel like a new person with more knowledge about guns and the laws . Thank you

      1. I have a police friend who was interested in the pocket hollester that sticks to clothes pocket. He woul like to see it. How and where could he test it. He was also looking for the pen clip that goes on the side of the gun. I’ll give him the number.

        1. Sorry for the delay on answering this Joe but my comments section was down and my older messages are starting to come through now. You can have your friend call me anytime.

          Stay Safe

  50. I am looking for scheduling and prices for this course I plan on going for my LTC this year and I would like some training and more knowledge on handling a pistol?

    1. Hi Michael, we hold License to Carry classes on a regular basis. Usually on the weekends but can be during the week. Please call us at 413-204-0592 so we can discuss your needs further.

      Thank you and Stay Safe

      1. I’m glad I chose to take my LTC class with you. You are very passionate at what you do. I highly recommend you to anyone looking to complete a Firearm Safety Course.

  51. Hi !
    I’m interesting on this class Live arms I know you have one tomorrow but I thought I saw one for March 25 which will be the one interested on Saturday ? Sunday. Time?
    It doesn’t allow me to go that far on date
    What I need how I get the application ? Payment ?

    Thank you

    1. Hi, the March 11th and 25th classes are full. I believe March 31st might have one seat available. We do have have April 8th, 22nd and 29th available as well. If you have any questions you can also call us at 413-204-0592.

      Thank you and Stay Safe

      1. Hi
        How do I check if there’s space for March 31?
        If not we can do April 8th there’s 3 of us…
        Sunday April 8th is it in the evening 6pm?
        Let me know and what paperwork I need beside paying $100 I know is best to fill it out before we go?

        Thanks
        Susetta Salgado

        1. Hi Susette,

          Unfortunately our March 31st class is full. April 8th is available as of right now but filling up. There is 8 seats right now. you can Register and pay for the class on http://shop.ssdtacticaltraining.com/catalog.php?category=110094 copy this address bar and paste it into your url, it should bring you right to our online store. Class time is 8am-approx 4pm. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call at 413-204-0592.

          Thank you and Stay Safe

  52. Both my husband and I are very greatful for the training you provided to us. We learned so much and enjoyed the atmosphere. The experience we had, was an experiance we never been through and we loved it.

  53. I had a great time today and learned a lot. I will recommended you to anyone and I look forward to future classes.

    1. Thank you for the kind words Lee. We’re glad you enjoyed the course. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call.

      Thank you and Stay Safe

  54. Awesome class – learned a lot, and he made it very interesting!! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely go back for more classes.

  55. Great class. Very informative and he made it very interesting. Learned more in this class than a previous instructor.

  56. I would like to thank Mr. Williams for his excellent instruction and training on firearm safety. After taking this course, I feel prepared to be responsible in owning a firearm based on the training I received. Moreover, I have a clearer understanding of the law as it relates to owning a firearm. I will be certain to refer my colleagues and friends so that they can also receive the proper training related to firearm safety. I enjoyed my experience and I look forward to future training in other areas offered. God bless you.

    1. Thank you for the kind words Dr. Lewis. We are truly glad you enjoyed the course. We look forward to training with you in the future. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call. Stay Safe.

  57. I had the opportunity to experience this LTC class the instructor was great. He’s very knowledgeable with his laws and regulations an with everything else that comes along with it. If you are considering on getting your FID or LTC license I would highly recommend that you obtain it with SSD Tactical Training Inc. I am highly recommending this class to friends and family the hands-on experience is awesome.

  58. My husband took this class 2 years ago because we live in CT and have family in MA and would be eligible for both licenses plus UT. Well he raved about it and has been actively learning since. Myself being very fearful of guns started learning and soon found myself on the other end of the spectrum. So I finally made the two hour pilgrimage and took the class. My husband was right about everything. The class is very thorough. He covers everything from how to handle and shoot a gun, gun laws and how not to be stupid, how to handle different situations you may come into like how to handle the police if you’re carrying and get pulled over, suicide prevention, as well as how to fill out your forms. He’s very active when he teaches. It’s very hands on and he’s there to help you. My husband and I look forward to taking more of his classes in the future. I highly recommended his class to anyone even slightly interested in firearm safety and protection.

    1. Jamie,

      Thank you for that kind and very detailed review. You and your husband show the true meaning of gun owners who want to stay safe and have knowledge of the laws. Keep up the training and investing in yourselves. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call.

      Stay Safe

  59. Thank you so much for all you did to assist me in the Utah Non-Resident CCW. I am also a firearms instructor in Massachusetts but not for the state of Utah. I would very highly recommend David to any of my clients. The class was very instructional and went into detail about everything you need for Utah plus some. I have a ton of respect for David and find him having great positive character. Thank You Sir. “Be Safe”

  60. I took the Utah non-resident class from David Williams. I have been a Massachusetts Firearms Instructor for 19 years and I was so glad I took the class. Not only did I learn so much from this class but David also helped us fill out the application, fingerprinted everyone and told us exactly what we needed to send to Utah and even supplied the envelope. I was amazed at his knowledge not only in regards to Utah law but for Massachusetts as well. I was impressed and will be sending many clients his way for the Utah non resident CCW. I owe David with so much respect and character that I know I would trust him and his word in all that I do. Thank you Sir and “Be Safe” in all you do.

  61. Good day. Looking to see if Dec 9th class is booked or are there seats available for 2. And do we register online

  62. Would like information on price on basic course. i am inheriting a pistol that I thought was long gone.

  63. My fiancé and I are looking to obtain our license to carry. We both work in the restaurant I industry so our schedules are abnormal. I would like to obtain the class schedule and pricing please!

    1. Hi,

      Please go to the Courses and Dates Tab, click on MA/CT Live fire License to Carry Course link and it will show you the schedule and pricing.

      Thank you and Stay Safe

  64. Have taken two classes with SSD Tactical so far and they have been terrific experiences. The instruction is thorough and the hands on approach allows the teachings to sink in. Anyone who takes a class here will come away with an excellent foundation of knowledge.

  65. Great Course! Instructor is extremely knowledgeable and has an immense amount of experience with his background. He did a great job and keeping us engaged and was humorous as well as very nice and straight forward. I learned a lot and it was nice being able to actually shoot live rounds. I would recommend this to course to anyone.

  66. I went to this course after reading the reviews. I am happy to report that the reviews are accurate as the course was great even for someone who already has their LTC. David is a great instructor and really stayed on task without going down the rabbit hole of questions during the class. That being said there was ample time to ask questions at the end which is when he opened the floor for questions. Very knowledgeable instructor who really set a great tone for people who may have reservations about being in a class that’s over their head. I would recommend this class to anyone!

  67. I had the opportunity to take this class today. This course is amazing at introducing information and building a great foundation of safety, laws, best practices, learning opportunities in the area, and really so much more! In addition you get valuable instruction from individuals that are passionate about what they are teaching. They go above and beyond. I personally feel I am more confident and comfortable! I’m so appreciative I got to participate and strongly recommend to anyone looking for some training and knowledge.

  68. I had the pleasure to take the LTC class with Dave. It was very informative, I learned thing I did not know before and I am appreciative for the knowledge I have gotten. This is a class I recomand to take with the ssd tactical training team. I have recommended a few people to sign up. Thank you so much Dave, will be seeing you soon for your advance class.

  69. Dave, my daughter and I enjoyed your LTC class on Sunday. It was thorough, interesting and fun! Wonderful way to enter the world of firearms. Thanks again for your thoughtful program.

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