$50 MA Non-Live-Fire Firearms Safety Course 08/03/2018

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On Friday August 3, 2018 6pm-approx. 9:30pm our Massachusetts License to Carry Pistol Permit course IS ONLY $50.00.  You can pay your $25 deposit HERE. The balance would need to be paid in cash the night of the class.

This course will give you the ability to apply for your Massachusetts License to Carry a pistol. When you get your Massachusetts LTC you’ll be able to carry in Vermont, New Hampshire and in Maine. This is NOT a live fire training course. 

Please remember all who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms!

Stay prepared, Stay Safe


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Late last night the senate took up and amended the bill, voted favorably and have sent it to conference committee, where it will be finalized and sent to Governor Baker to be signed.

GOAL Alert


Late last night the senate took up and amended the bill, voted favorably and have sent it to conference committee, where it will be finalized and sent to Governor Baker to be signed.

The senate version was amended to include Senator Tarr’s language, which is a drastic improvement over the Linsky language. We will get one or the other of these versions on the final bill, there is no other option at this time.

Take Action!

Please contact the members of the Conference Committee TODAY and urge them to strip the “Linsky language” from the final version of the budget, should it pass it will create a legal quagmire for licensed MA gun owners.

The committee members are:

Budget Conference Committee


  • Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, 617-722-2990 Chair House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 243
  • Representative Stephen Kulik, 617-722-2380 Vice Chair House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 238
  • Representative Todd Smola, 617-722-2100 Ranking Minority House Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 124


  • Senator Karen Spilka, 617-722-1640 Chair Senate Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 212
  • Senator Sal N. DiDomenico, 617-722-1650 Vice Chair Senate Way & Means Committee – State House Room 208
  • Senator Vinny deMacedo, 617-722-1330 Ranking Minority Senate Ways & Means Committee – State House Room 313C

10/27 Update. Please continue calling your legislators about stripping the Linsky language from the house budget, H.3979. (see last post for more info)

This is going to come down to which version gets passed and we need to do everything we can to ensure it’s not the house/Linsky version. Now that the house and senate have each followed procedure and approved the same bill it will go to conference committee. They will approve the final version between the two and send it to Governor Baker to be signed. He is going to sign whatever comes out of committee.

We should know who is going to be on the conference committee later today and we will need to make phone calls once we do.


GOAL has learned that the MA House of Representatives engrossed a new budget bill during informal session today, which includes the Linsky amendment regarding modification of firearms.  The language is in two parts.

The first section (Section 18), copied below, would make any basic modification and or maintenance of a firearm illegal, including required maintenance like lubrication of moving parts.

Section 131R. Whoever possesses, owns or offers for sale any device which attaches to a rifle, shotgun or firearm, except a magazine, that is designed to increase the rate of discharge of the rifle, shotgun or firearm or whoever modifies any rifle, shotgun or firearm with the intent to increase its rate of discharge, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison by not less than 3 nor more than 20 years.

The second section (Section 51) is equally egregious in that it gives EOPPS regulatory authority over all maintenance and enhancement of rifles, shotguns, and firearms.  Can you imagine what AG Healey would do should EOPPS be granted this kind of authority?  See language pasted below.

The Secretary of Public Safety shall promulgate regulations by January 1, 2018 concerning the allowability of maintenance and enhancement of rifles, shotguns and firearms consistent with the intent of this section.

We are being told that Governor Baker will sign this into law, by Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Please take action immediately

Take Action

Please call your state representative and senator immediately!  Let them know that this amendment must be stripped from the budget bill.  This language is so broad and open to interpretation and abuse that it will cause a legal quagmire for licensed gun owners in Massachusetts.

You can call the State House operator at 617-722-2000 and ask for your state representative and/or senator, or you can look up their direct phone number by clicking here.

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Up Coming Classes

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All class will be held at:

SSD Tactical Training, Inc.

 100 Verge St. Unit #2Rear

 Springfield, MA 01129 (map)


Please check our website at www.ssdtacticaltraining.com  for more information.


8 hour (Live Fire) License to Carry (LTC) Firearm Safety Course

Course dates: September 10, 17 & 18, 2016

Time: 8am-4pm

You only have to attend one of these days NOT all three.

This is an 8 hour multi-state approved Basic Pistol Course. This course teaches you safe gun handling, safe storage, range safety, transportation laws, Mass., CT Firearms Laws and includes live fire (Shooting) at the conclusion of the classroom portion. Upon completion of this course you will have met the requirements to apply in MA, CT, RI and most any other states for your License to Carry a Pistol (LTC or Long guns). Upon completion of this course you will receive a Mass State Police Certificate and an additional Basic Pistol Certificate for the other states as well. Please click on the applications tab above to apply. Pre-registration is a must. These seats fill quickly so pre-registration is a must to hold your seat.


4 Hour License to Carry (LTC) Safety Course Date:

Course Date: Thursday 09/25/2016

Time: 9:30am-1:30pm

This class is great for people 15-20 years of age looking to get their Firearms Identification Card. And people 21 years old and older to apply for your License to Carry Pistol permit) this is NOT A SHOOTING class. It’s approximately 4hours in length. (This Class is taught by retired/veteran police officers) Topics covered in this class will be Massachusetts Laws pertaining to firearms, safe storage of firearms, safe handling of firearms, child proofing firearms, Identifying and unloading different firearms, cleaning firearms, different types of ammunition and laws pertaining to transportation of firearms. This class is also great for people who want to get into Airsoft guns and people who have an LTC looking for a refresher. All Airsoft guns are replicas of real firearms and should be treated as such. The plastic BB’s that come out of these guns can travel at speeds of 300-800 feet per second. If these guns are handled improperly, then there could be some accidental discharge resulting in injuries. If your child wants to get into Airsoft training then he/ she should take this class on gun safety. At the conclusion of this class you will HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND CONFIDENCE NECESSARY FOR OWNING AND USING A FIREARM SAFELY and receive a Massachusetts State Police Certificate. This course meets the requirements to apply for your Firearms Identification Card (FID) or License to Carry/ Concealed Carry permit in Massachusetts. **


Utah multi-state concealed carry course

Course Date:  Friday, Sep 9, 2016

Time: 6pm-10pm

 This 4 hour class meets the requirements to apply to the state of UTAH for a non-resident Concealed Carry Permit. Upon completion of this class you will be able to apply to Utah. When you receive your UTAH Concealed Carry Permit you can legally carry in approximately 31 states. This course teaches the safe handling of firearms, safe storage of firearms, safe operation of firearms, and firearms laws. Upon completion of this course you will be issued a certificate, application and finger print cards for the state of UTAH. (Finger prints will be done at the class). All materials and equipment will be provided by the instructor/ instructors. The UTAH Concealed Carry course fee is $75.00 (PayPal service fee will apply) ***MUST HAVE 5 PARTICIPANTS TO RUN THIS COURSE*** You do not need to have your MA License to Carry first before taking and receiving your Non-resident UTAH Concealed Carry Permit. Go to APPLICATIONS tab and click on the appropriate License to Carry Course application, fill out application and send it at least one week prior to class. ***Must reserve your seat in advance, this course fills up quickly. ***

Take a Moment to Celebrate, But There is Still More Work to be Done!

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Your voice is being heard!!!

Yesterday’s Senate Gun-Control amendments were defeated!!!

Thankfully, the most egregious measures were defeated last night. One was a Feinstein amendment that would have allowed the Attorney General to keep law-abiding gun owners from buying a gun.

These denials would not have been based on a criminal conviction, but would result from a bureaucrat placing a person, even erroneously, onto a government watch list.

Then, there was a Murphy amendment that would have imposed Universal Background Checks — aka, gun owner registration — on every private purchase of a firearm.

Both of these amendments failed handily — as did the Republican, gun control “lite” alternatives.

The Battle is Not Over Yet

There are more amendments that could still come to the Senate floor. One such amendment could be an anti-gun Collins-Ayotte amendment.

In press reports, Ayotte has bragged that her amendment would “only” apply to 2,500 individuals on the “No Fly” and the “selectee” lists.

But there are many problems with her language:

  1. There is no statutory limit to the number of people who could be placed on lists based on “credible” secret evidence.

So in theory, every member of Gun Owners of America and every member of the National Rifle Association could be placed on those lists, based on the New York Times’; assessment that we are “complicit in terrorism.”;

  1. Collins-Ayotte claims to provide due process to people illegitimately denied firearms, but you will need to be wealthy enough to pay for your own attorney.

 As GOA’s chief Legislative Counsel explained in a memo to the Senate today:

We’ve gone through this exercise before with the so-called “right to review” in the NICS Amendments Improvement Act of 2007. In that statute, disarmed veterans supposedly had a “right of review” comparable to the Collins amendment.

As it turned out, the cost of involving that review ran anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000. As a result, the review became irrelevant.

Collins has created “due process,” at best, for “the 1%.”… After the fact, the court “shall” award attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party — including the government. [But over the years, provisions like this have] had little impact for non-wealthy litigants forced to pay the costs of litigation up-front and faced with, at best, a slight chance of reimbursement at the end of the process.

There may be other amendments put forward as well. So Gun Owners of America will keep you updated as news becomes available.

But for now, please call your Senators and tell them to vote NO on all gun control, including the Collins-Ayotte amendment.

This proposal could come up today or tomorrow. But because the time frame is so short, emails would be ineffective. So making phone calls is our only avenue right now.

Thank you Gun Owners Of America for this article.

Stay Prepared, Stay Safe!


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Establishing the proper pistol grip safely:

The portion of a firearm designed to be grasped by the shooting hand in the normal

operation. The grip is established with the draw of the PISTOL from the holster. This called the

five step draw.

1. GRIP :

Weapon hand firmly establishes the shooting grip on the PISTOL with trigger finger

straight along the side of the holster. The retention devices (snaps) are undone as the

grip is established.

2. DRAW :

PISTOL is drawn far enough up so the muzzle is clear of the holster.


The muzzle is rotated 90 degrees to the horizontal and now points towards the threat

(The threat may be engaged at any time here on in as this is the traditional “hip shooting”



The PISTOL is brought upward to the center of the chest as the support hand comes up and

behind the PISTOL from the other side forming your two hand hold.

5. UP:

The PISTOL, now supported by both hands, is brought up to eye level and the sight picture

obtained. Fire if the situation dictates.


“Stay Prepared, Stay Safe”


NRA Basic Pistol Safety Course

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NRA Basic Pistol Safety Course 9am-5pm

When Sunday, August 9, 2015
Where 100 Verge Street, Unit 2 Springfield, MA, United States (map)

This Basic Pistol class is taught by retired Law Enforcement officers with years of firearms training and experience as police academy instructors and Law Enforcement/ Civilian firearms instructors. Not only will you learn the safe handling, safe operation, safe storage and firearms competency, you will also learn the firearms transportation laws, firearms possession laws and the Massachusetts firearms laws. Upon completion of this class you will receive a Massachusetts State Police Firearms Certificate and a NRA Basic Pistol Certificate. These certificates meet the requirements to apply for your license to carry a pistol in MA, CT, RI and most any other state. Please visit our website at www.ssdtactical​training.com to apply. Looking forward to seeing you in class.

If you have a group of 2 or more people you save an additional $10.00 each. Bringing your cost of the class down to $70.00 each. Course is 9am-5pm.

Child Gun Safety

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1. We the permit holder should be a positive role model for our children.
2. Children should be taught the difference between television, toys and real firearms.
3. Children should be taught what to do if they come across a firearm without an adult present:
a. Stop
b. Don’t Touch
c. Run away
d. And tell a Grown Up

We here at SSD Tactical Training offer an NRA Eddie Eagle Child Gun Safety Class to children in Pre-K to 4th Grade for free. During this class the child will learn what to do if they see a gun. 1. Stop 2. Don’t Touch 3. Run Away 4. And Tell a Grown Up!

Stay Safe

Safe Gun Handling!

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Remember while handling your firearm/ pistol keep your trigger/ index finger outside of the trigger guard at all times to prevent an accidental discharge. A good place to have your index finger would be high on the slide (If semi-automatic) or high on the trigger guard on a revolver (Do not put an fingers in front of cylinder when firing the revolver the discharge from the cartridge can cause significant damage to your fingers). Trigger finger goes in trigger guard and on trigger when ready to shoot your firearm. Remember “Off target, Off trigger”!

Stay Safe

SSD Tactical Training.

Women’s Self-Defense Class

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SSD Tactical Training will be hosting a Women’s Self-Defense Class on July 17 & 31, 2015 from 6pm-8pm.

This training is for all women even if you already have some form of self-defense training and already have your License to Carry a Pistol/ Firearm. We teach the combatives (Hand, Knee and Foot Strikes), blocks, wrist grabs, bear hugs, chokes etc;

Come train with us and get reality based training.

The cost is only $50.00 for either day.

If interested contact us at 413-204-0592 or email us at dw14mpoc@verizon.net

Looking forward to seeing you in training

License to Carry a Pistol/ Firearms

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C. 140 § 131 License to Carry Firearms

All licenses to carry firearms shall be designated Class A or Class B, and the issuance and possession of any such license shall be subject to the following conditions and restrictions:

Class A LTC entitlements

(a) A Class A license shall entitle a holder thereof to purchase, rent, lease, borrow, possess and carry:

(i) firearms, including large capacity firearms, and feeding devices and ammunition therefor, for all lawful purposes, subject to such restrictions relative to the possession, use or carrying of firearms as the licensing authority deems proper; and

(ii) rifles and shotguns, including large capacity weapons, and feeding devices and ammunition therefor, for all lawful purposes; provided, however, that the licensing authority may impose such restrictions relative to the possession, use or carrying of large capacity rifles and shotguns as it deems proper.


A violation of a restriction imposed by the licensing authority under the provisions of this paragraph shall be cause for suspension or revocation and shall, unless otherwise provided, be punished by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000; provided, however, that the provisions of section 10 of chapter 269 shall not apply to such violation.

Classification: Misdemeanor

Penalty: $1000 – $10,000 (c.269 § 10 does not apply)

Right of Arrest: No

Action by Licensing Authority: May suspend or revoke LTC