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We give a hoot how and what you shoot!
Where is Friendly Village Firearms located? In the friendly village of Harrison, Maine, of course!
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We welcome folks from anywhere who are interested in firearms education and/or purchasing firearms, ammo and/or accessories. We particularly serve the following Maine towns:
Bridgton, Harrison, Naples, Casco, Raymond, Windham, Sebago, Otisfield, Norway, Waterford, Denmark, Lovell, and Sweden.
We offer basic and advanced handgun training. We are a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), federally licensed to buy and sell firearms, ammo & accessories!
Open: Monday through Saturday
Hours: 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Closed: Federal and state holidays!
You select whether you would like your class to be in the morning or the afternoon!
Courses offered are:
"Basic Handgun Course" - 4 hours - $50.00, plus range time, if elected. See course description below!
"Advanced Handgun Course" - 4 hours - $50.00, plus range time, if elected. See course description below!
You can pay more elsewhere and get less!
For more information, please visit our Contact Us page!
For planning purposes, yours and ours, please fill out your course registration and submit it no later than one week before your desired class date!
If it is not possible to do so, please call ahead. There may be a vacancy or a cancellation.
We will do our best to make your training convenient for you!
If you are planning to be a student, please look over the rest of the information on our web site!
Most of the information is provided to prepare you for your class!
Get one (1) to three (3) others to register with you for the same class, and each of you will receive a 10% course discount and a one time 10% discount off the purchase of a firearm!
Please note the full names of your referrals on your registration!
Also, see "Discounts" at the bottom of this page. It's our way of hopefully getting you to read this page all the way to the bottom!
USCCA is the first & largest member-owned association dedicated to educating, training, and insuring responsibly armed Americans. With over 200,000 members and subscribers, the USCCA is your all-in-one resource for home defense and personal preparedness.
Visit our "Join the USCCA" page and/or Google USCCA for more information.
Sure! "Global Warming" matters .... but not today!
Right NOW your life and the lives of your loved ones is what matters!
Click on the picture of this typical American family to better understand why!
Do you have a Personal Protection Plan AND a Home Protection Plan? You should!
BTW, we don't like to use fear to attract students or firearms customers - BUT it works!
Take our "Basic Handgun Course"!
Upon completion of the basic course, you are qualified to take our"Advanced Handgun Course"!
Complete our "Concealed Carry Course" and apply to the State of Maine for a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP).
Why take a course to get a Maine CHP when Maine doesn't require one anymore?
There are more reasons to take a course than not to!
For example, here's a couple of reasons:
If you are a Maine resident 18 to 20 and you're not serving in the military, a State of Maine concealed carry permit is still required!
All reciprocating states require concealed carrying Maine residents to have a valid State of Maine permit in their possession!
You say you have a permit? Consider refresher training!
Training, training, training may transform you into a self-defense expert! (Notice: may is italicized and underlined!)
Food for thought: Just because you have a concealed carry permit, doesn't make you an expert! Carrying concealed with or without a permit is serous stuff. I mean, r-e-a-l-l-y serious stuff. The law will more appreciate the fact you've received training and qualified for your permit if the "hammer" drops and you have to defend yourself inside or outside your home. Plan that there's a good chance that, without training, the book may be thrown at you if you screw up, which is more likely to happen when you think you know what you're doing and you're thinking wrong! When you carry w/o a permit, you're still responsible. You're not being left off the hook. Sure, you may have saved yourself the permit fee. However, why not spend that getting educated and trained? Think about that!
Join the USCCA and put a USCCA sticker on your back window!
Next time you're stopped for a faulty brake light, or whatever, seeing that sticker the police will figure they're less likely to be shot and they may possibly also figure that you're smarter than you look! (-: So, what do you do? Call Brian and get some training behind you. It will work in your favor in more ways than you may be able to imagine at the moment.
Knowing what you're doing could save your life! Not knowing might cost you more than a concealed carry course!
Chief Instructor, Brian Spaulding, is one of only two Certified USCCA Instructors in Maine!
Remember: "We give a hoot how you shoot!"
Continue reading to find out why!
Friendly Village Firearms (FVF) provides specialized handgun training courses with safety in their use always emphasized. Our curriculum is provided by the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).
Our FVF course described above offers an eight hour $110.00 or $120.00 concealed carry course presented in two half day classes. This course focuses on personal defense, home defense and preparing a student for concealed carry scenarios that begin in the home, i.e. before going out the door carrying concealed, and, of course, thereafter. The Maine Concealed Handgun Permit is no longer required of a Maine resident unless you are age 18 to 20 and NOT actively serving in the U.S. military, National Guard or Reserve units. Nevertheless, the Maine Concealed Handgun Permit is recognized in several other states by reciprocity agreements and, when a Maine resident carries concealed in these states, he/she must have a valid Maine Concealed Handgun Permit in his/her possession.
If a student is age 12 to 17, a non-student parent or guardian must attend to supervise the student during all portions of this or any other of our firearms courses. This, however, is at no cost to the parent or guardian. We prefer a one-to-four instructor-to-student ratio. However, if a venue permits and all students agree, this condition will be waived by the instructor.
During late fall and winter, fewer daylight hours are available impacting range time safety. For this reason, from late October through March, it is preferred that all classes be morning classes. However, FVF does accommodate afternoon classes! During this time though, required range time will be conducted at noon time instead of at the end of an afternoon class.
The State of Maine requires that a qualifying course must be completed within five (5) years prior to applying for the State of Maine Concealed Handgun Carry permit. Also, to satisfy the requirements of the State of Maine for course completion, participation in the "Course of Fire" portion of the course is mandatory. A student has to prove to our instructor that he/she can safely present and safely shoot a handgun.
As stated above, the successful completion of our concealed carry course is an FVF and USCCA requirement to qualify to apply for the State of Maine Concealed Handgun permit. Other arrangements may be made to complete the "Course of Fire" (range time) portion at a later time and date. However, the course "Certificate of Completion" must be withheld until this requirement is satisfied.
In the Spring/Summer, the "Course of Fire" (range time) portion is normally conducted after the "Advanced Handgun Course" portion, whether it be a morning or afternoon class. In the Fall/Winter, FVF believes it is best to not have afternoon classes because less daylight is available for outdoor range time in late afternoon and driving conditions have to be taken into consideration. For these reasons, classes offered by FVF during Fall/Winter are preferred to be morning classes. Morning classes allow range time to be conducted after completing the "Advanced Handgun Course" portion either before lunch or after lunch, or for that matter, after completion of the "Basic Handgun Course", whichever the student prefers.
Range time is usually conducted at the nearby Western Maine Fish & Game Club outdoor range. With respect to the season, indicate your preference, morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) classes, when you register. Because there are fewer daylight hours in late fall and winter, if an afternoon "Advanced Handgun Course" class is elected by the student, for safety reasons the "Course of Fire" (range time) portion will likely have to be conducted just before the student's afternoon class OR immediately after the student's "Basic Handgun Course" morning class.
If a student chooses a morning "Advanced Handgun Course" class and, for some reason, the "Course of Fire" (range time) portion of the course has not been completed previously, it will be conducted after lunch that day. If the student chooses to take our concealed carry course, usually his/her goal is to apply for a State of Maine Concealed Handgun Permit which requires a course of live fire is included in the course. SIRT red laser pistol training is available, however, it cannot be substituted for the live fire requirement.
During ALL courses, the safe and proper use of firearms is emphasized AND stressed at all times.
During spring and summer, our concealed carry course may be requested to be held on one day, eight (8) hours class plus range time. This all-in-one-day class is actually the preferred manner to present the course materials. However, it is recognized that an all day class may be inconvenient for many students. It makes for a very long day! Therefore, this course is also offered as two half day classes, any morning or afternoon, Monday - Saturday, 8:00 AM - Noon OR 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. The "Course of Fire" (range time) portion is conducted after classroom instruction on the second half day. For safety reasons, planning purposes and for your retention of course information, it is strongly encouraged that, if possible, these courses be completed by taking the two half day classes as closely together as possible. Say you attend a Monday half day class. Follow up the next day or another day soon after with the second half of the course. For example: perhaps taking the "Basic Handgun Course" portion on a Friday afternoon and taking the "Advanced Handgun Course" portion Saturday morning may work better for you.
If range time is desired apart from taking a class, our hourly rates are:
(1.) $20.00, if the student provides his/her own firearm, ammunition, and safety gear (i.e shooting glasses and ear protection) or
(2.) $30.00, if we provide a firearm, etc..
(3.) Prior to your class, an arrangement may be made for range time to be conducted at a nearby indoor range in Windham, ME. In this latter instance, the student must expect to pay an indoor range access fee and the cost of possibly renting a handgun and buying ammunition (usually an indoor range operation requirement). If several students would like to join you, a reduced "group fee" may be available pending a prior discussion with the indoor range operator(s) and your instructor. Of course, too, in planning one's day, a student must take into consideration the time to travel from the classroom to the indoor range facility and travel wherever thereafter.
If only a "Period of Consultation" in the classroom or at the range is desired rather than attending a course, the $20.00 hourly rate applies. This provides students and others interested in acquiring a personal firearm, ammunition, and accessories the opportunity to receive advice, assistance, and a purchase discount!
If only Supervised/Accompanied range time is desired without attending a course, the instructor's hourly rate is either $20.00 or $30.00 as described in the foregoing.
Your instructor, Brian Spaulding, is a Certified USCCA Instructor, one of only two in Maine. Brian is a LIFE NRA member; a member of the Western Maine Fish and Game Club (WMFG) in Harrison; and a *Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). For more about Brian, visit the About Brian page. Its navigation button is below the one for the About Us page. BTW, for more information about the USCCA, the NRA, and the Western Maine Fish and Game Club (WMFG), please visit the Extra Bang page and the Join the NRA and Join the USCCA pages. These navigation buttons and the Schedule, Registration, About Class, Contact Us and More Bang pages can be found by resting your mouse on the "more..." navigation button.
Class Location: 32 Pitts Road, Harrison, Maine. Conducting our self defense courses in our home classroom setting adds realism to personal and home defense training as well as emphasizing what must be known by a student before leaving one's home with a firearm, with or without a concealed carry permit! However, the required "Course of Fire" (range time) portion of the concealed carry course is conducted at the nearby Western Maine Fish & Game Club outdoor range. If you wish, you may bring one unloaded firearm to your class and both your firearm and your ammo to the range. Ammunition is not allowed in the classroom - EVER - only at the range!
Our courses consist of classroom instruction, PowerPoint Slide presentations, videos, handouts, a multiple choice quiz and a course of fire. *Be advised that handguns, ammo, eye and ear protection are provided by us for your use, but they are not "sold" as part of the cost of a course. If you prefer to bring your own eye and ear protection, that's fine. However, be advised that liability concerns with regard to the safe and proper use and function of your firearm, ammo and protective equipment in the classroom and especially while at the range are yours; not ours or those of the range.
Directions to our classroom and to the range are on the Directions page which may be found by resting your mouse on the Home page button. Also, please visit the About Us, About Class, Basic Handgun Course, Advanced Handgun Course and Schedule pages for more helpful (and interesting) information!
"Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals", written by USCCA Chief Instructor, Michael Martin, is a 231 page textbook supporting our USCCA curriculum. A student may purchase the course textbook for $20.00 and Maine Sales Tax. This student price is slightly above our cost. The retail cost is $25.00 retail cost and Maine Sales Tax. In addition to being an outstanding refresher course in itself, this textbook is an excellent stand alone reference for anyone interested in firearms, particularly handguns, and, especially, if that interest may be in their use in self-defense and concealed carry.
Interested in just purchasing the textbook? Find details on the "Extra Bang" page.
Active duty U.S. military members (Regular, National Guard and Reserve) receive a 10% discount off any course!
Why should active duty personnel take a firearms course?
Not all active duty members are trained for combat roles. Most serve in support roles and, although familiar with firearms, rarely are these members proficient in their use.
Your instructor knows. He served in the U.S. Navy nearly 24 years!
Honorably discharged Veterans and teachers also receive a 10% discount off any course!
The immediate family of active duty members, veterans and teachers also receive the respective discount!
Please see the Registration page for more about discounts and course payment!
Thanks to you all for your service and sacrifice!
Friendly Village Firearms adheres to all State and Federal laws regarding the sale of products to people in those states where restrictions apply.