Friendly Village Firearms is located in Harrison, Maine!
We offer firearms training classes and assistance in buying firearms, ammo & accessories!
Open Days: Monday through Saturday
Closed: Federal holidays, Fourth of July and Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day!
Open Hours: 8:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Courses offered are:
"Basic Handgun Course" - a four (4) hour class - $40.00.
"Advanced Handgun Course" - a four (4) course - $40.00.
"Concealed Carry Course" - an eight (8) hour course - $80.00.
"Pistol Clinic & Home Defense Course" - a four (4) hour course - $40.00.
You select whether you would like your class to be in the morning or the afternoon.
To take a course or for more information go to our Contact Us page; or call or text: 207-809-4028; or email us: Brian@FriendlyVillageFirearms.com
Fill out and send us your course registration no later than one week before your desired class date, if possible.
We will do our best to make your training convenient for you!
If planning to be a student, read the rest of the information on this web site! Most of it is provided to prepare you for your class!
Get up to three (3) others to register with you for the same class, each receive a 10% course discount and a one time 10% discount on the purchase of a defense firearm!
For your referrals, you will also receive a 10% course discount AND a one time 20% discount on a defense 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! (-:
For gift certificates and valuable coupon information, click on the page link above!
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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 qualify to take the "Advanced Handgun Course"!
Upon completion of the "Advanced Handgun Course", you may apply to the State of Maine for a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP)!
Why get a Maine CHP when Maine doesn't require one anymore?
If you are a Maine resident 18 to 20 and are not serving in the military, a State of Maine permit is still required!
All reciprocating states require Maine residents visiting their state 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 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 the 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 this 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 what you're doing might cost you more than a concealed carrying course!
Chief Instructor, Brian Spaulding, is one of only two Certified USCCA Instructors in Maine!
"We give a hoot how you shoot!" Continue reading to find out why!
Friendly Village Firearms (FVF) provides specialized firearms training courses with the emphasis on safety in the use of handguns.
FVF offers a four hour "Basic Handgun Course" ($40.00) in combination with a four hour "Advanced Handgun Course" ($40.00). These two courses focus 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.
Either course may be taken separately if your goal is to NOT apply for a State of Maine Concealed Carry Permit. However, both courses must be completed consecutively to fulfill our requirements for a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit, although it 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.) However, please note that Maine's 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.
FVF utilizes U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) training materials. They are the core of FVF's Concealed Handgun Permit qualifying courses. If a student is age 12 to 17, a non-student parent or guardian must attend all portions of any FVF firearms course to supervise the child. This, however, is at no cost to the parent or guardian, only the student. FVF prefers 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, daylight gradually becomes less available impacting range time safety. Therefore, during these seasons, it is preferred that all classes be morning classes. For planning purposes, if possible, please try to register a week before your preferred class. If it is not possible for you to register a week early, call ahead. There may be a vacancy or a cancellation.
Be aware, too, that, as presently required by the State of Maine, to qualify for a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit, a qualifying course must be completed within five (5) years prior to applying for the permit. Also, be advised that, to satisfy FVF and USCCA requirements 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 completion of both the "Basic Handgun Course" and the "Advanced Handgun Course" is an FVF and USCCA requirement the student must satisfactorily complete prior to receiving a qualifying permit course "Certificate of Completion". Life gets complicated sometimes! 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. If any of the following (or previous) "discussion" appears as clear as mud, don't hesitate to call or email us for clarification!
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, whichever the student(s) prefer.
Range time is usually conducted at the nearby Western Maine Fish & Game Club outdoor range. With respect to the season, indicate your preference, AM or PM classes, when you register. As just mentioned, until Spring, when longer daylight hours gradually return, if an afternoon "Advanced Handgun Course" class is elected by the student, the "Course of Fire" (range time) portion will have to be conducted prior to that afternoon "Advanced Handgun Course" class.
If an "Advanced Handgun Course" morning class is elected and, for some reason, the "Course of Fire" (range time) portion of the course has not been completed previously and unless other arrangements have been made, it will be conducted after lunch that day. (In other words, at some point, we'll get 'er done!) (Note that, although SIRT red laser pistol training is available, it cannot be substituted for the course of live fire required after completion of these two qualifying concealed carry permit courses.)
During ALL courses, the safe and proper use of a handgun is emphasized AND stressed at all times.
During spring and summer, if requested, the "Concealed Carry Course" (i.e. the "Basic Handgun Course" combined with the "Advanced Handgun Course") may be held on one Saturday, seven (7) hours class plus range time. This all-in-one-day Saturday 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, impractical logistically and it makes for a very long day! Therefore, these courses are also offered as two consecutive morning or afternoon half day classes, 8:00 AM - Noon OR 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. The "Course of Fire" (range time) portion is usually conducted after classroom instruction the second half day. If enrolling in the half day classes, for planning purposes and for the benefit of better retention and safety reasons, it is strongly encouraged that, if possible, these courses be completed by taking the two consecutive classes as closely together as possible. For example, say you attend a Monday class. Follow up the next day or another day soon after with the second half of the course. Another example: perhaps taking the "Basic Handgun Course" on a Friday afternoon and taking the "Advanced Handgun Course" Saturday morning may work better for you and your schedule.
The "Pistol Clinic & Home Defense Course" ($40.00) is a four hour class. "Class" size is, again, normally a maximum of four students. Range time is not normally included nor mandatory. Indoor SIRT red laser pistol training may be substituted. However, if desired, range time after class (usually one hour, morning or afternoon in Spring/Summer; after a morning class during late Fall/Winter) is available:
(1.) at an hourly rate of $20.00, if the student provides his/her own firearm, ammunition, and gear, or
(2.) at an hourly rate of $30.00, if FVF provides a firearm, etc..
The following applies to the "Pistol Clinic & Home Defense Course":
(1.) This four hour combined course, like other FVF courses, may be conducted during a morning or an afternoon.
(2.) As described in previous paragraphs, any range time desired by the student is usually conducted during daylight hours at a nearby outdoor range.
(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" is desired rather than attending an entire course, the $20.00 hourly rate applies.
If only range time is desired rather than attending a course or a clinic, the instructor's hourly rate is either $20.00 or $30.00 as described in the foregoing.
If requested, the "Pistol Clinic & Home Defense Course" or a "period of consultation" may be conducted on a weekday evening except a Saturday or Sunday or holiday weekend. Any "Course of Fire" (range time) requested for after completion of either the course or a "period of consultation" would normally be conducted during daylight hours at a nearby outdoor range. If one is an "evening student", he/she may attend another class's (daylight time) range time OR range time may be arranged at a daylight time on another day convenient for both the student(s) and the instructor or, again with the same consideration, at a nearby indoor range at an additional cost, as mentioned above. Please call and discuss these and other possible "special" considerations.
If desired, a student completing the Pistol Clinic & Home Defense Course may purchase the USCCA course textbook
"Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals"
at a discount. ($20.00 plus $1.10 Maine Sales Tax =$21.10).
The textbook is available to anyone not a student at the usual retail price, $25.00 plus $1.38 Maine Sales Tax. See the textbook icon below.
Your instructor, Brian Spaulding, is a Certified USCCA Instructor, one of only two in Maine; an NRA LIFE 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. The About Brian navigation button is below the navigation button for the About Us page. For more information about the USCCA, the NRA, and the Western Maine Fish and Game Club (WMFG), please visit the Extra Bang page. Students and others interested in acquiring a personal firearm, ammunition, and accessories may receive advice, assistance, and a purchase discount by contacting Brian.
Classes are held in the home of your instructor at 32 Pitts Road, Harrison, Maine. The required "Course of Fire" (range time) portion of the combined "Basic Handgun" and "Advanced Handgun Course" is usually conducted at the nearby Western Maine Fish & Game Club outdoor range. Directions to both locations are on the "Directions" page. We believe conducting these combined courses in a home classroom setting adds realism to personal and home defense training as well as to what must be known by a student before leaving one's home with a firearm with or without a concealed carry permit. Visit the About Us, About Class, Basic Handgun Course, Advanced Handgun Course and Schedule pages for more information.
"Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals", written by USCCA Chief Instructor, Michael Martin, is the 231 page textbook for the Basic Handgun Course and Advanced Handgun Course. This combined course consists of classroom: PowerPoint Slide presentations, videos, instruction, and handouts and a multiple choice quiz. *Handguns, ammo, eye and ear protection are provided for use, but they are not "sold" as part of the cost of a course. Students may purchase the course textbook for $20.00 (plus $1.10 ME Sales Tax) which is slightly above our cost and discounted from the otherwise $25.00 retail cost (plus $1.38 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, especially as that interest may be in their use in self-defense and concealed carry.
Interested in purchasing our textbook, but not in attending a course? Find details on the "Extra Bang" page.
Active duty U.S. military members receive a 20% discount on the FVF "Concealed Carry Course" (i.e. the combine "Basic Handgun Course" and "Advanced Handgun Course")!
Why should active duty personnel take this course? Not all active duty members are trained extensively for combat roles.
Most are trained in support roles and, although "familiar" with firearms, rarely are these members proficient in their use.
Your FVF instructor knows. He was active duty enlisted for nearly 24 years!
Honorably discharged Veterans and teachers receive a 10% discount on the "Concealed Carry Course".
The immediate family of active duty members, veterans and teachers also receive the respective discount, however, only on the "Basic Handgun Course" and the "Pistol Clinic & Home Defense Course"!
Thanks to you all for your service and sacrifice!
FVF adheres to all State and Federal laws regarding the sale of products to people in those states where restrictions apply.