The most commonly asked questions have been posted below to help private citizens when deciding on a course.
Q: Who is ATR, and what are their instructor's credentials?
A: " ATR instructors are members with real-world experience and throughout their training have gained a wide & diverse knowledge in the tactical industry. Each instructor has been initially trained by some of the best training institutes in the U.S.A., have been operational utilizing these tactics and techniques, and have since maintained their proficiency and knowledge by continuing to attend other highly credible training facilities to keep current. "
Q: Your prices are expensive or comparable to USA courses?
A: " As a Canadian hobbyists shooter, I understand that the demand for this type of training is no where near as high as of that in the U.S.A. However, when I attend courses in the U.S.A. I spend several thousands when you factor in plane ticket costs, hotels, transportation, ammunition, and not forgetting the cost of the course itself. With today's ITAR regulations, Canadian citizens are not authorized to train in the U.S.A. I want to ensure Canadian shooters have the opportunity to receive top notch quality training at a reasonable and affordable price. "
Q: Why are the round counts so high? Do I need to bring that much ammunition?
A: " Police and Military personnel are afforded the time and budget to train and maintain their proficiency, where as private citizens are not. Most courses are only a day or two, thus in order to ensure the learning objectives are done effectively the student requires a certain degree of muscle memory when training. By having a high round count, we at ATR can ensure students leave after the training course with a good foundation of muscle memory of the tactics, and thus able to maintain their efficiency on their own. "
Q: I have been shooting for years, do I really need formal training?
A: " Well that depends on your time, budget and dedication to your shooting hobby . A real professional and skilled shooter will attend as many training courses as they can to expand their knowledge and skills to bring them to the very best of their abilities. I attend different training institutes all the time to make sure I am current. And one thing I know for sure, as long as you keep an open mind, you can always learn something from any instructor no matter how good or competent you might think you are. "
Q: I have attended other training institutes and feel that I may be to skilled for some of the level 1 training courses, can I start at the level II courses?
A: " If you feel you would benefit from a level II course more than a level I course due to past training and experience, then please send us the details of your training and credentials and we will take this into consideration to make sure you get the training that is suitable for your needs."
Q: I'm a LEO can I attend a course in my duty gear?
A: "Absolutely! If you are using your duty service pistol, it would be very wise to train in the gear you are issued with and use on duty; train like you fight, and fight like you train. However, it is strongly recommended that you consult with your service firearms instructor and review your service policies on receiving outside training. You may at the very least have to attend for personal training purposes and be smart on how you conduct yourself on the range during your service training, as our training programs are quite different and more advanced then typical police training. "
Q: I'm a competitor can I use my race gun and gear?
A: " Unfortunately no. These courses are based around normal everyday use, or duty type use firearms and gear. Due to the type of training and positions, your race gun would not be secure, nor practical for these types of courses. "